Author: Trina Machacek

Is This You? | What’s in a Whistle?

I wish I could whistle better. Not just a little whistle of a tune that only I can hear in my head. I can whistle don’t’ get me wrong. I whistle while I work, I whistle to some songs on the radio. But I wish I could whistle one of those ear splitting, “here I am over here” whistles. A whistle that when let go everyone within ear shot of about half a mile turns around to see what’s up. Most cowboys can whistle that kind of whistle. Riding along gathering cows there seems to always be at least...

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Is This You? | Lost and Found

Yesterday, January 11th, my husband, my other half for nearly 42 years passed away. Now I tell you that not for you to be sad for me, although I am sad enough for me, you, and anyone else you can see, hear or think of. But to rejoice in the knowledge that he is now in what I feel is such a wonderful place. And since over the years “Is This You?” has typically been a giggle fest, you probably already know that I will keep this light even though it deals with the death of my loved one…...

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Is This You? | Hospital Food

So I was recently in a hospital room visiting and a person who lets call “the main eventer,” because patient sounds so sickly. The main eventer was getting attention from the staff of minions that scurry about when there are needs that need to be tended to. That’s a round-about way of saying it was time to do vitals, meds and other hospital stuff. At the same time a gal stopped by from the kitchen to fill out the next day’s menu for the main eventer. This is quite a big deal it seems, this menu planning. I can...

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Is This You? | Somebody Else’s Job

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to work at different places doing somebody else’s job. If you are like most people you have had a few jobs in your life. But what about jobs that people do that there is no way you would ever have. What would it be like to say run a train? Be an entertainer on a cruise ship? Work in a rum distillery? Be an orderly—what exactly is an orderly? I don’t think I would do well on an assembly line. I like variety. But maybe the workers on assembly lines rotate...

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Is This You? | Life by the Numbers

I must admit I am a romantic. I like to float along believing that love makes the world go ‘round. Making you feel all warm and fuzzy and like nothing could ever put ripples in your pond if love is in your sights. Ah! But if the world goes around by love it also slogs along by numbers. Here are just a few examples. Although I believe life starts way before that first swat on a baby’s rump and a wonderfully life affirming cry, after a warm 9 months in the womb life’s numbers are thrown at us during...

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