Author: ralphcuellar

Ralph Cuellar lives in Oregon, and loves nature and politics, and is usually in conflict over both. He is a writer and has played around with software and hardware a little too much in his life, so he left that world behind after a little dance.


May 17, 2019

Today’s prompt is: Think of a setting. An out of the way setting. In that setting is a figure and that figure is screaming, again and again, a single word.


Lend an Ear 2019 on July 20, 2019

Lend an Ear 2015 - Audience listens to MaryJane Nordgren read,The 10th Annual Lend an Ear, Come and Hear reading event is July 20, 2019, at Plum Hill Winery in Gaston, Oregon.

It begins at 10:30AM and goes to approximately 1:00PM, and is produced by Writers in the Grove.

July 20, 2019
Saturday 10:30am-1pmLendAnEar-2018
Plum Hill Vineyards
6505 SW Old Highway 47
Gaston OR 97119

The event is free and open to the public.

For ten years, writers from around Forest Grove and Washington County have submitted and read their work to dozens. Last year we had nearly a hundred attendees. This free event is held in a beautiful winery in the foothills near Hagg Lake overlooking the Tualitin Valley. Enjoy some wine from Plum Hill Winery, our fabulous hosts, and afterwards have a picnic with views of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams from the covered picnic area.

Come laugh, cry, and sigh as you listen to our marvelous readers sharing their creative writing and storytelling skills at this fun family event at Plum Hill Winery.

Entry form and submission guidelines here: (more…)


April 15, 2019.  The prompt is to complete a well known proverb in your own voice.

A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to complete the remainder of the proverb as they thought it should go.

Here are some samples of their work:

Better to be safe than ……………  punch a 5th grader
It’s always darkest before ………….  Daylight Saving Timed
Never underestimate the power of ……………  termites
You can’t teach an old dog new …………… math
A penny saved is ………………  not much

Write your own ending to the first half of these or other well know proverbs.