Jungle Poop

Most people don’t collect fresh monkey poop in the jungle for a living. However, friends Gord and Dan are doing that for a research project. Then Dan discovers Gord harbors a deep prejudice against his (Gord’s) daughter’s fiancé due to the fiancé’s race. This prejudice is threatening Gord’s marriage. Alarmed, Dan tries to enlighten his friend. Would you? Their discussions have a lot of poopy interruptions. Their story is in Getting Better, listed under the Stories of Life and Love section.

The tiny gems above are of Osmanthus fragrans, commonly known as Sweet Olive. It’s native to China, Japan, and the Himalayas. The blooms have the fragrance of ripe apricots and are used to scent tea in China.

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.

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Acceptance

Most of us have been new members of a group at one time or another. It’s an awkward period as we try to get to know the old members and they try to get to know us. Full acceptance doesn’t come until the members know we are similar to them and can contribute to the group’s efforts. In Steve’s case, not only was he new to the group, he had a separate mission that did not contribute to the group’s efforts. In addition, his presence was forced onto the group. Getting acceptance required conscious effort on his part and a little bit of luck. Isn’t that like the rest of life?

And along the way he learned how to take blood from a crocodile and live to tell about it. His story is in Outside In, listed under the Stories of Life and Love section.

The soft blooms above are of Pittosporum tobira. It hails from Japan and has a bloom fragrance reminiscent of orange blossoms with an edge. They turn yellow as they senesce. The book says they can grow to fifteen feet but mine are over twenty, providing a pervasive aroma to the yard in blooming season.

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.

The Ark Project

Sin is our subject today. The battle against it starts not with a flood, but with an advertising campaign. Ed Banner of E.Z. Banner Advertising Agency convinces The Lord that a massive flood is like going nuclear: it will kill non-sinners along with sinners and make everything unusable afterwards. Besides, it’s been done. Advertising, however, can change behaviors, and that’s the goal, isn’t it? As the plot deepens there is a mysterious man with perfect teeth, a flood of money, the IRS, romance, and French food. You can read The Ark Project in the Stories Just for Fun section.

The delicate blooms above are those of a Japanese maple (Acer sp.). The unopened buds are only 2 mm across so it’s easy to miss these fairy earrings dangling under the leaves. I don’t know what variety of maple produces them because I inherited the tree unlabeled, but I enjoy the blooms every year. And I keep an eye open for any fairies who may be trying them on.

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.

No Fear

Many of us, maybe even most of us, have had a childhood fear that was so intense that we remember it even now with a visceral trepidation. Sometimes avoidance of similar situations is the best response. Sometimes, however, gritting your teeth, clenching your fists, and jumping back in with both feet offers redemption. All her life Joanna addressed her fear by avoiding similar situations, but now that practice would ruin her career. Something had to change. But what? Her story (Up a Creek) is under the Life and Love section. Catch up on your procrastination and poke around there.

The cluster of cheery blooms above is Daphne odora ‘Aureo-marginata.’ The outsides of the petals are the color of hot maroon while the insides are white, showing a pink throat. All those colors are visible in this picture. The flowers are blooming right now in the midst of winter. Their fragrance is enchanting and takes you away to a vacation spot somewhere warm. That’s why I like them: their fragrance is a summer hello in winter.

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.

 

Pets

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Many of us have benefited from having pets in our lives. They provide comfort and companionship, and they are non-judgmental listeners. In the case of Leonard Bessom, however, a pet was a ticket to a big party with his other grade-school pals. But he didn’t have a pet. The story of how Leonard became the owner of not one, but a zillion pets (Leonard Bessom and the Pet Parade) is in the Stories About Friends section. Like the other Leonard Bessom stories, it takes place in the small-town America of long ago. Some of you may have lived there, too. For more about Leonard Bessom (the stories and the real person) check out my post of May, 2015.

The parade of aging flowers above is honeysuckle. This variety (Halliona) has white blooms that last only a single day. Then they turn yellow and wither. So the picture shows the blooms from yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In the “today” mode, they are sweetly fragrant.

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.

Be Careful

With the change of seasons many of us have a change in activities. That means our moves may be a little rusty. Start out easy and be careful … especially with your hands.   For example, even though Walt was experienced at plucking sheep shit and was basically a careful sort, his story would be very different if he had been more careful with his hands on one particular day. His story (Bighorn Country) is in the Life and Love section.

The shower of flowers above is wisteria. This variety blooms in the spring before it leafs out, and the density of blooms can be controlled or encouraged by winter pruning. They have an enchanting scent and the bees love them.

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.

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.