“Against all odds at any age.”


Many baby boomers remember the 1973 exhibition tennis match also known as the battle of sexes when Women’s tennis champion Billie Jean-King defeated male chauvinist Bobby Riggs. When Yvonne Hobart walked onto the European pickle-ball court, in Helsinki Finland for the championship to the applause of cheering fans, it was all 512 residents from Hallam, her little Village located in the Newark and Sherwood districts … Continue reading “Against all odds at any age.”

“Crisp proud parents.”


Julius and Doretha Jefferson drove seven hours from Pittsburgh PA to West Point NY, to attend parents day at the US Army’s Military Academy. After a night in the local hotel, they awoke early for breakfast and took the short drive to the campus. They walk into the stadium, to climb the stairs into the stands with several hundred parents to witness their children enter … Continue reading “Crisp proud parents.”

“The Uniform.”


There are many types of uniforms from school, scouts, military, civil service, and their omnipresence is visually striking capturing the attention of everyone. Uniforms are clothing representing an organization, a team, and for many who look upon, raising moral standards and expectations with respect. The optical sight of a uniform can have a negative and for many a positive effect, but it is the person … Continue reading “The Uniform.”

“Distances and Images.”


A tragedy brought us together, but serendipitous events spawned our meeting. My heart beats slowed in response to your beauty my eyes witnessed My voice stuttered as I introduce myself, yet I cannot remember anything else I said. But, I will forever remember your voice saying yes to meet for coffee after our work. We stole two hours of our sleep sharing a cup of … Continue reading “Distances and Images.”

” 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.”

“A detonated heart mourns and grieves with tears of, sorrow, and despair for a lost love.”


Over the centuries the village of Paliseul Belgium survived the horrors of the thirty-year war, several bouts with the ravages of the plague, and cholera. By the early 1800’s the village population of men dwindled from 67 to 8, and five of whom were in their late 40’s. Out of necessity, the eight village elders banded together with an idea to arranged marriages for their … Continue reading “A detonated heart mourns and grieves with tears of, sorrow, and despair for a lost love.”

“Radiating calm and coolness.”


Many years ago during my childhood, I was always my mother’s accompanier. If she went to a funeral, of a friend, I went. Evening events at the church, I went, and to pick up parts for my father’s gas station before auto parts stores delivered, I always went. I was 9 or 10 – years of age, on this one trip, traveling four-tenths of a … Continue reading “Radiating calm and coolness.”

“Survived to wander.”


Many people feel adrift in a mass marketing capitalistic world we all live within. However, some people or catapulted with a desire to wander nomadically. Wanderlust has been described by many as a form of spiritual mentality. It is usually suppressed but, can be reprieve born out of changes good or bad within their lives. A wandering nomad is infused with happiness when their daily … Continue reading “Survived to wander.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I have no qualms on a precipice.”


After two months of preparations, working out at a gym and buying $987.94 worth of backpacking gear. We are on the John Muir trail in Northern California and have been hiking for two days. But, for the past two hours, we have sat on a precipice overlooking a valley into the Sierra Nevadas at just over 8000 feet. We were enjoying the unnerving silence of … Continue reading “I have no qualms on a precipice.”

“A chateau’s final party and goodbye.”


After fourteen months of treatments for my illness, the doctor advised me that my fate was final and hospice would be my last destination. For several days I was filled with dreaded fear and depressed from the doom and gloom news, but decided not allow bad news stop me from seeing Paris one last time. So with my health aid nurse in tow, we traveled … Continue reading “A chateau’s final party and goodbye.”

“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.”

“Lifestyle, Panicked and None.”


The WordPress prompts can inspire and initiate thoughts of the past, present, and future. For me, the words lifestyle, panicked and none are associated with my current lifestyle when I panic knowing I will not live long enough to read all of the books in my lifetime, yet none are as important as what I want to write. Just my thoughts for today. 🙂 WordPress … Continue reading “Lifestyle, Panicked and None.”

“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?”

“Apprentice.”


When I was newly assigned, my heart was filled with pride and honor, but, quickly I recognized it was I who was the apprentice and intern who learned to appreciated the honor it was to represent, you all. I have reflected upon my times here in the field with a company of men and women whom I have shared traumatic emotional moments of tragedy and … Continue reading “Apprentice.”

“Earth Day Sunsets.”


As the sun sets on another yearly earth day celebrations around the world including protests marches to bring attention to climate change. One fundamental aspect that will never change is the sun rising and setting every day whether we care for our planet are not. WordPress photo challenge Continue reading “Earth Day Sunsets.”

“The 50th Wedding Anniversary.”


Hello, my name is Johnathan and tonight we have gathered to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents. My parents have a foundation of friendship and a passionate love for one another for which their lives together as husband and wife has evolved through many of life’s tragedies and celebrations. Before they were married, their love was tested by my grandfather who assumed my … Continue reading “The 50th Wedding Anniversary.”

“Spikes of life and death.”


The beginning spike is birth. The spike of walking. The spike of your first day of school. The spike of working an agricultural field to feel the soil beneath your feet. The spike of falling in love. The spike of completing and education or discovering a passion. The spike of becoming a parent and grandparent. With every spike, there are valley’s and death is considered … Continue reading “Spikes of life and death.”

“My little girl’s backyard fun.”


On a rainy Saturday, I was seated in the library reading Jane Eyre enjoying my afternoon tea, and biscuits when thunder, roared over the house with a streak of lightning flashing across the sky. I stood, approached the window to peer out onto my prize winning Sheffield England topiary garden. My sight paralyzed me with the fear every parent who is more protective of their … Continue reading “My little girl’s backyard fun.”

“Journey Unravel.”


Usually, a journey takes someone from one location to another, so what is a personal journey? Within the mind, a personal journey begins with imagination, a dream or idea, driven by desires, fueled by a passion for achieving a goal. It takes fortitude and perseverance to remain focused on a journey in the face of distractions, enticements, and temptations. Although some journeys are shared with … Continue reading “Journey Unravel.”