A scientist in his laboratory…

"A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician; he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales." Marie Curie Wonderment and exploration are the gifts of childhood that we should be so fortunate to retain throughout adulthood. Don't be so eager to shed them as... Continue Reading →

Faith is the strength…

"Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light." Helen Keller There's a wonderful sense of optimism in that statement worth recalling now and again. Our worlds are shattered many times over throughout our lifetimes, even if in relative terms, but devastating nevertheless. Be it our first heartbreak, our first... Continue Reading →

Courage is like love…

"Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment." Francois de La Rochefoucauld Hope is the key to many things. But it could be argued that love first begets hope and that hope then begets courage. While it is true that we do courageous things for the hope of a good outcome, if it... Continue Reading →

The Splendid Warrior – ACT 2

Malee pranced across the yard toward her family’s house carrying her precious sloshing package. She bounded up the steps directly into the main living area and immediately searched for an open container at least big enough to display her gilled guest for everyone to enjoy. Before long she found a large cup and began dumping... Continue Reading →

The Splendid Warrior – ACT 1

The coolest part of the day had already waned, giving way to the sun that had scarcely breached the horizon into the hazy morning sky.  “All right Malee, you may play with the ducks later, we have work to do in the fields. Come along now” called out a slender, stooped man in loose clothing,... Continue Reading →

A Billion Little Things

With the jackpot for the multi-state lottery exceeding one billion dollars last week, the thought of winning that sum of money tickles the fantasies of many. The odds of winning is only about 1 in 300 million, which seems about as likely as being struck by lightning while being attacked by a shark or getting... Continue Reading →

Harbinger Vignette 5

FADE IN: INT/EXT. HOME OF JUNE & JOSEPH - VARIOUS Images of Hazel from infant through the start of adolescence, each scene playful and sweet. BEGIN MONTAGE: -Series with Hazel and Ian hugging, tugging, tumbling, and laughing together. -Series with Hazel posing with her stuffed animals, dolls, and her pet cat. -Series with Hazel and... Continue Reading →

“Live Free or Die”

At the peak of the pandemic in my state, it was common practice and courtesy to wear masks indoors. This was mid-2020 when protective gloves were also being used with regularity. Masks weren't yet mandated and vaccines weren’t broadly available at the time. But it was understood that weakened immune systems and the elderly were... Continue Reading →

Harbinger Vignette 4

INT. HOME OF JUNE & JOSEPH - DAY It's a bright winter day outside. The open floor plan home exhibits the typical party decor for a 2 year old. A dozen close guests shuffle around the place snacking or assisting with the festivities. Among the crowd are familiar members of the family, like Mom, Ann,... Continue Reading →

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