Reflections on Turning 60

My 60th birthday came and went last Saturday, amid little fanfare. Well, actually there was quite a bit of fanfare because my high school class ('73, Washington High School), held a group 60th birthday party. Coincidentally, they held it on my … [Continue reading]

Fiction Improv 4.0 – Fern & Gideon

All righty, here's what you gave me for Fiction Improv. 4.0: 2 Names: Gideon and Fern Occupation: Soldier Situation: Stuck in a Louisiana swamp Five Random Words (I'll use at least 3): Brilliant, sizzle, poop, telekinesis, and splash. Min … [Continue reading]

Fiction Improvisation 3.0

Fiction Improv 3.0 Okay, Peeps, Here's what you gave me: 2 Names: Beulah and Harvey Occupation: Environmentalist 5 Words (I'll use at least 3): Verbose, superfluous, ambiguous, fun, and onomatopoeia. Situation (I put out an extra call … [Continue reading]

Fiction Improv 2: Golden Anniversary

FICTION IMPROV 2.0: Golden Anniversary Note: After I receive random words, names, occupations, and situation from my Facebook Peeps for a fiction improv, I let the mix stew for a few days. The words often will suggest the mood or tone for the … [Continue reading]

Fiction Improvisation: Mrs Sweeny

Greetings, readers! A few weeks back I asked my followers to help me with a fiction improvisation exercise. I asked for two names, an occupation, a situation, and three random words. I promised to improvise a short fiction piece based on as many … [Continue reading]

A Baby Named Michelle

Our daughter Michelle Lynn Pence was born on Monday June 1, 1987. She died exactly one week later, on Monday, June 8th. This would have been her 28th birthday. I am re-posting the story I wrote about our experience with Michelle both to remember her … [Continue reading]