Tag: February Group Writing

My Sage Advice Will Turn Your Sad Life Around

 

I know how you can be happy without your usual vain efforts to boost your spirits with Prozac and chocolate chip cookies…

1. Adopt a Dog: Hurry to the nearest humane society and adopt a medium-sized, non-barking mutt.  You’re going to want to post a lot of photos of your dog on Facebook (or, if you’re a certain dog lover who shall remain nameless, on Ricochet), so don’t get a black one. They don’t show up well in photos. A mutt with its shots, an embedded ID microchip, and a city license will set you back about $200.

Dogs soothe one’s soul. In fact, petting and playing with a dog increases the level of oxytocin (the calming chemical) in your brain and dopamine in the dog’s brain. I laugh at my dog Bob (photo to the right) at least 15 times a day.

How Do You Make That Hose?

 

http://hbd-ther.knowledge4you.ca/wp-content/uploads/industrial-hose_product-image.pngYou likely use things made with the help of my maternal grandfather’s patent every day. From cars to jet airliners, from garden hoses to welding torches, reinforced hose is used. You need an inner layer that stands up to whatever flows through the hose, you need a reinforcing layer to keep the hose from bulging and bursting under pressure, and you need an outer coating to protect the hose from the external environment. So, how do you make that? Therein lies a tale.

F. Merrill Galloway was my maternal grandfather. Born in 1908, he went home at 95. He worked his entire adult life until the Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) or mini-strokes ended his ability to work in his late 80s. He worked with both his hands and his mind, from his garden, to clocks, to rebuilding a violin from broken pieces in a cigar box. Then there was the work that paid the bills and in which he took enormous pride.

https://cdn.sportsmemorabilia.com/sports-product-image/1955-thermoid-rubber-fire-hose-vintage-print-ad-86-t849350-500.jpgHe worked in the rubber industry his entire adult life. He was hired after college by Quaker Rubber, which was eventually bought by H.K Porter, which is now part of HBD Industries. He was moved to Ohio to establish a continuous hose production plant. The manufacturing plants in which he worked made hoses and belts, of the sort found in a car’s engine compartment, for instance. These are now organized under one of the venerable brand names: Thermoid. Into the plant came raw materials, and out the other end went finished products on pallets.

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Happy birthday Papouli George. Papouli is Greek for grandfather. My paternal grandfather was born on the Greek island of Ikaria on this day in 1892. Today would be his 30th birthday, if he were still alive. Yeah, he would be 124 years old, but because he was born on February 29, he would only have […]

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With every child’s birth, a family gains a new special day, the birthdates of the new additions. My wife and I were in our mid forties unable to have children, and so we decided after a number of years of trying the natural way, and then trying the natural way with enhancing treatments, all without […]

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The day 37 years ago when I had my first child was cold and snowy in northern Ohio. At least, I think it was, as my glimpse of it was out a 2nd-floor hospital window. I had been in labor from the day before until my daughter arrived after over 24 hours at the hospital. […]

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I was in my mid-twenties when I started pressuring my future husband to propose. We had been living in sin in Chicago for a couple years at that point, having jointly survived the bar exam, our first real jobs, and the stress of learning how to share a single bathroom. (There may have been a […]

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That’s right. The Doomsday Clock is ticking to the end of January and Special Days, February’s Group Writing Project, still has four openings. We need at least four more Ricochetti to step up, and volunteer to write a conversation about February’s theme. The theme? Special Days – some day that is somehow different from all other […]

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