Poem: The Holidays Are Gone

The Holidays Are Gone Malls full of people, shopping now Going their own way, credit cards in hand Decorations hanging, red and green The holidays have come and gone Malls full of people, crowds never end Blank stares on faces, in lines they stand Displays in windows, people stop and stare The holidays have come… Continue reading Poem: The Holidays Are Gone

Writer’s Life: Be Encouraged

One way a writer can become successful is by having a more established writer as a mentor. Writing groups can serve the function of mentor. Let me share an example of the influence a mentor. In 1919 a young veteran returned from World War I. He moved to Chicago moving into a particular neighborhood for… Continue reading Writer’s Life: Be Encouraged

The Martian Chronicles – Chapters Twenty four to End of Book

Chapter Twenty four – The Watchers (November 2005/2036) first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. The colonists witness a nuclear war on Earth, from Mars. They immediately return out of concern for their friends and families. Chapter Twenty five – The Silent Towns (December 2005/2036) first published in Charm, March 1949. Everybody has left Mars to… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapters Twenty four to End of Book

Poem: Classic Rock

Classic Rock Classic rock takes you back in time Back to when the music rhymed Singing of love and feeling good We’d see them in concert if we could It transports you back to the drive-in scene Dancing popcorn boxes on the movie screen Singing let’s go to the snack bar Trying to get your… Continue reading Poem: Classic Rock

The Martian Chronicles – Chapters Eighteen thru Twenty-three

Chapter Nineteen – Usher II (April 2005/2036) first published as Carnival of Madness in Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1950. “Usher II” tells of Bradbury’s and other writers’ fear of censorship. A literary expert named William Stendahl retreats to Mars and builds his image of the perfect haunted mansion, complete with mechanical creatures, creepy soundtracks and… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapters Eighteen thru Twenty-three

Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns over Europe

Zenith Press‘s “Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns over Europe” by John R. Bruning is a must have for all World War II and aviation buffs.  The book is large, coffee-table size volume. The book is full of amazing pictures.  The photographs give greater coverage of the people in the war than most… Continue reading Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns over Europe

Poem: Migraine

Migraine  I wake up in the morning In my head there is a pain And I know it is a migraine It hurts like pouring rain I take two aspirin Drink a glass of water too Hoping the pain will go away Feels like I was hit in the head with a shoe Now the… Continue reading Poem: Migraine

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Eighteen – The Naming of Names (2004-05/2035-36) first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. Not to be confused with the short story “The Naming of Names”, first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, August 1949, later published as “Dark They Were, and Golden-eyed”. This story is about later waves of immigrants to Mars, and how the… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eighteen

The Martian Chronicles – Chapters Sixteen and Seventeen

Chapter Sixteen – The Wilderness (May 2003/2034) It first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November 1952. Two women, Janice Smith and Leonora Holmes, prepare to depart on a rocket to Mars, to find husbands or lovers waiting for them there. Janice muses on the terrors of space, drinks in last memories… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapters Sixteen and Seventeen

Poem: It Rained On My Parade

Alas, the Christmas Parade scheduled tonight in my fair city of The Colony, Texas was canceled. If there was a baseball like “box-score” for the day it would say “post-phoned by rain”. I love rain. Most people hate it. I love it. Why should I love rain? It’s not easy for people to understand, but I… Continue reading Poem: It Rained On My Parade