39 Extracted Words – The Tease – February 2018

February 2018

I write flash fiction, non-fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease comes from the depths of sorrow.

Dark, dark raven

in the

deep, deep night.

Moonlight in her eye.

Say goodbye.


147 Extracted Words – The Tease – January 2018


January 2018

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

Nature abhors straight lines. Humans worship straight lines. We embed them in our roads, our buildings, our lives. Recently, I chanced upon the shadows of a maple tree as it cast its crooked cartography across the pre-fab, straight-edged, exterior wall of an angulate, downtown building. Even in the compressed light of a January afternoon, reality shone brightly. The tree was broken, jagged, very much in need of order, but very much alive. The building, on the other hand, was crisply engineered – paneled, aggregate rectangle upon paneled, aggregate rectangle and, of course, entirely dead. Why do we strive to produce the dead and not the living? Why don’t we embrace the crooked, the unbalanced, the unexplainable things in our lives, the things that brush up against us on the street, whisper in our ears, knock on our doors in the early morning moonlight?

There are no straight lines in great love, great empathy or great art, nor, I suspect, in a great life.

Raven in the Mist

My favorite frame from a recent, foggy outing.



Around the World Without Leaving My Blog – 2017

My year in blogging – in color.   

The following is a cloud I created containing all of the countries from which someone viewed my blog during the last year. Larger fonts represent nations with more numerous visits, smaller fonts represent those with less. Outside of the expected visits from my own U.S.A, totals leaned toward Northern Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. Many newcomers arrived, including Norway and the tiny island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

As always, my thanks to every visitor, near and far.


                                                     Myanmar  St. Kitts & Nevis  Madagascar

                                         United Kingdom

     Finland   Turkey   Argentina  Russia  Reunion

                                    Australia  Norway  Hong Kong   Germany  Brazil Japan

                                                    Indonesia Malaysia Canada

                 United States

                       Sweden  Greece  Bermuda  Cambodia  Pakistan Chile

       Romania Spain South Korea Slovakia


                                  Malta  Mexico

                   France  South Africa  Hungary

                                                                           Poland   Ukraine

169 Extracted Words – The Tease – December 2017

December 2017

I write flash fiction, non-fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from, well I’m not quite sure what yet. At best, it’s a work in progress.

He doesn’t believe a word he’s hearing, a thought he’s thinking. Go back? “You’re saying I have to go back?”

“Yes. I really can’t be more clear. You must return, to where you were … well, before.”

“But, I have plans …”

“We all do, don’t we?” asked the administrator with the golden clipboard. “There really are no guarantees. Not even here.”

“But you don’t understand. We are having the Plato couple over on Thursday. And next spring, we are traveling with the Khans.” He pauses for a moment, still sure this must simply be a misunderstanding. Surely, even in paradise, mistakes can be made. “On whose authority …”

“His. There is no other.” The administrator turns his clipboard toward the man, revealing a golden sheet of paper, with the word RECALL in block letters across the top. “As you can see, He even went so far as to put it in writing. No prophesiers or visionaries to twist the meaning of His words.”

“But why? I mean, I’m a fairly decent guy, right?”

Merry Christmas 2017


Seattle in December

Some of my favorite images from a December visit to the city by the sound.