Black Friday–Nah, Not For Me

Don’t need new electronics. Don’t need major gifts this year. What I do need is to get some more exercise in the pool. That’s possible today because I have to charge the sensor and reattach it to a new patch to keep checking the old ticker for AFib or some other form of arrhythmia. Nothing […]

I Think, Therefore I When

Just a little variation on Rene Descartes, perhaps the title of a novel to come. It all started with a post from April last year, Derek’s Dominoes, that’s been running through my mind of late. I plan on working on two or more series steadily the next few years doing what the “experts” advise–getting them […]

A Detective Gaston Mystery

A Murder Mystery Snippet Maybe this will become a short story, maybe a novel—even a book in a series. For now, this is all there is–it all started with a writing prompt, from which I took only the two character names.  “She had a thyroid problem. Do you suppose that killed her, detective?” “Not unless […]

A Happy Birthday Song Brings Tears #WATWB

Just a little web surfing produced this gem for the monthly #WATWB. A kindergarten class signed the Happy Birthday song for a hard of hearing custodian at their elementary school.  It brought a smile and tears to the man. For more on the story go here. For a related video, go here. Cohosts for this […]

The Writer’s Eye–Seeing A Scene Around You

Not a story this time, a writers tip fleshed out. After an early doctor’s appointment, my wife and I stopped for breakfast at a local Arby’s last month. I asked the manager, who happened to be working the counter, “Did you use to work at Wendy’s?” “Yes, for ten years,” she said, “that seemed long […]

The Cytherians

A snippet from a prompt at the Gila Writers Group. Maybe something to use in a short story or . . . ? The Cytherians, by necessity, are a shiny sort of people. The planet is very near its sun. The surface is very hot–too hot for more than a brief visit from the underground […]

The Quiet Deer

We are blessed with lots of wildlife at our home high atop a hill in southwestern New Mexico. Yesterday a quail with two young ones walked in front of the house; today, four adults walked along the short stone wall 15-feet from the house. Hummingbirds are in abundance, as a recent post briefly noted. Today, […]

#WATWB Lions of Justice

Something a little different this month–with a bit of secular humanism. OK, a little faith-connection too. I’m talking about a national event happening in the USA in nine cities. It’s a festival intended to welcome 50,000 youth–aged from 12 to 39. It’s happening September 23rd and registration ends September 4th. So if you or someone […]

Hummingbirds Rain Truce–Haiku

Not much of a poetry fan or poet–either one. But one must take on a challenge now and then to remain creatively literate in composing prose. So here is a haiku for Colleen Chesbro’s weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge.     Gloomy Rain falling Wings sign a fleeting treaty Hummers dine in peace