Author Archives: fpdorchak

About fpdorchak

Speculative and paranormal fiction author. Please check out my website: https://www.fpdorchak.com/. Thank you for stopping by!

What is a Leader?

This was the question we studied back in my university studies in Air Force Reserve Officer Training (AFROTC) classes. What exactly makes a good leader? Rather than launch into my old college notes again, if I even still have them, … Continue reading

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Violin Lessons II

The Violin, By David Schoenbaum (Image © 2020 F. P. Dorchak) All my life I’ve treated the violin as hands off…but now that I’m actually studying it, it’s like touching the Holy Grail, if I must admit it to myself. … Continue reading

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We Are The Goats!

In high school, I studied both French and German. My German teacher, Herr Emil Schneider, was also the school’s soccer coach, and in my senior year, I played soccer. I played Wing and Goalie, but really loved playing goalie best. … Continue reading

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Violin Lessons

I’d recently mentioned on Facebook that I’d been investigating violin lessons, and I’m happy to say that I’ve decided upon an instructor: Autumn Deppa. She has four degrees in violin performance, some 19 years of instructional experience, and currently plays … Continue reading

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My First-Ever Public Speaking Engagement

I am no longer Roman Catholic, non-RC Catholic, or any other Catholic, Lutheran, Pentecostal, or otherwise faith, but after moving from New Hampshire into upstate New York in the mid-to-late-sixties, I was enrolled into St. Bernard’s Catholic School. I was … Continue reading

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The House on Whaleshead Rock—A Play

When I was in grade school, at Petrova Middle, in Saranac Lake, New York, I’d acted in a play. It was my first and only acting gig. It’s a story about a small group of girls from a Girls’ Finishing … Continue reading

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A Pane in the…Hand

Our Lake Clear house was built in the late 1880s, by the family of a neighbor of ours, Marie Mussen. She’d sold us the house. Initially, and this was in the mid-sixties, she lived in one end of the house, … Continue reading

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In Honor of Joe Spinelli — May He Rest In Peace

I only knew him as “Joe.” “Hey, Joe! How ya doin’?” “Hey, Frank, how you doin’?” He would flash that bright smile of his, and his voice was unique, sharp, and distinctive. I can still hear him right this moment. … Continue reading

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Them’s Grillin’ Words

We use our several-year-old Weber grill a lot. I don’t care about the weather outside and have grilled in the rain and the snow. Yeah, takes longer, but it’s worth it. The other day I’d grilled up some lime-marinated chicken. … Continue reading

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A Guy, A Boat, and a Lot of Water

One day, my dad and I were looking out of our kitchen’s picture window in the Lake Clear house. I was a young teenager or thereabout. My dad (as I’ve mentioned) was a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation … Continue reading

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