On My Ride . . .

I ride my bike a couple of times a week, and this summer is rife with insect and arachnid activity.  Here are a few of my finds:

WolfLunch-ToGo

A wolf spider hauling her egg sac. The sac was about half an inch wide, so she was close to three inches long.  I had to shoo her off the path so she didn’t get smushed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cicadas

These two lovers were on my driveway as I left today.  The cicada chirping rings throughout my neighbor.  Now I know why.

 

 

 

husks

On my way home, I drove past a series of posts with lights embedded at the top, which line the walkway. The heap of stuff at the bottom caught my attention. It’s a pile of mayfly carcasses. These weren’t here last week. They live a short life and, apparently, the party is over.

 

 

 

 

 

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Prose & Cons

I’m hanging with the Gang of Twenty-One at Prose & Cons.

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On Life’s Observation Deck

MarkWhile I don’t always love to be in a crowd, I love to linger at its edge.  Just outside of the activity bubble, I can observe people without interfering in their stuff.  I do my best people-watching here, preferably with some paper and a pen.  Wine’s always nice, too.

I take notes on what people do with their arms, the way they respond to whispers, how they react to an unexpected touch.  My favorite places are where people are doing something routine:  eating, gassing up the car, waiting for their flight to be called at the airport.  Uneventful occasions where we tend to think we’re alone.

Occasionally, I get more than I anticipate.  Intimacy that should be behind a closed door.  An argument that seems especially painful.  Or someone who seems completely untethered.

Once, I was able to help out someone.  I was cruising the mall on Halloween with my son who was about two.  Kids lined the place because they were giving out candy.  I happened to notice a woman and her young son, who was maybe four years old.  I don’t remember if he wore a costume or why I noticed them.  Maybe because it was another mother with her son at an age I’d yet to experience.

Sometime later, I saw the same little boy hanging out with a security guard.  The kid wasn’t stressed, but they were obviously waiting for Mom to appear.

In another little while, I saw the mother, scanning the ground as if searching for a lost diamond.  The agony on her face told me all I needed to know.  I stopped her. “Ma’am, your son is with a security guard, that way.”  I pointed in the direction and relief rippled through her.  She stood upright and hauled panty-hose toward her son.

It was a good moment.  And it actually made up for a few of the red light nose-pickers.

Thanks to Kim and Robert!

 

P. S.  3 LIES is on sale for .99¢ through 5/31.   Kindle   ~  Nook   ~  iBooks (make sure price has changed at iBooks, first)

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Part of the Library

Mybooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like someone checked out OCEAN OF FEAR.

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