Flash Fiction, History, tutto e niente

The Final Scavenger Hunt

This was it. The trail ended here. Back at grand-dad’s old place. Not sure how he managed it from his sick-bed but it was just like him. A final hunt. Pit us against each other. Bastard. He’s probably watching. From hell. Laughing. Enough with the reminiscing. I needed to find that key. What was that… Continue reading The Final Scavenger Hunt

History, Random Rants, Travel, tutto e niente

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, Random Rants, 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, Random Rants, tutto e niente

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)

Haiku & Other Poetry, History, Random Rants, tutto e niente

#FreePress is NOT the Enemy

Just a reminder that Stalin (as well as some other really really horrible people) was fond of using the phrase vrog naroda or "enemy of the people/nation" to describe anyone who didn't agree with him. Those people often ended up dead or in labor/prison camps. Let' s hope we're on a better road than that.… Continue reading #FreePress is NOT the Enemy

History, Random Rants

Inky Adventures & Scribbling Women

The phrase “Inky Adventures” reminds me of Nathanial Hawthorne’s famous 1855 diatribe on female writers: “America is now wholly given over to a damned mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success while the public taste is occupied with their trash-and should be ashamed of myself if I did succeed.” Admittedly… Continue reading Inky Adventures & Scribbling Women

Haiku & Other Poetry, History, Random Rants, tutto e niente

Musings on Mangy Mutts & Milkmen

i wax poetic ~ on mangy mutts and milkmen ~ musing on times past ~   When I was a kid, dogs freely roamed the neighborhood. No leashes or fences to keep them tethered. The whole world was their dog park! That sounds wonderful in a naïve nostalgic way. But, in reality, it meant they were… Continue reading Musings on Mangy Mutts & Milkmen

Haiku & Other Poetry, History, Random Rants, tutto e niente

The American Way

Is This the American Way? Enough is enough! But Freedom Ain’t Free They Scream Now Ready Aim Fire And Slaughter Just One More Child It’s the American Way  Yesterday, the March For Our Lives: Road to Change Rally  came to town. Students from local Pinellas County high schools joined with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas to demand their… Continue reading The American Way

Haiku & Other Poetry, History, Random Rants, tutto e niente

Haiku & History: In the Summer Following My Birth

The World Changed In The Summer Following My Birth Nothing Changed at All In the summer following my birth, the world changed.   Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President.” Marilyn Monroe died. Adolph Eichmann was hung. Spider Man was born. Sam Walton opened the first Wal-Mart in Arkansas. Doctors inserted the first silicone breast implants.… Continue reading Haiku & History: In the Summer Following My Birth

Haiku & Other Poetry, History, Random Rants, tutto e niente

This is Not a Haiku

Haikus Calm my Mind Structure and Form Soothe My Soul With the World Gone Mad   OK. I lied. That IS a haiku. But this post is not just a haiku. It’s about writing. Specifically it’s about how creating haikus is helping me practice self-care in a chaotic world. As a control-freak, I thrive on… Continue reading This is Not a Haiku