With a Little Help From My Friends

Apologia pro Poemate Meo     …I have made fellowships - Untold of happy lovers in old song. For love is not the binding of fair lips …But war’s hard wire wound strong.   With apologies to Wilfred Owen   Read more »

These were very cheap.

Cheaper than a Kansas Jayhawk Big-12 Championship 2019 Cap. Read more »

One of the Best Views I’ve Seen of the Petrified Forest

High definition map. (Including the Painted Desert)! Read more »

Stuckey’s, Mile Marker 193, Oklahoma I-40

I was going to tell the manager that he needed to take out some weeds, but he was not available for a conference. Read more »

Ten Rules of Writing – Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather. If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a charac¬ter’s reaction to the weather, you don’t want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead look¬ing for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be [...] Read more »

A Taste of “Deadly Soup”

  Deadly Soup by Dane Zeller   Camouflage Man watched traffic rush under the Sixth Street bridge north of downtown Kansas City. Cars, trucks and city debris were visible to him through his sunglasses. His post under the bridge was dark, hidden by the shadows that interspersed with the street light. At highway level, a [...] Read more »

The Art of the Knuckleball

The Art of the Knuckleball by Dane Zeller   At 33,000 feet, two hours west of Denver, flight attendant Joan Silvers stopped pouring coffee into paper cups. She sniffed the air. “Rhonda.” “Yeah, Joan.” “I smell smoke.” “Electrical?” Joan explored the galley at the front of the plane. The plane shook once and dipped in [...] Read more »

Pearl of Wisdom

Written by Dane Zeller, performed by Maury and Happy, guardian angels.   Maury lifted his cup to his lips. Coffee waves slapped against the sides of the cup made thick and more suitable for professional drivers at the truck stop, than old men at the Pizza Shoppe. He took a sip. “Michael?” Michael set his [...] Read more »

The Power of One by Gary Smith

A teenage girl climbs into her coach’s white Chevy Malibu. The heat lies on the land like the heel of a fat man’s hand. The cicadas scream. The cattle chew the spear grass. The turkey buzzards wheel.  The car crunches the gravel leading away from the high school. The coach turns ontoasphalt. They ride that [...] Read more »

The Sixteen Absolute Principles of Personal Finance

1. If you don’t want to mow a lawn, don’t buy a house. (There are other costs of home ownership.) 2. If you buy a house for investment purposes, consider all of the costs beyond the cost of mowing your yard. Property taxes, insurance, the new roof, the furnace and air conditioner, rotor-rooter man, plumber, [...] Read more »

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