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2021-11-27: Ode to Billie Collins Poetry Challenge Day 54 (Sat 11/27/21) Billie Collins is my hero. I love the way he writes. The …

2021-11-27: Tree House Poetry Challenge Day 53 (Fri 11/26/21) I’ve written some poems sitting in a bar, it may seem like I …

2021-11-25: Thanksgiving Poetry Challenge Day 52 (Thu 11/25/21) Thanksgiving. I love you. Yes, all of you… the current… the …

2021-11-24: Beards Poetry Challenge Day 51 (Wed 11/24/21) I’ve noticed Oregon has the corner On the beard market. The …

2021-11-24: The Bar Poetry Challenge Day 50 (Tue 11/23/21) Occasionally you need to hang out in your local bar. It’s …

2021-11-22: Rosemary Apple Pie Recipe Ingredients Filling ¼ C granulated sugar ¼ C water 2 large sprigs fresh …

2021-11-22: Thanksgiving Scallion-Cheddar Cornbread Stuffing Recipe Ingredients 5 Tbs unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan 1 bunch scallions 1 …

2021-11-22: Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole Recipe Ingredients 2 Tbs unsalted butter 2 pounds green beans, trimmed and broken in half 6 slices …

2021-11-22: Paid Poetry Challenge Day 49 (Mon 11/22/21) I paid, it forward.

2021-11-21: Online Search Poetry Challenge Day 48 (Sun 11/21/21) Adkins… …Caregiver, State of Oregon …Director of Field …

2021-11-20: Not A Poem Poetry Challenge Day 47 (Sat 11/20/21) I know this isn’t a poem. This is my life. As simple, and as …

2021-11-19: Pay It Forward Poetry Challenge Day 46 (11/19/21) Read Day 45 first… Out of nowhere, the answer presents itself. …

2021-11-19: The Din Poetry Challenge Day 45 (11/18/21) I can say, unequivocally I have never lived through a worse era. …

2021-11-19: Poetry Challenge Poetry Challenge Day 44 (11/17/21) The actual challenge here is to write poetry. Someone told me, …

2021-11-16: Social Media Poetry Challenge Day 43 (11/16/21) We can not see the value of our institutions because the walled …

2021-11-16: Black Poetry Challenge Day 42 (11/15/21) Think about this for a moment, There are no black people in …

2021-11-13: Caste Poetry Challenge Day 41 (11/14/21) Make no mistake the caste system is alive and well in America. …

2021-11-12: Drivers Poetry Challenge Day 40, Saturday November 13 Worst drivers on the road… those driving a Toyota …

2021-11-12: Virtue Journal Entry “A man of virtue ought to solve problems - not simply use them to attack his …

2021-11-12: Curse Poetry Challenge Day 39, Friday November 12 What is this curse: to have the desire of gods but the …

2021-11-12: Bad Poetry Journal Entry So I wrote a poem in Go this morning. It’s a calculator that tells me when I will …

2021-11-11: The Order Thursday November 11 (Poetry Challenge Day 38) I would rather adventure overland, than do anything …

2021-11-10: Fuck No Wedensday November 10 (Poetry Challenge Day 37) Let’s play a game… When I ask you a question, you …

2021-11-09: Climate Change Tuesday November 9 (Poetry Challenge Day 36) Some say yes, some say no. You can’t remember a time …

2021-11-08: What’s Going Down Journal Entry I can’t think of an “old” song more relevant to today than this one… There’s …

2021-11-08: Galere Monday November 8 (Poetry Challenge Day 35) I went to my inbox and found the word “Galere” in my …

2021-11-08: What To Do Before I Die Journal Entry First of all, I don’t intend to answer the question, I just want to consider it for a …

2021-11-07: Coffee Sunday November 7 (Poetry Challenge Day 34) Arabica beans are superior. Robusta beans taste like …

2021-11-06: Experiment Journal Entry I’m now experimenting with writing my “daily journal” in the Ulysses app. I never …

2021-11-06: Sierras Saturday November 6 (Poetry Challenge Day 33) It was the Fall of ’19 a few months before the …

2021-11-06: Dogs Friday November 5 (Poetry Challenge Day 32) If you want a friend get a dog. If you want to be …

2021-11-03: A Month Thursday November 4 (Poetry Challenge Day 31) I’m mildly surprised, I completed one month. Eleven …

2021-11-03: Poem Wednesday November 3 (Poetry Challenge Day 30) Any day you write a poem is a good day.

2021-11-03: Florida Tuesday November 2 (Poetry Challenge Day 29) My cat has no idea how lucky he is to be out of …

2021-11-01: No Obligation Monday November 1 (Poetry Challenge Day 28) I hearby release you from all obligation you may feel …

2021-11-01: Parliament Sunday October 31 (Poetry Challenge Day 27) Conservative member of Parliament, David Amess, stabbed …

2021-10-30: Advice Saturday October 30 (Poetry Challenge Day 26) You should never give advice. What you should do, is …

2021-10-29: Wilkerson, Isabel. "Caste." Random House; 2021. Journal Entry I simply can not recommend this book any more highly. Reading this book will give you …

2021-10-29: High Desert Friday October 29 (Poetry Challenge Day 25) Sunrise in the high desert is a joy to behold. It is so …

2021-10-28: Wind Chime Thursday October 28 (Poetry Challenge Day 24) This morning I awoke to my wind chime. It is such a …

2021-10-28: List Wedensday October 27 (Poetry Challenge Day 23) Dishwasher tablets. Small Olive Oil. Sandwich …

2021-10-26: Discovery Tuesday October 26 (Poetry Challenge Day 22) It occurred to me this morning that what I am really …

2021-10-26: Monterey 12.0.1 Allow me to digress momentarily into a realm of trivia likely of interest only to people that post …

2021-10-26: Triptych Monday October 25 (Poetry Challenge Day 21) One goes into the dirt at his feet. He doesn’t bend for …

2021-10-26: Shit Sunday October 24 (Poetry Challenge Day 20) It’s time to go buy some shit on Amazon… …or not. …

2021-10-23: Fountain Pen Saturday October 23 (Poetry Challenge Day 19) Few tools give me more pleasure than a fine fountain …

2021-10-22: Get On Your Bike And Ride Friday October 22 (Poetry Challenge Day 18) You could use this phrase to suggest someone needs to …

2021-10-21: When I Die Thursday October 21 (Poetry Challenge Day 17) You’ve heard the phrase ‘don’t cry for me.’ I’m going …

2021-10-19: My Cat Thinks I’m Stupid Wedensday October 20 (Poetry Challenge Day 16) He Is, There’s Little Doubt Did you know there is …

2021-10-19: Parking Tuesday October 19 (Poetry Challenge Day 15) It’s truly amazing how quickly we become frustrated …

2021-10-18: Crisis Monday October 18 (Poetry Challenge Day 14) The world is in crisis. I try to be optimistic. I think …

2021-10-16: Redmond Whiskey Fig Given to me by a bartender at the Wayfarer Hotel in Redmond Oregon 1 Marinated Fig 2 oz. Woodford …

2021-10-16: Daughter Sunday October 17 (Poetry Challenge Day 13) Happy Birthday daughter. Of all the things that could …

2021-10-16: Redmond Whiskey Sour Given to me by a bartender in Flagstaff Arizona 1 Egg White 2 oz. Woodford Reserve 1 oz. Lemon Juice …

2021-10-16: Redmond Manhattan Otherwise known as a Black Manhattan 2 oz. Woodford Reserve ¾ oz. Amaro Averna Sicilliano 4 …

2021-10-16: LST Saturday October 16 (Poetry Challenge Day 12) Poetry is in my blood. I remember when I was in High …

2021-10-15: Coffee Friday October 15 (Poetry Challenge Day 11) I couldn’t cut code without coffee. Now I can’t write …

2021-10-14: My Greatest Joy Thursday October 14 (Poetry Challenge Day 10) My greatest joy might be reading my poems to you in …

2021-10-13: My Greatest Fear Wedensday October 13 (Poetry Challenge Day 9) My greatest fear is that I will run out of things to …

2021-10-12: Famous People Tuesday October 12 (Poetry Challenge Day 8) I know a guy that dropped a pumpkin from the top of an …

2021-10-12: In Defense of (My) Poetry Monday October 11 (Poetry Challenge Day 7) I know some of you may be thinking is this poetry? If …

2021-10-12: Missing You Sunday October 10 (Poetry Challenge Day 6) It’s one thing to wake up every morning beside you, …

2021-10-12: The Oncely Alligator Saturday October 9 (Poetry Challenge Day 5) Perhaps all this poetry nonsense stems from my …

2021-10-12: Cats Friday October 8 (Poetry Challenge Day 4) What does a cat think? I wish I knew. When I look into …

2021-10-12: Water Thursday October 7 (Poetry Challenge Day 3) I forgot to water the plants - again. One of them seems …

2021-10-11: 475 Wednesday October 6 (Poetry Challenge Day 2) Four hundred seventy five miles. That’s a long day. I …

2021-10-11: I've Been Thinking Tuesday October 5 (Poetry Challenge Day 1) I’ve been thinking about writing a poem a day. Who would …

2021-08-23: The Burl Sitting in a tree house looking out surrounded by nothing but leaves I am suspended by the handiwork …

2021-06-19: Daughter's Day Yes it’s Father’s Day, but since I’m a Father myself it would presumptuous to write about me, so, …

2021-05-13: VPN This morning I started to set up my new router. I purchased this from a reseller that customizes …

2021-04-20: Fauci Danger: political commentary ahead. Before we go any further, let’s talk about that. Just …

2021-04-09: How To Be A Writer I’m the last person that should be attempting to answer that question. But there are a few things I …

2021-04-06: Bottle of Water There is a part of me that really hates to comment on politics. It seems like right now there isn’t …

2021-04-02: Pandemic This was written in March of 2020, one week into the stay at home order in Washington State. It is …

2021-04-02: Back in Kanab Friday, February 14, 2020 Kanab Utah Back in Kanab Red rock mountains, Monasteries on high, Need to …

2021-04-02: A Day Tuesday, December 17, 2019 A Day some might say it was a wasted day No. 2 bus to Downtown in and out …

2021-04-02: The Country Wednesday, November 20, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I …

2021-04-02: Ferlinghetti Rails Sunday, November 10, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

2021-04-02: The Road Tuesday, October 22, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

2021-04-02: Wind Friday, October 11, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

2021-04-02: El Cosmico Thursday, October 10, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

2021-04-02: Grass Thursday, October 3, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

2021-04-02: Birds Wednesday, October 2, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

2021-04-02: Lost Tuesday, September 24, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

2021-04-02: Good Poem, Bad Poem Friday, September 20, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

2021-04-02: Fishing (Or Ode to Sam McGee) Thursday, September 12, 2019 This post was written while hiking in the Sierra Mountains Fishing (Or …

2021-04-02: The Lake Wednesday, September 11, 2019 This post was written while hiking in the Sierra Mountains The Lake …

2021-04-02: Lake and Sky Sunday, August 25, 2019 This post was written while hiking in the Sierra Mountains Lake and Sky The …

2021-04-02: Sim Saturday, August 24, 2019 Sim Why are we here. Are we real, or are we some future sim. I have flesh, …

2021-04-02: Ride Monday, August 19, 2019 Ride We went for a ride The ferry took us across the water Together we …

2021-04-02: Feeling Friday, August 15, 2019 Feeling Do I feel good or do I feel well. It could be both. Although, I have …

2021-04-02: Dad Friday, August 2, 2019 Dad Who is this man? I barely know him. He coaches my Little League team. He …

2021-04-02: Hills Saturday, July 27, 2019 This poem was written when I was cycling around the Finger Lakes in Upstate …

2021-04-01: Just For Fun This post is rated for language Just got an email from Microsoft. They are in the process of …

2021-04-01: The Worst Roads There is no state with narrower roads, narrower shoulders, and more voter suppression than …

2021-04-01: Why This I’m finally getting around to (self) publishing the journal from my Southern Tier bicycle trip. If …

2021-03-31: Prologue - Sat Sept 14, 2019 “Once upon a time in a far-off kingdom there lay a small village at the edge of a wood…” San Diego …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sun Sept 15, 2019 Day 1 San Diego California The Southern Tier Tour officially begins! The group met to discuss the …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Mon Sept 16, 2019 Day 2 San Diego California Today we rode out to the coast from the Hostel. Two and a half miles to …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Tue Sept 17, 2019 Day 3 Get out of San Diego day It’s 4:00am. I’m up. I can’t sleep any longer. There is something …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Wed Sept 18, 2019 Day 4 San Diego to Jacumba Hot Springs First things first, I need to start with a correction to …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Thur Sept 19, 2019 Day 5 Jacumba Hot Sprints to Brawley California The day started with a nice climb out of Jacumba Hot …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Fri Sept 20, 2019 Day 6 Brawley to somewhere near Arizona It’s Saturday morning, I was too tired to write about the …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sat Sept 21, 2019 Day 7 California to Quartzite Arizona The day started with a flat 20 mile cruise through beautiful …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sun Sept 22, 2019 Day 8 Quartzite Arizona to Salome Today seemed particularly hot. I had another flat tire, but this …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Mon Sept 23, 2019 Day 9 Salome to Wickenburg Arizona Today was without a doubt, the most eventful day of the journey …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Tue Sept 24, 2019 Day 10 Wickenburg to Tempe I thought today’s ride would be uneventful, in fact I was worried that I …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Wed Sept 25, 2019 Day 11 Rest day Today we are on our own to rest up and enjoy some of the local flavor of Phoenix. We …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Thu Sept 26, 2019 Day 12 Get out of Phoenix day Today we left Phoenix behind and are now putting New Mexico in our …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Fri Sept 27, 2019 Day 13 Today’s destination Tonto Basin Arizona I’m excited about today. The map shows us climbing …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sat Sept 28, 2019 Day 14 No photos today. I haven’t found a solution for my broken cell phone. When I dropped the …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sun Sept 29, 2019 Day 15 Globe Arizona to Safford Arizona (The Salsa Trail) The new tires are working great. Last …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Mon Sept 30, 2019 Day 16 Get out of Arizona day Today turned out to be the toughest day yet. The route took us into …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Tue Oct 1, 2019 Day 17 Lordsburg New Mexica to Silver City New Mexico Another grueling day. Climbing 4,000 feet was …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Wed Oct 2, 2019 Day 18 This is our rest day. It came at a perfect time. I was exhausted from the last four days of …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Thu Oct 3, 2019 Day 19 Silver City New Mexico to Membres New Mexico Today I had to make a difficult choice. Take the …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Fri Oct 4, 2019 Day 20 Membres to somewhere else in New Mexico 6:00am. Last night it rained and it was difficult to …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sat Oct 5, 2019 Day 21 Somewhere in New Mexico to Las Cruces New Mexico Today we reached Las Cruces. Our route took …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sun Oct 6, 2019 Day 22 Get out of New Mexico day 6:06am Today marks the 1/3 completion point of the tour. At the end …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Mon Oct 7, 2019 Day 23 West Texas Today we faced a steady head wind, it turned out we were only doing 55 miles, not …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Tue Oct 8, 2019 Day 24 West Texas Today we covered 75 miles. The first 40 were generally up hill. It was railroad …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Wed Oct 9, 2019 Day 25 West Texas Today we covered 75 miles. For me, it was the toughest day yet. I lost the …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Thu Oct 10, 2019 Day 26 A well deserved day of rest. I’ll be in Austin Texas in 10 days! Today we are at the El …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Fri Oct 11, 2019 Day 27 Texas is big The hot tub last night at El Cosmico was divine. It was wood fired and the …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sat Oct 12, 2019 Day 28 Still in Texas Clouds came in last night! It’s going to be much more civilized today. I’m in …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sun Oct 13, 2019 Day 29 Just assume from here on out that I’m in Texas Today was a rolling 60 mile day to Langtry. …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Mon Oct 14, 2019 Day 30 I feel like I got some good rest last nigh. We camped in the lot adjacent to the Community …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Tue Oct 15, 2019 Day 31 It’s Wednesday morning. I’m writing this post the next morning because I was in no shape last …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Wed Oct 16, 2019 Day 32 I had fun taking photos today. The day started out by passing the “Dam Store.” I had to have …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Thu Oct 17, 2019 Day 33 Lost Maples Recreation Area to Ingram Morning. I’m not expecting today’s ride to be as …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Fri Oct 18, 2019 Day 34 Ingram to Lady Bird Johnson Recreation Area (Fredericksburg) I suppose this is as good a time …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sat Oct 19, 2019 Day 35 Lady Bird Johnson Recreation Area to Pedernales Falls State park I’m up early today, I can’t …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sun Oct 20, 2019 Day 36 Pedernales Falls State park to Austin It has been several years since I have been to Austin. …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Mon Oct 21 Day 37 Austin Texas - Rest Day #1 Last night I went looking for a good hearty meal. I more-or-less …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Tue Oct 22, 2019 Day 38 Austin Texas - Rest Day #2 Today was a total down day. I slept in, tinkered around with my …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Wed Oct 23, 2019 Day 39 Austin Texas - Rest Day #3 I spent a good part of the morning hanging out at Mello Johnny’s …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Thu Oct 24, 2019 Day 40 Austin to Bastrop Morning. Along the way I acquired eight 50ml (small) bottles of various …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Fri Oct 25, 2019 Day 41 Bastrop to Carmine Morning A front moved in last night. The temperature has dropped …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sat Oct 26, 2019 Day 42 Round Top to Navasota Morning The front that moved in 24 hours ago still seems to be …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sun Oct 27, 2019 Day 43 Navasota to New Waverly I’m enjoying some Jim Beam in my tent and writing this post. Not the …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Mon Oct 28, 2019 Day 44 New Waverly to Shepard Today was a pleasant surprise. I intended to double-down and do two …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Tue Oct 29, 2019 Day 45 Shepard to Silsbee I was chased by a Texas storm all day. When I left Shepard, I looked over …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Wed Oct 30, 2019 Day 46 Silsbee Texas to DeRidder Louisiana Morning Brace for weather. I don’t usually look at my …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Thu Oct 31, 2019 Day 47 DeRidder to Mamou Morning Brace for weather, only this morning it’s cold. Currently overcast …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Fri Nov 1, 2019 Day 48 Mamou to Bunkie Since today is November 1, I could start counting the days to completion of …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sat Nov 2, 2019 Day 49 Bunkie to New Roads Louisiana All things considered, a very good day. Still cold, but it is …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sun Nov 3, 2019 Day 50 New Roads Louisiana to Jackson Louisiana Morning Last night at the restaurant where I was …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Mon Nov 4, 2019 Day 51 Jackson Louisiana to Franklinton Louisiana I’m now in what I am referring to as the “Hill …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Tue Nov 5, 2019 Day 52 Franklinton Louisiana to Poplarville Mississippi I’m pretty sure there is no such thing as a …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Wed Nov 6, 2019 Day 53 Poplarville Mississippi to Biloxi Mississippi “Climbing is akin to love. It’s hard to …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Thu Nov 7, 2019 Day 54 Biloxi Mississippi to Dauphin Island Alabama I’m sitting on the second floor deck of a …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Fri Nov 8, 2019 Day 55 Dauphin Island Alabama Morning It is windy here on Dauphin Island but the Weather App says …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sat Nov 9, 2019 Day 56 Dauphin Island Alabama to Perdido Key Florida I caught the first ferry off Dauphin Island at …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sun Nov 10, 2019 Day 57 Perdido Key to Pensacola What exactly are we seeking in life? For most I think the answer to …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Mon Nov 11, 2019 Day 58 Pensacola Florida to Fort Walton Beach Florida My day started at the bike shop where I was …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Tue Nov 12, 2019 Day 59 Fort Walton Beach Florida to DeFuniak Sprints Florida Morning The best laid plans aren’t …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Wed Nov 13, 2019 Day 60 DeFuniak Springs Florida to Marianna Florida Morning It’s 6am, it’s clear outside, only a …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Thu Nov 14, 2019 Day 61 Marianna Florida to Tallahassee Florida The Weather App (I still trust it, but I’m starting …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Fri Nov 15, 2019 Day 62 Tallahassee Florida Morning Good heavens. It’s the Ides of November already. Even though in …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sat Nov 16, 2019 Day 63 Tallahassee Florida to Madison Florida The first 30 miles getting out of Tallahassee was one …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Sun Nov 17, 2019 Day 64 Madison Florida to Lake City Florida The day started with my Hallmark Channel friend driving …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Mon Nov 18, 2019 Day 65 Lake City Florida to Orange Park Florida Some mornings you start your day and you think …

2021-03-31: Southern Tier - Tue Nov 19, 2019 Day 66 Orange Park Florida to St. Augustine Florida Today was the final day of my journey to St. …

2021-03-31: Epilogue - Wed Nov 20, 2019 St. Augustine Florida This has been an epic journey. When you complete an accomplishment like this, …

2021-03-31: Hello World! I am going to start my writing journey by going back in time… The first posts here will be …