New Coffee Share Article :: A Tulle Trap Hack

Greetings all,

This new coffee share reverses the trend of leaving the memory of our backyard blue belly lizards because a new group has arrived.

I love sharing hacks that I’ve come up with and today share one that I’ve not heard anyone address – the cleaning of the dryer vent from accumulated lint. Once year, long ago I cleaned ours and could not believe the mess it left. This time, that wasn’t going to happen so here’s what I did.

I hope you’ll stop by and share a virtual sip and update with me.


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Refreshing :: The Eucalyptus Sprout Adventure

Today, I’m continuing my rewrite and refresh of my older “I Recall” stories.

I’m using newer editing tools and adding details to another story from growing up  in Petaluma, California in the mid 1960s.  This story is one I doubt any of you would have experienced – because we were geniuses and no one could have thought up this stunt except us.

This is the story of how a small band of 6 boys found the best adventure ever one afternoon in a field with a lot of eucalyptus tree sprouts. You might want to read this one sitting safely down.

Click here to read: The Eucalyptus Sprouts Adventure


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Refreshing :: A Pet From The Wild

Today, I’m continuing my rewrite and refresh of my older “I Recall” stories.

I’m using newer editing tools and adding details to another story from growing up  in Petaluma, California in the mid 1960s.  This story is one I doubt many of you would have experienced. Many places around the globe have similar creatures, but in all of them, it is customary to leave them free to roam and live their lives.

That’s not quite what happened here.

This is the story of how we brought some of nature’s cutest creatures home to live with us and how that all worked out.

Click here to read: A Pet From the Wild


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Reprising :: Scarfing and Smashing Coins

Today I refreshed and added details to one of my young boy memories of growing up  in Petaluma, California in the mid 1960s.  This place, or the memory of it, has become iconic for great fast food that few of us should have survived.

If you grew up there, you know you could not find ‘Scarf and Barf’ in the yellow pages. Remember when we all had those giant sources of near comprehensive ads for local businesses? I know that you can’t drive past that corner without recalling the times your parents drove through and you could barely wait for your greasy bags to land in your lap – and got in trouble for sneaking bites before getting home.

Anyway, all polished up with a full rewrite and adding several new smart remarks, this is my tribute to, okay, I’ll say it once – ‘The Snack Bar’, that we all knew and loved but called it only, ‘Scarf and Barf’, meaning  it only in the most affectionate way possible.

Click here to read: IDK, Scarfing and Smashing Coins


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New Short Fiction :: From The Street to Behind The Red Door

Greetings all,

I have a longer new piece of fiction to share today. This story is about 6-7 minutes to read. It’s a traditionally constructed story of two homeless kids who take an odd risk to get a much needed meal. It may make you hungry so come prepared. both with a snack and willingness to smile.

It was inspired by KL Caley and

her #WritePhoto weekly prompt: The Red Door.

Click here to read: From The Street to Behind The Red Door


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Greetings all,
I have a longer new piece of fiction to share today. This story is about 6-7 minutes to read. It’s a traditionally constructed story of two homeless kids who take an odd risk to get a much needed decent meal. It may make you hungry so come prepared. both with a snack and willingness to smile.

It was inspired by KL Caley and her #WritePhoto weekly prompt.

It’s a story of a group of college club leaders who haven’t noticed what year it is.

Click here to read: The Inductee


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New 99-Word Fiction :: Balloons and Beer for Bumper

Greetings all,

I’m announcing new 99-word, very short piece of fiction that readers can enjoy in about 30 seconds.

This is an odd story, even by the standards of what happens with these 99 word gems each week.

It’s part history, part hard science fiction and all rowdy fun fiction to meet the demands of the current project prompt of the Carrot Ranch leadership, Carlie Mills, who no doubt thought she’d stump some of us with this round. I bet that only I was fortunate enough to find and connect this piece of history to base a story on. They’re not part of the 99 words, but all the references are included with the story for you to check out.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Oh, and if any of you live near Huntsville, AL, I need to hear from you about this brewery. #rocketrepublicbrewing

Click here to read: Balloons and Beer for Bumper


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Reprising :: IDK, What Do You Want To Do

Today I refreshed and added details to one of my favorite end-of-summer memories of growing up near Grant School in Petaluma, California in the mid 1960s.  Friends who went there will recognize the places mentioned even if you didn’t do the things we did, you’ll know where to look for evidence.

Those days moved slower than today and often we were aware that this lifestyle would not last forever.  Like me, you may enjoy a glance back at how simple it was to have so much fun.

Told from the perspective of a very young boy, I hope you’ll agree that, wherever you went to grammar school, this story is a great way to send off the summer of 2022.

Click here to read: IDK, What Do You Want To Do


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New Coffee Share Article :: Expired Hope

Greetings all,

My new Coffee Share essays for this week may be the last that mentions our backyard lizards and partially explains why.

The reason is a strange juxtaposition with our last kiddo moving out, but I try not to read too much into our joining the empty-nesters of the world – still  . . .

I hope you’ll stop by and share a virtual sip and update with me.


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