An opinionated gossip column written by the intrepid blogger from the @the Double D Series. It could contain bits of news, interesting facts, and who knows what else. These blogs entries are meant to keep the citizens of the fictional city of Miller, Texas up to date on the happenings around town. The posts are a mix of fact and fiction.
Sometime the world is a sad place to live
in. No matter how many times you hear the old saying--You can be
sure of only two things—death and taxes--the truth of it never really sinks
in until you have to stand at the graveside of someone you love. Death
respects no one. No one rises above it. No one escapes
it. No one cheats it. Miller will miss the lady who reigned our
little town from the corner of Beryl and Wardley. She was a Steel Magnolia long
before Steel Magnolia hit the big screen. Rest in
peace, Miss Silivia. You will be missed.
If you’re thinking that there will be no
gossip, then you’d be mistaken. Miss Silivia herself would be the
first to tell us we need to get on with business as usual. So in
honor of Miller’s true Steel Magnolia here is the latest tantalizing tidbits
hot off the streets. There is a great deal of excitement out at the
farm as the day of the wedding approaches. The Golden Years Peace
Corpser spent the weekend in Miller. Mama Golden Years had to
oversee the bride’s photoshoot. Pappa hung out at The Filling
Station and filled the crew in on the advantages of using mosquito
netting. Go figure!! Our farmboy just smiles, nods, and marks the
days off the calendar. He's a might impatient, it seems. Farmboy
isn’t the only one marking days on the calendar, these days. It has come
to this blogger's attention that Our Man of Steel, Mr. DD himself, has
taken a vow to abstain from dating for a year. He's made it five months;
only seven more to go. That might account for the surly attitude of
late. This blogger wouldn’t be surprised if old DT down at the water
office doesn’t have a pool on whether or not he makes it a whole year. If
such a pool exists, then you can read about it here. From DT’s lips
to the internet blog post so millions (okay that might be stretching the truth
a little) of readers can read about it. Don’t you just love
It’s summer, and that means higher utility
bills. One way to conserve energy and lower your bill is to turn
your AC unit down when you leave the house in the morning. Or should
you turn it up? Neither sounds right. Either way, 78° is the
recommended temperature for the daytime hours when no one is home. Not
only does it save you money, it helps reduce the drain on the power grid, so we
have less brownouts and rolling blackouts. Make it a habit. Don’t
worry, the cats will survive, and you will save enough dinero to buy them that
fancy cat food they crave. Nuff said.
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@the Double D Series: Book 3--Erlyne and Finnley's story
December 30, 2018 The Eve of the Eve of the New Year
Is there anyone else out there who detests New Year’s Eve? Not that getting together with friends and family for a celebration is inherently detestable, but on this one night, the gathering seems a little too forced and most parties are full of strangers who you’ve never seen before and will likely never see again. Don’t even think about showing up at one of these shindigs in your ratty gender-neutral jeans and a worn tee without a date and no real career plans because this puts you in the LOSER category like nothing else ever will. Boom! The sound of the door slamming, shutting your scruffy self in the cell reserved for people with no ambition, echoes loudly in the minds of the party goers who adhered to the mandate that regardless of the truth this one night you must put on a show for the world. If you don’t, then well…LOSER might as well be tattooed on your forehead. Even here deep in the Piney Woods in East Texas, where fashi…
May 14, 2017 Mother's Day Did
you know that it is estimated that more than 23 billion dollars will be spent
on flowers and presents for Mother's Day this year? Mind boggling, isn't it. One can only imagine
how the lady who considered herself the Founder of Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis,
would react to that. Even though it was her life long quest to have a day
in May designated as Mother's Day, a day to honor the mothers, she fought
equally as hard to keep it from becoming a commercialized holiday.
Regardless of her intentions, the idea grew--backed by florists, restaurants, and card shops--until in 1914 Congress passed
a law making the second Sunday of May a national day to remember mothers.
Why May, you ask? Jarvis' mother died in May. She wanted the day to be closed to the anniversary of her mother's death as possible. Jarvis's mother,
Anna Reeves Jarvis, was active in helping mothers learn how to take care of
their children in what was th…
December 28, 2017 The Dreary Days of December have come again!
Have you ever noticed that the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day seems drearier than the rest of the year? The presents are opened, the stockings are empty, the Christmas decorations have lost some of their luster...and we find ourselves wishing for summer. It could be the sugar crash that most of us experience. Or it might be the symbolic end of another year, although birthdays are a better anniversary for the passage of years, regardless of the annual year-end countdowns that fill our airways the last week of December. But this insidious feeling of bleakness has its roots sunk deep in our psyche. We have long been led to believe that dark, dreary, and dull equal depressing. There is actually some science behind this notion. It’s called a lack of Vitamin D. The most potent source of Vitamin D, which is not actually a vitamin, is sunlight. Think about it.