Need a Rhyme? Give me some time


I’m back. It’s been an adventurous six months of chemo, but I’m done and back at my “office” in the southeast corner of the Zionsville library. I’m thrilled to be here. Especially in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s a favorite of mine.

I always remember the fun my friend and colleague, Jane, and I  had selling ads for a local newspaper. The winter was a bit slow for the paper, so we came up with a great idea for the Valentine edition. We’d write advertising ads for each business. I think we did four-line ditties for thirty bucks each. What a deal!

No business was too small, too big, too hokey or too sophisticated to participate. We did it all: jewelers, banks, filling stations. You name it; we did it.  All it took was a bottle of wine, a list of business phone numbers and an afternoon at Jane’s house. She dialed and I wrote. By the time she’d said hello, I had a rhyme for the merchant. (I’m a fast rhymer.)

Samples of our wares:

For the grocer

Two great steaks

And a bottle of wine.

The perfect way

To say, “Be mine.”


The car dealership

Show your sweetheart

You’re the man.

Buy the lady

A minivan.


The jeweler

Want a love

To forever linger?

Put a carat

On her finger.


For auto repair

Promise her the moon,

A trip to a star.

If you really love her,

Overhaul her car.


For the bank

She’ll love you lots,

A great amount,

If you put some money

In her account.

And my all-time favorite, a rhyme written for Harold’s (more recently B. Wright). I should preface this by sharing two facts. Harold Wright had a great sense of humor, and every winter he had a 50-percent off sale. The rhyme:


Our pants are half-off,

What more can we say?

Harold’s is ready

For Valentine’s Day.


Harold loved it.


And for today’s Current readers, let me leave you with this:

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Our words and photos

Are just for you.

Happy Valentine’s Day,



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