Rio Lobo: Another John Wayne Classic

Rio Lobo

Another John Wayne Classic

A train carrying a shipment of United States Army  gold is ambushed  and Yankee Colonel Cord McNally (John Wayne) leads his men to recover it. The War ends days after the ambush, but the Colonel wants closure, so with the help of a few Confederates- Capt. Pierre Cordona (Jorge Rivero) and Sgt. Tuscarora Phillips (Christopher Mitchum)- he continues on his quest.

A great storyline! And another classic! This one gets FIVE STARS as well!

Written for Entertainment.


In the Summertime


In the Summertime

If it’s autumn or winter where you live, what are you most looking forward to doing next summer? If it’s spring or summer where you are, what has been the highlight of the season so far for you?

It is summertime here is the States.

The highlights of my summer are fulfilling a retirement bucket list. I am reaching those golden years where one can make other assorted plans for the next chapter of living, but there are a few things that I want to get completed before the pages turn on this present chapter.

I am spending this summer enjoying completing honey-do lists. I have an assorted list of house chores and yard chores and personal chores that I wish to complete before I release myself for a future chapter on life.

I have also been enjoying what life would be like as a stay-at-home… instead of an on-the run type of person. For the month of June, I have eaten a home-cooked meal for every meal (except one!) I have greatly enjoyed the food as well as the preparations. I find it hard to believe the number of times I have toload the dishwasher.

My highlights are not the most bragworthy… but for me… they are just what I need!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In the Summertime.”

Come Sit in the Stars

DAY 18

EXERCISE: Come up with writing prompts based on the following pairs of words from this lesson:

– “shy” and “astrology”

– “trick” and “audition”

Come Sit in the Stars

Adeline was always dressed in brilliantly, flamboyant colors. They suited her personality as well as her profession. Adeline was an intensely-passionate, influentially-popular astrologist. Her nationally syndicated show, Come Sit in the Stars, had just be renewed for its eleventh year. Her private consultations were now netting more profit than the televised series. Come Sit in the Stars had just signed on a new syndication contract with fourteen other foreign television stations to broadcast only the reruns. Her last seven seasons in DVD had sold more than many hit movies.

One would think that the universe was at Adeline’s feet. Well, it was…. But her personal world was- and always had been- in shambles. Her charisma and charm on camera belied her private personality.  Adeline had been a gifted ‘fortune-teller’ from the age of five. She had that sixth sense people talked about. But, as a child, when events that had not yet occurred would slip out of her mouth, and then happen, Adeline became ostracized from her peers and eventually from all close relationships. People seemed to blame her for what she saw. Adeline became excessively shy, a total introvert: a shadow of who she truly was.

Adenine had no secret power to influence the future- she only saw the impending occurrences. She could not stop them.


“Good Afternoon, Madam.” It was a young man, possibly in his twenties. I saw him as he was entering our office through the security cameras. We have the entire facilities wired for safety concerns. His coal black hair hangs over hand opened collar. He is rather handsome- if you like the strong, cowboy type.

“Welcome, fellow traveler.” Rhoda, my long-time receptionist, would say those words to each and every client as they walked through the doors. “Here is a questionnaire that we like all of our first time visitors complete. Answer each question the best that you can. Often, these questions will allow the great and powerful, wonderfully-awesome Adeline to assist you on your life’s journey.”

No matter how many times I have asked Rhonda NOT to say those lines… she says them anyway.

Usually each client will just smile. Many people feel a touch uncomfortable coming in to see an astrologist the first time. Sometimes a little self- denigration can relax a situation. The only problem is that Rhoda believes those words.

“Thanks, but I think I will just wait to see the Amazing Adeline.” There was an unmistakable twinkle in his eye. This one could be trouble.

He sat in the corner seat. “There is a purposed poise that seems to possess this new client,” I thought as I pushed back my Lorica-leather, ergonomic chair and stepped from behind my glass-topped writing table.

Walking over to the door, I open it and boldly announce, “Next”. Knowing full-well that he was only one visitor in my receptionist’s area. 

“Have a seat.” I motion to the twin pseudo- leather chairs that formed my counseling area. I do not do the psychologist’s sofa bed.

“I am Ady. How might I be of assistance to you, today?”

“I remember you.”

I was ready for anything but that.

“I remember you from grade school.”

Now, I was really mystified.

“I sat behind you in Ms. McAlister’s class at Cotton Springs Elementary.”

That was where I went to school. I suspect that could have been is some article that had been written about me?

“You have no idea who I am. Do you?”

“I do much better at reading people’s futures than their past”

“You always were quick with the smart answers. That’s why seventh grade was so terrible.

Now, that…. That had not been in any biographical; expose’.

You started crying one day in class when Beatrice was telling about her five kittens being born. Everybody thought that you were just a jealous little snot. We all knew that your father did not allow pets. But then you burst out and said, ‘They are all going to be dead in the morning!’ After that, you ran out of the room.

I remembered that very day.

“The next day, Beatrice came to school crying. All her kittens had died. She accused you of putting a curse on them. Nothing was ever the same in that class… Even after you moved away.”

That had happened, too.

I tried to remain straight faced and professional. “So, what may I help you with, today?” I asked again.

“You really aren’t that good at knowing the future. Are you?”

“I try to very careful, before I offer assistance.” I restated.

“Don’t you know that I have been in love with you since Cotton Springs?”

Then I remembered.  “Are you Matthew?”

Written for Creative Writing Now. Lesson 18.



WEEK #26

  • In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?
  • If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?
  • Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less. (NOTE:  does not necessarily have to be a sentence.)
  • Which would you prefer:  a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

If we are traveling to a vacation destination, I would rather be the driver. There are very few people that I enjoy riding with as a passenger. I do not mind being a passenger on busses for extended trips, but for a day trip… I prefer to drive.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?

I have never been to an opera. I have never listened to an opera- of any type- in its entirety. I think that I would like to go to the opera…. Just to say I had been. I enjoy musicals. Oklahoma. Hello, Dolly. South Pacific. So I expect I might like an opera, once I got over the difference in the style of music.

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less. (NOTE:  does not necessarily have to be a sentence.)

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Yes, I know I cheated a little?? ! But it did say… it did not have to be a sentence!

Which would you prefer:  a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?

How about a slice of both… Part 1: a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks… Combined with Part 2: surrounded by friends and family.

(Yes, I probably cheated again. Oh, well.)

Written for Share Your World 2015: Week #26.

El Dorado: Another John Wayne Classic

El Dorado

Another John Wayne Classic

Cole Thornton (John Wayne) meets Sheriff J.P. Harra (Robert Mitchum). They are dear old friend, but the sheriff has a rifle pointed at Cole’s belly. (I am glad most of my friends are not of this caliber!)

Cole Thornton has been offered a job to help stop (fight in) a range war. The Sherriff tells Cole the true story behind the scenes of this situation. Cole makes other plans. On the trail to give notice that he is not wanting to get involved in this war, Cole is ambushed and shot.

Mississippi (James Cain) is the actor that steals the show in this one! (He is a gunslinger without a gun!)

If you enjoy John Wayne… This one is a good one.

It gets a FIVE STAR rating!

Written for Entertainment.

Toot, the Tiny Tugboat Touts Terra Tairjima

DAY 17

EXERCISE:  Come up with a story prompt based on an idea from a TV guide.  For example, you can use (put your mouse over the name of a TV show to see the description).

 NOTE: Toot, the Tiny Tugboat, is a children’s show on BBC.

Toot, the Tiny Tugboat Touts Terra Tairjima

Toot, the Tiny Tugboat was finally on his way home from his tiring Trans-Pacific visit to Tairajima, one of the smaller islands of Japan. Most boys and girls do not realize the Toot is not just a ‘fictional character on a children’s TV series. Toot is a functioning, and for-profit, eco-luxury tug that ferries betwixt and between the British Isles. He is a ride that many local residents and most visiting tourists love to babble about as the complete their European itineraries.

The citizens of Tairajima had requested Toot to assist the tiny island with providing the additional ferry services to accommodate the numerous visitors that were expected to attend the opening of its new wing of the resort, Terra Tairjima.

Terra Tairajima was built to be recognized as one of the newest Seven Star hotels in the world. It won the Seven-Star rating in 2014 and has be awarded this outstanding luxury accommodation achievement every year since. The entire resort was clustered around one of the largest of the hot springs that inundated the island. This particular set of springs had become renown because of the microscopic bacterium present in the waters. These bacterium- known only to this isolated spring- seems to heal all types of autoimmune disorders.

Written for Creative Writing Now Class. Lesson 17.

This assignment was an attempt solely for the Creative Writer’s Class. I have thought enough about it, and I do not think that this storyline has much hope at becoming a success piece… but I do enjoy the setting that I created for the Toot story.

Generation XYZ


Generation XYZ

Think about the generation immediately younger or older than you. What do you understand least about them — and what can you learn from them?

The thing that I understand the least and the thing that I can admire the most about the generation that I am presently in connection with the most often is their affinity toward computers.

The new definition of “FRIEND” is an enigma to me. How can a friend be an unknown person- in almost every aspect of the concept?

The thing that I admire the most is with computer technology as well: How with such ease and carefree skill most youth acquire new experiences with computer technology. Their zest to fiddle with it until they master the game. We, many of us anyway, were always so careful so that we did not break the game. Now, there seems to be a Re-Do for everything.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Generation XYZ.”