10/2/17 Check Up Time

It was a long, fun weeknd of music, travel, and friends. Now, I am in Houston. From Baton Rouge to here, I witnessed the mountains of things lining the roadways, soiled and ruined by floodwaters. People are resiliant. They plod along in search of personal restoration, while their things can be replaced, though there is…

9/16/17 Irma and Power Restoration Reports

“What really set me off was when I heard from a cousin in Cuba who had power restored in two days,” Jackie Alvarez, a Miamian, told the paper. “FPL promoted their plans for recovery, but it’s been worse than a third-world country.” I lifted the above quote from an on-line news story. Alvarez’s Cuban cousin…

8/31/17 Harvey Disrupts Entire South

Not only did Harvey send Mississippi scurrying east of Alabama, apparently Missouri has annexed and expanded into Arkansas which had taken a late summer vacation in Hawaii until the bad weather cleared. Upon hearing this, Missouri went down there just to see for itself. Several now-former Arkansans who had remained behind grumbled about the massive…

8/14/17 Moral Preening

PREEN…….verb (of a bird) tidy and clean its feathers with its beak. “reed buntings preened at the pool’s edge.” with object “the pigeon preened her feathers” also preen oneself (of a person) devote effort to making oneself look attractive and then admire one’s appearance.‘adolescents preening in their bedroom mirrors’ also preen oneself Congratulate or pride…

8/2/17 The Real Deal

Born to a sharecropper in Texas, whose father abandoned him, his mother, and his eleven brothers and sisters when he was a teenager, whose mother died just a short year after his father left, Audie Murphy did not have an easy childhood. Because of his small size and age, he was denied entrance into the…

7/26/17 Nearly All of Western Civilization Captured in One Photo

First, thanks to Sharon Collie Northern for the writing prompt. The seemingly uninteresting photograph bears a closer look. It has just about the most important things we posses that allows us modern civilization as we know it. The ancient Greeks gave us philosophy, drama, sculpture, art, and architecture devoted to their pantheon that was inspiring,…