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After a year of hard work, I finally earned my Helicopter Private Pilot License. I'm not sure why I did it - I suppose I was in the mood for a challenge that would ultimately yield an interesting result. Presently, my interest is relegated to renting a chopper on the weekends and flying to various places around north Georgia. It's an expensive hobby, but I have to say that there's nothing quite like it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Radford Rules
Paradise The view that she’d get when the passenger jet made a bank for its final approach was a fine sight to see even though it would be through a small plastic-portal in coach. The isle – but a strand, was surrounded by sand and encased in a halo of green that feathered to blue with the translucent-hue of an ocean so clear and pristine. She held on to Kent as they made their descent to a runway just feet from the shore, but the squeeze she’d invest was symbolic at best – just a neighbor and not a bit... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at Radford Rules
Amber Rae Amber Rae was born that way, with eyes so big and blue, with golden hair and skin so fair – as soft as morning dew. Painted toes of scarlet-rose, her sandals couldn’t hide – behind would sail the ponytail her older sister tied. Amber liked to ride her bike the mile or so to school when traffic flow was fairly slow – on mornings dry and cool. Before her trip, she’d stop to clip some blooms for Mrs. Berne, the small bouquet was Amber’s way – her thanks for all she’d learned. Off she went, a brief descent... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Radford Rules
Lover’s Leap Annabelle had cast a spell on the one she’d grown so fond – her feelings clear since their junior year, as seniors – and beyond. Little Joe, as friends would know, had found his love for life and soon he’d tell his Annabelle – she’d make the perfect wife. He took her to their favorite view – a place called Lover’s Leap, where legend told – a shattered soul had sought eternal sleep. Was not the first she’d been coerced to make that scenic run – to kiss and spark ‘till after dark, the way they’d often done.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Radford Rules
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I've just released my new book - Corporate Crap on Amazon. This latest work is a collection of rhyming stories about issues related to the workplace. Examples of topics include - The Performance Appraisal, ISO Certification, The Corporate Acquisition, The FCPA, The IT Geek and a host of others. I warn you in advance that this book carries an "R" rating due to the many "colorful metaphors" I used to spice up the delivery. The cover alone is worth the investment! Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at Radford Rules
No Yesterday By Tony Radford She woke every morn like the day she was born with no knowledge of prior events, she couldn’t recall Sunday’s trip to the mall – or the flowers her granddaughter sent. Like an angel she slept, but nothing was kept, her memories fizzled away, none would remain – all her joy and her pain would only exist for a day. Her kids were all grown, so she sat all alone in the house that they build long ago and one day a week I’d drop by – kiss her cheek, oh how that old woman... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at Radford Rules
The Ring Was early fall when he hit the mall – a year past Y2K, a jewelry store on the second floor – a final bill to pay. He’d bought the ring he planned to bring – it’d be a big surprise, some wine, a rose, romantic prose – a question would arise. They’d set the stage at an early age – on the playground after class where he won her hand with a plastic band and a diamond made of glass. Again he’d be on bended knee – just like his last appeal, the way he did when just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2012 at Radford Rules
Atlanta In a state that’s named for a king who reigned in the eighteenth century is a southern town that’s world renowned and rich with history. But long before her lights-galore and buildings stories-high was virgin land with forests-grand and unpolluted sky. From Rabun Gap where rivers wrapped the land in strings of blue to coastal plains where mountains drained and fields of cotton grew. The Cherokee were first to see those hills of north GA when tribes who came in search of game decided they would stay. They built their mounds, they settled towns, they hunted, farmed and fished... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at Radford Rules
The Dream Life at sea is the place for me – with a crew at my command, in quarters small for a man that’s tall – and food that’s less than grand. Such peace I’ve found from the mellow sound a sailing ship can make as the ocean spanks her wooden planks with the waves we overtake. To hear her speak with groans and creaks as I write by candlelight – a final slog through the captain’s log as I bed down for the night. I often dream when all’s serene – on nights the sea is still, when the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at Radford Rules
The Box His face begrimed – an old man climbed from a tattered cardboard box to a sight he knew – an alley’s view beneath the loading docks. The morning light would end the fight he always had to face, though just a dream, to him it seemed so real it left a taste. But soon that taste would be replaced with a little shot of rye – some needed aid he took in trade at a little bar close by. The reflection cast on his sacred flask was another fallen soul with mussed up hair and a sullen stare,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2011 at Radford Rules
Gus Way back when, at the age of ten, my daughter came to me and I asked, “What’s up?” “Dad, I want a pup, can we have one pretty please?” Well, I gave in fast to what she asked so we made an action plan, we’d find for sale, a minpin male that was painted black and tan. That tiny breed was the one we’d need, since he’d be inside all day where he’d guard our house like a mighty mouse and frighten thieves away. When our search was done there was only one we could find for miles around,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2011 at Radford Rules
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Tones of Emotion is a collection of short stories told in rhyme. The storys range from funny and uplifting to tearful. There is also a long fantasy story set in the mid 1800s - also told in rhyme. Get one now - they're cheap! Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2011 at Radford Rules
The Lounge The story starts with racing hearts – a room with lots of chairs where patients wait, anticipate, so little talk – just stares. On the wall, a clock has stalled and time is standing still, a silent room – with thoughts of gloom the mind begins to fill. It finally came, they called her name and led us to a space, “Please take a seat,” – the doc would greet with a kind but solemn face. The doctor spoke with stethoscope and a clipboard in his hand, “The tests are back, it’s now a fact – we must... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2011 at Radford Rules
The View An institute was built to suite some folks that most don’t know, a place to send our wounded men with no place else to go. A room of white where day and night two injured souls would lay and never tread – confined to bed, forever both would stay. The two would share a window there, but only one could see past captive-plight and walls of white – how life out there would be. The other lay too far away to gain an outward view, his neighbor’s words of sights observed would simply have to do. But even... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at Radford Rules
The Runt Father Dan, a holy man, had a little patch of ground and a modest place he shared with Grace, in a quiet little town. He shared his life with Grace – his wife for almost fifty years and made his way on preacher’s pay – they were always in arrears. As payment made in the form of trade – a dog would come their way, a one-year old with fur of gold – they named her Molly May. Father Dan devised a plan for getting Molly bred, he’d sell her brood to purchase food and keep his family... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Radford Rules
This is my latest submission. It is a poem based on Beth Holloway's book - "Loving Natalee", a detailed account of what transpired during that tragic event. Download Angel in Paradise Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at Radford Rules
If you want to read a great book, check it out. Definitely worth the money. Download Blogpost_No Asshole Rule Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2011 at Radford Rules
A Sailor’s Tale They left the port of Aberdeen in eighteen fifty three – a crew of ten courageous men on the good ship Anne Marie. Of Clipper-class, with triple masts, her colors for the Queen – a heavy hold of Spanish gold, and tons of British tea. In command was Herbert Mann, a captain tough as nails, a driven man with worker’s hands – his place below the sails. “Weigh the anchor, take the helm, we’d best be underway! The course is set – we’ll head due west and travel twenty days.” Nathan Preen, naïve and green, was on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Radford Rules
Daddy’s Girl Child-denied, but still they tried and finally got their way, when darling little Alice came one joyous summer day. An early date, they’d incubate – so frail and premature, a parents’ prize was small in size, so innocent and pure. A tiny frame, golden mane and eyes of liquid-blue, the angels’ choice, a whispery voice as soft as morning dew. Bows and curls, a daddy’s girl and always by his side – “My daddy is an Army man”, she’d tell her friends with pride. But drums of war on a distant shore would call her dad away to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Radford Rules
I wrote this piece after reading the story of a friend's tragic loss. Download Love Child Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2011 at Radford Rules
Anyone who has worked for a satcom system integrator or VSAT company can appreciate the piece below. I'd like to turn it into an ad, but I might be pushing the envelope a bit far. I like tossing conventional wisdom out the window every chance I get. Download Poem_The Bargain BUC Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Radford Rules
Chariots of Thunder Back in the day before the EPA when the streets were ripe for plunder, there were drivers bold who ruled the road in their Chariots of Thunder. For me and the gang it was a souped up ‘stang that looked a little bit rough, but looks - no need, she was built for speed, she was more than fast enough. With a faded crown of chalky brown, she was easy to ignore, bald tires beneath, but the heart of a beast and a four-speed on the floor. Cruising along a country road one humid summer night, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Radford Rules
Sometimes change has unfortunate results. The plug has been pulled on my Mermaid theme. I wrote the attached piece for my op-ed - RadfordRules in SatMagazine. Download Adieu my fair maiden_blogpost Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at Radford Rules
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My book - Fork in the Road, now available on Amazon, is a picturesque accounting of my various journies in various places around the world - places that are generall "off the beaten path". I tried to make it a bit inspirational - but you'll have to be the judge. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at Radford Rules
The Western A common theme on the silver screen and the one I love the best, is the classic fight between wrong and right in the days of the wild, wild west. Famous names like Ford and Wayne, we knew they’d never fail – their endless lust for what was just saw justice would prevail. Splendid scenes of valleys-green and miles of cloudless-sky, where the sun would blaze as cattle grazed ‘neath herders’ watchful eye. Was so pristine, or so it seemed, but high above the town, a baron there made sure despair was always raining down. A brutal man,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at Radford Rules