Monday, July 31, 2023


Is that a Samurai sword? I asked my neighbor. 

Yes, she replies.

It’s beautiful, I said. I only have a machete.

We should practice together.

Yes. That’d be fun!

On coconuts.


We could put a coconut on a stump...

Imagining it’s the head of a robber... 

(there was a recent robbery in another neighborhood)

Or an ex…


Hi- YA!!!! 

Ha, ha, ha!!!

Um, yeah...

Conversations are different here in my Mexican jungle.

Heck, life is different here...

It's a place where Mayas share tales of jungle spirits, and jaguars roam the night. 

And sometimes 2 women get silly.




P.S  machetes are a household tool here.

Monday, July 24, 2023


 I’ve been reading old Blog Fodder and found many, for whatever reason, I didn’t post. So here's today's morsel 


 "You have to hang by your arms for at least 30 seconds.”

“But why?” I ask my daughter as I dangle from the door frame.

“To build strength”.

“In my armpits? That’s where it’s burning.”

“No, your upper body.”

“And who says to do this?”

“My strength trainer.”

“And when will I ever need to hang like this?”

“Mom, just do it.”

And just then I remembered a news story:


Brazilian woman saved by ravaging mudslides

When neighbors throw her a lifeline.



She hung from that lifeline for many, many minutes…

Before her neighbors yanked her up on their roof to safety.

Well, I don’t live in a mudslide area...

Unless we’re talking mixed drinks.

But then…

With all the crazy things happening in the world…

And if the apocalypse actually happens…

Could there…

Would there…

Ever be a reason…

That I would need to hang?



Wednesday, July 5, 2023


Hey! It’s the Monthly Blog Hop for the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

This group is for writers of all genres no matter what part of the writing journey you’re on. It’s a safe place where you can share your insecurities, struggles, your triumphs, or offer a word of encouragement for other writers.  This group is all about connecting with other writers. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.  Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!   

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience, or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember the question is optional.  The awesome co-hosts for the July 5 posting of the IWSG are   PJ Colando,  Kim Lajevardi, Gwen Gardner, Pat Garcia, and Natalie Aguirre!

July 5 question - 99% of my story ideas come from dreams. Where do yours predominantly come from?


I get lots and lots of thoughts.

Where do they come from?

Experiences, people, and places?

Or maybe they come from the part of my brain... 

That creates my dreams?

Or maybe they come from my heart...

Where loves, hurts, losses, and joy dwell...

Perfect emotions for storytelling.

Or maybe they come the ether.

According to Joseph Nguyen in his book 

Don’t believe Everything You Think

“The source of thoughts come from something 

that is beyond our minds—the Universe, if you will.”

Which, by the way...                                                      

Is not the same as thinking. Which comes from within us.


So does the Universe follow me?

So it can download thought nuggets for my writing?

And when people ask me who follows me on my blog...

Can I say, The Universe?

And can I add that to my platform?

Because the Universe is the ace of all follwers, no?

And what about you?

Where do your ideas come from?




This is the Statue of Cain in the

Tuileries Garden in Paris. I bet he was thinking: 

What was thinking eating that apple?