I have taken up writing in my retirement; more for a desire to write than for the money. At age 77, I have long been a writer of letters to the editor, to politicians, and various publications.
Sharks - Myth and Fact
It was a beautiful day for surfing. I arrived just before the sun rose. The swells were three to five feet being nicely held up by a perfect off-shore breeze. The temperature was in the mid-twenties and there was just me and four others on the beach. Surfing heaven - except for the sign at the trailhead leading down to the beach that stated very clearly; Shark Sighted. Swim and Surf At Your Own Risk.
Threading A Camel Through The Eye Of A Needle
The eye of the needle mentioned in the book of Matthew in the Christian bible was one of several gates that provided passage through the city of Jerusalem's defensive walls. The Needle Gate was used when the city's main gates were closed at night and used for people entering the city "after hours."
Three Packages For Charlie
Charlie stared at the suspicious packages, one wrapped in brown paper and the other a plain white box, all taped up, sitting on his front steps. They must have had been left sometime between his arriving home around 11:30 last night and retrieving his morning papers at seven this morning.
A Slice Of Chocolate Cake Heaven
Call me eccentric if you like. Some may even call me weird. Whatever the case; I love chocolate cake. When I say I love chocolate cake, I mean I LOVE chocolate cake. Not any old chocolate cake. Not the mass-produced store-bought kind but cake created by a chef or a baker who actually cares about the ingredients and the end product. My idea of heaven is to sit at a table on a beautiful sunny day, not too hot, on a quiet street at an outdoor cafe frequented by pretty girls, at a table shaded by an umbrella with a perfect cup of coffee and a perfect slice of perfect chocolate cake.
Ghosts and an Old Barn
The little town of Maple Bay was as run down as any town could be in the time following the recession. There were a few businesses still open such as Gus's Hardware and Milly's Cafe. The latter served the best breakfasts for miles, not that Milly's had a lot of competition.
Mussels, The Jewels Of The Sea
Mussels are different all around the world. I have feasted on them in Ireland, England, various places in Europe, Australia and North America and in my humble opinion, the best mussels in the world come from New Zealand.
Mars? No Thank you
The lake had long ago dried up. A lonely dock stood perched on its pilings looking as out of place under the burning sun as an iceberg in tropical waters. Even with the evidence of past water indicated by the bathtub-like rings meandering around the periphery of the lake bed, it was hard to believe this was the remains of a once-thriving vacation destination.
Twig, A Fairy Story For Kids and Adults
When I was just five years of age, I became fascinated by a book that one of my sisters was given as a birthday present. The name of the book was simply Twig. I thought this was really interesting as our family name is Trigg. Possessing the name Trigg, one is subject to many teasings on the variations of the name such as the "trigger" of a gun, Trigger, Roy Roger's horse, and of course, a small branch on a tree - a twig.