What’s that smell? Rejection No2

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Colorado, America’s true mountain high state

ENHANCED‘s Rejection N°2 arrived as a form email. It came from an agency in Colorado, so I thought it would be appropriate to focus on a meaningful creation that you might not consider classically “beautiful”.

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Remembering the Rainbow Rocket Man

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Charles “Pete” Conrad (1930-1999), the astronaut who said, “If you can’t be good, be colorful.”

Early 1980 

I sat between two women who had missed the same flight to San Francisco I had missed, and had also rushed to grab seats on this one.

One of them said, “Pete Conrad is on this flight. He was standing in the ticket line right in front of me, and I really wanted to talk to him, but I chickened out.”

Scanning the cabin, the other one asked, “Where?”

“Right now, he’s in that bathroom,” the first answered, pointing ahead, “but his seat is right across the aisle.”

An astronaut who had walked on the moon?! My heart thumped faster at just the thought. “Okay,” I announced, “when he comes out, we’re going to meet him.”

Moments later, he walked down the aisle. All three of us stood up, and I held out my hand. “Mr. Conrad,” I said, “It’s an honor to meet you. Could I ask you something?”

He shook my hand, and looking at me with eyes that were somehow deeper, vaster, fuller than any I’d ever seen, he said, “Sure.”

“What amazed you most about being on the moon?”

He hesitated only a second before answering.

The colors. It would have to be all the colors. Pete Conrad, third man on the moon

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People who knew him agree they never saw him like this; he should be smiling.   (Photo credit for the sunglass reflection: Astronaut Alan Bean/NASA)

Resisting “Cheeto Hitler”

Remember Wil Wheaton?

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Wil as Gordie Lachance in Stand by Me
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Wil as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek the Next Generation

Well, he’s all grown up, writing and speaking his mind. His outspoken contributions on Medium are worth reading even if you don’t agree with him because this is America, and lively debate is our Constitutional birthright. He’ll give you something to think about in a passionate, compelling voice, expletives not deleted.

There’s a lot of triumphant “get over it you Libtard you lost” going around. I understand that. I get it. It’s shitty, and it’s obnoxious, but I understand that impulse. Wil Wheaton

I’d like to share his latest post because I believe it’s important as a heartfelt background and introduction to a piece he did not write that deserves attention. (Here’s some background about the group of former Democratic Congressional Staffers who wrote it.)

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Wil as himself

And for myself, I hope you all have a joy-filled holiday season celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, the New Year, and whatever else you might celebrate. Spend it laughing with family and friends. Spend some of it in lively, loving debate. ❤

Cosmic Photo Challenge

Dale and K’lee’s Cosmic Photo Challenge theme of this Halloween week is Glass. Visit their sites to see their shiny contributions, and you’ll see some very glassy sights.

Here are mine.

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Fenton Glass cruet. This was my grandma’s and is the reason I have glass in the doors of my biggest kitchen cabinet.
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A bizarre look at time through a glass vase full of water.
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Inhabited Planet Art Glass by Josh Simpson (1-7/8″ Diameter)
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Down the Looking Glassy Rabbit Hole
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You can never have too many sparkles art glass

#CosPhoChal

Happy Hulloween!

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One of my stories is in this book! (Am I allowed to be this excited?)

To Hull and Back 2016 is now available!

The To Hull and Back 2016 Short Story Competition Anthology contains a humorous short story by yours truly! (It also contains 19 other short-listed humorous stories as well as 1 each by the 9 authors who judged the competition — it is an anthology, after all.)

It’s immediately available in print for $12.99 (£10.61), as an ebook for $6.49 (£8.99), and as a PDF for $4.88 (£3.99), so you can judge for yourself. I’d love to know what you honestly think about the anthology in whole or in part. Yes, even my part.

I’ve read the Grand Prize winner’s and the available portion of the Second Prize winner’s on Amazon, and I’m familiar with mine, so I think I’m not risking my credibility to tell you there are probably as many styles of humorous writing showcased here as there are authors.

Please take a look, and consider purchasing a copy for yourself or someone you know who appreciates good writing and likes to laugh. Thanks very much!

 

#TheLoveStoned Project

Around the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, the best friend of my high school years painted some rocks and gave them to me as tokens of our friendship. I still have them.

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Painted stones from 1970. See? A time-honored idea.

Lost Angiest (A. Granheim), over on Medium, has shared the first three days of her #LoveStonedArt Project here, here, and here. She hopes to build a human chain of love and peace and the knowledge that each of us matters.

This is our life. This is our planet. This is our responsibility.
Share love.
~ A. Granheim/Love Stoned Project/Los Angeles
10/25/16

You can be a human in the chain. Find an unpainted stone. Pick it up. Paint it. Leave it somewhere for someone to find it.

And if you find a painted stone, post a picture of it on Instagram and tag @love_stonedla.