In this collection of tales, I've pulled together an assortment of random thoughts and dreams, a smattering of memories and recollections, and a mixed bag of wry (but never cynical) observations of life as it rolls out around me. Many of the stories are whimsical or fanciful, some nostalgic, some just funny...or so they seem to me. Most are current, drawn from events and occasions I'm witnessing now; a few are from bygone years. I make no claim to profound wisdom or even accurate recall in the telling of the tales. But I do promise that they truthfully reflect appreciation for, and an imperfect understanding of, the people, places, and situations portrayed. Laughter, even of the sardonic kind, is good for us all. I hope you will enjoy these tales of a bemused bystander, faithfully trying to keep up with the passing parade.