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: August 29, 2021

"Jenny & Hop"

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

See also other recent posts...

"A Custom-Made Shirt"

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



  “I suggested that he should write out the whole affair from beginning to end, knowing that ink might assist him to ease his mind. When little boys have learned a new bad word they are never happy till they have chalked it up on a door. And this also is Literature.”   – Rudyard Kipling, The Phantom Rickshaw (1888)       




Recent and Current reading

  • Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin (1953) – a novel about immigration and memory 

  • Short Story: Kingsley Amis, “Dear Illusion” (1955) – a literary love story like no other


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