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  Artwork | Crafts | Dance | Fashion | JokesImages | MoviesTV | Music | Photography | Quotes | Sports | Stage Writers Need Followers Screenplay submitted New rules for writers Started a new story today How does writing affect y... read more

Catfish

  [from 1994, © 1994] by Eric McGovern It was a warm, humid night, as are most nights of August in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. It was ten p.m. and, as I loaded my fishing gear into my truck and looked up at the full moon, I was g... read more

Devastating Earthquake Rocks Southland

  [from 1993] A powerful earthquake measuring 8.3 on the Richter Scale brought Southern California to its knees just before dawn yesterday. Hundreds of buildings in the greater Los Angeles area were completely destroyed, dozens more re... read more

Aliens Spoke to Me

   [from 1993] I just started driving. I don't know why. Boredom, I guess. I left my house around noon. I'd had enough of watching football on t.v. and just felt like getting out. When I hopped into my truck I had no idea where I ... read more

Kangaroos Attacked Me

[from 1993] by Greg* — [* not really] There I was in Long Beach, California, having lunch down along the docks like I always do. It was a cool Autumn day, early November. I was watching the ships roll in ... then I'd watch ... read more

Remmy Gets Gas

  [from July 1990] by Bill Remmy pulled into the gas station and jumped out of his pickup. He went to the rear of the truck, checked his reflection in the camper shell window, smiled at himself, and slid the gas nozzle into the tank. ... read more

So Much for Sacrificial Rites

   [from February 1990] by Bill Holmes The High Priest announced, "We must sacrifice a human life tonight." The crowd of Mibuku natives milling around the fire immediately tensed and fell silent. Suddenly, the High Priest pointed hi... read more

Baub

  by William Arthur "Bill" Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 [From September 5, 1989] In the vast expanse of Llycete Spaceport's docking yard on this below-freezing winter morning, the Mraclys, a small ship badly in need of a paint... read more

Requiem for a pigeon

Requiem For A Pigeon by Bill We witnessed a pigeon's demise Right here on the dock o' the Bay There was nothing we could do Nothing we could say It just wasn't the pigeon's day We tried mouth-to-beak And the Heimlich technique... read more

Tweets

My Twitter feed: by @TheBillHolmes Some of my better ones, according to me ... Perfection should be demanded only from yourself, never from someone else. Even then, it's questionable because perfection doesn't exist. Never work ... read more

Poetry

Artwork | Crafts | Dance | Fashion | JokesImages | MoviesTV | Music | Photography | Quotes | Sports | Stage | Writing A Prince in Disguise A Saga of Seven Hats People you'll be missing and why THE RUN... read more

People you'll be missing and why

  by Jeannie Womack The time has come for you to move on, but I'm sure you'll be missing us while you are gone; No more conversation with boss Catherine to really make you think, You'll miss your adventures with supervisor Stella wh... read more

Hats

  by Jeannie Womack Joseph wore many hats in his life, the first one was of son, next an officer, a Dutch Marine, that to him was fun; In Maastricht, in '49, he married his childhood love, now he was Tina's devoted spouse, and t... read more

A Prince in Disguise

  by Jeannie Womack We met on the race track in '72 I couldn't resist his eyes, so blue We soon fell in love and started a life In '76 he made me his wife A teacher, leader, rebel and yes A son, brother, father, the best Boss man... read more

The Run

  by Jeannie Womack Running in the rain isn't the pain a non-runner might think it would be I put on my jacket that has a hood, lace up my shoes, and stretching is good I open the door, expecting more as the rain comes sprinkling ... read more

A Saga of Seven

  This is a story in the style called rap that'll surely encourage an afternoon nap of a family of seven, their kids and their wives and something regarding their travels and lives. Now first there was Greg, a Brooklyn-born lad; an... read more

Short Stories

  Artwork Jokes |  Music Photography |  Sports The password (if any) for these stories is "readme" (without the quotes). It's only meant to keep out search engines and other "bots." Really old (mostly bad) stories by Bil... read more

Books

New book out!Artwork | Crafts | Dance | Fashion | JokesImages | MoviesTV | Music | Photography | Quotes | Sports | Stage | Writing Writing-related posts iBooks, Nook) and paperback Clay and his fiercely independent, adopted te... read more

The Slow Leak

  by Steve Holmes Sept. 9, 2000 It was a gorgeous Sunday near the end of September and I needed some exercise. Exercise, just for the sake of exercise was probably best done by running on the treadmill at the athletic club. But on a d... read more

The Admired Car

  by Steve Holmes, © Copyright 2001 "Beep, beep, blink, blink!" How the car, George wished she could honk her horn and flash her lights. A car with a name? Yes, she knew her name was George because she heard one of her creato... read more

Dinko Goes Shopping

   by William Arthur "Bill" Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 There once was a cat named Dinko who loved food more than anything else in the world. Of course, when you're a cat, food is probably the single most important thing in the ... read more

Murder, or Just an Honest Mistake?

   by William Arthur "Bill" Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 [The following story is rated PG. You figure it out.] Madison Ripley Smith was sitting at his desk with his feet propped up when she walked in. Long legs, hourglass shape,... read more

A Day at the Fair

   by William Arthur "Bill" Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 I pulled into Angel's Camp around noon. I was supposed to be meeting my brother Don and his wife Diane there ... somewhere. We hadn't actually decided on a meeting place.... read more

Lunch at Jack-In-The-Box

   by William Arthur "Bill" Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 Driving around town the other day, I somehow ended up in Hollywood. I don't get to Hollywood much anymore and don't usually find myself missing it. But it was a beautiful d... read more

One of Those Nights

   by William Arthur "Bill" Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 It was late. Claude couldn't sleep. He decided to walk to the corner liquor store for munchies and beer. As he entered the store, he noticed a girl at the phone-booth by t... read more

Lipstick & WD-40

  by William Arthur "Bill" Holmes. © Copyright 1990 Sandi strolled out of the motel room wearing her tight spandex pants, high-heeled shoes and a simple peasant blouse. She had just turned another trick and she wanted to vomit. ... read more

A girl named Lucy

[from 1990] This is a story 'bout a girl named Lucy Otherwise known as "The Rappin' Watusi" She lays down a beat that gets your toes tappin' If your toes get tired, let your fingers do the snappin' She says "Hey buddy, don't you ... read more

My writer's platform

  WilliamArthurHolmes is my "writer's platform," with a page showing where you can buy, preview andor review all of my books. Or, just look below... Where to buy, preview or r... read more

Another day in paradise, day 2751

  Sitting here looking at James (not his real name) to my right. My workday would be sooooo much better if I could ignore him, but, being in the cubicle across the aisle, I can't. For those new to this space, James is an idiot. Liter... read more

All of my books

Another Way -- Dobie wants to save the world. His old boss wants to stop him. On tour in support of his "conspiracy solutions" book, Another Way: Beyond the Status Quo, Dobie meets Kaylie -- a simple country girl who might be smarter ... read more

Another Way: Beyond the Status Quo

  On Smashwords (which distributes to iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc.) and Amazon... read more

Hiking with Elizabeth, part 2

  [continued from Hiking with Elizabeth] The scariest part was when we stopped. Then he stopped. I had my phone in hand, looking at the map. There was a tense moment until he smiled and said, "Y'all lost?" "Just trying to find our ... read more

Hiking with Elizabeth

  Went hiking with my daughter, Elizabeth, yesterday evening. There's a nice little park in Thompson's Station with fairly extensive walking trails on the south end of the park, near the water tower. We saw an owl, so, with her new bi... read more

Lottery President

New book out! For most people, winning $300 million in the lottery would be enough. They would buy a big house, travel the world and retire. Not Benny. He decided to take the money and run ... for President. The house he had in mind w... read more

Last Train Out

New book out!Clay and his fiercely independent, adopted teenage daughter Jenna look forward to their upcoming "homeland tour" to Russia. Jenna's motives, however, are beyond anything Clay ever could have imagined. When she goes missin... read more

Temporary Insanity

New book out!Long before winning the lottery and running for president, Benny was living in L.A. working as a temporary word processor (glorified typist). For his latest assignment, he thought he was taking just another temp job. He d... read more

Operation Detour

New book out!Riva, a beautiful young "black ops" agent on her first assignment, tries to turn Alex into her own "asset" just to prove she can. When he loses both his job and his girlfriend, she thinks he's putty in her hands. When he ... read more

Recently-discovered book repository

  Hathi Trust Digital Library: hathitrust... read more

How to move a book store

New book out!Cool! Human-chain-helps-British-book-store-move-down-the-street All of My Novels... read more

Novels, novellas, 99 cents, Last Train Out, Operation Detour, Lottery President, Temporary Insanity

New book out!Each of my novelsnovellas is now 99 cents (or FREE through Kindle Unlimited) (link). Temporary Insanity is FREE. Other formats for Last Train Out are available at Smashwords, also for 99 cents. Last Train Out "Cla... read more

Too funny

  This is too funny not to share. See German man's car found 20 years after he lost it in parking garage. "Almost every driver has been there — when parking in a large lot or garage, it can be easy to misplace a car. But ... read more

Trail of blood

  Walking in from the parking lot into work this morning, on the sidewalk I saw what looked like a trail of blood. There was a big spot of it at the top of the sidewalk, and it dwindled as it continued toward the front door. What the...... read more

Ordering a sandwich

  Man behind the counter: What kind of meat? Me: Tuna. Man: Ham? Me: If by "ham" you mean "tuna," then yes.... read more

Yet another grammar rant

  In addition to "honoring our veteran's," how about if we honor our teachers who taught us punctuation, spelling, and the difference between possessive and plural? :)... read more

Cats Disrespecting Pugs

  So, I'm lying on the bed with the pug Joey between my legs. No, that's not a figure of speech. I'm referring to an actual dog. Anyway, the cat comes up, thinks about jumping across my legs to the other side, then decides to just step ... read more

Diary, 2017/07/29

I just went down the road to the quickie-mart and got coffee. It's something I do most every weekend morning since throwing away my home coffee maker to keep me from drinking too much of it. On the way there, I saw what I thought was ... read more

Free novella and novels

New book out!Free novella Temporary Insanity "Long before winning the lottery and running for president, Benny was living in L.A. working as a temporary word processor (glorified typist). For his latest assignment, he thought h... read more

Please patronize me

Check out my Patreon page. Patrons get free stuff! Well, not technically free since you do have to pay at least $1 to get anything. Still ... "It would be amazing if I had any fans at all to help finance what I do! Thank you... read more

Got yelled at today

  Got yelled at today ... by a quail. I was crossing an empty lot toward the soccer field when I heard squawking. I looked down, and there it was.... read more

Folding clothes

  I thought I'd watch some sports while folding clothes (making up for my complete lack of doing chores yesterday). My choices were NBA basketball (where travelling is only called after 6 or 7 steps), bull riding (where I just feel sorr... read more

Airlines misbehaving

United Airlines says "Thank you, American Airlines, now everyone finally knows we're not the ONLY a*holes!" Yes, the woman was apparently belligerent (just like United's victim), but these so-called professionals need to be ... read more

Being Human

  Makes me laugh when Facebook asks why I think something is funny or amazing. I'm thinking "Bite me. I don't have the time or inclination to teach your artificial 'intelligence' algorithms what it means to be human." Not that... read more

Wife's Jetta

Driving wife's Jetta while my car gets serviced. I called it a piece of $h!+ just before getting out. Its door then hit me in the forehead while I tried to climb out. So, I guess we're even.... read more

One of the all-time great rock-era lyricists

Listening to Don Henley this morning. He is one of the all-time great lyricistspoets. Just thought I'd say so. Then Don McLean came on, so ... ?? Of course, they can both be among the greatest, but Henley is probably THE greatest.... read more

Tornadoes

  Had to park under an overpass this morning to avoid tornadoes. No problems for me but one did touch down right near work. Someone said it hit Macy's (just across the Interstate).... read more

Cash back

  Don't you hate it when you tell the self-checkout register that you want cash back. Then by the time you're finished, because the $!?&@ machine has screwed up so many times, you've become distracted and forgotten all about the cash? Y... read more

Dumbing yourself down

  Be careful when dumbing yourself down. Before you know it, you will "succeed." #dumbingusdown... read more

Adjusted to winter

  You know you've adjusted to winter when you walk outside to 45F degrees and think "It's not bad out here!... read more

Writers Need Followers?

  Publishers and writing "gurus" preach that writers need followers. The problem is that emotionally-stable people don't want followers, they want friends, compatriots, people who listen, not followers. Especially zombie foll... read more

Out of toothpaste

  Me (joking, the other day): I'm out of toothpaste! Whaddaya gonna do about it? Wife (without missing a beat): Find a husband with toothpaste, I guess. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I married her. :) And that's why I'm a... read more

You know you're lazy when...

  You know you're lazy when you check weather instead of getting up and going outside to see what the weather is doing! I (eventually) went outside.... read more

Fence guy

So, the wife texts me saying, "Fence guy quoted $35500 to do the fence. He's coming out Wednesday." This is a fence repair for a small backyard, not a new thousand acre fence. Me: "How much?!" Wife (paraphra... read more

Christmas music

  With wife playing Christmas music this morning (as soon as is socially acceptable), it put me in the mood for this: Christian melodic death metal. Something for "Mr. Happy" to add to his Christmas music list? Enjoy!... read more

Awkward

So, I'm walking back from feeding the neighbor's dog while they're on vacation. I see my wife and daughter in the car up ahead, just about to turn onto our street. I'm looking at them. They're looking at me (or at least it feels like ... read more

Last Train Out

New book out!Last Train Out, eBook (iBooks, Kobo, Nook) and paperback Clay and his fiercely independent, adopted teenage daughter Jenna look forward to their upcoming "homeland tour" to Russia, though Jenna's motives are beyond what ... read more

Dare to be nice

  Dare to be nice (or friendly, even) once in a while instead of "cool." As my brother-in-law says, "Jus' sayin'."... read more

Cereal

  "I think I'm addicted to cereal," I said. "Addicted?" she asked. "Yeah, I'm gonna hit the street looking for my latest fix." "And by 'street,' you mean Aisle 3 at Kroger, right?" "Don't question my street cred!"... read more

My novels

New book out!While working on my latest novel (an extremely fictionalized and futurized follow-up to this), I thought I would mention my other novels, below. Please leave an honest review — good, bad or indifferent — on Am... read more

You saying I'm ugly?

  I was explaining to my 9 year old daughter what "networking" is, and that I'm not very good at it. She said, "That's because a lot of people judge you by your looks. And you're not ..." "You trying to say I'm ugly?" "I don't think s... read more

One too many cats

  I was up a little earlier than usual this morning, which apparently surprised one of the cats in our house. The thing is, we only have one cat. Any more than that is too many. This one — either a stray or just one of the neighbo... read more

Parents code of ethics

Signing my daughter up for softball, I just had to laugh at this (stripped down) Parents Code of Ethics: I will encourage good sportsmanship I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of my personal desir... read more

Best thrillers of all time

New book out!Best thrillers of all time. According to the Telegraph, anyway. An interesting list. Several if not most of these were that author's first novel (first published novel, anyway). I've actually read half of these, though... read more

Advice for writing

  A writer's narrative perspective (their "voice," or, how they come across to their reader) must be: This is me talking to you.That's it. Nothing more, nothing less.It's not: This is me 100 years ago speaking in a "classica... read more

My twitter feed

   Tweets by @TheBillHolmes And if the network you're on has Twitter blocked, but you're Jonesing for more of my "witty" banter, here are some of my favorites.... read more

Cold day in November

It was cold today in Nashville! The high for the day was only about 45. I guess that'll feel warm if we get that in January, but still.... It's supposed to get down to the mid-20s tonight. I know, I know. You all in Chicago and Mos... read more

This is deep

  I just had to share this comment someone left here on FriendsNews. Read it, absorb it, digest it, lather, rinse and repeat it. Then let me know what the %$^# it means! Here it is: "I comprehend that is genuinely uninterestin... read more

How does writing affect your brain?

  How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic].Interesting ... to me, anyway. "Most of us write a little something everyday. It might be a grocery list, a poem, or a write-up on the infographic of the day. As we go through this da... read more

Recent tweets

I remember when I didn't know what a "tweet" was, other than the sound a bird makes. It wasn't so long ago, either. Below is just a random list of tweets. Pathetic, I know, but I felt the need to put something new on the site. Anyway.... read more

Lost a friend

  No, not that kind of "lost" (knock on wood). So get that lump out of your throat. No, I just noticed I've lost a friend.Don't you hate it when you're walking along talking to someone, it's crowded, you hear a muffled scream but think ... read more

Dinner and a show

After stopping at Tara's sister Stephanie's house in Smyrna to pick up a newly-refurbished Kindle Fire that Todd had put together, we had dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant, Mi Tierra. Elizabeth was "dying for refried beans... read more

Just another Sunday

Wife and kid are off at this thing called "church." Maybe you've heard of it. I'm not familiar. Not sure what to make of it. :)I'm basically just hanging out waiting for the new mattress to be delivered. We told the delivery guy, "Any... read more

Started a new story today

  New book out!I started writing a new story today. Can't say much about it except that it's pretty much sci-fi, though it might wander into religion and politics. So, yeah, it should offend just about everyone.Then I took a break and s... read more

About my books

New book out!Click here for Lottery President or here for Operation Detour (or, the first half of it here, free). Here's one of my brothers reading Lottery President. He seems to be enjoying it. I swear I didn't pay him to do this. ... read more

Cracking up over Lottery President

New book out!Here's my Amazon Author's Page, where you can find both the paperback and Kindle versions of Lottery President and Operation Detour of your own. :)The Kindle books are available through Kindle Reader software as well as o... read more

Father's Day

  I'm just writing this post to get something new on the blog other than that free ad for Windows 7. :) We drove up to be with my wife's side of the family today for Father's Day. An "extra special treat" upon returning home was to dis... read more

Guest posting

  I've been following and listening to Jeff Goins's TribeWriters program, and he says an important aspect to successful blogging (at least as far as getting noticed) is to "guest post" on other people's blogs. Jeff is a great resource, ... read more

House cleaning

Doling out who would be doing what for today's house cleaning project, my wife Tara assigned the following to me: Strip and make the bed. Knowing me, she then felt the need to clarify this. "That means strip the bed." I'll ju... read more

Holiday World

I rode a rollercoaster for the first time in I don't know how long. It was a blast! The Raven has been voted "most awesome [or whatever] wooden coaster" several times in the past ten years. The Voyage, now the reigning champ of wooden... read more

Not pulled over

  Had a very brief, mundane, realistic dream the night before last in which I was pulled over by a traffic cop. I didn't think much about it until the next morning when I was going down Antioch Pike to a client's office. That particular... read more

I am now a published author

New book out!OK, so it's SELF-published, but still ... :) It's called "Lottery President." Hopefully, it's at least slightly entertaining. Tell a friend! Here's one of my brothers reading it. He seems to be enjoying it. I swear I d... read more

Cinco de Mayo

It was Cinco de Mayo, so we tried Moe's Southwest Grill. After ten minutes with very little movement (the line was so long), we left. Next we tried Las Palmas, a very good local chain. Same problem there. We didn't even bother standin... read more

Saved a life today

Probably. You never know about these things. Anyway, I had forgotten to buy cat food and that is what allowed me to be there in time to save a life. Taking my daughter to school this morning, I had to turn south on Nolensville Rd beca... read more

Great suction!

In preparation for the much-anticipated Comcast installation (Internet, not TV), I do as they suggest and clear out a space where I want them to put the cable wall jack. Once I have that space cleared, I decide to vacuum the area. It'... read more

Doing the dishes

  So, my wife tells me most people do the dishes every day. I don't believe her. "Every day?" I ask."Yes, every day," she says."Every single day?" I persist. She nods. "You don't mean," I search for clarification, "it's something that i... read more

Shaking while braking

Three and a half hours in the Pep Boys waiting room is always time well-spent, wouldn't you agree? :) I'm home now, appreciating the comfort of my office chair, but Pep Boys seriously needs to consider putting more comfortable seats i... read more

Denied again

This is the second "denial" in as many days. Yesterday it was the life insurance company. Today, I got one of those job application denial emails: Thank you for your interest in our [recent] opening. We have had a chance to review ... read more

Insurance companies

  Good news: SunLife Financial sent me a refund check! Bad news: It was because they denied my policy for, according to them, failing to send all of my paperwork in on time. Um, I think faxing it in at least a couple days prior to the d... read more

Tried to mow the lawn

  Well, I tried to mow the lawn, but the lawnmower wouldn't start. I swear. :) It's probably all clogged up from sitting there unused all winter. It was a hand-me-down mower, anyway, probably in need of replacing, but that's just not i... read more

Your novel blueprint

Good article for writers. via Your Novel Blueprint | WritersDigest "Writing a novel and building a house are pretty similar when you think about it. For instance, most builders or homeowners spend a lot of time dreamin... read more

Contentment

Contentment is lying in bed, social networking on my laptop, listening to my wife and daughter "fight"tease each other in the other room, while I've got the cat cuddled up on my left and two out of three pugs cuddled up on my right.... read more

Serialized version of Operation Detour

New book out!I have serialized my novel, "Operation Detour." The first several installments have been scheduled, one a day, starting yesterday. If you don't want to wait, get it here for just 99 cents. (or, the first half of it here... read more

A couple of books/novellas on Kindle

New book out!I've published a couple of booksnovellas on Kindle recently: "Lottery President" is a political thriller; and "Operation Detour" is a darkly comedic adventure (or, the first half of it here, free). Please tell a friend,... read more

Diary, 2012/07/02

  It almost rained today. I know, exciting. Apparently, it did rain pretty hard in some places, but not here on "the south side." Hopefully, by this time next week it will have rained several times. The possibility is in the forecast, ... read more

Diary, 2012/06/30

  It's supposed to be record heat again today. Yesterday was 109F degrees, which is unheard of in Nashville. Today is supposed to be 107F. I've already watered my fruit trees and vegetable garden in the backyard this morning. Yesterday ... read more

Lottery President ebook now available on Kindle

New book out!Click here for your Lottery President Kindle ebook. Tell a friend! You don't need an actual Kindle. You can download the software for whichever device you have, here. Here's one of my brothers reading my book, Lottery P... read more

Monkey Joe's again

This could get expensive coming here on a regular basis at $9-$10 every time, but Tara had a coupon that made it half price. We're at the new one in BrentwoodCool Springs. Much better than the one north of town near Rivergate. Mu... read more

New rules for writers

  Anis Shivani: New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More.... read more

Couch potato

I've been a couch potato all day. Well, most of the day. I did finally pull up the dead "crops" in the vegetable garden at one point. And I did do some recycling, taking the paper, bottles, cans and plastic bags out of the trash c... read more

Winter has arrived

It's been snowing all day, at least an inch and a half accumulation. Earlier, I put some de-icer on the driveway in preparation for tomorrow morning. Before that, I had to walk the dogs in the snow. You know, pugs don't like s... read more

New washer

The new washer was delivered today. I let them take the old one away even though we'd just bought it (used) a week ago. That's right, it lasted just one week. Oh well, we didn't really need that $200 (after tax and delivery), anyway. ... read more

Yesterday

  Tara had a busy "day off." Her basic schedule consisted of: 1) taking our pug Chandler back to the vet (for the fifth or sixth time the past month) to check on his ulcerated cornea; 2) awaiting delivery of our "new" used clothes washe... read more

Lucy's birthday

  Today's my sister Lucy's birthday. She must be having a good one, because she has not replied to anyone's email birthday greeting. The previous weekend was our nephew Daniel's 2nd birthday party in Smyrna. That kid partied... read more

Diary, 2010/07/25

  Just got back from an all day shopping excursion. I don't know how Tara does it every week. I told her that was harder work than going to the office all day. She said, "So, you appreciate me more now?" Of course, I said yes. Firs... read more

Diary, 2010/07/24

  We all went to the Nashville Zoo today. My God it was hot ... and sticky. Luckily, Blue Bell Ice Cream was handing out free cups of vanilla ice cream, which we grabbed upon arrival and at departure. I think today was literally the hot... read more

Diary, 2010/07/23

  I'm lying here on the couch — with the pugs asleep next to me — getting my "new" laptop just the way I like it. A customer was supposed to show up and drop off their laptop today at 3, but that never happened. Shoulda ... read more

Aetna reverses its decision

My insurance company, Aetna, which denied a $10,000 medical claim last year, has finally reversed its decision (after my second appeal) and decided to "process the claim" again.Woo-hoo!Let's see how it actually shakes out, though, bef... read more

Bird in the house

  Woke up this morning to a bird in the kitchen. I had a hunch the cat Sunny had brought something inside because, while still half asleep, I heard her banging around outside of the bedroom somewhere.Anyway, I walked into the kitchen, a... read more

Installed the new dishwasher

  I finally got around to installing the new dishwasher that Tara's sister Stephanie mysteriously bought for us. Not sure why, but I never look a gift horse in the mouth. Seriously, if anyone ever feels like giving me something, feel fr... read more

McDonalds wi-fi

In Nashville, anyway, it seems you can get around their proxy system (those outlets that use it), simply by using Google Chrome and maybe Firefox. It might be as simple as using any browser other than Internet Explorer. Using Interne... read more

Happy spring!

I am sooooo glad winter is over ... here in Nashville, anyway. I'm also glad we're not getting any flooding like North Dakota. Now, I need to make up for last year in my vegetable garden. Last year was a wash-out because of the late f... read more

Screenplay submitted

  I submitted a screenplay to Scriptapalooza today. See scriptapalooza. The first deadline is Friday the 5th. The real deadline is April 15. I think first prize is $10,000, but the main thing is that real Hollywood industry people r... read more

My Cousin Kenny's book

  New book out! Scared to Life ... and Loving It!: One Man's Journey With Prostate Cancer (Paperback) Bookspublications by other family members My Life - Lionel Joseph Holmes by Lionel Holmes "This is Lionel Joseph Holmes... read more

Thawing out

  Hopefully. It snowed a good 5-6 inches Friday in and around Nashville. It wasn't good snowmansnowball snow, though. Not in our neighborhood, anyway. It was too crusty because of the freezing rain that came after the snow. It made... read more

Stories to download

New book out!Get your "eBooks" here!Links to my Amazon book page. All of My Novels... read more

A day without my car

  I'm just testing this Windows Live Writer software. UPDATE: There's now a newer, "open-source" version here. It was a dark and stormy night ... No, it was an unusually cold day ... yeah, that's it ... for the first week o... read more

Diary, 2009/10/28

  We had a "Fall Festival" party at Elizabeth's daycarepreschool tonight (called that because some parents don't like Halloween). Elizabeth went dressed up in her Minnie Mouse costume. She was very cute. But then, she's cute no matter ... read more

Diary, 2009/10/17

  Been trying to learn Cisco (network routing equipment) online through skillsoft, which I was given access to in my severance package. Maybe I need to just move out in order to get everything done that needs getting done. My 4 year... read more

Diary, 2009/10/15

  Two weeks shy of my birthday and I'm still looking for a job. I don't know why. I never really fit in at these corporate soul-sucking places. Oh that's right, I need to pay the mortgage, daycare, grocery bill, utilities, car payment a... read more

Too many doctors lately

I had knee surgery the other day. They removed my bursa sac that kept filling up with fluid due to an injury. The only thing I can figure is that it happened when I helped this neighbor kid stop his bike as he was coming down the hill... read more

Haircut

Got a haircut today. Finally! What little I have left — after all the stress at work and the stress of the recent back pain — was getting pretty long and goofy-looking unless it was wet and slicked back. Anyway, I was sitt... read more

Christmas 2008

  It took five months, but here it is: Christmas 2008... read more

New fence

I forgot to mention that I built a fence last weekend. It only spans about 12 feet from the side of the house to the retaining wall dividing us from our slightly-uphill neighbor. I've still got to cut a gate into it. Hopefully, I can ... read more

Thought for the day

  I was noticing how I'm not as good of a speller as I used be, or at least not as quick. Old age, I figured. Brain deteriorating. Oh well. Then I decided it's not necessarily that big a deal when certain brain synapses or pathwayshab... read more

Diary, 2009/04/02

  Today is Dad's birthday. 90 years old! Amazing. I'm 48, in case you're wondering. Amazing ... ly disgusting! Oh well. Anyway, back to Dad. Longevity runs in his side of the family. His mother lived to be 101. His father made it to... read more

Our first outside Christmas lights, ever!

  That's it. No story. Here's the link: Our first outside Christmas lights... read more

Diary, 2008/11/10

  Parents all worry about how well they're raising their kids; how they will behave; what kind of people they will grow up to be. Well, tonight I discovered a sad truth about our youngest daughter, Sunny. She likes to hang out in gutter... read more

Diary, 2008/11/07

  Well, I had a hell of a day. It started off normally enough, though it was raining, which is increasingly rare around here. I dropped Elizabeth off at school on my way to work, and from there my day took a wrong turn. I took side str... read more

Diary, 2008/04/26

  I took Joey to the vet this morning for a routine follow-up. I volunteered because I thought his appointment would conflict with Tara's plans to take Elizabeth to meet up with her Auntie, Tara's sister Sandy, at the Franklin Street Fa... read more

Good Friday

It WAS a good Friday. There was nothing religious about it. If you know me at all, that wouldn't surprise you. I was just reading my previous post and wanted to have something more positive this time. We're all still adjusting to eac... read more

Bill and Tara's excellent adventure

  It started out as an innocent attempt at "dinner and a movie" on a Saturday night. It turned into... Tara's nightmare! Okay, maybe it wasn't quite that bad, but still... We had dinner at Schlotzsky's, each of us ordering ... read more

A day at the races

[from 1994] The first Saturday in May. What does this date mean to you? Probably nothing, except that Spring has finally arrived, unless you live in California where it's been Spring already for two months or more — real Sp... read more

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