Author Archives: John W. Howell

Top Ten Things Not to Do at the First Publication of an American Novel in 1789

  This post continues the Top Ten Things Not to Do with a historical background. Today is the 230th anniversary of the publication of the first American novel. Its title was “Power of Sympathy,” and it was written by William Hill Brown. If you were there when this event happened, there are some things you […]

Views of the Neighborhood – Bollard People

Last year I featured the bollard in Port Aransas being covered by crochet wraps. There were about thirty the previous year and more than one hundred and thirty this year. The creator of this display is Diana Vondra and a host of helpers. They are being called the “Bollard People for reasons you will see in […]

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Television”

  It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday and this weeks prompt is ‘television.” Linda Hil says we can write about our favorite programs of about the apparatus itself. If you would like to join in on this mind-bender visit Linda’s blog and read how. Here is the link. The Friday Reminder for #SoCS & #JusJoJan […]

Friday JohnKu – AKA TGIF

  “Hey, Dad. It’s Friday. How about a toss?” Friday has come again. YAY. It looks like everyone is going to share in the cold front moving from the Northwest. Temps are going down and snow possibilities going up. This always reminds us that winter is still with us. Somehow we seem to forget that […]

Thursday – A Little Personal – Twiggy and Lucy at Play

Lucy, Lucy, Lucy. Play with me. Sure Little One. What do you want to play? “I thought about ball, but then maybe tag would be fun.” “How about flag football with my ears as the flags?” “Oh, you silly. You know you don’t want to do that.” “Then quit grabbing my ears.” “Okay. How about I […]

Wednesday Story Day – AKA Hump Day

  It is Wednesday Story Day again and last week the hair on our neck went up as Cortez seemed to pull a Jeckle and Hyde personality change. It looked like he took an exception to Larry’s declaration that the device worked when Cortez said it didn’t. Larry and Andrew left Cortez’s office as fast […]

Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue # 202

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 […]

Voyage of the Lanternfish – A Visit by Craig Boyack

  Normally today would be a Top Ten Things Not to Do post. Because of the launch of his new book, I decided to invite Craig Boyack to the post to tell you all about it. I have read a number of Craig’s books and loved them all. I have not read Voyage of the […]

Views of the Neighborhood. The Birding Center is Being Rebuilt

I was pleasantly surprised to read that the repairs to Birding Center had begun. As a reminder, this is what the center looked like after Hurricane Harvey. Another shot. A whole new boardwalk is being installed. My understanding the cost will be North of $600,000.00 The old boardwalk went straight out into the lagoon. The […]

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Art”

It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again and this weeks prompt is “art.” Linda Hill directs that we should “Talk about something that’s hanging on your wall. Add a picture.” Well, that sounds fun. If you would like to join in on this type of escapade visit Linda’s blog and read how. Here is the […]