Abilene, Ventura, Lincoln, Santa Fe, Skokie, Cedar Rapids, Chicago, and Albuquerque are my homes.

Gardening has always been my favorite hobby. Photo: Author’s Mom.

Hello! Arthur Keith is my pen name. I dropped my last name for this purpose. I always wanted Keith to be my first name. I could have made it happen when I moved to a new city (Albuquerque) two years ago. No one knew me here. Would my life be any different if I had been Keith?

I’ve always loved writing and have been told that I’m pretty good at it. I guess I’ll let the audience decide on that. While I became a Medium Member…

There may be a 4th.

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I’m not talking about springs in the sense of water. That would be crazy talk.

Sure, Albuquerque has water, what with the Rio Grande flowing through it — sometimes. Experts predict it to run dry this summer due to last year’s lackluster monsoon season, sparse winter snow, and early warm temperatures.

I’m talking about the season. You know, spring. As in April shower, bring May flower. No, that was not a typo. That’s all you might get, and it will likely be on a cactus.

This is now my third year in New Mexico’s largest city. I like Albuquerque, but…

It‘s Interesting if You Let it Be

“Everybody Knows This is Nowhere” — Neil Young. Selfie by author.

It’s very humorous how some people define the middle of nowhere. Especially city folk.

Back in Chicago, people might call Aurora being in the middle of nowhere. Aurora, with nearly 200,000 residents, is not in the middle of nowhere. It is a city unto itself and is only 45 minutes east of “the city.” That doesn’t qualify.

Let’s say you go a bit farther west, to Rochelle, Illinois, population 10,000. Look, you’ve got every fast food restaurant you could want, two interstate highways in proximity, and a Speedway on every corner. Nope. …

I’ll Write When I Want To

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Part one was published when I first started writing on Medium, a mere six months ago. I gagged a little bit when I reread it, knowing how far I’ve come.

I never intended on writing part one. It was a way to excuse myself from writing altogether. Part two is less about emotion than it is about frustration and desperation.

There are too many people showing up at my house. Most unnerving are those that call ahead (“I’m only five minutes away!) I’ve spent too much time in my new town being lonely, so…

I know. I've put on about 25 corona pounds, in addition to being more sedentary as a writer. The number of times I am hit up on the gay hookup sites has fallen tremendously. Kinda proves your point.

My desktop PC just crashed and the data and such are permanently destroyed. This is a great way to save your work -- thanks. "I will back up, I will back up I will..."

Something seems fishy, and I want answers!

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When I first started writing on Medium, not so long ago, I didn’t get it.

There were long gaps between stories. I thought I was writing for the general public. I thought that there must be millions of people out there anteing up five dollars a month to build their own “magazines” based on their favorite topics. I hadn’t read enough about it to know how it works. I thought this would be a no-brainer.

Since I just retired, I thought it would be easy to carve out 12 hours a day just to read and write for the sheer…

There is so much advice being handed out on Medium that it can make you paralyzed to the point where you don't write anything. I'm new, so a lot of my essays are personal, and the others are things that are of interest to me in which at least ONE OTHER PERSON is going to be interested!

Dear Dr. Yildiz, thank you so much for accepting me as a writer for ILLUMINATION. And I am THRILLED that you accepted my story, "These 5 Cities Are Growing Faster Than Your Kids". AND that you put it into today's digest. Every little bit of recognition keeps the fingers on the keyboard! (I couldn't figure out a way to reach you personally. Thus, this! Cordially, Arthur Keith

But where are their Black residents?

Phoenix City Center from the North Mountains. Photo by Lisa Campbell on Unsplash.

Is Manifest Destiny permanent?

Are we all going to slide into the Pacific Ocean?

The country is becoming rather lopsided, at least if you look to the West.

Last month I wrote an article titled The Rise and Fall of 5 Great American Cities. Using 1950 as a baseline, the cities in fastest decline are all east of the Mississippi — Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. (OK, so St. Louis is on the Mississippi, let’s not split hairs!) Suburbanization and “white flight” have taken their toll. …

Arthur Keith

My life in the context of 20th-century history and pop culture — infused with a dose of fun (where appropriate!) More to come when I get my sea legs on here.

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