Las Vegas Laugh: A Writer Wednesday Post

March 19th, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Essays

Las Vegas LaughLas Vegas Laugh, photo and all text © Irene O’Garden, 2014

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Captured this image last week in Las Vegas, where family members gathered to surprise my younger brother Jim on his 60th birthday.

It might be that this gizmo dispensing little rolled-up flats could soon outstrip one-armed bandits and roulette wheels to become the most popular machine in Vegas.  My stiletto days are behind me, but the muscle memory lingers on…

The trip was healing–a wonderful chance for us all to laugh and connect for happy reasons.  Nephew Mike and his delightfully droll wife Jolyne brought along our newest family member, Creighton, soon to turn one, and a joyful presence he is.

And, in the beautiful rolling wheel of our lives, so recently touched by death, came news of their second baby, due in October.  Praise life.


Happened to notice that today marks my one-hundredth post. Know that your eyes and ears continue to inspire me. Thank you.

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  • Mark Rettman

    … the first thing I thought when I saw the pic was the shoe anecdote in your essay GLAD TO BE HUMAN ! So grateful for this 100 th posting… Keep ’em coming !

    • IreneOGarden

      Will do, sir!

  • Laura

    Muscle memory! You always turn a perfect phrase and so glad for you that you that your family had reason to celebrate…

    • IreneOGarden

      Warm thanks, Laura–

  • Linda

    My dear Irene – after this weekend we not only acknowledge that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” but we conquered all the challenges to be together and celebrate (Vegas style). Nephews are still catching up on their sleep – and treasuring the time spent together and together at the tables! Siblings are still enjoying the close bond. When we get together we can be a formidable group/or small crowd – that depends!

    • IreneOGarden

      Ain’t it the truth, Gal! You are one of the formidable-est!

  • Scott

    Your posts are often the emergency footwear that I need. As my soul inevitably rolls on, I am so glad that I will soon be able to find the sole I need in a street dispenser. I join you in praising life and souls and soles.

    • IreneOGarden

      You bring soul whereever you go, dear Scott!

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