Freckles to Wrinkles


Freckles to Wrinkles

Freckles to Wrinkles

Meet our authors for Freckles to Wrinkles. 

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The promise of more to come, made by Silver Boomersa collection of prose and poetry by and about baby boomers, comes to life in Freckles to Wrinkles. While the wait for F2W, as we affectionately call the volume, wasn’t as long or painful as our flinging around the learning curve on Silver Boomers, the result is at least as good – and maybe better! 

Freckles to Wrinkles brings you the wit and wisdom of generations. The first book of the series, Silver Boomers – a collection of prose and poetry by and about baby boomers, spotlighted Baby Boomers growing up. Freckles to Wrinkles widens the circle to embrace the span of memories from budding childhood to ripest age. This volume continues the tradition of the Crawl Line and the Quartet’s cyber editing challenges. 

In these pages, you’ll bike through a neighborhood with a former paper boy as he tosses a square-folded newspaper sort of in the direction of a porch; ponder with a poet as she wonders who, really, is wise; wear the ill-fitting cleated football shoes of a loyal young team player. 

Take a moment to consider a mother’s hands, try to remember the face of your best friend in grade school, sing along with a generation of voices, let juice of plums fresh off the tree dribble from your chin. Chuckle with the one who lifts the receiver of a party-line telephone. Splash in a summer puddle with siblings and into a chilly creek at the end of a thrilling sled ride. Stare down the mountain lion with the boy whose trusty steed left him sitting in the dusty road. 

You are invited to travel these pages with the human spirit that is ever fresh from the first freckles to the last wrinkles. 

Tradition, begun with Silver Boomers, bids us reveal our cyber editing problems, and so here—

I’m Coming Down with Something

the Quartet

Isn’t that a sled?

usage these days is common,
beanie, skullcap, tam, toboggan

so new it’s not even in the dictionary
though accepted widely

maybe substitute another word,
a proper dictionary definition

is it regional? a Southern expression?
our book is for a wider market

we could do a starred footnote,
you know – a star and a definition

like this —
* a cap, tam, beanie, skullcap

Oh. No. Not finished with this —
I can’t stop myself, can’t let it go yet,
till I spill the silly thought —
* this toboggan’s for your noggin’!

What are we going to do with all this candy?!
It IS a trademarked product.
AUGGHH! (Is that how Charlie Brown spells it?)
Maybe AARRGGHH! for ®

The inconsistency in capitals and punctuation
is making me crazy!

What did we do with dates?
Dates? I thought they were plums.
1960’s, 1950s, ’60’s, ’70s?
Oh, those dates – lived them large!
Put on your red hat, Mama.

Who voted a five for this piece?
Not me! I’ll trade you —
one childhood fantasy
for one teen romance.
Throw in one Alzheimers essay
and it’s a deal.

Comma, colon, hyphen, dash,
dingbats, quotes and other hash —
my eyes are crossed, I have a rash —
I’m sure it’s Editors’ Balderdash.