Welcome to My Profile Page

An easy-to-use guide to what I’ve published on Medium

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Like most writers, I use words when I write. (Original image by author © 2016)

Hello, and welcome to my Medium page!

Below you will find an easy-to-follow guide to everything I’ve published here since joining in November 2020. The most recent stories in each category will be at the top.

You’ll notice some stories will appear in multiple categories — politics and humor, for example — while others only appear in one. The whole idea behind this page is to make it easy for readers to find stories of interest on my profile page.

The categories are:

  • Author’s Picks
  • Politics
  • Poetry
  • Short Fiction
  • Humor
  • Music-Related
  • Original Photography Included

The Author’s Pick section includes stories and poems I feel strongly about sharing with my readers and will include no more than a half dozen picks at any one time.

I will be updating each time I publish something, so check back frequently.

You can also follow me on Twitter; in addition to tweeting my own stories, I also tweet and retweet stories by other Medium writers and interesting items from around the web.

If you have any questions, leave a comment here or email me at darrenonmedium at gmail dot com. Thanks for stopping by!

AUTHOR’S PICKS

Maxwell Alejandro Frost 2022, Max Frost 1968 — a Freaky Coincidence (Published Aug. 26 in Politically Speaking)

What If George Lindsey Hadn’t Been Typecast as ‘Goober’? (Published June 4, 2022, in The Haven)

Dry Like Ground Beneath a Cactus (Published in The Lark, May 8, 2022)

I Had the Feeling I Was Being Watched (Published March 29, 2022, in Weeds & Wildflowers)

I Was a Poet Who Lived By the Sea (Published Dec. 9, 2021, in Weeds & Wildflowers)

The Revolution Will Not Be Discussed (Published Nov. 16, 2021, in The POM)

POLITICS

Maxwell Alejandro Frost 2022, Max Frost 1968 — a Freaky Coincidence (Published Aug. 26 in Politically Speaking)

DeSantis Stars as Hockey Player in Freaky Dream; What Does It Foretell? (Published in Politically Speaking, June 2, 2022)

Remembering JFK: A Sad Story about the Death of a King (self-published on Medium Nov. 22, 2021)

Real News, Fake News, or No News at All? (Published May 6, 2021, in Politically Speaking)

Ted Cruz Goes from Lyin’ Ted to Flyin’ Ted After Cancun Scandal (Published in Politically Speaking, Feb. 20, 2021)

The Trump Card That Failed (Published in Politically Speaking, Feb. 9, 2021)

Goodbye My Pillow, Hello Democracy Pillow! (Published in The Haven, Feb. 4, 2021)

Presidential Term-inology (Published in Politically Speaking, Jan. 28, 2021)

What Will Biden’s Presidential Job Approval Rating Be on Jan. 27? (Published in Politically Speaking, Jan. 24, 2021)

Rand Paul: Mask Not for Your Country! (Published in Politically Speaking, Jan. 17, 2021)

‘Trump Defender Syndrome’ Clouds Judgment of President’s Supporters (Published in Politically Speaking, Jan. 15, 2021)

Donald Trump and the Unfairness Doctrine (Published in Politically Speaking, Jan. 4, 2021)

Republicans Abandon Americans in Need by Opposing $2,000 Stimulus Checks (Published in Politically Speaking, Dec. 25, 2020)

Expand the Electoral College, Don’t Abolish It (Published in Politically Speaking, Dec. 14, 2020)

Far From Being ‘Statistical Anomalies,’ Voting Results in Michigan, Georgia Fit National Patterns (Published in Dialogue & Discourse, Nov. 27, 2020)

Will Donald Trump Take a Page from Gover Cleveland’s Presidential Playbook? (Not featured in a Medium publication, published Nov. 8. 2020)

Trump Emphasizes National Unity, ‘Poetry of Community’ in Concession Speech to Biden — Clearly Labeled Satire (Not featured in a Medium publication, published Nov. 6, 2020)

The U.S. Has Never Had 4 Consecutive Two-Term Presidents — But That Could Change (Not featured in a Medium publication, published Nov. 2, 2020)

POETRY

Dry Like Ground Beneath a Cactus (Published in The Lark, May 8, 2022)

I Was a Poet Who Lived by the Sea (Published Dec. 9, 2021, in Weeds & Wildflowers)

The Revolution Will Not Be Discussed (Published Nov. 16, 2021, in The POM)

Summer Ends (Published Nov. 9, 2021, in The POM)

The Last Time I Hugged a Tree (Published July 28, 2021, in The POM)

We Are a Part of It All (Published July 22, 2021, in The POM)

Going Outside (Published June 24, 2021, in The Lark)

Maybe This Time (Published June 16, 2021, in The POM)

I Dreamt I Saw You in the Afterlife (Published June 5, 2021, in The POM)

Brevity (Published May 25, 2021, in The POM)

White-Barked Tree Grows Crooked (Published May 22, 2021, in Spiritual Tree)

Singular (Published April 27, 2021, in A Few Words)

The Mud of Oneness (Published April 22, 2021, in The POM)

Explaining Things to Children (Published April 22, 2021, in Blue Insights)

Hummingbird Amazement Poem (Published April 16, 2021, in Weeds & Wildflowers)

A Snapshot While We’re Moving (Published April 6, 2021, in Spiritual Tree)

The Breath of Life Inside Us (Published March 31, 2021, in Know Thyself, Heal Thyself)

Replaying Yesterday (Published March 27, 2021, in Blue Insights)

The Rain, the Snow, the Wind (Published March 23, 2021, in Spiritual Tree)

On the Inherent Sadness of Chewing (Published March 18, 2021, in The POM)

Backtracking (Published March 15, 2021, in Spiritual Tree)

A Glimpse of the Mystery (Published March 11, 2021, in Illumination)

Every Star We Cannot Count (Published March 9, 2021, in The POM)

The Julie-Birds (Published March 5, 2021, in The POM)

Dream Poem for the Waking World (Published Feb. 27, 2021, in The POM)

Gumby’s Staircase (Published in The POM, Feb. 23, 2021)

After Twilight (Published in The POM, Feb. 17, 2021)

Air Guitar Power Chords (Published in A Few Words, Feb. 17, 2021)

Sky and Trees, Light and Patterns, (Published in Weeds & Wildflowers, Feb. 12, 2021)

Higher Frequencies, (Published in A Few Words, Feb. 4, 2021)

We’ll Get There Soon Enough (Published in Weeds & Wildflowers, Feb. 1, 2021)

Sunset With the Grateful Dead, 1993 (Published in Weeds & Wildflowers, Jan. 29, 2021)

Owl Haiku (Published in A Few Words, Jan. 28, 2021)

What if a Bob Dylan-Type Troubadour Wrote a Protest Song About Listicles? (Published in The Haven, Jan. 23, 2021)

Parting (Published in A Few Words, Jan. 12, 2021)

Just Another Poem About Clouds Playing Games (Published in Muddyum, Jan. 5, 2021)

Dogs That Look Like They’re Driving (Published in Writers’ Blokke, Jan. 5, 2021)

Young Sunshine (Published in A Few Words, Jan. 1, 2020)

Who We Are and Who Is the Answer to Why (published in Writers’ Blokke, Dec. 23, 2020)

SHORT FICTION

Don’t Get Me Started (Published July 6, 2022, in Illumination)

The Brief, Tragic Story of Overnight Meat Thaw and Gizmo Wahoo (Published April 3, 2021, in Illumination)

What if a Bob Dylan-Type Troubadour Wrote a Protest Song About Listicles? (Published in The Haven, Jan. 23, 2021)

Lucky Number Zero (Published in Illumination, Dec. 20, 2020)

The Jersey Dream (Published in Illumination, Dec. 10, 2020)

Meatballs in Private (Published in Illumination, Dec. 3, 2020)

Where We Go When We Go to Sleep (Published in Illumination, Dec. 2, 2020)

With Time Running Out (Published in The Inspired Writer, Nov. 29, 2020. Note: I changed the story title from what you see below a few days after it was published, but the URL retains the original title.)

HUMOR

The Basics of Balding: Style Hats vs. Sweat Hats, and Why It Matters (Published in Dr. Funny, July 22, 2022)

What If George Lindsey Hadn’t Been Typecast as ‘Goober’? (Published in The Haven, June 4, 2022)

DeSantis Stars as Hockey Player in Freaky Dream; What Does It Foretell? (Published in Politically Speaking, June 2, 2022)

Ted Cruz Goes From Lyin’ Ted to Flyin’ Ted After Cancun Scandal (Published in Politically Speaking, Feb. 20, 2021)

‘Hey Man, That’s Really Farfarout!’ (Published in The Haven, Feb. 15, 2021)

Goodbye My Pillow, Hello Democracy Pillow! (Published in The Haven, Feb. 4, 2021)

What if a Bob Dylan-Type Troubadour Wrote a Protest Song About Listicles? (Published in The Haven, Jan. 23, 2021)

Just Another Poem About Clouds Playing Games (Published in Muddyum, Jan. 5, 2021)

Trump Emphasizes National Unity, ‘Poetry of Community’ in Concession Speech to Biden — Clearly Labeled Satire (Not featured in a Medium publication, published Nov. 6, 2020)

MUSIC-RELATED

We Are a Part of It All (Published July 22, 2021, in The POM)

I Saw Elvis Presley in Concert Last Night (in a Vivid Dream, That Is) (Published in The Riff, May 29, 2021)

Air Guitar Power Chords (Published in A Few Words, Feb. 17, 2021)

Higher Frequencies, published in A Few Words, Feb. 4, 2021

Grateful Dead Lyrics Quiz (Published in Writers’ Blokke, Feb. 1, 2021)

What if a Bob Dylan-Type Troubadour Wrote a Protest Song About Listicles? (Published in The Haven, Jan. 23, 2021)

For Elvis Presley’s Birthday, Great Covers That Never Were (Published in Writers’ Blokke, Jan. 8, 2021)

Say Goodbye to 2020 With 20th-Century Music (Published in Writers’ Blokke, Dec. 28, 2020)

Remembering Christmas Gifts With Staying Power (Published in Illumination Curated, Dec. 24, 2020)

Listening to Springsteen’s Latest, ‘Letter to You,’ Feels Like Spending Quality Time With an Old Friend (Published in Illumination Curated, Nov. 14, 2020)

SPORTS

Three Original Ideas for Making Baseball the National Pastime Again (Published Oct. 28, 2021, in Illumination)

Baseball Magic Returns to St. Louis as Cardinals on Verge of Wild Card Spot (Published Sept. 28, 2021, in Illumination)

Lifelong Cardinals Fan Turns to Pujols, Dodgers for Baseball Magic in ’21(Published Aug. 27, 2021, in Illumination)

ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHY INCLUDED

Baseball Magic Returns to St. Louis as Cardinals on Verge of Wild Card Spot (Published Sept. 28, 2021, in Illumination)

The Last Time I Hugged a Tree (Published July 28, 2021, in The POM)

White-Barked Tree Grows Crooked (Published May 22, 2021, in Spiritual Tree)

The Mud of Oneness (Published April 22, 2021, in The POM)

Dream Poem for the Waking World (Published Feb. 27, 2021, in The POM)

After Twilight (Published in The POM, Feb. 17, 2021)

Sky and Trees, Light and Patterns, (Published in Weeds & Wildflowers, Feb. 12, 2021)

We’ll Get There Soon Enough (Published in Weeds & Wildflowers, Feb. 1, 2021)

Grateful Dead Lyrics Quiz (Published in Writers’ Blokke, Feb. 1, 2021)

Owl Haiku (Published in A Few Words, Jan. 28, 2021)

Just Another Poem About Clouds Playing Games (Published in Muddyum, Jan. 5, 2021)

Young Sunshine (Published in A Few Words, Jan. 1, 2020)

Remembering Christmas Gifts With Staying Power (Published in Illumination Curated, Dec. 24, 2020)

Who We Are and Who Is the Answer to Why (published in Writers’ Blokke, Dec. 23, 2020)

Listening to Springsteen’s Latest, ‘Letter to You,’ Feels Like Spending Quality Time With an Old Friend (Published in Illumination Curated, Nov. 14, 2020)

Welcome to My Profile Page (Not featured in a Medium publication, published Jan. 30, 2021; revised as stories are published)

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Headline writer & copy editor for 15-plus years in newspapers (1990–2006) ; digital professional since 2008. Twitter: https://twitter.com/darren_medium

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Darren Richardson

Headline writer & copy editor for 15-plus years in newspapers (1990–2006) ; digital professional since 2008. Twitter: https://twitter.com/darren_medium