Posts Tagged ‘Writing’

Always Trying To Look Busy

September 14th, 2022

With a thick coat, two pairs of sweat pants, two pairs of socks and gloves as a blanket, the cold morning air wakes her. She’s hidden, mostly out of sight under an overpass.

The street below is lightly traveled. The traffic above is loud, especially from trucks. Nevertheless, the noise doesn’t bother her. She’s been living in the city her whole life. Most nights, by the time she arrives under the overpass, she’s too tired to wake.

Her coat is old and worn out, though warm. The hood’s wrapped tightly around her head.

Slowly, she sits up, pushing herself up with her arms, leaning back against a cold cement post supporting the overpass. Even with the smallest breath, steam flow from her mouth from the cold.

She’s hungry, anxious to get up, yet, the cement slab she slept on was tough on her bones. Her body’s stiff from the cold. She knows the end is near. She feels more and more pain each morning when she wakes. The streets are brutal.

She turns on a small radio, listening to the morning show as she tries to motivate herself to get up.

The host is very controversial. He’s talking about the people who others have fantasized about the most while sleeping.

Different people call into the show, letting him know the people they’ve fantasized about the most.

She laughs to herself, smiling inside as different people tell their stories.

When the show ends, she slowly lifts herself to her feet, making her way to a stop sign just past the overpass.

She stands at the stop sign every morning, holding a small can. Many stop, quickly rolling down their windows to give her spare change. Many of the same people give her change daily.

As the day warms, traffic slows, she walks to a small inexpensive diner, immediately going to the restrooms, letting the water warm to its warmest temperature before washing her face and arms with a little soap and wet paper towels. Soon thereafter, she takes a seat towards the back of the diner, being cautious not to disturb any of the others eating.

Minutes later, she asks the waitress for a cup of coffee and scrambled eggs with toast.

When her breakfast arrives, she drinks and eats very slowly, trying to spend as much time in the warm diner as possible, holding her coffee tightly between her hands, letting the coffee cup warm her hands and body.

Even sitting next to her belongings, she always keeps a close watch over the things she owns. She doesn’t own much. A small AM/FM radio, a bag, a few items of clothes, a purse, a notebook and the papers she writes. She doesn’t have much, yet, the things she owns are very important to her.

The waitresses don’t pay much attention to her. They don’t give her any good deals or extra food. They don’t ask her to leave either.

She’s overjoyed at the opportunity to sit and warm herself daily. At the same time, she feels bad about staying in the diner for extended periods of time, always trying to look busy, writing different thoughts in her notepad while eating.

“Today’s Valentine’s Day. I didn’t even realize until late last night when I picked up a littered newspaper on my way to the overpass.

Valentine’s Day lost the feel of a real holiday to me years ago. The holiday lost the feel of love. Many don’t know what love is, how to express love or feel love. Many don’t know how to receive love. They don’t know how to love.

Having seen the things I’ve seen. The types of things people do to others, the way many treat others, the things man invented, nuclear bombs, the pollution man created, the destructive way of life many live, the way my life turned out, causes me to think of Valentine’s Day as just another day of the year.”

Hours later, she knows she’ll have to leave the diner soon. She fears overstaying her welcome, she fears the possibility of one of the waitresses asking her to leave.

She doesn’t know where she’ll go, thinking, “I could walk to another diner, get something to eat, while waiting inside. Though, if possible, I’d rather do something different.

I could take the bus somewhere. The traffic this morning was slow. Many didn’t want to roll down their windows in the cold. I didn’t get as much money as usual. I’d rather not spend the last of my money.

Maybe I could go to the park. I haven’t been to the park in a while. Maybe they’ve forgotten me.

The weather looks much warmer. Going to the park feels like a good idea.”

Just before leaving, she pulls out her cup of change, leaving the waitress a small tip.


Written by George Farina:

The 1980’s Were 30 Years Ago

January 1st, 2022

As of 2020, the 1980’s were 30 years ago. For many of us, the decade is difficult to forget.

The 80’s represent energy, Boomboxes, Breakdancing, Legwarmers, Headbands, Nightclubs, Skating Rinks, Saturday Morning Cartoons, MTV, Supercars, Arcades, Rae Bans, Heavy Metal Rock Bands and much more.

The 1980’s represent freedom. Freedom of speech. The type of freedom allowing a person to be themselves and express themselves without many of the consequences people often face from society today. Though, what I feel the 1980’s represent most is creativity. More cool, unique things were introduced in the 1980’s than any other decade I’ve either lived through or learnt about.

Supercars became a thing in the 80’s. 80’s music became a thing. Many of the tunes introduced in the 80’s are still played today. Boomboxes, Breakdancing, Legwarmers, Computers, Video Games, Saturday Morning Cartoons and Rae Bans all became things in the 1980’s. Things many of us still enjoy today.

Atari came to life in the 1980’s. The 80’s started a video gaming boom, loud enough to keep the industry booming to this very day.

Computers were introduced to the general public in the 1980’s. Many who lived through the 80’s have exceptionally good memories of the Commodore 64, early IBM and Apple computers.

During the 80’s most didn’t have to worry about hacking. Heck, I don’t even think I knew what computer hacking was till the early 1990’s. People didn’t have to worry about others intruding on their enjoyment of life. The 80’s offered a sense of freeness.

The 1980’s were also responsible for one of the greatest sports stories in history. The 1980 men’s Olympic hockey team. Nothing screams 80’s louder than a story about an unknown team or person going from the unknown to greatness.

Though, the decade wasn’t without issues. There was plenty of violence. There was drug abuse. I’m not talking about recreational drugs. Some of the drugs many used in the 80’s were much more destructive. Drugs that weren’t good. Drugs I don’t feel represented the decade.

Luckily, I didn’t see the corrupt side of the 1980’s. By the mid 1980’s I was 11. At 11, it’s difficult to see the bad. Even today, I know those things only represented a small percentage of the decade. A decade I remember today, 30 years later, with great fondness.

Written by George Farina

Writing, Thoughts 2022

January 1st, 2022
Writing Thoughts, 2022
Pancakes with blueberry toppings. When I’ve got nothing to write, I write about nothing. Then, I’ve got something to write about. Compassion, tact, Russian Blue Cats, Rabbits. Anger, jerks. There are people in this world worthy of the word hate. There are things in this world so horrific, they’re unforgivable. There aren’t any winners in war, only losers. There isn’t any art in war. There are good things in this world. Good conversations, smoothies, fairs, prayers, God. Walking under the moonlight and stars on a brisk city night. Cool things from the past, Pagers, Typewriters, Service Merchandise, Bradlees, Saturday Morning Cartoons, the 1980’s. Dave and Busters, book store cafes.
Birds chirping early in the morning.
  Written by George Farina,


Written by George Farina

Somewhere at this very second

January 1st, 2022
Somewhere at this very second
Somewhere at this very second: Someone is eating dinner. Someone is cooking dinner. Someone is playing baseball. Someone is petting there cat. Someone is cleaning. Someone is making love. Someone is laughing. Someone is chatting. Someone is dancing. Someone is singing. Someone is riding a bicycle. Someone is at the laundry mat. Someone is on vacation. Someone is exercising. Someone is at a park, having a picnic. Someone is taking a walk. Someone is reading. Someone is writing. Someone is flirting. Someone is on a date. Someone is dreaming. Someone is thinking. Someone is at the library. Someone is teaching. Someone is learning. Someone is being honest. Someone is painting. Someone is skipping. Someone is at a Flea Market. Someone is taking a photograph. Someone is playing an instrument. Someone is listening to music. Someone is playing a board game. Someone is at an amusement park. Someone is at a tag sale. Someone is gardening. Someone is brushing their teeth. Someone is flying a kite. Someone is on a bus. Someone is on a train. Someone is swimming. Someone is relaxing. Someone is at church.
 Written by George Farina,


Written by George Farina

City, Beach Scenery

January 1st, 2022
City, Beach Scenery
Late At Night, City Lights, Trains, Buses, People, People Watching, People Socializing, Skateboards, Curb Hopping, Bicycles, Bicycle Paths, Street Performers, Street Art, Street Artists, Music, Musicians, Sidewalks, Fire Hydrants, Telephone Booths, Bus Benches, Pigeons, Train Stations, Storefronts, Entryways, Cafe’s, Bakeries, Pawn Shops, Balconies, Fire Escapes, Bared Doors, Bared Windows, Abandon Buildings, Homeless, Stray Cats, Stray Dogs, Side Streets, Alley’s, Avenues, Boulevards, Stickball, Street Vendors, Arepas, Empanadas, Flea Markets, Fairs, Festivals, Carnivals, Amusement Parks, Beaches, Boardwalks, Frisbee’s, Kites, Soft Sand, Body Boards, Suntan Lotion, Paddle Boards, Waves, Parasailing, Seashells
  Written by George Farina,


Written by George Farina

Food And Festivities

January 1st, 2022
Food And Festivities
  Fresh Roasted Peanuts At A Baseball Game
  Fried Dough At A Fair
  Ice Cream On A Hot Summer Day
  Coffee Early In The Morning
  Heart Shaped Chocolates For Valentines Day
  Turkey During Thanksgiving
  Candy During Halloween
  Easter Eggs During Easter
  Cakes During Birthdays
  Pastries Christmas Morning
  Champaign During New Years, As The Clock Strikes Midnight
  A Beer While Socializing
  A Slice Of Pizza At A Small Streetside Pizzarea
  Egg And Cheese Bagels For Breakfast
  Sandwiches For Lunch
  A Blueberry Muffin On The Go
  Stuffed Mushrooms For Brunch
  Home Cooked Meals For Dinner
  Coffee Cake For Desert
  TV Dinners While Watching Television
  Cheezie Fries As A Midnight Snack
  Chicken Broth On A Cold Winter Day
  PB&J’s During Picnics
  Fresh Fruit And Vegetables From A Farmers Market
  A Drink Of Cold Water After Exercising
  Smoothies For Nourishment
  Mango’s From A Mango Tree
  A Milkshake From A Diner
  A Donut With Sprinkles At The Donut Shop
  A Croissant At The Bakery
  M&M’s From A Vending Machine
  A Grilled Cheese Sandwich With A Friend
  Written by George Farina,


Written by George Farina


January 1st, 2022
Baseball, Softball, Stickball, Wiffel Ball
Minor Leagues, The Grapefruit League, American Legion
Opening Day, 7th Inning Stretch
Take Me Out To The Ball Game, Take Me Out To The Show
Pitchers, Pitchers Mounds, The Sign, The Wind Up, Digging In
Fastballs, Curves, Sliders, Knuckleballs, Forkballs and Changeups
Swing Batta Batta, Swing Batta Batta, Swing Batta
The Swing, Pine, Louisville Sluggers, The Sweet Spot
Echo’s as The Bat Hits The Ball, Batting Cages, Batting Practice
Bleachers, Stadium Seats, Bullpens, Dug Outs, The On Deck Circle
Bases, Base Paths, Stolen Bases, Head First Slides
Ground Rule Doubles, Home Runs, Home Run Derbies
The Baseball Hall Of Fame, Cooperstown
Hall Of Fame Games, Ballparks, Night Games, Stadium Lights
Ebbits Field, The Polo Grounds, Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants
Baseballs, Batting Gloves, Donuts, Baseball Gloves, Cleats
The Mighty Casey, Joltin Joe
A One Run Game In The Bottom Of The 9th
The 7th Game Of The World Series
Statistics, Records, Scorecards, Baseball Cards, Baseball Stickers
Bobble Heads, Peanuts, Popcorn, Crowds Cheering, Waves, Chants
Striiiikkkkkeeee Threeee! You’re Out!
For It’s One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out At The Old Ballgame.
  Written by George Farina,


Written by George Farina
Take Me Out To The Ball Game, towards the beginning of the post and For It’s One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out At The Old Ballgame, towards the end of the post is from the song “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”.

Publication Of: Light Throughout The Night

January 1st, 2022

Light Throughout The Night, by George Farina
Today, I am very happy to announce the release and publication of my second book: Light Throughout The Night.

Light Throughout The Night came to life during October of 2018, while I was tent camping. Anticipating November Novel Month, and having the urge to write, inspired me to begin writing Light Throughout The Night.

I began a month early, simply because I knew I couldn’t finish a novel within a month. Just about two years later, 44,632 words later, and 14 chapters later, I was finally putting the finishing touches on the book. A little over a year after finishing the book, I’m finally in a position to release Light Throughout The Night for publication.

Without further ado, I announce the official release and publication of:

Light Throughout The Night, by George Farina

(2022-01-02) Light Throughout The Night is fiction, primarily a drama, specifically, a sports action drama. Even though the story is fiction, the book displays a sense of realness.

Light Throughout The Night is somewhat futuristic, partly educational, with a taste of sexiness. The main character is named Glow. She’s named after the 1980’s television show, G.L.O.W. Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Regardless of the genre, Light Throughout The Night details Glow’s life story. During the early years of Glow’s life, the deck was stacked against her. Because of her situation, she didn’t have an opportunity to live a decent life. As Glow grew older, she didn’t find her niche in society. Her past kept her from finding happiness.

Light Throughout The Night takes readers from Glow’s birth, through to her adulthood. Her story is passionate, dramatic, and adventurous, while touching upon more serious issues such as child abuse, homelessness and lack of equality. Within the pages of Light Throughout The Night, Glow displays resilience as she tries to find happiness, peace and peace within herself.

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January 1st, 2022
Ahh, the cap of a beer twists open. Faint echo’s in the distance. The sound of rushing water. Leaves rustling. A homeless man plucking the strings of a guitar. A sexy accent. A vintage ceiling fan squeaks as it slowly turns. Peanuts, peanuts, get your fresh roasted peanuts. Arepa, Arepa, Arepa, Arepa. A train rapidly thunders through a city. Heals clanking against tiles. A stomach’s growl. Wind howls. A sigh, getting in bed late at night, after working all day. A woman giggling while flirting. The sound of new sneakers squeaking. The pitter patter of a heartbeat. A rain storm pounding a puddle. Low heals shuffling down a hallway. Dong, dong, a clock strikes midnight. A metal bed frame squeaks, crackling at the slightest movement. Buuzzzz, buuzzzz, snooze, buuzzzz, buuzzzz, snooze, time to get up. A warm sweatshirt crackles with static as it’s pulled overhead. A cat purring. The silence of a mime.
  Written by George Farina,


Written by George Farina

Simple, Enjoyable Things

January 1st, 2022
Simple, Enjoyable Things
A cup of coffee, A good conversation, PB & J’s. A walk through a park, A bike ride, Gardening, Watching the sun rise, Writing, Reading, Playing catch, Thinking, Laughing, Swimming, Lounging, Camping, Campfires, Smores, Looking up at the stars, Kissing, Spontaneity, Exuberance, Listening to bird’s chirp, Bird watching, Flying a kite, Swinging on a swing, Picnics, A cold beer on a hot day, Baking, Massages, Exercising, Praying, Learning, Walking a dog, Petting a cat, Feeding fish, Watching a thunderstorm from indoors, Watching snow fall, Ice skating, Roller skating, Skateboarding, Creating, Photography, Playing an instrument, Listening to music, Dancing, A fruit smoothie, Christmas lights, A bus ride late at night, A train ride, Coloring Easter Eggs, Eating chocolates on Valentine’s Day, Carving a Pumpkin.
  Written by George Farina,


Written by George Farina