Pavlov’s Cat

A recent Paws N Reflect post displays a picture of a cat and a quotation about realigning oneself. For the rest of this post to make sense, please click here and read the quotation. Thank you. The juxtaposition of cat and quotation prompted a question: Do cats really realign themselves? Initially, I said, No. Cats come into the … Continue reading Pavlov’s Cat

Friday Fictioneers: The Red Shoes

The Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.    The Red Shoes "A photo prompt? Ooooh. High-heeled lace-ups." "What's that book?" "So retro—art reference—I want." "No. That one. Red cover, gold letters, dog… E-G-P-U-something-C-A-R-O—" "Zoom in. RECRUIT. Dog?" "CAROLINA." "Which Carolina?" "OUTH… D-E-R—" "DEPOT. Red pumps." "ND OUTH CAROLINA…" "MARINE CORPS … Continue reading Friday Fictioneers: The Red Shoes

Branding: It’s Not Just for Cows Any More

Before launching into the post, a definition of terms: brand noun 1. kind, grade, or make, as indicated by a stamp, trademark, or the like: the best brand of coffee. 2. a mark made by burning or otherwise, to indicate kind, grade, make, ownership, etc. 3. a mark formerly put upon criminals with a hot iron. 4. any mark of disgrace; … Continue reading Branding: It’s Not Just for Cows Any More

Repost: Queen Elizabeth II on the Presidential Kerfuffle of 2016 (and the Coach Kerfuffle of 2017)

I posted the following on March 7, 2016, and wasn't planning to mention it again. Now, however, with President Trump inviting himself to ride in Queen Elizabeth II's gold carriage, I think it's time for a repost. In case it's slipped anyone's mind, candidates in the 2016 presidential debates didn't exactly present themselves as . . . Well, … Continue reading Repost: Queen Elizabeth II on the Presidential Kerfuffle of 2016 (and the Coach Kerfuffle of 2017)

The Old Man and the Fish

Today I’m at Writing Wranglers and Warriors, talking about fishing and a few other things.

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Posted by M. K. Waller

A couple of months ago, I wrote that I’d planned to write about Ernest Hemingway but decided against it. I changed my mind because I wanted to be erudite but that night just didn’t have it in me.

The truth is, I never have erudite in me. I am not an erudite person. If people read my master’s thesis, they might think I’m erudite, and maybe I was, a little, when I wrote it in 1985–I used a lot of semicolons–but overall, I am just not erudite. And I’m too tired to pretend I am.

English: Hemingway posing for a dust jacket ph...English: Hemingway posing for a dust jacket photo by Lloyd Arnold for the first edition of “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, at the Sun Valley Lodge, Idaho, late 1939. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Public domain.

So I’m going to write a little bit about Hemingway, but in…

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A. E. Housman: “Loveliest of Trees” in Bluebonnet Time

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide. Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again, And take from seventy springs a score, It only leaves me fifty more. And since to look at things in … Continue reading A. E. Housman: “Loveliest of Trees” in Bluebonnet Time

100-Word Story: You’ll Be Fine

GENRE: One line of fiction. The rest is truth. 100 words Dedicated to my dear cousin Mary Veazey, who said, “Let’s go on a cruise.” I have almost forgiven her. POETIC JUSTICE or, YOU’LL BE FINE   Beautiful . . . waves, sunset . . . Deck chairs . . . Two nights at sea, … Continue reading 100-Word Story: You’ll Be Fine