Shiral

Shiral
Location
Sunnyvale, California, United States
Birthday
February 05
Company
www.papyrusacres.com
Bio
I was born the same year Kennedy was assassinated. My parents got divorced during the Summer of Love ('67) I'm not a journalist, I'm just a dedicated Democratic Library Assistant with a lot of bottled-up rants. But I'll try to be amusing when possible. _________________________ My Late Friend Kim would agree with this: "Nobody should die because they can't afford Health Insurance. Nobody should go broke because they get sick." Teddy, Greg and Roger, I'm SO with you on this one. And also with everyone else displaying this. --------- "I wrestle like Jane Austen and write like Jesse 'The Body' Ventura." Justice must be done for Trayvon Martin.

MY RECENT POSTS

DECEMBER 4, 2011 6:28PM

Bordeaux

 

Bordeaux  

Bordeaux

"On a Metro ride home from the movies, we saw a man sitting near the door.  He was fairly young - maybe in his late twenties or early thirties - and smartly dressed in slacks and  dress shoes.  The strange thing was, in his hand, he held twoRead full post »
NOVEMBER 25, 2011 4:54PM

Thanksgiving at Papyrus Acres

        (Count Crankula vs. The Swedish Chef)

      

           I’m sure you’ll all forgive me for the lateness of my Thanksgiving posting, as Thanksgiving Day its… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 9:11PM

When We Go Home, Again

 

Aviator

             In the summer of 1904, eleven year-old Simon Ballantyne launched himself from a high tree-branch, and flapped his arms valiantly while he hurtled to the ground.  Not even his broken ankle could dim his exhila/Read full post »

Late to the Party  
We've got to keep driving, we're late to the Masquerade Ball in Papyrus Acres...
Halloween House at Outskirts of Town 
Yes, we're getting closer, but really, this is a house we're better off avoiding...
ghost Victorians 
These houses too, actually. They look nice, but they're optical illusions, since the… Read full post »
OCTOBER 29, 2011 1:42AM

Unquiet Spirits

 

Doug Mirror
  

     I used to adore  swimming. I was always the last kid out of the pool, and that almost always involved some exasperated adult snapping an order  to get out now after prolonged coaxing didn’t work.  After particularly long swims,Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2011 8:20PM

Sick Joke

            Coughing, his temperature near 104, shaking with unstoppable chills, the clown staggered into the bar. Tripping a bit over the toes of his oversized wingtips and weaving on his feet from exhaustion, he made his way over to a/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2011 2:50PM

My Dinner For 20 Open Call Response

Our Dinner Table  

In response to Whoreville Redencocker’s Open Call, here is my A-List of dinner guests.  I’m tempted to just copy his list, since there’s a lot of overlap in whom I’d consider good dinner table company also, but that’s hardly original of me. So I/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2011 2:05PM

Why I Disliked _The Help_

            I detest the terms “chick flick” and “chick lit,” as I feel they denigrate both the work and its intended audience.  The implied message of “It’s only chick lit” or “it’s surp/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 3:15PM

Dulce De Leche: Fiction Weekend 9/16

  

          Dulce De Leche

 

      “I have the other  perp ready to talk to you, Sergeant.”

           

       &nbRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 3:24AM

Street Scene

The key is never to sneak up on anybody, and never sound desperate. What I’m looking for are people arriving at work getting out of cars with grimy windows that I can offer to clean. Weekends, I head for places like Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf-anywhere I can find lots of people.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 2:13PM

Adventures in Hardware Buying

          Being around people who work so hard to be nice that they smother me make me far  more uncomfortable than outright hostility.  For one thing, I don't feel guilty at pushing back against hostility. Although it happened &nbRead full post »

AUGUST 28, 2011 2:04PM

Mynah Mine

   
Mynah Bird

                     

       “They live how long?”  Just then, I hated how much my squawk of dismay made me sound like MacRead full post »

Amboise  

 

Amboise and The Loire Valley, July 16, 17, & 18.

 

            “We do need to get on the road by ten, but let’s just go down to the marche for a little while,” Mom proposed over our early break/… Read full post »

 

  

Sarlat

Sarlat-le-Caneda July 13,14, & 15, 2011

         

    Around noon on rainy July 13, all three of us hugged Anne good-bye and thanked her profusely before we climbed into the luggage-laden Chevalier Noir. We dr/… Read full post »

Toulouse Coat of Arms


Sunday and Monday, July 10 and 11

 

Since Roman times, Toulouse has always been a city of wealth, influence and significance, reinventing itself and its industries repeatedly.   The Romans called it Tolosa; the Spanish and Portuguese still do.  The French gave it the sobri/… Read full post »

AUGUST 3, 2011 2:03PM

An Open Letter To the Tea Party

 

Okay, listen up, people. I have to call you people I guess, although I’d prefer to call you the Festering Canker Sores of America. Before this whole Debt Ceiling debacle, my opinion of you was already low. Subterranean, in fact. Like your hero George W. Bush, you possess the uncanny/… Read full post »

            

                  “At the next roundabout, take the first exit then in two hundred meters, take the first right turn on the Roe Dan Crab,/…

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French Favorites

  1. Free Champagne served on Air France. 

 

 2. Arriving at my destination at the end of the long plane trip.  

Croissants

3. Eating fresh croissants with café au lait at a sunny breakfast table. (Okay, eating fresh croissants, period but they're best… Read full post »

JULY 5, 2011 2:53AM

Je Reviens

    While a good, Dust-uppy flounce can be dramatic, in my case as an eternal OS backpager, I've always felt I'd be like the tree falling in the forest; would anybody even notice if I flounced out slamming the OS door behind me?  So this is not a flounce, folks. =o)… Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2011 6:39PM

The Ring Thing

 

 

            Few experiences can condition one so well for a long trans-Atlantic flight as attending Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung at San Francisco Opera. 

 

I know you’re wondering how these two experi… Read full post »

JUNE 22, 2011 1:28PM

Sorry, No Sari

 

 

Elephant Bride
  

 

            “Hello? You must be friends of Senajit’s, aren’t you?” 

 

The young woman addressing us made Neil’s eyes open wide. I couldn’t blame him. She had de… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2011 2:15PM

Alien Love and other Flash Fiction

What would happen if Dr. Seuss, Gary Larson of  The Far Side and Barbara Cartland all collaborated on a romance novel taking place in another solar system? Yeah, I'm stumped too, but it might just possibly read like this:

          I: Alien LoveRead full post »

JUNE 12, 2011 1:09PM

Things I Wish I'd Written*

*But it's way too late, now because they've already been written.

One of my favorite writers is Rumer Godden, an Englishwoman raised in India who wrote pretty steadily through the entire  20th century. For the sake of brevity, I'll concentrate  on two of my favorites of her books.

Both thes… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2011 6:48PM

Fiction Plan A For Anna

 

Anna Karenina
 

 

After the 4:55  southbound commuter train woke him from a restless doze,   Alex Marshall sat up and swung his legs over  the side of his bed. He  leaned  down to rummage in his back pack for the stack of student papers he should have read… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2011 2:02PM

It's Not Easy Being Surreal

           

As he watched his father’s coffin being lowered into the straight-sided rectangular shaft that was his grave, Henri Rocher thought his father would have appreciated the grave digger’s skill.  All his life, Henri Roch/… Read full post »