Musings from a Cluttered Mind

Musings from a Cluttered Mind

by Rick Ryckeley
     
 

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A weekly columnist since 2001, in these 45 short stories Rick Ryckeley reminisces about the adventures of childhood, the joys and challenges of marriage, and general observations of life in this humorous collection of family-oriented stories. That will cause readers to pause, look at their lives, and the world around them differently – and smile.

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A weekly columnist since 2001, in these 45 short stories Rick Ryckeley reminisces about the adventures of childhood, the joys and challenges of marriage, and general observations of life in this humorous collection of family-oriented stories. That will cause readers to pause, look at their lives, and the world around them differently – and smile.

Brain vs. Mouth: In the epic battle between brains and mouth, why does mouth always win? My first experience of opening mouth and inserting foot came while in the third row over, third seat back, in Old Mrs. Crabtree’s third grade class.

Surviving Childhood: Growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, there were no bike helmets, no car seats, and no child safety caps on bottles. Looking back now, it’s amazing any of us survived childhood. But oh what fun we had!

Two Little Green Fruit Loops: The little boy and his dad never knew how they affected me. For me, from this moment on, our yearly family reunions took on an entirely different light.

The Little White Duck: Trying to write a story about how and why one group of people moves away from another is hard to do without offending someone. Thankfully, the inhabitants of the lake and the little white duck were the perfect metaphors to illustrate such a flight.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013914582
Publisher:
Flamingo Street Publishing
Publication date:
02/10/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
122
File size:
365 KB

Meet the Author

Rick Ryckeley has been a firefighter for over a quarter of a century. He started his career riding the tail boards of engines and clinging for dear life on the side running boards of ladder trucks. A veteran firefighter at the time of 9/11, he was profoundly moved by the event and did something he had never done before. He wrote an article for the local newspaper. It was published on the front page. When he asked his wife Becky, “Now what do I do?” She told him to keep writing if he had something else to say. He has written a weekly column ever since.

During his long career he’s been recognized as Firefighter of the Year five times, received the MLK Humanitarian Award, and named Georgia Fire Safety Educator of the Year for his work and dedication to the education of children. This love of life has shown through his career and continues to shine through his stories - stories of his wife and son, everyday observations, and the neighborhood kids he knew growing up at 110 Flamingo Street

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