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Roanoke River around Franklin Road SW, September 2022

I’m kinda happy with the fortuitous composition of the last video and photo.  That swan just lined up perfectly in the center of the shot.

The building that you see in the distance in the second clip is Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.


[smiles and nods silently]

Totally true fact — as a New Yorker living in The South, I do NOT always understand what people are saying to me. The accents, the idioms …

I CAN’T keep asking people to clarify or repeat things every time this happens. This town would grind to a halt.

So if I respond inappropriately or not at all to something you’ve said to me, Roanokers, please know that I can’t help it. A lot of your upbeat utterances kinda blend together for me. We could be talking about American Idol, the Spanish American War, three-cheese omelettes, the Nikkei Stock Index, whatever. I JUST DON’T KNOW.

The Piker Press publishes “An Ode to a Would-Be Swimmin’ Skink”

The Piker Press today published my humorous nature poem, “An Ode to a Would-Be Swimmin’ Skink!”  For those of you who are uninitiated, a skink is a little lightning-quick iridescent lizard common in the Southern United States.)  And they even ran the photo I submitted with the poem!  (I snapped a shot of the little fella off Shenandoah Avenue here in Roanoke, VA.)

You can find the poem and the photo right here.  Thanks, as always, to Managing Editor Sand Pilarski for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful community of readers, writers and artists.

Happy Monday!  🙂