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Rated: 18+ · Book · Opinion · #1916946
A collection of thoughts and comments on various topics.
This is a place for me to capture thoughts, ideas, snippets of this and bits of that, that don't seem to lend themselves to one of the more traditional item types.
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November 15, 2015 at 3:32pm
November 15, 2015 at 3:32pm
#866229
Finally found a contest I can handle at the moment: "Invalid Item. 50-75 word entries providing a 'snapshot' versus a fully fleshed-out story.
September 11, 2015 at 1:19am
September 11, 2015 at 1:19am
#859723
My sister's oldest daughter delivered her first child--a lovely daughter--just yesterday. Hooray!
August 17, 2015 at 10:24pm
August 17, 2015 at 10:24pm
#857696
Wife's visiting her sisters for 2 more days, so it's still just me and the cat. Sigh...
June 9, 2015 at 7:50pm
June 9, 2015 at 7:50pm
#851304
The media prompt in today's Newsfeed--"What A Wonderful World"--reminded me, that the 44th anniversary of Louis Armstrong's death is a little less than a month away. As a young boy, I'd heard him sing this song, along with "Hello, Dolly!", and I remember thinking he had a unique voice. What captured my imagination, though, was his artistry with the trumpet. He inspired me to take up that instrument in 5th grade, an avocation I pursued through high school.

I certainly never would have been as good as Satchmo, but I enjoyed playing. One of the best parts of being in various school bands--concert band, marching band, etc.--was the variety of music to which I was exposed and which I had a chance to play. It was great! The absolute best part, though, was that I met my future wife in band my last year of high school. Think about it: no Louis, no impetus to take up the trumpet. No trumpet, no band. No band, the real possibility that I don't meet my wife. If that doesn't happen, then no daughters. If I have no daughters, then say "Goodbye!" to three wonderful grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters. From a not unreasonable point of view, Louis is partially responsible for the family I love and cherish.

So, "Thanks!", Louis. A wonderful world, indeed.
December 27, 2014 at 10:39am
December 27, 2014 at 10:39am
#837192
Went on Active Duty with the US Army 41 years ago today! WOW - I can't believe, it's been that long.
December 13, 2014 at 10:31pm
December 13, 2014 at 10:31pm
#836147
"De-leafed" the front yard ahead of tomorrow's predicted snow; autumn's over. A haiku & senryu to honor the occasion follow - enjoy!

breathy vapor clouds
follow in each walker's wake -
first snow approaching


dry brown leaves fly as
children scatter them laughing -
an old man curses
November 22, 2014 at 11:19am
November 22, 2014 at 11:19am
#834644
Trying to come up with entries for this month's Haiku & Senryu contest. Odd how difficult it is to string 17 syllables together.
November 8, 2014 at 10:20pm
November 8, 2014 at 10:20pm
#833608
Tried to write a contest entry this morning, but didn't leave myself enough time... sigh.
October 1, 2014 at 9:25pm
October 1, 2014 at 9:25pm
#829643
My 2nd granddaughter--and 5th grandchild overall--was born late yesterday evening!
June 12, 2014 at 12:03am
June 12, 2014 at 12:03am
#819424
Formally extended my stay on this most splendiferous site today!

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