- Gloucester, Virginia,
- December 31
- Sorry - writer's block...
BTW the "birthday" listed above is false. I prefer to keep that day private, but am not permitted to do so here, so I'm forced to lie.
MY RECENT POSTS
- What would Margaret Feike do?
February 16, 2013 11:28AM
- Hemingway Test – 24 (Shaping
February 09, 2013 09:30PM
- Shout to the dead
January 26, 2013 11:13AM
- Sacrifice, the revision!
January 15, 2013 12:57PM
- Finally got Sacrifice blurb
January 11, 2013 03:12PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I concur with your
September 05, 2014 02:03PM
- “I was hacked while
reading this post. Has
September 05, 2014 01:57PM
- “Congratulations, Alysa
and Julien! And
March 27, 2014 07:32PM
- “Admit it, cat, you ain't
never gonna leave. You are OS
March 25, 2014 03:04PM
- “Afraid I'm with the
delinquents. Don't think I'll
a diploma this
March 06, 2014 12:32PM
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The Lee brothers, Brian and Travis, and their grandmother, Dorothy Sawyer, were sitting at the kitchen table last Satur… Read full post »
I'd fire the cameraman for this abomination, but I'm a believer in second chances. This might be the first video in the history of YouTube narrated by a pot belly. I will say this in defense of the overall production: it was done rather hurriedly without benefit of a… Read full post »
To win you must correctly guess the OS blogging name used by Jason Giecek, author of Shame of the… Read full post »
As I begin typing this the wind gusts are still tearing at our tall pines and sweet gums and I feel the house tremble on its foundation. The storm started about 5:30 this morning with steadier angrier winds that bombarded our house with a relentless deluge of rain and… Read full post »
You might know it'd be my dad, the atheist, who figured out the odd shape between the shoulders of the man seated in the pew directly in front of us was from the coathanger he'd forgotten to remove from his suitcoat. After my dad whispered his discovery to us we quietly… Read full post »
How in hell should I know? For all I know some of you think I'm a dick and that's OK because I just may think some of you are dicks, as well. In truth, I do miss Cornflower Seed Woman, and don't we all? Answer this wrong and you'll fnd… Read full post »
My new T-shirt with the beautiful blue paper tulip design by Gary Justis arrived this morning. Soon as I got home from the Post Office I doffed the shirt I was wearing, donned the new shirt and...ta da...suddenly I felt like posing for a new avatar photo.
I'll admit… Read full post »
We all knew it had to happen. For the past several years, reports on her health had been increasingly bleak. At the end, all we had were a few cruel papparazzi shots taken through the fingers of
Hurricane Isabel - September, 2003The older I get the more I worry about the important things, the life changers. Buying my first house marked the start of this new look at values. From then on, the prospect of being sent by my newspaper to… Read full post »
If Mrs. Henke, whom I called “Mrs. Hanky,” had instructed us to color the vegetables right away, I'd have done so. Raised by parents of mostly German heritage, I always followed orders. The problem with the vegetable assignment was that Mrs. Hanky gave us several days to finish it.… Read full post »
They were outside on the second floor balcony now, overlooking the garden. In the distance she could make out a few of the cemetery’s nearest stone markers. Those she could see were mostly obscured by the low spreading branches of several trees among the rows and also by… Read full post »
He arrived in October with his first OS post
A pretty good tale about a skydiving host
Who screws up quite badly our man's first jump
Then gets shot rather dead while taking a dump
If it hadn't been fiction… Read full post »
Dear Friends, It's only $5,000, but if enough people vote online here for volunteer Chris Clifford in the Cox Conserves Hero contest, his county, my county - GLOUCESTER COUNTY, VIRGINIA - will win five big ones.
A drop in the bucket in today's strangled economy, I know. State and l… Read full post »
Unless I'm in bed, fixing a meal, doing chores or watching a football game on television, a hypothetical floating webcam searching for me is apt to stop and focus right where I am at this moment. I'm seated at my laptop in my office, which is located above our garage,… Read full post »
You may be aware of a contest here on OS. One of our members has published a novel under a name other than the one he/she uses here for blogging. The novel, Shame of the Father, was published about six years ago. Our contest is to help sell a few… Read full post »
A $2,000 fine that's been hanging over my head and each of those of my 39 fellow rebels for more than two years has been lifted today by the Virginia Supreme Court.
In so doing, the Court upheld the right of free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the… Read full post »
Somebody sent me these amazing photos. I don't
know to whom the credit belongs for this
enterprising photography, but I'll post them
anyway for your enjoyment. Here they are:
So we treat our teachers like dogs. So what? This is what we're creating:
He keeps a close watch on this place of ours.
He keeps his eyes wide open at all hours.
He keeps promoting new bloggers that he finds.
At thirty-nine Crank walks the line.
He's always there to lift you… Read full post »
So. Here we are again. Click on the YouTube video and you can watch and hear the old goat reading Chapter 4 of Shame of the Father. If you listen real carefully you can hear chickens in the background discussing my performance. I assume they were saying kind things about… Read full post »