Horse Racing

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I caught part of the Kentucky Derby on NBC today. The two most exciting minutes in sports preceded by the five most boring hours in sports. Jim McIngvale a.k.a "Mattress Mack" bet 2.4 million on Essential Quality which finished fourth. Kiss that money good-bye, Mack. The winner, Medina Spirit, won in just over two minutes. At 1.25 miles, that's 37.3 miles per hour. The world's record for a man running the mile is 3 minutes 43 seconds which comes out to 16.15 miles per hour. But speed PER LEG it's a lot closer, 9.325 mph to 8.075, with horses still coming out ahead. The difference must be that little guy on top with a whip. I liked Helium based solely on the name. It came in eighth. Soup and Sandwich came in dead last. And you have to admit that is one lousy name for a horse, but still better than Destiny's Glue or Just Shoot Me.

P.S. Hold your Horses! Medina Spirit has tested positive for betamethasone and may be disqualified. Owner Baffert says, "I don't know nothin' about no banned substances."

 

PUBLISHED  STORIES  AND  ESSAYS

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THE LAST HUNDRED DAYS

Strong, smart and funny little boy playi

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY

Bees at Work

PLIGHT OF THE HUMBLE BEE

Antique Shop

JUNK, READY TO BUY

 

OTHER PUBLISHED STORIES... AND ESSAYS

How To Eat Right

How To Manage Your Money

How To Stay Healthy

The Fall Of Squirrel

Cake Walk

Do-gooders Gotta Eat Too

Of Peas and Queues

Three O'clock in the Garden of Good and Evil

A Star Falls on Alabama

News Item

The Visitor

Mr. Blinkie To The Rescue

The Point System

Elements Of Success 

She Spits to Conquer

So THAT's What Happened

The Tree Remembers

Christmas Time Is Here 

The Sodfather

What MLK Day Means To Me 

Thanks, Mussolini 

The Cure 

Tarzan In Decline 

Side Effects 

Greatest Of All Time (forthcoming)

 
Books

AWARDS AND HONORS

                2013     First Place Humor Division Alabama Writers Conclave (AWC) Contest

2014     Finalist PNWA Competition Short Topics Category

    2015     First Place Creative Non-Fiction Division AWC Contest

        2016     Second Place Fiction Gulf Coast Writers Let's Write Contest

 2017     Pushcart Prize nomination from Hawaii Pacific Review for The Last Hundred Days

    2018     First Honorable Mention Short Story Division AWC contest

                2018     Second Place Chattahoochee Valley Contest Short Story category

2019     First Place Flash Fiction Division AWC contest

2020    First Place Essay Streetlight Magazine 

2020  Top ten finalist for The Opossum Prize

2020  Honorable Mention Stories That Need To Be Told Anthology

2020  First place  Flash Fiction category  in Seven Hills contest

 
Writing on Computer

"Life is a moderately good play with a poorly written third act."

Truman Capote



"Writers aren't people exactly. Or, if they're any good, they're a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 
Old Book

CURRENTLY READING

...or just finished

Pity The Reader by Suzanne McConnell
At Home by Bill Bryson

 
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Acknowledgments: Photos of Stonehenge courtesy of Trevor S. Key from our trip to England in 2015. Photos of ball pit courtesy of Amelia C. Key from our trip to NYC in 2019. Other photos purchased from Shutterstock.

 
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