Category Archives: Mental Health

Code of The Letter

I’m Jeanne Eagels proud to report when I star in The Letter of 1929, before the Motion Picture Production Code lengthens dresses and stifles hearts to promote moral hypocrisy, we ignore melodramatic compromises and tell the truth about passionate, profane, and imperfect human beings. I’m relieved, for a moment, pumping several shots into my longtime […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bette Davis, Drugs, Heroin, Jeanne Eagels, Movies

Freddy Reviews Daughter’s Book

Certainly I’ve already read my daughter Mary Trump’s book Too Much and Never Enough. And I’m proud it’s the bestselling book in the nation. No matter what Donald says, he knows this deal’s a winner, though not for him. I admire Mary’s years of study in clinical psychology and her careful analysis of my father […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Donald Trump, Fred Trump, Psychology, Psychopharmacology

Online Doctor

She needs to see her doctor and for days has been anxious for their meeting tomorrow. Thank goodness. There’s the text confirmation from his office. All she needs to do is reply yes. But this text is highlighted in drab green and states: Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will email you a link tomorrow to […]

Also posted in Coronavirus, Donald Trump

Marilyn Likes It Hot

The star of Some Like It Hot knows she moves and sounds like no one else. “Where have you been, Marilyn?” asks the director, Billy Wilder. “I’ve been sleeping. How about you?” “You’re two hours late, again.” “I’m sorry, Billy, but I couldn’t sleep last night and took some pills that just knocked me out.” […]

Also posted in Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, Movies, Tony Curtis

Joe Six Pack Demands Better Security After Mass Killings

I know you’re not surprised what the libtards have been shouting all week since the first of four mass shootings: ban assault rifles. That’s the last thing an American should ask for, and I’m confident most citizens understand what we really need is to arm ourselves better and always be ready to kill the bad […]

Also posted in Dayton, Donald Trump, El Paso, Guns, Joe Six Pack, Murder, NRA

Interviewing Van Gogh

I step to the side of his gravestone, enlivened by ivy and red flowers, and say, “Vincent, may I please speak to you a moment?” “You may not,” says Theo, the man in the adjacent plot. “And why not?” “My brother’s tired of more than a century of adulation and wealth he’ll never experience. And […]

Also posted in Painters, Paul Gauguin, Suicide, Vincent Van Gogh

Thousand Oaks Nightmare

former marine throws smoke grenades into thousand oaks nightclub and opens fire again compelling responsible citizens to ask why is anyone allowed to own extra-capacity magazines and other weapons of mass destruction

Also posted in Donald Trump, Guns, Murder, NRA

King of Comedy

After the show at a New York comedy club, I order another orange juice, scan a few dozen tables in a room where the lights just came on, and notice two old men in the furthest corner. One’s about ninety and the other in his seventies. My eyes must be haywire. Is that really them? […]

Also posted in Comedians, Jerry Lewis, Kidnapping, Martin Scorsese, Movies, Robert De Niro, The King of Comedy

Garage Sale

This is going to be the greatest garage sale ever. I’ve advertised in the newspaper and posted pictures on social media and taped flyers throughout the neighborhood and told some neighbors and friends to come over this beautiful Saturday spring morning starting at seven. I open the garage door a half hour early and several […]

Also posted in Divorce, Furniture, Garage Sales, Housing, Jewelry, Jose Abeto Zaide, Marriage, Romance, Tales of Romance

Guns and War

On the recent Saturday when a few million citizens, many quite young, gathered to protest gun violence in scores of cities and towns from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, I boosted several of my Facebook links to stories I’d written about guns and war. These promotions attracted many new readers who, by demographic selection, I’d […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Guns, John Bolton, Kim Jong-Un, Korea, Murder, NRA, Nuclear Weapons

Gun Safety in the Classroom

I love living and going to high school in a beautiful California town by the sea where my favorite teacher is Mr. Smith. He’s also got eleven years of experience as a reserve police officer and really knows a lot about guns. This morning, in his administration of justice class, he’s showing us how to […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Guns, Murder

Presidential Fire

yeah that’s right i told some republican politicians they were scared of the nra but i’m not i just had a couple of meetings and decided it’s better we keep letting kids eighteen buy assault weapons

Also posted in Donald Trump, Guns, Murder, NRA

Wayne LaPierre Visits Trump

America’s protector in chief, Wayne LaPierre, enters the White House and, as a secret service agent approaches, waves go away. “It’s okay, I’m only packing a pistol.” “Excuse me, sir, but no one’s permitted to bear a firearm when entering the Oval Office.” “Listen, son, I’m head of the NRA that donated more than thirty […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Guns, Murder, NRA, Wayne LaPierre

Marco Rubio Embraces NRA

I care about my constituents. They’re hurting and angry after tragic losses at a high school in Parkland, Florida and unhappy the NRA gave me a hundred percent approval rating and three million dollars for my Senate reelection campaign. I’m proud the NRA appreciates my defense of all guns and my commitment to God. That […]

Also posted in Guns, Marco Rubio, Murder, NRA, Religion

Fortifying Schools

I’m dynamic General Jones on my way to becoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Before I get there, right away, in fact, I’m going to unveil my blueprint for fortifying our schools, arming our educators, and protecting our children from the insanity and violence of those who misuse some of the most wonderful […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Guns, Murder, NRA

Trump Victimized

trump tweets fbi so busy framing me for colluding with russia it failed to follow up signals from florida school shooter

Also posted in Donald Trump, Guns, Murder

NRA Praises AR-15 Rifle

As I write this on Sunday afternoon, four days after deranged Nikolas Cruz used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to massacre seventeen former high school classmates in Parkland, Florida, I again check the National Rifle Association website – NRA.org – and still predictably find nothing about another national tragedy. Instead, the NRA has reposted an article […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Guns, Murder, NRA


impotent old shooters stroke their guns

Also posted in Donald Trump, Guns, Murder, NRA

Trump Arms Mentally Ill

why did trump overturn obama-era regulation making it more difficult for mentally ill to get guns NBC News story about Trump and this issue

Also posted in Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Guns, Murder, NRA

Open Season

republicans quickly aim and fire gun control wouldn’t have prevented slaughter at florida school

Also posted in Guns, Murder

Help Us, NRA

nra still hasn’t updated its website wonder why

Also posted in Education, Guns, Murder, NRA

We Love Guns

another massacre proves every school must have metal detectors armed security guards armed teachers armed students anyone caught without gun will be shot

Also posted in Education, Guns, Murder, NRA

She Lives with Vincent van Gogh

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”, which contains pieces about Van Gogh, Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Winslow Homer, Diane Arbus, and dozens of other great artists.

Also posted in George W. Bush, Paint it Blue, Painters, Vincent Van Gogh

Therapy – A Short Story about a Basketball Player

The basketball bounced long into Jimmy Barton’s strong hands, and he dribbled straight at the player who’d shot and was now backpedaling, and as he passed half-court Jimmy planted his right foot and drove left but instantly cross-dribbled, twisting the defender onto the floor, and glided in for a lay-up. Haggin, the center, ran up […]

Also posted in Basketball and Football, Depression, George Thomas Clark, The Bold Investor, Therapy

Hemingway v. Fitzgerald

As a young screenwriter who helped but a little on the script of a recent movie featuring Frederic March, I’m stunned the star invites me to his lavish Beverly Hills home to watch a screening of the documentary The Spanish Earth written and narrated by Ernest Hemingway, who Frederic says will be there along with […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frederic March, Movies, Spain, Writers

Heath Ledger to Tiger Woods

Dear Tiger, I’m not going to preach, from a faraway place, but I’m damn well going to tell you about prescription drug abuse. You may know I’ve been gone more than nine years now, and like you mixed drugs that taken together dramatically increase their effects and stop many young, strong hearts. Choose any statistics […]

Also posted in Drugs, Elvis Presley, Golf, Heath Ledger, Movies, Tiger Woods

Vivien Leigh in the Hotel

I work at a great Manhattan hotel whose name I better not mention. I’m just a bellhop but only twenty-two and know I’m going to have a great job someday. Today, I’m rolling a cart with the luggage of a special guest: she’s Vivien Leigh, Scarlett O’Hara in the flesh, and almost as beautiful now […]

Also posted in Laurence Olivier, Movies, Vivien Leigh

Marvin Gaye to his Father

Dear Father, Why do you beat me so? I’m your son and love listening to your inspired sermons and beautiful singing and know someday you’ll be more than a lay preacher. Most of all I enjoy being with you and hoping someday you’ll be proud of me. I know you will. You’ll hug me, and […]

Also posted in Berry Gordy, Cocaine, Detroit, Divorce, Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye, Motown, Murder, Music

Simone Biles Opens Up

In an open-hearted but devious effort we have employed the regular media, mind readers, the National Security Agency, pharmacologists, and other intrusive individuals and entities to engage Simone Biles and determine what she’s really thinking. That’s none of our business, you might say. And to that I respond: why, then, are you reading this? I’ll […]

Also posted in Anoxeria Nervosa, Gymnastics, Oprah Winfrey, Simone Biles

Van Gogh In the Road

On an exotic summer Sunday I step into the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and head not toward a vision but a sound. “It’s the light or, rather, the lack of light in The Outskirts of Paris that makes this dirt road and the man in it faceless and gray and in need of southern […]

Also posted in Painters, Paris, Poverty, Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh on the Verge

Handing over my ticket, I’m excited to enter the Van Gogh Museum for another emotional exhibition. I’ve been to many and read about all the others. On the Verge of Insanity is a great title. By that I mean it’s appropriate. Look at Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear and Pipe: Vincent looms under a heavy […]

Also posted in Painters, Suicide, Vincent Van Gogh

Homeless on the River

This story is in “In Other Hands,” a collection of riveting stories about human trafficking, prostitution, poverty, and homelessness.

Also posted in Alcohol, Bakersfield, Drugs, Economics, Health, Homeless, Kern River, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Poverty

Objective, Atherton

Don’t misunderstand, I love the plains of Atherton but even more the hills where I can gaze over the Silicon Valley and dream I’ll someday be part of this. I know I’m not now. I live in a Section 8 studio in Modesto and can only drive to the Bay Area once a month for […]

Also posted in Atherton, Baseball, Bay Area, Computers, Football, Joe Montana, Larry Ellison, Poverty, Ty Cobb, Willie Mays

Slab Man

My husband left me last night not for another woman but because he just found out I loved his best friend but that shouldn’t have mattered much since that guy’d dumped me a couple of weeks earlier. I sure was feeling bad this afternoon and told my boss I had a fever and needed to […]

Also posted in Infidelity, Marriage, Painters, Sculptors, Stanford University

Deli Delight

I was hungry and the manager of the gallery showing wild faces said the deli across the street’s world famous go on over and get something. Okay I said and pressed the steel arrow to red-light busy Melrose Ave. and allow me to cross. Inside the deli large glass cases featured food I began studying […]

Also posted in Food, Hollywood, Lawyers, Los Angeles, Painters

Parking Lot Painter

No one buys my oil paintings on canvas. No one buys my acrylics. No one buys my watercolors. No one hires me to paint murals. They’re all fools. I have great work crying to be seen, and I prove it every weekend at street painting festivals all over. We don’t actually paint. We draw, usually […]

Also posted in Art, Domestic Violence, Painters

Lamar Odom to the Hoop

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Alcohol, Basketball, Cocaine, Depression, Lamar Odom, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Marijuana, Nicotine, Prostitution

Eruption of Enrique Guzman

You consider that a national-prize painting, ten feet of completely black resin and charcoal offering no message or creativity. I don’t care we’re in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and some might say I’m jealous I didn’t win. Nonsense. It’s necessary to be outraged and impossible to tolerate such a mockery of […]

Also posted in Aguascalientes, Beatriz Zamora, Depression, Enrique Guzman, Mexico, Mexico City, Painters, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Suicide

Vincent’s Self-Portraits

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” Self-Portrait in Front of the Easel Self-Portrait from Arles Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear Self-Portrait (The Final One)

Also posted in Painters, Uncategorized, Vincent Van Gogh

The Starry Night

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” The Starry Night

Also posted in Painters, The Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh


This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” Vase with Fourteen Sunflowers

Also posted in Painters, Sunflowers, Vincent Van Gogh

The Potato Eaters

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” The Potato Eaters

Also posted in Painters, Poverty, The Potato Eaters, Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Sells

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” Self Portrait, September 1889

Also posted in Painters, Vincent Van Gogh

She Lives with Vincent

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” Gallery Sorrow Sien, Sewing, Half-Figure

Also posted in Painters, Suicide, Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh v. Gauguin

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Art, Painters, Paul Gauguin, Suicide, Vincent Van Gogh

Curing Dan Gilbert

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Chris Bosh, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Detroit, Drugs, Dwyane Wade, Elvis Presley, Lebron James, Manu Ginobelli, Michael Jackson, Tim Duncan

Lupe Velez v. Dolores del Rio

I’m a lover and hate people who say in Mexico City my mother rented my teenage body. That’s a lie. I was always a good singer and comedienne and first appeared in Hollywood films before turning twenty. I’ve loved many leading men and others and still do and for a few years adored Gary Cooper […]

Also posted in Boxing, Depression, Dolores del Rio, Gary Cooper, Johnny Weismuller, Lupe Velez, Movies, Orson Welles, Suicide

The In Crowd

I’m a leader and other girls do what I say and fifteen are helping me deal with Rebecca. I’m bigger and can easily beat her up by myself but that’s not the point. I want everyone to hate her. She used to see a guy who dropped her for me. That’s not enough either. The […]

Also posted in Bullies, Bullying, Education, Families, Suicide

End of Suffering

Frankly, I don’t often feel well and really should say I never do. I don’t know what the problem is but try to feel better by smoking bath salts, not the stuff you use in the tub but a combination of chemicals that’re way stronger than amphetamines. This morning the bath salts hit me much […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Drugs, Families, Murder

Flight of Insanity

During my recent trip to Spain film director Pedro Almodóvar calls and invites me to join him on a short flight from Madrid to Marbella. Since I’ve never flown first class or met movie celebrities, I accept, figuring I’ll learn much about filmmaking. What a horrific misconception. First, I can’t find Pedro, and the flight […]

Also posted in Homosexuals, Movies, Pedro Almodovar, Planes

Our Son

He’s good son until bipolar disorder attacks in high school and makes crazy, and Dad and I are relieved he marries bipolar woman and moves away so we rarely see. Years later he calls and says she divorced him, and I overrule Dad and say, we’ve got to make room. In few days he’s scarier […]

Also posted in Families, Murder


Sarah didn’t enjoy husband, family, or friends and had no interests save gambling and was happy to live near casino she rushed to three, four, five times weekly and pushed credit card into slots she played hours, stopping only to curse rigged system. She said this was best part of life so didn’t mind burning […]

Also posted in Economics, Friendship, Gambling, Marriage

When Termperament Wins

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Alcohol, Boxing, Drugs, Edwin Rosario, Loreto Garza, Vinny Pazienza

Upstaging Maestro

sinuous hair strikes bernstein seizing baton

Also posted in Leonard Bernstein, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music, PBS, Short Pieces - GTC

Brahms Meets Tchaikovsky

Brahms and Tchaikovsky once met. Don’t like your work, said former. Don’t like yours either, he replied.

Also posted in Johannes Brahms, Music, Peter Tchaikovsky, Poetry - GTC, Short Pieces - GTC

Man in Beret

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Marriage, Short Pieces - GTC, Suicide

Wild Peanuts

Joe avoided peanut butter, banning from house and no thanking those who offered. Three years later he decided could handle by setting limits, one thin sandwich. Joe again delighted in peanut butter and reveled in moderation until eating second sandwich washed down with milk. Then he ate third fourth fifth. Next day he began using […]

Also posted in Food, Health, Short Pieces - GTC

Lawn Jobs II

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Cars & Driving, Dating, Romance, Short Pieces - GTC

Chimney Sweep

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Alcohol, Doctors, Romance, Short Pieces - GTC

Sunday School

Lady teaching Sunday school passes out coloring books and crayons and says draw pretty pictures. All kids comply but one scratches black lines over faces and bodies, forcing concerned lady to gently remove and wad.

Also posted in Children, Religion, Short Pieces - GTC

When Is a Boxer Too Old?

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Brain, Suicide

The Right Room

First time in Puerto Vallarta I was hungover standing at basin, looking into fright, when woman popped from stall behind and said sir are you aware this is women’s bathroom. Years later long sober I stood in Bakersfield theater as two women entered and one said what’s guy doing here. Leaving quickly I forgot to […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bakersfield, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Short Pieces - GTC

Gun Lover

Firepower’s important and guaranteed by Second Amendment because Founding Fathers wanted us free and would be proud how well we protect personal liberty. So don’t blame gun lovers for slaughter of twenty children at school in Newtown. That wasn’t our fault. We’re law-abiding parents who want kids safe. Trust me, laws restricting guns are already […]

Also posted in Guns, Murder, NRA, Short Pieces - GTC

We Still Love Our Guns

Just off work early this gray Friday afternoon I sought escape and relaxation in sports talk radio but the hosts weren’t talking about sports. They were lamenting lost lives of children and the senselessness of random violence. Something pretty bad must’ve happened but I sensed these somber gentlemen weren’t going to reveal what so I […]

Also posted in Guns, Murder, NRA, Publications

Freudian Advice

Sigmund Freud occasionally injected small amounts of cocaine under skin and effused it magically cured depression and induced euphoria while giving strength and endurance of ox. Believing delights caused “absolutely no craving” he wanted to share with fiancée he warned would soon kiss quite “red” to prove “big man with cocaine in body” is stronger […]

Also posted in Cocaine, Drugs, PBS, Short Pieces - GTC, Sigmund Freud


On cold night drunk in another bar he met chunky woman who opened purse and showed white powder they snorted in car. At apartment she called neighbor who walked over, sold more, asked for hit, and took three, firing thousand words before leaving. They burned noses and strained hearts two hours before moving upstairs and […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Drugs, Methamphetamine, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

Deadbolt Rules

During helluva hot day fishing in thin mountain air, sun scorched Harold and he drank too many beers but didn’t worry he caught no fish. He was thinking about rat hole he’d return to behind house in area few lived voluntarily. Harold shoved key into rusty deadbolt lock which seized key he jerked and twisted […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Housing, Neighborhoods, Short Pieces - GTC

When Mind Closed In

I lived in a box attached in back of the landlord’s house and often talked to her visiting son, Jim, a disciplined college student who usually brought his cute girlfriend. Afterward, his mother would proudly say they were going to get married when Jim graduates which he did after a fifth year, much faster than […]

Also posted in Families, Schizophrenia, Short Pieces - GTC

“La india” of Abraham Angel

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” To see “La india,” 1923, by Abraham Angel, please click here.

Also posted in Abraham Angel, Art, Cocaine, Drugs, Homosexuals, Painters, Poetry - GTC, Suicide

Gun Enthusiast Explains Lessons of Aurora

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Colorado, Crime, Guns, Murder

Elementary Fly

In fifth grade there was boy with bad reputation. On hot spring afternoon fly landed on lip, and instantly he bit and killed fly, which tumbled onto chin. Asinine fool, shouted teacher, get into bathroom and clean yourself up. Neither teacher nor students complimented boy for having fast reflexes. How many could’ve bitten fly?

Also posted in Education, Insects, Short Pieces - GTC

Nightmare Apartment

This excerpt is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Divorce, Housing, Marriage, Neighborhoods, Short Pieces - GTC

The Human Brain

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Brain, Depression, Football, John Mackey, Junior Seau, San Diego, Suicide

Surgical Surprise

This story is now in the collection “The Bold Investor”

Also posted in Health, Los Angeles, Michael Jackson, Plastic Surgery, Short Pieces - GTC

Vincent Talks to Patient

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” To see “Self-Portrait with Dark Felt Hat” from 1886, please click here

Also posted in Art, Bullying, Painters, Suicide, Vincent Van Gogh

Was Vincent Murdered

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Alcohol, Art, Bullying, Campaign 2012, Mitt Romney, Painters, Suicide, Vincent Van Gogh

Big Sneeze

After hosting amorous boyfriend Sunday night and pounding treadmill half hour early Monday morning, popular high school math teacher Martha H drove to school, parked car, and walked toward class, confident she’d have another great week. She sneezed after shutting car door, and nose and sinuses had tickly, cleaned out feeling that became more pleasurable […]

Also posted in Education, Google, Health, Internet, Short Pieces - GTC, Sneezing, Suicide

Munch Scores

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue” To see The Scream, please click this link

Also posted in Art, Depression, Edvard Munch, Painters, Short Pieces - GTC

Bullies on Screen

Millions are bullied at school every year. Documentary film Bully studies several. Let’s focus on two. Bespectacled Alex is skinny, awkward, and nervous. He likes learning but says has trouble making friends, and when tries on school bus, bigger boy says, we’re not friends, I’ll shove broomstick up ass. Alex’s father lectures nobody respects punching […]

Also posted in Bullying, Education, Movies, Short Pieces - GTC, Suicide

Garden Party for William H. Johnson

(A major feature about painter William H. Johnson, 1901-1970, will be posted later this spring.) I wish William H. Johnson, gifted painter of a unique world, were at this party honoring young African American artists, staged by the foundation bearing his name, at an elegant old two-story home near the Wilshire district in Los Angeles. […]

Also posted in Art, Food, Housing, Los Angeles, Painters, William H. Johnson

Retirement Express

Harold was usually nervous at work and home, worrying he couldn’t survive ten more years arrogant supervisors, indifferent coworkers, and rude customers, so started naps after work and earlier bedtimes and weekends in bed sleeping away years thankful to miss.

Also posted in Aging, Employment, Short Pieces - GTC, Sleep

Norwegian Fascist Salute

norwegian anti muslim anders breivik sieg heils in court to commemorate blowing up eight and shooting several dozen kids next time anders breivik sieg heils court orders fascist arm amputated and used as club

Also posted in Conservatives, Crime, Murder, Nazis, Norway, Poetry - GTC, Religion

Newspaper Alert

Harold was usually nervous at work and home, worrying he couldn’t survive ten more years arrogant supervisors, indifferent coworkers, and rude customers, so started naps after work and earlier bedtimes and weekends in bed sleeping away years thankful to miss.

Also posted in Loneliness, Neighborhoods, Short Pieces - GTC

Iron Women

iron curtain lifted and shoved into bones of women looking west

Also posted in Communism, Economics, Europe, Immigration, Marriage, Poetry - GTC

Thomas Kinkade in Heaven

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Alcohol, Art, Pablo Picasso, Painters, Religion, Thomas Kinkade

Entreating “The Two Fridas”

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” To see “The Two Fridas,” please click here

Also posted in Art, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Health, LACMA, Marriage, Mexico, Mexico City, Painters, Surrealism

Man in Beret

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Marriage, Poetry - GTC, Suicide

Vigilant Couple

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in American River, Housing, Marriage, Murder, Neighborhoods, Sacramento, Short Pieces - GTC, Vigilantes


stranded soul implodes

Also posted in Alcohol, Drugs, Poetry - GTC

Mind Afire

mind afire doused with gas

Also posted in Alcohol, Drugs, Poetry - GTC

Woman Rips Irises

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” To view “Irises” by Vincent van Gogh, please click here To view “Young Italian Woman at a Table” by Paul Cezanne, please click here

Also posted in Art, Getty Center, Getty Museum, Painters, Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh

Protecting Women Surrealist Painters

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue” To see “Birthday” by Dorothea Tanning, please click here To see “Self Portrait 1937-38” by Leonora Carrington, please click here

Also posted in Art, Birds, Dorothea Tanning, Families, Hollywood, LACMA, Marriage, Painters, Surrealism, World War II

Hot Car Big Date

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Cars & Driving, Dating, Short Pieces - GTC

Bully Solution

Most days in class few guys call me four-eyes or squirrel and say I’ll be in trouble at recess. Sometimes I try to stay inside but teachers make me go out and play. I’m not smallest kid in schoolyard but one of them and maybe most clumsy. When you’re that way everyone knows. Bigmouths get […]

Also posted in Bullying, Education, Short Pieces - GTC


flowery serpents crawl into lungs

Also posted in Health, Painters, Poetry - GTC

Female Beverage

she kept drinking and the phone stopped ringing

Also posted in Alcohol, Poetry - GTC


Alice liked to save money. She scoured newspapers and tabloids to find coupons. She drove across town to pay few cents less per gallon of gas. She never dined in restaurants or went to movies. She hadn’t taken vacation since husband died twenty years ago. She mowed lawn until arthritis forced to have dug out […]

Also posted in Expenses, Housing, Short Pieces - GTC, Trees

Work and Retirement

Bill liked job until Thursdays when mind and body tired. Then he craved weekends but got bored by Sunday afternoons. He fantasized about learning to enjoy free time, and made lists of activities, but had been profligate in youth and could not retire.

Also posted in Employment, Short Pieces - GTC

Home Escape

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Employment, Families, Housing, Marriage, Short Pieces - GTC

Animals in Office

swine snorts at talent wish i’d wonder if too late reptile darts and hisses insinuating problems exist wish i’d wonder if too late hyena snarls at herself through others wish i’d wonder if too late

Also posted in Animals, Employment, Pigs, Poetry - GTC, Reptiles, Snakes