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But What Is the R E A L Meaning?

The one time I took a Poetry Writing Course about the only thing I learned was that people find much more meaning in a poem than the author probably intended. I wrote what I saw as a nice little poem about a leaf falling, fluttering in the breeze, bouncing along the...

The Sobriety Test

Brian was tired, not drunk. Couldn’t they see that? Couldn’t they just smell his breath? Couldn’t they just listen to him talk to tell he wasn’t drunk? He was just overworked and tired, so very tired, that’s all.

Short Story: Bert’s Bodacious Baked Beauties

Bert was working fast. Less than two hours to make about 150 of his famous chocolate chip cookies. They were actually chocolate oatmeal cookies with chocolate chunks, walnuts, pecans, and his special ingredient, hazelnuts to go along with his secret ingredient,...

Before I Speak

I’ve often thought this quote could be paraphrased – Before I write, I’ve got something important to say....

A Man of a Certain Age

This is the hard part: I don’t know where to start this. I don’t want to sound like a drooling old pervert, but the fact was, she was quite pretty and I found myself glancing at her in that way that I imagine all older men of mine do – wanting to look, wanting to admire, wanting to imagine, but not wanting to get caught at it. If this was a love story, I would begin it there: with me looking, but trying not to look.

Punctuation Is Taking Over My Life

Funny thing – I’m starting to talk as if I’m sending a text. Awhile ago my daughter suggested I get a smart phone, so I looked around and after a while found something that fit my budget: an android phone and Virgin Mobile. That was about five years...

Looking at an Unusual Search Engine: Seenapse

  I’m not sure what to make of a new search engine’ an inspiration engine, which is still in it’s infancy: Seenapse, . Right now, it might not be better than Google for what it does – brainstorm and draw associations – but as the...

It’s the Little Unexciting Things

Years ago I thought I was the only person who had some of the thoughts and ideas that I called mine, yet every day I discover someone who has been thinking pretty much the same thing I’ve been thinking. “Coming  home, pouring yourself a glass of wine, and...

Review: Stargirl

At first glance I thought Stargirl was going to be just a silly high school romance story and in some ways it was, but in many ways it wasn’t. I decided to read it because I’d heard that Jerry Spinelli was an excellent writer and that this was one of his best books.

Review: Food Rules

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book isn’t a children’s book. There are a number of pictures in it, but it’s not a Picture Book, nor is it Middle Grade or Young Adult. However, it is a book with...

Review: Small Steps

Small Steps by Louis Sachar My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved Small Steps by Louis Sachar. Anytime a book leaves me imagining what happened to the protagonist it’s a good book. And anytime I finish the book feeling good or pensive or even excited, it’s a good...

Small Children and Smart Phones

A few days ago I watched a child, about six, reach into her little purse, pull out an iPhone, sit on a store shelve where she started playing Angry Birds. For a long time I’ve been appalled by the number of small children who have very expensive phones that they...

Nine Books from Your Childhood

I found a list of a Houston TV (ABC-13) station’s selection of “nine best books from your childhood.” While none of them were the best books from my childhood (none of them were written when I was a child), I think that all nine should be on a list of books any parent should want to get for their 3 – 7 year old. My list of the nine books of my childhood might not give away my age, but they will tell you that I’m old enough to be a grandpa, which I am, or even a great-grandpa, which I am not.

Darn, I Wish I’d Thought of That

It happens often enough. I see something I think was extremely clever and I wish I’d thought of it. Every day I see a number of clever things, but I don’t always wish I’d thought of them. In fact it’s somewhat rare that something causes the...

Dr. Seuss Quote – Late

“How did it get so late so soon?” ~ Dr. Seuss. I ask myself this everyday, not in these words exactly, but something close. In fact, I’ve been asking this question since my 40th birthday. The time and the days and the years fly by so fast that before...