Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

ARRIVAL: CHFR #2 at Winchester

Posted on September 16th, 2012, by Michael Rountree

One of the boys, lacking all manner of tact, asked why things looked so junky around here, but good Mr. Pemrunning just laughed and shrugged. “Boys,” he said, “You’ve reach the very end of the world out here! This is right where God is still in the business of creation, and if I took you any further up the line, well then, you’d fall plum off the edge of the planet!”

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How Many Kinds of Trains Are There?

Posted on October 18th, 2011, by Mike

For my nephew Jeremy, who is a “train expert”, I have a question: How many kinds of trains are there?

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The Discipline of the Hobby

Posted on August 31st, 2011, by Mike

I have heard it said that you must listen to your muse, and if you endeavor to create while your muse is not present, then nothing good will come of it. This has been applied to art in general, but also specifically to model railroading, which must be recognized as an art form. I agree that model railroading is truly an art, but I disagree with the notion that “good” art is only created when the inspiration is present.

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Found an Old Poem

Posted on June 23rd, 2011, by Michael Rountree

While searching through boxes that have been packed up for years, I found something I thought I might have lost – an old poem I had written in my high school years. This poem, while dormant and hiding, has always been with me, and it is great to have found it again.


Ready for the Roller Coaster?

Posted on April 28th, 2011, by Mike

You’ve waited in the long line, zig-zagging your way to the front. Your anticipation grew as the train left the station, and the ratchet engaged, dragging you click click click up the long hill. You know what’s coming next, right? That mix of terror and exhilaration, as the wild ride will finally commence once you get to the top…

Well am I the only one to hear the click click click that portends a wild ride of another sort, specifically the looming hyperinflation that is gonna make my future… interesting?