Beneath Sun Mountain, east of Carson City and above Virginia City, in the rugged passes of the Sierra Mountain Range, men continue to toil, wrenching silver from the depths of the earth in untold qualities. Yet more than precious mineral is hidden amid the rocky crags and deadly holes of the miners’ jack; the old … Continue reading Darkness of Sun Mountain (Part 1)
Millions of kids wish to clean up the Earth and their parents wish they'd start with their rooms.
The unearthly din neared the surface and so uneuphoniously threatening, the two young men turned and fled. Once in the safety of the truck, they sped over the rough and ungraded roads, back to the paved security of Main Street and U.S. 95. Stricken with an incorporeal fright, they refused to acknowledge that thing they … Continue reading The Dread, Part Two
The blaze wasn't a serious one. It was discovered while small and attacked for some time at close quarters, yet the insignificant flame developed into a deadly disaster. That was 1911. For sometime since, the old Belmont mine has been left to rot, abandonment and what ever nervy tourist or rock hound wishes to explore … Continue reading The Dread, Part One
The metal extension ladder still stands against the cabin, where I placed it. To bad that I'm at the foot of it, neck broken, unable to move. Cooper, my half-shepherd, half-wolf and mostly wild, is tied outback. No one knows we're here and I can't help wonder which of us will starve first. I think … Continue reading First
After a couple of hours, traveling back across the desert, Charlie offers, "By this time Billy was looking like hell, you look...you still have color." "Maybe Billy didn’t infect me after all," Jack says. “It’s a good possibility,” Charlie replies. Very little is said between the two riders as they trail their way back to … Continue reading The Eldritch Fireball of Candelaria (Part 4)
He was interrupted by a sudden guttural growl from an animal he didn’t recognize. He turned to look in the direction of the sound and was met by a horrific sight: Billy was sitting up, drooling and manically bellowing. "What the..." is all Charlie can get out before Jack lets out a painful howl. Billy … Continue reading The Eldritch Fireball of Candelaria (Part 3)
A deep gash covered the flats in a straight line along with bits of dusky rubble. The sand, where the object had collided with the ground, had become a glass scoria, where bits of phlogiston from sage brush still smoldered in tiny flickering flames that naturally put themselves out. But what was most interesting is … Continue reading The Eldritch Fireball of Candelaria (Part 2)
From the Nevada State Journal, February 6, 1894, “Last Thursday night the people of Candelaria were startled by a dazzling flash of light….The explosion was followed for three or four minutes by a terrible ripping and hissing noise and the afrighted people expected to see the very sky with its bright stars come down on … Continue reading The Eldritch Fireball of Candelaria (Part 1)
Seated outside by a giant umbrella tree for shade, the man watches bees and other assorted flying insects flit from leaf to upturned leaf, searching for the water of a night time dew. Each hover effortlessly from above, looking deep into leafy folds as other’s disappear inside their depth, only to reappear seconds later in … Continue reading Pellegrino in the Desert
The following day, and against the doctor’s wishes, Hutch checked himself out of the hospital to return home. He pulled into his driveway jus’ as Deputy Melton was preparing to pull away from the curb in front of Hutch’s home. “Heard you left the hospital,” Melton greeted Hutch as both men exited their vehicles. “Yeah, … Continue reading Lulu Belle: The Deeper Pain
Hutch didn’t have time for tears as in the distance he heard the fast pace of an oncoming runner. Hutch reacted by crawling like a wild animal into a nearby drainage ditch at the far end of the dirt piles. He burrowed beneath the dried clusters of sage brush and freezing snow, the thorns and … Continue reading Lulu Belle: Six-to-One
A new year had come and Spring was beginning to show, melting winter away one warm digit after another. By this time, while George's murder was not forgotten, Hutch’s life continued on and he felt the need to stretch his legs. Still chilly, he pulled his long coat on, covering the pistol he had holstered … Continue reading Lulu Belle: Spring Fever
“It's a damn good thing you had your dog with you,” commented the Deputy Dan Melton “I suppose so – and what a time to go wandering around the desert without a gun,” Hutch replied. “Kind of glad you didn’t have one,” stated Melton. “Yeah, why’s that?” Hutch asked. “She had kittens and we would’ve … Continue reading Lulu Belle: One Shot, One Kill
It was Lulu Belle that caught scent of the odor first. The bull mastiff paused and sniffed the air with vigorous huffs of breath, before turning around to look at Hutch. At first the big dog didn’t want to continue, but Hutch, absentmindedly unable to recognize the dogs body language, urged Lulu Belle to move … Continue reading Lulu Belle: The Find
The old man walked up and down the street a couple of times each day. And each day he looked more and more haggard and ragged. It was obvious to Hutch that he was homeless and probably living out among the sage brush with the jack rabbits and coyotes. On what he figured to be … Continue reading Lulu Belle: George
The young man was lead to a small cell with a door marked “pull” in red lettering on its interior. He stood in the middle of the room, listening to the jangling of the keys as the attendant locked the heavy metal door. Above the door frame, in a simple cursive font: “A man will … Continue reading Pull
Staring at the starry sky It occurs to me that I am Looking at a box lid with Holes punch through it so We can continue to breath.
Invent yourself Then reinvent yourself Work hard -- play harder Dirty hands and filthy sweat Filthy mind and dirty laughter Frequent the neighborhood watering hole The local dive Drink cheap whiskey Drink expensive beer Stay away from mini-umbrellas And learn to ride a horse Rope a cow Ride a bull -- bareback -- and Drive … Continue reading Advice to the Young Man
He awoke alone in his very familiar room, yet there was a subtle difference, which he picked up on immediately. It was a minor stab of guilt from the night before, after having done something he had never dreamed of normally doing. Attempting to put the memory aside, he tried desperately to return to sleep. … Continue reading Blink
How the practical joke had taken a turn for the worst for him. He was now locked in the refrigeration unit with a dozen dead bodies and no one knew it, save for himself and the man he’d scared half-to-death. “I never thought he’d run like that and lock me in here,” the would-be-prankster said … Continue reading Silly Human Notions
no money, no faith begging for work is a skill tears are like daily bread
Two-hundred and forty-six people went to bed anticipating the following mornings rush to catch flights. Another 2,606 people crawled between the sheets, ready for the next morning's routine hustle of office work . Three-hundred and forty-three firefighters and eight paramedics laid down, resting up for a hectic morning shift. And finally, 60 police officers turned … Continue reading On This Day a Few Years Ago
As I battle this writer's block, I'm reminded of Sun Tzu's quote: "If you know the enemy And you know yourself, You need not fear the Results of a hundred battles." The blade was not half as dull As the pain, when I removed My once offending writing hand.
when the day is slow i find myself running with pointed scissors and sharpened pencil
Remember that I loved when it was foolish, cared when it was unwanted and when my body is gone -- remember my full heart.
i never went crazy much until another one touched my hidden soul
On his way home from his 12-hour overnight shift, Buzz stopped at the local 7-11 to fuel up his truck. In front of him, at the counter, was an older gentleman wearing a Korean war veteran’s hat. He thanked the old man for serving the U.S. and Buzz bought his cup of coffee and donut. … Continue reading From a Coffee and Donut
I said, "I couldn't get laid if I were a rug," and she got out the vacuum cleaner.
America’s culture began its current transformation in the 1960s and the song ‘American Pie,’ by Don McLean, released in the autumn of 1971, was the near-perfect vehicle describing the sense of loss of an ‘innocent time’ in our country... A long long time ago I can still remember how That music used to make me … Continue reading An American Pie Breakdown
A wooden desk is simply a remodeled tree.
Most 'crazy buses' are powered by a hidden insanity.
Bologna is nothing more than hot dog pancakes.
Awoke tearful this morning, having had a lucid dream of Roxy, our Pit Bull, where she 'spoke' to me without saying a word. I am compelled to write down her thoughts as she conveyed them -- and to do so before I am fully woke and forget her canine colloquy... "They tell you not to … Continue reading Upon the Path of a Dogs Passing
Taco Bell selling fries, Burger King selling tacos, KFC putting Cheetos on chicken sandwiches -- and it started after marijuana was legalized.
Religion of Ecology necessitates that man and woman are not natural beings.
Forever, I will remember going to my cousin Danny's high school graduation and while waiting outside to go in with my parents, I turned around to see a girl I knew, Barbara (whose family had moved earlier in the year,) standing on the opposite side of the glass from me. We smiled and simultaneously placed … Continue reading The Magic In a Moment
“For a buck,” Willy said to the bartender, “I’ll have a two-finger shot.” The one-eyed man smiled while watching Willy down the green-yellow liquid. “Wow, that's some awful tasting shit,” Willy complained as he gasped for air, “And here, I thought it was Absinthe.” “We call it 'Swamp Juice,’” the bartender said, continuing to issue … Continue reading Swamp Juice
Generally, I stay away from stories regarding the weather. As a reporter in 2005, I survived the lies and division Hurricane Katrina brought to the mainland when it made shore near New Orleans and I decided I would avoid any and all weather related news from then on. However, I’ve been awake most of the … Continue reading Hurricane Dorian’s Numbers Don’t Add Up
UPDATE: The Clark County Coroner's Office confirms that a body found inside a car on August 28 is that of Sharon Harrell. The cause and manner of her death are still pending. Las Vegas police are asking for your help in locating a woman who went missing on August 23 in the west valley. Sharon … Continue reading Vegas Restaurant Owner Missing
Sadly, the days of people using proper English are went.
The skull of your enemy is much more environmentally friendly than a plastic bottle. Jus’ saying.
Dogs are our better selves.
Call your Mom and Dad and tell them you love them for me, since I can't call mine.