Hunter’s Ambitions

Even a whale hunter may have career ambitions. He may want to move up to  management. As in many other endeavors, being prepared can be helpful when opportunity knocks. The Chi-Square Doorway is a story of job ambition, preparation for opportunity’s knock, and luck both good and bad. It is also about hunting whales. I have it in the Stories of Life and Love section. Depending on your background experience, parts of it may seem familiar to you. For me, all the parts are familiar.

The row of ruffled frivolity above is composed of azaleas. This particular variety is called ‘Gay Paree’ for some unfathomable reason. As you can see, when they are in bloom, they add a lot of cheer to the neighborhood. I can hardly wait until the plants reach their full height of four feet. Then blooming season will be one big party, just add dance music.

This website is about my published stories. As you can see, I have sorted them into three groups: Stories About Friends, Stories Just For Fun, and Stories of Life and Love. These stories are the building blocks of the site. So I guess that means that right now this site is under construction. Ideally, it will always be under construction, because I will be adding stories from time to time. So come back to visit every so often and check out my building skills.

Somebody Else

It’s been a few decades since I’ve seen the western movie “5 Card Stud” but one scene still sticks with me. In the movie, Robert Mitchum plays a preacher (dressed in black and all that) and Dean Martin is our honest-dealing poker-playing hero. In the scene I remember, Dean Martin happens to see the Robert Mitchum preacher doing some very respectable shooting practice with his six-gun. When the preacher notices him, the Dean Martin character observes, “You used to be somebody else.” Robert Mitchum replies, “Everybody used to be somebody else.”

I seem to think of that line more and more often these days. Did I used to be somebody else or was I the same, but just in a different situation? Our “before” lives help to make us who we are now. Sometimes that’s an improvement. Sometimes it’s baggage.

In the story “Sight of Home” Bill Garnett’s “before” life certainly has some baggage aspects that he’s still lugging around decades later. But it also helped him grow. I suppose that dual aspect of a “before” life is true for a lot of us.

“Sight of Home” is in the “Stories of Life and Love” section . Take a look. Someone in it may remind you of someone you know.

The pure white bloom smiling at the sun above is a gardenia. Its fragrance is legendary and doesn’t disappoint. In the warmth its essence carries you to distant realms of exotic life. This particular variety is ‘Mystery.’

This website is about my published stories. As you can see, I have sorted them into three groups: Stories about friends, Stories just for fun, and Stories of life and love. These stories are the building blocks of the site. So I guess that means that right now this site is under construction. Ideally, it will always be under construction, because I will be adding stories from time to time. So come back to visit every so often and check out my building skills.

Paradise?

Have you ever noticed that love is like an invading alien? It sneaks into your brain and changes your view of the world. The sky looks sunnier; the air smells fresher; and the birds sing sweeter. Even if you realize the change is in you and not in the world, you still love it. This alien invasion is always good. Well, there are a few exceptions that the Montague and Capulet families may want to tell you about. However, I think the world would be a better place on balance if there were more of them. You can read about one case of this invasion in the story Flight to Paradise in the Stories of Life and Love section.

The flashy cerise blooms (3”long) in the header above are Inca bells (Cantua buxifolia), native to central South America. It is the national flower of Peru and one of the two national flowers of Bolivia.

This website is about my published stories. As you can see, I have sorted them into three groups: Stories about friends, Stories just for fun, and Stories of life and love. These stories are the building blocks of the site. So I guess that means that right now this site is under construction. Ideally, it will always be under construction, because I will be adding stories from time to time. So come back to visit every so often and check out my building skills.

Adjustments

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” This advice from Satchel Paige makes me smile because it implies a devil-may-care bad-boy attitude that I don’t have. In real life, I look back a lot. Seeing where I’ve been helps me see where I’m going. Sometimes to get where I want to be requires an adjustment. The people in “The Last Time I Saw Julie” (See the section Stories of life and love) had some adjustments and likely will have more. Life is full of adjustments. But sex and sushi maybe not so much.

The bloom shown above is a crape myrtle. When they are in bloom, the small tree they decorate is simply glorious. Here in Concord (the one in California) they are in a variety of colors throughout my neighborhood, giving the streets a festive air in the spring.

This website is about my published stories. As you can see, I have sorted them into three groups: Stories about friends, Stories just for fun, and Stories of life and love. These stories are the building blocks of the site. So I guess that means that right now this site is under construction. Ideally, it will always be under construction, because I will be adding stories from time to time. So come back to visit every so often and check out my building skills.

For Real?

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and many of us are thinking of turkey. But what about the rest of the year when we eat more chicken than turkey? Do we think about the chicken? Probably not. And if we do, we are probably thinking about how it tastes. However, chickens (and turkeys) are more than mere taste packets. They are multi-dimensional creatures. They have feelings, maybe even opinions. Because they are social animals, they may even have social ambitions. To fulfill their social ambitions, they may adopt a public persona different from their private persona. So, perhaps like some people you know, they may not be what/whom they seem to be. On the other hand, maybe they are.  You might be able to tell by how they meet a challenge.

Red was a new rooster in the neighborhood and was trying to settle in with the locals. He impressed some, but not others. They couldn’t all agree if he really was as he seemed. Then a serious challenge arose. Read about Red and his challenge  in the “Stories Just For Fun” category. His story is “How Big Red Got His Name.”

The cluster of blooms shown above is white ginger. This ginger is not to eat. It is to carry you to another plane of existence. One sniff and you will think you have arrived in Heaven. This is a tropical plant but will grow and bloom even in California if it’s located in a place that’s not too dry.

This website is about my published stories. As you can see, I have sorted them into three groups: Stories about friends, Stories just for fun, and Stories of life and love. These stories are the building blocks of the site. So I guess that means that right now this site is under construction. Ideally, it will always be under construction, because I will be adding stories from time to time. So come back to visit every so often and check out my building skills.

Could have been?

It’s the back-to-school time of year.   Students of all ages are excited by the anticipation of having new experiences and of seeing old friends. For those of us beyond our school days, this time of year may beckon us to remember the friends we had then. If you are like me, you sometimes wonder how some relationships might have turned out differently: if only I had said this or if only I had done that. Would the paths of our lives been more entwined? Would they have led to different places? Would I be happier?

The people in the story “Delayed Awakening” probably wondered the same thing. Did they say enough to each other?  Too much?  You might see yourself in one of them.  You can find the story under the “Stories of Life and Love” section.  Linger a while.

Those rosy beauties in the header are plumeria. We associate them with Hawaii and leis and heavenly scent. They certainly are all of that. Their origin, however, is tropical America. Their popularity has caused them to be grown around the world. The different species and cultivars have different bloom color, bloom fragrance, and leaf shape. They can be grown in pots from cuttings. That’s how I grow mine.

This website is about my published stories. As you can see, I have sorted them into three groups: Stories about friends, Stories just for fun, and Stories of life and love. These stories are the building blocks of the site. So I guess that means that right now this site is under construction. Ideally, it will always be under construction, because I will be adding stories from time to time. So come back to visit every so often and check out my building skills.

World View?

Like all of you I have shared my life with many animals. Some of them have been uninvited and unwanted (flies, mosquitoes, rats!) and some have been uninvited but wanted (butterflies, squirrels, birds – except over my car). And then there were those that were both invited and wanted. These were pets. Pets learn the rhythms of the household and the behaviors expected of them. They become so integrated into our lives that we seldom consider that they may view the world differently than we do or (omg!) have opinions. I have posted a story about a pet who surprised his family when his view of the world changed. It is titled “Our Choices” and is located in the “Stories Of Life and Love” section.

While you’re here, enjoy a gander at the water lily above.  Most varieties require at least six hours of direct sun each day in order to bloom.  That’s why you see them mostly in the sunniest parts of ponds.

This website is about my published stories. As you can see, I have sorted them into three groups: Stories about friends, Stories just for fun, and Stories of life and love. These stories are the building blocks of the site. So I guess that means that right now this site is under construction. Ideally, it will always be under construction, because I will be adding stories from time to time. So come back to visit every so often and check out my building skills.