Light Reading for the Commode

It was strange finding a piece of toilet paper beseeching us to eat more cactus; it was even stranger finding it in a 1972 book on capital punishment.

Baby I’m Sorry

Not to be confused with “Baby, hey I’m sorry…”

I Don’t Go Out with CD-Roms

I found this on the buffet in my mom’s house and asked her where it came from. She said it must have been something she picked up out of her front yard where she often finds such “treasures” from the many children who attend the nearby schools. My first thoughts were how completely embarrassed I’d … Continued

Important Words to Remember

I work at a school for English for students all over the world, and I found this list of vocabulary words in the parking lot. I’m embarassed to admit that I don’t know some of the words on the list, and I have been speaking English for 21 years.

You Can Fly

Discovered on the lawn of the Texas Memorial Museum in fall 2001, while leaving work. At first I thought it an excited inference concerning select evolutionary adaptations of the Texas Pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus, inside the museum. Or maybe an enthusiastic decision on the burning supper issue: pizza vs. hot wings. But it’s so whimsical that it … Continued


Found this on our table at a comedy club.

Checking It Twice

I was hauling groceries back to my car I stepped on someone else’s shopping list. Flatly honest sentiment is a rare thing in December. I’ll sneak through the holidays with this stranger’s snit line in my pocket.

Puffy Samples

Note found on the escalator in the Phoenix Airport.

Alyssa’s Journal

While at a conference for work, a group of other attendees wanted to go to this thrift store. I was the only one to find something.

Don’t Need None of Y’all

I was riding my bike along the sidewalk, and I saw this crumpled piece of paper in the grass at the side of the road.