writing

123 Extracted Words – The Tease

June 2022

 

 

I write short fiction, flash fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from an essay/new feature in progress.

Gas goes up in price, new technologies go down in price. Outside a few blips, that has been the norm for most of the twenty-first century. Such inverse relationships beg for analysis, expression in graphs, numbers, and thus, the Tesla/Fuel ratio is born.

What is the T/F ratio? It is the lowest cost for a new Tesla (any model) divided by the latest national average for a gallon of gas. In other words, how many gallons of gas would be needed to trade straight across for a new Tesla.

In January, the TFR was 13,606.79. In May it had dropped to 10,217.72. Given that trend, it could be under 10,000 by the end of August. We can only wait and see.

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Nature, photography

Green is the Scene.

An unusually wet Spring has extended our Green season in the Inland Northwest.

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137 Extracted Words – The Tease

May 2022

 

 

I write short fiction, flash fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from an essay in progress.

This week marked the 200th U.S. mass shooting of 2022, a year that is only 145 days old. Over 30 of those incidents have involved schools and children. This reminds me of the epidemic of drunk driving fatalities in the late seventies and early eighties. I myself lost five friends in my last two years of high school. It’s hard to imagine now, but these numbers were not abnormal. Somehow they were seen as acceptable. Until MADD formed.

In today’s world, intoxicated driving is still a problem, but greatly reduced and no longer ignored as an inevitable, unavoidable tragedy that we are somehow unable to stop.

Does that last part sound familiar?

It’s time for a new movement. Perhaps MASS. Mothers Against School Shootings. By any name, or none at all, it is past time for a change.

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Nature, photography

The Green Before the Dry Season

Even in the drought inflicted West, there is still a green season before the dry season.

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83 Extracted Words – The Tease

April 2022

 

 

More pumpkins

I write short fiction, flash fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from a short story in progress.

If it had been sunny, then he might have seen how deep the pothole was. If it had been sunny, he would have worn his shades and his blush would have been hidden from the world, and the Mother Superior.

“You seem to have lost your way, and your front axle.”

“I was looking for pumpkins. Do you have pumpkins?”

“Oh no, you must be looking for Green Bluff. That’s one bluff over to the right.”

He exited the sedan to inspect the damage.

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127 Extracted Words – The Tease

March 2022

 

 

I write short fiction, flash fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from an essay in progress.

I am currently exploring Salish, the native language of many of the indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. I am not attempting to master the language. Hardly. I can only speak a handful of words, mostly the names of animals. But in learning these new words, it is evident how closely connected Salish is to observation and experience in the natural world. Possibilities springing from the etymology of the language fascinate me.

For instance, the word uknaqin, seeing over the top. Or sxWy?itp, sharp pointed trees. I wonder what shared experience of early North Amercans inspired the development of these terms.

And yes, I can see how this new interest will demand that I re-learn how to insert special characters on WordPress.

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Nature, photography

Mountains Aren’t Just for Climbing

Sometimes coming down the mountain is just as fun. Spring skiing on Mt. Spokane provided these crisp scenes.

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101 Extracted Words – The Tease

February 2022

 

 

I write short fiction, flash fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from a war in progress.

Last month’s tease was inspired by thoughts on dreams. This month’s tease was conjured from a nightmare, one the whole world is now participating in. When Czar Putin put his nuclear forces on high alert, he made the entire world Ukranian. We are all on the front lines now, whether we choose to be or not.

I have many [internet] friends from Ukraine. You will see them represented in numerous editions of my year-end wrap up, Around the World Without Leaving My Blog. I hope they are all still safe and well. Hoping is all I can do.

Courage friends.

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Nature, photography

Pine River Park Makes a Promise of Spring

The groundhog might set the date, but sunshine on snow makes the promise that binds. Spring is just around the corner.

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