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Sunday, May 22, 2022

A little light reading . . .

 cj Sez: Finished/submitted another short story to an anthology last week...a few hours before the deadline that had been extended for two additional weeks for malingerers like me. But I got it done. Now the waiting begins. 

  It was the second short story I submitted to the same anthology—fingers crossed that one of them makes it in. 

  I love that story coaster toon…a perfect description for the first draft of a manuscript, including any short story I’m trying to write. 

That’s when the magic of editing comes in.


  A while back, my brother sent me the original of what follows. 

  When I got out of bed this morning, the muscles weren’t all that happy about it. Caused me to start thinking about old age and decided there’s a lovely sense of perspective that comes with it. For example:

  When people see my cat's litter box they always say, “Oh, have you got a cat?”  Just once I want to say, "No, it's for company!" 

  Employment application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency?  I think you should write, “An ambulance”.

  The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

  The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

  Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so s/he can tell when s/he's really in trouble.

  Did you ever notice: When you put the two words “The”' and “IRS” together, it spells “Theirs.”

  Especially lovely when thinking about aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

  Some people try to turn back their “odometers.” Not me. I want people to know “why” I look this way. I've traveled a long way and a lot of the roads were not paved.

  You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

  Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

  And each day that I am lucky enough to grow older, I believe the following prayer will help keep the peace: 

  Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.  Amen.


Just because it’s pretty:

A Blue-winged Warbler 

Photo by son Jeff. 


BSP (Blatant Self Promotion)


  To celebrate the publication of the total book package, the eBooks of DEATH ON THE YAMPA and THE DAWGSTAR are now $2.99.

  Just in time for your summer reading pleasure . . . fast-paced, exciting thrillers with a smidgen of romance (ala Jane Bond).


  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Prayers going up for your health and safety.


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