Writing Prompts

Spark a story based on a place and 3 words

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Most writing challenges pick a them or a key word for the writer to run with, this challenge supplies you with three nearly random words and a location on planet earth for inspiration.

The process is easy peasy with no need for me to dole out words. Simply pick a…

Travel & Politics

There are a couple of reasons to go around Texas when traveling

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There are a couple of reasons to go around Texas when traveling. Some give a person pause for personal reasons like, am I going to get shot? While other reasons are driven more by supporting human rights.

  • At the top of the list is Senate Bill 8 effectively banning abortions…


Snagglepuss was the original, a mascot even

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It is suggested the first gay animations were performances by Bugs Bunny in the 1940s due to Bugs appearing in drag. …

Medium Stats

Skewed stats are not worth a buck and a half

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Wow, surprise. I went viral. This one article keeps going like the Energizer Bunny. Am I doing a victory lap here? …


Welcome to overcommitment month

Ink drawing of a woman hiding behind her hair.
Inktober 2017 “Dissapearing”. Artwork by the author.

Here is it is, October. Some say there are no seasons on the West Coast but in California, October marks the end of wildfire season and the dread of using an air-conditioner to survive a day in your home office.

This month brings new dread, not of things that go…

A narrow roadway across an old iron bridge.
Comfortable width for a Model T. Photo by the author.

Spanning the past and present

There are six sides to the I Street Bridge, East/West, up/down, and past/present.

The bridge spans the Sacramento River just north of the more recognizable Tower Bridge, so named for the two towers that raise and lower the road deck for passing boats. …

Personal Stories

Three Words Writing Challenge

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Going to Spenger’s only occurred when visiting my “city grandparents” in Albany, California. Situated just north of Berkeley, the town to this day has main street charm and quiet streets laid out in a grid paralleling the shoreline. Though Spengler’s was as close as you can get to the water…

Science & Culture

Using the proper term can ease pain

Several penguins with orange marked beaks climb a hill.
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It was cooler this summer as compared to last year, confirmed by the electric bill for the room air conditioners that look like the little robots from Silent Running. In fact, the three little coolers are named Huey, Dewey, and Louie in their honor. Silent Running is the best SciFi…

My thoughts on my age and its frame of reference

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When John McCain was running for president in 2007 there was a lot of hay made about his being older than chocolate chip cookies. This week I thought about what I am older than. The easy things that came up were things like cell phones and unleaded gasoline but it…

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