Let There Be Light

Once the temperature cools from a possible afternoon storm, I will be checking out the lights to brighten my outdoor oasis. (This is not mine- I swiped it from Google,) 

From here I will enjoy many grand evenings with a book.


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Hemp-yarns will be used to install the ties for the hanging lights.


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If bugs are friendly, I might even enjoy it tonight?



Written for The Daily Post: Yarn. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. 

The Chuckles of Achievements

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The drive to conquer…

To always be besting the previous marks…

It begins as a little lad bravely jumping the narrowed-width of a mud puddle with a friend.

You both do it several times.

There is bragging and backslapping going on until you realize that neither of you are winners….

You were both successful.

Even at five… That will not do.

One of you dares the other to try to jump the mud-puddle from the long side.

It’s not dangerous- at least not in the death-defying way. The puddle might be as much as an-inch-and-a-half-deep.

There is a pre existing danger, however. You are both in your good school shoes.

You know how the rest of the story goes.

Even at sixty-years-old… little boys have the drive to conquer… To always be besting their previously high marks.

I think that is one the true aspects of a life-worth-living. Without having a mountain to climb, and ocean to cross, or a score to best… life is truly kinda dull?



Written for The Daily Post. Chuckle. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. 

Opaque Conclusions

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Opaque Conclusions




An initial interest… Research… Establishing a quest… More research… collecting results… Fine-tuning a more honed question… Even more research…

Two of the loves of my life have these steps in common.

In one, archaeology, often you can dig and unearth artifacts that will assist at the drawing on a more honest conclusion.

In astronomy, however, the fine-tuning of a quest can be years in the making and years in the next execution of steps to discover a minutia of information in order to establish the more comprehensive honing of the next set of questions.

Neither of these ambitious hobbies are an exact science… no matter what the textbooks may say.

The research can be exact to the finest of intricacies… but…

Opaque conclusions… that’s why the answers are called theories!



Written for The Daily Post: Opaque. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. 

The After-Vacation Doldrums

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Knowing that after a week- actually ten days- of vacation… waking up at 5am in the morning for a normal day at work might be quite a jolt?




Written for The Daily Post: Jolt. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. 

The Climbing Clematis

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One of my new dream plants- probably not this year, but next-  will the beautiful clematis. I have the trellises purchased and placed. I am just waiting to decide which ones I like the best.

I think I am most partial to the purple ones?



Written for The Daily Post: Climbing.  I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. 

Measuring a Successful Day in Writing

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Things to remember…



Some days I just have so many other things to do…

 “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” 

E. B. White (Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan)


How do I get better at this craft?

 “The repetition itself becomes the important thing.”

Haruki Murakami

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”

Ernest Hemingway

“You have to dream intentionally. Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally.”

Haruki Murakami


There is never time in my day to write…

 “When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at four a.m. and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometers or swim for fifteen hundred meters (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at nine p.m”

Haruki Murakami

“I started writing when I had three kids under the age of 4. I used to write every ten minutes I got to sit in front of a computer. Now, when I have more time, I function the same way: if it’s writing time, I write.”

Jodi Picoult


I wouldn’t read this piece of  ****  to my dog…

“When you can’t create you can work.”  Henry Miller

“I have to write hundreds of pages before I get to page one.” Barbara Kingsolver

“You can’t edit a blank page.” Jodi Picoult


Sometimes you just have to listen to the tiny voices you hear in your study… 

“Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print.”

Charlotte, the Spider



Written for The Daily Post: Measure. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. 

In a Timely Manner

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Early Risers…..

  • Make better grades on school… A full point higher on their GPA!
  • Are proactive people making long-term goals
  • Anticipate problems and often have the solution BEFORE the problem materializes
  • Use morning times for planning a strategizing the day’s events (or even weeks ahead!)
  • Find time in their schedules to exercise
  • Get better sleep
  • Are more conscientious, agreeable, optimistic, and satisfied with the hands life has dealt them
  • Have easier, less congested commutes to work
  • Often have quiet, contemplative times in their days for reenergizing and focus
  • Find more quality time for life in the evenings

Thank You:  www.forbes.com


If I were to grade myself, I am good for seven or eight of the ten…


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But then the question arises… If I am so awesome, how come at tax time I am always scuttling around like a rat to get things in on time?




Written for The Daily Post: Timely. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.