If We Were Having Coffee on the 11th of August, 2018

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  Actually it is past noon (barely) so the beverage selection might be a little bigger.  It is warmish but no place close to hot out there.  It is humid, but not “step outside I am immediately drenched” as it has been most of the week.  And where are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being on Cape Cod.

This was the Week from Hell at work.  OK, I have had worse, so maybe it was just the Week from a very strong Heck instead.  I worked 11 hours on Monday…. Continue reading


Clean and Efficient


PHOTO PROMPT © Ronda Del Boccio

The waiting room was tasteful.  Ancient but clean brick walls divided it so it didn’t feel like an acre of sitting people, while windows, with potted plants, created a sense of openness. Vivaldi, played soft, gave way to Pachelbel.

A pleasant voice interrupted.  “Today’s number is three-four-H-twenty-one-B-five.  Repeat, today’s number is three-four-H-two-one-B-five .”

There were a few muted shouts of joy through the windows.

I looked at our ticket.  34H21B6.  We just missed it.

As we left the building I couldn’t help but to feel a slight pang as I watched the losing family being led to the euthanasia chamber.

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Ronda Del Boccio.  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.



Mount Monadnock seen from North Pack Monadnock

“I’m burning up.  Can you turn on the A/C?”

I actually had the A/C on.

We were in my car and I was driving in all-electric mode.  A/C uses a lot of electricity, so when I’m alone I only use it when it is really needed.  With another person in the car…

“It’s on, set at 74.”

Just being on the A/C takes most of the humidity out of the air.  At 74, it was almost 20 degrees cooler than outside.  I was cool and my fingers were frozen.

“74?  I usually keep mine on 67 when it’s this hot.”

In the winter this same person had their heat set at 75.

Truthfully, I don’t get it.  People seem to have such a limited operating temperature.  Yes, I like to be comfortable, but I think people push it too far. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 4th of August, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in out of the rain.  I know, the house doesn’t feel any drier, does it?  It is pretty humid and has been all week.  At least it’s cooler.  We had a couple of 90 degree days in there.  And we’ve had a lot of rain.  Wet, hot, sticky, yuck.  But, hey, it will dry off tomorrow and get into the upper 90s by Monday.  Don;’t you just love summer?  And the funny thing is, I know i can’t complain because so many of you are having it much worse!  And were is this paradise that is only in the 70s today?  Some of you may recognize that mug and synthesizer at the top of the page as being in New Hampshire.

Yeah, work was busy this week.  Next subject ;)


I have the “final” version of The Halley Branch in hand.  I also took all three of my books over to the library in town and donated them.  They will be placed in the “new arrivals” section for a while before moving to the “Local Authors” section. Continue reading

Quick Word on The Halley Branch


It’s been a slow beginning….

It’s actually been slower than it was for The Fireborn which was slower than Seasons of Imagination.

I have received a little positive feedback from one reader on a Facebook post “OMG-Can’t put this book down great to read during our thunder storms!

I also went to the library in my town and talked to the head librarian.  I gave her copies of all three books.  They should be put on display in the near future, starting with the “New Arrival” shelf before going to the “Local Authors” shelf.  So more people should see it.  She also discussed a book talk, which I will most likely do at some point. Continue reading

Track – #writephoto


Photo by Sue Vincent

“This way.”

“Are you sure?”  Merle was pointing down a dry stream bed with his walking staff.  Or perhaps “up the stream bed”, since the direction went against the flow of water.  The path looked torturous and I couldn’t imagine anyone trying their luck there, least of all Brad.

“I’ve been doing this since before you were born.”

“I don’t know, Steve.  I guess we have to trust him,” Val said.

I nodded and let Merle lead us into the gulch.

It was more difficult than I imagined.  Though mostly dry, there was still some water and a few deep pools, but it was the boulders and the downed trees that were the worst.

I paused after scrambling over a log about 30 minutes in.

“This is next to impossible,” I said.

“If he took an easy path, they would have found him by now,” Merle said.  He shrugged.  “If he really wanted to be found he should have just sat it out.” Continue reading

You Need to Meet Gramps First


PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Liz had warned Tom that her grandfather was eccentric.  He wanted to marry, but Gramps meant the world to her.

Gramps gave them a grand tour first thing and Tom seemed to like him.

“Sorry, the garden is a bit soggy.  Been meaning to drain it forever.”

“Don’t worry,” Tom said.  “My shoes will dry.  Eventually.”

“Back when Lizzie’s mom was a girl I bought drainage pipes and such, but never finished.”

“What happened?”

“Birds soon moved in.  Then toads.  Mice. A snake.”  He pointed to the overgrown rack.

“Wow! nature’s condo.  Love it!”

Liz smiled.  Tom was a keeper.

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Sandra Crook.  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

A Change in the Weather #Haibun #Senrya


So blue and cranky
Some cold in the summer heat
Miss your joyous face

A gloomy forecast
Skies a melancholy grey
Hope for upbeat news

There is a change in the weather of my soul.  A high pressure is replaced by a low.  The outlook is a bit pessimistic, but with your sun away, what can I say, I’m feeling down.  Can I hope for a new front that’s a bit more upbeat?  Will your merry eyes and joyous smile once more show up on my RADAR?  I hope to dance in the rain in delight, when that rainbow that’s you is back in sight. Continue reading

Time and Photos :(


I used to do a weekly “Media Monday” post.  I’m not sure what happened to it.  Well, I do.  One thing you most likely know is that I take a lot of photos.  Unfortunately, I don’t have time to go through photos.  I have about 2000 photos that I’ve taken over the last three months that I have not looked at.  Anyway, the osprey chick and osprey butt at the top of the page is a sample of some of the photos I have taken without going through. The eagle photo below is another one.  Hopefully sometime I will find the time…