stories & words

   A lifelong interest in words, their origins and uses, and how they can be arranged to make good fun and good stories or essays, are the basis for my website.

   To see the fun part, please click on the “Fun-With-Words” Blog page above.

   When I come up with an idea for an essay, a story, or a fairy tale, I add it to the appropriate page above.

   There’s also a fairy tale that can be purchased in book form (see the “Fairy Tale” page).

   The “Memorable Sentences” and the “Recent and Current Reading” below are mostly for my friends who wonder what I’m up to these days.

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Latest posting: July 17, 2021

"The Professor and the Stork"

(click on "Fairy Tales" on the menu line above)

See also other recent posts...

"A Painting"

(Click on the "Essays" page on the menu line above.)

See also "Jenny and Hop"

(See the page "Fairy Tales" above.)

(E-mail me about the book (see "Contact Me" page),

putting "Jenny and Hop" in the Subject line.)



  “I have always believed that the truth of art is equal to any scientific truth, but it must retain the status of illusion." --- Rachel Cusk, Second Place (2021) 




Recent and Current reading

  • Rachel Cusk, Second Place (2021) – a novel about art, marriage, honesty, reality, introspection, parenting.

  • Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now (1875) – A novel about greed, political and financial corruption, and the subjugation of women in Victorian England. 

  • Short Story: William Trevor, “Autumn Sunshine” (1982) – The psychology of English-Irish history and conflict, set gently against the relationships of a recently widowed pastor, his daughter, and his daughter's potential husband.


Text and diagrams on this site © 2019, 2020, 2021 by Peter Luykx.  All rights reserved.