Romance shorts

You have to think about what you want in a partner–so you recognize him when he comes along.

Romance Blues

            I joined Community Boating on Boston’s Charles River for two reasons:   to hone my sailing skills and to meet some men.  I was advised on the technique of landing a guy:  As a woman you are the lure. You have to think about what you want–so you recognize him when he comes along to catch you. 

            I first thought in broad categories:  intelligent, sensitive, funny, attractive, free- spirited, evolved.  The only particular I wanted was a sailor to share my passion.  I found, though, I could be very particular about what I didn’t want.  No boozers, no smokers and no one who owned cats since, because of my allergies, we’d never be able to get close without my sneezing and wheezing all night.

            By the end of that summer I hadn’t found anyone who seemed available, so I took a look over some of the guys I’d overlooked. 

            It was fall; we were in the Barnegut at sunset, about four of us, one of whom I’d seen often at the club.  He was short and balding, but up close I could see how attractive he really was–blue eyes, nice smile.  When I learned he was a researcher at Mass General Hospital I knew he was intelligent.  Now, here’s a prospect, I observed.

            I was lost in this reverie watching him handle the jib, when as we reached to shore, he mused his own daydream and was hit with the need to express his thoughts. Pulling out a package of cigarettes, then lighting one, he inhaled and before exhaling he remarked to no one in particular, “God, my cats would love this.”

Author: Cale Kenney

Cale Kenney is a writer, teacher, editor, and publisher in that order of interest and experience. She grew up in Revere, MA 01915, a city on the ocean just 8 miles north of Boston. She went to University of Mass in 1970 and during that freshman year of college she had a motor cycle accident that changed the course of her life after she lost her left leg, hip and pelvis due to gangrene. Ms. Kenney writes about that experience in her first published volume Have Crutch Will Travel The Adventures of a Modern Day Calamity Jane. In 2008, she began a blog and has set up many of her early stories at Cale moved to Winter Park Colorado after graduating from UMASS in Amherst, where she lived from 1970-1975. Once she fell in love with the Rocky Mountains, Cale said she began her career in journalism writing for the local newspaper, the Winter Park Manifest. She also began freelance writing for several magazines as well as the national known Powder and Ski Racing magazines. Cale trained for the national handicap ski team in 1979 and was named to the team in 1980; the US raced in the 1980 World Olympic Disabled Games in Geilo, Norway. As she was moving ahead in ski racing, Cale was also writing more articles for Powder and Alpenglo magazines and in 1981 became the Sports Editor for the Winter Park, Manifest. Cale has called this years living as a writer and skier in the beautiful Rocky Mountains as her glory days. In 1983 she had a knee injury three days before the team left for Switzerland. She has said the injury set up a time of reflection that led her onward to graduate school in Fort Collins, at Colorado State University. In 1990 Kenney moved back to Colorado and took courses in business development and began her business, Kenney Communications through Mi Casa Womens Center and their circle loan program. From 1993 to 1999 she began writing desktop publishing pieces like newsletters and brochures and other public relations instruments, while she developed her small ‘litzine, for authentic women’s voices: Howlings: Wild Women of the West and created Tell Tale Publishing, her imprint for her own work. An injury to her hands and arms sidelined Cale for several years as she took three years to recover their use, though she would have to give up her crutches at the very time she wrote a book that celebrated her crutches. In 2004, she published Have Crutch Will Travel, a memoir, and moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her family of origin. She began a blog in 2008 and has been slowly self-publishing through the help of Tracy Pilcher, her webmistress and Katrina Martin, an office worker who was also a close friend, clips and articles that were published elsewhere as well as poetry, articles, short stories, and other works that have yet been published—except on Wordpress. Cale retired in 2010 from her business of teaching a correspondence course in writing, and Ms. Kenney says she would love to teach again.

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