About Survivor


The avatar is sometimes me.

Friendship is important to me. I'm loyal to friends and family. I accept (almost) all friend requests.

I served for four years in the US Navy. I served for nine years in the Kansas Army National Guard.

Writing is a passion of mine. As is the theater. In the past five years, I have appeared on stage in twenty-one plays, musicals, and shows.

My username reflects the fact that I have been battling various forms and types of cancer since 28th Feb. 2015. I'm still here. I will survive.

Relationship Status:
In a Relationship
bajo un árbol de álamo, Kansas, United States
Writing, traveling, the theatre
Favorite Books:
Pride and Prejudice, Roughing It, U.S.A., The Gate to Women's Country, The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, Tales of the City, The Sand Pebbles
Favorite Authors:
Jane Austen, Mark Twain, John Dos Passos, John Hersey, Albert Camus, Sheri S. Tepper, James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon), Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout, Donald Harington, Armistead Maupin, Richard McKenna
Favorite Movies:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, April Fools, Oh What a Lovely War, Platoon
Favourite TV Shows:
Elementary, Masterchef, Corner Gas, Hell's Kitchen, Detectorists, The Comedy Strip Presents, The Young Ones
Favorite Music:
Virtually all Baroque; Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann. Adult Alternative Rock, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Soul Asylum, Florence + the Machine, Mumford and Sons, fun., Duffy


Date Joined:
21 Dec 2012
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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 13 Apr 2021 06:31

The coffee has been percolated for the coffee drinkers. Scott is enjoying his tea. It's rather nice weather here, in the 60s F for the next week during the day. That is perfect walking the dog weather. Victor is not resting from his walkies and I need to do my morning computer chores.

It will be a great feeling when you get your vaccine series completed, Gill. I know for Paula and me it is grand. Soon she will go back to volunteering at the community theater. Still being very cautious, of course. We will be wearing masks and distancing for a long time to come. Easy peasy stuff to do to stay safe and alive and not pass the viruses on to others.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 16:31

ANOTHER rainout for the Mets tonight. So far we've only played five games. And only won two. Grrr.

The Padres and the Pirates are in the Bot 2nd with the Friars leading 2 - 0


Topic: HAIKU for You?
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 14:56

Thank you, Bill! Your postings of submission opportunities are always welcome. I assume that the Haiku form they are looking for is based on syllables and not kireji.

The only kind I have ever written in English uses the syllabic format of five-seven-five.

This is mighty interesting, Bill.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 09:03

Hello Everyone👋🏼

It's been a long time since I've been here and it's nice to still see familiar faces :)
Hope everyone is doing well :)

Hello, Amelia. It's so good to see you stopping by once again. Some of us will never leave. No need to worry about that.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 07:36

Finally, you give us a taste of your pen once again, Bill. That little story is exactly why I started avoiding Vacation Bible School back in the day. Well, at least one reason. Nicely written my friend.

The coffee today is worth drinking. Now I have to get my mind working on stories. I need one more story here on Stories Space to make it to 500. I am also working on a story for a contest elsewhere on the web.


Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 06:23


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 11 Apr 2021 15:39

It's time for afternoon tea. I'll be making dinner in a few minutes.

The Padres won their game against the Rangers 2 - 0. They are standing at 7-3 now. They had some bad luck at the start with their LHP Adrian Morejon leaving with an injury. But we did complete a sweep against the Rangers. We start playing the Pirates away for the whole week, Mon- Fri. The last day is Jackie Robinson day. That will be fun to celebrate.

The Masters is led by Hideki Matsuyama being played live now. It is going to be a nail-biter I think. Matsuyama leads by 2 strokes at present through the 15th hole. If he holds it will be the sixth first-time Master's winner in the past 7 tournaments. I'm certain Ping is watching but there is no telling about that now.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 11 Apr 2021 06:28

Good morning, folks. The coffee is all hot and ready, So is the teakettle.

One of the great things about the no-hitter that Joe Musgrove threw was that the Padres were the team he grew up watching and rooting for. He for born in El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego but only got to play for the Padres since he was traded in January with a 30-38 record.

My mother and her family had a greenhouse in El Cajon back in the war years. Then in the 50s my mom and dad moved us from Arkansas out to San Diego. I lived in Chula Vista and National City but we left before the city got its team.

Now, happily, the Friars have only one record to break in MLB. They still need to win the World Series. They've won two pennants but no series. It would be cool if Musgrove, a rather mediocre pitcher, could help the team make it to the series again this year. One can hope.


Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 10 Apr 2021 19:53


Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 10 Apr 2021 07:46


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Sharing Passionate Journeys

On life's poetic voyage, we discover friends who last as long as we please. We travel as far as we may. Watching the landscape of ambient scenery pass by. Hand in hand, friendships won. Most treasured confederates singing the songs of byways.  Pausing in discovered devotion, we fervently give of affection and joy.  This magic realm we know as anywhere. We dance with people we truly perceive....

Added 08 Apr 2021 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 48 | 4 Comments

Just Live in Fairyland

She lives there in your Fairyland of Dreams.  She'll be there when you seek her, never fear. Don't worry, you are playing love's sweet games, the ones that keep you living life's pure joy. We realize the trust we give to those we love returns to us in manifold degrees. So keep the partnerships we have sincerely touching in communion now. No doubt we understand the differing hopes out...

Added 04 Apr 2021 | Category Poetry | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 52 | 1 Comment

The Proper Way to Eat Spaghetti in Edinburgh

Dining out in Edinburgh would not present an overwhelming challenge I did not think. We had left our hotel on Prince's Street and strolled down the hill towards the harbor. My lady was on my arm, a spring chill in the air, so we both wore long coats. Mine was a tan trenchcoat and matching Trilby. My wife wore a raincoat in anticipation of dampness from the evening skies. As we passed two...

Added 30 Mar 2021 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 70 | 4 Comments

Prairie Suite

Eyes open slowly, the horizon spreading out. Awaken with joy. Bird songs whistle and fill our ears triumphantly. The prairie is alive. Blue skies above us, scarlets and ambers blending. Blossoms have appeared. Viewing the landscape as we share the atmosphere. Breathing perfumed air.  Hands entwined warmly feeling the moisture mixing. Sharing our heartbeats. Breezes carry notes; winds...

Added 28 Mar 2021 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 83 | 5 Comments

The Age of Innocence

It has never escaped your memory. It lives within you still. Pulsing along the veins of your passions. The innocence revealed. It never passed away. It stayed until you remembered once again. Forever recalled each amazing satisfaction you discovered once upon a time and once again. Innocence foretold in the touch of hands.  With new love returned the old, continuing to live...

Added 26 Mar 2021 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 79 | 6 Comments

Behind the Image

There is an image looking over your shoulder.  Don't fall asleep. Not now, not too soon. Not before your season comes again. The sleeping season.  Another time may free you of the mystery and you may sail, sail away. How odd, how strange. If you wish to stay, you need help, but you don't want help. You want to go away.  How strange. How is this working out for you? Someone is...

Added 18 Mar 2021 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 89 | 8 Comments

Forever Kitten

The fact that she is here with me is grand and now I call her what she has become because it simply is the way I think about her now as we grow closer still.  It may not be the way I chose to call her once upon a time but now I find that this is how I'll always see her face, eternal kitten in my thoughts and dreams. Endearing words can bring her joy I know from seeing how her eyes will...

Added 17 Mar 2021 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 99 | 5 Comments

In Twilight Time

The days grow short, your time runs out but love will never die. You simply must accept that it has come to you once more. Accept the way you have so many times before.  You know that it is true; just look at them and realize the honesty they smile. They smile at you with winning eyes and sighs as both of you join arms and dance again. You dance, ignoring twilight falling soon. Your...

Added 13 Mar 2021 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 91 | 5 Comments

The Dayroom

The dayroom was open to personnel not on duty. The television was on. A few troops sat in open seats responding to questions on Jeopardy. The pool balls clicked softly. Two fellows talked quietly. One just back from 'Nam. "You spent a lot of time out in the field, sort of changing," said the Marine. "How's that?" asked the sailor.  "You decided you could do things. It was okay 'cause...

Added 08 Mar 2021 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 102 | 4 Comments


The yelling seems to always start late in the evening when you are in bed. But not asleep. You could hear it all, taking it in, learning from it, making it part of your reality for the future. Would you build a future with bricks and mortar of shouts and pain? Would you exist sharing love and kindness, forgiveness?  You never talked about it in later years. Never shared it. ...

Added 22 Feb 2021 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 123 | 7 Comments

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A Comedy

When I was young and loved humor Comedy was a movie that I knew  Where I would be laughing out loud While watching with glee the whole time Growing up, that belief had changed Comedy was a funny stage play Where you could watch people act While the ending was comically tragic Life has been sometimes like that It started with laughter and smiles But the ending was now so painful Even...

Added 26 Oct 2019 | Category Poetry | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 400 | 5 Comments


People are just like clouds That float above the sky Without real direction But beauteous from afar Winds can push us forward And then may push us back Might even be the ones That scatter us apart Sometimes they blow gently To make us into one Other times much stronger Thus breaking us in twain Sometimes there is darkness It makes it hard to see Even light in slivers Can barely...

Added 12 Oct 2019 | Category Poetry | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 419 | 5 Comments

The Wall

My closed fists keep banging on the wall. My lungs hurt so much from losing air. It's becoming hard to breathe. I never stop pounding even as I can see blood flow out from my bruised hands. My mind is in a panic and the fear starts to creep up through my whole body because I don't know how to swim and the wall is giving me no respite so I can get my breath. I have begun to feel weak...

Added 04 Feb 2019 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,498 | 6 Comments


Strong heart is beating in a harmony, Each movement set angelically with pride.   So subtle that it matches musically, To center stage exquisite form does glide On pointe, on tiptoe, swaying with the tune The wind caresses, gently singing free. So calm her soul, like summer days in June But every step is like a storm tossed sea Behind sweet lips and eyes, typhoons may hide, With calmness...

Added 16 Jun 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,451 | 10 Comments

The Bluebirds In My Heart

  “There’s a bluebird in my heart that Wants to get out, But I’m too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I’m not going To let anyone see You” Charles Bukowski     When loneliness became a part of me In such a way that others could not see. My heart forgot to feel, it hurt so much, And locked itself up tight against a touch.   The bluebirds came to...

Added 15 Sep 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 742 | 4 Comments

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Tastes Bitter, Tastes Sweet
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Meet a new poet in this edition. Find various forms of poetry, including sonnets, haikus, traditional verse, blank verse and abecedarian. You will discover love poems, poetry about life and death, and...

Coffee For Me, Tea For You
Coffee For Me, Tea For You

A collection of diverse short fiction. It includes micro fiction, flash fiction, mysteries, science fiction, and general fiction. The author has spent his life around computers and is now using his personal computer to create varied styles of fiction for the reading public's...

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