Category Archives: Original Writing

Maybe the Answers are on YouTube?

It seems like there is so much negativity and uncertainty in the world right now.   In times like these, where do you turn for solace? I’ve been going to YouTube.  Granted, you can find anything there (including more negativity), but I’ve been concentrating on the positive.  Let me give you two quick examples. Combating racism

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The Baby Who Refused to Die

Are you about ready for a positive story? The background — I got an iPod several years ago to listen to when I run.  I do have a modest music library, but mostly I listen to podcasts.  One of my favorites is NPR’s “Radiolab”, which produces shows “about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the

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What Have You Done For a Veteran?

I hope everyone had a happy Memorial Day.  Yesterday I mentioned how each generation seems to be associated with a war.  History repeats, but not in the same way.  The War on Terror and its related actions have been unique in that we have a peacetime home front despite vicious fighting in multiple locations.  The

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Happy Memorial Day

It seems every generation has a war.  My father’s was World War II, as part of the “Greatest Generation”.  Mine was Vietnam, not nearly as satisfying.  Today it’s the war on terror. We have never been militaristic.  We’ve always preferred to be isolationist with a small peacetime armed force.  We prefer our wars short and

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Short Story — My Best Friend

This is an original short story.  A version was published as “Days with Rob… and Sherri” in Bewildering Stories #591, http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue591/index.html     My Best Friend   “Morning, Sherri!  What do you want to do today?” Sherri looked up from the skillet. “My Rob, you’re up early!” Rob grinned, walked over, and kissed her on

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Short Story — Combat Fatigue

This is an original short story that first appeared on  the Bewildering Stories website, issue #585, in August, 2014  (http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue585/combat_fatigue.html)   Combat Fatigue by Bob Welbaum   “First, let me verify your information. You are Staff Sergeant Stuart B. Jamison, United States Army. You are 24 years old, single, and have completed two tours in

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Checking the Politicians

I hope you’re not as tired as politics as I am.  Our system is so long and drawn out, I’m already wishing the election was over. But this is the system the Founding Fathers gave us, so we’d all better pay attention, because we’re going to need the best possible leadership in the years ahead.

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The Snow Monkeys of Nagano

During a recent trip to Japan, I got to visit a colony of snow monkeys which live in a national park in the Nagano area.  Their species name is actually the Japanese macaque, and their range is through much of Japan.  I was expecting white fur, but they actually have light brown fur; the name comes

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