Overcoming Bloglessness



Daily Prompt: Shake it Up.

You’re 12 years old. It’s your birthday. Write for ten minutes on that memory. GO.    Photographers, artists, poets: show us RECKLESS.


My granddad sent a birthday package.  Inside was a petrified snail shell, his sergeant stripes and a transistor radio with telescoping antenna,  leather case and an earphone.

That’s right kids,  one ear-bud!

That little radio was the perfect gift for a red-headed step-child who was  eager to be  a teen-ager.  It gave me control of one thing: I could listen to my station and my music.

I lounged in the backyard that summer, savoring sun and song.  I fell in love with Peter, Paul and Mary, The Mamas and The Papas,  Simon and Garfunkel, Beatles, Stones.   I filled my head with lyrics, curious about their meaning.

I just dropped  in to see what condition my condition was in.

Light my fire, light my fire, light my fire…

One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small …

I decided let my hair grow long listening to Donovan on my transistor.

First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is…”   

 I  distinctly remember that moment on the backyard swingset; wanting to be groovy and go to San Fransisco wearing flowers in my hair.

That would be far out.


Author: Susan B Raven

For many years I have suffered from debilitating bloglessness, only writing in my head, while everyone else posted and shared with ease. Previous attempts at recovery have failed, my secret journals edited to death, pages torn out, crumpled and trashed. I will not succumb to this embarassing condition. I will continue to struggle against the rampant backspacing and endless blank staring. I refuse to relapse into the void that is bloglessness. I can do it. I am doing it. I am Overcoming Bloglessness.

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  6. Thanks for the trip down memory lane – I used to listen to the hits on a tiny transistor radio, under the covers and against the rules after bedtime. One of my favourites of the day was “MacArthur Park” the full version.

  7. Someone left the cake out in the rain….
    That’s a long song!
    I still listen to some of those oldies, but on ipod with 2 earbuds. 🙂

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