~~ Perdido ~~   2 comments



Along a quiet, cloudless shore

Through the sleepy mist of night

In shadows left by starlight

The search begins once more.


Witnessed by a silvery moon,

Through the chambers of my mind

The journey of a thousand nights

Wandering…, as though blind.


Hoping for a memory,

A faint and haunting trace

A fleeting shadow’s glance, to see

That sweet familiar face.


Searching in a hapless way

Forgetting pathways taken

The quest disrupted…, breaking day,

Still lost…, I awaken.





Good Night Everybody !





Shopping Trip   1 comment





Saw this couple while I was shopping in Chicago.

They must have been shopping for

Halloween Candy………, or something else maybe…?????


Anyone have any ideas ???






Posted September 27, 2016 by PapaBear in Experiences, Humor, Personal, Prose

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The day has been too busy

And the hours much too long.

It’s time to rest these weary bones

And find me a soft, happy song.



Sweet Dreams Everybody !




Posted September 26, 2016 by PapaBear in Personal, Poetry, Uncategorized

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~~ The First Casualty ~~   2 comments




The thunder of bombs

The flash of gunfire

The acrid scent of smoke

The rancid odor of death

The endless parade of bodies

Who started it

Who is fighting it

Why ??


The answer is always avoided as both sides

accuse each other of hurts and wrongs.

Thus, the first casualty of every war

Is Truth !





Good Night Everybody !


Posted September 14, 2016 by PapaBear in Uncategorized

~ Calling Card ~   1 comment






The eyes, and the smile

Only serve to beguile

Passed through my thoughts

But couldn’t stay

 Left a calling card

One summer day


After returning from the trip I was looking for some old documents in a storage

box and came across some very old b/w pictures.  This was among them.  I’d thought

it was lost forever.  Memories…………🙂






~~ R ‘n’ R ~~   5 comments





 Before the trip had even begun, the butterfly bush started to blossom and

the swallowtails arrived by the dozen to avail themselves of the pollen and

nectar, then came the Red Admirals, and the Browns, soon to be followed

by a blue-black butterfly that I’d never seen before…, or maybe forgot about,

(I do that sometimes).  Soon, then, it was time to be on the road…, Ohio,

Pennsylvania, a little tip of New York, and down the turnpike to south Jersey.


On the way, we stayed in Bedford, a historic little town in central Pennsylvania that is loaded with

history, beautiful old buildings and homes, and loads of tradition.  On a Saturday evening could find

only one restaurant open and it was at a Bed and Breakfast nearly 5 miles from town.  Everyone in

Bedford had rolled up the streets and went to bed with the chickens.  I think that may have been the traditional part.  The B&B was a rustic old inn that

has been in use since the 1750s.

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Jean Bonnet Tavern and Giftshop


These are some of the historic homes and buildings in Bedford that date back to the 1700s.



Espy house was Washington’s headquarters during the Whiskey Rebellion.




The building above almost looks like it should be in the

French Quarter in New Orleans (the pic is from a post card from the shop there)



And then it was on to New Jersey.  I thought Pennsylvania would never end.  We continued on to the south Jersey Shore and set up housekeeping with in-laws for a week at the shore with wonderful sunny skies and warm (not hot) temperatures.  It was great


 This was the view from the deck of brother-in-law’s home.  The canal leads out to the Atlantic.

Fishing here was not so good because of a silted and muddy bottom and boat traffic.



After a day of rest and relaxation, and pizza and mussels, it was time to go touring.  This is an actual working

paddleboat that goes from the Barnegat River dock out the inlet to the Atlantic on a 2.5 hour tour, offering views of

wildlife, (mostly gulls and herons) and beautiful homes that have been built along the river – some are quite

old and some are very contemporary.

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During the cruise we had a nice seafood lunch and drinks, (well everybody else had drinks, I restricted

myself to my usual iced tea).  All in all, it was a nice, relaxing day.


During the week we took a side trip to north Jersey to see a 9/11 memorial park and while somewhat small,

it offered some meaningful insights to that sad event.

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Lest we forget !


Back at Barnegat Bay I surrendered to the temptation of some shore fishing on the bay.  Caught some Sole and

Bluefish which augmented dinner for the evening.


While I was there I encountered a “Rock Garden” which proved

somewhat interesting…….





……and on, and on, and on.  There were hundreds of them !!!


Finally it was time to head for home….., ugghhh !


Back home, arrival was greated by even more butterflies…..

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And so went the little sojourn of the PapaBear, while at home the Lily Cat waited…..


It’s time to settle down to some more serious writing.  I’ve been avoiding

it for quite a while.  Being serious is work ya know…., and work is another

of those “four letter” words I Itry to avoid. 🙂


I’m feeling a little bit Goofy tonight.  Could you tell ?



G’nite Everybody !





Posted September 8, 2016 by PapaBear in Experiences, History, Humor, Photo, Prose, Uncategorized

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Takin’ a Break (so what’s new about that???)   9 comments





Takin’ a little break.  Will be back in about 2 weeks. 

Y’all take care, and have fun.  Summer’s almost over !!!







Posted August 19, 2016 by PapaBear in Uncategorized