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  Writer's profile for 'GXD'
Email address
City Seattle
State WA
Country U.S.A.
Birthdate early last century
Sex Male
Marital state my beautiful, charming wife is a world-class French vocalist
Profession engineer, writer, editor, translator, pianist, producer of musical theater
Interests creating solutions to global warming and related challenges
Comments I can offer over 100 stories and essays

'GXD' has written 68 stories:

Packrat (standard:adventure, 1005 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 19 2007Views/Reads: 3230/1977Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Jeff never went mountain climbing without his alarm clock -- until he met the Packrat. Enjoy the laugh!
Lost Air (standard:Creative non-fiction, 180 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 20 2007Views/Reads: 3346/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The horsepowers that serve our needs are now breathing all our air. What to do! What to do! I know, and so do you. Read on.
Franard (standard:romance, 1200 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 20 2007Views/Reads: 3099/2077Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A young painter lives and re-lives his fantasy love for the little princess.
Two by Two (standard:fantasy, 423 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 20 2007Views/Reads: 10097/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
It rained forty days and forty nights, and they came, two by two, to Mount Ararat, where Noah had built the Ark before the flood.
Value and the State (standard:Editorials, 1870 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 25 2007Views/Reads: 2975/1998Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A State exists in order to maximize value for all of its inhabitants. This value is tangible (goods), intangible, (services) or administrative. Here's how it works.
Bittersweet (standard:drama, 740 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 27 2007Views/Reads: 3036/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Sometimes, even the memory of proud accomplishments is not powerful enough to alter the realities of now.
Harry (standard:adventure, 3381 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 28 2007Views/Reads: 3140/2109Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Harry and I found plenty of gold in the foothills of Colombia. The challenge was in staying alive to enjoy it!
Truth Testing (standard:poetry, 99 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 28 2007Views/Reads: 2958/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Truth is a relative concept. Here are three examples.
Sterling Silver Cockroaches (standard:adventure, 6040 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 28 2007Views/Reads: 3075/2469Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A romantic adventure full of ambitions, intrigue, jewelry and silver in exotic Bucaramanga.
Animals (standard:adventure, 3904 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 28 2007Views/Reads: 3135/2245Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
128 little gold animals become $ 12,000,000,000 underneath downtown Cincinnati. Truth really IS stranger than fiction.
The Tax You Love to Pay (standard:Editorials, 1853 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 31 2007Views/Reads: 3009/1958Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Suppose you could choose precisely where each and every penny of your sales tax goes, and specify how it is to be spent. Well, now you can!
Cooperative Global Management (standard:Editorials, 348 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 04 2007Views/Reads: 3347/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A humanely managed global society is not only possible, but practical. Here is one view. Opinions welcome -- GXD
Countertrade (standard:humor, 2857 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 04 2007Views/Reads: 2897/1958Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
International commerce is more of an adventure than some consumers are aware of. Yak butter, for example.
Desiree (standard:adventure, 2354 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 04 2007Views/Reads: 3071/2016Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Falling in love with a prince may turn out to be a cultural hazard.
Gandolf (standard:Inspirational stories, 1801 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 04 2007Views/Reads: 3162/2044Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Innocent and playful as a kitten, Gandolf learned how to love life with a passion, until...
Polly Wins (standard:adventure, 4378 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 06 2007Views/Reads: 3046/2163Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Achieving success beyond your wildest dreams can be fulfilling -- and even erase the pain and regret of an unexpected volcanic eruption.
Grandmere Adele-Marie (standard:drama, 2263 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 08 2007Views/Reads: 3053/1959Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Three extraordinary women in Orleans (France) face the challenges of age with grace.
Pitkin (standard:other, 986 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 08 2007Views/Reads: 3048/1921Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The view from last century -- has anything really changed?
Talara (standard:adventure, 2342 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 08 2007Views/Reads: 2960/2037Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Magic sands are full of intriguing mystery. They compel even rational minds to bend, to lust after their hidden jewels.
Crystals (standard:science fiction, 2412 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 10 2007Views/Reads: 3219/2179Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Working inside of giant crystals is a nonpareil experience, especially when they sing with you!
Celene (standard:romance, 503 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 22 2007Views/Reads: 3351/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Love in the afternoon becomes money at night and envy in the morning.
LEE (standard:drama, 864 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 22 2007Views/Reads: 3007/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Twenty-five years of unforgiving memory behind every hot dog and coffee.
You Can't Miss It (standard:adventure, 3369 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 23 2007Views/Reads: 2971/1936Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
When I went looking for a coffee-sack factory in the Dominican Republic it turned out to be a surrealistic quest
Spiritual Understanding (standard:other, 816 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Aug 27 2007Views/Reads: 5487/2055Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Giving up guilt and grieving can be a rewarding process, well worth the effort.
Alaska Ho! (standard:adventure, 3353 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Sep 07 2007Views/Reads: 3145/2080Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Back in the early days, Alaska was a land of opportunity and challenge, even though some places were bearly livable.
Timba Gold (standard:adventure, 2931 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Sep 09 2007Views/Reads: 3142/2066Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A century ago, Colombia's Timba River was paved with gold. Today, only a few gold bars are left, buried under a sandy ridge -- and I've got the map.
Goldrush (standard:humor, 1063 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Sep 17 2007Views/Reads: 2939/1947Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The story of a teeny-weeny gold nugget and a melting chocolate cake
Snakes (standard:Suspense, 2243 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Sep 21 2007Views/Reads: 3889/2288Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
When a hundred hungry snakes showed up in the parking lot, Horacio conjured up a mouse feast with his crude flute. And by the way, where were you?
Ranee and the Tigers (standard:adventure, 1131 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Oct 15 2008Views/Reads: 2939/2409Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Coming of Age can be a real challenge when your adversary is a Bengal tiger. Oops -- two tigers!
The Holy Deflowering of Princess Saucisson (standard:romance, 391 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Oct 15 2008Views/Reads: 5406/1827Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Managing a small kingdom can be disconcerting at the least, until the tasty young prince arrives.
Cassandra (standard:fantasy, 1600 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Oct 16 2008Views/Reads: 2940/1821Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Not every clairvoyant has the insight of a Chinese fortune cookie. Cassandra, of course, is the exception.
Professional Public Scribes (standard:Editorials, 565 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Oct 18 2008Views/Reads: 3212/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The new profession of Public Scribe enables people who are at a disadvantage in our complex urbanized and rapidly changing society to more easily cope with demands of our Justice system.
Newland (standard:travel stories, 552 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Oct 18 2008Views/Reads: 3096/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Just imagine: You're rowing this little boat all the way up Puget Sound and ... Don't feel so sad. Keep repeating "It's only a story, it's only a story"
DUST (standard:Creative non-fiction, 931 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Oct 21 2008Views/Reads: 3925/2077Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
What is a "job"? What is the meaning of "work"? What feelings are so compelling they can take the place of making money? Here's my answer. Let's hear yours.
An Evening's Events at the Marshmallow Factory (standard:Psychological fiction, 1447 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Oct 23 2008Views/Reads: 3397/2127Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
This tall tale reveals how rational thinking leads to an unexpected conclusion.
Shorty (standard:other, 1233 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Oct 24 2008Views/Reads: 2858/1712Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
What do you do when your work comes ro an end? Sell ice cream to the kids?
Paul (standard:adventure, 1173 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Oct 25 2008Views/Reads: 3080/1892Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Deborah's second lesson in flying a seaplane is an exercise, as Ivar would say, in "keeping clam".
The Magic Farm (standard:fantasy, 1202 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Nov 07 2008Views/Reads: 2857/1818Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
How to grow a marketable watermelon hydroponically in three weeks? Ask the robot!
Re-Inventing Ancestors (standard:Editorials, 687 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Nov 07 2008Views/Reads: 3386/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Up to the middle of the 20th Century, family traditions were good enough as a guide to the mysteries of life. Well, now it's a new Century and tradition no longer works. You have to re=invent your own father and mother !!!
Fund Raising for a Viable Future (standard:Creative non-fiction, 1120 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Nov 07 2008Views/Reads: 3176/1909Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The needs of a global society cannot be met by taxation alone. For many essentials it will take honorable and respected fund-raisers to generate the revenue needed for enhanced human welfare -- instead of galloping inflationary profits.
Bert (standard:humor, 2236 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Nov 12 2008Views/Reads: 2801/1736Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Slug: A land-roving, air-breathing snail-like mollusk without a shell, but with a distinct head bearing sensory organs (feelers). Herbivore or carnivore? Poor Bert!
Sneakers and Bras, Condoms and Truck Tires (standard:Creative non-fiction, 410 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Nov 25 2008Views/Reads: 3657/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Our civilization depends on consuming Earth's resources and converting them to meet human needs. As we resolve to downscale our consumption, work will end for a great many people. What will they do when work ends???
My Red Fire Engine (standard:adventure, 266 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jan 27 2009Views/Reads: 4719/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
In 1935, Mayor LaGuardia of New York used to chase the fire engines in his red car and help fight fires with his bare hands. He needed help, and I was there.
Occupying Time (standard:Editorials, 168 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Apr 07 2009Views/Reads: 3012/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
For the next few years, occupying the time of people in agreeable ways is the greatest challenge to minimize conflicts. Caesar chose "bread and circuses". I chose MUSIC and MASSAGE.
Cofre -- Rio Arriba (standard:adventure, 1002 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Apr 07 2009Views/Reads: 3911/2269Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The Colombian river Cofre was home to some of the world's most poisonous snakes, guarding their gold. Come upstream with me and have a look for yourself.
War with the Slugs (standard:horror, 2123 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Apr 21 2009Views/Reads: 2713/1731Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Washington State is famous for its voracious and intimidating slugs. When civilization collapsed, overrun with slugs, here's how we managed to put a stop to it. You would have loved being a part of this adventure.
Seasonings (standard:fantasy, 705 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Apr 29 2009Views/Reads: 2845/1751Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Watch what you eat. Go easy on those herbs and spices. You may not want to share Marc's nightmare. Maybe you do.
The Ethics of Ambiguity -- A Literary Review (standard:other, 1273 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Apr 29 2009Views/Reads: 3334/1925Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Simone de Beauvoir presentw a feminine view of the ethics in philosophies composed by male writers
The Voodoo Guru: Red Trees (standard:Inspirational stories, 679 words)
Author: GXDAdded: May 04 2009Views/Reads: 2737/1766Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
If you ever wondered why tree limbs turn red at sunset, read on. If you never wondered why ......... read on.
Introduction, Contents and Preface to Sterling Silver Cockroaches (standard:adventure, 442 words)
Author: GXDAdded: May 14 2009Views/Reads: 7745/1Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
This introduction and preface describe the contents of "Sterling Silver Cockroaches", from which several stories were taken for publication on Nice Stories.
Two Innovations Seeking a Sponsor (standard:Creative non-fiction, 351 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jun 12 2009Views/Reads: 3269/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The two innovations offered here respond to urgent human needs. Interested parties may inquire for more detail at: -- GXD
The Liberation of Robots (standard:Editorials, 895 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jun 12 2009Views/Reads: 2972/2038Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Machines outnumber humans 3 to 1. The time has come to recognize that our robot slaves have a right to determine the course of human civilizations. This has already begun.
The Roman Candles (standard:drama, 1963 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 04 2009Views/Reads: 2871/1841Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Fireworks often illuminate more than the night sky. Can you imagine what it feels like for the truck drivers who have to deliver the stuff? I'll bet you can't!!!
Machine Value Systems and Emancipation Potential (standard:Editorials, 1777 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 04 2009Views/Reads: 3059/1825Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Did you renew the printer cartridge today, put oil and gas in thw car, pay the phone bill and maintain all your kitchen appliances? When are you going to liberate your robot servants and discover the joy of simplicity?
TALL PEOPLE, SHORT DOORWAYS (standard:Editorials, 1231 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 05 2009Views/Reads: 3517/1832Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Are you tall enough to hit your head on a low doorway now and then?? Head injuries are among the most costly health care issues. Let's put a few million carpenters to work raising every doorway in the nation, so people 7 feet tall won't have to always du
Found in 1955 (standard:travel stories, 542 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 12 2009Views/Reads: 3160/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Where sugar cane meets wealth, 54 years ago!
Touch and its Potential (standard:Creative non-fiction, 1197 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Jul 14 2009Views/Reads: 3347/1850Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, change of position or orientation and other human sensitivities enable us to sense the presence of danger, feel loved and experience many more emotions and sensations. Here is how I think it all happens.
Hemp Among the Stumps (standard:action, 2173 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Sep 02 2009Views/Reads: 2999/1935Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
In 1992 this story was science fiction, but not today. Welcome to the 21st Century with Hempfest.
Looking Back (standard:Satire, 322 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Sep 02 2009Views/Reads: 5723/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
All things change over time, and tough decisions have to be faced. With one exception: free enterprise.
Conan and Naomi (standard:non fiction, 1608 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Oct 19 2009Views/Reads: 2830/1749Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Conan is a mischievous sex nut. Naomi wants things both ways: no sex. Can this be the solution to the world's overpopulation problem?
Population Control by Open-Mindedness (standard:non fiction, 616 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Oct 19 2009Views/Reads: 2935/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Lesbians -- women who partner with other women -- tend to bear fewer children than women who partner with men. If 20% of all the females on earth can be convinced to choose a lifetime of woman-woman relationships, excess population growth worldwide would
Associative Musings (standard:Editorials, 578 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Dec 08 2009Views/Reads: 2959/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
From fluid dynamics to relative truth,independent cultural initiatives are shaping the future.
The Vanishing Mural (standard:humor, 4122 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Dec 09 2009Views/Reads: 2473/1714Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Murals help suppress crime, except when they disappear. Modern technology at work here. Laugh your way through this one!
The Scream of Steel (standard:drama, 1001 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Dec 27 2009Views/Reads: 2818/1761Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Once upon a time, when American steel mills dominated world industry, this is what it felt like inside the rolling mill. If you've never heard the scream of steel, now is your chance.
My Zoo (standard:horror, 1946 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Dec 27 2009Views/Reads: 2717/1753Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Insects! What will you do when they come to get you?
Aphorisms (standard:humor, 324 words)
Author: GXDAdded: May 01 2010Views/Reads: 2685/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Sound advice that will keep you out of trouble -- or get you into trouble, depending ....
A Source of Power (standard:non fiction, 2378 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Dec 17 2010Views/Reads: 2547/1701Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Peace and Power are two sides of the same coin. Both can be found inside you. Here's where to look.
Relationships and Commitment (standard:Editorials, 1288 words)
Author: GXDAdded: Dec 17 2010Views/Reads: 3219/2083Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The tradition of commitment has served humanity for millenia, but it's not cut out for a fast-changing twenty-first century, like now and tomorrow. Think about it.

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