“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”

“Construct.”


Closing your eyes brings to light the vision of what can be imagined to be constructed. Construct, build, develop, are the foundation of dreams and possibilities the imagination conjures. To construct, build and develop requires opening the eyes from the dream to construct the dream. Nothing comes to a dreamer, but a sleeper & nothing comes to a sleeper but a dreamer until actions are … Continue reading “Construct.”

“Mythical.”


Some things in life can become mythical within my thoughts. My hiking experiences encompass several decades as a Boy Scout, hiking trails in middle and southern Missouri. To becoming a Scout Leader hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail and many other forested trails in Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virgina. Nothing prepared me for my first short hike in the Saguaro National Parks East … Continue reading “Mythical.”

“Percolate.”


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. WordPress daily word prompt. Continue reading “Percolate.”

“Cigarette pack, stare down.”


After a horribly stressful shift as a firefighter captain. Donald Treshman decided to stop at a local convenience store and purchase a pack cigarettes for the first time in 17 years. He did not open the pack of cigarettes fearing the smoke would destroy the fresh mint smell in his car. So he decided to wait until he arrived home. When he parked inside the … Continue reading “Cigarette pack, stare down.”

“Original.”


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 … Continue reading “Original.”

“Flattery.”


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 … Continue reading “Flattery.”

“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.”

“Passionate.”


Passion and love are intertwined around the roots of commitment. Commitment is the prehistoric Red Wood Tree with roots mixed with love and passion. So, when your passionate desires are rooted in a deep love, your dreams and aspirations will come to fruition providing you with a long enjoyable life. WordPress daily word prompt. Continue reading “Passionate.”

Radical Moose Encounter


What would be the radical experiences to capture morning photos of the sunrise at a place called Silver Lake at Brighton Utah, 8000 feet above sea level? I never thought the term wildlife and landscape photographer would describe me but after an encounter with a young bull moose. I can say it applies. As I stood with a jacket, cap, long pants, hiking boots and … Continue reading Radical Moose Encounter

“Eclipse.”


Once upon a time in a far away city, I attended an NBA basketball game. Seated with a beer in my right hand and peanuts between my legs I was satisfied, happy and enjoying the game. Suddenly a basketball player known by millions of people all over the world walked past and stopped in front of my seat. Of course, I was impressed, with his … Continue reading “Eclipse.”

Complicated


So, life is relatively easy. You are born, you love parents, family friends, and caregivers Follow the basic moral rules of life, don’t lie, cheat, steal, or harm another person or animal. Attend school, learn lessons from parents, elders, and teachers. Achieving levels of education, to pay bills, to quench desires of want and need. (PS: learning doesn’t stop with certificates or degrees.) Pair with … Continue reading Complicated

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

Surface versus Fear


The surface of life is easily visible to the human eye. Fear prevents verbal interaction which would build discoveries. Our surface is what we project. Fear of self-reflection to discover what is beneath and within. Honest self-reflection is the journey to overcome the fear of revealing what’s beneath the surface. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading Surface versus Fear

Maybe?


  Maybe is the word parents use with their second or third born child who asks, can they have a tiger or lion. Maybe is the word teenagers use when parents yelled or screamed begging them to move faster so they can visit a grandparent. Maybe is the word couples use when they are watching television, and the other wants something or their attention. Maybe … Continue reading Maybe?

Realizations of a Travel Writer.


Several days ago, I wrote separate responses for WordPress daily word prompts for the words “stubborn,” “praise,” “muse,” “crave,” “profound,” and “apology.” As I formulated my thoughts, I recognized the calm, peaceful, and relaxed feeling of absolute happiness within me that had me reflect upon and contemplate why? As a child, my parents, teachers, and friends told me, I was hyperactive, I needed to slow … Continue reading Realizations of a Travel Writer.

“Shared Journeys”


I have taken many journeys across the US either by car, motorcycle, and tractor trailer. During all of my travel’s my family and my mother, in particular, worried about me going alone. I have shared my journey with people I have met along the way who are friends to this day. My, solo journeys are filled with unknown possibilities, friends to meet and discoveries to … Continue reading “Shared Journeys”

Elusive


Elusive are my thoughts when writing. Elusive is my focus when reading. Elusive are the photos I want to capture. Elusive are my attempts when trying to achieve what I want. My journey has taught elusiveness disappears with persistent determination and perseverance. Believing in what you want can be elusive and hampered by those crossing your path. M.J.Leake WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading Elusive

“Clocks”


Many people around the world are pressed for time, don’t have enough time, and some run out of time. We all have a certain amount of time on this planet, yet we do not know the end time. So, why do we rush through life towards a date and time that will come to an end? It is said time moves slowly, yet waits for … Continue reading “Clocks”