No Shortcuts Allowed— It Takes Precious Time to Talk with Each Other Before Becoming Friends

The tidbits you are told are not all you will learn about someone. They are merely an introduction.

Ken Kayse
3 min readJun 6, 2022


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Join me! Sit back, relax, take your chill pill, sip whatever you brought with you, listen to some soft, easy listening music… just pause and let go of all your daily worries. Pretend they don’t exist for a while.

When you clicked on this article, what did you think you were going to read? Answer if you want, or don’t, it’s totally your call. Thanks for checking it out and perhaps reading a little further.

Here’s a little hint about what is contained below: I talk about me, and I talk about you.

‘That’s not much,’ you say to yourself. Yet, I know that what comes next reveals a great deal about you and me.

This is how a friendship starts. We each find something we like about the other person and want to learn more. What makes this new person tick? How are they like me? How are they unlike me? Are they cartoon characters, witty and funny? Or, are they dark and mysterious, intriguing us, and practically begging us to find out more?

Sometimes, we forget people are just people. They use the same words we use, they walk on two feet, just like us. They are either down to earth, or high falutin’ as my mother would say. They’re just… people!

With that, allow me to introduce you to…


I am Ken…

I am old, but young — old enough to know better, but young enough to also know you only live once.

I have a brother and four sisters. We are all characters of sorts, funny, witty, sharp as tacks, and have a deep respect for the lives we get to live.

Our parents both came from large families — Mom was one of six kids and Dad was one of nine. That means our lives have been filled with many fond memories of our extended family, or what we call our ‘buzzin’ cousins’.

From regular family picnics on Sundays to birthday parties, graduations, baby showers, or weddings, we had many occasions to be around our cousins and it has…



Ken Kayse

When Life knocks you down, be a rubber ball and bounce up. I enjoy creativity and I love life! I write for fun and I live in the present. Try it you’ll like it.