The Antietam Soldier

A bit of flash fiction, based on a true event. The entire cornfield was gone, decimated by rifle shot and cannon. The lone Confederate soldier, gray uniform tattered and streaked with blood, stared across the ragged stumps of corn, amazed at the sight. The battle had lasted three hours, three horror-filled, bloody hours. He couldn’t remember how it ended. All he remembered was the general yelling “Fire!” And so he had. He shouldered his rifle... Read more →


Decisions, Decisions

So. I had my regularly-scheduled bloodwork and CT scans, which keep an eye on my small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). The bloodwork came back fine -- my absolute lymphs are slightly high, but that's it. Good to go for bloodwork! My CT scans (neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis) show that my zillions of enlarged lymph nodes haven't gotten bigger and are unchanged when compared to my previous CT scans. Yay scans! But. I'm having multiple hot... Read more →


The Real Horror

Well. Once again, a deranged man with an arsenal has murdered people. How many will it take before we stop sending thoughts and prayers and start determining how we can stop these terrorists? And yes, I believe that these people are terrorists. They cause terror; their sole purpose is to kill as many people -- men, women, children -- as they can. I do not give a shit whether they are affiliated with a radical... Read more →


Let the Horrordailies Commence

Welcome to October 1, the first day of Horrordailies! For this challenge, you're supposed to write about Hallowe'en or other scary stuff. I need yet another jumpstart on my blogging efforts, so what the hell. So let's talk about Hallowe'en! When I was a kid, Hallowe'en was the next best thing to heaven. I loved planning my costume, wandering around the neighborhood, and collecting all that fabulous candy. Because, my friends, back in My Day,... Read more →


Saturday 9: Don't Talk to Strangers

Saturday 9: Don't Talk to Strangers (1982) Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) When did you recently have a conversation with a complete stranger? What did you two discuss? Does chatting with a server count? If so, then today. 2) In the video for this song, a woman is having a "hot" conversation on a corded, rotary dial phone in her bedroom. Do you have a landline? If so, do you have... Read more →


Low Bridge

Joe and I were driving to lunch the other day when we got held up slightly by a gaggle of police cars blocking off the left lane at the point where the two-lane road went under the SEPTA tracks. The reason was obvious -- the driver of a rented Penske truck miscalculated the height of the underpass and the back of the truck slammed into the underside of the bridge and got stuck. I snapped... Read more →


Throwback Thursday: Squeezed In

Here is the letter that started my clown career. M.B. Kellner was the "Matthew" in "George Matthew's Great London Circus," the owner's son. Let's dig a little deeper into the specifics of this offer. Room A bunk in the band bus. The band bus was formerly a school bus, but the front part with the engine and driver's seat had been cut off and a fifth-wheel doohickey attached. A partition in the middle of the... Read more →


Sunday Stealing: Music Music Music

The lovely and talented Bev Sykes has taken over running Sunday Stealing. I am late in congratulating her and wishing her lots of success, so I am hereby doing this week's edition, which has a music theme! I've also provided links so you can hear my choices, if that blows your skirt up. Here we go! 1: A song you like with a color in the title: Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones 2:... Read more →


Saturday 9: I Will Never Let You Down

I haven't done a Saturday 9 in a while, so here we go! Saturday 9: I Will Never Let You Down (2017) ... because Smellyann recommended Fastball Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) Fastball is a trio from Austin, Texas. Austin is the capital of Texas. When you were in school, did you have to memorize the state capitals? No, I didn't have to memorize the state capitals for school, but my... Read more →


So I Went On Vacation...

I've been off work for the last week; I go back to work tomorrow. Bah. Anyway, we went down to Ocean City last Sunday for the week. Of course, it was wonderful, even though I only went down to the actual beach twice. And even then, I only went down to take short walks along the water. I didn't really swim or sunbathe. But you know what? It was fine. The weather was really hot... Read more →