Competition and Today’s Haiku

My human brother brought this home for Mom.  She immediately hugged him and put him where I can’t reach him.

  • a new intruder
  • try to usurp my cuteness
  • i resist and win!

He isn’t handsome enough or cute enough for a photo shoot with Mom!

Henry’s professional photo session June 2017

Entries for a Chance to Win a Copy of Castle Danger Are Ramping Up

Interested in winning a free copy of a good book? Enter for your chance to win and support a fellow blogger, Chris Norbury.

A Neo-Renaissance Writer

I’m pleased to see that almost 500 members have entered the giveaway of five copies of Castle Danger. Tell your friends and family and get the word out through social media. Let’s shoot for 1000 entries. No cost or obligation. I pay the shipping cost for the winners. And even if you only have a 1-in-100 chance of winning (5 books divided by 500 entries) it’s still better odds than winning the lottery, right? 🙂

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Castle Danger by Chris Norbury

Castle Danger

by Chris Norbury

Giveaway ends October 11, 2016.

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A Pilgrimage and Writing Inspiration for Castle Danger, Straight River

Looking for something fun to read? I like this new author and fellow blogger Chris Norbury. His book Castle Danger at Amazon:

A Neo-Renaissance Writer

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My wife and I just returned from a nearly two-week trip to Colorado. It was a pilgrimage of sorts. We rented a travel trailer to stay in most of the time. We rode bikes through the vineyards of western Colorado. (Yes! Colorado has numerous quality wineries.). We also hiked in Colorado National Monument and Black Canyon National Park and took in the amazing mountain vistas all over Colorado. The aspens turning gold were awe-inspiring! Wow. Can’t remember seeing such brilliant color in all my previous visits to Colorado. Even the locals said this is an exceptional year for color.


But I also made a few literary pilgrimages on this trip. Those of you who’ve read Castle Danger might remember that Allyson Clifford (aka Susan Danforth) was born and raised in Gunnison, Colorado. Black Canyon NP is west of Gunnison. After visiting the park, we decided to drive into Gunnison…

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How you can help the Japanese American Soldiers of WWII receive a commemorative stamp

Japanese American Soldiers of WWII Stamp

Some statistics provided by the They Deserve A Stamp Organization:

  • 33,000 Japanese Americans Served During WWII
  • 18,000+ Total Military Awards
  • 9,486 Purple Hearts
  • 30 Distinguished Service Crosses
  • 21 Medals of Honor

Help them get their own USPS postage stamp.

Please share with your friends to help get this deserving group of extraordinary men the recognition they deserve.

More information and facts at:

Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to show your support.

(My Dad was a member of United States Military Intelligence Group, your help is appreciated!)


Presence and intent

A great way to start the week, with a new list of really important tasks!


As I stumbled to the coffee pot the white board on the refrigerator stopped me. The white board is the white shiny surface with multiple color markers like the ones you see hanging in corporate offices. In the office you might see the agency vision, the strategy and all the plans for the company to prosper or meet its mission.

On my white board you typically will see the “to-do” list which easily can have 16-25 tasks that should be accomplished before Monday. As I thought about it I felt angy because we can spend all week scheduling moving from one appointment or task to another. Many of us experience 8-10 hours a days and 5 days a week without fail. We drone from one task to another to another, sipping as much coffee or coke as possible to make it through the day.

Today, I grabbed a napkin, got it wet…

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