Saturday, March 11, 2023

SOL 11/31: Miss Peggy's Magic Mirror

Unless you're a slicer of a certain age, you won't understand the title of this slice, but I'll enlighten you in a bit. 

I awake at 5 AM, too early for Saturday morning, but decide that maybe it's the best way to get ready for the big Daylight Savings switch happening tonight. I promise myself that I'll stop reading and commenting and start my post by 5:45. I break my promise. Reading and commenting is more fun than writing.

Back to Miss Peggy's Magic Mirror and Romper Room. I remember watching two children's TV shows as a child: Captain Kangaroo and Romper Room. (You can read all about  Romper Room at Wikipedia.) I always longed to be seen in the Magic Mirror as the host chanted: "Romper, stomper, bomper boo. . . "

So who do I see in my magic mirror as I stroll among your slices?

I see Leigh Anne at Notre Dame meeting Donalyn Miller.

I revisit Heidi so I can share her link with Leigh Anne.  

I sit on Terje's couch in Estonia, ice skate with her 11 year old self, and see her new journal.

I read onomatapoetic poems written by Margaret's students. 

I spy Elizabeth's cats covering her lap for a snow day and meet Pickles in a photo essay.

I join Stacie for a pedestrian walk, filled with "the quotidian hum of my neighborhood."

I fly with Lee Ann's Eagles in Singapore. 

I ponder life changes with JoAnn and Little Man.

I follow Anita's busy day (18,000 steps, whew!).

I learn about Matt's new book Everybody Counts from Carol. 

I time travel to manual typewriters and a flat behind Harrods with Celia. 

So there you have it, hints of eleven posts and where I spent my early morning hours. Stay tuned for tomorrow, day 12, when I promise to visit 12 posts of new slicers. 

This is my twelfth year to write a slice of life each day during the month of March.  Thank you Two Writing Teachers for creating this challenge and providing the space and support for us year after year. And thanks to this magnificent community for sharing stories with me and encouraging my writing life. 


  1. I know that I could also get lost reading everyones' posts!

  2. I remember Romper Room *and* Captain Kangaroo! What a charming way to show us where you've been and whom you've visited over the last couple of days. I'm surprised at how many I've read and seen, too!

  3. I remember Romper Room (and Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans!). My mother wouldn't let us watch Romper Room because the "teacher" used such poor grammar. I think she was a local person, not national.

  4. Yes to Romper Room and Captain Kangaroo! Those are probably my earliest television memories. What a lovely slice about your visiting today! It's been a busy weekend so I am just not getting to commenting.

  5. I appreciate how you opened the post by drawing my eye back to the title; your opening line was meant for slicers like me. Thanks for giving us the backstory and then using it to entice us into the slices of others.

  6. Ramona, your idea of using all of your slices in this slice made for an amazing slice. I like to read multiple slicers but had to read Poetry Friday responses each Friday. Best to you for a wonderful weekend.

  7. I love these lines: "I promise myself that I'll stop reading and commenting and start my post by 5:45. I break my promise. Reading and commenting is more fun than writing." I do that so often! It's hard to stop reading! (and hard to start writing!) I love, love how you write about all the people you "saw" in your "magic mirror". Now I want to do the same!