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I Cannot Help Myself

I simply have to add this short note for the readers of my Palestinian adventures.

I am having so much fun telling these stories. I’m new to writing, remember. Last evening I submitted my copy of my manuscript to publication of my first book Hawaiʻi Calling. Sometime this summer I will become a published author. But it’s all new stuff.

And, OMG, how fun!

It amazes me what happens with writing. Even though I have long experienced and known this, it still amazes me. Memory–what a marvel. As I write and share these precious stories from a time seven or eight years ago, I am reliving the experiences. My senses are alert. I see, hear, smell, taste, touch, feel everything as it happened then.

Memory. Past, present, future. Future memory? You bet! How often do we imagine and foretell something that we will do. We plan a vacation and imagine it happening. We revisit that idea. Is it not a future memory?

And this budding author is having a blast, mixing memories of then, now and tomorrow. Memory stew.

Thanks for sharing with me.

Ric d. Stark

Outhouse Terrors

An outhouse, thirty feet from the front door of Grandpa Glasenerʻs cabin at Bark Point. For a seven-year-old with an overactive imagination, 300 yards into the big bad forest.

Our summer vacation home on the southern shore of Lake Superior had running water but no indoor plumbing. In the daytime, no problem. Well, fewer problems. Sitting my bare butt down onto that dark gaping hole was always fraught with something. Especially, what if a snake crawled up onto me?

Nighttime jaunts to the potty were terrifying. The front porch lamp failed at the cabinʻs edge. Another twenty feet through the dark beyond the edge of the forest—a life-risking endeavor. The north woods were populated with wild creatures—porcupine, raccoon, skunk, and the dreaded black bear. 

Bedtime necessitated one last trip to the potty house. Not just necessary, it was mandatory. Like a sprinter, I dashed into the dark, carrying a flashlight that could only reveal a wild animal but would offer no protection. Opening the outhouse door—the bravest thing I had done in my seven years.

Then the challenge of dropping drawers and sitting on that cold wood with my buppy in that gaping hole into unknown blackness. It was always a challenge to sit and relax muscles enough to initiate a stream of pee-pee. Just whisper a tiny prayer that I didn’t need to go cooey. (Weird words, but those were what we called them.)

Grandpa Glasener’s cabin never rewarded more safe haven than when a boy made it back home alive from a trip to the john at 8:30 p.m.