I thought i’d call to you and talk awhile,

I’m sitting here alone, I’ve been thinking.

What can i do to make this world a better place,

Let go of anger and sometimes terrible thoughts.

Do not waste this time that I’ve been given,

Smile and say hello to a passerby.

Lend a hand to a less fortunate soul,

Put a little trust in man, this I’ve been told.

Do not take a life, be there for a friend,

Teach a child right from wrong.

Love as much as you can, hate is not a gift in hand,

Do not steal or act in violence,

I’ve been thinking god, I just needed you to listen.

Keith Garrett

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Get Dirty


I’m going to be dirty today.

As a kid, Mama often met me on the back stoop as I came in from playing outside. With a broom in her hand she’d have me slowly turn in a circle while she brushed dirt from my blue jeans. She wasn’t against sweeping my bare legs either if I happened to be wearing shorts.

“Don’t bring that mess in this house.” She’d say. “Did you plan to get dirty?”

Well no. I hadn’t planned to. I was a kid. There was dirt. We met and fell in love. The end.

I remembered that this morning as I thought about where to plant some things in the yard. I still love dirt. Not potting soil in shiny garden-center bags. I don’t care for the sterile smell of plastic and perlite. I love real dirt. Earth.

One of the finest smells of spring is that…

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Web site

On the recommendation of multiple individuals moi is setting up a web site. The url has been in place for quite awhile and I decided decided now is the time to get hot on the project.   Knowing close to nothing about lmnop and html programming I waded in, bought the book, wore the tee shirt, and chewed the gum. Lmnop I made up because I cannot get all the alphabet soup list clear in my feeble mind.  I learned my programming back in the olden days of 1 room per computer.  BPP (before parallel processors).

Okay so I take the paint a web page by number option from Godaddy.  Spend hours trying to get the hosting transferred from the not Arizona English speaking company only to find out it takes multiple days for this to happen even after you have all the magick numbers, letters, passwords, and permission from the bosses granny ( I think she said granny). 

So, now I attempt to put together a web page without a website (doable) and I am off and running.


There must be a way

So, how do you write a blog that entertains and informs without selling yourself?  Or, how do you do a blog without attracting political, religious, and otherwise obnoxious wackos from sending a lovely mess of comments?

Today the second question is the important one.  

The first one is a matter of practice, if at all it is possible.  The blogs and email newsletters that I subscribe to are mostly informative occasionally and always selling the author.  Worry not, I am not for sale.  

There were these two monkeys sitting on bar stools in a coffee shop.  The first one slugged down an espresso, leaped into the air, swung from the chandelier, landing in a sweet babe’s lap and got a kiss.  

The second says I’ll have what he had.  Slugging it down, he quivered with anticipation.

The guy behind the counter says, “That’ll be nine-fifty.”


Elephants and gorillas

A meeting was called to order and the first thing out of the facilitators mouth was, “All through this meeting you will notice we are ignoring the gorilla and the elephant in the room.”  We the proceeded with the meeting and did just that until the very worst moment when the self appointed elephant and gorilla killer/trainer piped in with the make, model, and pedigree of both.

Thus was the door to the solution to the largest problems, read mystery, was opened.

Our writing must do that also.  We can beat around the solution to the conflict in our works for just so long and then it is time for the protagonist to make the elephants and gorillas known and from them deduce solutions.

How many unspoken of critters are hiding in your work?