Thrift Stores: A Geek’s Best Friend

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Eclipse Of The Son

Found this one going through my pics from the solar eclipse. In Norfolk, VA we didn't get totality, but we got these crescents through the pinholes formed by the leaves of the sweetgum tree in our yard, themselves eclipsed by my agog 4 year old son. 

Eclipse, With ChildrenĀ 

Eclipse viewing with the kiddos. We also had a pair of viewing glasses but the natural pinholes between leaves stole the. show.  The direct pictures are the product of me putting my cellphone camera in manual settings mode & fiddling around until something weird happened. Not sure why the secondary crescent sun image appeared, but... Continue Reading →

Humans Now, Basically

Children (my 2 youngest, 3 and 5) in the shadow of a gnarled ancient of a gum tree, with an electrical substation lurking behind. Kind of a metaphor for our world, isn't it? As a bonus, the yellow vest is a Batman vest and the brown jacket is a print of Chewbacca's torso. Geek life... Continue Reading →

Happy First Fish!

Here's our 5 year old proudly displaying the first fish he ever caught, just a couple of days ago. Itty-bitty little bluegill -- and he went on to catch four more somewhat larger ones while I caught a decent sunfish, a crappie, and a smallmouth bass.   He was THRILLED to have caught more fish... Continue Reading →

THE CRAYFISH — Microfiction!

  Here's a little bit of microfiction for you to enjoy. As happens often in fiction, it's based on a real place and a real experience. I'll leave you to decide which parts are fiction and which are not. The Crayfish Copyright 2015 S.A. Barton Ā  Ā  Ā The eighteen-wheelers roar by above; the bridge over... Continue Reading →

New Short Story Ebook: TORNADO GIFT

Available on Smashwords -- FREE! No sign-in needed, you can even select "online reader" under "Download:" and read it as a webpage -- just as you're reading this page, with nothing to actually download! You can also find it on Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play Books, Kobo, and others. This is a short tale... Continue Reading →

Thirteen Word Story — Rolling Stone

He hopped planets at lightspeed, always afraid the children would catch up someday. An additional, extra-story note: This one, as presented, is an interesting study in how associated media affect the meaning of a story. The image of a child with a gun lends a sinister note. It would be quite a bit different --... Continue Reading →

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