180 Degrees



180 Degrees

Tell us about a time you did a 180 — changed your views on something, reversed a decision, or acted in a way you ordinarily don’t.

For me to think about a 180 degree change in a decision that I have made is a virtual impossibility. My entire body literally cringes at the thought!  I don’t do 180s.

I envision potentials.

I ruminate over costs and reflect on pre-planned evaluations.

Nothing happens fast!

I obsessively ponder, contemplate, and deliberate over almost any idea of substance that crosses my realm of decision making.

I am presently having vinyl siding placed on my workshop in the back yard. This has been an on-going mental project in my head for the past three years (or longer).

However, once decisions are made, I am then ready to act within the next hour. In my mind, I have drawn upon every likely contingency, and it is now time for full-speed-ahead.

If there are decisions that I can allow myself time to process- I take my time. If a decision is before me that has to be made in a moment- I trust my heart and my instincts completely. My guts says an answer and I follow the gut.

I guess you could say my personality-type is that of a judicially-spontaneous, bookishly-philosophical sage.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “180 Degrees.”


Do Not Disturb



Do Not Disturb

How do you manage your online privacy? Are there certain things you won’t post in certain places? Information you’ll never share online? Or do you assume information about you is accessible anyway?

I enjoy writing flash fiction. I write most of my flash fiction to be enjoyed by myself, my on-line followers, and my classroom full of junior-high students. There are –of course- topics that would definitely be inappropriate for compositions. I do not feel any incredible urge to engage in those topics, so I do not think that my writing freedoms are unduly infringed upon.

Privacy… Does it even exist in today’s world? I try to be circumspect with what is assumed to be a private life on-line. I attempt to share enough with personal information with my on-line followers that they can begin to have a sense of me as a human being – as the architect of this blog. I try not to reveal stories that would embarrass a fellow world-traveler.

Information I would never share on-line. Hopefully, I am prudent about the sites that I share my financial and logistical personal information… However, I am astute enough to know that in today’s world…. an inquisitive electronic analyst (a hacker) can infiltrate virtually any computer system with which they choose to engage. I just hope that I am not that interesting.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Do Not Disturb.”

Childhood Revisited



Childhood Revisited

Sure, you turned out pretty good, but is there anything you wish had been different about your childhood? If you have kids, is there anything you wish were different for them?

Dad seemed to have a green thumb.

I remember some springs and summers that he would have three or four gardens all cultivated and planted. During harvest, we would continue to work all the gardens and even visit blueberry patches and raspberry patches and blackberry patches that were hidden in the woods.

At Grandmother’s, we would find an assortment of bushes and flowers that Dad had started. He kept them trimmed and growing until the Grandparents had passed away.

I think Dad could stick a branch in the grown and a tree would grow.

At 90 years-plus, Dad can still grow a variety of houseplants on the back deck.

I wish I knew as much about horticulture as Dad seems to instinctively know. But alas, I grow things by the book. I research –either before the purchase or after- each and every planting. In gardening, spontaneity can have a price! I have often had to pay the price for ineptly planting a plant at the wrong place. (Dad never seemed to have to pay such a price. But Dad had 100s of acres at his hand… I have a much smaller palate.)

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Childhood Revisited.”

A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma



A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma

Tell us something most people probably don’t know about you.

I love learning about machinery and woodworking. I stink at it, but love accumulating the knowledge.

When I went to school, we were tracked in academics immediately. If one was on the college track…. No other exploratory classes were available to you. I think that I missed out on a lot of life!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma.”



I came up with a new way of doing Share Your World for this Week.  Begin making four lists and have at least four items on each list.  You can chose your lists out of the ones I have listed below.  Have fun.

  • Favorite Songs
  • Favorite flowers or plants
  • Favorites types of tea
  • Favorite types of animals
  • List of favorite blogs
  • Stuff that makes you laugh
  • Movies to cheer you up
  • Favorite actors/actresses
  • Good restaurants to eat at
  • Best desserts
  • Games to play with friends
  • Fun things for a rainy day
  • Books I want to read
  • Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)
  • Places worth shopping

    I enjoyed doing these lists more than I should have?


    My Favorite Songs:

    I Listen to Artist’s Compilations at a Time

  • Beethoven—Bach—Mozart
  • Brad Paisley—Johnny Cash—Kenny Rodgers
  • Ella Fitzgerald—Walter Beasley—Billy Holliday
  • The Drifters—The Four Tops—The Temptations
  • Elvis—John Denver—Jim Croce
  • The Eagles— ABBA— The Carpenters
  • Barry Manilow—Three Dog Night—Elton John
  • Scott Wesley Brown—Fireworks—Don Francisco
  • Keith Green—Dallas Holms—Tom Howard
  • The Imperials—The Oak Ridge Boys—The Gaither Vocal Band


    My Favorite Flowers

  • Alliums and Amaryllis
  • Begonias and Blackeyed Susans
  • BlueBells and Calla Lilies
  • Marigold and Clematis
  • Daffodils and Daisies
  • Geraniums and Gladioluses
  • Bleeding Hearts and Daylilies
  • Hollyhocks and Irises
  • Lilacs and Pansies
  • Periwinkles and Petunias
  • Roses and Roses and Roses

My Favorite Animals


At Home

  • Watching birds and squirrels play in the yard
  • Hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Lightening Bugs and Dragonflies
  • Preying Mantis

On a Hike

  • Deer Grazing
  • Black Bear and Cubs
  • Raccoons
  • Wandering Skunks
  • Porcupines

At the Zoo

  • Giraffes
  • Rhinos
  • Tigers and Cheetahs
  • Hippos
  • Elephants
  • Baboons
  • Kangaroos
  • Koloa Bears
  • Polar Bears


Stuff that Makes You Laugh

  • Watching kittens play
  • Clowns
  • Baseball bloopers in real life
  • People with Bad Hair Days
  • A Carpenter Hitting His Thumb with a Hammer
  • People Trying NOT to Cuss


Movies to Cheer You Up

  • The Wizard of OZ
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1+)
  • Star Wars (1+)
  • Jurassic Park (1+)
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Silence of the Lambs (1+)
  • The Sound of Music
  • Batman (1+)
  • The Lord of the Rings (1+)
  • Gladiator
  • Braveheart
  • Dances with Wolves


Best Desserts

  • Cherry Pie and Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Raspberry Ice Cream
  • Cheese Cake and Strawberries
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Cherries Jubilee
  • Lemon Bars
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Double Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts
  • Macadamia Nut Cookie
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


Outdoor Games to Play with Friends

  • Horseshoes
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Volleyball
  • Hacky Sack
  • Bocce Ball
  • Lawn Darts (Regular Darts)
  • Whiffle Ball
  • Dodgeball


Indoor Games to Play with Friends

  • Many Card Games
  • Phase-10
  • Gin Rummy
  • Canasta
  • Rook
  • UNO

Many Board Games

  • RISK
  • Monopoly
  • Scrabble
  • Sorry
  • Backgammon
  • Checkers
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Chess


Fun things for a rainy day

Read a great Book

Write for my Blog

Netflix a TV Series

Bake Cookies

A marathon of Harry Potter, or a Superhero Trilogies(+)


Things I Want to Have in My Home

  • The Scream by Edvard Munch
  • The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
  • The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali
  • The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau
  • Night Fishing at Antibes by Pablo Picasso


Places Worth Shopping

  • Walmart (A catch-all the basics)
  • Farmers Markets (Fresh foods)
  • Green Valley Book Fair (Browsing for great reads)
  • Amazon (For my particular wants)

Written for Share Your World: 2015 Week #21

My Only Begotten


That worn leather book had set on the top shelf of the glass-enclosed mahogany bookcase for as long as I remember. The night before Grandmother passed away Dad had gotten it off the shelf, taken it into her bedroom, and closed the door. I had completely forgotten about it until now.

Organizing all the accumulations of one’s life for the final sale jars many memories. This book hasn’t likely been moved since Grandmother’s passing.

A silent reverence fills the room as I gently remove the book. A yellowed paper it sticking from its upper corner.  Adoption papers…. But whose?

Written for The Carrot Ranch Challenge: May 20, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about an old mystery in the current time. Is it a discovery? Is it solved? Does it no longer matter, or does it impact innocent generations in between?

Day One (of the Rest of My Life)


Put together a musical playlist of songs that describe your life, including what you hope your future entails. 

Usually, for these type of prompts, I have a compilation of songs from which I find it impossible to narrow down the list to even ten or twelve. At this moment in time, there is only one song that brings balance and imbalance to each moment of my day. It is a cherished instigator of growth.

This song is written by Matthew West. Google the tune if you are interested.


Well, I wish I had a short term memory
Wish the only thing my eyes could see
Was the future burning bright right in front of me
But I can’t stop looking back

Yeah, I wish I was a perfect picture of
Somebody who’s never not good enough
I try to measure up but I mess it up
And I wish I wasn’t like that

I wish I wasn’t wishing anymore
Wish I could remember that nobody’s keeping score
I’m tired of throwing pennies in a well
I gotta do something
Here goes nothin’

It’s day one of the rest of my life
It’s day one of the best of my life
I’m marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come
The future has begun
Day one

Well, every single day Your grace reminds me
That my best days are not behind me
Wherever my yesterday may find me
Well, I don’t have to stay there

See my hourglass is upside down
My someday soon is here and now
The clock is tickin’
And I’m so sick and tired of missing out

It’s day one
And here comes the sun

Every morning, every morning
Every morning, mercy’s new
Every morning, every morning
Every morning, I will fix my eyes on You
Every morning, every morning
Every morning, mercy’s new
Every morning, every morning
Sun’s coming up, the beginning has begun

Starting over, I’m starting over
Starting over, I’m starting over, starting now
I’m starting over
Starting over, I’m starting over
Starting over
Starting over, starting now
I’m starting over

Publishing: © 2015 Matthew West Publishing Designee (ASCAP) / Meaux Jeaux Music / Songs From The Indigo Room (SESAC) (Admin. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com)
Writer(s): Matthew West and Pete Kipley

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Mix Tape.”