“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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“Mirrored Gratitude.”


With their annual Halloween party two days away, Erica stood in the mirror admiring her Cleopatra costume. She adjusted the black wig with a gold beaded headpiece while marveling at the matching earrings and choker necklace. She began studying the costumes sleeveless top with brightly colored gold pyramid sequined edgings, and she moved closer towards the mirror she noticed that with no bra on she … Continue reading “Mirrored Gratitude.”

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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.”

“Brave, heroic, courageous, and daring.”


The above words are used to describe acts done by a person that if given a moment of thought many people would not perform for any reason. A person is considered brave, heroic, courageous, and daring because they did what they were supposed to do. (M. J. Leake) WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Brave, heroic, courageous, and daring.”

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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.”

“Inflated elastic beauty.”


The elastic balloons cover the grounds as far as the eye can see. Ground crews hold lines as the balloons are inflated reaching heights towering towards the sky. Thousands of photographers and spectators gather every year to witness this the 46th year Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and the visuals are always memorably mesmerizing. Just about every country is represented, along with corporate businesses plus the … Continue reading “Inflated elastic beauty.”

“Popular outdoor activities interest continues.”


For baby boomers, it is believed that upon a certain age exciting, interesting outdoor and athletics activities are limited, curtailed, or not done based on age. However, for the active baby boomers, those assumptions are being destroyed with a vengeance. Remaining young in your heart, mind and more importantly, your body’s health is the popular trend in the fields of athletics sports as revealed in … Continue reading “Popular outdoor activities interest continues.”

“Mighty is the music of our lives.”


  Mighty is the sound of instruments to create the music of our desires from within our soul. Without the sound of instruments to create the music from our hearts, would humanity be calmer or would we be more violent? Mighty is the music of my life, surrounding my heart and soul of who I have become. The evolution of Music 1400 BC 2016 AD … Continue reading “Mighty is the music of our lives.”

“A tentative short story.”


Recreating a time from the past can be an adventure. Malcolm & Ethel Marshall, lived thirty-three wonderful years in a beautifully appointed retirement transitional housing community. They both retired at the ages of 67 and 65, and they are parents of three adult children, grandchildren and a couple of great-grandchildren. They were veterans of the US Army during World War 2, and they traveled the … Continue reading “A tentative short story.”

“An iconic American road.”


I was traveling south along Nevada route 95 when I wandered into Las Vegas to visit family and to check out Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area. When I told my uncle of my, intentions, he thought Red Rock Casino where after a great buffet dinner, I toured the casino and discovered a sports bar with eighteen television projectors directed at a wall, combining three giant-screens, with … Continue reading “An iconic American road.”

“”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.”

“Disobey.”


I learned very early in my childhood before I started school that acting bad or being bad brought about a spanking or a scolding at the least. When I began school the report cards had a section labeled “disobeying,” and based on previous scoldings I knew never to have that box marked. One of my friends did, and he received the standard neighborhood parental discipline, … Continue reading “Disobey.”

“Overcome.”


The word “Overcome” is over used, because everyone’s daily life is filled with moments, hours, days, months, and years of challenges. Without challenges, life will become boring and lackadaisical, and who would want to survive such a life? Whenever feeling overwhelmed and challenged, always remember this time will soon pass. (M. J. Leake) WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Overcome.”

“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.”

“Enamored with Nature.”


After viewing and capturing photos of the natural beauty in Yellowstone National Park, I found the Flagg Ranch Campgrounds located along the John D Rockafeller Parkway in between Yellowstone National Park and five miles north of the Grand Teton National Park entrance. The campgrounds $40.00 fee was the steepest cost I had ever encountered for a tent site, so I found the nearby disperse (free) campsite … Continue reading “Enamored with Nature.”

“Rhyme or Reason?”


Children who become teenagers and eventually adults are a wonderment of untold measurement. (M.J.Leake) As the days, months, years, and decades pass, with mothers day, fathers day, birthdays, and holidays gatherings the opportunity for love to be expressed is important. However, do not wait until the opportunity to say “I love you,” Make it happen during a face time call, a text message, voice mail message, … Continue reading “Rhyme or Reason?”

“Travel reflections in a Cody Wy Walmart lot.”


Some retirees try to recall memories and thoughts of their adolescent and childhood years. If they are able, they spend the second chapter of their lives fulfilling those dreams of years past. (M.J.Leake) Reflecting on my 30 years of travel mostly via a motorcycle, I have encountered thousands of people who have used every type or form of transportation known. They were travelers conquering vast … Continue reading “Travel reflections in a Cody Wy Walmart lot.”

“Unfurl and Synchronized Traffic.”


  Depending on where you live planning a trip from your home to travel across town can easily be accomplished depending on where you live. In the major metropolitan cities along both the east and west coasts of American, it can be a challenge of a life time to travel 10-miles in less than a half hour depending on the time of day. So, after … Continue reading “Unfurl and Synchronized Traffic.”