Stories

Webster’s defines story as the telling of a happening or connected series of happenings, whether true or fictitious.

I have my own definition. A story is any recollection/telling, mental or verbal, of an event. Even true stories are ‘made up’ because they are never related in the ‘moment to moment’ experience. 5 people will relate an event from their own perspective.

My stories are all made up, just as yours are. We create, accept and choose to believe them as truth or not.

My stories follow.

boy think MAN TALK

Come in here boy Sit down Let’s talk like men When there’s something on your mind let me know We’ll discuss it What we discuss is between you and me You’re not a man if you can’t keep a secret You got that? Good Let’s shake on it. * Boy Come in here Stand right there...

What You Gonna Do?

What you gonna do when HE comes for you? When HIS ship lands HE will first whisk all the other living organisms aboard, from land, sea and air. When they’re all comfy cozy HE will say to us humans, "I’m taking Christian, Muslim, Jew, and all other faiths too. I'm...

2 Rooms

He storms into the boys room, whips the  clothing closet curtain back and hollers, What the . . . Girl . . .  no,  don’t you move a muscle. Girl come in here. You gotta see this. She shuffles into our room, cased in her sadness cloud and stands beside him. Look at...

Conversation with a coupla’ friends

I'm visiting a couple of friends. We're eating dinner and drinking wine. Sex enters the talk. He winks at me,  looks at her and says,  'My wooden leg nourishes our sex life. Don't believe me, ask her'.   Sylvia gets up to clear the table, stops and disdainfully  says...

Silly Me

When I was 12, we lived in the Lillian Wald Housing Projects in the Lower East Side of New York City. Every summer we'd pass the Pitt Street Pool and hear the splashing and laughter coming from the other side of the high brick wall. That summer day mom said, “You all...

W O R D S

Funny they are. Sounds made by fluttering bits of flesh, received by tiny sculptured bone and interpreted by what I had stepped on in Malaysia. I had just got off the bus and was heading to the 'warang' eating stall to grab a quick bite. There was a fellow working on...

I Remember

Chuck bought another round of beers. He had returned from Afghanistan a few months earlier. We talked about his experiences for a while and then the war talk settled on Vietnam. He said, "The difference between Vietnam vets and other vets is the Vietnam vet didn't...

That 1 Bad Apple

If I had eaten a million and 2 apples, and each was more golden delicious than the last, I'd love apples. When I chomp down on the one-millionth and third and choke on a mouthful of rot, maggots and worms, our love affair may be changed from then on. Fear, manifesting...

Quit that Crying!

Smile! What’s the use of crying? Though your heart is aching and breaking, just keep smiling and maybe the sun will come shining through. When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by if you smile. Light up the gladness. Hide the sadness. Although a tear may be ever...

The Heart of Hearts

It takes courage to listen, hear and respond to our personal highest callings, when the hypnotic power of media, tradition and the baaing masses responding to the bleating of pious leaders pull us into darkness. We give military personnel Purple Hearts for wounds...

Kaia D

It's challenging to live being here now when most of us exist in before and after. When we are out and about Kaia  sniff, sniff, . . . sniffs,  being a dog. I'm thinking about this, that and the bacon I'm  going to have for breakfast. *** Kaia D and me. D: You look at...

Welfare

Do you know what welfare means? It means I'm going with Ma and a big brown US Department of Agriculture bag open in the shopping cart to the Welfare Distribution Center in another project building, across from the basketball court. It means walking past the basketball...

Unpleasantries

Merriam defines it as 'an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger and accompanied by increased automatic activity'. I say, 'Huh?'. Roosevelt said the only thing to fear is fear itself. I agree with him. Roosevelt was not looked...

Show me forever!

Here’s an interesting read. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_empires This Wikipedia page lists the world’s largest empires by land area and GDP. For some unknown reason America doesn’t make the list. The USA has the largest military deployment in the world...

Who . . . me?

Black or white is how I sometimes perceive an incoming remark. One such example follows. A few weeks ago I called a friend while driving. A short time into our chitchat she asked if I was driving and I said, ‘No’. Nearing the end of our talk I admitted to having been...

Kids, Ladies, Gents & God

This afternoon I stopped at the Albertson’s crosswalk for the Oriental man pulling the grocery cart with two little bubbly kids side by side, one brown and one blonde, pushing. I heart smiled. ***** I've heard, “Morning little lady”.  I haven’t heard anyone coin the...

Thank You.

When they think/say       You're stupid, mad, a genius, sad, thin, fat, happy, glad, bright, dim, good or bad . . . just reply with a,     'thank you'. Let's try that on for size. What don't you like about yourself, in one word?       I am . . . "Thank you. I Am all...

Homeward Bound

Check her out? Who? Over there, in the rain coat. Check out that booty. Man, she's cute. Yeah, but what is she doing here? Could be working for someone in the valley, but I've never seen her before. Look. She didn’t buy anything. Maybe she's hiding a flank steak...

Protected American Interests

We’re all American, right? The political types gobble-gobble about protecting American interests. Are they talking about protecting all our American interests or about their selected few? The next time you hear those 3 words (protecting American interests), ask...

Where is the Love in Business?

Love The Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake sing, 'Where is the Love?'. I enjoy most of the Black Eyed Peas songs and lyrics. I work out to their fast beats at the health club. From the first time I listened to 'Where is the Love?' I was puzzled by one line in...

It’s not a laughing matter.

I hand the bank teller a twenty dollar bill. 'May I get two rolls of quarters?' 'Sure.' 'Its for my dog. I put her through the washer and dryer at the laundromat.' 'You what . . .' Yeah, she's in the car. We're going to the laundromat.' 'You're going to put your dog...

Are we really all one?

So here is a question for you? What does ‘we’re all one‘ mean? Here’s another! Do you believe it? Guys let's use a little imagination to put ourselves in the following scenario. So there you are biting dogs and popping corn with your men friends at your place. The...

in sync

We say, ‘change is inevitable’, believing the span it took to say it is rock solid. In the tiniest particle, change is evident. In stagnation there is change. Examine a mind or a pool with a microscope to prove it. Examine the bleached remains found on the Arizona...

New Story?

We’re bombarded by ‘up to the minute’ news stories every day. You’d think we would have moved on by now. You’ll understand my meaning shortly. Webster defines news as: a report of recent events. http://newsletter.lifetips.com/ says the word news was coined from the...

So, it’s 1956.

Here are a few memory joggers from back then. Elvis Presley introduced his hit single, 'Hound Dog'. Dwight Eisenhower is president and Richard Nixon is vice president of the United States. Fidel Castro and other revolutionaries land in Cuba. The Virginia legislature...

Memorial Grill Day

I’m in my car, tail end to the church, front end to a field, trees and sky, cloudy gray with fades of blue. It’s 12:09 pm, May 28th, 2012, Memorial Grill Monday. There will be uniformed parades, marching bands and mournful taps played at National Cemeteries. The...

It’s a Beautiful Day.

  It's a beautiful day, isn't it? It certainly is. Would you like to go for a cup of coffee or tea afterwards? Sorry, I'm all tied up. I have to blah, blah, and blah. Why is it so difficult to say no? Being all tied up doesn't sound like a seed I'd like to cultivate...

SEER

"Who are you?" I asked. SEER "Who are you SEER?" I am lawlessness outside the confines of your cranial domain. I am naught but multi-dimensional madness frowned upon by your scholars who appear to be sane. I am the mustiness nesting in the dankness of your mind...

Your ass is mine.

 I - Your Ass is Mine Officer Crowley drove his unmarked State Patrol vehicle south on the North Slope Highway. His thoughts were on the note Sue had neatly folded on the dining room table, before she left for her job at Harris General Hospital. His wife was an RN...

Story Pieces

Peace. It floats between chaos and dispassion. It’s hovers between flowing water and rock solid. We don't want to be so solid all we know is to resist. Nor do we want to be so fluid we'll follow anyone anywhere. Peace is inclusive of mind, and beyond it. Peace is the...

Ain’t cha’ mama on the . . .

. . . pancake box? Thats one of the things we'd say as kids, when we were putting someone down. At the time Aunt Jemima was a fat, smily, handkerchief head black woman. It meant your mother was a poor, fat, black servant in some capacity. Yesterday I happened to be in...

We Human Beings . . .

We human beings are one of a kind. There is no other specie that relates to its own kind as we do. Here's an example of what I'm talking about. What's all this ballyhoo about 'a right to life'? Whose right to life? The unborn . . .?  What about supporting the right to...

In the Beginning . . .

Two older men chat and sip tea in the Supreme Cafeteria. Those gals forget how they got here. They call themselves Christian, yet don't know hoot about the Bible. If they did, there'd be no issue over who has legal and religious ownership of whatever goes in and...

Ladies, get real!

Ladies, with all this talk about liberation and freedom, haven't you forgotten something? Aren't you forgetting what we spared so you could live a life in service?  Jesus, get real and show some thanks. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of...