Welcome to Sky Writing

Welcome to Sky Writing

To all my family, friends, and curiosity seekers, a hearty welcome to “Sky Writing.” It’s under the pen name, Dylan Weiss, that I’m most comfortable sharing secrets and flights of fancy or, fantasy, which ever you prefer. My head has always been in the clouds, both...

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All Aboard Electra for Flights of Fantasy

All Aboard Electra for Flights of Fantasy

In my first post I left readers hanging by the wheels of Electra, my little red plane, with a question … Why do I use a pen name? To answer that, please be my passengers as we travel back in time to 1956. Let’s visit my home at 2441 Fenwick Road in University Heights,...

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My Little Red Plane Is Taking Off For The FUTURE

My Little Red Plane Is Taking Off For The FUTURE

Please take your seats, buckle up and hold on cuz my little red plane is taking off for the FUTURE. Electra’s propellers are whirling faster and faster, more like a super sonic jet than a single prop plane. WOOSH … we are whisked from 1956 to 2013 in the instant of a...

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What Do You See?

What Do You See?

Let’s look back on last week’s experience, and what an experience it was, allowing the multitude of Electra’s passengers into my shower … one at a time! Analytics revealed that about 50% of the horde were able to see my second pen name, “Dylan Weiss,” scribbled in...

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Relatives

Relatives

My final sentence from last week’s Pre-Thanksgiving post was … “Until next week, I’m off to pumpkin pie baking  (I love the recipe on the back of Libby’s canned pure pumpkin) and wish all a Happy Thanksgiving!” However I came up “a day late and a dollar short,” as the...

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Laff in the Dark

Laff in the Dark

Before we leave memories of last week’s Thanksgiving for a journey to parts unknown, several of you requested “my” Apple Pie recipe. So … below is the link for Nick Malgieri's “Apple Pie/Tart for Thanksgiving.” My only change is to the crust where I use half butter,...

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The Fun House

The Fun House

So, we exit, dizzy from the swirling star studded finale of our surreal Laff in the Dark experience, staggering out, ready or not, to be lured by, larger than life, Sal with her unnerving gapped-tooth laugh. Rushing past creepy Sal, we’re on to the “Fun House,” a walk...

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Dodgem/Bumper Cars

Dodgem/Bumper Cars

Last week, after making our way through the Fun House, I announced, “We will stay in 1965 until the beginning 2022. “So, Electra, still parked along the shoreline of Lake Erie, awaits while I, along with Dave and my passengers, linger at Euclid Beach for two more...

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Mom’s Picnic Basket

Mom’s Picnic Basket

Recall that we all needed a rest after last week’s jolting ride on the “Dodgem” and opted for a picnic break. I already knew what yummy foods Mom had packed in her wicker basket, so I wasn’t surprised to find fried chicken, bread and butter sandwiches, relishes, hard...

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Electra Meets TARDIS

Electra Meets TARDIS

Last week I gave a wistful goodbye to my young, handsome Dave before climbing into Electra along with the other passengers. We settled into our seats. Electra’s cabin grew quiet. Each passenger withdrew into a space of private thoughts. As for me, I reflected on the...

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The Unkind Symphony

The Unkind Symphony

Dr. Who, dwarfed behind his massive desk, continued asking me questions. He didn’t include Dave in the conversation, so my immediate reaction was ‘I don’t like this guy.’ He simply dismissed my husband, assuming Dave was unable to understand and/or participate on any...

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Not Good

Not Good

Once again Dave and I are seated in Dr. Who’s office. Dave stares vacantly out the window while I anxiously await the results of the “mean machine’s” symphonic scan. Fearing the inevitable “fate knocking at the door,” I tell myself, “change your focus.” The rhythmic...

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The Isles of Ill

The Isles of Ill

Finally, our week in 1996 is over. Despite promising Electra and passengers to leave this sorry place ASAP, I had a problem … where to go, and how to go without having that second appointment with Dr. Who? It was he, who would make Dave’s official diagnosis! But Dr....

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The Isle of Ills Another Look

The Isle of Ills Another Look

In the last post I asked passengers two questions … What do the Isles represent? What is Dave’s Diagnosis? Only two passengers answered. One gave an esoteric answer but the other was “spot on.” Obviously with only two responses, it would be presumptuous to assume that...

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No-Fly Zone

No-Fly Zone

I’m stuck! Although writers are cautioned not to use idioms, I can’t think of an easier way to explain the extreme personal stress I’ve been under for many weeks. Yup, I’m stuck. I’m certain all of  us have ‘been there, done that’ from time to time. Unfortunately, if...

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The Doldrums Corridor

The Doldrums Corridor

True, I was stuck in the Doldrums and needed to leave The Isle of Ills immediately. If not, we would all become hardened and sink to the  bottom of a murky sea. Electra was spot on when she urged “… take to the skies despite the messed up world below. You MUST select...

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November 17, 2007

November 17, 2007

It was chilly that Saturday afternoon when Electra landed on the hillside behind my townhome. The sky was overcast. The winds were light and although a few wispy snowflakes floated to the ground, the accumulation was small. Oh well, not enough to build a fort or make...

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The First Magic Ah-Ha

The First Magic Ah-Ha

I was blind sided by Grandson Joey’s fear of his Grandfather. In that moment of shock I knew something had to be done … but what?  The first magic “Ah Ha” moment happened at bedtime when Joey, dressed in his Winnie the Pooh PJs,  padded downstairs to say goodnight....

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Magic 8 Ball

Magic 8 Ball

I had been overjoyed by that first magical “Ah Ha” moment, the one that connected my 2 ½ year old Grandson to Dave. It was a thumbs up instant and I gestured … “YES!” But, after the family left, while doing laundry, washing dishes and putting away toys I began to...

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Dave’s Tale

Dave’s Tale

Ya know, only one traveler guessed the title of my picture book. Honestly — I thought it would have been obvious. After all, the word tale in “Dave’s Tale,” or story, sounds the same as the word tail, which, before he had lost it, belonged to Eeyor of “Winnie the...

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All Aboard the “Leader” Ship

All Aboard the “Leader” Ship

Electra, and I were startled upon hearing the phone ring in the house. So, I left my red engine plane and our passengers, stomped through the heavy snow and returned to the front door. By the time I arrived, the ringing had stopped. I heard a familiar voice say, “...

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We Interrupt This Program

We Interrupt This Program

I couldn’t disappoint my national organization, ASHA (American Speech Language Hearing Association) and knew I’d begin writing the requested article ASAP. We all know how long that can take! As such, the publication date of “Still Traveling the Road” was June 19 of...

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Traveling the Road

Traveling the Road

ELECTRA: “OK, please explain — we arrived in 2001 ages ago, so why is everyone still buckled into their seats! What’s the deal? Why the wait? ME: Well, a person named Gail (you know her — she’s a close relative) needed a “time out” in 2022 to celebrate several events....

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Sharing the Load

Sharing the Load

We are still in 2001 and my passengers, standing in a far corner of the ballroom, continue to watch the evening’s events unfold as my anxiety grows. Now that dinner is over, they wonder what’s up next.  Again we hear the tapping of spoons on stemware followed by a...

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Sing Along

Sing Along

Electra is still parked behind the hotel awaiting my flight instructions however, as for me, I remain in 2001, daydreaming about the song, “Side by Side,” It was during that concert, shortly after Dave had been diagnosed, that I chose a different road — ya know, the...

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Back to the Future

Back to the Future

ELECTRA: “Thanks for the sing along, but, before we takeoff, can you tell me how come you left out the last stanza?”. ME: “Ya mean … When they’ve all had their quarrels and parted, We’ll be the same as we started …?” ELECTRA: “Exactly! So, did your friends have...

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A New Calling

A New Calling

ELECTRA: “Hurry up! Get going! Answer the phone, it’s been ringing off the hook for what seems like forever. What are you waiting for? We’ve been on the ground for, hmmm, let me see – at least 10 seconds.” ME: “Uh, Are we here? Here, as in behind my house on that warm...

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November 15

November 15

Of course, I would think over Dr. Michelle’s offer. Presenting at ASHA’s Annual Conference in Boston would be over-the-top awesome. The idea of a weekend away, and in Boston no less, one of my favorite cities … WOW! I hadn’t been away for many years! All I needed to...

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Orange Colored Sky

Orange Colored Sky

“Flash, Bam, Alakazam,” we land out of an orange-colored sky, into the backyard of my 2007 house. I hear the faint sounds of a Nat King Cole song playing from inside the house along with the urgent ringing of the phone. I had to hurry. Since Electra only advanced us a...

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Skunk Discovery

Skunk Discovery

We find ourselves once again inside my 2007 home. I watch as I hang up the phone before leaving with passengers in tow,  heading back to my time traveler, Electra, who is still parked out back. As always, she anticipates leaving for parts unknown, unknown to her but...

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