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Over the years I've discovered that inspiration is very much like being struck by lightning. The wonderful thing ... is that it strikes again, and again, and again.



Neighborhood Gang Activity Task Force – South River Office

Scene 1: Situation Briefing

There are approximately forty different named gangs in the local area, but a genealogy of the organization tracks them all back to four major city gangs around the country.   Here we

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NOVEMBER 5, 2012 10:05PM

The Apolitical Man in the Mirror


A very close friend once called me the most “apolitical person he ever met.”  I did not argue with him. 

He said it because I take pains to avoid political discussions or arguments with most people.   That tendency has continued on into my blogging hereRead full post »

Webster  Springs  

8:07am Tuesday, October 30, 2012 

The residence of Philomella Lowe just north of the incorporated township of Addison, West Virgina.   Addison is best known by its post office name, Webster Springs.


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The Silver Star 

He picked up the beautifully bound booklet that Laurell had let fall to the floor. 

He’d only been mildly confused by her behavior when they’d left his Chestnut Hill condominium, just west of downtown Boston.  As it was, the only reason they were taking the traiRead full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2012 8:37PM

Murder Most Amusing


“I’m glad you people find this so damn funny” I shrieked over my shoulder at the four of them, who were all clutching themselves in various stages of laughter. 

Reed was laughing so hard, that he too had finally pulled in his line so that he could fullyRead full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2012 1:07AM

Getting Godzilla Right


I’m confused. 

It looks like the green light has been given for a new Godzilla movie in 2014.   I will line up alongside all of my brethren just as soon as it’s out.

But I am only now becoming aware of the overall negative consensus of the mostRead full post »


His wife was wearing that pinched facial expression that always meant that she was refusing to show him just how hurt she really was.  It was mostly the lines around her mouth.  It’s as if Melba could suddenly manifest three or four times the number of tiny stress linesRead full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2012 1:13AM

The Cruel Twin of Circumstance


His name is Baltasar.  It means, “God or Lord protect the King.”  He does not know why he was given this name since he has lived in poverty throughout his life. 

The twins have used him cruelly as a plaything for as long as he can remember.  HisRead full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2012 10:28PM

Goodwill, Fleas and Roses


I have two jobs these days.  I have my regular paying gig… and I am a full-time chauffeur.  I struggled against this circumstance in the early days, but I don’t anymore.  I could change things, but I won’t. 

In my tongue-in-cheek role as a full-t/Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2012 3:32AM

Before There Was You (Open Call)


You know… with more than 180,000 miles on you, it’s easy to say that you’ve certainly aged better than I have.  Man, you look good!  But right this minute I’m also thinking about a fascinating Open Call, and I just can’t help but reminisce.

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This is the mini-saga sequel to “Broken Window.”

Most of the colony has been destroyed.  Defense of the nest was inadequate. The cycle is disrupted.  We are forced to find a new site to lay the fertilized eggs too soon.  

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OCTOBER 5, 2012 12:18AM




I've just finished watching the most recent episode of "Glee."  It seems like I "DVR" damn-near everything these days, and I’ve always enjoyed the episodes of "Glee" that I watched from prior seasons.  

So this was the episode entitled, &Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2012 7:30PM

Broken Window

broken window

'I admit that I’ve got it bad.  Candace has been on my mind since the semester began and tonight might just be the night.  At least she is giving off the right signals … finally.'

Anyone watching me would think I’d just won the lottery.  I was just

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 5:49PM

Rest Area Security

Rest Area Security 

 I-95 Northbound, So. Brevard County, Mile Post 169,

5 Miles South of Palm Bay

There was a time when “The Juice” would never have been seen in his tan colored uniform in its current condition.  The pants in particular were awful.  He was usually pretty car/Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 12:05AM



I don’t know when I remembered. It came back to me gradually.  I don’t believe there was an event or an occurrence that suddenly brought it all back to me, but before I was blissfully ignorant. And then I was aware.

It’s been a few decades now. Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 10:10PM

Last Time I Made a Friend

The Last Time I Made  Friend2 

The people from that time were truly my people. That was the time when friends became life-long components of my existence. (These days I have co-workers, neighbors, and acquaintances.  I no longer seem to possess the emotional muscles needed to make real friends anymore.)  ThRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 4:48PM

The Politics of E10-F93


 The initial terror that she experienced after awakening in the windowless room had finally subsided into a consistent state of raw awareness.  The slightest sound made her whimper.  At one point there was a very loud rumble that went on for several long minutes. &nb… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2011 9:24AM



Incredulous! I could not believe that he had pulled up behind me with those lights flashing and spinning.  I’d watched him climb awkwardly out of his car, and then he was leaning heavily against my open window. His mustache was in my face and level with m/Read full post »

doubler sans lines    

The set-up for the evening was perfect.  He still had her scent in his nose when he left the house that night.

He knew that she had been feeling randy. After all of these years they could read each other effortlessly.  When he’d remarked that he might &Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2011 8:23PM

Harp's Snowmageddon 2011


I was in the Bronx to attend to some stressful affairs.  The snow storm extended my trip for an extra day after the airports closed up Wednesday afternoon.  On Thursday morning, after about an hour spent freeing the car, we paid a couple of local kids to dig us out.&… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 31, 2011 10:50PM

Aftermath ... The Life and Death of Anita Savage


It’s hard to imagine that I grew up here in the Bronx.  I’m standing on Gun Hill Road, with slush from the passing cars on my trousers.  It’s still quite cold, but I am hoping that LaGuardia will be open today.  Yesterday they cancelled my flight./Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2011 6:16PM

The World's Greatest Listener


I am the world’s greatest listener. 

My ears have nothing to do with my skills. I use them for telephone conversations and as most excellent support for my glasses. The words that come out of the mouth will confuse me if I grant them too much importance, but I willRead full post »

JANUARY 28, 2011 10:57PM

The Forever Problem With Sitting Down

woodlawn snow1  

His wife told to me to "Follow my heart," after explaining that a lot of people had also requested time to say a few words.  "This minister likes to stay on time."  (Earlier…I think she had also said that he ran "a tight ship?" Did he even know your frieRead full post »

JANUARY 18, 2011 7:33PM

RIP My Friend --- Updated

Leon's wedding 

In January 2009, I wrote the following post in a blog entitled, "Keep Those Miracles Coming, Leon Will Blog On." 

"For those of you who may have been aware of my good friend's surgery, Leon has apparently sailed through like a champ.  The tumor was thankfully not as severRead full post »

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JANUARY 17, 2011 9:38PM

Uhura Mine, Then and Now


I am well aware that she is too young for me, but I can exercise a fan’s prerogative here if I wish.   I think Zoe Saldana is seriously hot.   I thought so when I first saw her in Drumline and I’ve never once changed my mind.  

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