157 Extracted Words – The Tease

September 2021



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

No one remembered the last sunny day, the last blue sky day. It could have been two years previous, maybe more, since they had experienced a real blue sky day.

And not just a day with the sun coming up, giving of it’s heat, in fact, that was the problem. The sun’s heat, scorching the earth into a dusty, smoky, often tropical, gray globe. It started with burning tundra and boreal forests across the northern hemisphere. The fires started earlier and ended later, year after year. The skies would grow dark for weeks at a time, and then for months and finally, entire seasons. And then came 2039, the first entire calendar year without a single blue sky day.

And now, ten years later, no one could remember the last sunny day. Crops failed, water was rationed and migraines became more common than the common cold. And still, no one could remember the last sunny day.

Nature, photography

March? Snow end in sight.

With our second snowiest February butting up against a freezer-box March, it doesn’t appear a spring thaw is coming to the Inland Northwest any time soon.


With our second snowiest and fifth coldest February on record, the winter just won’t let up. Here’s our latest adventure in white.












Of Meteors and Music – The Perseids 2013

Cooperative skies and an appropriate playlist are the only requirements for enjoying the annual show.


Every August the Earth passes through a trail  

of cosmic dander shed by the comet Swift-Tuttle. The result is a spectacular light show known as the Perseid meteor shower.


This year’s installment of the heavenly spectacle promises to be a good one. The moon has already set and Doppler images indicate a high likelihood of clear skies throughout the night. With a little luck, we could be in for rates as high as 70 or 80 per hour.

My nanopod playlist for tonight’s event includes Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons and Hayley Westenra. I’m also considering some Moody Blues and Eivor Palsdottir.

Indigo end.

Indigo end.

What music will you be listening to?


Update: The Cosmos brought its A game last night. We spotted meteors at a rate of 52 an hour, with many leaving long, arching tracers.