The Empty Seat

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Middle Seat.”

It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?

The Empty Seat

I find that each new social situation has totally unpredictable outcomes.  I remember one personal encounter on an airplane that turned out to be an exquisite and surprising event.  At first contact with this person, I wanted to switch seats or at least engage in minimal superficial conversation. But then, after we exchanged opening comments, I considered making this fellow traveler a new close friend. Continue reading

Into the Desert

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Take a Chance on Me.”

What’s the biggest chance you ever took? Did it work out? Do tell!

Into the Dessert

There was a time in my life when everything I thought was guaranteed to stay the same; changed in an instant. These intense reality checks can happen to anyone, at anytime for many reasons.  How each of us responds to having life melt down into a pool of primal goo is a unique and personal saga. For me, I had an intense need to put space between me and the demolition site where my life disassembled, so I began to drive. Continue reading

Balderdash and the Generation Gap

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No, Thank You.”

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?


senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense.

The origins of the word balderdash are sketchy.  It seems that the word can be traced back to 1590 describing a jumbled mix of liquors;  Continue reading

Destiny and Free-Fall

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Que Sera Sera.”

Do you believe in fate or do you believe you can control your own destiny?

Some believe we are on a downhill roll and whatever happens in life is uncontrollable.  How we got to the top of the hill; how we began to fall from the top and what lay at the bottom is, some say, just our destiny.

At this point in the down hill roll of life I’ve discovered something amazing. I can stop the roll, stand up, look around at the view and decided if I want to continue to roll, stroll, skip or dance through the rest of the journey.  Do I believe in fate and destiny; yes and no.  You see I’ve also found that what I believe may or may not hold true depending on how I fill in the spaces of my life. Continue reading

It’s a Wonder to Me

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”


It’s a wonder to me

What my lens can see

A simple thing in front of light

Gives life to globes in the night. Continue reading

Fiction, Facts and the Consumer Virus

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Community Service.”

Your entire community — however you define that; your hometown, your neighborhood, your family, your colleagues — is guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see.

IMAGINE today you received this email.      IN-BOX

This is a community service announcement.  Due to the rapid spread of the consumerism virus the Utilitarian Collective has installed a control filter on the internet providers that service our city. Continue reading

The Blessing of Procrastination

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Breakdown.”

Tell us about a habit you’d like to break. Is there any way it can play a positive role in your life?


Mirror, mirror on the wall, what is today’s reflection flaw? Continue reading