Stories and Essays

Short vignettes about the world around me though my imagination "remembers" things differently.

Hurricane Hugo Dawn - Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce

Hurricane Hugo Dawn

My best wishes and thoughts for everyone dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and facing the onslaught of Hurricane Irma. Mine is but a story of inconvenience and it pales in comparison. Friday, September 22, 1989 – The window glowed with the early light of dawn. Fearing I had overslept, I looked for the…
Touring Mansions

Touring Mansions

Saturday evening, we were invited to an event in a local residence that turned into an unforgettable adventure touring mansions.

Vampire Eclipse

The shadows stretched across the room as the skies darkened outside, barely illuminating the ancient coffin in the far corner. The lid cracked open, Mordis’ long fingers extending outward into the room. Wrapping his hand around the edge, he pushed the lid open, the hinges squealing in protest. The 300-year-old vampire sat up and looked carefully at the darkening skies outside of the window.  Comfortable that he…
Canine Solar Eclipse Glasses

Canine Solar Eclipse Glasses

Can we talk about a controversial topic?  No, not politics. That would be easy in comparison.  We need to talk about pets and the solar eclipse. Do dogs need to wear solar eclipse glasses? Should they just stay inside so they don’t damage their eyes?  Facebook is full of warnings about dogs who will need seeing eye dogs…

Rise Of The Radical Alt-Center

Our country reached a boiling point of political friction this past week and much discussion has centered around the “many sides” involved. Most of the attention has been focused on the alt-right, but some have also discussed the actions of the alt-left. But our main stream media, as always, fails to tell us the whole…

Don’t Wear Sunglasses To An Eclipse

Since our area is in the path of totality for next week’s solar eclipse, the North Carolina Highway Patrol issued a press statement listing several safety reminders. Many of them are quite reasonable: Be patient Expect traffic delays Arrive early But further down the list come items that you would hope a licensed driver doesn’t…

Mowing Is A Pain In The Ass

Mowing is a pain in the ass. My dislike for mowing began early when my father insisted I mow the lawn. I protested about the unfairness of it all, but he pointed to the food I ate, the bed I slept in and the clothes I wore. He always fought dirty like that. I would grumble about how none of my friends were forced to…
modern torture devices

Modern Torture Devices

Our ancestors worried more about becoming dinner than watching what they ate. Today, exercise equipment has become our modern torture devices.
Of Mice and Men - The Eviction

Of Mice and Men: The Eviction

After battling mice in my grill for several years, I took desperate measures. And then I wondered about the mouse's point of view.

Seeing The Light

Changing light bulbs should be such a simple task, but nothing is simple when progressive eyeglasses and technology intervene.

The Past Will Haunt You

The past will haunt you in many ways, especially if you have to clean out decades of storage boxes that you haven't opened in years.

Frenetic Fireworks Finale

Professional fireworks shows abound on Independence Day but are not accessible to Boy Scouts attending summer camp on July 4. To remedy that misfortune one year, four bored camp counselors – Caleb, Michael, Jacob, and David – launched some stashed fireworks to entertain the campers. Cheers greeted the few sparklers and Roman Candles, though the…
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