Category Archives: INSPIRATIONAL LIFE OUTTAKES

My First Engaging Novel & The Climactic Sequel Published

Reviewing The Inspiration For My Story Line(s) In my previous LEARNING TO WRITE article Learning To Write:My First Novel Part II, I told of how I have always been fascinated by the Navy SEAL Team’s enigmatic aura. When we visited their dedicated Museum in Ft. Pierce, we got to see the Maersk Alabama cargo ship life boat that held the ship’s captain hostage while being driven away by Somali pirates. The movie that depicts the document drama, Captain Phillips, was quite revealing and did incorporate maneuvers by […]

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Commentary Dilemma: Part II_ Trying To Connect With My Followers

Who Are My Followers I have tried to get a profile of my followers and I can’t get a fix on what you like or really want to read about. All comments indicate that you are appreciative of what I have to say, but don’t offer any specifics. If I don’t know what issues you are facing, I can’t really help! When I first started my blog, I decided to write about all the experiences in my life . From life adventures, budgeting money, buying and fixing […]

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The Excalibur 5000

This poem was created as a response to a writing assignment given by the moderator in the Writer’s Group my wife and I belong to in the town we live near. I am printing it here as part of my ongoing support of my category LEARNING TO WRITE FILES. Since writing is a major part of my life now, I have chosen to publish it here. The theme is as follows:”How Do You Feel About a computer grading your essay.” Man vs. Machine Me: Good morning Mr. […]

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A Father’s Inquisition

Starting With An Abstract Thought I decided to write this blog on Father’s Day when I read some testimonials about prayer and focused on a statement made by Chuck Swindoll in his “A Gift For Dad” Sunday devotional that states the following passage: “Dad is not perfect; he would be the first to admit it. Nor is he infallible, much to his own disappointment. Nor altogether fair . . . nor always right. But there’s one thing he is—always—he is your dad . . . the only one you’ll ever have. […]

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Reinventing Yourself

The Daily Lifestyle Syndrome I have a question to ask anybody. What do you do with each day of your life? Do you have things to do or just find different ways to deal with boredom? Are you accomplishing anything worthwhile or just passing time? Does your day mean just helping yourself or doing something to help others? I suppose if you have a family and a job, that pretty much fills up your time. If your kids are grown, and you are retired, does each day […]

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Ode To A Mother And Wife

The Beginning I never knew What a woman could be Until I met you And you married me   When I first left And told you good bye It broke my heart And caused me to cry   I yearned for your voice To hear it once more Then one day you called And walked through my door   I made you my wife Without asking for Your hand as much Still you did adore The Journey With much joy and sorrow We lived here and there […]

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The Commentary Dilemma: Part I

Who Are My Readers I have tried to get a profile of my readers and I can’t get a fix on what you like or really want to read about. All comments indicate that you are appreciative of what I have to say, but don’t offer any specifics. If I don’t know what issues you are facing, I can’t really help! I decided to write about all the experiences in my life when I started my blog. From life adventures, budgeting money, buying and fixing up a […]

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Neonatal Infant: Part II

This article was written in the first person narrative. It was written by my daughter, Stephanie Black, and edited and expanded by me, Stephen Key. The Baby My name is Stephanie. But for the grace of God, I shouldn’t be here on earth to tell you my story. The odds were stacked against me when I was born and I am thankful that I am alive and well to this very day to share my thoughts. It all started on the 5th of September, 1976. Ironically it […]

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Neonatal Infant

News In The Park I was in the process of remodeling an old bakery in Phoenix, Arizona one day. My wife had planned to bring me lunch after her visit with the doctor’s office. When I saw her, she walked straight towards me with a serious look on her face. I was expecting some news about her medical exam, but not what was forthcoming from her lips. She wasted no time in telling me she was pregnant. She said I had a funny look on my face. […]

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Ode To The Creator

  The Heavens I gazed into the heavens One cold and starry night As the Creator let me Behold this wondrous sight   Specks of distant orbs and fire As far as one could see Waiting there to be seen By a humble one like me   The moon was full and spread it’s glow On waters in the bay A beacon spread out in the dark A guide along my way   The trees around me stretch their limbs And point towards the sky Reaching for […]

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