Category Archives: Observations

On This Valentines Day

  One of the most wonderful things within the many fine and good examples that Bruce Lee left us with, is his example of inclusiveness. Despite being met with prejudice throughout his life, he seemed to hold no such feelings in his own heart. He continuously broke with traditions. He fell in and love and married who he wanted to

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Can You Hear the Quiet?

I’ve been doing some serious thinking about the world lately. Can you hear the quiet? This serious thinking isn’t a new thing for me. This bout of thinking began with the drug induced suicide of a rock star. I’m referring to it as drug induced because we’ll never really know and the fact is that those kinds of drugs can

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It Is Still Beautiful. Chris Cornell.

Grunge is the music that my generation created, whether the label of “grunge” is one that was met with approval or acceptance or not. Passionately philosophically divested in many ways from the heavy metal and “pretty” hair bands and glam bands of the heyday of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” of previous generations, the “heavy” in “Grunge” was born

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Believing Again, II.

This will be the first of two posts today. The last few years, as previously mentioned, have been not a little challenging. I made up my mind a long time ago to let the challenging times, that’s a nicer way of saying the bad times or the hard times, make me a better person, not a bitter one. I wasn’t

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Resilience. Carrie Fisher. The New Modern. How To Be Yourself.

So, I’m uploading/importing files to Kindle Direct and, apparently, that can take a minute, unless I start typing something else, I figure, and never mind that I need to vacuum and dust, and I thought, I’ll write that post now. Last night I watched the HBO sort of documentary, it was more personal than that, “Bright Lights,” about Debbie Reynolds

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This Writing Life Belongs To Me

Editing this story collection, I was reminded of when I started writing short fiction again quite a few years ago now, 2006 to 2008, it was, and how I was trying my hand at writing different kinds of stories just to see what I could do. I remember being afraid of trying to write Noir, unsure of whether or not

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You Know How To Whistle… Lauren Bacall.

 I was first introduced to Lauren Bacall by way of the silver screen when I was all of sixteen years old as she burned up the silver screen acting opposite Humphrey Bogart in Ernest Hemingway’s “To Have and Have Not.”  Betty, as she was known to her friends, was just nineteen years old when she came out to California for

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Intellectual De-Evolution or a Cultural Cycle?

SO… Second episode of Wayward Pines, season two… Blood Harvest… The youth leader Carrie utters the line… “Our lives are more important than his arrogant.” My thought… “arrogance.” Incorrect usage of the word, wrong form. The line should have been… “Our lives are more important than his arrogance.“ What I think is, how many people heard that and didn’t realize

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Shakespeare, Darlings…

It’s Shakespeare darlings, try not to screw it up. Several years ago I went on a trip with my husband and there was this guy walking around wearing a red and white t-shirt with a picture of Shakespeare on it and the caption read, “This shit writes itself.” For some reason at that very moment it struck me as being

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Stanyan Street.

There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of Rod McKuen, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Rod McKuen and just don’t know that you have, yet. A prolific poet and composer, credited with more than two hundred albums and more than thirty collections of poetry, including work in prominent films and the music industry, earning an Oscar

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Favorite Books of 2014.

My favorite reads of 2014… 1.) Cry Father by Benjamin WhitmerThis is billed as a story about father’s and sons and it is, it is also a hard-hitting rural noir, a crime story, and a how to write a story story. Patterson Wells is a mess not even really trying to recover from the death of his young son, a

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