Spooky Story Honored

I just received word from Editor Carol Wright that my “Tag Team” won honorable mention in competition for the 2017 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award.  Ever since I watched the original  “Topper” – Cary Grant, Constance Bennett and Roland Young – I’ve been enamored of humorous ghost stories and have written several such. “Tag Team” has a silver lining, though it’s not in the “Topper” category.   I’m pleased and honored by this award and look forward to seeing the story published in the Roundtable this fall. Don’t worry – I’ll let you know when it comes out!

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A Bear Story for the Ages at Gold Rush Days

The bear comes out of the tent. He’s looking for Bill!

I told “THE BEAR” story and sang campfire songs with 4th grade students at MCARLM’s 2017 Gold Rush Days at San Lorenzo Park. I saw fifteen groups of kids over the two days of the May 24th-25th event. Among other things, they also visited a blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, a general store and a chuck wagon. Best of all, they panned for gold! My many colleagues did a great job and California history came to life!

Bill scared that old bear!

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Enemy of my Enemy

Enemy of my Enemy, an SF story of mine, was included in the just published anthology Deep Waters, Volume 2. How do you deal with an enraged, lethally armed teenager of another species? Good question. I had fun with story and hope that you will too! Here’s the link:

https://goldenfleecepress.com/journals/

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Manzanita

 

Editor Lorette Luzajic included a new poem of mine in her Ekphrastic Review. She paired it with the photo above that son Jon took some years back. It’s a great treat to me to have my words enhanced by his great images and shared with the world. I’m hoping for a shared book – someday! Here’s the link:

http://www.ekphrastic.net/the-ekphrastic-review/manzanita-by-robert-walton

 

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Recognition from the New Millennium Fiction Contest

I’m grateful to Alexis Williams Carr for sending me word that my story “On the Road to Vitebsk” reached the final stages of judging in the 43rd flash fiction competition. I’m not sure where it came from, but I like the story and will share it when (I hope!) it is eventually published somewhere! Here’s the link to my certificate.

https://indd.adobe.com/view/2c7ec16f-e826-4eed-8179-aad575ea93f7

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A House Reunited

Joined in respect at the cemetery

Our Civil War teaches lessons still, important ones about honor, sacrifice and the price of freedom for all. Teachers and re-enactors created a dynamic civics classroom at San Lorenzo Park on May 12th. The students of Chalone Peaks Middle School entered it with energy and intelligence. They emerged with experiences they’ll remember their entire lives, experiences that will be the seeds of good citizenship. We began our day at King City Cemetery by honoring Civil War veterans buried there. Students read “Shiloh”, a great poem by Herman Melville. President Lincoln offered remarks about the difficult, crucial service the soldiers rendered. A rifle volley and taps ended our ceremony. We then marched on to battles, seminars and the Gettysburg Address.

Dave Park took great photos of the day. Please enjoy his work and the efforts of our students.

On the march

Honoring those who served

Skirmish

They’re here!

Cannon Fire

Pickett’s charge on the 3rd day of Gettysburg

 Meeting the charge

Joined hands at war’s end

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Petting Zoo – just off Route 66

I remember riding on Route 66 when I was a kid and anticipating our arrival at Two Guns, Arizona – snow-cones, rattlesnakes with three inch fangs and mystery rocks.  My brother and I had seen lurid adds for its dubious attractions for two hundred miles or so. Space will inevitably have it’s roadside attractions, too. “Petting Zoo” describes a visit to one such. Here’s the link on The Flash Fiction Press:  http://www.theflashfictionpress.org

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