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Bill Rayburn



Booksie Address: http://www.booksie.com/Bill_Rayburn
Country: United Kingdom
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Favorite book: Prince of Tides/Beach Music/All The Trouble in the World
Member Since: Apr 2, 2012

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Wide Awake On the Ride Down

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jan 2, 2013
A Polish immigrant in Brooklyn, on the brink of his 40th...

Heaven On Earth: An Ode to the Male Fantasy

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jan 1, 2013
A genuine fantasy written about, and for, the woman...

20 Years

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jan 1, 2013
Contemplating the last twenty years, and the changes...

Green Taxi From Oakland

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 30, 2012
A practical joke between good friends, played out across...

Connie, Thief of Hearts

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 20, 2012
A young man loses everything to his first love.

People AND Guns Kill People

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 20, 2012
The NRA continues to resist the gun control advocates who...

The Dainty...

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 17, 2012
I have written a 10,000 word novella, titled “The...

Snowbound...

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 16, 2012
A woman wonders how she has let her life get to the...

Filling the Void

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 16, 2012
How to move on from the loss of a loved one. We all do it...

Limited Range

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 12, 2012
An open mind can lead anywhere. A closed mind is a hurdle.

Crash Test Dummies

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 11, 2012
A simple yet unique home for my baseball cap became the...

From Depression to Isolation

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 11, 2012
Ruminations on how and why some people can choose, rather...

A Plaque On a Park Bench

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 4, 2012
A man discovers a revealing bronze plaque on a park...

A Small Cabin in Wyoming

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 1, 2012
A writer in his mid thirties meets an older gent who may...

Point Blank

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Dec 1, 2012
Toughness is a quality practically impossible to measure...

Mike D'Antoni Resigns from the Knicks

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 26, 2012
A fictional account of what Coach D'Antoni might have...

Chiefs vs. Raiders: The Real Story

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 26, 2012
An intrepid Chief's fan stumbles into the Raider's...

Kicked Out of Bangkok for Moral Turpitude

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 26, 2012
A fictional tale from the Oakland Raider's infamous fan...

Dingy Ways to Die

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 26, 2012
Friends play a bar game conjuring up squalid ways in...

Coming Out: Everybody Wins

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 24, 2012
When gay people don't come out of the closet, everybody...

Cleaning Out The Attic

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 23, 2012
An ex-Pat experiences Thanksgiving in a country that...

When Your Best May Not Be Good Enough

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 22, 2012
Should we measure our own level of excellence in life, or...

Winter in Montana

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 22, 2012
A writer reflects on his success, in spite of the loss of...

Rescued Off the Scrap Heap

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 15, 2012
Dogs and humans share at least one emotion: gratitude...

Gypsy Girl

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 15, 2012
Opening paragraph..... "It took the comely little...

Monster: From "I Do" to Murder

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 10, 2012
A sociopath murders his wife, unintentionally, on their...

In The Garden: An Homage in Paris to Love

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Nov 4, 2012
An annual pilgrimmage to Rodin's sculpture garden in...

Pub Writing

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Oct 31, 2012
Author reflects on the pleasures of writing in a pub.

Man Down: The Pine Box Awaits

Poem by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Oct 31, 2012
The final, pathetic bleatings of heart about to stop......

Beauty and the Beast: The Tragedy of Amy Winehouse

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Oct 28, 2012
Thoughts on the poignant death of Amy Winehouse, and...

Saturday Mornings With the Meat Cutter

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Oct 26, 2012
A Yank's recent move to London is highlighted by a...

Off With The King's Head: A Yank's First Foray into a London Pub

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Oct 14, 2012
A Yank ventures into London Pub with an open mind and a...

Lift Off - Touch Down

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Oct 9, 2012
Leaving the US....the moment you've left soil....

Last Sunday in America

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Oct 8, 2012
Thoughts on reflection on the eve of changing countries....

London VS. Bolivia

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Oct 8, 2012
Musings on moving across "the pond".....

Second Wind

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Sep 21, 2012
No second acts in life are guaranteed, and not all second...

London versus Bolivia

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Sep 19, 2012
Thoughts as i sit on the brink of a life-changing move....

Cancer Visits My World

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Sep 6, 2012
Lamenting bad news from a former lover.....

Retreat.....

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jul 27, 2012
A friend retreats....

Every Hole is the 19th Hole

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jul 23, 2012
A run-of-the-mill professional golfer goes up against...

The Ass

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jul 20, 2012
Thoughts on a favorite female body part...

Selma "Sound" Bite

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jul 17, 2012
A slice of life from this small central California town.

You Can't Choose Your Family

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jul 12, 2012
The author contemplates replacing his family.

Turtle on the Run

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jul 11, 2012
Facing another major transition, I face the concept of...

Making Their Exit

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jul 9, 2012
A man ponders the desertion of the people in his life...

Roxxy and Laddy Go To Hollywood

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jul 6, 2012
A comedy writer and frustrated comedian goes to Hollywood...

Why Do I Love Golf?

Poem by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jul 5, 2012
Golf....like ex-wives...makes you wonder, WHY??

The Thinking Man

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jul 3, 2012
A man reminisces about a meteor-like love affair of 45...

Death of a Talisman

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jul 2, 2012
An anonymous death drags a columnist out of retirement to...

Without Delusions, Life Becomes a Wrecking Ball

Poem by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 30, 2012
Denial + Delusion = Death

Beaner

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 29, 2012
A Hispanic Stanford grad goes undercover in Central CA as...

A Balancing of the Scales

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 26, 2012
Ruminating on the concept of 'Brownie Points'....

Dingy Ways to Go

Poem by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 24, 2012
We all die...enjoy the ride

My Famous Last Words

Poem by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 23, 2012
Musing on how we'd all like to go out with a bang...

A Prisoner of His Looks

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 23, 2012
A man bemoans the fact his good looks have kept him from...

Size

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 21, 2012
A couple discusses the age old sex myth over cocktails....

POTUS Diary Entry #5

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 20, 2012
The fifth entry in an ongoing mythical series of late...

The Brass Ring

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 19, 2012
A coffee house chance meeting leads to....well, you're...

Turn The Mirror Outward

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 19, 2012
I wrote this for the loyal denizens of my Facebook room,...

Nocturnal Meanderings on Love

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 18, 2012
Elation follows love, and with it comes, well, everything.

A Eulogy For LOL

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 18, 2012
Uncovering the deceit behind the famous 3 letter acronym...

Ode to the Iron Duke

Poem by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 15, 2012
Poem for my long ago deceased dad as Father's Day...

Fathers in the Mist

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 14, 2012
How memory fades with age, and why "what was" becomes...

Every Garden Party Needs a 3-Legged Dog

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 8, 2012
The lone black resident of a cul de sac finally wanders...

Mamma Mia!

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Jun 2, 2012
Mothers and daughters must surf some choppy waters to...

A Tropical Island Called Sports

Poem by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 31, 2012
Sports can save a young boys' life.

BOGEY

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 30, 2012
A father recalls heartbreak and tragedy.

Air Quote: Poem :Close Air Quote

Poem by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 29, 2012
Read at your own risk. This is meant for fun and...

To Talk, or Not to Talk...That is The Question

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 29, 2012
Self absorption falls under my knife, as I slash away at...

Army Brat

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 28, 2012
Why an Army Brat can be the most interesting person in...

Past Tense; Present Tense....and Bring It On

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 27, 2012
Happiness may be just around the corner. You never know....

Narcissism?

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 27, 2012
Through two divorces, the lessons I have learned about...

Memorial Day 2012

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 27, 2012
Musings on patriotism and my deceased father, a WWII POW....

Lovely Little Passage

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 20, 2012
From a wonderful book by Robert Fulghum. The book is...

Grand Canyon

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 16, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled “Grand Canyon”,...

Mother's Day 2012

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 13, 2012
My ode to all the moms I know.

Rhetoric With No Concept: The Smart Woman's Curse

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 12, 2012
Why do smart women put themselves in, and refuse to...

POTUS #4 Diary Entry

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 7, 2012
The fourth installment of President Obama's secret diary...

Deadly Dominoes - Chapter 1: The Death of All Things Gentle

Book by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 6, 2012
Chapter one of a novel I am writing; a memoir of my...

Redford & Newman: Last Call

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: May 3, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Redford and Newman:...

"What Now, Asshole?"

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 25, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled “Now What,...

An Afternoon Can Last Forever, In Provence - Part Deux

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 22, 2012
The story continues in southeast France, as the...

Life Goes On....Are You Coming?

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 20, 2012
Mental meanderings on death, our reactions to it, and how...

An Afternoon Can Last Forever, In Provence

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 19, 2012
A southeastern France tale of beauty, nature's...

I've Seen Fire & I've Seen Rain

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 16, 2012
Weather can, and often does, dictate mood. (approx. 260...

We Choose Our Own Poison

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 15, 2012
Thoughts and ramblings on escape: why we do it, how we do...

POTUS (President of the United States) Diary Entry #3

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 14, 2012
Late at night on Friday the 13th, President Obama writes...

Google It

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 12, 2012
Setting the record straight with Google. (approx. 350 words)

Certainty

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 11, 2012
Absolutism is often at the root of human discord. Why...

Train Wreck: Final Stop

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 7, 2012
A man entertains thoughts of his own suicide. (approx....

1990

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 6, 2012
A sort of rough draft, but part one of an opus on the...

Paradise Without Sex

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 5, 2012
Paradise: Freedom to do, think, feel....anything. Pelting...

When a Friendship Dies

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 5, 2012
Musing on the loss of a good friend; the how, the why,...

Heating Up

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 5, 2012
How weather can be a conduit to kindness. (approx. 400...

Mail Boat's In

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 5, 2012
If you get your mail by boat, you are definitely living...

Deadly Dominoes - Forward/Prologue

Book by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
I am currently at work on a novel, 'Deadly Dominoes', a...

Things That Matter; Defining What Defines Us

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
Determining what is important to us, understanding what...

Snippets...humor...reflections...etc.

by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
A variety of very short pieces or jokes or reflections...

Longing For Adulthood

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
Questioning why young people are in such a hurry to grow...

Reunion Post-Op

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
A couple analyzes the husband's just completed 30th high...

Gratification....Letting Your Hair Down

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
Why you shouldn't delay instant gratification. (approx....

Ground Zero: Visit at Your Own Risk

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
A visit to New York City proves sobering enough to make...

High School Hell: Enduring Rather Than Thriving

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
Why is high school often a graveyard of free thought and...

Happily Ever After...Every Now and Then

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
The elusive pursuit of happiness, the good life, and the...

Looks Matter

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
Attractive people seem to have an easier road through...

Sports Fan From Heaven...Or Hell?

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
In search of a Sports Fan Wing Man, male or female: Apply...

Who Will Be My Arbiter?

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
A man seeks the ultimate judge, jury and executioner for...

Mixing & Matching

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
The breakup of an interracial relationship leads to a...

Hypocrisy: The Root of Religious Worship

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
How religion can breed hypocrisy. (approx. 465 words)

Life's A Beach

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
An overcast beach provides the backdrop for a lifetime of...

Thanks Dad, I Think.

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
A boy's defining moment with his father leaves a...

The Finish Line

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
The end of our lives...why some race to it, others...

Young Women: Poised to Take Over

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
An entire generation of young women sits poised to rule...

What If....The Last One Standing

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
Considering my legacy, while wondering, as the last...

Here I Go Again...

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
The lurking fear of feeling happy and content, and the...

50 is the New 40

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Why has American culture put even more pressure on aging...

Contradictions: Inevitable and Necessary

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
A look at how contradictions are not only inevitable when...

A Sistah I know

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Getting to know a thoughtful, educated young black woman....

As We Get Older...

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
The longer we live, the more death is on our mind....

Armageddon: The Good Life, Post 9/11

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Editorial column written for the newspaper I used to...

Girls Gone Wild

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Young women seeking equality with men may find it not all...

Dying...And The Week After

Article by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
What would we do if we could remain, for one week, privy...

Composure: Getting Through Life With Dignity

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Dealing with the haymakers life throws with some grace,...

Color Blind: Delivery Room Disaster

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
A shocking delivery room discovery ruins 3 lives, one...

Does Anybody Remember Laughter?

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
A poker game between famous musicians provides the...

Respect: Is It A Deal Breaker?

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Can we live without respect? Why respect is so important...

My Generation?

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
A Baby Boomer shucks the label and strives for separation...

Regrets: I've Had a Few...

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Regrets. Before, during and after. What do we do with...

The Wilderness Years

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Escaping the jungle that eventually finds us all. It can...

Trust: Should We Fear It, Or Embrace It?

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
The incredible dichotomy that Trust imparts on people who...

Women Who Choose Bad Men

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
A man's take on the mental machinations behind a woman's...

Man's World: Behind The Curtain

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
A brief, occasionally sordid, but no less accurate peak...

Lap Top Murder: Is It Dead Yet?

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
When a father recently shot his daughter's lap top...

Humpty Dumpty: How We Repair Ourselves

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
The constant repairs and reclamation projects that...

Gay People......People Gay

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Why the entire issue of Gay rights can be distilled to...

Garbage Chutes

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
How a garbage chute can can clean up the ENTIRE world....

Abortion: The Condensed Argument For Choice

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
A condensed essay on why men should NEVER make the...

Love in Paris: A Silent Attraction Blooms

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
A look back at a lovely vignette of my month in Paris....

Daddy's Little Girl: Help!

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
A father struggles with raising his young girl, with the...

Why Can't We Choose Love?

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Musings on loves lost, loves attained, and ultimately,...

Saturday Afternoon

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
What part of the week is the best? One man breaks it...

Alpha Males

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Reflections on the mating rituals within the world of...

A Friend Gets Out of Prison

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
The myriad of emotions spanning race, class and gender...

Elitism

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
In defense of what many think is indefensible. How being...

The Death Penalty: One Pacifist's Defense

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Wrestling with the age old dilemma: eye for an eye?...

Bullying: New Form, Old Foe

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
Bullying, Cyber and otherwise, has been with us forever....

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Our Battle vs. Fate

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
The battle of fate versus our own control over our lives...

When Life Punches You in the Nose

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 3, 2012
The ability and willingness of people to bounce back from...

Miata As Laboratory

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
A sociological experiment develops out of the simple act...

Fear and Loathing at the Urinal

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
A man (moi) muses on his first childhood exposure to a...

Full Disclosure

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
How much should we share upon meeting someone? Must there...

Dream Weaver: The Brain as Gymnast

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
An homage to the human mind and the daily calisthenics it...

When The Smell of Death Surrounds You

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Hitting rock bottom, and where you go from there....

New Year's Eve - 2011

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
I reminisce back on past New year's Eves. (approx. 500...

Workin' Without a Net

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Thoughts on adulthood, traversed without parents....

Uncle

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
I look back on an impactful evening with my nephew, and...

Serengeti

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Emotional wanderings and wonderings in search of the...

Meritocracy: Going, going gone....

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
The slow death of meritocracy bleeds into all aspects of...

FEAR: Hiding Under the Card Table

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Thoughts on how fear controls the mind and our behavior....

PRESSURE: Are We Tough Enough?

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
The decline of meritocracy will soon be felt by all of...

Muhammad Ali and the Decline of Sportsmanship

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Cultural musing on the fall of dignity and humility in...

Is Misanthropy a Choice or an Instinct?

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
How does one arrive at a misanthropic mindset? Nature or...

You Are Here: The Mall

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "You Are Here: The...

Boys in the Hoodie

Essay by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
My take on the racial controversy over the Trayvon Martin...

Heaven on Earth: A Love Letter

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
A love letter to HER, and what might have...

Independence: An Aging Mother's Plea

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
An elderly woman swims against the inevitable tide of her...

Eulogy For an Asshole

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Eulogy For An Asshole"...

The Talk

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "The Talk", (approx....

Innocence: A Day in the Park

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Innocence", (approx....

Counseling

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Counseling", (approx....

POTUS

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
One night in the Oval Office with the President and his...

Hooking Your Class

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Hooking Your Class",...

The Cooler

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "The Cooler", (approx....

Death Bed

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Death Bed" (approx....

Commencement

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Commencement",...

Confrontation: A Woman Confronts Her Rapist in Court

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Confrontation",...

One Night in the Village

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "One Night in the...

Watchin' Scotty Grow

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Watchin' Scotty Grow"....

Precocious

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Precocious", (approx....

Yesterday, When I Was Young

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled “Yesterday, When I...

Shank Beach

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Shank Beach", (approx....

A Life Unlived: A Father Laments

Short Story by Bill Rayburn
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Enclosed is a short story, titled “A Life Unlived: A...



Updated November 25, 2012

 

Hello,

 

My name is Bill. 52 years old, twice divorced, no children, and currently living in London, England. I have been writing prolifically (that means "a lot", not necessarily well ;=}) for the past year or so, and have amassed a collection of short stories of fiction, and opinion pieces of non-fiction on cultural events, world affairs, and probing into the psychology of why people behave like they do. I have more than enough for a book of these pieces and am currently looking for a publisher.

 

In addition, I have written a 10,000 word novella, titled “The Dainty”, set in 1969 Detroit: One day in an Irish Pub, and that day is Christmas Eve. The dysfunctional denizens of The Dainty plow through a fierce snowstorm, cocktails, and their personal baggage as Christmas Eve plays out before them.

 

I have also written a slightly longer piece on President Obama keeping a fictional diary and holding late night bull sessions/cocktail hours with his porter, an older black man from Chicago in the Oval Office. There are so far 5 diary entries and the succeeding sessions with his porter so far, at approx. 12,000 words. There will be more to follow, and probably this will grow into book length. It is written in real time, commenting on current events through the voice of Obama.

 

I am currently at work on a novel/memoir of my family, starting with, and revolving around, my father and his year-long stay in a Nazi POW camp in WWII, up through his suicide in 1979 after my mom divorced him. They had six children, three boys and three girls, four of which remain alive today.

 

I have lead an interesting life so far. Some hi-lights: married at 22 to Susie. Divorced at 26. Remarried at 35 to Laura, divorced at 36. Single since then.

Lived for a month in a Left Bank flat in Paris in 1998, a trip that was much more a soul-searching sojourn than a pleasurable vacation in the City of Lights. Fell in love with the city.

 

Now in London, I am further rejuvenated.

 

I hail from the San Francisco Bay Area, born and raised. San Carlos was my home (20 miles south of SF) for the first 18 years of my life. I have lived for six years (1990-96) on the east coast of America, in northern New Jersey, a stone’s throw across the Hudson River from Manhattan (NYC). I fell in love with the bohemian lifestyle and ambiance of Greenwich Village, a virtual island of sanity and safety on the southern end of the island of Manhattan. Could easily live there someday. In fact, could easily live almost anywhere I found interesting and fascinating and progressive in its culture and politics.

 

I am a secularist. I am pro-gay rights, pro-choice on abortion, virtually pro-choice across the board on most issues. Fairness is probably the single most important word in my vocabulary. It crosses EVERY issue, and I reside on the side of fairness virtually every time. Live and let live. Politically, if pressed, I might label myself a Libertarian. Never a Republican; maybe in some cases a Democrat. Clearly an independent in all things that matter. I am a reluctant alpha male with no posse, no entourage, and no desire for any of that bullshit.

 

I am currently in love and committed to the most wonderful woman I have ever met or loved or been lucky enough to have love me. I go to sleep next to her, I wake up next to her, and I want neither of those aspects of my life to change.

 

We have recently brought a dog into our lives, Leo, who is beyond description. Just the perfect dog for us.

 

Perfect.

 

If happiness, and feeling content, can spur a writer on to greater heights, than look out above, because here I come.

 

I am, ascendingly yours, and genuine...

 

I think, therefore I am.

 

My favorite quote:

 

RALPH WALDO EMERSON: "If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own."

 

 

Bill Rayburn

 

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