Val’s Views

Val’s Views

A writer is a writer is a writer. We cannot stop writing… well perhaps to eat and occasionally to sleep. Ideas sometimes come so fast that sleep just won’t happen until I write things down.

On the other hand, I am often requested by magazines and newspapers, and even some businesses, to write something — an article, a commentary, a review, an ad even. I collect these when they relate to writing. (Okay, I sneak in a personal or favorite topic item once in a while.)

My collection of some of these pieces are gathered together on this site to share with you. If you’re looking for a particular subject, you may need to do a “Google” or “Bing” search. Or just hit BROWSE and enjoy. Happy reading!

Taxi Dancers

The girls were never sure where the limo came from, but they were soon to remember all they learned the day they first heard the song called “Taxi Dancers”, a ditty recalling sounds of Abba but obviously meant for them, the five who were picked up that day shortly after they were graduated from high school, beginning with Scamp, a mischievous young lady who hung out near the taxi stands at the bus station where she was looking for someone fun to entertain her for the day, and continuing as the limo found Ginger Peachy, the gorgeous ingénue, haunting the theaters early looking for a role in the   [MORE]

The Drugstore on the Corner

This was one of those days when Junie was feeling so special about herself she wanted to eat cake with her morning coffee, but not at home, at the corner drugstore down the street, where she had worked for so many years but now was “retired”, as they say on Wall Street, but she didn’t feel like sitting around or knitting baby blankets for the homeless, so she took herself off to the corner drugstore down the street after sleeping late for a change, just to have herself a special kind of breakfast at the popular and often busy lunch counter, which she knew wouldn’t be too crowded on a lovely day like this, except for maybe a couple of workmen or maybe an early shopper or two, … [MORE]   The Drugstore on the Corner

Women Athletes

What do you think of when you think of women in sports? Or perhaps, I should ask: who do you think of?

Of course there are the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. And the Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx basketball teams. And…gosh, I almost forgot…the beach babes who play volleyball! Do not criticize my vocabulary! When I searched the computer for “women’s professional volleyball”, all I got were photos of bikini-clad women. A similar search for “men’s pro teams” produced loads of photos of men in modest knee-length shorts and t-shirts. [MORE]