PlannerDan's Blog


Near Fort Worth, Texas, USA
September 22
Much of the same stuff applies. I'm a married guy--quite married, in fact. We are pushing our 44th year of bliss. In fact I am a grandpa; and wear that title proudly. Over the years I've learned a few things. And tend to share it--tactfully, I hope. I'm a professional, which only means I went to school and got all the degrees. It took years to do it, and has added a little to that experience thing. I'm fortunate to be doing something I love for a living. But, even then, the work place can become boring. However, those times are few and far between. I have two passions in life. I love to write. Sometimes I do that very well, sometimes not so much. But, I've realized you don't have to be good to write; you've just got to really want to. My second passion is my dog. I am a dog person. I'll try not to get mushy and obsessive about it. Pet owners can sometimes do that. I will write about my black Lab, Max; however, I promise to be restrained. I know how those crazy pet people are. Other than that, you will find out more about me from my entries. They likely will be sporadic, because I obviously have a life outside this virtual universe. But, I will try the best I can to make a worthy contribution to the site. Can't ask for more than that.


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JANUARY 11, 2010 6:53AM

A Spot In the Sun


        In the early morning hours we get direct sunlight on the big window  above our entrance door.  It shines through and focuses on a spot in the family room and quickly works its way down the hallway as the morning progresses.  For those sRead full post »

JANUARY 1, 2010 10:33AM

New Resolve

We place way too much pressure on ourselves on this first day of the year.  Either that or we set ourselves up to fail.  Of course, I am referring to the old tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions.  I don’t know who started this idea.  I suppose it had somethingRead full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2009 3:50PM

Review of Avatar




Thoroughly entertained is the only way you can describe it.  Every Christmas my wife and I take in a movie.  Usually it is a matinee and a meal afterwards.  This year we chose Avatar.  I’m so glad we did.  I walked from the theater thoroughly satisf/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2009 6:27AM

Fiction Friday Christmas Entry


 The Post Card Christmas

There’s got to be snow for Christmas--that is, if you’re going to have a post card Christmas. And, Lester really needed a post card Christmas this year. He wouldn’t be seeing another Christmas. That’s the unfortunate thing about knowing you… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2009 9:55AM

Fiction Friday on Wednesday

OK, I realize I am probably breaking some silly rule about posting a Friday thing on Wednesday.  But, I had this thing ready today and decided I just won't wait until Friday.  Who knows, I may get hit by a truck on Thursday and it will never be posted.  Not that that wouldRead full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2009 11:02AM

Blue Crayons for Debbie (Fiction Friday)


(On Fiction Friday I thought I’d share a little story I wrote regarding a happening recounted by a friend of some of our’s, Debbie Wharton.  She tells a story of blue crayons in grade school that prompted this little story.  I hope you enjoy it.)

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OCTOBER 30, 2009 12:53PM

A Writer's Dilemma


Tucked away in a portfolio in another site is a collection of stories and articles I have written over the last few years.  Every now and then I spend a little time reading and editing on them.  I suppose I actually spend too much time on them.  They have… Read full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2009 9:01AM

Who The Heck Is Counting?


       Well, as a matter of fact, I am.  I am one of those weird guys who uses the US Census.  I mean, it’s interesting to know how many people are in a place and the US Census provides an answer to those who are just curious about things… Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2009 8:40AM

How Many Words Is a Picture Worth?

Now, how many words is it a picture is worth?   They say a thousand.  In this case it could be more.  One day I was shuffling through a box of photographs I inherited from my parents.  Over the years of their marriage, a steady stream of photographs filtered into their p/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2009 12:04PM

Lesson on Revcovering

We are, each one of us, students of recovery.  Granted, some of us are more proficient than others.  Unfortunately, just like riding a bike, our skill improves with practice.  Sadly, recovery is not one of those things a person wants to get a lot of practice doing.  For, recovery/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2009 10:17AM

A Halloween Tale

        Was it real? I think so, but sometimes I’m not sure. Have you ever had a nightmare so vivid and horrifying that you could swear it really happened? On the other hand, have you ever experienced terror so oppressive that you knew for sure you were d… Read full post »


I don’t know how long I have to make an impression.  Our world moves much faster than my plans.  My granddaughter, Harley, is fifteen; the world is bombarding her with experiences.  She is intelligent and wise, two traits that do not always go together.  How ca… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 9:59AM

Lay Your Head On My....Foot?

       Ok, it’s another dog story.  I can’t help it.  I tool along minding my business and Max, my black Lab, does something that melts my heart.  Who would have thought that any dog could affect a grown man that way—especially me? Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 4:30AM

I Admit it; Im Wrong

I’ve got this all wrong.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t know a flip about blogging.  It doesn’t surprise me and neither does it bother me.  Heck, I don’t even like the sound of the word.  ‘Blog’ sounds like some gross thing you/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2009 8:32AM

The Voice and Heartbeat of America

There is an imbalance in our American culture.  The media, as well as the mass communication potential of the Internet, has helped to deepen this condition.  The imbalance I allude to is that of communication versus the silent majority within America.


I believe America has a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 4:53PM

The Devil's Den

I stood where he lay.  I was alive; he was dead.  We were separated by 140-years.  I don’t know who he was, and he would never have the opportunity to know me.  Even if he had lived, he would have been long dead by this time.  It was quiet at that/… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2009 11:40AM

The Wound Still Bleeds


Over sixty years ago a small flag was taken from the body of a Japanese soldier.  It was a war trophy.  That kind of thing happens in war.  The old adage the “spoils go to the victor” is true indeed.  The flag was tucked away among other memorabilia of… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2009 6:16PM

Spam's Back

Some of you may be familiar with my friend Spam Hummer. Spam is a character I created a couple of years ago. I was playing with the detective mystery genre and sort of backed into Spam. Well, over the years I've written fourteen short stories featuring Spam Hummer and a developing… Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2009 7:54PM

Must Life Be Painful?

Should life hurt?  I mean, do we really have to go through all this pain?  Why?  Why does it have to hurt sometimes?  Why can’t we have pleasant days and cool nights, starry skies, and gentle breezes?  Why does it have to storm?  Why do the rivers have to leave the/… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2009 6:58AM

Please Lord, Help Me Find My Socks

       God put my wife into my life to teach me patience. I am sure His desire that I find love and fulfillment in this life played a small role also. But, right now, I feel patience was God’s prime motivation. I come to this conclusion after reflecting on an… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2009 4:19PM

Last Visit

 He sat in an end seat in the waiting room. Thomas lay curled up at his feet. It was reminiscent of a thousand evenings when the black Lab curled up at his feet. No matter where Dan sat, Thomas found his place near him. For fifteen years, Thomas slept soundly knowing… Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2009 5:30PM

Total Nonsense

They say, "The early bird gets the worm." Now, I have some problems with that cute little comment. First, who cares about the eating habits of birds? And, if I was a smart worm, no way would I be getting up early. Not with all those birds out there. What everRead full post »

In the wake of the H.L. Gates situation, I’ll not summarize it since it has been given ample attention lately, the specter of discrimination and racial profiling rears its nasty head again.  Significant rhetoric has been flung about the blog pages blasting the police as well as Dr. Gates&m/… Read full post »

We went out to eat breakfast last Sunday morning.  It was a good meal with much too much food, which I greedily consumed.  When I received the check, I carefully examined the thing to make sure the charges were correct; sometimes they are not.  I noticed that my cup of coffee/… Read full post »

JULY 19, 2009 12:18PM

My New Tub-o-toilet

I realize now a sixty-year old man can truly be naïve.  That’s me, Mr. Naïve.  I thought all I had to do was go into the tile store, give them loads of money, wait for them to come out to my house, and the next morning we wake up in a/… Read full post »