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 →

“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 →

Harbinger Vignette 3

FADE TO: INT. JUNE’S APARTMENT - EVENING JUNE (mid 20s), a slender, graceful woman in her mid twenties, is nestled on a couch next to Joseph, dressed in sweatpants, and picking through a bowl of popcorn. There’s an historical period drama movie playing on the TV. She releases a heavy SIGH. JOSEPH Something the matter... Continue Reading →

Harbinger Vignette 2

FADE IN: "Each person's life is made up of otherwise incidental events, which are transformed into indelible memories to relive many times over due to one phrase, one action, or one choice... good or bad." INT. WALK-OUT BASEMENT DEN - AFTERNOON A couple of couches are arranged around a television and fireplace in this dated,... Continue Reading →

Harbinger Vignette 1

FADE IN INT. WALK-OUT BASEMENT DEN - NIGHT The fireplace hearth and mantel exhibit the sentiments of autumn. Bundles of dried corn ears, pumpkins, pine cones, and acorns share the space with the stuffed portrayal of a proud turkey.  MOM (early 60s ) sits at one end of a couch with a leg tucked under,... Continue Reading →

Are you a Wordle turtle? 

If you haven’t heard of Wordle, or have but are too afraid to ask, you’re not alone. It’s a very popular and addictive game, particularly for those who fancy themselves to be a “word nerd”. The concept is simple, you have 6 tries to guess the secret 5 letter word. With each guess the blocks... Continue Reading →

Part 4 of 4: Principles of success…

To wrap up the series it seemed appropriate to allow some time to pass and build up a little anticipation - like generating the demand for the release of the latest mobile device. December is an ideal month for demonstrating the theme of this article - patience. This is the month filled with waiting and... Continue Reading →

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