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The First Step is Admitting You Don’t Have a Problem (Pharmaceutical-Palooza cont)

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2016 at 2:53 am

I love this blog–and the mere thought of how important it is to love the sound of laughter.

Don't read this blog….if you hate the sound of laughter.

“Ok people, lets get our weekly Hypochondriacs Anonymous meeting started.
We have a few business issues to get out of the way before we begin our session.

Remember, while there is a social aspect to the this group please exclude your feelings from your outside discussions. From what I hear quite a few of you got together with Howie Mamson for coffee last week and as a result this meeting is ten people short.

I believe all ten checked themselves in to City General with heart palpitations. The next time any of you see Howie, please remind him what the thought of caffeine does to him let alone drinking it.”

“Anyone have anything else to add? Yes, Stuart? Do you have something?”

“Yes, I do Abe. I just wanted to add that I had coffee with Howie and the group but I’m fine.”

“Very good Stuart, you’re making progress.”


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By Chance – 100 word flash fiction

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Flash Fiction. Let’s give it a try, sounds exhilarating.

Written Words Never Die

The train fumed angry hissing steam as it slowed to a squeaking stop.

From the carriage, Madrilène scanned the busy platform. What are the chances of seeing him in a city swollen with people?

Then, she felt a burning sensation on her cheek.

There stood Ben, with a drooping cigarette on his lips and open newspapers in his hands.

He smiled.

She froze and felt her heart race.

“Hello, Hon.” Michael had returned with their coffee.

She greeted him with a sweet smile, sweeter than usual. As Michael settled, she casually turned towards the platform.

Ben nodded and stepped back.


Have not written flash fiction in ages. Last Saturday, I read Janna TWrites (click on the link) and decided to dust off the cob webs and try my hand.

Do pay Janna’s blog a visit – I love especially her flash fiction.


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Christmas Lawn Decorations Massacred!

In Curiosities, Uncategorized on December 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

inflatable christmas lawn decorations

All is calm, all is bright. But only at night.

Last night I walked around the neighborhood to check out the seasonal decorations. Lights, angels, managers, Christmas trees, and lots and lots of brightly colored Christmas inflatables. Santa in a hot air balloon. Santa in an Airstream. Santas in boats, planes, and trains. Frosty the hunter Snowman. Santa playing poker with reindeer, for Baby Jesus’ sake. My reaction is: Bah to the blow-ups.

I am sorely afraid that I am in the minority in the little town of Petaluma in my disdain. And it’s not just here, it’s across the land. Huffington Post reports they have proliferated with abandon, and without decorum. There is no getting around it, they have settled in.

So after dark, I decided to join in the joy and let them appear to my wandering eyes. Like a census taker, I went down each block with my eye trained for any new members of the household that might be populating the yards. The outdoor family members you might say, brightly lit and full of air.

I’m no Magi, so I’m not here with tidings of joy. (Readers are advised that the following material is sensitive in nature and may be disturbing to small children.) I didn’t think too much about it this morning when I noticed the fireman Santa on my next-door neighbor’s lawn deflated in front of his persimmon tree. Santa had sprung a flat. Or so I thought. Until I saw more bodies on more lawns, slumped to the ground. It appeared the entire population had been flattened, take down. Someone–or something–has massacred all of the inflatable lawn decorations. The slain are strewn willy-nilly. The only known survivors are those composed of wood and hard plastic. Oh, the carnage.

inflatable Christmas decoration massacre

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm


Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.


My toes as foot model on, a few miles and a million degrees of energy away from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Prana del Mar.

via Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.