The Entertainment

Another photo prompt this week for the wonderful group of writers, who make up the Friday Fictioneers Family.  Mother Hen Rochelle Wisoff-Fields takes charge every week, posting the photo – this week courtesy of Adam Ickes – and urging us all to ‘write what we see’.  This is what I saw… Copyright – Adam Ickes Genre: Horror Word Count: 100 The Entertainment Silence as the numbers are called. Nervous boys go to their allotted place, although challenged, no-one refuses. My number is called last. For ...

Inspiration: Happily In Service…

“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Acts 20:35 Recently, I connected with a group of bloggers committed to addressing issues of poverty in a compassionate way. Each month, a topic is shared  to write on and contemplate. This month, the topic is about Service and the questions: Which bible ...

Writing Challenge: The Lady In Blue…

“God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there’s no turning back.” Gloria Steinem Writing Challenge: The Lady In Blue… I like to take long walks on the aqueduct and sometimes by the Hudson River. Usually, I take my camera and take random shots of birds, flora, the river, pebbles and even the Tappan Zee bridge. Last week, I drove to the water front, parked my car, grabbed my camera and ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects…

“Vices enter into the composition of virtues as poison into that of medicines. Prudence collects and blends the two and renders them useful against the ills of life.” François de la Rochefoucauld Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects... Hot Dogs & Fruit... Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects... Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects... When I saw the Photo Challenge for this week – Two Subjects – I was nicely surprised. Yesterday, in Manhattan, as I waited in the lobby of a building for an appointment, I looked out the huge picture windows and two ...

The Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Canada

While Fun Flower Facts is a flower blog, we think leaves can be just as beautiful as flowers. In fact, Albert Camus, a French Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher, said it best: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Canada is a beautiful country, especially during the fall, when the trees are painted in vibrant shades of red, yellows and oranges. The sight is simply breathtaking and awe-inspiring. The brilliance of the fall foliage is one ...

Community: Some PostADay Lessons…

“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living” Rudolf Steiner Community: Great ones flow like precious water... The PostADay Challenge has been a very rewarding effort even with the time it demands of us. I’ve met many terrific bloggers and formed some special new alliances. What I have learned so far: Connecting with my new blogging friends and ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: UP!

“Far away, there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them.” Louisa May Alcott Weekly Photo Challenge: UP! Looking up at Big Ben.... Weekly Photo Challenge: UP! Looking up at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux Weekly Photo Challenge: UP! ... Looking up from base of Tokyo Tower... Up is such a positive word on all levels and so this week’s prompt gave me much ...

Prom Dresses: Fashionable Styles And Tips

"For my prom I really wanted to wear a bright color – something that was going to pop and stand out.” Shay Mitchell Prom Dresses: Fashionable Styles And Tips Did you attend your high School Prom? Do you remember what you wore? In case you’ve forgotten, Prom Night is around the corner, and it’s time for High School seniors to learn some shopping tips to help them find fabulous gowns and tuxedos for the occasion. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, Prom Night ...

Life Personified

A friend recently commented on my habit of personifying things. At first I wasn’t sure what he meant so I looked it up on dictionary.com: “per·son·i·fi·ca·tio [per-son-uh-fi-key-shuh n] noun, the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions.” He was right. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. I think I do it because life has become so big and scary that humanizing things brings life down to my level. Living in a world where, amongst ...

Sometimes Evidence is NOT Enough...

Jakarta Street Children: Is This Evidence Against God's Existence? I don't have all the answers. In fact, most of the answers I do have tend to spark more questions - and most of the questions I have seem to be unanswerable or have overwhelming evidence to the contrary. For instance, the pervasive presence of evil in the world and the severity of suffering that innocent children endure are some of the thorniest issues for me to reconcile with the existence of a benevolent ...

Keeping Up With Halloween Munchkins

[EdiTOR's Note: This is a Halloween-edition guest post that has some useful tips for family's heading out on All Hallow's Eve. I'm not being compensated in any way for running this article - I simply thought it was a cool idea.] When the kids are really young, trick-or-treating on Halloween is pretty simple. All you have to do is dress the kid’s in cute little monster costumes, load them in their favorite red wagon and slowly pull them along the sidewalk. It’s simple ...

7 Questions With an Author: Clay Morgan

Author, speaker, professor – Clay Morgan This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Clay Morgan – a writer, professor, and speaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who writes about pop culture, history, and the meaning of life. He is the author of Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn. Most days you can find Clay doing his best Dead Poets Society impersonation at a couple ...

New Day, New Title, New Opening Scene

Just over a month ago I posted what I thought was the new title of my novel in progress. I was wrong. I also posted what I thought was my new opening scene. I was wrong. Will I ever learn? Apparently not, since I’m posting an even newer title and opening scene. Ah, the power of a blog. I considered not saying anything, but then there’d be a form of lie in the ether, and it feels better to admit it than to ignore ...

Just Another Puzzle

I enjoy puzzles. Crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, number puzzles, word puzzles like the one at the end of this posting. As a kid I loved a game now sold as Tangoes or Tangrams. It may have been called one of those when I was a kid, too. In the game, you figure out what combination of geometric shapes will form each overall silhouette depicted in the pamphlet. Writing a novel, I have come to understand, is yet another puzzle to play ...

Honoring Dad on Memorial Day

Southport (Maine) Memorial Library on Memorial Day 2012 My dad, part of the Greatest Generation, never wanted to be thanked for his service to the country. I tried once, and he did a “brush-away” motion with his hand and murmured something to dismiss the subject. He had been a lieutenant with duties of supply officer and paymaster on board the U.S.S. Heermann in World War II. He survived the Battle off Samar (in Phillippines), and the only story he’d tell was ...

My Submission to an Essay Contest – Results

I feel like such a dumb-ass. The mind is a wondrous place. My mind, for instance, thought I’d posted eleven days ago the outcome of my submission to the essay contest. Today I checked on that posting for a different reason and found it was still in the “draft” section of my WordPress dashboard. And it’s a good thing, because what I had written and not posted was a very dumb piece of poetry. Now I’ve deleted that, and today I ...

Claire - Day To Day With Parkinsons Disease

Claire - Day To Day With Parkinsons Disease

One woman's journey as a caregiver to her husband in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease... Loss of freedom as we have known it is a common adjunct to any disease. In the case of Parkinson's Disease it is the slow degeneration of physical capacity that limits freedom, and later in the disease for some, the cognitive impairment that limits one's ability to make rational decisions about anything, including what clothes to wear. The story of our lives together with this disease is what I hope to bring to you. Be assured that it won't be a tragic tale but I hope one of grace, humour and love for, after all, we are all struggling with life's trials in one form or another. Ours is well mapped out for us at least with all the literature available on the subject. I hope to bring it off the pages of the medical journals and into the realm of the ordinary.

Feet on the Ground

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She roared a bit too fast into the parking lot, music blaring. Perhaps not the best way to introduce herself to a new social group, she thought, turning the music off too late to have prevented the turning of heads. Today marked a beginning and an end. Mid-November but the the thermometer read January. Layered clothing, …

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Flying Solo

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The suitcase sat in an empty corner of her bedroom, labels dangling from its handle, its brand-newness glittering. Deep red, her favourite colour, and the recommended hard shell. The manufacturer promised it to be lightweight. Lightness of being was what she was aiming for. That and a tough exterior. Could the two be achieved together …

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Eulogy

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She stepped up to the podium. On contemplating this moment six months ago, she had told herself she couldn’t possibly face a room full of people. She had decided there would only be a graveside service with immediate family and closest friends. The thought of anything more nearly sank her. But the children …

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The Other Shore

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She slowly dipped her body into the frigid waters of the Gatineau River. Her hardier friend beat her to it and paddled lazily nearby. The two women chatted comfortably about the momentous events of the past week. A husband buried. A family bereft. As her legs and body cooled, then chilled she announced she would swim …

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Michael David Torontow

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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Michael David Torontow at home on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 after a long and gracious struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 65 years old, having spent over 20 years, afflicted with a disease that sapped nearly everything out of him, …

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Bedside Musings Part 2

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Early morning sunshine fills the room. Rainbow prismatic fireflies dance about on the walls and sheets, sometimes forming a halo around the still figure in the bed. A crow complains beyond. His world has become very small but sometimes is filled with dogs and people communing around him. The ceiling fan purrs and the curtains murmur; …

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Sacred Rituals

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The minutes tick by. The house remains silent. Even the tired old dogs barely wake up for visitors or passersby. Occasionally there is an unexplained burst of wild, crazy energy from the little Scottie. They have been Michael’s nearly constant companions but today they stay away more from his room. Could the strong odour that …

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