“I am Pricelessly, Critical, to Continue.”


My last posting “Enamored with nature,” apparently was my 1000th blog post on WordPress. 🙂 My priceless blog life began 2013 when I signed up for a WordPress site, but I was critically involved in my retired lifestyle and the incredible outdoor activities of Southwest Florida to focus or develop a daily schedule to write. 🙂 It was September 2014 when I participated in WordPress’s … Continue reading “I am Pricelessly, Critical, to Continue.”

“Serendipity.”


It was a sunny Sunday morning as I waited in traffic for the light to change when the sounds of tires screeching interrupted my music. I instinctively peered into my rearview mirror to see a female on a bicycle dancing to music playing on her headphones unaware of the threatening sounds of injury as the skidding auto approached her bike. I scream aloud, “Watch out,” hoping … Continue reading “Serendipity.”

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. 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 … Continue reading The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

“Graceful.”


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. A parrot and butterfly can move about gracefully in flight, but as hot air balloons, they also share a gracefulness against a morning sky. All dairy cows move slowly on earth, yet the smile … Continue reading “Graceful.”

Migrating Settlers & Rv’ers


      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 … Continue reading Migrating Settlers & Rv’ers

“Generous.”


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 … Continue reading “Generous.”

Reach


Reach is a movement every human has completed. However, the word reach is used more as a metaphor referring to an object or action in poetry, love letters and everyday speech as I reach for other examples to explain “Reach.” I reached new heights in my achievements since becoming a writer. From birth to death, we all strive to reach some form of betterment for … Continue reading Reach

St. Louis Mo.


My journey as a travel writer begins in the city of my birth St. Louis, Missouri the “Show Me State.” On June 4, 2016, I started living full-time in a small recreational vehicle to travel the back roads of America. Before I left Southwest Florida, April 30, 2016, I purged a lot of personal belongings, to include one 4 x 3 plastic container and three, … Continue reading St. Louis Mo.

Voyages


The various reasons voyages are taken range from curiosity to seeking what’s’ over the next hill, seeking adventure to explore places unknown, a pilgrimage of self-reflection and sometimes you just want to return home. My voyage is a combination of all three. My curiosity to see what is over the next hill, to explore new places while reflecting on my past travels. But, my home … Continue reading Voyages

“Perfection”


The word “perfection” defines flawless, or faultless, as possible. Perfection is often used to describe people, inanimate objects, an athlete or team and for some people, themselves. Just about everyone strives for something in life and in doing so, some may go beyond their dream while others will not succeed. Either way, the journey towards a goal builds character which over a lifetime will become … Continue reading “Perfection”

“Screens”


In response to the one-word prompt “Screen.”   The power of suggestion is shown in today’s prompt with the silhouette of a head in front of either a television or computer screen we view with our eyes. For me, this one word prompt brings to mind the various types of screens I view daily. I see the screen I type this response, the television, my … Continue reading “Screens”

“Thanks Hindsight”


How is the year shaping up for you so far? Have your prediction come true, or did you have a curve ball or two? The past 46 six days of the new year have been great! I have scheduled a couple of days a week dedicated to editing and revising my short stories for submissions to writers journals,  writing competitions and applying to writer residency … Continue reading “Thanks Hindsight”

“Polite Company”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Polite Company.” “It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree? For over ten years I worked at my father’s business, and there was an important rule for customers and employees to neither discuss or debate politics or religion. Because of the rule, I believe friendships have lasted for decades. … Continue reading “Polite Company”

“ No Apologies”


What’s the one guilty pleasure you have that’s so good, you no longer feel guilty about it? I have certain pleasures like the occasional 2nd and 3rd donut once or twice a week after a morning walk. However, I no longer concern myself with the weight gain. I just sit and enjoy the donut. No more guilty conscious when I order a large bucket of popcorn … Continue reading “ No Apologies”

“Unexpected Guest”


You walk into your home to find a couple you don’t know sitting in your living room, eating a slice of cake. Tell us what happens next. After completing my morning walk along the beach that ended with coffee with fellow walkers overlooking the ocean. We discuss and debated the important issues of the day, such as sports, the tides, and the upcoming Christmas holiday. These morning discussions … Continue reading “Unexpected Guest”

“Life Line”


You’re on a long flight, and a palm reader sitting next to you insist she reads your palm. You hesitate but, agree. What does she tell you? I cannot imagine a female passenger sitting next to me on a long flight asking to read my palm. Hesitation is an understatement, and I would not agree. Now, I could imagine a passenger who had too many drinks … Continue reading “Life Line”

“Pick Your Gadget”


Your local electronics store has just started selling time machines, anywhere doors, and invisibility helmets. You can only afford one. Which of these do you buy, and why? This prompt provides fantastic choices. At my advanced age, I have developed a lot of wisdom, and I would not purchase any of the three. However, forty years ago, as a teenager, I would have enjoyed an … Continue reading “Pick Your Gadget”

“Pour Some Sugar on Me”


What is your favorite sweet thing to eat? Bread pudding? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? A smooth and creamy piece of cheesecake? Tell us about the anticipation and delight of eating you favorite desert. Not into sweets? Tell us all about your weakness for that certain salty snack.  Ahhhh, yes… the sweetness of sugar is an addictive commodity that is loved the world over. I … Continue reading “Pour Some Sugar on Me”

The Wanderer


Tell us about the top five place you’ve always wanted to visit The word “Wanderer” is the name I gave my motorcycle nine years ago. I wandered across the US from Key West Florida to Fairbanks Alaska, one town at a time. However, when I started blogging I discovered the world of nomadic travelers/bloggers, and I like the idea of becoming a nomadic world traveler. … Continue reading The Wanderer

Climate Control


The idea that the weather and people’s moods are connected is quite old. Do you agree? If yes, how does the weather affect your mood?  Last month was filled with lots of daily writing to include my participation with the National Novel Writing Month, my online modern poetry class and the eight posting for this blog. I’m proud to say I finished with just … Continue reading Climate Control

“Teach Your Bloggers Well”


We all know how to do something well — write a post that teaches readers how to do something you know and/or love to do. In response to today’s WordPress post prompt,  “Teach Your Bloggers Well.” I start with the basic foundation of planning. To be successful in anything in life, planning, and preparation are the foundations towards success. So, the first important lesson is to explain … Continue reading “Teach Your Bloggers Well”

“The Outsiders”


WordPress Daily Post Prompt Tell us about the experience of being outside, looking in — however you’d like to interpret that. During the summer of 1968, at age 10, I was allowed to ride my bicycle down the sidewalk and around the block to a friends house. My only rule was to be home before the street lights are activated. If the front and back … Continue reading “The Outsiders”

“The Great Pretender”


WordPress Daily Posts, “The Great Pretender.” Are you full of confidence or have you ever suffered from imposter syndrome? The imposter syndrome describes a feeling of inadequacy, & intellectual fraudulence, yet having the skills and knowledge indicating the opposite is true. I have experienced the imposter syndrome feeling many times throughout my previous career and currently as a writer, blogger, poet, and photographer. Although, I … Continue reading “The Great Pretender”

“Trick Questions”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trick Questions.” A Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece — about you. What are the three questions you hope she doesn’t ask you? It was March 19, 2012, and I was in Palayan City in the Philippines when I stopped at the Joross Internet cafe for an interview with a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter. The … Continue reading “Trick Questions”