She Could Be A Bird Dog


She has an out-of-doors like name — Breezi — and the coloring of an English Setter.

Her head has a bit of the characteristics of the Setter’s flat head. And she loves to chase birds! She’ll flush them from a bush.


She’s ever watchful.


But here are the Dachshund feet and short legs. She also is very long in the back. And now in this photo, too, it’s clear some Schnauzer chin and eyebrows are present. Her ears are short and flat, sort of a combination of the breeds mentioned as her heritage.

I adopted her after she successfully recovered from surgery for the removal of a hernia so huge it hung to the ground! Her rescuers were convinced she was a Schnauzer-Dachshund mix.

But I wonder about the bird dog part. What do you think?

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History Repeated


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Some history may be clouded; some may cast long shadows; and some may be avoided for the mistakes it portrays. History is our heritage as human beings, and it is not to be lightly discarded.

History, rather, should be regarded as our teacher, less we make mistakes repeatedly that our teacher already has shown us to be ignorant.

In his novel, 1984, George Orwell used this scenario: “Every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered… History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

How does 2020 look to you so far?

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A Unique View with Shadows



I love this unique fence tree shadow because it portrays the tree trunk against the fence as though it is the real extension of the tree’s canopy.

It was taken in early evening when the sun has its own unique way of lighting our world.

What tricks can you play with your camera?

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People Think This Does Not Matter



Polluting the space in which one lives is accepted practice everywhere.



Why do people think this doesn’t matter? These photos were taken in one neighborhood. That’s a pretty good indication that people don’t care about their Earth.


Why do people think trash is more acceptable if it is flattened? Does it take more time to flatten a bottle, or other piece of trash, than it would take to place it in a trash receptacle, or to carry it home to be properly disposed?

Plastic decomposes in a 400-year span.


No matter how many times I walk this route with my canine friend in the morning, new roadside trash is there in the same location each new morning.

Why is this okay with everybody who engages in this trashy practice?

Is it okay with you?

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Good Values Versus Evil Intentions


Many writers have discovered that writing evil for evil’s sake is much easier than creating characters of worth who espouse the values of living that have been passed to a new generation through caring and responsible parents.

Does suggest we are born Evil, and must learn the Good ways of life? The Evil is there already and must be suppressed for Good to triumph: true, or false, in your mind?

Or was man born Good, only to learn and lead in the direction of Evil, to be lured by Evil’s more evident possibilities of gain?


See a quote from a friend and fan of the writer Earl Hamner, Jr., who created the world wide TV show The Waltons from stories based on the experiences of his own large family and the years he spent growing up in Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains:

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Speeding Up Baseball


I love baseball. It was the first sport my Dad and I shared, on the radio, and in the barnyard in pitch, catch, and bat rounds with him and my first two brothers.

Screams to speed up Major League Baseball games have been heard for some time, now, in today’s version that has extended a regular nine-inning contest to three hours and more.

Allowing a pitcher less minutes, or seconds, to deliver a pitch isn’t the answer to speeding up the game. That’s not fair to the pitcher’s ability to establish his own rhythm.

I don’t think the game should be sped up at all. That’s messing with strategy and the integrity of the game. However if we must succumb to this cry for more speed, a simple solution is at hand. Why not just cut down on the allowed foul balls batters may hit?


Hitting pitches into foul territory entails a mammoth amount of time, and it is hard on a pitcher who has to keep throwing numerous strikes to gain one more for a strikeout.

So, let’s rule that on a potential third strike, batters will be called out if they foul off three pitches in a row. If a batter can skillfully manage to hold off a third strike by fouling off pitch after pitch, why in the dickens can’t he get a hold of one?

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Abe’s Wisdom and Humor


One of our American Presidents that nearly everyone in any generation can remember is Abraham Lincoln. His humor and wisdom penetrated Congressmen, dignitaries, and the common man and woman.

“In the end it’s NOT the Years in you life that count. It’s the Life in your years” was one of Lincoln’s favorite pieces of advice for living right.

During a Cabinet meeting, discussion ensued on how foreign powers were interpreting the ongoing War between the States in America. Said President Lincoln: “…we must let other nations know that we propose to settle our family row in our own way…we don’t want any sneaking around by other countries who would like to find out how we are going to do it, either…Now (Secretary) Seward, you write some diplomatic notes to that effect.”

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Never Stop Believing

Seventy-three years passed since his final mission in World War II when Army Air Force pilot Robert Mains’ plane was shot down, along with his crew of nine other members. One member survived. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert Mains did not.


But Robert’s family of Rochester, New York, never stopped believing that Robert’s remains would one day be located and returned to his native land for proper burial.

Did you know there are a number of organizations that constantly work to locate  missing and deceased warriors of world armed conflicts? That includes the Pentagon, which takes on the responsibility of informing families about the results of these on-going searches.

U.S. military officials announced in 2017 that Lt. Mains, 27, was one of those whose remains had been found. His plane, a B-24 Liberator that was part of a raid over Germany in April of 1945 during WWII, was shot out of the sky by enemy fighters. It crashed outside the town of Ludwigslust, Germany, killing nine of the 10-member crew.

Seventy-three years of hope and grief ended with closure for Lt. Mains’ family.

The poignancy of these recoveries was beautifully and emotionally portrayed by Betty White in her movie Lost Valentine. She plays a pregnant wife widowed by war at a young age. The script follows her journey in flashbacks and back to her present life when her husband’s remains are located 50 years after his war-time death on foreign soil.

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Love and Horror The Second Time


If you like to be scared silly — and your reading batteries have run low, scurry over to Amazon books and look for Dark Visions

That’s the name of the new, amazing horror anthology from editor and best-selling author Dan Alatorre and over 20 other authors, some repeaters, who have collaborated to produce their second of two books together.


Charge up and get ready for excitement and thrills! Get Dark Visions today! And order the book, as well ! Hahahahahaha— eh-eh-eh!!!


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I contributed a short story called Normal Things to Dark Visions. I also was published in Dan’s first anthology with us titled The Box Under the Bed.


Through Dan’s writing contests at his WordPress blog, many of us have achieved commercial publication and self-publishing success, as we were winners, or placers, in those contests whom Dan invited to help produce his scary, horror anthologies.


All of us aren’t exactly genre-tight horror writers, but the contests, plus Dan’s generosity as an editor and best-selling author himself, helped catapult our work into the limelight. We wrote suspense and horror and macabre for his contests, and collaboration on his anthologies was a boost in recognition for us all.

Take a chance! Read us! Order Dark Visions and/or The Box Under the Bed today at Amazon!

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We loved Franklin D. Roosevelt as American President because he always had his finger on the nation’s pulse.

How did we get to running the country with two thumbs?

Everyone today is tweeting, but is anyone listening? Our thumbs are misspelling words, giving into a new language that defies logic, creating distance from creative, worthwhile discussion, and making a mockery of traditional communicative skills.

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