thoughts, dreams, hopes, wishes, and reminiscences



burned by two fires
one no one could see
tied and surrounded by enemies
they thought they caught her
they thought to end her
but as the flames grew hotter at her feet
the secret inside her burned brighter
she must not tell
they couldn’t know
the heat in her heart filled her head to toe
she’d rather die than let it out
but she had no control
the fire charring her knees
fed the one raging in her soul
the crackling cords rough against her feet
the choking smoke rough inside her throat
the flames leapt higher
and seared her bones
her clothes fell away like so much ash
her skin felt tight
her blood boiled in her veins
she could no longer take the heat
her secret she could no longer keep
she drew in one last breath
and the fire poured out
as she screamed at the sky
the fire storm raged and burned the whole town
no building left standing
enemies and innocents all fallen
burned as she was to burn
one set of foot prints in the ashes
leading away from her would be pyre
she walks away crying
her soul still on fire

haiku for you: loneliness

loneliness is my

constant companion in my

hollow broken heart


lonely loneliness

all alone and far away

no one and nothing


loyal and friendly

keeping me from loneliness

they are my best friends


alone in the dark

alone but never lonely

surrounded by stars


soft and sad and sweet

in the space between my thoughts

lonely melody


darkness is my soul

blind to beauty and kindness

soul of loneliness

haiku for you: journey

one – take the first step

second – take another one

until the journey’s end


Journey’s beginning

delaying only brings pain

journeys never end


don’t live for your death

learn to enjoy what you find

along life’s journey


warm hearth and warm food

safe, cozy, home is waiting

at your journey’s end


one foot in the grave

afraid to take one more step

the last great journey


epic journey out

into the dangerous world

to check the mailbox


It’s been a long time

Since I’ve written anything

my journey’s not done

it might be a good thing i’m not rich

April Fool’s Day is coming up. I love thinking about all the crazy and bizarre pranks I would pull if I could.

Back in 2011, I had the idea of bringing a couple of horses to work and turning some co-worker’s cubicles into stalls.  I was unable to borrow any horses, and if I did, I’m not sure I could have gotten them in the building, let alone on the third floor.

And I can only imagine the trouble I’d have gotten in if I did. Especially since one of those cubicles is where my boss works!

But at least another co-worker, Kellie, was willing to work her magic with Photoshop:

Quality Horse 4.1.11

Today I was talking to a soon to-be-former co-worker. We mentioned how we could still keep in touch via Facebook, and I jokingly said “Until Facebook decides to randomly un-friend everybody.”

If I was Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, I would do that on April Fool’s Day. I would un-friend everybody from everybody else, and then give everyone a new friends list made up of random people from around the world.

Of course, I’d set it up so everyone got their old friends back on April 2nd, but it’s still probably a very good thing I’ll never have the chance to pull this prank…

What crazy April Fool’s Day pranks would you pull off if you could? What would you do if your Facebook friends list was replaced with random people?


a fun foto challenge

Over on Cee’s Photography, she runs a Fun Foto Challenge. The topic of the current challenge is Texture. Here are my Fun Fotos with Texture:


A cement block retaining wall:


Tunnel Retaining Wall 1 - N of 4500 S - 3.3.2014

And a close up:

Tunnel Retaining Wall 2 - N of 4500 S - 3.3.2014

pieces of my world: part 12



What is your most favorite smell/scent?

I like the smell of fresh-cut grass, and summer breezes. The scent of a fresh new autumn in golden woodlands. Cinnamon and apples baking in a pie. The smell of the salty ocean, and of freshly fallen snow. The odor of clean dirt and the smell of fog in the mountains.

Go ahead. Ask me what smells I don’t like. I dare you.

How do you write: computer, longhand or other?

Mostly on my laptop now, though I do carry around a notebook with me to write down thoughts and ideas when they appear in my brain. Although now I often will type things into my phone, so, more typing there.

Your favorite blog post that you have written? (add link)

I would have to say that one of my favorite posts is “butterfly just floating by”. There are some poems in there, but I have posted a lot of poems, and I like most of them. Many of them are top contenders for my favorite post, even. (If you want to read some of my poetry, you should check out my “pieces of my soul” page, with links to all of my poetry posts.)

It also has some pictures I took of a butterfly, some pretty nice ones if I do say so myself.

But this post is more than pictures and poems. This post was the beginning of something. From this post came a lot of the inspiration for what I posted the day after. And from those posts, an idea took shape. This idea I have called “Remarkable People”. It is still a small idea, but I have a page for this idea, and three segments so far, with a fourth waiting to be written.

But it all started with this post I mentioned before: butterfly just floating by.

What’s one of your favorite books from childhood?

One? Just one? You tried to get me to pick just one favorite scent. I managed to pick just one blog post for the above question. Now you want me to pick just one favorite book from my childhood?

Oh boy. Well, let’s see. I liked every single Dr. Suess book I ever read, he’s still one of my favorite authors. I guess I’ll have to go with Dr. Suess books. That’s as close to one as your going to get.

I also devoured every Hardy Boys book I could get my grubby little paws on. (When I was a kid, I didn’t have hands, I had “grubby little paws”. Just ask my mother.) Of course, I pretty much read almost any book that caught my eye. There was a series of books about a boy detective that solved mysteries around his neighborhood. A book I remember being called “The Incognito Mosquito”. “Hatchet” was a favorite, and it’s sequel wasn’t too bad. Lots of books, mostly mystery, action, and adventure. Though once I discovered the science fiction/fantasy section of my local library, I don’t think I left for years.

 Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that the bit of drama I was involved in at work at the end of last week didn’t blow up into something huge and impossible to ignore. Luckily I was able to (mostly) smooth things over so it didn’t get too out of hand.

I am looking forward to hopefully finding out if my manager gets one of the two positions she interviewed for. Because if she gets a promotion, then I will have a chance to try to get promoted into her vacated position. Sounds kinda selfish when I put it that way, but if anyone I work with deserves a promotion, it’s my boss.


These are my responses to Cee’s Share Your World Challenge. You should check it out if you haven’t already.

reflections along the way

Flooded Path - Fairstone Apts -  5.20.2011 - Edited

Me staring down at me staring down at me

Treetops gently swaying side to side

Clouds slowly drifting by

In a deep, bright blue sky

Oh, the amazing things that abide

In simple rain puddles for you and I to see

Flooded Gazebo - Fairstone Apts -  5.20.2011 - Edited


This is my entry in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge for this week, which calls for “reflection”. The poem of mine I’ve posted before, but felt it fit with my photos and because “Reflection” is it’s title.

The photos I took back in May of 2011. We had a lot of rain that month. A river overflowed in places, flooding sections of a walking path I use a lot, and parts of an apartment complex the path runs behind.

odd ball fire safety

I was walking along a walking path with my wife the other weekend, when I saw this:

Fire Hydrant - Amphitheater - 3.14.2014 - edited

And decided it would be my entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge. Because fire hydrant. In the woods.

and now for something completely different

This is my one hundred and fifty-second post. Not so many considering I started this blog on 12/5/2012. Over a year ago. About 500 days, give or take a few. That’s an average of about one post every three days or so, but of course it didn’t work out that way. I missed most of May, most of July, and all of August and September last year. Talk about inconsistent. I’m working on that.

im working on it

I’ve had a lot of fun with this here bloggity blog of mine, learned a few (a lot of) things,

(Did you know that if you have more than 15 categories and tags (combined) then that post won’t show up in the WordPress Reader? I found that out just a few days ago.)

met a lot of amazing people, changed my theme about 15 times, been inspired, and perhaps – if I’m lucky – even inspired a few people myself.

I’ve decided to work on expanding my internet footprint, so to speak, since it’s fun and doesn’t do much to expand my carbon footprint, my actual footprint, or cost much money. Well, let’s face it, it’s free. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to do it.

So with that in mind, I have created a Facebook page specifically for my blog. If you’re interested, you’re welcome to follow me over there.

It’ll be fun. I promise. I have cookies!






Oh yeah, I also have a brand new Twitter account: @iunremarkable

which way do I go?

Winding Paths - Germania Park - 3.14.2014 - 6

Winding Paths - Germania Park - 3.14.2014 - 7Winding Paths - Germania Park - 3.14.2014 - 8

This is my entry for this weeks Which Way Photo Challenge hosted by Cee’s Photography. These winding, twisting paths, merging and splitting, really caught my eye. I wonder where they lead. If they go anywhere. They are so twisted I can imagine meeting myself coming the other way if I were to
try to walk them.


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