“Golden Age”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Golden Age.” If you had to live forever as either a child, an adolescent, or an adult, which would you choose — and why? If I had to choose between being a child, adolescent or adult for the rest of my life, my choice hands down is… More “Golden Age”

“Early Bird”


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Early Bird.” Capturing an outstanding photograph in the early morning light. The weekly photo challenge

“Decisions or Gut Instinct” (A couples Weekend Short Story)


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Decisions, Decisions.” How are you more likely to make an important decision — by reasoning through it, or by going with your gut? All critical decisions require reasonable contemplation, however, “gut instincts” requiring little thought or reasoning, is culturally perceived as exciting and adventurous. Most gut instinct… More “Decisions or Gut Instinct” (A couples Weekend Short Story)

“Forever Young”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forever Young.” If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water? The last time I drank from the fountain of youth, I was scolded severely, by my parents and the priest who made me go to confession. I know there is no fountain… More “Forever Young”

“Missing Sequels”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Missing Sequels.” If you could create a sequel to one favorite (standalone) movie, which would it be? How would it build on the original? I would love to have the motion picture movie Grand Torino sequel to be a romance. Retired auto worker and Korean War veteran… More “Missing Sequels”

“Middle Seat”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Middle Seat.” It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your… More “Middle Seat”

“Only Sixteen”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Only Sixteen.” Tell us all about the person you were when you were sixteen. If you haven’t yet hit sixteen, tell us about the person you want to be at sixteen. Oh yes, to recall the dreaded year of being sixteen. Well, this was the year before… More “Only Sixteen”

“No, Thank You”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No, Thank You.” If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why? In honor of my mother, my English teachers during my elementary, middle, and high school years, I would permanently banned the word “ain’t.” The word “ain’t” was the… More “No, Thank You”

“Que Sera Sera”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Que Sera Sera.” Do you believe in fate or do you believe you can control your destiny? Living fifty years upon this planet and experiencing several life or death circumstances, I understand, appreciate and believe in fate. Here today gone tomorrow, live each day as it was… More “Que Sera Sera”

“That Stings”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “That Stings!.” Franz Kafka said, “we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.” What’s the last thing you read that bit and stung you? Earlier this year I read a book titled Ruby, and I just could not stop until I finished. The author Cynthia… More “That Stings”

“Green-Eyed Monster” (A Short Story)


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Green-Eyed Monster.” Tell us about the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone. Did you act on it? Did it hurt your relationship? In 1995, the Christmas toy craze became “Beanie Babies.” and young children were begging their parents and Santa Clause for their favorite… More “Green-Eyed Monster” (A Short Story)

“Diversity”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “West End Girls.” Every city and town contain people of different classes: rich, poor, and somewhere in between. What’s it like where you live? If it’s difficult for you to discern and describe the different types of classes in your locale, describe what it was like where… More “Diversity”

“Creepy”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Creepy.” This week, I will show something creepy — because hey, we can’t take photos of rainbows and puppies every day. Well, okay, I guess we can. But let’s branch out anyway! The creepy series of photos. The Daily Post Photo Challenges

“Helpless”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Helpless.” Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that –- and what did you do about it? On a plane trip some years ago, I was aboard a flight from Chicago to Washington Dulles International… More “Helpless”

“Community Service”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Community Service.” Your entire community — however, you define that; your hometown, your neighborhood, your family, your colleagues — is guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see. I understand this daily prompt is to solicit my response to explain… More “Community Service”

“I pledge Allegiance”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Pledge Allegiance.” Are you patriotic? What does patriotic mean to you? The word “patriotic” sends my thoughts to a time during my childhood where the foundation to understand and appreciate the words’ pledge, oath, honor, and being patriotic were developed.   My education and understanding of these… More “I pledge Allegiance”

“Breakdown”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Breakdown.” Tell us about a habit you’d like to break. Is there any way it can play a positive role in your life? My afternoon nap was once a daily routine when I was a very young child, and they continued when I began kindergarten, classes. I… More “Breakdown”

“Blogging, Writing and Authors”


Yesterday, I began my attendance of The Key West Florida Mystery Writers Conference. I have enjoyed the various speakers who have provided incredible information on writing, illustrating, publishing traditionally, independently and the use of Social Media. Presenter, Laurence O’Bryan provided detailed information on the use of Social Medial as an author. I will provide more information… More “Blogging, Writing and Authors”

“Sweeping Motions”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Sweeping Motions.” What’s messier right now — your bedroom or you computer’s desktop (or your favorite device’s home screen)? Tell us how and why it got to that state. My obsessive compulsion overwhelmed me to begin sweeping, mopping, and cleaning my entire home before leaving on vacation.… More “Sweeping Motions”

“Delayed Contact”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Delayed Contact.” How would you get along with your sibling(s), parent(s), or any other person you’ve known for a long time — if you only met them for the first time today? My favorite family quote is, “you can choose your friends. However, your blood family is… More “Delayed Contact”

“Obstacle Course”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Obstacle Course.” Think about what you wanted to accomplish last week. Did you? What are the things that hold you back from doing everything you’d like to do? Last week’s agenda was completed, and I was able to accomplish my writing assignments and arrive safely after some… More “Obstacle Course”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Beneath Your Feet.” Experiment with your angle: stand as you snap your picture or get close to the floor. You don’t need to include your feet, as I’ve done in the photo above. Consider all kinds of settings and surfaces, from interesting textures and patterns to sidewalk… More Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

“Bedtime Stories”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Bedtime Stories.” What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now? Dr. Suesuss ABC’s, Cat in the Hat, Fox in Socks’, Hop on Pop, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Curious George, and Dick… More “Bedtime Stories”

Through the Window


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Through the Window.” Go to the nearest window. Look out for a full minute. Write about what you saw. Looking through a window onto a bright sunny day, I spy with my eye, something green, something brown, something white, and something red. My view brings forth a… More Through the Window

From You to You


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “From You to You.” Write a letter to your 14-year-old self. Tomorrow, write a letter to yourself in 20 years. I could not write a letter to myself telling me what I should prepare for because my past has allowed me to arrive at this time of my life… More From You to You

“Tattoo….You?”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Tattoo….You?.” Do you have a tattoo? If so, what’s the story behind your ink? If you don’t have a tattoo, what might you consider getting emblazoned on your skin? Oh, my “tattoos,” I have many types, sizes all over my body. I have family members, friends, an ex-wife… More “Tattoo….You?”

“Style Icon”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Style Icon.” Describe your personal style. However, you’d like to interpret that — your clothing style, your communication style, your hair style, your eating style, anything. My personal style is iconic. As a member of the Florida Beach Bum Association, I project a style of active outdoor… More “Style Icon”

“Lucky Star”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Lucky Star.” My three wishes are similar to my prayers. 1) I wish for great health for me as well for my family and friends. 2) I wish for a successful career as a writer, photographer, and painter. 3) I wish for the world to be more… More “Lucky Star”

“Game of Groans”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Game of Groans.” Think about an object, an activity, or a cultural phenomenon you really don’t like. Now write a post (tongue in cheek or not — your call!) about why it’s the best thing ever. It is the middle of summer, and two weeks after the… More “Game of Groans”

“Simply the Best and Worst of Humanity”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Simply the Best.” NASA is building a new Voyager spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture. What belongs onboard? The following link provides information about the current Voyager 1 & 2 interstellar mission carrying a data time capsule. It has been over twenty-five years since… More “Simply the Best and Worst of Humanity”

“Fourth Wall”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fourth Wall.” You get to spend a day inside your favorite movie. Tell us which one it is — and what happens to you while you’re there. A couple of days ago, I wrote a response to the daily prompt, “you’re a winner,” where I promised to… More “Fourth Wall”