Danger from above

The whitewashed walls reflected the sun’s glare. Alice adjusted her sunglasses. Small stones skittered and bounced down a wall then, with a wail, a boy landed at her feet. He was small, dirty and frightened; Alice saw blood running down his left leg. She took off her rucksack, pulling out a bottle of water and some tissue.  She bathed his leg while he stared defiantly up at her. A battered car screeched to a halt, Alice stared in disbelief as the driver pulled out a gun. She ...

Vacation in Las Vegas & electing a President

This is the view from the window of our hotel in Las Vegas. We were here last 25 years ago, my husband had heard so much about the changes that had taken place during that time that he has spent ages planning a return trip. Well, the city has certainly changed and grown since we saw it last, but apart from the dazzling lights and razzmatazz of The Strip there’s a lot of buzz here about the forthcoming election. The buzz we ...

Best Flowers to Give to Allergy Sufferers

Flowers are the perfect gift any occasion from birthdays to sympathy, lifting up spirits and bring joy and smiles all around! Everybody loves flowers! Well, actually that isn’t exactly true.  Flowers can be a source of suffering for some. Specifically, the pollen in some flowers can trigger annoying allergy symptoms of sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes and more! That being said, there are many flowers that won’t trigger allergy symptoms. Generally speaking, the less scent a flower has, the less pollen it ...

8 All Natural Ways to Get Rid of Garden Slugs

Gardening is fun, especially when you can experience the rewards of your hard work-the beautiful flowers and plants, and delicious fruits and veggies. But what is not fun is finding slugs in your garden. These soft, slimy pests can do a lot of damage, eating everything in sight! But don’t worry, there are many effective, all-natural solutions to take care of your garden slug problem! Here are 8 all-natural ways to get rid of garden slugs: For the occasional slug, you can ...

You Be The Judge

A Virginia woman bought a box of junk for seven dollars at a local flea market. When she got home she found a small painting in the box, a nicely framed landscape. The painting didn’t interest her but she felt the frame had value. A gold tag fixed to the frame identified the artist. She didn’t recognize the name: Renoir. The woman’s mother stopped her from ripping the painting from the frame and convinced her to have it appraised. Experts at ...

Inspiration: Speak What You Think…

“Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspiration: Speak What You Think... Watch the Gator's mouth as sharp words and teeth hurt Most of us grew up with the warning to hold our tongue if we had nothing good/better to say.   Aside from those with foot in mouth issues (you know, the blabber mouths), most of us think before we ...

Life: Enjoy Every Moment…

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. There is no need to run outside to see better. Nor to peer from a window. Rather abide at the center of your being; for the more you leave it, the less you learn. Search your heart and see the way to do is … to be.” Lao Tzu Life: Enjoy Every Moment ... fish, rest, eat... it's your life. Whenever we ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries… Plus Neighbors

“From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor’s rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.” Carl Schurz Boundaries & Neighbors ... sometimes do mix... Boundaries & Neighbors ... Deer in the house.. Boundaries & Neighbors ... I'm here deer... Boundaries & Neighbors ... Rest deer... Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries… Plus Neighbors I live in the suburbs; in an area with plenty of white tailed deer.They don’t care about fences, walls or any other boundaries; when they see food or shrubs they want, ...

Fabulous Finds: Serveware

The holidays are quickly approaching and that means family, friends and festivities! I love this time of year and when it comes to entertaining, I select serveware that reflects my design philosophy – neutral with a pop! I’m willing to splurge on exquisite pieces, but not if I can only use them once a year. Dishes or glassware that are only used at Christmas are a waste of money and storage space! You simply have more options if you choose pieces that aren’t seasonal ...

The Psychiatric Couch: The Hunger Games

From R-to-L: Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Rue, Cinna, Haymitch, Effie I don’t know how to psycho-analyze but I saw the movie “Psycho” with Tony Perkins. I can’t distinguish between my “id” and my “super ego” but I do enjoy Eggo waffles. I don’t have a doctorate in psychology, but I do have my name “Tor” in the word docTORate. Given those impressive credentials, I believe that I’m more than qualified to dispense clinical diagnoses for fictional characters. That’s why I write this periodic series titled The ...

The Success Principles: #8- chapter review

I'm reading the latest book from best-selling author Jack Canfield, titled The Success Principles, which comprise 64 different lessons that Canfield has learned during the past three decades as as a highly-successful entrepreneur, instructor, best-selling author and keynote speaker. My goal is to write a summary review for each chapter, until I'm finished with the book. You can access the most recent past summary here: The Success Principle #7 -Unleash the Power of Goal Setting Chapter 8: Chunk It Down The advice that Canfield delivers in this chapter is by ...

The Tango Continues

I’ve just had an amazing week with my friend Holly. We bodysurfed until we were bruised, combed miles of blonde beaches, ate at rustic waterfront cafes, and spent hours chatting out on the lanai. I didn’t realize how much I needed this time of rejuvenation until after she had left. That’s when I felt the residue of peace lingering like a fine mist floating in the air, setting free my breath, and opening up my mind. I feel recharged and excited, ...

Book Marketing, Part 3 (and a Rant)

Over a July 4 holiday visit to the East Coast, my sister had the opportunity to visit the Strand Bookstore in New York City, about which she raved to me in a recent communique. Once I got over my intense jealousy that she (1) was in New York City and (2) discovered a great bookstore, I got online and checked it out. For some reason the “embed video” code isn’t working for this one, but here’s the link: http://youtu.be/-dWBuFFxTMw. Copy ...

Angry Birds: 10 Games That Didn't Make the Cut

Blockbuster game "Angry Birds" I don't understand the game Angry Birds. I've never played it but virtually everybody I know does - I don't get it. At its core, the game pelts suicidal birds at shoddily constructed buildings in the hopes that the structures will collapse on and kill green pigs that are inside. Could you imagine the public outcry if any part of that scenario was actually true? As inhumanly cruel as it sounds, that's the premise that was approved, designed and ...

Bruised Bamboo, a little help

The suffering and despair of Japan’s people is incomprehensible to me. I watch as their desperate images appear on my TV screen, slotted between ads for Pop-Tarts and toothpaste, like a tragic prime time series. The imagines are too much too take in. I want to look away. Thousands of people’s lives have been broken to bits, their pieces cast to the wind. I shift on my sofa, seeking a more comfortable position. But there is no comfort, because my ...

Skittish Hat Tossing

Standing out in the street and tossing my hat up into the air...watching it spin like a copter blade slicing through the blue sky, momentarily blocking out the omnipresent sun, and then dropping like a dead pigeon at my feet. Thud. I don’t know what I was hoping for. Perhaps I was channeling Mary Richards from the classic Mary Tyler Moore Show. I can see myself, sporting a carefully planned ensemble of polyester, pleather, and wool, (complete with shiny accessories), feeling ...

Dee - 40 Again

Dee - 40 Again

I am a business owner, wife, mother, new grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, mother-in-law, great aunt - lots of different hats! I love my blog where I can write about things that make me smile, that interest or annoy me, I love comments and meeting new bloggers, also rather fond of chocolate - any type and an occasional glass of red wine.♥

No Forks Needed

25-july-2014

No Forks Needed Genre: Crime Word Count: 100 Mary sat at her usual table, her laptop open and ready. The story she was writing was going well, but now she was stuck. Did she kill off the character giving her problems, or try to rework the plot? She was watching the street, waiting for her muse to return, when two strangers came in. One man went to the kitchen. She heard a …

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We’ll Meet Again

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I have been AWOL for a few weeks, I hope some of you have missed me… I have been busy working on a tender document which has proved much more difficult than I ever imagined when agreeing to do it. I mean, three weeks of my life is too much to spend on writing something that I didn’t enjoy. It has been submitted now, at 11.45 am to be precise so I’m free now to write something I do enjoy enormously… …

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The ‘why’ is the easy bit, the ‘what’ a little harder to understand

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I started my blog exactly five years ago this weekend. I had been thinking about retirement as my husband had taken early retirement and wanted me to do the same. I had read reports in the press of the increasing numbers of people approaching retirement age, who wanted to carry on working, in some cases they just had to. I wasn’t ready to retire then and I’m not now, but I thought that I …

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A change of style and a twist

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I’m waiting at the station. Penny is late. We agreed to meet at 10.00 the train leaves at 10.15 and it’s now ten past. I fiddle with the strap of my overnight bag, I do not feel comfortable waiting here on my own, but it is something I have had to get used to. Being on my own. I thought Penny was different from the rest, she is such a good listener and always says the right thing. She bolsters my …

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The Unreliable Narrator – it’s been playing on my mind

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Well actually that’s not strictly true, but I have spent quite a lot of time wondering about it. Does the author deliberately set out to lie, mislead, or be economical with the truth, or does she/he get caught up in the story and forget what they have written a few chapters earlier? When I read a book, I usually always trust what I am reading. I don’t think I am alone in this, and one of the most important things we have to learn in life, is to …

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Memories of Another Life

30-may

Genre: Historical Fiction | Word Count: 100 – Memories of Another Life… The Guardian watches us. I slip through the gate unobserved; a delicious taste of freedom, though confrontation will follow. Fading memories of childhood brought hope to years of waiting. There was love and laughter in that other life I lived. Did they ever stop searching for me? Did they ever forget me? …

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An Uncertain Future

23-may

Our fabulous group achieved recognition by WordPress – the comment I liked best – ‘We love Friday Fictioneers as much for the blogging bonds it cultivates as for the range and power of the stories it inspires.’ If you missed the post you can read it here. So pleased for Rochelle and for the whole group too, as it is always a good feeling when your work is admired. Back down to earth now, my story this week …

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