Here are some things about me you probably don’t know (and maybe don’t even care to know; sorry about that).

Terry Mansfield and his wife Kayoko. (Photo by author,)

My name is Terry Mansfield, and I was born in a doctor’s office on June 28th, 1951 in the town of Rolla, Missouri, USA. Not long after my birth, my parents Elvin and Lillian moved to St. Louis, a city that sits next to the Mississippi River, and which is a much larger place than Rolla. I grew up in St. Louis and, as almost all St. Louisans do, became a lifelong fan of the local major league baseball team…

I received an interesting message on LinkedIn from a fellow Medium writer.

“Reciprocity is a deep instinct; it is the basic currency of social life.”

— Jonathan Haidt

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

“In social psychology, reciprocity is a social norm of responding to a positive action with another positive action, rewarding kind actions. As a social construct, reciprocity means that in response to friendly actions, people are frequently much nicer and much more cooperative than predicted by the self-interest model; conversely, in response to hostile actions they are frequently much more nasty and even brutal. Reciprocity makes it possible to build continuing relationships and exchanges.”


Here’s what Mark Kelly said to me:

“Hi Terry…

A collection of somewhat serious poems and some not so serious.

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

On a Date

He went on a date.

It must have been fate,

that he wound up late.

Which is not very great,

if you’re looking to mate.

A tanka poem about winning the love of a sumo wrestler

歌川国芳 (Utagawa Kuniyoshi, (1798–1861) Source. Public Domain, Wikimedia

If the way to a

man’s heart is through his stomach,

a sumo wrestler’s

girlfriend has a really tough

job to win his affection.


Sumo (Japanese: 相撲, Hepburn: sumō, [sɯmoː], lit. “striking one another” is a form of competitive full-contact wrestling where a rikishi (wrestler) attempts to force his opponent out of a circular ring (dohyō) or into touching the ground with any body part other than the soles of his feet (usually by throwing, shoving or pushing him down).

Sumo originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally, where it is considered the national sport…

A short essay

Image by Here and now, unfortunately, ends my journey on Pixabay from Pixabay

After reading umpteen stories about the benefits of being an early riser, I decided to try it out myself.

I set my alarm to wake me up at 4:30 a.m. so I could get my day off to a very productive start.

Once my alarm went off, my first task was to take a pee because I was about to explode.

After relieving myself, I felt so relaxed that I crawled into my inviting bed and went back to sleep.

Now, I’ll admit that I didn’t exactly get off to a great start with my early riser routine. …

Is humankind doomed?

Image by Alexander Antropov from Pixabay

“Fred, what do you think of artificial intelligence — you know, AI?”

I haven’t given it much thought, Wilma. Are you worried about it?

“Well, they say it could make humans obsolete.”

Hmm…I think humans are doing a pretty good job of that all by themselves.

“What do you mean, Fred?”

Humans seem to be doing their level best to exterminate their own species through wars and catastrophic global climate change brought on by their own actions.

“Oh my. You’re right. The path we’re on will eventually lead to the destruction of the human race.”

Yeah, probably sooner than you…

Six odd haiku poems

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

1. Slow Going
Torturous journey.
Like walking through molasses
wearing combat boots.

2. Competing
Miss America.
A contest to win a crown
that’s irrelevant.

3. The Solution
Why are you scratching?
“I think I have fleas on me.”
You need a monkey.

4. The Scourge
It’s COVID-19
or it’s coronavirus.
Either way, it sucks.

5. Stalk
Are you stalking me?
“Why would I be stalking you?”
Why wouldn’t you be?

6. Called Off
I can’t marry you.
“Who said you can’t marry me?”
My fortune teller.


Thanks for reading. (Copyright Terry Mansfield. All rights reserved.)

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