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To Leila

What seek ye? What dreams do you chase? New latitudes, a new meridian? This daily life is too quotidian? So real that it turns out surreal? No midnight love shares your embrace? The king has masked his tyrant’s face. You put yourself in Hamlet’s place? Take it to the limit? And Beyond? Or instead, Could you be dead? Could it be you died one summer day? Summertime blue and sandy,...

Added 16 Aug 2019 | Category Poetry | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 511 | 2 Comments

Heaven's in Reach on St. Pete Beach

They lowered Bobby Bishop into St. Petersburg soil on a perfect December afternoon. For Jonathan Wilton, who'd flown from New York for the burial, this was Florida's old winter miracle. But no Florida sunshine cheered Bobby now: lost in Iraq (K.I.A.), aged twenty-eight. No longer in the breeze, steering a sailboat down Pass-a-Grille Channel, or skiing the Vermont hills. No more sunlight...

Added 05 Jan 2019 | Category Romance | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 625 | 2 Comments

Manet and Monet: Mastery and Mystery

In Tidewater Virginia in July, 2017, Max Stewart unloaded from his SUV a nine-foot inflatable dinghy, then pumped it up by foot. With him were his cousin Sally Angland and her university friend Simon Grant. “What's this crazy trip about?” Max asked.   “As you know,” Sally said, “I'm publishing my book on Impressionist painters. It highlights Richard Vlass, a university professor and...

Added 11 Nov 2018 | Category Romance | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 485 | 1 Comment

The Balcony

Dark-haired Diana Lessing wasn't highly educated. Rumors blamed her abusive father for her never finishing high school. But she mesmerized and monopolized Justin Bayard's life. He forgot work, skipped classes, and jeopardized his job. Then Diana, a social activist, got arrested with Clara Trescott, demonstrating for some cause. Apparently, this made them good friends: Diana, the...

Added 21 Sep 2018 | Category Drama | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 298

Midnight Moonlight Mystery

At the Carolina Coast Hotel, some guests, bewitched by the full moon, still lounged on the lawns in the wee hours. That September weekend was ending. The sweet summer of 2017 was bidding goodbye. Meanwhile, Conn Franklin, a James Dean lookalike, was coming up the beach from his boat, ignoring Stefanie Ryan waving to him. But Conn's friends, Wyatt Graham and Cooper Peterson, were...

Added 01 Aug 2018 | Category Romance | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 440 | 1 Comment

Victoria Desperado's Mansion of Despair

About 1900 words   Victoria Desperado's Mansion of Despair by James Foley   In Annapolis, Maryland, Andy Bannock stood on a sixty-four-foot ketch, watching the night get wetter and wilder. He was under contract to move this boat to Baltimore before tomorrow noon. And Andy's one-man crew, Michael Ward, had retired. Actually, Roger Wang, Andy's partner in their yacht delivery business,...

Added 18 Jun 2018 | Category Adventure | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 410

A Rainy Southern Night

America is where we hung, And fell in love when we were young. My youth passed fast: Windows 3.1 (1992)—Windows ’95—Windows ’98—Windows 2000 all the way to Windows 10 Pro, until my last semester of college. And in that springtime of 2016, on a wet night, an attractive weird girl was working in the university cafeteria. Weird because I’d just been told that she was the daughter of...

Added 13 May 2018 | Category Drama | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 642 | 1 Comment

Girl Fears Ghost Girl

Night on the beach. Awakening suddenly, David felt Jamie’s dark hair tickling his cheek. He stirred on the towel. “How long was I asleep?” “Only for a few minutes,” Jamie said. “You must be beat.” Easy night, peace. The sky clear above a sea dark as itself. The eastern stars were ushering up the aging half-moon, still clinging to the ocean’s edge. This old ocean that could take one...

Added 18 Apr 2018 | Category Romance | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 667 | 1 Comment

Machiavelli and Brexit

,             about 2300 words James Foley farandthen@gmail.com www.beyondthewind.com www.mywarlove.com Machiavelli and Brexit by James Foley In Melbourne, Florida, the east wall of the Eau Gallie Public Library is sheer glass—facing the Intracoastal Waterway and the causeway soaring across it. And I remember how, on a September morning in 2017, this breathtaking view kept distracting...

Added 19 Feb 2018 | Category Drama | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 889 | 1 Comment

Recommended Read Hamlet and James Dean Died Young

about 2200 words Hamlet and James Dean Died Young by James Foley In Virginia, an hour’s drive south of D.C., there’s a huge white house—built in the 1890s out on a point on the Chesapeake. And this summer when I drove there for a Wednesday-evening literary-club meeting, a gale was churning the water in front and on both sides of the house. And somehow on that lightning-blasted...

Added 15 Feb 2018 | Category Romance | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 672 | 1 Comment

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This was my 1st ship in 1977, USS Papago ATF-160. I did almost 6 years on her.
09 Jan 2019 19:02
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