It's always a good thing to change what you're doing every now and then and try something different. So, if you're going to write 50 word stories in response to the daily post prompt, try something new. How about a story about Donald Trump as a Dickensian character? It's a test.  

Trumpet’s Triumph, Part I, a Dickensian tale

Part 1 of The Rise & Fall of Donald Trumpet Esq. Picture credit: nymag.com After posting a story yesterday,,  reblogged from The Literary Hub, about the origins of some of those names so beloved of Victorian English writer, Charles Dickens, it occurred to me that Donald Trump would've made an ideal Dickensian moniker. So I…Read more Trumpet’s Triumph, Part I, a Dickensian tale

Bury My Heart at Standing Rock

Sep. 29, 2016 08:49AM EST 21 Arrested During Peaceful Prayer Ceremony at Standing Rock - WAR INA BABYLON Dan Zukowski  The Morton County Sheriff's Department, whose officers used mace and unleashed dogs on Dakota Access Pipeline protestors earlier this month, sent in armored vehicles and arrested 21 people Wednesday at two sites. But a video…Read more Bury My Heart at Standing Rock

10 Dickensian Character Names Deciphered

This article was in a recent edition of Literary Hub and it made me wonder if Charles Dickens was writing today, would Donald Trump be one of his characters? From Mr. Pumblechook to Mr. Pecksniff, the Meaning Behind the Monikers   By Bryan Kozlowski You have to love Charles Dickens’ knack for naming characters. Who else could…Read more 10 Dickensian Character Names Deciphered

Who Gets to Write What? – NY Times

By KAITLYN GREENIDGE September 24, 2016 When I was in graduate school, I remember a fellow writer bringing to a workshop a lynching scene. The writer was not black. He was, in fact, a Chinese-American man named Bill Cheng, who would go on to write a novel of the blues called “Southern Cross the Dog.” In class…Read more Who Gets to Write What? – NY Times


  The Black Knight is not a quitter. It says so on his family coat of arms, 'Never Give Up' it says, in Latin, 'NUNQUAM CEDE' and he is damned if he is going to let the side down. It is true, he's legless and armless, but finished?  He disagrees.

Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Powered Early Space Exploration

A heartening testament to “the triumph of meritocracy” and to the idea that “each of us should be allowed to rise as far as our talent and hard work can take us.” By Maria Popova “No woman should say, ‘I am but a woman!’ But a woman! What more can you ask to be?” astronomer…Read more Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Powered Early Space Exploration


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q Norway plans to kill off its critically endangered  wolf population. Are they crazy? I love to eat shellfish and scallops are one of my particular favourites. I don't like to eat them, though because the way they are fished - dredging - is hazardous to other sea life and their ecosystem.  So, when I…Read more WOLVES GIVE LIFE