Author: Kirby

SLOW MOTION POETRY

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Slow Motion Poetry

I know almost nothing about poetry.  I know it can take any number of forms.  Some are pretty darn interesting.  Take sonnets, haiku, rhyming, prose, and micro poetry for examples, although they may be interesting, their complexity scares me to death.  Yet I still wanted to write poetry.  Given my naiveté in this area, for me to write a poem, I need something simple and easy.  So I think I created another form, one I […]

Update

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Anna Olson

After completing the first draft of the story of Anna Olson in December of 2012, I had a huge document, almost 200,000 words long!  I’m not sure how many pages that translated to but those were a lot of words.  It was cumbersome and wordy and need to be trimmed down.  For one thing, I included un-needed material on Anna’s parents growing up in Norway, how they met, and why they came to the US.  […]

Writing ups and downs

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Anna Olson

It’s been a great adventure, the last three years of writing. Writing was and is sometimes smooth and easy, with the story just pouring out of my head for days and weeks at a time. Sometimes it was a struggle and a few pages a day seemed almost impossible. For example, the entire first chapter in Isolated in America has been very difficult and I am still not sure I have it right. I spent […]

A Sack of Spuds

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The Grab Bag

Who knew I would be brought to my ethical knees by a bag of potatoes? It is true though, a measly sack of spuds prompted me to disregard my moral compass. I have always thought I had a pretty good sense of right and wrong, never taking what wasn’t mine, never cheating anyone, never knowingly doing harm. I’m not perfect mind you; we all do things that aren’t quite right based on some religious or […]

Leave Me Alone #@%*)

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The Grab Bag

Below is an e-mail I sent to my brothers and a few friends who from time to time have been subjected to my own brand of humor.  It went out on election day-as a release from the …well you read it. You may also want to read the post “No Way” to IO-way, it was my first election rant of a few years back. Written November 5 and 6, 2012 Brothers and all, Well, here we are, […]

Three Women

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Background

ANNA OLSON I met the real life Anna Olson only once although I was briefed extensively on her background and test results by my staff.  There are some basic facts that my staff and I knew about the real Anna.  She spent over 40 years in various institutions in Minnesota, she scored exactly 100 (normal) on two separate intelligence tests, and she was able to independently care for all her day to day self care needs. Apparently, somewhere […]

Introduction

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Background

BACKGROUND After finishing my Masters degree in child clinical psychology (Drake University in Des Moines, 1974) I went to work in the field of what today is called developmental disabilities.  In a relatively short period of time I worked as the Director of Professional Services at the Glacial Ridge Training Center in Willmar, Mn., the Director of Winnebago Handicapped Services in Forrest City Iowa, and the Director of the Greenbrier Center in Lewisburg, W.Va.  All […]

I Want Watson

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The Grab Bag

I want Watson. You may know Watson, it is the super fast speed reading, odds setting, wiz of a computer that can understand complex questions and provide answers graded according to their probability of being correct, in mere seconds. Just ask the world champions at Jeopardy, they know all about Watson. As a health care consumer, I don’t care about answers to Jeopardy question, I want the information that IBM’s Watson can provide about rare […]

John Adams Wishes You a Happy Birthday

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The Grab Bag

It was John Adams who was most vehemently encouraged America to continue to celebrate its birth. Here is what he wrote to his wife Abigail;  “The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to […]

Say “No Way” to IO-way

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The Grab Bag

I am from Iowa so I can say this.  Thank God their caucus’ are over tonight.  The average Iowan has been subjected to more pounds of hot air per person than anywhere else in the United States.  It is a wonder there is any air left in Iowa.  And the rest of us have been forced into being witnesses to the prolific misuse of hot hot air. Regular folks in Iowa can’t even eat their lunch […]