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“Music’s dubious riffs.”


During our annual concert, my high school’s jazz ensemble was playing before a packhouse of parents, students political dignitaries. We played several pieces that excited the whole audience who stood to applaud our performances. Our final piece was always my favorite as the first chair trumpet began their solo riff followed by the dueling solo by the first chair Alto Saxophonist answering back. The music … Continue reading “Music’s dubious riffs.”

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“Centenarian love, passion, marriage, and dancing.”


The annual sweetheart’s dance has become a coveted gala event for the 190 residents at the “Living Years Village.” And again for the third year in a row Edgar and Elizabeth Harden gingerly, soft-shoed around the dance floor strutting to the harmonizing tunes of their 1940’s big band favorites. The residents seated at their dinner tables surrounding the dance floor watching in amazement while taping … Continue reading “Centenarian love, passion, marriage, and dancing.”

“Halloween Neighborhood-Lessons.”


There was a time in the 60’s, and 70’s when the mystery of keeping your home secure during the Halloween season was something you passed on to new neighbors. I had new neighbors who moved in two weeks before Halloween. They were a young couple without any children and the wife thought she would bake several dozen caramel popcorn balls to pass out. On Halloween … Continue reading “Halloween Neighborhood-Lessons.”

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“Ghoulish.”


I have never really liked Halloween since the horrible calamity of 1975, for which my father tells the story with the smiling gleefulness of a teenager like it was yesterday. The events of that night have left me traumatically scared for which I have endured nightmares until this day. I was a child only 5-years of age when my mother dressed me as Casper the … Continue reading “Ghoulish.”

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“Autumn Fluffy.”


The end of green summer leaves leads to the transformation to various bright colors. During an October hike with crisp, breezes blowing red, yellow, purple, orange, magenta, and brown leaves floating softly to the ground. My fluffy soft wool knit cap and sweater against my skin warms my thoughts of holidays ahead. I consider drinking something warm, coating my mouth, throat, and heating my insides … Continue reading “Autumn Fluffy.”

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“Identifying Trademarks.”


The identifying trademarks were visible when the border officer lifted the tarp to reveal the cylindrical barrel. This story began after my best friend Charles and I attended the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders Football game Nov 16, 1997. Charles and I met and became close friends when we were 23-years-old, in the Marine Corp and after our time in the Corp was completed … Continue reading “Identifying Trademarks.”

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“Cacophony: A band parents story.”g


My next door neighbors, Clifford and Joyce Ingram’s raised 6-children, who were born two and three years apart. When their eldest child Cynthia began playing the drums in the local elementary school band no one expected her siblings would follow in her musical footsteps. As the years passed their home was filled with the sounds of a Tenor & Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, French Horn, and … Continue reading “Cacophony: A band parents story.”g

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“Enlighten.”


Enlightening moments in time brings life into focus. (M. J. Leake) After thirty-nine years of marriage, three adult children, one hysterectomy, and a husband I share a love with that make me giddy as a school girl when we have a date night. I’m have become aware that I cannot control what I cannot hold or touch. I’m unable to influence or persuade my adult child, … Continue reading “Enlighten.”

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“Express.”


Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively? I use words creatively in sentences, paragraphs, short stories and soon to be novels. Writing is my passionate form of expression rooted deeply in my emotions forged from my past responsibilities. I move forward into my future as a writer of all forms and genres. 🙂 Expressing myself … Continue reading “Express.”

“Risk?”


What would your daily life be without risk? Most people try to avoid risk and some at all cost while many people take a calculated risk. Since the beginning of time risk has evolved with insurance to cover death, injury, property and just about anything else. Eons ago someone cracked an egg ate the yolk raw and I bet some gaged while someone thought to … Continue reading “Risk?”

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“Ascending.”


Life is like ascending a mountain one foot after another to accomplish what is desired. Standing atop of an accomplishment is a personal goal and time to reflect upon the journey it took.  After ascending and conquering any of life’s challenges builds confidence to propel you to handle whatever life puts before you. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Ascending.”

“Cloaked.”


A 5-year-old girl in a playground stops to look at the flight of a butterfly. She runs around mimicking its movements to understand the butterfly’s flying motions. Several years later she learns the basics of flight and is mesmerized enough to become an aeronautical engineer. Many of life’s mysteries are cloaked in darkness but a lifetime of learning builds wisdom shining a light upon those … Continue reading “Cloaked.”

“Exceptional Mistake.”


Mistakes are a part of life because life comes with morals but not application instructions. Mistakes of the heart usually provide a second chance. Mistakes are failures to learn from while building the knowledge and stamina to try again. So, mistakes will be made but don’t ever be afraid to try. Mistakes become exceptional building blocks of life-long learning. Without mistakes, you can never become … Continue reading “Exceptional Mistake.”

“Focused, divided attention and multitasking”


The term “laser focused” is associated with academics and athletics. To reach this level of concentration takes months, years and decades of mental and physical training. Some people believe multi-tasking is an attribute and advantage when parenting more than two children. But, multitasking comes with a cautionary tale of wisdom. “It is better to devote your mental and physical attention to one thing at a time … Continue reading “Focused, divided attention and multitasking”

“”Penchant for poo.”


As a child growing up, I always had Labrador Retrievers as pets, and one of my chores was picking up after the dog. When I became an adult, I swore never to get another dog to avoid picking up poo. My kids grew up with cats a lot easier to pick-up after. Several weeks ago I went to visit my father when his 15-year old … Continue reading “”Penchant for poo.”

“Sympathetic Peculiarities.”


The peculiarities of life and death manifest itself before, during, and after stressful painfilled tragic events. Personal reflections and contemplation about life, its meaning, and understanding its purpose are our thoughts during these times. Remembering the past, appreciating and enjoying the beauty of life itself is the goal we all can understand. Sympathetically remembering the past to learn from, and moving forward beyond the peculiarities … Continue reading “Sympathetic Peculiarities.”

“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.”

“Dare-Devil Great Grandmother.”


Six months ago, I was with twenty-one of my family members to watch my youngest great-granddaughter tandem parachute from a plane 12000 feet above the airport to celebrate her 21st birthday and entry into the US Army. My son and his wife Corinna were not happy, to say the least about their daughter taking such a risk. However only because she was entering the US … Continue reading “Dare-Devil Great Grandmother.”

“A collection of July’s daily words.”


A thoughtful writer can be a passenger with a quill and pen, tethered to a desk, plucking ideas of an original savage plot or caper with character arcs sailing along scampering and dashing to become personalities to love or hate. WordPress daily words Continue reading “A collection of July’s daily words.”

“Patches covering magical molds of clay.”


You are a magical mold of clay, forever developing to become what you want to be. Overcoming your fears allowing dreams to discover what is over the next hill or around the corner expanding the imagination of many thoughts and ideas shaping your magical clay mold. Reflecting upon your past, who you are, where you are going, molds your magical mold of clay for a … Continue reading “Patches covering magical molds of clay.”

“Creatives, creativity, create.”


The human imagination has an unlimited capacity for creative ideas of any skill, form, and type beyond unknown insightful visions. Creatives can spend many years or a lifetime developing, and hone their creativity to satisfy the yearning of their insightful concepts and soul. For some creatives, their passions are not known immediately lying dormant within their emotions only ignited when exposed to a creativity their … Continue reading “Creatives, creativity, create.”

” The Band; Brass, Drums, and Reeds.”


Every band member in the marching and orchestra bands maintains a solidarity based on the instrument they have played their entire lives. Those who play the Trumpet, French Horns, Trombones, Baritone Horns, and Tuba considered themselves the essential rhythmic soul of the band. The woodwinds considered themselves the projected voice of the band giving rhythmic voice to the words of music. TA percussion section is … Continue reading ” The Band; Brass, Drums, and Reeds.”