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Being a Kid Again – Allow Yourself the Luxury

All through my life, I've lived sometimes in a "kid-like" fashion. I chased my own children over the play-scapes, built a tree house with a rope swing, helped them make forts out of cardboard boxes and blankets, and showed them how to look for fairies in the grass at night. Of course, when the fireflies came out, we always caught them in a jar for a short period and watched the newfangled lanterns before releasing them. In my own life…

Identifying and Understanding Those in Pain

I had the occasion on Labor Day to suffer incredible pain when I threw out my shoulder. When I finally was delivered to the emergency room by two angels, Gil and Elaine, the nurse asked me what my pain was on a scale of 1 to 10. I knew it was a 10 and said so. I almost passed out so many times. Sweat poured off me. The first nurse taking data on me while I sat in the wheelchair…

Some of Chapter 1 from Splintered – Escape

ONE Escape February 25, 1862, Springfield, Missouri, Schmidt Boarding House, 3 AM In her boarding house room, Cyntha Favor rose in total darkness at the slight knock on her door. She had slept in her dress, her dreams filled with dread. Her crinoline hoop, shoved in the corner, would be left behind. This was an escape, not a time for propriety. She tip-toed to the closed door. “Just a moment,” she whispered, shivering. The shock of cold within the room…

Childhood Memories

When i was a youngster living in Brady, texas, i took a great interest in the civil war. my friends joined me in re-fighting the various civil war battles. if we charged little round top, we simply climbed a tree to reach the roof of the garage. made sense to us. it was fun using our imaginations to play at war. all the heroism, none of the pain. i hope everyone lets their kids use their imaginations, not just play…

A Little Humor for You.

If a bluebird is on your shoulder, zippededodah! but do you have to worry about bird poop? Here's a great song not heard on the radio in a while: [caption id="attachment_643" align="aligncenter" width="553"] For the Writers and Musicians Out There[/caption] Take away the trees, and the birds all have to sit upon the ground. Take away their wings, and the birds will have to walk to get around. Take away the bird baths, and the dirty birds will soon be…

Me, you and your bucket list

This is for you as well as me.  I would love to hear from you (comment on this blog) about one or two things you would like to do or see before you die. YOUR TURN. What is on your bucket list? Or your questions. Or give me your whole list. Too much of everyone's day is taken up with minutia, too many smart or smart-alec people taking up our time and our lives. It's good that they're smart, and…

PERKS FOR PITCHING IN. IT’S A WIN, WIN. AND YOU GET BRAGGING RIGHTS

Every donation gets a Facebook and Newsletter shoutout. and you can brag that you helped publish a book when it is launched. $5 – A POEM in your honor. Clever, humorous original, though not insulting, poem about you .MORE PERKS BELOW PICTURE [caption id="attachment_613" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The second book of the trilogy[/caption] plus a Facebook and Newsletter shoutout $7 – A “Curt Locklear’s Plethora of Jokes” and the award-winning novella, CALLIE MOON, on PDF. Yours to read and enjoy. $12…