“Unmooring to Ascend.”

A writers’ emotions are sparked and influenced by reading novels, their dreams, and many other inspirations. For the past two or three years, I have followed the online travel blogging adventures of two pair of couples who recently transitioned from RVing to begin their new adventures upon the ocean and waterways. Their adventures had me recalling my bucket list and journal writings of one day … Continue reading “Unmooring to Ascend.”


The purpose of planning and structuring is to accomplish a goal. My goal was to establish a nomadic life outside of Southwest Florida and like many things in life my first attempt to leave was hampered by mother nature’s colder than average temperatures along with the 18-21 days of constant rain in the US Mid-Atlantic. So, because I’m a warm weather type, (aka; Florida Beach … Continue reading “Purpose”


I’m climbing the stairway northward along the interstate from southwest Florida peering into the rearview mirror I see my last morning sunrise of Fort Myers Florida. Excitement feeds my soul as I hurry along as I consider my future travels. I realize I should slow my pace to enjoy my journey. I shall not rush my travel blogger/nomadic adventurers. I take a deep breath slowing the pace … Continue reading “Stairway”

Final Trio

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: ”

For our final trio prompt of the year, write about any topic you wish, but make sure your post features a bookcase, something cracked, and a song you love.

Several days ago, my Christmas spirit was fully operational as I enjoyed my new bluetooth wireless headset, which is an early Christmas gift to me.

I apparently was humming a little loudly because I caught myself earlier and tone down the volume. I was listening to Mariah Carey’s, singing, “All I want for Christmas is you” from the 2003 movie “Love Actually”.

As I walked along, I recognized a book on the floor, so, as I approached, I spun to my right, picking up the book and spun back to my left when my bum collided with the shelf knocking a couple of books to the floor.

I was in such a majestic Christmas spirit, that I spun to my left again and picked up the books placing them on the shelf. I faintly heard in unison someone singing the lyrics of the song playing in my head.

I stopped and noticed several patrons were singing along with my humming.

I was slightly embarrassed, however I easily walk away turning down the volume as I smiled at everyone.

As I continued to walk towards the rear of the building and before entering through the service door, I spun around bowed at the waist and several patrons clapped, except one who held her little finger to her mouth, mimicking the shushing sound.

I immediately thought of Charles Dickens Character, “Scrooge” and silently said to myself, “Ba Hum Bug” there always one.

But aloud I said, Merry Christmas, and stepped backwards into the storage area of the library.



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In Due Time

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In Due Time.” What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it? Deadlines? I don’t have any deadlines. I have future aspirations and dreams, I desire to fulfill however, I have come to believe that hurrying through to get … Continue reading In Due Time

The Language of Things

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Language of Things.” You have to write a message to someone dear to you, telling that person how much he/she means to you. However — instead of words, you can only use 5-10 objects to convey your emotions. Which objects do you choose, and what do they mean? When I fly into my mid-west home, I always … Continue reading The Language of Things

Kicked the Bucket, the anti-list.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Kick the Bucket.” What are the top items on your anti-bucket list — those things you never, ever want to do, places you never want to visit, books you never want to read, etc.? Well, before I retired and before the movie, “The Bucket List”, I had a top ten lists and over the years I divided … Continue reading Kicked the Bucket, the anti-list.

No Time to Waste

(Daily Prompt) Fill in the blank: “Life is too short to _____.” Now, write a post telling us how you’ve come to that conclusion. Life is too short to worry, or stress one self when you cannot physically change something immediately. Patience, perseverance, determination and resolve, are key words to recall during one’s life time. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/no-time-to-waste/ Continue reading No Time to Waste

Bad Signal

(Daily Prompt) Someone’s left you a voicemail message, but all you can make out are the last words: “I’m sorry. I should’ve told you months ago. Bye.” Who is it from, and what is this about? Now considering I don’t have a hard-line phone or carry my cellular around with me throughout the day, or for several days.  When do I received this message, most … Continue reading Bad Signal

The Saturday morning Bugs Bunny, Road Runner show and a Sears Kenmore Wringer Washing Machine.

  As a five-year old child, I enjoyed watching cartoons, so on a sunny Saturday morning, I’m watching the Bugs Bunny, Road Runner show and I’m in haven, watching all the cartoon action and I loved when the show ends with its iconic signature sign off statement from Porky Pig, “Thats All Folks”. I turned the television off and walked into the kitchen, where my … Continue reading The Saturday morning Bugs Bunny, Road Runner show and a Sears Kenmore Wringer Washing Machine.

Doppelgänger Alert

(Daily Prompt) You step into an acquaintance’s house for the first time, and discover that everything — from the furniture, to the books, to the art on the wall — is identical to your home. What happens next? Several years ago, my wife, Trisha, and I attended a dinner party held at my neighbor’s home of Tom and Pam Gregory,  who live four doors away, in … Continue reading Doppelgänger Alert

Judgement Radars: Everyone has a story.

Are you a good judge of other people’s happiness? Tell us about a time you were spot on despite external hints to the contrary (or, alternatively, about a time you were dead wrong). I love people watching and it is not I engage people in conversation can I learn their story and we all know, everyone has a story. I was taking my morning walk along the beach when … Continue reading Judgement Radars: Everyone has a story.

Saturday Morning tunnel vision

I adjust my helmet, straighten my gloves, tighten the fasteners on my jacket, and start the motor of my motorcycle and continue along the roadway. It has been two weeks of daily riding, traveling northward out of the lower forty-eight and across Alberta Canada to the last few miles before the Alaska State line. I stopped for the moment to take in the beautiful scenery … Continue reading Saturday Morning tunnel vision

New Wrinkles; how dose this development change my life?

  If I wake with my heart is pumping, my eyes are open to see the mirror of my wrinkles, I would first recognize the lack of hair on my bald head before the wrinkles. I recall stopping for a drink at my local convince store/(7-11), and when the business had monitors installed that allowed you to view yourself while you stood in line to … Continue reading New Wrinkles; how dose this development change my life?

What are you most thankful for right now?

  What is now the most important thing in my life that I feel most thankful for? Ok here I go. My most important thought of being thankful for in my life is my health, which gives me the ability to be thankful for the following; To have an open mind after a past career of witnessing the worst humanity has offered. To have and … Continue reading What are you most thankful for right now?

Unlikely Food Pairing

Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.Sharing is caring. via Unlikely Pairing. The most unlikely food pairing I believe would be baked fresh seafood on a bed of hominy grits and a milk shake, Continue reading Unlikely Food Pairing

Myths, Facts and Reminders

Originally posted on Eric Tonningsen's Awakening to Awareness:
  “Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.” ~ D. L. Moody Retirement myths; they abound. As people plan for and approach life’s Third Act, many think they’ll be spending more time with family and friends.… Continue reading Myths, Facts and Reminders

Effective times to write and where

My favorite time to write is in the early morning hours of the day, but I am perplexed, as to why I am inspired to write late in the evening at a Denny’s Restaurant. Apparently this isn’t unusual, where upon my arrival between 9:00 and 10:00 pm there are two or three other customers writing or completing some form of work. I read the blogs … Continue reading Effective times to write and where

Journaling, Reading, Blogging & Creative Writing

I was inspired to write today’s blog because of writers I follow here on WordPress. Commencing January 2013, I started the New Year with a commitment to write about my life as a retiree in a personal journal. This was fairly easy since I’m very active either motorcycling, bicycling, kayaking photographing sunsets and Geocaching. While rearranging my bucket list, I began listing books I wanted … Continue reading Journaling, Reading, Blogging & Creative Writing