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


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21 Dec 2012
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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 30 Oct 2020 06:19

The coffee is brewing, never fear. Aren't we getting a lot of traffic on the site now? These contests are doing a nice job of stirring up some enthusiasm don't you think? Still, time to get in a story or two if you are waiting to enter.

This will be my shopping day today. The temperature is heating up slightly so it won't be too cold to get out and about.

Everyone, be careful out there.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 29 Oct 2020 06:24

Good morning, dear friends. Gosh, it is so cold so early this year. I will wait and do my weekly shopping tomorrow. It is supposed to be warmer in the coming days.

I have fresh coffee brewing. Arabica for the coffee drinkers. The tea drinkers may choose from all the teas that Scott has on the shelves. And there are still lots of cookies just waiting to fill your hunger. Sara is so good about keeping us stocked, either on the countertop or in the backup tins in the back.

Aren't we having fun with this contest? I've got six stories finished so far. Other members are not far behind. Something for everyone's taste.


Edit: I went into the contests and counted the entries. We now have 24 ultra-short entries, 12 flash entries, and 8 long entries. That is going to be a great chore for some wonderful judges to go through.

Topic: You may also like...
Posted: 27 Oct 2020 06:14

Oh, no one actually does any research to find the "you may also like... " stories. The system automatically generates them using some complicated algorithm. geek

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 27 Oct 2020 06:11

It's nice to see both Cynthia and Bill up and about. Thanks for the coffee, Bill. There won't be much going outside today. There is still snow on the ground.

I have the five shortest contest entry categories written now. I'm going to see if I can get the five other longer stories written by the end of the month.


Topic: You may also like...
Posted: 26 Oct 2020 13:54


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 26 Oct 2020 06:32

The coffee is perking now and the water is simmering.

Victor got a surprise when he went out this morning. Our first snow of the season and it is not actually the season yet. He got to wear his little red hoodie since it was freezing outside.

I suppose the townhome I live in now is my retirement home. I moved here when I had just turned 67 years old. This is a nice area for all the amenities that older people can use. Our medical facilities are within 15 minutes all around town and the best hospital in the entire region is only 45 minutes away. Shopping is just as close. Even better is the fact that nature is so close to us as well. I have a state park with a lake and a marina just down the road 5 miles. We have a lovely little park across the street with 3 large ponds. Lots of geese all year round, along with herons, and egrets. Beaver and muskrats live in the stream across the road. We have deer, turtles, snakes, every little critter you could want just outside the door and we are still right on the edge of a university town of around 100,000 people.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 25 Oct 2020 09:15

Good day. It really feels like winter is close. It's nice having the hot coffee ready.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 23 Oct 2020 07:24

Hello, folks. Sitting here with the first cup of java. I'm waiting for a plumber to come by and fix the leak in my shower.

Later I will go over to the hospital for my last radiation therapy session. That will complete the procedure for the time being and we shall see how it works in the months ahead.

We got some rain last night and it is still wet out there.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 22 Oct 2020 06:35

Good morning. The coffee is brewed and the water is hot. I already have two stories that I need to proofread for friends in addition to the stories that keep coming that need to be read.

It should be a nice day today. An odd front is moving in from the south and we might get some summer temperatures just for today. Coming up there might be a little snow in the near future.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 21 Oct 2020 06:23

Fresh coffee in the pot. Always plenty of hot water.

Victor was barking at an opossum under the sycamore tree last night when I let him out at midnight. Good job, pup. We slept well after that.

It's a gloomy day but the yard chap is still out there mowing the grass.


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Story Competitions

Stories Published All Stories »

After Me...

"Attention! May we have your attention?" the voice whispered hoarsely. "Can you hear our thoughts? We are here. We must reach you. Greetings. We are friendly." The man started up from his dead sleep. "What! What the hell! Who's yelling at me?" He jerked his head around and saw nothing, just the glow of the security light coming in through the grill in the door.  "Did you hear us? We are...

Added 28 Oct 2020 | Category Flash Fiction

The Wild Irises Were in Bloom

The wild irises are blooming in the woodlands as you follow your compass bearings while orienteering. Don't lose your way. Not today. You can do this. The day is lovely. The end of spring. Summer is soon here. Enjoy the beauty of the riparian landscape.  You've waited years for the chance. You can't let it slip away. Just do it. Getting your body into shape was hard enough for someone of...

Added 26 Oct 2020 | Category Memoirs


Immersed inside a book outside a store The lady stopped, involved in stories deep. To break into her mind might prove a boor But surely one could ask to take a peep. What novel had she found inside the stall, A queer old book or volume bound in calf? Perchance a quaint old tale to hold in thrall? One hopes it isn't just some worthless chaff. A strong allure is built from many quirks...

Added 17 Oct 2020 | Category Poetry

The Legend of Lover's Lane

They drove out after the Halloween drive-in movie. They didn't have dates. They just cruised by the lover's lane along the railroad tracks, slowly passing by a car or two to ogle and razz. Wilmer flashed the headlights of his convertible Mercury. Bored with that the boys stood beside his car looking down the railway line. The moon was in and out behind clouds. They discussed it. "It's so...

Added 16 Oct 2020 | Category Flash Fiction

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Added 14 Oct 2020 | Category Micro Fiction

On Guard Duty

I've been seeing more monsters recently. Just last week I saw one hanging on the wall. I bayed at it. Boss lifted me up to touch it. Just a new painting. I can smell a monster around. Boss breathes in and out. I smell the monster. I have this. I am on the job. Even at bedtime. Especially at bedtime, I am with Boss. Smelling for the monster. Bedtime, naptime, walkies time....

Added 12 Oct 2020 | Category Micro Fiction

From a Distance

Her visage glimpsed above a balustrade And from a distance wonderment arose. Enchanting, pristine character most staid, Serenely dreaming, peaceful, at repose. Perhaps she is not tranquil deep inside, It might be true that passions roil within. Her face may not reflect all she may hide Repressed, unseen, proud fantasies therein.  The two of us might share supernal glee, Together we...

Added 27 Aug 2020 | Category Poetry | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 179 | 11 Comments

Recommended Read Into the Night

Telephone poles whipped past her, each separate in her headlights but blurred and indistinct. The girl was traveling north. She drove the speed limit along the two-lane federal highway. Into the night she drove once more. Alone, heading towards the big city. The highway stretched out ahead and ghostly phantoms of imaginary treelines wavered in her peripheral vision alongside her...

Added 21 Aug 2020 | Category Drama | Votes 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 269 | 13 Comments

Peen Goes to a Swimming Pool

Peen slipped through a gate in the wire mesh fencing, between pink oleanders, and out onto the deck of the swimming pool. He stood proudly in the simmering heat of the summer sun. His splayed feet were shod in sandals. He wore a cabana shirt dotted with green sea turtles. Added to that were Bermuda shorts in a purplish plaid pattern hanging loosely. A straw hat with pompom dangles completed...

Added 26 Jul 2020 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 24 | Avg Score 5 | Views 395 | 24 Comments

May We Return

May we return to the place, we've never been? I knew you once when we were young, you must have lived before. Yearning for a time when youth enveloped me in joy; were you there? It seems you must have been though impossible, to be sure. Not yet born. But living, alive, in my yearning for that time. Knowing the pleasures, the moods of sharing the precious times together. Browsing,...

Added 20 Jul 2020 | Category Poetry | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 199 | 10 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 346 | 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 343 | 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 1,430 | 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 1,337 | 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 628 | 4 Comments

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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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