Husband & retiree. Former software developer, technical writer, & IT geek. Occasionally do weird & goofy things.

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Biography

I grew up in an upper-middle-class slash upper-class northern suburb of Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s. I was odd as a kid. However, I was with the same group of kids from kindergarten through eighth grade, so I avoided the mess that middle school can be for many odd…


I lean over to my wife after dinner and whisper in her ear, “So, my love, do you feel in the mood for… chocolate?”

Photo by Jessica Loaiza on Unsplash

ME: Honey, have you noticed a switch in preference from chocolate to hard candy as you age?

DEB: (glaring over glasses at me) Are we switching from sugar-free chocolates to hard candy for dessert?

We have been indulging in sugar-free chocolate candies—mostly Russell Stover, because they have the best variety…


There is always something to discover in any relationship, even a practice one

photos by author — model rocket, left; “sex book,” right

This is yet another chapter in a series I “finished” last year, but my characters kept talking to me. Then Roz Warren convinced me into fill out the series into a book, so now I’m working on that. …


The reminder of the Worry Stone

photo by author

this stone
portable and present
fractured and glued
reminding me daily

Broken Is Not Unfixable

and

Fixed Is Not Healed

I have a “worry stone” that I bought many years ago that I always carry with me. It’s smooth, with a concave side that is just the right size for a thumb. When I’m feeling anxious, I hold it in my hand and rub it. It helps.

Awhile back I dropped it on a hard surface and it broke neatly in two. I repaired it with super glue, but not neatly, and I can still feel the fracture line whenever I rub my thumb across it.

It reminds me things going badly can still be repaired; but that doesn’t mean the bad things are erased.


“Stinks to be a girl, I guess.”

Photo by Ron Lach from Pexels

This is yet another chapter in a series I “finished” last year, but my characters kept talking to me. Then Roz Warren convinced me into fill out the series into a book, so now I’m working on that. …


On the road again, with Deb and Jack

Sunset at one of the marinas at Newport, RI (no, we didn’t rent any of the the boats)

Deb and I drove up to New England the last week of September. …


There are plans, and then there is the real world

This is yet another chapter in a series I “finished” last year, but my characters kept talking to me. Then Roz Warren convinced me into fill out the series into a book, so now I’m working on that. …


Can revenge become justice?

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The box he had received in the mail had a smaller box in it, roughly three by three by six inches. The note on the outside of the smaller box told him not to open it, until instructed to after establishing a video call with the person at the link…

Jack Herlocker

Husband & retiree. Developer, tech writer, & IT geek. I fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches. Occasionally do weird & goofy things.

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