Intrepid Optimist

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Category Archives: Feelings

Some Thoughts on Growing Old – and Careful

This morning; once again, I became aware, while attempting to shave with my mobile telephone, that I have passed, by modern reckoning, my shelf life. However, I hasten to assure … Continue reading

January 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Remembering Bela Bartók

It was way back when, after a madcap visit to Hungary, I became interested in all things Magyar.  Sadly the attraction, as fascinations do, faded. Being of calm Celtic, Anglo … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Arnold Schönberg: Atonality and Polytonality for Beginners

  Although I enjoy listening to, reading about and sometimes even writing on, the peripheries of classical music, I confess to not understanding the works of some of the composers … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · 3 Comments

Just Another Morning.

“It’s two months now and you still haven’t decided on a job.” Her words ring in  my ears. I restrain myself,  knowing an ironic reply could spark off the first … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · 4 Comments

Honesty, the Best Policy

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. 100, word photo prompt. Photo by Bjorn Rudbeg.   “Are these hats alpaca?” “You kidding? Pure sheep.” “In that case, very expensive.” “Who knows the difference. … Continue reading

December 20, 2017 · 21 Comments

Lack of Consideration

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. 100-word photo prompt. Photo@Sandra Cook.   “Here, boy…” Ordered the expensively cloaked and top-hatted gentleman walking along the fog-swathed Thames embankment. “…hand me a box.” … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · 29 Comments

Lonely is the Heart

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. 100 word photo prompt. Photo courtesy of Dale Rogerson.   In the half-light and silence of the winters evening, I focussed on the ice-covered branches, as though … Continue reading

December 7, 2017 · 27 Comments

Alone at Night

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. 100 word photo prompt.     “This is where…?” “Yes,” “But why?” “I don’t know.” “How did his wife take it?” “Devastated.” “I can imagine.” … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · 24 Comments

YouTube’s Answer to Monday Blues

Whatever Monday blues feeling I may have been anticipating has just been banished by listening to the sublime melody of Erik Satie’s composition, Gymnopédie No.1, with grateful thanks to YouTube. … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment
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