History, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings, Travel

Lightner Museum in St. Augustine: Through the Looking Glass and into a Wonderland?

Looking to escape the worst of a summer that will not end, we decided to head north; hoping that four hours of drive time would translate into at least twice that much in degree difference. Spoiler alert: It didn’t! Hit with a short-span heat wave that coincided directly with our trip, it was sweltering. Ugh.… Continue reading Lightner Museum in St. Augustine: Through the Looking Glass and into a Wonderland?

Haiku & Other Poetry, History, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings

on adverbs and outrage

truly, madly, deeply … a song truly, madly, deeply … a movie (with Alan Rickman!) truly, madly, deeply … a partial list of adverbs to be avoided if you want to be a “real” writer (according to conventional “wisdom”) truly, madly, deeply … a partial list of adverbs that inadequately qualify and/or modify how truly,… Continue reading on adverbs and outrage

Flash Fiction, History

Her Silent Secrets

  It had been sixty years since she had stood on that pathway but her mind struggled to contain the same flood of emotions she had felt on that last night. Fear. Shame. Anger. Grief. Such bottomless grief. Emotions unleashed unwanted memories They shouldn’t have done it. They had no right. She didn’t belong to… Continue reading Her Silent Secrets

History, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings

Women: We Get Things Done

Between the sell/buy/move chaos and my current haiku obsession I’ve neglected to share links for some of the stuff I’ve been doing for my day-job. I may go back to some prior months in the days to come, but for today I’m going to stick to this month's work, which (somewhat ironically) means I’m stepping… Continue reading Women: We Get Things Done

Flash Fiction, History

buon viaggio*

It happened every time. It was like a gift that kept on giving. It had been more than fifty years but every time Peter saw the damn thing it felt like yesterday. He could still feel the shame of that moment. Susan knew this. But she still insisted they all go to the Ringling Museum… Continue reading buon viaggio*

Flash Fiction, History

Harpers Ferry: Destiny Calls

Daddy used to make me listen to the speech. I’d pretend to be bored but I always got goosebumps when he’d exclaim “to mingle my blood further with the blood of my children, and with the blood of millions in this slave country.” It reminded me I’m not just any Brown. His blood runs in… Continue reading Harpers Ferry: Destiny Calls

History, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings, Travel

Finally! It’s the Road Trip Epilogue

It’s been over a week since we returned home and I’m finally finding the time and energy to write my last entry for the epic ROAD TRIP. If you missed the first three editions, you can find them here Calling All Boots  and here Two Days Before Dawn and here Alarm Bells I'll wait why you check them out… Continue reading Finally! It’s the Road Trip Epilogue

History, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings, Travel

Two Days BEFORE Dawn

Can we do it?! The Road Trip Triangle (as mentioned in previous post) had begun! Back to back: 613 miles and then 627 miles We shall see ... Day one began before dawn as we turned onto the highway--just a bit behind schedule-- at 6:08AM! Eleven hours later we arrived in Birmingham after enjoying one… Continue reading Two Days BEFORE Dawn

History, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings

Now We Wait (One Year Later)

I wrote this short essay almost exactly one year ago today. I had only recently moved to Florida and hurricanes were a new thing to me. I put my thoughts to paper just as Irma was making landfall in south Florida putting us directly in the middle of the cone of uncertainty. I was (to… Continue reading Now We Wait (One Year Later)