R.P. Dahlke

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I got to thinking about Maps

[subscribe2]I got to thinking about maps. Folded, they’re a tight bud of opportunity, all those tempting colorful dots, waypoints, destinations and the intersections between.

What would your life be like if you could do a Yogi Berra, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Go here, or turn there? Are these obstacles keeping you from your true destination or are they opportunities for something new? How many times have you passed a turn-off to a tree-lined country road and wished you could have had the time to take that road and find where it leads? What… Continue reading

A Dead Red Heart, Excerpt

[subscribe2]“Dad?” I called, pounding the dust off my boots on a rug. Since a fire last year nearly wiped out me, my dad, my goddaughter, Maya, and the house, I now wipe my feet on a rug before walking over his newly refinished floor. A dark burn still stains the oak‐planked floor where beams crashed  down, but dad, whose odd sense of timing never fails to amaze me, says he likes it that way.

Following the sound of the blender into the kitchen, I jiggled the pharmacy bag under my dad’s nose.

He turned off the blender. “That our… Continue reading

Shaken, Stories for Japan Earthquake Relief

[subscribe2]Twenty-one authors accepted the challenge set down by Tim
Hallinan: write a short story that would be one part book, one part gift of time—which
by the way, is no mean gift. These are professional authors with deadlines of
their own to meet, the Japanese culture not necessarily part of their
repertoire. And yet,  Cara Black, Dale
Furutani, Brett Battles, Dianne Emley, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Rosemary Harris,
Debbi Mack, Jeffrey Siger, Adrian McKinty, Naomi Hirahara, Vicki Doudera, Tim
Hallinan, Ken Kuhlken, Kelli Stanley, Wendy Hornsby, Stefan Hammond, Gary
Phillips, Jeri Westerson, CJ. West and IJ Parker all said yes.… Continue reading

no wheat, sugar, dairy granola

[subscribe2]I love this recipe because it’s wheat, sugar & dairy free. I don’t sneeze, cough, or (blush) get diarrhea from eating it. So, it’s only fair that I share, right?

Perfect Granola no wheat no sugar! This recipe will fill up your family for hours! Can be served with Almond Breeze (this is the best milk substitute/no soy either).

Mix together
in large bowl:

8 cups
rolled oats

1 cup rice
flour

1 to 2 cups
chopped nuts and seeds

1 cup
natural coconut

2 tsp.
cinnamon

In medium bowl, mix the following until smooth:

1 cup honey

1 cup… Continue reading

My open letter to Dr. Phil

[subscribe2]Dear Dr. Phil,

I was looking forward to viewing the show about Grandparent Rights as I too have gone to court to try to gain some kind of visitation with my grandchildren.

I was, however, very disappointed to see that your show was more Jerry Springer than  Dr. Phil, complete with battling contestants in a struggle that had less to do with grand-parenting than it had to do with grandstanding.

I lost my son in a crop-dusting accident when he was forty. He was a good man and I saw that I wasn’t the only one who thought… Continue reading