Category: Writing & Reading

Louisa May Alcott

Reading has always brought me pleasure, but I came to enjoy writing only after many years. It fascinates me how writers came to their calling. On Amazon Prime the other night, I watched the American Masters biographical documentary of Louisa May Alcott. She was much different and more complex than my imaginings. Her history was…

Boomer … Sees the Light

My short story collection, Boomer,  is now available at Amazon. Give it a look when you have a chance. All baby boomers are not the same. There are many strains of differences. The common suburban strain of long hair, dope smoking, and economic opportunity was a myth in some urban neighborhoods where work-a-day conservatism fought…

Two Thoughts Wide

Two thoughts wide The universe spanned Checkerboard strips across nature’s miracle Night dark crowded Constellations thin but connected Soaring high, frozen quick Neighbors friendly, landscape neat Homes warm with cooking dinner Goods cheap or dear Goods work or fail Beyond the realm Goods fair, Work yet cheap Sunday prayers, regular wishes Definite answers, questions long…

Technical Writing Course

Some of my classmates mentioned they wish they had my “Letting Your Subconscious Work for You” instructions to read before the semester began. The instructions essay describes a technique I’ve used since college.

Words Precise and Metaphors

Use words precisely and you communicate your meaning directly to the reader.  Use metaphors and the reader shapes your meaning onto their reality. I had to learn this.  Trained as a scientist with a career in software development enshrined precision as the pinnacle of communication.  It took a dream for me to see that loose…