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The Orion spacecraft recently flew within 81 miles of the moon’s surface, the first leg of NASA’s Artemis mission to revisit our lunar neighbor. Artemis II plans to launch in 2024 with astronauts aboard. Artemis III is expected to return astronauts to the lunar surface with the help of Space X. The present spacecraft has three occupants, but they are mannequins (or manikins?), dummies with sensors attached. One small step for mannequin…and the exact same step for manikin-kind.

Thankfully, no more than about forty percent of Americans believe the moon is made of cheese anymore. But if you’re one of that minority of citizens, you might be interested in Moon Cheese products, such as Cheddar Believe It and Oh My Gouda! Available in many fine grocery stores near you or at www.mooncheese.com.

The moon has had an oversized presence in Hollywood, thanks to its aggressive agent, Harvey Roquefort.  Moon-related films run the gamut from the heartwarming to the ridiculous, some Oscar winners, others not so much. Unfortunately, the Wallace and Gromit flick, A Grand Day Out, perpetuates the cheese myth (see above). In the 1963 movie, The Mouse On The Moon, two citizens of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick accidentally win the race to the moon over the Americans and Soviets using wine as a rocket propellant. The more serious film Moon, starring Sam Rockwell, involves the cloning of Sam Bell, the sole inhabitant of a station on the dark side of the moon run by Lunar Industries to extract Helium-3. It is directed by Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones, the son of David Bowie, the original space oddity...ground control to Major Tom...

PUBLISHED  STORIES  AND  ESSAYS

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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

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MISSING

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

Plight Of the Humble Bee

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

Hard Times by Charles Dickens
The Order Of Time by Carlo Rovelli

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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