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: 15 May 2021 06:23

Thanks for the setup, Scott. I'll have the first cuppa java since you don't drink it.

It's a rainy day here on the Great Plains. Maybe not too much going on outside today.


Topic: Would you rather?
Posted: 15 May 2021 06:21

With Lizzie, either one. But I will pick the seashore. I've never seen a dog so free as when I let Victor off-leash on a California beach to run full out.

WYR get up early or stay up late?

Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 14 May 2021 19:24

4,616. YOu should have been 4,615, Lizzie.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 14 May 2021 06:20

It seems that you bring nothing but good news today, Bill. We're glad you stopped by, for certain.

I'll take some of the java and a couple of the ginger snaps. Sara makes them especially for me.


Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 14 May 2021 06:18


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 13 May 2021 06:39

Hello fellow writer and readers. It's good to see you all here. Please keep stopping by and join in if you can.

I have poured out the stale coffee and cleaned the coffee maker. Fresh coffee is brewing. It should be ready for the next person who checks in. And the teakettle is on the ready, for sure.

I may make a short trip out to return some of the stone tiles that were used to renovate our kitchen last year. I never did get around to returning what was left for a refund. And I might as well make a stop at the grocery store. The sales items are up starting today.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 May 2021 11:42

My Padres are playing a double-header against the Rockies today and they are currently in 2nd place in the NL West.

Jeff, you got your Enthusiasts' badge for showing up on this site for 30 days in a row. It's one of the badges I like since it is so easy to get. And you never lose it.

We have coyotes in our neighborhood. We live on the edge of town about 5 miles from a state park and lake. Tons of wildlife. We have to watch out that pets are not taken by the coyotes. A few blocks from my place I was driving down a surface road, in a neighborhood, and I passed a hill with a coyote wandering up it. Victor was with me, sitting in the front seat, and as we passed he saw the coyote. He just stared, no barking, no growling, just staring and following as we passed by turning his head to keep that coyote in view. Never seen such an intense look in my pup's eyes.

I'm afraid Ping is gone for good now.

Roland is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's and he may be having a bad spell. We are incredibly lucky when he is able to show up for us here.

I'll have another cuppa java.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 May 2021 06:16

Good morning. I have made the coffee. It is cooling now in my cup. The teakettle is on the stovetop.

There is really nothing going on around here that is of any interest to anyone. Sad really. Take care.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 11 May 2021 06:35

Good morning to all Inspirators. Let's get this coffeehouse going as it should be. I've cleaned the coffee pot thoroughly and put some good Kansas River tap water and whatever coffee Scott has put under the counter. There the teakettle has been getting the water warm for tea drinkers.

I'm so sorry that you still are working with so much pain with your parents, Gill. Especially your father. We always keep you in our thoughts. It has to be so hard to keep going but you do.

One of our great friends has had surgery and is recovering. Anyone who wishes might want to go to the occasions forum thread on our sister site and leave her some thoughts.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 10 May 2021 06:06

Good morning. I have been up long enough to have prepared the coffee and got the teakettle on. Hope all are doing well.


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It's Only Make-Believe

It may be only make-believe but real enough for us until the season's sighs can drift and melt our dreams' reality. A time for us to touch. Caressing bliss with every cat-like purr of vibrant trust. We move along the patterns of the grid that maps our place, our home within this world that lives expands and grows with every smile. It's only make-believe but still, it makes us free. Enough...

Added 10 May 2021 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 51 | 4 Comments

Only Now Do I See

It is a time I should remember well, the feelings special still when I recall. It may be true the thoughts of you are spread across the years and visions do not come to me as I would wish that they might do. If you should ever pass me by I'd know that you were one so pure, so precious in my life both then and now. A magic truth that will not leave my mind and still goes on remaining in my...

Added 04 May 2021 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 70 | 4 Comments

A Perfect Holiday

Dogs have perfect holidays. They simply need to take a drive across the landscape, stop somewhere, get out, and start investigating the situation. Any circumstance is fine by them so long as they get to discover new and promising terrain.  A vacation away from home. Something new. A place to get out and run. Full-speed and away. The family is on holiday and it can simply be a stop at...

Added 15 Apr 2021 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 90 | 9 Comments

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 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 86 | 6 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 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 88 | 2 Comments

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 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 101 | 6 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 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 117 | 7 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 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 98 | 5 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 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 97 | 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 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 119 | 6 Comments

Stories Coauthored

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 421 | 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 443 | 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 1,512 | 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 1,475 | 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 770 | 4 Comments

eBooks Published

Tastes Bitter, Tastes Sweet
Tastes Bitter, Tastes Sweet

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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