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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

-Viktor E. Frankl

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December 31, 2019

Save Us All in General

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 23, 2019

Dreams: Coitis Interuptus in General

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 in General

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 in General

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 11, 2019

Think in General

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 11, 2019

Think in General

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 05, 2019

Red Storm Rising in General

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 29, 2019

Stone in Love in General

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 in General

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 26, 2019

Epistolary in General

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 23, 2019

Blood Meridian in General

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 19, 2019

Slow Down, You Crazy Child… in General

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. ...


November 19, 2019

Slow Down, You Crazy Child… in General

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. ...


November 07, 2019

Vienna Waits for You in General

My trip to Pittsburg, then to Texas was somewhat delayed by that annoying Nor’Easter. I launched at 3am only to find I couldn’t even see road, let alone the end of the hood of my car. I was cre...


November 07, 2019

Vienna Waits for You in General

My trip to Pittsburg, then to Texas was somewhat delayed by that annoying Nor’Easter. I launched at 3am only to find I couldn’t even see road, let alone the end of the hood of my car. I was cre...


October 16, 2019

Done. in General

I finished all of my course work and am technically done, but I will check in a few time from the road. Assuming wifi is available in Best Western. Bud in Pittsburg knows my schedule. Mancub kn...


October 16, 2019

Call Sign Cletus in General

I got that call sign as I joined VAQ-131 to support OSW. Through message traffic, squadrons see who is coming into the squadron and they post a list in the ready room of ridiculous call signs. ...


October 14, 2019

A Few in General

I have a few minutes. I need to head over to my PCP to get some Hep shots, and maybe a flu shot. I’m going in gym clothes. Because then all I have to do is strip off my hoodie and then they can...


October 13, 2019

I know. in General

I know the last entry was myopic and selfish. That is the nature of diaries isn’t it? We go to our diaries to stare at our belly buttons and feel sorry for ourselves. I deserve better than that,...


October 13, 2019

How Long Will I Love You in General

Last February I thought I was dead. I started writing letters only to break down crying. I never got through one. I didn’t even get through a rewrite of my will. You can’t kill me until I giv...


October 13, 2019

Peace of Mind in General

Frank FM 106.5 was playing back to back, uninterrupted Boston on my way back from breakfast this morning. Hollyann to Something About You to Rock and Roll Band to Peace of Mind as I turned into ...


October 12, 2019

Once in General

You come down the stairs, unsteady in those heels. Your long blonde hair falling over your shoulder. Your Swedish blue eyes sparkling as you comment about how you have forgotten how hard walkin...


I’m on the hook for a story, or a part story, of a thousand words by tomorrow at midnight. The Genre is “Contemporary Fiction” which is just another umbrella term like “Speculative Fiction.” Mea...


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