“Notorious Farce.”


When I was asked to speak here today, I was reticent because for the past three years I have looked upon you all seated here as my family and we all have shared many hours of conversation debating every topic imaginable. I believe I received the nickname “Notorious,” for my frank and direct conversations with many of the students. I’m keenly aware that many of … Continue reading “Notorious Farce.”

“Pursuing.”


By pursuing the definition of you, which should last a lifetime, you must be open-minded of your past and present, for a better future. Pursuing, someone, something, or destinations is a part of your future. Pursuing dreams or passions are mandatory lifetime goals. Life without pursuing is a slow death. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Pursuing.”

“Temporary.”


Temporarily I will become a better person. The person I was yesterday was temporary. Temporarily, I exercise to feel better. The person in my mirror is temporary. Temporarily, I drink until drunk. The person I awoke to is hungover temporarily. My life, family, friends job, are for a lifetime until death. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Temporary.”

“Control?”


Control is a powerful word, meaning authority to guide or manage something or someone. But for me, the word instantaneously brings to mind 1987, Janet Jackson’s mega-hit with the signature song “Control.” Thirty years ago the song and its accompanying video were the anthems for many teenage girls wanting to spread their wings and divorcing women who sought independence from a marriage they felt no … Continue reading “Control?”

“Resist.”


With the first month of 2017 in the review mirror, many New Years resolutions have fallen prey to various forms of temptations. For those who want to sustain their resolutions, I recommend stating the phrase from the popular television show, Star Trek; The Next Generation’s formidable enemy the “Borg,” “Resistance if Futile.” Using the phrase “Resistance if Futile,” maybe the trigger to get you past … Continue reading “Resist.”

“Wedding Invitations,”


I attended two weddings accompanied by my special someone who excited my mother with the possibilities of our marriage one day. When my mom attended the second wedding, she discovered my special someone passionately kissing one of the groomsmen the relationship ended. I was a groomsman at the third marriage, and my mother was my plus one which will never happen again. I love my … Continue reading “Wedding Invitations,”

“Crossing.”


I imagine the incredible permutations of the root word, “cross,” and the various meaning and uses in the English language are incredible. Of course, immediately the root word implied religion with the many variations of crosses and its implication around the word. However, the word “cross” is used in the sports of boxing with a “right cross,” soccer’s “cross-field pass,” US-football’s “crossing pattern,” basketball “the … Continue reading “Crossing.”

Human communication has evolved but not vanity.


Recently I overheard a baby-boomer speak of never wanting to use the facetime feature of their mobile phone when taking with their grandchildren or family members. Hearing this conversation, I thought about how far the human race has come in receiving and delivering messages over the course of time. But, within the last one-hundred years, the system has improved tremendously. However, the technology to telephone … Continue reading Human communication has evolved but not vanity.

” Moody; Bah-Humbug!”


Eighty-seven-year-old Wilbur Wainwright, the owner of a window installation company, based in Ottumwa Iowa, began the business sixty-three years ago. He married once, divorced within a year, and never had any children. He never remarried again. He never attended church, never contributed to any charitable organization within his community and his business closed only for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mr. Wainwright wanted his employees to address … Continue reading ” Moody; Bah-Humbug!”

“Christmas Folly & Martyr.”


Robert Avenell; During Thanksgiving dinner, the Avenell brothers were enamored with an old 1950’s Sears & Robuck catalog their Uncle Rosco brought to the holiday dinner. The catalog was a great talking item, and the boys soon discovered all of the toys in the book, along with the guns they sold. The Avenel brothers’ mother forbade her sons David age 13, Devin age 11 and … Continue reading “Christmas Folly & Martyr.”

“Travel Conundrum the weather.”


For two months my travel conundrum has been cool to cold daytime temperatures in Tucson Arizona and now Galveston TX. I had also come to appreciate the months of research I conducted to make Southwest Florida my retiree destination before I struck out as a full-time Rv’er. In all of the months of my preparations for traveling full time in an RV, I would never … Continue reading “Travel Conundrum the weather.”

“Irksome, Short Story #1.”


Hello, fellow blog post followers. In the coming weeks, some of WordPress’s daily word prompts responses will revolve around Jeffery and Jaqueline Lehman and their five-year-old son Jason over the holiday season. With the approach of Thanksgiving, it had been six months since Jeffery’s mother had seen her first grandchild, Jason. Jeffery and Jaqueline Lehman left two days before Thanksgiving to surprise Jeffery’s parents in … Continue reading “Irksome, Short Story #1.”

Value & Loss


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” … Continue reading Value & Loss

“Shiver.”


During the winter month’s my mother always dressed me warmly with a thick heavy coat, gloves, knit cap and a pair of rubber boots for snow. On a cold winter snowy afternoon, my mom recognized I was playing in the snow with one rubber boot on my right foot. I didn’t recognize the missing left boot until she yelled from the rear deck for me … Continue reading “Shiver.”

“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.”

“Learning. “


Learning is a desire within many people or is it? For some learning is completed upon high school graduation yet college graduates become annoyed or discouraged when asked to learn procedures within their chosen profession. There’s an old adage that states “you will learn something new every day up to the moment of death.” It is believed the foundation for learning develops in the womb … Continue reading “Learning. “

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

“Generational divide”


Over the past one hundred years, generational divides are usually a contentious issue within families. I suspect, during the period between 1920 and 1960, the debate between young adults and their parents when they wanted a car, from parents who grew up walking dreaming of riding a horse. Social media, cellular phones, and tablets are today’s generational divide I witnessed first hand when my children … Continue reading “Generational divide”

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

“The things we leave behind.”


The things we leave behind are the things we collected because they were the must-haves of the moment. After fifteen trips to the local Good-Will store, to drop off the things I had not seen, or held, for several years, I asked myself and wondered why? It is ironic, the stuff I collected was based on a previous need, want, or desire, only to leave … Continue reading “The things we leave behind.”

“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”

“Desert, which one?”


After an argument, I deserted my wife for the solitude and warmth of the desert, where I enjoyed the chocolate cake she made for dessert. When I return home with sunburned arms and face, she stated, I received my just desserts. One word, two different meaning, add an “S,” and it becomes sweet. 🙂 WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Desert, which one?”

“Darkness”


Because of humans inability to see in the darkness, the human imagination compensates and creates fear and mystery of the unknown of what their eyes cannot see. Hundreds if not thousands of stories and fairytales have been created recited based on fear of darkness. Closing your eyes darkness does not initiate fear because opening your eyes silences the fear and darkness. Darkness, within a locked … Continue reading “Darkness”

“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”