I like to read. I like to write. I like to write about reading and writing. Short stories, essays, opinions, and ideas will show up here. Anything that can be expressed in words is fair game. Random thoughts and spontaneous remarks may be posted on Twitter or Facebook and from time to time expanded here. William Blake claimed that his poetry was not necessarily a work that he created, but something channeled through him. I’m no William Blake and I make no such claim. J. M. Keynes aptly described the source of my ideas: “Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.”

Guest Post: The Diamond’s Sutra by Mitchell Zucker

  Go to sleep. First tell me the story about how the world ended. All right; get under the covers. One day, the Launch Control Officer at an intercontinental ballistic missile base had a dinner date and had just finished polishing his boots and was about to... read more

Shy Red

  [Click on BLUE links for sources or more information]   In this age, the mere example of nonconformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach,... read more

Keeping the Peace During the Holidays

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information.]   “The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life.”  Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part One   “You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose... read more

Launch Day

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   This is going to be a different sort of post for me.  I’m writing on a subject I know nothing about, a boat launch.  I know very little about boats and avoid them when I can since I get terribly... read more

Buying A Suitcase In Oaxaca

  [Click on BLUE LINKS for sources and information]   When we arrived at our B&B in Oaxaca at around midnight it was lightly raining.  After a quick check-in with our friend Juan, I was pulling our largest red suitcase across the courtyard and up a step... read more

Between two Earthquakes

  [Click on Blue Links for more information]   If you want to help Oaxaca, visit the city.  Oaxaca is ready to welcome you.  You will help the locals and you will help yourself.   Think in the Morning found ourselves between the two giant earthquakes... read more

Taking A Break

  It has been a year and a half since I created Think in the Morning.  I have put up over 150 posts.  Many of the posts have been nostalgic memories of the Sea Gull Restaurant and Bar in Mendocino during the time I was the owner/operator.  Other posts include... read more

Poems – 10

  This is our tenth page of poems and art.  Think in the Morning posts a poem and a piece of napkin art produced in the old Sea Gull Cellar Bar every day on our Facebook Page.   Autumn Song Sarojini Naidu   Like a joy on the heart of a sorrow, The... read more


  September 16th, Mexican Independence Day, means little to the Americans living across the border, but like our July 4th it is a day celebrated across Mexico with parades, festivals, dances, and food.  On September 16th, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo, a Catholic priest,... read more

Short Fiction: Where is Santiago?

  Dónde está Santiago? When Santiago left town, everyone went crazy.  The  señoritas swooned.  They pulled at their hair and tore at their dresses and ran around in a hopeless state of despair.  Fights broke out among the young men who vied against each other to... read more