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From ” Lotus Blossom Blues ” ( Working Title )

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She took the cross from my basket looking it over carefully, her eyes caught mine and searched for an answer. I felt the ruby burning a hole in my pocket.  She wrapped the cross back up in the protective rags and reached into my pockets.

I was frozen and embarrassed by the whole matter, but grateful that she merely returned the stone and never said another word about it to anyone at the camp.

Later in the excavation I had a private moment with her and began to explain how this mistake had happened. She waved her hand and said no more needed to be related about it since she had intrinsically sensed that I was not a thief at heart, merely desperate. She asked if I would like to go to the casbash with her for a cup of turkish coffee and that, was the ” beginning of a beautiful friendship ” as Rick once said many years before, in a cafe quite similar.


Have tremendously hilarious night!

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The First Sequence Of Sentences In A Novel

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There was a full moon glazing the sky with slits of Halloween orange when Kaldea tentatively drifted between ripples forming on the damp steamy banks of the  river.  Her mind was still buzzing from the images that coursed through her synapses echoing screeches emanating from the hundreds of toucans nesting nearby.  As the black water surrounded her lower lashes, Kaldea’s memories began to effortlessly steep into the edges of her conscious mind.


FROM Black Lotus Blossom Blues Takes place somewhere in South America



Image Courtesy Of Google

( That first sentence doesn’t look right to me now… … hmmm… but I still like it…)


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Analytical Thinking And Sherlock Holmes

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“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?   Sherlock Holmes to Watson. From “The Sign of Four”


In these days of false information being promulgated as fact, it is wise to take the time and think about how to come to a conclusion, how to think analytically and deduce fact from fiction.

I have always reminded myself of the quote above when I am at an impasse in my reasoning, and it has shown me a way to clarify and finalize my assumptions.

Another quote,

“It seemed to me that a careful examination of the room and the lawn might possibly reveal some traces of this mysterious individual. You know my methods, Watson. There was not one of them which I did not apply to the inquiry. And it ended by my discovering traces, but very different ones from those which I had expected.”          Sherlock Holmes from ‘The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes”

Always look carefully at what someone is saying their tone, where they choose to speak, and whom they choose to speak to.

An example of the tone can be seen when Sarah Palin recently gave her opinion on  the so called “death panels” as being “evil” , even if I did not know that the death panel slogan was never used in the health care bill, I would question the usage of the term evil and suspect that the speaker was trying to engender a strong reaction in me, rather than state their opposing case or opinion.

As Sherlock Holmes says, look carefully at what is being said to find “the traces” the subtle signals that we all give out as human beings.


And finally have no presupposed conclusions  – think with an open view and if a surprising element shows itself you will not dismiss it. 

Then you will be able to say to your friends as they wonder at your impeccable perceptions on life , “It is quite elementary my dear Watson!”




Basil Rathbone

from the trailer for the film Tovarich (1937)
Born Philip St. John Basil Rathbone
13 June 1892(1892-06-13)
Johannesburg, South African Republic
Died 21 July 1967 (aged 75)
New York City, USA
Years active 19211967
Spouse(s) Marion Foreman (1914-1926)
Ouida Bergère (1926-1967)

Basil Rathbone, MC (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967), was a South African-born British actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.       Image from Wikipedia

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Friday Night…oops Saturday Morning Gallery Chat, Bodies Painted As Meat

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Good Morning, today let’s take a look at an artist’s interpretation of the human form.  The painter that comes to mind who saw the body as a semi-menacing commodity is Chaim Soutine.

Chaim Soutine is often categorized in the tail end of Impressionism but  he was an Expressionistic painter as well.  Born in Russia he worked in a meat packing plant and used decaying carcasses as an inspiration for his painting.

Look at the paintings below, how do you think his interest in animal carcasses effected his depiction of the human form ?

Chaim Soutine, Carcass of
164 x 240 – 12k – 

Chaim Soutine.

624 x 516 – 44k 

*Chaïm Soutine, Self portrait
461 x 920 – 55k – 

 from Google Images

His paintings are fleshy and sometimes bloody but there is always a sweetness in the subjects expression. 

Check out his work at www.artcyclopedia.com  search for Soutine.


See, even meat carcasses can inspire art!  Have a fun day!



Soutine once horrified his neighbours by keeping an animal carcass in his studio so that he could paint it (Carcass of Beef). The stench drove them to send for the police, whom Soutine promptly lectured on the relative importance of art over hygiene.  (now I call that spunk!)

Soutine painted 10 works in this series, which have since became his most iconic. His carcass paintings were inspired by Rembrandt’s still life of the same subject, which he discovered while studying the Old Masters in the Louvre. In February 2006, the oil painting of this series ‘Le Boeuf Ecorche’ (1924) sold for a record £7.8 million ($13.8 million) to an anonymous buyer at a Christies auction held in London – after it was estimated to fetch £4.8 million.

Soutine produced the majority of his works from 1920 to 1929. He seldom showed his works, but he did take part in the important exhibition The Origins and Development of International Independent Art held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in 1937 in Paris, where he was at last hailed as a great painter. Soon thereafter France was invaded by German troops. As a Jew, Soutine had to escape from the French capital and hide in order to avoid arrest by the Gestapo. He moved from one place to another and was sometimes forced to seek shelter in forests, sleeping outdoors. Suffering from a stomach ulcer and bleeding badly, he left a safe hiding place for Paris in order to undergo emergency surgery, which failed to save his life. On August 9, 1943, Chaim Soutine died of a perforated ulcer. Soutine was interred in Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris.




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Writer’s Block Studio / Non-Sense Rhymes

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Did you ever get writer’s block?   Or maybe there are simply too many subjects to write about and you can not decide where to start? Well one way to break the jam is to write a non-sense rhyme.

No beginning -no end -and no real point -but it refreshes your brain waves!


I dreamed of an enchilada

made in Ensenada,

when before I knew it,

I began dancing a tango

inside an extremely large mango,

after I left there my foot got stuck

in a pile of emerald muck,

cleaning off my calf,

I was bitten by a yellow spotted giraffe!

looking for a band-aid

I stumbled upon a gorgeous green glade,

and there on a silver platter, sitting as if it DID not matter- was my favorite Enchilada hailing directly from Ensenada.

The End


Happy writing trails!

 Note: Thanks To Dr. Seuss for writing my fav children’s book “Green Eggs And Ham”



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