Saturday, February 18, 2012


Midwestern folklore claims that placing monkey balls in the cellar and the house will ward off spiders, but the truth is  the only way this fruit is going to get rid of spiders is by smashing them.  However, I have heard that by placing a monkey ball under your pillow at nighttime will ward off any dreams with spiders.

Some people say you cannot compare apples with oranges.  I dispute that since the common monkey ball has been called Osage orange because of  it indigenous region and its citrus smell when broken open, and also its thick bushy thorny tree was used to corral livestock before barbed wire was invented and thus was called by farmers "hedge apple."  So in the logic of monkey balls, an apple is an orange, an orange is an apple, and, yes, you indeed can compare apples with oranges.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Welcome to my blog and sharing time with me.  I chose the blog's title "Flood Plain" to represent the stretch of land on the right descending bank of the Ohio River upon which sits my hometown Toronto, Ohio, which, as legend ( most likely self-promotion) has it once reigned the city with the largest alcohol consumption in the United States.  I like to say I have contributed to that reputation literally and literally.  Periodically, I shall share some thoughts and relay information on my latest short stories, poetry, history articles and ramblings.

I write in a variety in genres and don't favor any one of them, but recently have been concentrating mostly on horror the past few weeks, perhaps a result of the stark Upper Ohio Valley weather.  Also, this is the genre with which I have had the most success and have published credits in magazines clear back in the late 1980s.

I submit two stories of mine on electronic sites that are fast reads and indicative of my work.

I am always interested in comments and receptive to them.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Updates on Stories and Poetry