“Banned.”


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 … Continue reading “Banned.”

“Promises.”


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 … Continue reading “Promises.”

“Expert.”


A forensic psychologist, a forensic accountant, and forensic fingerprint expert, were summoned to court as witnesses for the prosecution. Because of the rule on witnesses, they were all forbidden to talk about the case as they sat in the waiting room outside the courtroom. After 20-min they began discussing the weather, sports, and soon they started debating who expertise was more valuable for the prosecution. … Continue reading “Expert.”

“Cheats & Mistakes.”


In the Spring of 1963, Malcolm Milton University’s spring mid-term testing was in its final hours. Tenured History Professor, Wilbur Wilshire was shocked and astonished when he recognized an honors violation. For several moments he stared in disbelief since he had not witnessed an honors violation in his classroom since the fall semester of 1952. He watched for several minutes as Azikel Alberson consistently glanced … Continue reading “Cheats & Mistakes.”

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

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?

“Unpredictable”


As a structured life planner, I have always prepared and planned for the unpredictable, and yet the unforeseen most often takes place. My retiree lifestyle has changed my philosophy because unpredictable is the life I lead, hence my new phrase, “My plans are like Jello,” always shaking! WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Unpredictable”

“Guest”


I was at my favorite coffee house when I read WordPress’s daily word prompt “Guest.” I noticed employees using direct eye contact, greeting the customers with, hellos, welcomes, thank yous, and please come again. The hospitality was verbal and visible with every customer. What alarmed me were most customers failed to acknowledge the employees hospitality and comments. Many just stared up at the display boards … Continue reading “Guest”

“Empty”


The empty feelings when a loved one is no longer in your life. The empty feelings when love is not present. The empty feelings when all hope is lost. Reach out to someone in your life, to reconnect and feel the love with a phone call to hear their voice or stand in their presence to share the love. Someone loves you. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Empty”

“Prophecy”


  Those who have the ability of prophecy have an enormously incredible talent, and for centuries many have claimed this unique ability. Their predictions have included everything from the religious end of days to human encounters with aliens. I understand why prophets make a prediction. However, many people have predicted the outcome of a sporting event. If a prophet predicted the lottery numbers or the … Continue reading “Prophecy”

“Campanion”


  A companion can be a human, animal or you, and is essential for some people and an option, for others, yet, many do not consider the need for a companion. For 18 plus years of my life, I sometimes lovingly enjoyed a constant companion. However, as I approached the months and days before I became an empty-nester, I dreamed of the solitary life, and my … Continue reading “Campanion”

“Denying or Justifying”


Looking into a mirror many humans see something they are not. Denying the color of thy eyes Denying the color of thy skin, Denying thy age Denying thy weight Denying or justifying instead of facing, or admitting, the truth of who you are. What do you deny or justify? WordPress Daily word prompt Continue reading “Denying or Justifying”

“Happy Endings”


Tell us about something you’ve tried to quit. Did you go cold turkey, or for a gradual change? Did it stick? In the early 1980’s, I was in the Army, and  I controlled my addiction by committing twenty dollars a paycheck to fulfill my desires. There are times; I would spend the entire allotted twenty dollars at one time, causing me to suffer withdrawals until … Continue reading “Happy Endings”

“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”

“The Guilt that Haunts Me”


Share a time when you were overcome with guilt. What were the circumstances? How did you overcome your guilt? On a warm mid-July evening, I was enjoying an afternoon cookout with my neighbor George on his deck when he began crying. He returned from scolding his 12-year-old son who admitted to spreading saran wrap on the bowl of the toilet in the guest bathroom. One … Continue reading “The Guilt that Haunts Me”

All or Nothing; Peaceful Easy Feeling.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “All or Nothing?.” “Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” — Sylvia Plath Which do you find more dangerous: wanting nothing, or wanting everything? I find neither wanting nothing or wanting everything is dangerous, as, I spent the past five days engrossed in a book, and enjoying life. … Continue reading All or Nothing; Peaceful Easy Feeling.

The Spices of Success


(Daily Prompt) If “failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor” (Truman Capote), how spicy do you like your success stories? Success stories are a dime a dozen in fiction and in life. The thought of the under-dog battling against all odds is a time-honored belief dating back to David and Goliath. Now in present day, failure is always thought of when anyone person or … Continue reading The Spices of Success

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.

“Nightmare Jobs” (Short Story)


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Nightmare Job.” In honor of Labor Day in North America, tell us what’s the one job you could never imagine yourself doing. On the day for which we honor those American Employees who work full or part-time. In the early 70’s my father owned several rental homes and to cut the labor cost, my brother and I … Continue reading “Nightmare Jobs” (Short Story)

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)