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This month we’ll be discussing ants, those tiny little workaholics. Ants are found on every continent except Antarctica (ironically). There are thousands of species, from invasive fire ants to the amazing leaf-cutter ants of Latin America. Almost all ants are females, with males kept around only for reproductive purposes, after which they die. Many ants prefer the names Thelma and Louise (reference: “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Ants”).


Anteaters are the bane of the ant and the termite. Anteaters are in the order Pilosa along with sloths. They are in the suborder Vermilingua which means “worm-tongued.” Anteaters have two natural predators—pumas and jaguars. However, we do not refer to pumas and jaguars as “anteater-eaters.”


Besides anteaters, humans are a signific-ant predator, and it’s not just Orkin and Terminix. Some tout ants as a protein-rich snack, such as Ento Foods’ Gourmet Black Ants “serve chilled, alone or on crackers.” In Colombia, leafcutter ants (big-bottom ants) are eaten fried or baked with a pinch of salt, called hormigas culonas.


Atom Ant premiered in 1965, sharing a cartoon feature with Secret Squirrel. Atom Ant derived his power from atomic energy as stated in the theme song “that tiny ant and his atomic power has what it takes to make the vilest villain cower.”


Ant-Man, a Marvel comics superhero flick was released in 2015. It was considered for production back in the 1990s, but Disney released “Honey, I Shrank the Kids” which was believed to be too similar a concept. To prepare for his role as Ant-Man, Paul Rudd had to cut carbs, fried foods, and “basically ate nothing for a year.” So no fried ants or, especially, chocolate covered ants, for Mr. Rudd.

 

PUBLISHED  STORIES  AND  ESSAYS

construction, protection, life safety fundamentals, brainstorming and creativity concept.

HARD  KNOCKS
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UFO, an alien plate hovering over the field, hovering motionless in the air. Unidentified

PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO SEE

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
News Item
The Visitor
Mr. Blinkie To The Rescue
The Point System
Elements Of Success 
She Spits to Conquer
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 
The Last Hundred Days

 
Books

AWARDS AND HONORS

               

 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

2021   Second place Streetlight Magazine's Flash fiction contest

2021   Second place Seven Hills contest for flash fiction

2021    Second place Seven Hills contest for essay/memoir

2021     Third place Seven Hills contest for non-fiction

 
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

Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Schultz  by David Michaelis
Jim Henson by Brian Jay Jones

 
Pile Of Books

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.

 
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