29 December 2020
I have come to the conclusion that 2020 sucked. To quote myself from January 1, 2020, "Happy New Year! This is going to be one hell of a decade!" And it sure has started out fucked up. Wear a mask, wash your hands, use sanitizer, social distance, do not celebrate anything except with the people you live with ... it is a strange new "normal" that we find ourselves living in and I could not have imagined this or wished this on my worst enemies. All we can do now of trust in the vaccine, continue to wear our masks and do everything we can to stay safe and healthy. Thank you for doing your part!
There are some things you do not discuss in polite company ... religion, politics ... but, ya know what, the hell with that. I just wanted to say that Trump is a disgrace to the United States. Enough said. Thank you.
25 December 2020
breezy and 32 degrees
It's off the the Florida Keys in the morning for two months of sun, writing, relaxing, writing, fishing, writing, well you get the point.
I'd like to take a moment and say that I have so many special people in my life right now ... people with connections both professionally and personally. It boggles my mind that I can be from North Carolina and have a friend in Pennsylvania that knows a friend in the Florida Keys that could get me a part time job (to keep me from being bored to death). It is truly about WHO you know and not WHAT you know. Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you!
24 December 2020
cloudy, rainy and 59 degrees
Happy Holidays! In the middle of all this COVID stuff, holiday traditions will probably not happen. I know I will not be spending the day with my family, just to keep us all safe. It can be emotionally difficult to be apart, but it is the safe thing to do. To think that I might infect one of my grandchildren is unthinkable. So this year, we celebrate physically apart, but together in heart and spirit.
21 December 2020
breezy and 51 degrees
Winter Soltice 2020 - Saturn and Jupiter are at their closest today. They have not been this close in 800 years. Although they get close every 20 years, they will not be this close again for another 800 years.
I know we are bombarded everyday about COVID-19. Sometimes you just want to escape from it all. Welcome to my site. You will find over a thousand stories of every imaginable genre to entertain you, to allow you to sink into the plot and simply escape from real life. Yes, you will surface and face it again, but here, at the Tarheel Writer, you can put it all on hold, if just for a little while. Stay safe. Wear your mask. AND, enjoy the wonderful imagination of the authors recommended here.
13 December 2020
partly cloudy and 69 degrees
Today is my father's birthday. He was born in 1922. He would have been 98. He passed in 1995 from lung cancer. Ironically, that is the same year I met and started dating Jeff. That was 25 years ago. It boggles my mind that my father has been gone that long and it further boggles my mind that Jeff and I have been together that long. Jeff continues to be the center of my universe. Today, I need to hear my dad say, you've done okay son. I miss him terribly.
7 December 2020
mostly cloudy and 48 degrees
"A day that will live in infamy." Wars are fought for so many reasons ... hate, religion, ego, bigotry, religion, power, religion, money, religion, greed and the so called "alpha male" syndrom (my sword is bigger than yours). So many fathers, sons, moms, daughters, brothers and sisters have lost their lives because of war. If just one of them had lived, there would be children and there would be grandchildren, but NO, that future is no longer possible because someone was slaughtered in a war. So, the loss of one life is the loss of generations that could have followed. Just that thought sends my mind and heart into a spiral of lost possibilities and sadness. John Lennon sang a wonderful song called "Happy Christmas" (War is Over). Perhaps we should listen to that song and as Adrian Cronauer (played by Robin Williams - God rest his soul) said in "Good Morning Vietnam" ... play it LOUD!
Don't misunderstand my message. I do honor all the soldiers who fought to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. God love them and their families, every single one. And to the ones that survived, who lost friends, brothers and sisters, do not fall into survivor's guilt. The ones you lost would want you to go on and live life, because that was what you were fighting for ... together. You will never forget them, for they live forever in your heart.
8 November 2020
mostly cloudy and 76 degrees
Alex Trebek! July 22, 1940 - November 8, 2020. You will be sorely missed! May your Final Jeopardy! be most rewarding.
6 November 2020
cloudy and 63 degrees
Just a change of address from the Tarheel State to the Palmetto State. Yeah, sold the house and am walking confidently into retirement. Now, on to boat shopping.
3 November 2020
breezy and 53 degrees
Americans! Go Vote! Vote like your life depends on it! Because it does!
2 November 2020
fair and 56 degrees
Happy 43rd Birthday Randy Harrison! Randy starred as Justin Taylor in the Showtime Series "Queer as Folk." Fourteen episodes aired on Showtime for 5 seasons beginning in December of 2000 and ending in August of 2005.
31 October 2020
25 August 1930 - 31 October 2020
I was saddened to learn of Sean's passing today. He was the iconic Bond, James Bond. I loved his acting in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as Indiana's father and especially The Hunt for Red October. He was one of my favotite actors and will be missed, but his works will live on in infamy.
1 June 2020
COVID-19 - This is serious. People are going to die. Wear a mask. Better yet, stay home and read some of our recommendations!
22 April 2020
Earth Day 2020
While the government of my country continues to roll back legislation that protects our planet, the true date of Earth Day is November 6th - election day - protect our country at the poll - Vote!
8 February 2020
Robert Conrad died today. Once of my favorite televison shows growing up was the Wild Wild West (1965-1969). He stared as Secret Service Agent, Jim West. Along with side kick Artmus Gordon, they traveled the country at the behest of President Grant in their well appointed private train fighting the bad guys in what can be described as 007 in a western.
Later, in the 70's he starred as Maj. Greg 'Pappy' Boyington in the television show Black Sheep Squadron or Baa Baa Black Sheep (original title), another one of my favorites. Robert starred in many parts, but those two were my favorites.
Rest well Robert. I'll see you in the re-runs.