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September 11, 2020

Valar Morghulis

Valar Morghulis Weird banging, clanging going on in my head. 19 years ago I was studying for the one-two punch of my NATOPS open and closed book exams. Sitting in the study of my house on Penn C...


September 11, 2020

Valar Morghulis

Valar Morghulis Weird banging, clanging going on in my head. 19 years ago I was studying for the one-two punch of my NATOPS open and closed book exams. Sitting in the study of my house on Penn C...


August 20, 2020

Memento Mori II

Memento Mori II So here we are two days later. I tried to go to the beach today, but they are limiting access, and the entrance was blocked. There is another way to the beach, down by the fort,...


August 18, 2020

Momento mori

Momento mori So I did this thing. After months of tests and planning I got up at 5AM and took yet another shower, using this weird presurgical soap that they warned me about getting in my eyes ...


August 18, 2020

Memento Mori

Momento mori So I did this thing. After months of tests and planning I got up at 5AM and took yet another shower, using this weird presurgical soap that they warned me about getting in my eyes ...


I realized after trying to get ahold of my son for months. Yes, months. That my grandson doesn’t know me, or our family history. My son being a way too easily dismissible millennial has no ide...


March 18, 2020

The Night We Met

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Farewell and adieu, you fair Spanish ladies Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston And never the more will we see you again… I am now officia...


Farewell and adieu, you fair Spanish ladies Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston And never the more will we see you again… I am now officia...


January 09, 2020

Wings

Once the wings go on, they never come off, whether they can be seen, or not. It fuses to the soul through adversity, fear and adrenaline and no one who has ever worn them with pride, integrity an...


January 06, 2020

Things I Recognize

I spent an hour on the phone with Gary last night. He was surprisingly upbeat considering his dad just died. We made plans for breakfast with the boys this morning. I’ve been around too long to...


January 01, 2020

Save Us All

Decade End Observations. I started the decade in love. I end it pretty sure it is going to take divine intervention for it to ever happen again. Gary’s Dad died yesterday and nothing in the way...


December 24, 2019

Dreams: Coitis Interuptus

I really hate those dreams where everything is going really good, sex is amazing and… I have to go take a leak. And try as I may, try as I might I can’t get the dream back. That really sucks, be...


December 22, 2019

Endgame

I received a phone call from my school advisor. One of the items we discussed was the fact I seem to have a balance on my account with the school. Both of these degree programs have been paid fo...


December 15, 2019

Dante's Prayer

Repost For the first time in three day I am not wearing a hat. Inside my apartment. This is getting ridiculous. I have known cold. I grew up on northern tier bomber bases. Places that don’t ...


In the process of producing a publishable artifact, my biggest challenge is in actually following through and finishing at least a first draft of one of my works in progress. My problem remains t...


In the process of producing a publishable artifact, my biggest challenge is in actually following through and finishing at least a first draft of one of my works in progress. My problem remains t...


December 12, 2019

Think

I listen to this when I am doing schoolwork. Or writing. It is both relaxing and horrifying. It was what I was listening to when Laura called and told me about Sandy. It was a crazy warm Sept...


December 12, 2019

Think

I listen to this when I am doing schoolwork. Or writing. It is both relaxing and horrifying. It was what I was listening to when Laura called and told me about Sandy. It was a crazy warm Sept...


December 06, 2019

Red Storm Rising

Tom Clancy, an insurance salesman, wrote and sold Red Storm Rising in 1986. With absolutely no experience in the military, intelligence, government, or international politics. How in the hell di...


November 30, 2019

Stone in Love

Thanksgiving went off without a hitch. I completely nailed the garlic mashed potatoes which were a big hit. I peeled the potatoes the night before and let them soak overnight. I think that le...


November 28, 2019

Sparks Flying in the Dark

Garlic mashed locked and loaded. Checked in with Mireya’s house, and she is indeed up and will be ready for pickup for the trip up to ‘Salem’s Lot. Talked to Mom, and the guests are bringing a ...


November 27, 2019

Epistolary

The worst part of my day is the going to bed part, which is antithetical from the rest of most of my days. This is an unpleasant part of the year, where the sun creeps around the horizon and the...


November 24, 2019

Blood Meridian

I am still so pissed I am spitting snakes. After writing for three hours, microdick decides my version of Word 2007 is ‘Retired.” And refuses me access to a document I had been working on for th...


November 20, 2019

Slow Down, You Crazy Child…

Slow Down, You Crazy Child… Motoring through the fog, somewhere in western Pennsylvania or maybe West Virginia Vienna came on the radio. I was listening to the Billy Joel channel on Sirius XM. ...


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The random and sundry. The sacred and profane. The pleasure and the pain.

Warning: I crack myself up sometimes