Author Archives: John W. Howell

Top Ten Things Not to Do While Cooking Dinner

This post was originally run on September 29th 2014. Still bears paying attention to today. I hope you like it. * * * Top Ten Things Not to Do While Cooking Dinner This list has as inspiration a mishap in the kitchen resulting from not being fully engaged in the process. I hope you enjoy […]

Views of the Neighborhood – Another House Build

We are off to view another home today. We want to look at this one because it is being built next to the runway at the Lakeway airport. It seems like a big joint, so we have to go through it. We are being catered by Tyson’s Tacos of Austin. I figured tacos are good […]

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – Near/Far

  Near my house is a beautiful waterfall that is the ideal place to contemplate life’s unanswered questions. There is a bench for sitting and even a table that can be used for a picnic or a great spot for a laptop. After a hectic morning, I decided to head over there and take some […]

Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

It is always good to see a Friday roll around. Someone asked me not too long ago why Friday is particular since, as a retiree, all the days are like a day off. My response was something like, “I love Fridays since it marks the end of a workweek and heralds a time of relaxation. […]

Thursday – A Little Personal – Lucy and Twiggy in Battle (Sort Of)

“The Water buffalo can sense puma danger lurking— What’s the matter?” “I don’t want to be a puma today. I just don’t feel it.” “For heaven’s sake. What do you want to be then?” “How about a crocodile? That would be fun.” “Okay, whatever. The water buffalo senses a crocodile danger.” “Wait. A water buffalo […]

New Book by Lauren Scott – More Than Coffee

Today I am very pleased to be part of Lauren Scott’s launch of her new book More Than Coffee. This has been a labor of love for Lauren, and she is excited to finally see the launch of her latest. It is a collection of prose and verse. BOOK BLURB: From the early woes of […]

Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #330 by Keith Channing

In Keith’s words. “Using this photo (below)as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is […]

Top Ten Thngs Not to Buy Online

This list was originally posted on August 21, 2015. Still makes some sense. I hope you enjoy it. *** This list is inspired by having some unpleasant experiences with items purchased without having the luxury of trying them out first. Although extreme, this list represents some of the potential disappointments a buyer can experience in […]

Views of the Neighborhood – Lamps

Lakeway has an ordinance that all homes need to have a lamp in the front of the house. Since there are no street lamps here, the regulation is very practical. Without the house lamps, it would be very dark indeed. The nice part about the individual lamps is that the night sky is protected from […]

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – Puzzle

  It was a beautiful day, and I was outside trying to remove the spark plug on the lawnmower. As I left the house, I was asked why clean a spark plug on a lawnmower that I will never use again. I pretty much ducked giving my honest answer since I didn’t have a good […]