All of my life I have wanted to belong. To what, I’ve never been sure. Jus’ belong. Talk of tribalism has reinfected that wound. I don’t belong. I have never belonged. Outside the circle, the community, the troop. Certainly, I have attempted to belong: school, military, service organizations, professions, even communities that involved hobbyists. Nothing. … Continue reading Corporeal Separation
"Did you see the news about how Biden's going to cancel a billion dollars in student loans?" my wife asked. "Yes," I answered. "Whose going to pay for that?" "I don't want to talk about it." "What? Why? This is important stuff." "Yup, I know." "Then why don't you want to talk about it? This … Continue reading A Short Converation from the Morning
After battling cancer, writer, artist, blogger, friend, and all-around nice person, Sue Vincent left us today. She was born on September 14, 1958. In her own words: "I am a Yorkshire-born painter and writer, living in the south of England. I paint the strange things that come as images in dreams and fantasies and write … Continue reading Sue Vincent, 1958-2021
Turning from Seventh onto Sun Valley was like entering a twisted dreamscape. But now I know that this witnessed scene is but a view of the remaining year. I expect no one to understand. It was minutes beyond noon, as work let out early. It would forever be 'out early' because of COVID-19 and high … Continue reading A Dog’s Death
Ere walking over to the mailbox, I complained aloud that I couldn't think of anything worth writing about. Then as I went across the street and looked down, I found an overly-used piece of lined paper folded and tucked in a sandwich bag. With a habit of picking up anything I find, I did likewise … Continue reading Homeless in the Time of COVID
My Cousin Elmo says, "Instead of getting rid of Dr. Suess, let's get rid of Dr. Fauci."
UPDATE: I have lost Mark's card... As a master hoarder of all things historical and not-as-of-yet-historical, there is a secret pleasure in collecting calling cards. We know them better today as business cards. Yesterday, I received four cards, possibly five, if one should include the double-side card. The farthest came is from San Angelo, Texas. … Continue reading Calling Card
Standing on the observation platform, the Commander and a Sub-commander of the spaceship looked at the blue orb known as Earth. The craft's sensors detected a planet devoid of human life. Soon the scouts they had sent to investigate returned. The lead scout reported to the platform where the two officers waited. “Did you find … Continue reading Speculative Humor
The sergeant sat in his cubicle listening to the static and hiss of the shortwave. His duty was monitoring the signal being bounced from Moscow to West Germany, write down anything he heard and report it to the duty officer. Three-years through his four-year Air Force enlistment, and with a couple of hours left in … Continue reading Connecting the Dots and Dashes
My Cousin Elmo says, "The problem with being empathic is that you feel sorry for the assholes, too."
Perhaps I should have known it was gonna be an "Ahh, crap!" kinda day. My wife brought home two cream-fill donuts for me. Aside from already partaking in my "doctor recommended" two cups of coffee, the one donut turned out to be jelly-fill, the other empty. "Ahh, crap!" I complained, eating both anyway. Everything started … Continue reading Some Crap Needs No Toilet Paper
BAM! He jumped from bed at the sound, looking at the bedside alarm, 3:17 am, and as the dog suddenly stopped barking. Before he had a chance to react, they were on him, men in black uniforms forcing him to the floor and handcuffing him. He was bleeding from the top of his head, where … Continue reading Consent
Moving womanhood forward nearly 10-days, the winner of Miss Silver State USA is a person of transgender. Kataluna Enriquez will now compete for Miss Nevada USA, the state pageant that leads to Miss USA and Miss Universe. Several Dr. Suess books will remain out of print, banned for their racial bias. “Please tell me about … Continue reading Printing the Fit of News
“Calvin Lamar Fritz, born November 12, 1959, in Crescent City, CA., passed away February 4, 2021, in Crescent City, CA.” That’s all the obituary reads. Calvin, his brother Keven, my brother Adam, others, and I played “combat” day-after-day in the woods. And sometimes we fought like cats and dogs, and for real. We met because … Continue reading Calvin Fritz, 1959-2021
It has been some time since I’ve turned on the television. Admittedly bored, I was curious to see what might be on and of possible interest to watch. There is nothing. Going through the channels, I discovered that we have two new national news stations: i24 and Newsy. After listening to them, I concluded both … Continue reading Without a Voice
never let others sense of morals keep you from doing what is right
Younger people might not understand this, but the elder among us, especially anyone living in the US or those who listened to Armed Forces Radio Network, will. Many times I would remain seated in my truck long after pulling into the driveway, waiting, listening for those nine special words. There was a sense of wonder, … Continue reading And Now Page Two
while I have been brushed aside no longer needed or even wanted after all, what can an employer do do with a man over the age of 60 with a broken back, overweight, all anyone sees is as described they fail to see the experience work ethic, leadership, ability to adapt, to overcome, to learn … Continue reading So Fucking Mad
My Cousin Elmo says, "I don't want any more help from the government. I can't afford it."
Watercolor and ink, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
My Cousin Elmos says, "Saint Patrick is Italian."
***Not my original work, need help with attribution. I simply tried to redraw and paint it. If you know the original artist's name, please let me know. Watercolor and ink, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
Watercolor and ink, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
Clara stepped through the doorway, surprised by the crowd that had gathered. She walked silently through them, forcing herself to look each person in the eye. Then she came to the bottom of the steps, where she suddenly felt faint. It was as if she had come back to her body from some spectral realm. … Continue reading They Done Her Wrong
What happened? I don't know. What I do know is that I am going to bed with a broken heart. My friend Connie has died, but I don't know why. I don't know why. Grief -- and I cannot overcome the sadness that I'm going to bed with this night. Perhaps I shall not wake … Continue reading Connie Jones, 1961-2021
Watercolor and ink, 9 x 12 inches
There is nothing like being lost in a fog of one’s own making. If I were on horseback I’d give’em his head and let’em find the way home, but I’m not, so I'll loiter here for the while. Yesterday, I began this… "Why do I feel the death of a person so deeply?" It was … Continue reading A Little Plan in a Big World
My Cousin Elmo says, "I went to Pepe LePew's funeral after he was canceled. It stunk."
died for liberty stood his ground to bitter end and toilet paper
dear leader demands vaccine, whiskey glass now lead bullet later
snow swirls about me bites at my nose and ears warmed is my heart
It’s been a leaky morning. It’s what happens when tears keep welling up in one’s eyes and insist on racing down the face. I’m writing this as feelings come and go, so please forgive me for the broken train of thought. Bill Stamps, Jr., passed away on Tuesday, March 9, as best I can gather … Continue reading Bill Stamps, Jr., 1948-2021
This comes from my former hometown... Crescent City, Calif. Mayor Pro Tem Alex Campbell entered a guilty plea to making a false declaration of candidacy in Del Norte County's Superior Court. He submitted the form to the County Clerk on Aug. 6, 2020, saying his residence was within the city limits when his actual home … Continue reading Crescent City, Calif., makes National News for Wrong Reasons
Nevada's entire Democratic Party staff has resigned. Their action came after every Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) and the Left Caucus member won party leadership roles on March 6. Executive director Alana Mounce announced that she and the directors of operations, research, communications, and finance have resigned. The new executive director is the former chair … Continue reading Nevada is on the Brink of Politcal Disaster
Yancy was never meant to be shot. But that’s what happened as Bill took aim at the buck, following it along as it ran. Suddenly Yancy stood up as Bill squeezed the trigger. Tighe and Jerry raced to where the older cowboy fell. “Oh, Lordy,” Jerry said. “I think he’s dead.” By this time, Bill … Continue reading Double Shot
My Cousin Elmo says, "If they're coming for my Mr. Coffee-maker, they better be armed with more than a sugar spoon."
Watercolor and ink, 8 x 11 1/2
Karl had a severe disability. He had been born with a head on his neck. His condition left the doctors amazed. They were further surprised by Karl’s survival as his head grew large, more round, and he had to be placed in special classes to help him learn to navigate a headless society. Once Karl … Continue reading Above the Neck
Ink and chalk, 8 x 11 1/2
My Cousin Elmo says, "I think I'm gonna change my name to Les White."
They called him a nut-job and that what he was saying was nothing more than a conspiracy theory. So they canceled him on social media. It only made him laugh. He had read the news stories, and he understood the game. The space agency had claimed that a large asteroid was hurtling towards Earth and … Continue reading The Day Silence Came
It came down like a bright ball of fire, then disappeared into the depth of the dark night. It was a few minutes later that a heavy thud shook our house. Not yet 10 years old, I remember that April night in 1961 like it happened yesterday, and it still makes me sick to my … Continue reading He Came from Outerspace
“Order up!” LeRoy the cook shouted. Molly rushed over and grabbed the plates filled with food. They were very busy, so busy that the coffee shop owner, Pete had to pitch in that morning. He usually stayed in his office, out of the way, only acting as an umpire in a baseball game between LeRoy … Continue reading The Cook and the Waitress
My Cousin Elmo says, "It's alright dishes, no ones doing me either."
The sniper laid in the sand, waiting. His spotter laid nearby, binoculars trained on the target three-quarters of a mile to their southeast. It had taken them days to work themselves this close to the target, a younger man with a beard and horned-rimmed glasses. The pair had infiltrated the enemy's territory, and should all … Continue reading Cancel
Watercolor and ink, 9 x 11 1/2
faces all over and where they should not be you see my crazy
My Cousin Elmo says, "Now that Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head no longer exist, will we still be able to get Tater Tots?"
Faces, I see them everywhere, Even when they are not there. The floors are filled with them, The walls are covered in faces. The dog’s face presents to me As does cat, cows, and crows People walking by with faces But no one looks for my face My face, it does not matter Perhaps I … Continue reading Pareidolia One
As I try my best to avoid political blogging but fail spectacularly... In 2020, Nevada's District 3 Congresswoman Susie Lee lobbied the Small Business Administration for a $5.3 million Paycheck Protection Program loan on behalf of her husband's company, Full House Resorts. Once awarded, none of it went to Nevadans but was instead used to … Continue reading Am I Missing Something?
He looked up at the entrance to the well. There was no way out. Soon he began to hold a conversation with another man in the hole, certain that he was not real. “We’ll never be able to escape,” that man said, “We’ll die down here. Forgotten and alone.” “Leave me be,” the other cried … Continue reading Pitiful