“Lofty.”


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This is my second year participating in the National Novel Writing Month event.

Although I have prepared with lofty plot ideas, with detail developement of characters and  and thier personalities. However, my best laid creative plans are usually thwarted for one reason or another as the month unflods.

My novel’s focal point is a local gym in Fort Myrs Fl and how the committments of three loving baby boomer couples evolve and respond to critical illnesses, depressions, and continually learning to appreciating one another.

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“Anticipation.”


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The participation within any race builds anticipation as you approach the finish line.

Seeking something produces the anticipations of finally grasping and holding what is sought.

Formulating a plot line, creating characters, with complex backgrounds and personalities to become close friends within the mind creates anticipation to complete a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing Month before midnight November 30, 2016.

Currently, at 41983, and my prize is within sight.🙂

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“Percolate.”


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Life’s easiest options are breathing, and waking up to a new day.

The hardest options are focusing on what to do, and finding the discipline to do what we imagined or dreamed of doing.

Life is boring when you don’t look for activities to become involved to enhance your soul.

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“Vegetal.”


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Since retirement, one of my greatest discoveries is learning to consume more vegetables and fruits. In doing so, I have noticed softer and more pliable skin and faster growth of what little hair I have left on my head.

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Many quotes and phrases are available to inspire people to eat correctly. However, fighting the temptation to overindulge is a losing battle for most people including me.

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“Bases.”


 

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Give me a first base squeeze honey

Oh yes, now that’s a first base squeeze.

Can I kiss your neck, and shoulders?

Umm, yes, I think you stole second base.

Oh, my goodness, that feels soo good.

Can we kiss to let me know you love me?

Oh, baby, you are quick, with a great lead off from second.

Rubbing my leg has resulted in a third base steal.

Can we sit down,

Oh, no sugar, no home plate score tonight.

Then, we will kiss and squeeze one another on our third base of love.

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“Bludgeon.”


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When the suspect took the stand in his defense to explain his side of the assault and battery.

The first question the prosecuting attorney asked the defendant was to describe what type of bludgeoning device he used against the victim.

The defendant stated, “I did not use a bludgeoning device.”
The prosecuting attorney walks to the evidence table and returns to holds it in front of the defendant and again asks, is this the bludgeoning tool you used.

The defendant looked the prosecuting attorney in the eye and with a stern southern accented voice again stated, I did not use a bludgeoning device.

The defense attorney stands and states, it should be noted the defendant was asked and answered the question.

The judge agreed.

The prosecuting attorney asked the defendant to describe what he held in his hand.

The defendant sits back in his chair and tells the prosecuting attorney. You are holding my wooden mini-baseball bat. Then pointing towards the victim seated at the prosecuting attorney’s desk.
He repeatedly hit his head on the big end.

With laughter erupting, the judge uses his gavel several times to restore order. The prosecuting attorney tells the defendant, no more questions, I believe we have established the bludgeoning piece of evidence.

The defendant while stepping from the defendant’s stand, said aloud, it was not a bludgeoning, it’s my mini-baseball bat.

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NaNoWriMo OR Blogging


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Over the past eleven days, my desire to creatively produce content for this blog, while engrossed with my NaNoWriMo 50,000 word challenge has become an either or episode in my life.

To be specific, the novels research has consumed my time while anxiety and shame filled my soul for failing to walk two miles or take my Yoga classes.

These decisions of either or has become a reoccurring theme for the past eleven days. I’m currently in an either or decision of should I hike or write.

Base on my past eleven days, writing will win the battle of anxiety.

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“Eerie.”


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Eunice Hedge-Clapper died at age 62 when her car was struck by falling debris from an overpass as she sat in traffic on Interstate 95 north of Washington DC. The eerily uncanny accident and her immediate death shocked her suburban community north of Washington DC

Just under two hundred people attended the funeral held at St. Agness Catholic Church where Eunice was baptized, confirmed and married. Her three children now adults live in the area also attend the church.

Her eldest granddaughter age eight was a fixture at her side on the weekends and summer breaks. Fortunately, she was not in the car at the time of the accident, because Eunice dropped her off at their church for the little girl to participate in children’s choir practice.

After the funeral and burial family friends and guest gathered in the church’s gymnasium. A monitor displayed photos of her life.

Twenty or more people began addressing the crowd about how Eunice impacted their life when the eldest granddaughter walked on to the stage and using the microphone she began to speak.

“I will miss my grandmother here on earth, but her presence will see me graduate high school, college and marry,”

As she spoke, the audience became quiet.
She went on to state,
“She loved her family, friends, church, and community.

The little girl stopped talking, with her eyes opened wide angling upward to her right, she looks back towards the audience paused for a moment as the silence built for several seconds

She told the crowd,

“Grandma says, live to help others, don’t over indulge,” and the little girl walks off the stage.

An eerie ghostly presence of Eunice Wedge-Clapper was felt, and in silence, the audience began exiting the gymnasium.

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Copycat


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Good, afternoon I’m the eldest brother who is six years older than my sister Erin, aka “Baby Princess.” I gave her that name since our father spoiled her immensely. I believe our parents spaced us out making me the supreme babysitter extraordinaire for many years.

At age fifteen, I took a part-time job after school as a lifeguard at the country club in our community. During the summer the job went full-time, and my babysitting duties were finally turned over to my brother David who was 13 at the time.

Our parent’s marriage is a success because they enjoyed a mandatory once or twice a month date night on Saturday’s” sometimes pressing me into my former babysitting duties of my sister who was 10-years of age at the time. David was out with his Boy Scout Troop for their yearly summer camp excursion.

So after mom and dad left, I sat on the couch next to Erin watching Dora the Explorer. Suddenly she jumped from the sofa running towards her bedroom. When she returned, she had with her several of her dolls.

She sat next to me with her dolls on her lap, one in between she and I and another on her other side. I asked whats with all of the baby dolls. She said. I’m practicing to become a babysitter like you, Erick. You know I’m copycatting you.

I laughed and gave her and all the baby dolls a hug.

From that day, I knew my little sister would always make a great wife to a lucky young man.

Fifteen years after babysitting my little sister, aka “Baby Princes” who married a man today our parents, my brother and I gave formal approval of this afternoon.

So, let’s stand, and all raise a glass of champagne in toasting the happy couple too many successful years of copycatting.

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“Rearrange.”


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For thirty-five years, Oscar and Eunice’s marriage has faced various obstacles testing their enduring love for one another. Oscar has learned and developed the wisdom to rearrange his perception of women to survive his marriage.

On the eve of his eldest son’s marriage David, Oscar provides some wisdom and knowledge. The first thing you should understand is that your life will be rearranged and accepting the rearrangement makes life with your new wife somewhat easier. Here are a few tips to remember.

  1. A happy wife is a happy life.
  2. Always clean and leave the toilet seat down when you finish in the bathroom.
  3. Learn to apologize even when you are wrong.
  4. Learn to nod your head in agreement.
  5. Listen intently and always show concern.

Most importantly trust in one another and never share your knowledge of this conversation with your mother.

Oscar and David hugged one another when David asks. Did Susan receive the same talk when she married?

No, I did not speak to your sister. But, I did talk with her husband Brian a week before they married, which is why I believe they are still happily married to this day with my three grandkids.

David, asks, did granddad give you this wisdom.

No, but, I was hard headed and stubborn before learning to rearrange my life

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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History


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There are museums all over the US, but The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History focuses on the history of nuclear science to describing the people instrumental in the testing, development, and deployment of nuclear weapons from its infancy.

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Its current location was established in 2009 from its original location at Kirkland Air Force Base when it closed due to heightened security measures on the base forcing the museum to a temporary location in Old Town, Albuquerque NM. The museum is a Smithsonian affiliate and the only national museum in the state of New Mexico.

Upon entering the Museum, and paying the entrance fee, the ceramic floor has the periodic table in large blocks including updated new additions to the table.

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Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted by the United States Army at 5:29 am on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. The test was conducted in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on what was then the USAAF Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range (now part of White Sands Missile Range). The only structures originally in the vicinity were the McDonald Ranch House and its ancillary buildings, which scientists used as a laboratory for testing bomb components.

 

Outside the museum, is Heritage Park with displays of various aircraft, mobile, and static systems used to deliver different all types of nuclear bombs from anywhere in the world.

Below are photos of the nuclear bombs (Fat man and Little Boy) used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan.

So, the next time you are in the Albuquerque NM area, stop by for a detailed look and learn about the history of the nuclear age.

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“Banned.”


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Gerald McClain and Cody Whitten both age 89, have been life-long friends growing up on farms in Iowa near the small town of Hampton. After retirement and many cold winters in Iowa, they moved to Bradenton Florida with their wives.

They married twin sisters, Beulah and Betty Conklin on Valentine’s day, 1947, and each sister died within six months of one another. Before their imminent deaths, Beulah and Betty banned Gerald and Cody from remarrying, and to never date during the month of February.
Both men agreed, and within a year after the death of the last twin, Beulah, Gerald and Cody sold their homes and decided to share a two bedroom senior condo in Bradenton Fl.

They stay active walking two miles along the beach every morning, going to the gym three times a week, participating in the Senior Olympics and volunteering as docents at the Florida Maritime Museum.

Many women in their senior condo building ask the men to attend dances as dance partners, and throughout the year they are called upon to escorted women to black-tie events except during the month of February.

During the month of February, both Gerald and Cody after 9:30, am mass, visit the graves sites of their wives placing fresh flowers on their headstones who are buried next to one another. For several hours both men, sit, pray and talk to their wives.

On the 14th, of February, Gerald and Cody sometimes joined by their adult children take their family photo albums to the grave sites, and they spend hours reminiscing.

During the month of February, they have become accustomed to many women asking them on dates and each politely tells the women, they are banned from dating during the month of February.

When one persistent woman caught the two in front of their apartment building, she asked why they are banned from dating during the month of February.

Gerald told the woman, “its a promise to our wives we made before they died several years ago.

The woman smiled and felt emotional with the love she recognized in Gerald’s statement.

Cody spoke up telling the lady, “we are also afraid our wives may return to haunt or scare us to death.”🙂

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“The Tiny Non-Profit Philanthropist.”


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Every sorority on campus worked hard to recruit Twins Joan and Jenny Armstrong who stand 4’9″ tall. They are in the second semester of their third year of college maintaining a 4.0-grade point average in advanced astrophysics. Neither were ever interested in the sorority life.

They recently received notoriety from the astrophysicist and cosmologist community from around the world for a paper they co-wrote about “The possibilities of space travel in relationship to astrophysics and cosmologist.

The important significance of the paper they co-wrote inspired celebrity astrophysicist, cosmologist, and author Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson to visit their college campus to speak with students and a private meeting with Joan and Jenny.

However, their deepest secret no one was aware of their avid gambling on NFL football games. Uniquely their college success paled in comparison to their gambling.

They designed and developed a computer algorithm with a success rate between 90 & 95% to predict the winning NFL football team while covering the point spreads.

Unbeknownst to the twins, the IRS & FBI’s simultaneously using wiretaps were conducting an investigation of offshore gambling corporations that was owned or monetarily supported by several major US Corporations.

The wiretap revealed conversations between several managers of the gambling businesses and their decision to remove the two young ladies permanently as customers after winning 6.7 billion dollars in three years.

The IRS & FBI investigated the financial background of Joan, Jenny, and their parents only to discover they never took possession of their winnings.
Instead, they transfer their winnings to “tiny” non-profits organizations around the world with less than one-million dollars in operating budgets.

Surprisingly they both worked part-time at a fast food restaurant on campus, and they were attending college on a 4- year scholarship and the recent paper brought fellowships and scholarship offers from around the world.

The IRS and the FBI decided to make contact with the young ladies when the wiretap confirmed a kill order for Joan & Jenny, the “Tiny non-profit philanthropists”?

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“Transformation.”


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Halloween is a perfect time to transform your persona into who you want to become with the use of makeup and costumes.

Most thoughtful transformations take place deep within the mental psyche away from prying eyes of family friends and opinions.

Once revealed to surprised family and friends, the positive comments empowers and reinforces your decision, while negative comments cause a repression of your thoughtful transformation.

However, your creative imagination is self-initiated and comes from within, your mind and soul.

So, as we approach Halloween, go ahead, be creative. Wear a plastic post-1995 Michael Jackson mask, with a dark blue bed sheet, dressed as a Greek councilman, while wearing a brown combat boot on your left foot and a Converse purple high top Chuck Taylors on the right foot. With pink tights, a matching multi-colored wig and wings attached to your back.

Now, that’s a transformation.

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“Artificial Vs Natural.”


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The evolution and development of artificial instead of naturally occurring is unique for everyone, but is artificial necessary?

When it comes to food, many people want to end the use of anything artificial in food.

Although since the development of synthetic diamonds, hair, grass, teeth, heck the list can go on forever because some people love artificial.

However, the most significant developments are the prosthesis improving the lives of humans around the world.

So, in my opinion, artificial is a necessary.🙂

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“Trust.”


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Jacob and Hellen, have been married for twenty years when Hellen arrived home from work a couple of hours earlier than usual.

As Hellen turned into the driveway, she was surprised to see an “Easy Man, Maid Service” car parked on the street in front of their house. She assumed the car maybe for one of her neighborhoods.

Seven years earlier, Hellen went back to work as a civil rights attorney where she often bragged to co-workers about how Jacob kept an immaculate and orderly home.

Jacob was enjoying a successful career as an architectural engineer when he decided to stay home with their three children, who are now, ages 16, 13, and 10.

As Hellen entered her home to hear moaning and groaning emitting from her family room. She stood still for a moment stunned at the noise. She slowed her pace, placing her purse on the kitchen table, quietly tip-toeing towards the family room.

Her stomach begins to knot with nauseous fear as her imagination began cautiously suspecting Jacob involved in some inappropriate behavior, destroying the many years of trust she thought they had developed.

When she peered around the corner into the family, she heard another man’s voice. She stopped, took a take a deep breath and walk into the family room to see Jacob, her youngest son Jeffery age 10 and three other men in yoga positions. Helen stares in disbelief but relieved.

Jacob notices Helen and immediately stands up from his position to say hello. The rest of the men looked her way and waved, along with her son who yelled, “Hey Mom.”

Hellen waved to her son and smiled as Jacob walked toward her and explained he is teaching a yoga class to the new start-up cleaning business, employing only men.

Jacob notices a slightly perplexed look on Hellen’s face after he kisses her. Hellen returns the kiss and hugs, Jacob. Hellen continues upstairs to change and prepare for the evening.

Later that night Jacob and Hellen are snuggled together in bed watching television when Helen tells Jacob she had a nervous nauseating feeling in her stomach when she heard the moaning & grunting coming from the family room.

When I saw you teaching a yoga class, I felt guilty for feeling and sensing mistrust. I’m sorry, Jacob.

Looking into Helen’s eyes, Jacob tells her that every time you work late, I have thoughts of mistrust enter my mind. But at the Christmas Party when your co-workers congratulate me as a stay at home father, I understand how proud of me you are and how much you brag about me to your co-workers and I can never imagine either of us destroying our trust.

I believe we have a loving trust established and based on a foundation of mutual respect, friendship as man & woman, husband & wife, mother, and father for us to love one another for life.

When those thoughts and suspicions enter my mind, I just remember how much I love you, Helen.

I love you too Jacob.

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“Boy Scout, Spelunking.”


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When I was a Boy Scout, I loved camping, hiking and everything associated with being a Boy Scout and I was exposed to the word “spelunking,” which is the exploration of caves.

Missouri has more than 6,200 caves—second only to Tennessee—and is known as the Cave State. More caves are discovered every year.

Karst is the geologic term referring to locations with underground caves, sinkholes and losing streams, where water disappears underground and exits as springs. Missouri caves were used by Native Americans for shelter and burial ceremonies

Missouri caves are a habitat for many species of snails, crayfish and insects found nowhere else in the world and which cannot survive outside of caves.

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Missouri’s limestone bedrock formed 300 to 500 million years ago as ancient sea beds that were then uplifted to form the Ozarks Mountains and surrounding area. These ideal conditions and formations developed as water seeped underground dissolving the limestone.

The Beaumont Boy Scout Reservation located West of St. Louis Mo offers underground caves to explore, and I looked forward to exploring a cave.

On the morning my troop was to explore the mud caves I was excitement, however, as I approached the entrance to the cave which was a hole in the ground the width of a small window and not the wide opening I imagined.

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When I was told, I had to crawl into the hole my thoughts of being covered with mud from head to toe, quickly ended. Suddenly I was not interested entering a cave with only a flashlight as my guide.

I watched as fellow Scouts crawled into the underground hole, sliding over the dark muddy rocks. Suddenly I could hear my mother’s voice. “you are muddy from head to toe,” which I thought was a great excuse when I told my Scout Master. When he said I did not have to go, I was so relieved, plus there is no merit badge for spelunking.

Ever since I changed my mind about spelunking, my life of great exciting adventures has never suffered, but, exploring an underground cave is something I have yet to find any desire.

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National Novel Writing Month Volunteer “(NaNoWriMO)”


 

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For the past two months, most of my writing time has been dedicated to plotting a story line and developing characters. All of this in preparation as I approach November 1, to participate in the National Novel Writing Month, also known as, NaNoWriMo.

In my travel journey across the US, I have attended writers groups in Fredericksburg VA, St. Louis Mo, Scotts Bluff NE, and the South West Writers in my current location of Albuquerque NM. All of my visits provided me with an opportunity to interact with fellow passionate writers.

Today, I attended a “NaNoWriMo,” group at the Cherry Hill Library in Albuquerque NM. Rene Mullens who is a “NaNoWriMo,” Municipal Liason volunteer provided a presentation covering all of the intricacies of the yearly event. Rene is a writer with several publications on his website. Click the link on his name above for his biography and more information.

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Fourteen people attended seeking information to participate and hopefully complete the month-long event, of writing a 50,000-word novel. Of those in attendance, only three finished last year’s event including myself.

Rene Mullens spoke of the support provided with local writing locations, word sprints, writing prompts, virtual write in’s, plot duckies and stickers. Many questions were asked and answered covering all of these issues including what particular writing programs to use to complete the challenge. Several sponsors offer discounts on select writing programs. Click the NaNoWriMo link above for detailed information and check the definitions below.

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Writing prompts – A writing prompt is simply a topic around which you start jotting down ideas. The prompt could be a single word, a short phrase, a complete paragraph or even a picture, with the idea being to give you something to focus upon as you write.

Word Sprints – Also called word war is a short timed challenge in which NaNoWriMo participants write as much as they can in a short period.

Virtual Write In’s – A virtual write in, happens online, with no need to be in a particular physical location. They can occur via chat room, social media, or Google Hangouts.

Plot Duckies – A small plastic or rubber creativity “Duck” to help writers to be better creative writers, whether you write short stories or novels.

Stickers – Plastic or paper stickers for your laptop or any other items.

Rene’s wisdom and advice were well received.

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The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center


I was fortunate to visit The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque NM. in the photo below. The center is opened 7-days a week with varying prices seniors, adults, students, military, and groups. Click the link for detailed pricing.

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On the weekends, the center host dances from the local Pueblo communities, as featured in the photos below.

The displays exhibit the journey of a proud and significant people who have lived along the Rio Grand River surviving since before 700 to 900 AD.

With the arrival of the Spanish, Mexican, and European immigrants from the Eastcoast of the continent and later the American Government. The ancient world of the Pueblo Indians changed forever.

Throughout the centuries the survival of the Pueblo people has continued and will thrive with continuity to work together to as one community.

The center offers an opportunity to taste traditionalPueblo, at the “Pueblo Harvest Cafe.” I would recommend the Fry Bread, which I tried and loved. The menu includes various other traditional dishes unique to the American Southwest.

 

The gift shop has multiple displays of jewelry, and Pueblo authored books and comics covering every genre of Pueblo life along with the vibrant, colorful clothing, rugs, and other assorted accessories, providing an incredibly visual experience.

The center recommends visitors needing accommodations use the Holiday Inn Express located in the historic Albuquerque Indian School District. It is located across the street from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, providing a tradition of Pueblo hospitality.

I truly enjoyed my visit and will return to experience more of the culture and diverse offerings to learn more about the Pueblo People.🙂

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“Subdued worry.”


It’s been twelve hours, and usually, they are home by now.

Something is wrong, I feel it, and I sense it. The neighbor’s German shepherd, Felix is barking happy barks, so the neighbors are home.

I’m worried.

Something has happened to them because I’m usually smelling food cooking on the stove by now.

If they don’t return home soon, who do I call? Who do I notify? This feeling is terrible.

I hear happy barks from Sindi, the Boxer, on the other side of the house so now, I’m depressed. For the past hour, I have been standing at the window looking for them, and I know something is wrong.

I’m sick to my stomach worrying. I’m going to go lay down in the basement and try and calm down. Something is not right. I’m scared.

I hear the garage door opening, and they are finally home. I will not run to greet them like I usually do. I will wait here in the basement and see if they look for me in the house.

Charley! Charley! Charley!

They are calling my name. They are calling my name, YES!

Where have they been?

I run top speed, barking, and suddenly I’m in the arms of Crystal while David is rubbing me from my head to tail.

I stop wagging my tail, step back to look at them both with my head turned sideways.

David asks? Were you worried?

I turn my head sideways to the other side to indicate yes.

Crystal says we are sorry we are so late Charley. We stopped to get you a present. David opens the garage door, and there stood Cable, a six-week-old Border Collie. He starts barking happy barks.

He’s cute, for a little guy, is and we quickly we become the best of friends. After 2-weeks of house training on using the doggy door, where to go number 1 and number 2. He is getting along pretty good.

Now I have someone to help me worry about David and Crystal when they arrive home late, but we are always glad to see them when they come through the garage door.

We both look forward to treats before dinner even if I have to share with Cable who keeps me company during the day. But, I’m never alone anymore.

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“Subdued.”


It’s been ten hours since I have seen my best friends and usually, they are home. I can tell something is wrong since the neighbor’s German shepherd, Felix is barking happy barks.

I’m worried.

Something may have happened to them because I’m usually smelling food cooking on the stove and getting tasty treats while the meal is being cooked.

If they don’t return home soon. Who do I call? Who do I notify? This feeling is terrible.

I hear happy barks from Sindi, the Boxer, on the other side of the house so now, I’m depressed. For the past hour, I have been standing at the window looking for them, and I know something is wrong.

I’m sick to my stomach worrying. I’m just going to go lay down in the basement and try and calm down. Something is not right. I’m scared.

I hear the garage door opening, and they are finally home. I will not run to greet them like I usually do. I will wait here in the basement and see if they look for me in the house.

Charley, Charley Charley!

They are calling my name. They are calling my name, YES!

Where have they been?

I’m running top speed and barking, and suddenly I’m in the arms of Crystal while David is rubbing me from my head to tail.

I stop wagging my tail, step back to look at them both.

David asks? Were you worried?

I turn my head sideways to indicate yes.

Crystal says we are sorry we are so late Charley. We stopped to get you a present. David opens the garage door, and there stood six-week-old Border Collie, Cable. He starts barking happy barks.

Cute, the little guy, is and quickly we become best friends. After several 2-weeks of house training on using the doggy door.

Now we never worry about when David and Crystal arrive home although, we are always glad to see them when they come home.

We both look forward to treats before dinner even if I have to share with Cable who keeps me company. But, I’m never alone anymore.

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“Candle.”


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The word candle conjures up many thoughts of how the candle for hundreds of years was used to light the night. The gas lantern threatened the candle industry until Edison invented electricity and both were history or so we thought.

Until, scented candles became the rage especially around my house during the holidays. I love the apple-cinnamon or apple spice smell around the house during the holidays.

But, after several reported fires, luckily not at my home with teenagers who did not know I had changed to electric scented candles.

It is ironic how Thomas Edison invented electricity to replace gas lanterns and candles only to see electric candle and electric gas lamp makes a comeback.

The word candle also conjures up memories of the late Marilyn Monroe and Princes Diana associated with the Elton John’s song “Candle in the Wind,”

The word candle is related to different meaning, yet it still lights the night when the electricity goes out.

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“Clumsy​.”


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As a Boy Scout Leader, it brought joy to my heart to watch the transformation of a prepubescent teen as they progressed through their teenage years to become a respectful and honorable young man.

However, during this transformative years, there are humorous moments I recall that brings a smile to my face even to this day.

For some boys, growth takes place overnight, and others may take a period of six months to a year or more. Some outgrow clothing, and shoes they have only worn once or twice. Our troop had a uniform drop off so that another parent could benefit from clothing another Boy Scout outgrew.

Some of the boys were aware of their growth spurts, and they became self-conscious while others boy’s never noticed their size 10 1/2 foot outgrowing his 5’3, 110lbs frame.

I knew one of those boys who’s feet outgrew his shoes, and quite frankly the rest of his body. I found myself biting my lip & tongue as he walked along a level sidewalk, or smooth asphalt and literally trip over his feet falling hard to the ground.

Clumsy is a word I used to describe him, but he was proud of his large feet since they the same size as his father’s. I often told him, as an adult, he will need to maintain a good job to pay for his shoes if his feet kept growing.

I recall he and others in the troop constantly tripped over their feet walking up a hill, down a hill while looking down to see where they were walking. They did this with or without a backpack on a hike, with hiking boots or tennis shoes.

Usually, within, six months, most of the boy’s bodies caught up with their feet.

I hope when most of the boys have a son, I’m around to witness an document with a camera phone, the clumsy time in every teenager’s life. I figure it will provide many laughing opportunities repeatedly watching the clumsiness of a teenager.

If they read this, they will film me as I age to capture me in photos to laugh at their benefit.🙂

So is the cycle of life.

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“Promises.”


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After moving to New York City Judith Carmine at 28 years of age has learned valuable lessons from her father’s wisdom filled comments about promises and loyalty.

Judith’s boyfriend Erick age 29, who she had been dating for the past year always promised many things and usually partially achieved what initially was promised. She recognized he is a loyal boyfriend, but she wanted more from him in completing his promises.

Erick promised to buy tickets for a theatrical play, but he forgot. On the night of the play, he suggested they buy the tickets at the box office.

When they arrived and reached the box office, they discovered the play was sold out, and Judith was angry. Erick suggested they go to dinner. Initially, Judith refused, but Erick fanatically insisted, begging for her forgiveness.

During dinner, Judith was not too talkative, but Erick filled in the moments of silence talking of their future together. Judith was not in the mood to consider any talk of the future when the waiter brought her a pink envelope addressed to her in red ink.

She looked perplexed and surprised to receive an envelope and looked at Erick who was smiling from ear to ear. Judith opened the envelope to find pink, stationery that was scented. As she opened the letter it was written in red ink, and began with;

Dear, Judith.

We have been dating for the past year and falling in love with you has added meaning to my life. I hope that we can talk about marriage, in which I dream of spending our life together as a couple building a family of our own.

Instead of buying tickets for the play, I placed a deposit on this engagement ring.
Judith looks up to see Erick holding an open ring box displaying a beautiful platinum ring with a half Karat marquis-cut diamond ring.

Judith begins to cry, tears of joy

Erick asks, Judith, Will you consider the idea of us marrying to live life together forever and I promise to work hard at trying to make all of your dreams come true.

Through tears and sobs, Judith says yes. They stand up and kiss passionately until the applause of a dozen people who walked from the kitchen.

They are the parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins of both Erick and Judith, They all rejoice in the upcoming marriage and the blending of two families.


Promises are words inspiring hope, and belief.

Intentionally broken promises destroy the faith and trust in one another causing hope to erode and inspiration to dissolve.

However, if promises are broken because of unforeseen circumstances, and an honorable valiant effort was made. 

It is the loyalty of the person that should be measured and forgiveness is given.

Joseph Carmine

The next night they all attended the famous play, Hamilton.🙂

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“Original.”


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During my teenage years around the mid to late 70’s I was told to feather my hair since it was the style of the time.

However as time passed into my college years, dying my hair blond became the norm and soon after college with a good job, twice a month I paid over $100.00 a visit usually twice a month or more for coloring or styling

Some time later, I started wearing eyelashes during the mid 80’s and fell in love with an entire cosmetic line that wasn’t cheap. I followed the trend of many women and my girlfriends who purchased silicone breast implants.

After marriage and during my childbearing, mothering and parenting years which passed so quick. The last child left the nest and health issues developed from years of high heel shoes, using the wrong size bras, using too much makeup. The proverbial irony was the discovery of a lump that was removed, along with the silicone orbs I purchased years ago.

The last child left the nest and health issues developed from years of high heel shoes, using the wrong size bras, and using too much makeup. The proverbial irony was a lump discovered and removed, along with the silicone orbs I purchased years ago. No, cancer just an awakening.

Now, I sport a short haircut, I wear no heels, and the only makeup is moisturizer and lip balm, with a sensible bra for comfort if I wear one at all.

I’m a baby boomer now, and I live a happy life just like before my teenage years, I call “The original days of my life.”🙂

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“Flattery.”


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It is often said, “Flattery will get you nowhere.”

However, I believe a little or a lot of honest and sincere flattery will go a long way to please a loved one, or will it?

Take the case of my neighbor Calbert Winston. I happened to be outside to watched him accidentally run over his wife’s prize-winning red rose bush with his riding lawnmower.

I knew he was in trouble by the astonished look on his face. So, being the good neighbor of twenty-five years I walked straight to my garage to get a shovel. By the time I returned, he was running to his car.

He, yelled, to me, I heading to the garden center to get a rose bush. I yelled back, I’ll, have it dug out by the time you return.

Now, I’m not sure what type or variety of rose bush I dug up, I just remembered it bloomed red roses once or twice a year because when it did all of the women in the neighborhood of thirty homes would come over and stare at the blooming red rose.

So, when my neighbor returned, we planted the replacement rose bush and pruned it to look similar to the mangled one I dug out of the ground.

After we had finished, the world was aligned in perfect order, until the following spring.🙂

It was a bright sunny Saturday morning in mid-May when I noticed several women including my wife standing around the rose bush in amazement. Knowing what happened several months prior, I watched from the comfort of my kitchen table.

In the background, I could see my neighbor riding his lawnmower with his over the ear headset on oblivious to the women who gathered to stare at the yellow blooming roses.

Later in the day, my wife told me Calbert complimented his wife on the beauty of the yellow rose in bloom and yet it was the first time he had ever taken an interest in her roses.

His flattery, was so over the top, she finally told him how she watched him run over the red rose bush in the late fall. She also saw me dig it up and help him replant the new yellow rose bush.

I sat shocked and immediately I told my wife Brenda, Honey you are a beautiful and understanding woman and I love you so much.

She quickly responded.

Oh honey, my ass, your flattery will only get nowhere until you and Calbet replant a red rose bush, buy a case of wine and several boxes of chocolates, and that’s flattery.

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“Careful.”


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Carefully, and not in a hurry Jonathan walked slowly around the corner into the hallway with each step his nerves anxiously awaited the TV room. He could hear the football games announcers on his 70-inch television with the weekly Sunday afternoon game.

Gently and carefully Johnathan places the hot platter of 50-Chicken wings slathered in a dark rich bar-b-cue sauces aroma filling his nose.

After setting the dish on the coffee table, Jonathan carefully sits on the couch and begins to enjoy his Sunday afternoon ritual. Johnathan was quiet and calm after consuming his first chicken wing and discarding the bones, and he thinks of how careful he was to arrive at his most precious peaceful time of the week.

Now, he has only to return to the kitchen to get his pitcher of beer and carefully return with spilling a drop.🙂

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“The Argument”


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On a cold December morning, two weeks before Christmas, at 4:00 am the clock radio compact disc alarm activated softly playing The Beatles song, “Here comes the sun.” Tom Hartfield, rolls over to his wife Kathy of three years to kiss her on the cheek. Kathy opens her eyes and smiles, returning the kiss on Tom’s lips.

As the music plays in the background, Tom asked, do you want me to hit the snooze button? Kathy says no, we need to get ready for work.

Kathy quickly asked, did you buy coffee on the way home from work yesterday? Suddenly there is silence as the chorus, “here come the sun,” echoes in the background.

With Tom’s silence, Kathy sucks her teeth, throwing back the comforter and blanket on top of Tom, who was sitting up with a perplexed look on his face trying to remember. He said. “I’m sorry,” just as the bathroom door slammed shut.

Tom, was dejected, as he stepped out of bed slowly walking to the second bathroom to shower.

When Tom turns the knob of the second bathroom shower, he hears, Kathy scream, and he remembers by turning on the water can cause a drop in pressure in the master bathroom.Tom sits on the toilet while he waits for Kathy to finish.

After Tom waited for Kathy to finish her shower, he started his and when he finished he heard Kathy yell aloud, “darn it!” Tom waited in the bathroom for her to finish dressing.

When he heard Kathy in the kitchen, he walked to the bedroom to dress for work. He again heard her yell “darn it.”

Tom took a deep breath and finished dressing, walked into the kitchen where he found a box of donuts, hot coffee in the pot and a note that read.

Dear Tom,

We have not had an argument in over a year, but I was upset when you did not answer if you bought any coffee. My anger caused me to break the heel of one of my favorite shoes. When I entered the kitchen, I saw that you had purchased the coffee and even set the coffee maker to brew.

I’m so sorry Tom, please forgive me?

Kathy🙂

A smile spread across Tom’s face as he poured his coffee. He gathered his belongings to leave, opened the door to the garage, and Kathy was standing in front of him.
She kissed Tom’s cheek, then his lips, staring into Tom’s eyes

I’m sorry.

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“Borders & Birds.”


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Welcome to WBN, your only destination for bird news worldwide.

The year was 2011 when the World Bird Federation met for the first time since the 1966 DDT scare.

Ever since the last meeting many bird organizations like the City Pigeons Association, Finches World Wide, and the formidable World Predatory Bird Association have met individually but never as a single bird alliance.

One of the contentious issues that keep the groups from the meeting is the active Finch Lobbying Council. They and the Predatory Bird Association have never flown together on certain issues, mainly since the Predatory Bird sees the Finches as tasty appetizers.

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During the 1966 meeting, several thousand Finches disappeared, without a trace and the Finches blame the Predatory Bird Association.

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The Migratory Bird terrorist organization “Down With Borders, ” are threatening to use suicide flyers to disrupt human air flights.

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Their last attack over New York City was defeated with the help of several hundred thousands of pigeons from the New York City Chapter of the City Pigeons association.

They used mass defecation and dive-bombing pigeons to break up their V-Formations preventing the destruction of many more human flights.

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Luckily the pilot who landed on the Hudson River was a card carrying associate member of the pigeons association.

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The terrorist organization “Down with Borders, ” is refusing to pay their border fees, and their bills have been mounting for decades. The predatory bird group is threatening to utilize the California Condor Commandos to quell the terrorist organizations saber rattling and make them pay their border dues.

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The Midnight Owl Protectorate has been placed on high alert, and there are talks with other World Animal Organizations discussing the best course of action.

It is hard to believe, how this all started when birds mimicked humans who began marking their territory with borders over 2000 years ago.

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The controversy of taxing the sky with borders will forever be a divisive issue with birds worldwide.

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Travel writing or blogging


There is a large debate going on within the travel industry currently on whether or not travel blogging carries the same weight as actual travel journalism. I’ve recently been chatting with some industry experts about their views on how they see travel blogging and its legitimacy as a medium. For me, this was interesting because […]

via Travel Blogging vs Travel Journalism: Knowing the Difference — The Wayfaring Voyager

2016 International Balloon Fiesta


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I realize it has been 9-days of daily balloons sightings as they rose into the morning sky. Ok, not every day, because some morning were too cold for me, and mother nature influenced the morning with breezy winds or precipitation.
However, all in all, it was an incredible opportunity to fulfill one of the listings on my bucket list.

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There is an overwhelming and astonishing majestic beauty viewing hundreds of balloons lift into the sky, with the quite silence of the morning broken with the whooshing sounds of propane shooting into the balloons as they lift higher into the air.

Many of the first time photographers like myself were visually overwhelmed as we tried to determine what type of character balloon was inflating while watching the sky.

I would have taken more photos, however, with the hordes of balloons rising to the heavens and the hundreds on the ground in the various stages of inflation, I spent most of the time in balloon visual shock.

The sheer volume of balloons crews from around the world was exciting. I met balloonists from Brazil, Mexico, Canada, England, Italy, and from just about every state in the US.

One of the exciting aspects of the Fiesta is after paying the entry fee of $10.00 you can walk onto the parade grounds where balloons are inflated before they take off. Photographing up close as a balloon ascends into the sky is an incredible opportunity.

The schedule night glow provides another visual aspect of seeing a fully inflated balloon but not taking off into the sky. The balloonist ignites the propane inside the balloon allowing the gas to glow while illuminating the balloons colors at night.

With, hundreds of balloons doing this, the sight is amazing!

The parade grounds are filled with hundreds of vendors across every craft, foods, chainsaw wood sculpting, video games trailer with an opportunity to see first hand the new virtual reality games, and hundreds of others vendors.

Many people and followers of my blog and YouTube channel have asked, did I go up in any of the balloons. I did because of two reasons. First, there are no parachutes. Second, the basket has no wings, and at 250 plus pounds, I cannot flap my arms fast enough to fly.

I realize I have an adventurous spirit but, I will limit my time above ground to parachuting, and bungee jumping, which are the last two items on my bucket list just in case.

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This event draws hundreds of if not millions of people from all over the world, so if you plan to attend next years 46th annual Fiesta, you better get your room now. I can guarantee you it will be amazing!

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Tree: A short story.


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When I arrived home from work and pulled into the garage, I heard my daughter voice saying “Dad” as I exited the car. I looked around the garage as I heard her voice again.

My kids David and Angela aged 12 & 10, with my son being the oldest have played hide and seek since they were toddlers. So, I searched every inch of the garage including the cabinets and the garage attic calling out their names.

After I had climbed down from the ladder, I heard my son’s voice, calling to me “Dad.” I searched again and even the trunk of the car and when I heard their voices saying he will never find us.

I call out to them, but no answer. I walked around the front of the house, behind the hedges, along the side of the house, when I heard their voices again.

Now, I becoming frustrated, I took a deep breath and thought to myself, I’m being bested by my to prepubescent teens. I considered they set up an intercom system with their voices echoing in a speaker and they are inside the house laughing at me.

With, my frustration level boiling, I thought logically as to where my kids could be. Then I realized my wife had not come outside to greet me and she was possibly in on this little trick.

So. I shrugged my shoulders, saying aloud, I guess my kids must have been taken by the boogie man. I walk into the garage, hit the button to close the garage door and as I entered the family room.

I yelled loudly to my wife. Honey, I’m home, and I think we are going to have to start over with having kids.

As my wife approached, I told her I heard their voices, but I could not find them. It reminds me of the “Poltergeist movie from the 80’s when the parents lost their daughter Carol Ann.” inside the television.🙂

My, wife greets me with a kiss, and a smile, when I walked to the second floor and looked out my son’s bedroom window to see my two children sitting in the tree in front of the house. My wife enters the room giggling.
She tells me, you encouraged them with the story of how you and your brother did the same to your parents.

I smiled and said now it’s payback time, and I didn’t tell the whole story.
With a perplexed look on her face and mouth opened. I told my wife we are going to eat dinner on the rear deck. As we walked to the first floor, I locked the front door including the door leading to the garage, but not before disabling the electricity to the keypad on the outside of the garage door.

My, wife and I settled down to eat a wonderfully quiet candle light dinner on the back deck sipping wine and enjoying the peace and quiet. After we had finished, my wife asked, when are we going to let them know we are on to their trick.

With a smirk on my face, I said, we could wait until we go to bed, but they have not eaten dinner. My wife said, she would get the ladder,

I walked to the second-floor opened the window and yelled, do you two want dinner? My voice startled them, and my daughter almost feels out to the tree.
My son was shocked, and after my daughter had gathered herself, she yelled at David, “I told you, he knew.”
I laughed as I watched my wife placed the ladder against the tree allowing the kids to climb down.

After the kids had eaten dinner and we were putting the dishes in the dishwasher, my daughter asked how long were you all going to leave us in the tree. My wife and I looked at each other, shrugged our shoulders when I said.

Remember, there has never been a report of found children’s skeletons in a tree.🙂

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“Daring.”


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I dare you.

I dare you.

I double dog dare you.

I triple dog dare you.

These are the words and statements used by little boys that caused one of the boys to stick his tongue out and it freezes to a metal pole.

Click the link for an example;

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Based on the above verbal exchange some great inventions have been established. Take, for instance, Demolition Derbies. I imagine on a dare, with some alcoholic beverages involved, and more than three or more men decided to get in their cars and ram them into one another and

Take, for instance, Demolition Derbies. I imagine on a dare, with some alcoholic beverages involved, and more than three or more men. They decided to ram their cars into one another, and Demolition Derby was invented.

Daring activities like Bungie Jumping, skateboarding down a metal pole, or swallowing goldfish, are based on these dares, with some alcohol involved in some cases.

So, based on these examples, you may have to be a young child, teenager or an adult who consumes some alcohol courage before or after to complete these daring feats.🙂

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“Animals.”


This week, look to the bond between human and animal for inspiration.

 

I draw my inspiration of animals in the form of respect. I capture my photos from a distance allowing them to roam, without any obstruction by me.

This moose couple is similar to most people who want to live their lives unencumbered by anyone taking their photos.

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“Breakthrough.”


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Sometimes life’s greatest achievements occur, with a breakthrough moments before giving up.

One example of a breakthrough moment takes place when parents construct toys the night before Christmas only to complete them just before the children wake up.

Another incident was the mother who baked a birthday cake from scratch but forgot the candles. Her breakthrough moment came when she was frantically searching and passed the dinner table to see the dinner candles, and she quickly thought of halving one candle to celebrate her child’s second birthday.

These examples are based on family and friends who I have learned from or witnessed their breakthroughs.

I established my breakthrough moment when I became a Boy Scout and learned to live by the motto “Always be Prepared,” and also read the instructions.

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Value & Loss


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Everyone on this planet places a value on land, i.e., property along with inanimate items like homes, cars, furniture, electronics, food, and money.

Are all of these valued item’s used to sustain a daily life?

When there is a threatening possibility of loss of any of these valued items will the value be appreciated?

Life and health are never recognized, understood, and most importantly “Valued” until threatened with death.

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“Graceful.”


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Graceful is the word I use to describe Hot air balloons lifting off the ground into the early morning blue sky at the 45th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, in Albuquerque New Mexico.

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A parrot and butterfly can move about gracefully in flight, but as hot air balloons, they also share a gracefulness against a morning sky.

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All dairy cows move slowly on earth, yet the smile this cow displays is because  it is airborne.

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Even the graceful character balloons face away from Darth Vader. The green balloon is wise  and wisdom filled Yoda.

(In Yoda’s accented voice) “Ignore him we will, as graceful as we are.”

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Not your average fire breathing or should I say inhaling dragon, gracefully floating past.

Graceful, they are and appear.

Not until a pig and stage coaches flys or floats gracefully in the sky.

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Grace is seeing over 700 hot air balloons against a sunny blue sky with wispy clouds.

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What I do and how I travel


It is an amazing how little has changed in my life since leaving Southwest Florida. I still wake up most times before 5:00 and 6;00 am with thoughts and ideas of writing on my mind. These thoughts are held over from the night before as I read myself to sleep.

It would be normal to think of the novels I read the night before. However, it is the blog ideas along with thoughts of story ideas, in my head.

I have to admit, looking out to see the mountains and listening to the quietness of nature is a added caveat.

Since I have begun my travels and incorporated video blogging via YouTube, which I will link to this website. I’m convinced that travel opens up many creative ideas when encountering so many different people.

I have used WordPress’s daily word prompts to exercise my creative ideas which as of late has increased several short stories and ideas for my novels I have been writing.

However, adding the element of a video has become a time-consuming task, but over the past couple of months, I have cut the editing time in half.

This weekend I will be attending the International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque New Mexico so stay tuned for live YouTube and Facebook sites. I expect to take thousands of photos so I will be spending a lot of time at my offices and the library.

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Migrating Settlers & Rv’ers


 

 

 

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Just like the early settlers who migrated west walking 20oo-miles, there is a current migration of travelers in recreational vehicles who criss-cross the US, Canada, and Mexico. However, during the fall many RV’ers follow the migratory birds south to warmer climates after the Labor Day weekend celebrated in the US.

 

Although some RV’ers stay through to October and November to see the fall foliage of colors in the northern states. However, for me, the newbie full-time RV’er, my grandiose plans of traveling to Glacier National Park in early August was changed as I toured, studied, and researched the settlers who traveled the Oregon, 49’er and Mormon trails.

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Migrants settlers endured the blistering summer heat, fanning off insect’s they had never seen before and yet, they continued along the trail.  During their journey many suffered severe tragedies, of death, along with the hardships illness from contaminated water, and food. Nearly everyone suffered homesickness and still there were bright spots when children were born on the trail.

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Those who survived the journey for a better life, lands of their own to farm, or gold to dig, while others escape religious discrimination and persecution.

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For my trip, I traveled the back roads of Nebraska to Scotts Bluff and surrounding areas because the interstate is the worst way to see and understand the people and the beauty of America.

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The vast openness of the Western Nebraska plains with the wind blowing continuously. I often found myself imagining walking mile, after mile, after, mile, with the ability to visually see the distant trail ahead and behind.

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My imagination came to the realization as I stood in the grasslands of the Agate Fossil Monument when the wind suddenly stopped blowing, and I positioned myself to absorb the sounds of silence. I looked around at the incredible sights of craggy bluffs, and mesas in the distance and understood why the settlers continued.

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During my travels, I viewed the amazing landmarks used to guide the migrant settlers journey. The buttes, mesa’s, castle, spires jutting up out of the prairie lands. The beauty they saw was in stark contrast from the small towns and cities where they began their journey.

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The daily anticipation and explorers curiosity of seeing something new they had never seen before is also what drove them to continue. What is incredible is the migrants settlers had yet to gaze upon what was later to be known as the Rocky Mountains.

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So, if you have an explorers curiosity, set your travle plans to explore all of what the US National Parks provide, and always take the back roads to explore the interesting people of this great land.

“Funny Dilemma.”


 

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The church elders had a horrible dilemma as hundreds of parishioners gathered for the viewing and funeral of 66-year-old Francine “Fanny” Fitzgerald, a member of the church for 66 years, however, she was not inside the coffin.

When Deacon, Saint explained to Minister Paul, their dilemma. The looks of shock settled over his face. After calling the mortuary to confirm, they delivered Mrs. Fitzgerald at 8:00 am, it was discovered Decon Joseph signed for her.

The mortuary did search their building and could not find any extra bodies and they had not cremated anyone since Mrs. Fitzgerald’s arrival.

Suddenly Deacon Joseph, stepped inside the minister’s office. Mrs. Fitzgerald’s sister Mildred Flanders what to open the casket, is it ok to start the viewing?
Deacon Saint and Minister Paul looked asked Deacon Joseph, did he look inside the coffin when it arrived. Deacon Joseph responded, oh yes I did. I may add that Sister Fitzgerald looked so beautiful.

A piercing scream could he heard coming from the sanctuary, followed by further screaming as the men ran to the sanctuary.

When they entered, they noticed several parishioners who fainted and were laying on the floor. Many people were rushing to see the empty coffin, as Mrs. Fitzgerald’s sister, 62-year-old Mildred Flanders, held in between her thumb and forefinger in each hand what looked like 3 to 4-inch white curved ceramic or porcelain horns with red smudges on the ends.

With a menacing and stern face, she yelled at Minister, Paul.

I told you she was the devil!.

Minister, Paul asked, are those devil horns?

Deacon Saint, Yes, but we don’t have a body

Deacon Joseph, Since I signed for her, am I responsible?

Mildred Flanders drops the horns inside the coffin, looks at Deacon Joseph, you are not liable, its the devil’s dilemma, then turns to everyone and said “no funeral today” and walked out of the church stepping over bodies as she exited.

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“Panic.”


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Panic is an extream emotional state of fear, anxiety, causing wildly unthinking behavior.

Panic is what I felt.

Panic is what I saw in my daughter’s eyes.

Panic’s uncontrollable fear and agitation caused me to destroy some furniture when I opened a box marked maple syrup to find a twelve-foot anaconda snake coiled up inside.

Panic is what my daughter eyes displays, when, she realized I found her pet snake as we were gathering her personal belongings from her dorm room to take back home for the summer.

Panic and horror are what my daughter’s face reveals as I threw the box marked maple syrup, with a 12-foot Anaconda snake inside, threw her fifth floor closed dorm room window.

Panic is standing at a dorm window, with my daughter next to me screaming in horror as the box hurtles five floors to the courtyard below filled with college students and exploding on impact.

True, panic is when you see the 12-foot Anaconda snake slither past screaming college students who gathered around a box marked maple syrup.

I was no longer panicked, as my daughter stared at me for a moment. Then, she really panicked, running out of the dorm room yelling “Maple Syrup,” “Maple Syrup.”

 

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“Generous.”


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The ACME Ladder Corporation recognized their oldest employee Oscar Stephenson’s 43 years of service and his retirement to become official at the close of business with a retirement party.

After several speakers including the corporation’s president, his immediate supervisor and his only child, son Charley.

Oscar Stephenson stood up and limped to the podium to give the following speech.

When I woke this morning, I realized I would retire at the close of business today, at 5:00 pm. I jumped out of bed for joy fracturing my right toe when I landed.

I began working here during my junior and senior year of high school before ACME bought the company, so, yes I have worked here for 45-years.

I started working in the mailroom, climbing the corporate ladder to lead & manage corporate security. I have experienced 7-corporate presidents, 15- direct supervisors, 3-wives, two affairs, and one child.

I had survived testicular cancer, suffered the passing of 3-gallstones the size of a quarter, two ulcers, and a fractured right toe from this morning.

It is now 5:01 pm as I stand here and look out among the hundreds of people who came to help me celebrate my retirement. I want to say thank you all for coming.

Now take this job and shove it.

Oscar pushes over the podium and limps off the stage, to a generous thunderous applause!

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Sharing the Load


Goals shared makes for a unique and loving experience that last a lifetime.🙂

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Fall Migration~


Within the week, I will mosey along the traveled roadway to escape the cold, crisp mornings.🙂

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It is sad when the summer orioles,
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fly off to their winter homes.

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No more sunny day squabbles,
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and birdie bickering.
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When the last baby bird has finally fledged,
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and flutterbyes have fluttered off,

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when grosbeaks are gone,
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and only hand-feeding-hummers,
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and winter birds stay, it is time for us to fly away too.
We are off to spend time with Canadian grizzlies and send you cheers from your Holler summertime friends~

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Larry and Betty’s Monarch Adventure


Great blog posting especially the name given to the beautiful Monarch butterfly, “Marty.”

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I just have to share this email I got from my friends Larry Kolczak and Betty Peterson in Ajijic, Mexico. I published photos of one of these caterpillars a few weeks ago.  Here is the end of the story, told by Larry:

Since we live only a few hour’s drive from the mountains in Central Mexico where the Monarch butterflies from Eastern Canada and the U.S. migrate to spend the winter, we figured we’d better give them a helping hand by planting some milkweed in our garden. It is actually a more attractive plant than I imagined. And, it is the only plant on which Monarch butterflies lay their eggs.

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After just a week or two, Monarch’s found our plants and began laying their tiny white pearl-like eggs. Here is one right where the sunlit and shadowed parts of the leaf meet.monarch-02
The eggs hatch about 4 days later. This…

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