“The 50th Wedding Anniversary.”


Hello, my name is Johnathan and tonight we have gathered to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents. My parents have a foundation of friendship and a passionate love for one another for which their lives together as husband and wife has evolved through many of life’s tragedies and celebrations. Before they were married, their love was tested by my grandfather who assumed my … Continue reading “The 50th Wedding Anniversary.”

“Spikes of life and death.”


The beginning spike is birth. The spike of walking. The spike of your first day of school. The spike of working an agricultural field to feel the soil beneath your feet. The spike of falling in love. The spike of completing and education or discovering a passion. The spike of becoming a parent and grandparent. With every spike, there are valley’s and death is considered … Continue reading “Spikes of life and death.”

“My little girl’s backyard fun.”


On a rainy Saturday, I was seated in the library reading Jane Eyre enjoying my afternoon tea, and biscuits when thunder, roared over the house with a streak of lightning flashing across the sky. I stood, approached the window to peer out onto my prize winning Sheffield England topiary garden. My sight paralyzed me with the fear every parent who is more protective of their … Continue reading “My little girl’s backyard fun.”

“Journey Unravel.”


Usually, a journey takes someone from one location to another, so what is a personal journey? Within the mind, a personal journey begins with imagination, a dream or idea, driven by desires, fueled by a passion for achieving a goal. It takes fortitude and perseverance to remain focused on a journey in the face of distractions, enticements, and temptations. Although some journeys are shared with … Continue reading “Journey Unravel.”

“A child’s blind tenaciousness, and a parent’s denial.”


Within seconds of Charlie’s birth, the doctor, and I was shocked to see his dark brown eyes searching the room, his surroundings and finally fixating on me. That moment seared into my memory, heart, and soul for the rest of my life. He was a healthy baby with strong lungs only crying when hungry or needing a diaper change. He was four, and a half … Continue reading “A child’s blind tenaciousness, and a parent’s denial.”

“Prudent kids on the cusp of being champions.”


We all have gathered her for our annual sports awards banquet to honor and celebrate the mighty, mighty, Bulldogs who are champions again. I want to recognize and applaud all of the parents, who provided pre-game, half-time, post-game foods, and snacks. I want to personally express my thanks to Mr & Mrs, Borinski, for the grilled, stuffed jalapeno sausages, after every game. For the past … Continue reading “Prudent kids on the cusp of being champions.”

“Dense.”


The density within a photograph can capture and reveal woodland landscapes, a field of flowers or a large school of fish. My photos encompass multiple items within its landscape. The Caloosahatchee River that flows south past Fort Myers Fl, The Fort Myers Marina, two river islands, two cross-river bridges, multi-level apartment buildings, building rooftops, palm trees, streets filled with cars in the old town district … Continue reading “Dense.”

“Ordinary Parent.”


Katherine Humphrey’s is a mother of two, a three-month-old son and Shelby her 4-year-old daughter. After placing both in their bedrooms for afternoon naps, she settled in at her kitchen table to sip on a cup of herbal tea. She suddenly overheard Shelby coaxing “Wilbur” their 6-year-old most docile cat to take a baby bottle. Wilbur has been Shelby’s constant companion and generally sleeps in … Continue reading “Ordinary Parent.”

A motorcyclist’s ordinary day,


I have traveled across the US via motorcycle for well over twenty years along the two-lane asphalt, dirt and gravel roads tying the small towns of America together, like knots of a rope. During all of my travels, I have seen and encountered a lot of amazing people and sights to accept every day I ride will be filled with adventures of visual sights, sounds, … Continue reading A motorcyclist’s ordinary day,

“A Journey’s expectation.”


Several hours ago we were seated at our dining room table Loretta, and I sat next to one another holding hands, sharing kisses as our excitement mounted about our retirement journey. Three weeks after a gala retirement party held in our honor along with several post-retirement events hosted by family and friends our flight is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Our bags are labeled and have … Continue reading “A Journey’s expectation.”

“The Roads Taken.”


  The photos of the roads I have taken vary widely from Aligator Alley near the Florida Everglades to the Alaska Highway, interstate 70 in Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska and the Canadian Rockies near Banff. For me, all of the photos provided me with scenic views of the roads I have taken. WordPress weekly photo challenge Continue reading “The Roads Taken.”

“Instinct.”


I’m no hero. I acted upon instinct pulling Mrs. Harris from her car after she collided with the fence. Everyone says I’m a hero, but I don’t fell like one. I just did what I was supposed to do. People call us heroes, but we know who we are. We are men & women who know we only did what was right. We keep the … Continue reading “Instinct.”

Ruminating and Swarm


It was a chilly spring evening as Floyd, and Pegg Harkins’ sat rocking in their chairs watching the sun set behind the dark green mountains of the Beaverden, West Virgina. You know Pegg, I’ve been ruminating about our graduation celebration when it was held in the afternoon outside behind the school house. Do you remember when some of Mr. Dickle’s bees from his farm next … Continue reading Ruminating and Swarm

‘Doubt.”


Doubt is an emotion resting on the foundation of fear slowing the momentum to move forward on your initial decision. Doubt and hesitation are similar allowing fear to enter any decision. Yet, doubt is a part of the safety for oneself and others, and once assured, the initial decision should move forward. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading ‘Doubt.”

“Hesitate.”


Hesitate, and the moment passes. Hesitate, and you miss the opportunity. Hesitate, and you will become regretful. Hesitate, and your dreams will not become real. Hesitation is a consideration as you continue through life. Hesitation is a fear while remaining confident knowing the experiences to overcome life’s hesitations builds character and knowledge. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Hesitate.”

“Glitter Child.”


As a child multi-colored glitter sparkles light everywhere. With my grandmother crafting Easter baskets we use glitter sprinkled on the gift of candy and toys. When I find the glitter bottle, I marvel at the look it makes in the bathtub. When flushing the toilet glitter swirls towards the bottom with many colors. Glitter on ceramic marble floors produces an almost surreal look. Glitter footprints … Continue reading “Glitter Child.”

“Embarrassing​ squat.”


It was a hot July the 4th holiday, and several of my neighborhoods were gathered at my home as I hosted a Bar-B-Que. One of my, neighbors a young couple in their mid-twenties who were three years into their marriage with a two-year-old child attended. Since the other couples in attendance offspring were in college or on their own, everyone spoiled the young toddler. It … Continue reading “Embarrassing​ squat.”

“Sounds of Silence.”


Many years ago I participated in a stress management class where I gathered the knowledge of learning to de-stress to live a more peaceful life. When the teacher who taught the morning class returned after lunch and stood before the class of 30-40 adults who quieted and watched as she stood in silence for the next ten minutes staring at us. For the first five … Continue reading “Sounds of Silence.”

“Expectations, Stress & Achievement​.”


  The human imagination of expectations usually increases the stress within many people. To achieve successful imagined expectations, it takes discipline and dedication. Initiating a detailed written schedule, any imagined expectations can be achieved. Once expectation is achieved, there is and emotional exhilaration and a decrees in stress. Expectations, increases stress, until achivement of expectations brings relief until the next expectation. M. J. Leake WordPress … Continue reading “Expectations, Stress & Achievement​.”

“Cleaning.”


Timothy and Susan Crawford were married thirty-nine years when on Valentine’s Day, their oldest son Jason asked his college sweetheart Meredith to marry him. Meredith said yes, and they planned a June wedding. The two dated for five years, yet waited until they finished their post doctorate degrees before discussing marriage. The each shared rooms with friends off campus near the University and to save … Continue reading “Cleaning.”

“Resist.”


With the first month of 2017 in the review mirror, many New Years resolutions have fallen prey to various forms of temptations. For those who want to sustain their resolutions, I recommend stating the phrase from the popular television show, Star Trek; The Next Generation’s formidable enemy the “Borg,” “Resistance if Futile.” Using the phrase “Resistance if Futile,” maybe the trigger to get you past … Continue reading “Resist.”

“2016 Nomadic Adventures & photos Part #1,”


It was the 1st of April when I decided to purchase a vehicle to replace my 1991 Ford Explorer, or as my adult son called her, “The Exploder.” He and several close friends believed that upon my retirement six years prior, I should have purchased a new car. I gave it some thought but buying another vehicle easily drifted from my frugal conscious mind. My … Continue reading “2016 Nomadic Adventures & photos Part #1,”

“Wedding Invitations,”


I attended two weddings accompanied by my special someone who excited my mother with the possibilities of our marriage one day. When my mom attended the second wedding, she discovered my special someone passionately kissing one of the groomsmen the relationship ended. I was a groomsman at the third marriage, and my mother was my plus one which will never happen again. I love my … Continue reading “Wedding Invitations,”

“Marathon,”


The idea to participate in the marathon was initiated during an employees meeting when I quickly volunteered to support the team. A total of 14 employees rounded out the team which included the general manager and vice president. Everyone remained enthusiastic throughout two months of training because they worked half days on Mondays and Fridays. On the last Saturday of April, the momentous day arrived, … Continue reading “Marathon,”

Exquisite


My name is Sylvester Williewood, and the Mercantile Finance Corporation has employed me for thirty-seven years. I began my career in the mail room, and I have risen to become the vice president of the corporation. I’m currently in negotiations with another financial institution which has offered to hire me. **************************** The regularly scheduled Monday morning conference with all twelve board members in attendance seated … Continue reading Exquisite

“Unseen.”


I close my eyes to behold our wedding with the beauty we shared I close my eyes to observe our honeymoon, and I smile I close my eyes to see our 47 anniversaries. I close my eyes to feel our love, for our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I close my eyes with tears of joy, sensing our touch, our love, flowing through my heart, and … Continue reading “Unseen.”

“Capable.”


Growing up in Miami, during my college year’s I easily maintained a 4,0-grade point average whenever. To pass tests, I imagined calmly strolling along South Beach in Miami Fl with the warm eighty-degree temperatures surrounding my body. But today my mind drifts to the woman who stole my heart, soul, and mind. I spent the previous summer abroad studying history at the University of Spain … Continue reading “Capable.”

“Someday,”


Someday, I’m going to gain the opportunity I seek. Someday, I’m going to repair the air conditioner. Someday, I’m going to paint the house. Someday, I’m going to install the ceiling fan. Someday, I’m going to repair the garbage disposal. Someday, I’m going to refinish the wood floors But, today I’m going to sit and write! WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Someday,”

Cling


I’m a wife to a wonderful husband of 12-years, a mother of beautiful twin girls age 4, and a 6-year old boy. By 5:00 am, I’m enjoying my first cup of coffee and, I sit in silence to a quite home and I’m looking forward to the twins afternoon nap and mommy time. I have taken mommy time, on the rear deck, in the backyard … Continue reading Cling

“Uneven.”


During my four years of college, I maintained twelve college credit hours per semester, six during the summer including twelve hours of lab work per month the two semesters before graduation and during the summer, I held a part-time job of thirty hours a week. When I interviewed for employment with several biomedical companies before graduation, they all wanted me to begin immediately, except for … Continue reading “Uneven.”

“Shine.”


Every one of our 137 talented performing art graduates are uniquely special. They are blessed with talents & skills that shine from within in for us all to see in wonderment. We are fortunate to witness their radiant talent as they provide their last creative performance. Now with no further ado, I present to you the graduates of the Acme school of performance arts in … Continue reading “Shine.”

“Martin Luther King Jr.”


This weekend has been a whirlwind of amazing events for me here in Utah, including the exceptional performance by Taylor Mac kicking off MLK week and the inspirational, packed #writersresist event last night at Mandate Press. Today, I’m immersing myself in reading poems to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and listening to our local community radio […] via Honor Martin Luther King Jr. day in poetry … Continue reading “Martin Luther King Jr.”

“Love Specific.”


It has been thirty-seven years of marriage, yet when I graduated college with a degree in English Literature with a fellowship to attend the Iowa University creative writing program for my masters of fine art. I was extremely happy, and although I had not held my degree long enough to marvel at my accomplishment, Johnathan had asked me to marry him several times moments after … Continue reading “Love Specific.”

“Float. A short story”


Kevin and Katelyn Crawford ages 48 and 49 are a couple with four children ages 6, 8, 10, & 12. They are a very active family with all their children participating in some form of after-school athletic activities. They amaze their friends and neighbors as the two float through a five day work week, with ease and comfort managing their work schedules and the various … Continue reading “Float. A short story”

“Crossing.”


I imagine the incredible permutations of the root word, “cross,” and the various meaning and uses in the English language are incredible. Of course, immediately the root word implied religion with the many variations of crosses and its implication around the word. However, the word “cross” is used in the sports of boxing with a “right cross,” soccer’s “cross-field pass,” US-football’s “crossing pattern,” basketball “the … Continue reading “Crossing.”

“Tempted.”


As the new year begins many people will commit themselves to something. Whether it is a healthy lifestyle in the form of eating better, working out, or exercise of some type. The burden of temptation is the emotional element that can destroy any all good intentions. A temptation is an attraction, or distraction visible in mind or stomach yet basically an emotion. Most temptations have … Continue reading “Tempted.”

Gone


On December 7th, 2016 Wilber, and Joyce Borstanski will have completed Sixty-seven years of marriage. They are an active senior couple in their Southwest Florida community. Their daily 2-mile morning walks, yoga, and Tai-Chi classes are just a few of their combined weekly and monthly activities. However, after the death of their last pet, Ceasar, a 100-pound Chesapeake Bay Labrador Retriever who died ten years … Continue reading Gone

“Ovation, A short story”


The yearly winter carnival held on Lake George, in upstate New York, has produced many fish and sledding tales that have become legendary folklore. But during the 1967 winter carnival, every teenage boy tried to sled across the bottom end of the lake near the Lake George shoreline. Local politician Gerald Koranski’s 14-year-old son was the closest who stopped ten feet short of the mounds … Continue reading “Ovation, A short story”

“Renewal.”


Hey, honey, your car registration is due in January, have you mailed in the renewal paperwork? No, not yet, I forgot all about it during the holidays. I will take care of it this weekend, but I will take the two-year renewal option. Don’t forget you motorcycle, sailboat, the recreational vehicle, and your bass boat. Hey, baby on our anniversary I think we should renew our wedding … Continue reading “Renewal.”

“Pillage.”


It is 5:55 am, the day after Christmas, and four unassuming women sit comfortably in a rented full-size cargo van near the entrance of the Sherwood Mall waiting to begin their annual shopping pillage for Christmas sales. All of the women are related, but the youngest is participating in her first shopping pillage. When she turned 21 two months prior, the elder of the group … Continue reading “Pillage.”

“Retreat!”


It has been six months of nomadic adventurous travels, and I have enjoyed every moment and mile. Yet, after three days of high humidity, extremely dense fog, and only seeing the sun twice in a week I realized I miss morning walks along the beach, riding my bicycle, and the morning visits to the local Starbucks/Snowbird hang out. Oh, how I miss the Sanibel Causeways early … Continue reading “Retreat!”

An old man, a duck & a squirrel.


Narrator: On a beautiful autumnal mid-October morning, the Asher blue sky above is in tune with the cold, crisp air, like a freshly picked Granny Smith apple, while the sun shines brightly through the tree tops. Bernard Johnson, a retired postal worker of 47 years, sat on a park bench, feeding Oscar, a beautifully colored Mallard duck, who for the past two years, always waited patiently for Bernard … Continue reading An old man, a duck & a squirrel.

Greetings, Stranger (Daily Prompt)


You’re sitting at a café when a stranger approaches you. This person asks what your name is, and, for some reason, you reply. The stranger nods, “I’ve been looking for you.” What happens next? I respond with my best impersonation of Robert De Niro’s character in the movie Taxi Driver, “are you talking to me”? My response forces the stranger into a perplexed look, and … Continue reading Greetings, Stranger (Daily Prompt)

The light of day


It is 2:00 AM and for the past eight hours of a twelve-hour shift, it is still raining. I only just want to rest my eyes as I lay on the ground guarding my perimeter position. I remain awake fighting off sleep trying to stay alerted and prepared to listen for any movement of my enemy. My shift ends at 6:00 am, but when I … Continue reading The light of day

FINDING WIREPASS


Originally posted on REMOTE LEIGH:
Every morning I wake up to the rugged and remote beauty of Vermilion Cliffs. The ruggedness serves as a reminder that mother nature is my C.E.O. and the remoteness reinforces my belief that the environment is our entertainment. Every day, from sunrise to sunset, mother nature reveals her ever-changing moods and weather patterns. In the blink of an eye, a… Continue reading FINDING WIREPASS

I Need a Suggestion Box


Originally posted on AdventureDawgs:
Well my friends, the days are slowly getting longer, it isn’t quite as cold, and I have more fur on my floor which means it’s almost time for Road Trip Season! I have a few trips already (kind of) planned out but I’m looking for your suggestions.  It could be an awesome town, a great cafe, or the must-do hike.  Anything… Continue reading I Need a Suggestion Box