The Dancing Horse

Friday Fictioneers are riding high! Lots of writers from all over the world race to join our group each week. Marshalled by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, we trot, canter and gallop along to the finish line with our interpretation of the prompt for each week. The photo this week is courtesy of Doug McIlroy, a great fictioneer. Genre: fiction Word Count: 100 The Dancing Horse In the high pasture hidden away, the old grey horse raises his head. Ears pricked, he hears the music drifting up from ...

Life: Full of Surprises…

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” Ashley Montagu Life: Full of Surprises... Congratulatory balloons According to some believers, the world will meet its Maker on May 21st; some of us believe it and others don’t. I don’t. We live on an incredibly fascinating planet that churns out all sorts of events daily; some of them we expect (like the weather), and others we don’t; like ...

A Fresh Start

Friday 1st March, St David’s Day and time for more Friday Fictioneers. Thanks for the photo prompt this week go to Beth Carter, and thanks for continuing to inspire the Friday Fictioneers go to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Genre: Literary Fiction Word Count: 100 words The Fresh Start Photo – Beth Carter He looked out at the yard. Not much stuff  left now. Some cookery books, the unused ‘zigzag action’ sewing machine, a red boudoir chair, some photo albums, a few shoes. All her castoffs. He saw the red-haired woman ...

Fun Flower Facts: Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)

While they may have similar common names, the Mexican Bird of Paradise is not related to the Birds of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae). Caesalpinia pulcherrima (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee pul-KAIR-ih-muh) is a plant native to the tropical and subtropical climates and belongs to Fabaceae, the pea family. Its exact origin is unknown, but the Mexican Bird of Paradise is thought to come from the West Indies. Caesalpinia pulcherrima is an attractive, ornamental deciduous shrub/small tree that produces brilliant, showy 5-petaled flowers in yellow, orange or ...

Stinky Corpse Flower Blooms in Washington, DC

For some strange reason or other, people seem to be drawn to stinky things! Whenever the giant corpse flower or titan arum blooms and releases its foul scent, the event draws massive crowds around the world! Whether it was in Switzerland last year, Canada a few months ago or Belgian earlier in July, people can’t seem to get enough of the corpse flower. Not to be left out on the excitement, Americans had their chance to view the giant stinky flower ...

Must See Flower Graffiti!

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”- Bansky Bansky, famed British graffiti artist and political activist, is right. Good art is controversial and should elicit emotional responses from the viewers. Whether you like it or not is a different story. If it makes you think or feel, it’s good art. You don’t need to go to a museum to see good art. Good art can be found on the streets, in the form of graffiti. There is a lot of ...

Weekly photo challenge…..Opportunity

Life’s all about taking opportunities when they arise, here are a few I’ve seen. Coliseum Rome, taking a break…. Hitching a ride…….. and finally, my missed opportunity to photograph a whale, he’s now just the dark shape in the middle of the photo Who am I? I  wear many hats – wife, mother, mother-in-law, new grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, great aunt, friend, business owner, so I decided to start a blog, somewhere I didn’t have to wear any hats, somewhere I could just be me. There is humour in ...

Flowers you can eat!

Flowers aren’t just pretty to look at; some of them are edible! There are so many varieties to choose from. Here are a few flowers that to get your taste buds started: Begonia The whole plant is edible, including the leaves, flowers and stem.  Begonia blossoms have a citrusy taste. The petals can be used in salads and as garnish. The stems can be cooked like rhubarb. However, for those people who have gout, kidney stones or rheumatism, they should avoid eating ...

Zig Ziglar and the Daily Inspiration of Salvation

This is a guest post from Chris Vonada. Chris is an author and geologist, and also enjoys reading, running, anything outdoors, travel, family, friends, music and life! He writes about his passions at I’m Just Thinkin’ (http://chrisvonada.com). You can also find him tweeting at https://twitter.com/ChrisVonada ”Did you know that every human being is created with a purpose and that they have a responsibility to not only discover their purpose but also to fulfill it?”  ~Zig Ziglar I love inspirational quotes. I feed on them daily. They help ...

The Difference Between Monotony and Boredom…

Repetition isn't always boring. For some reason I can listen to the same great song on auto repeat for an hour straight. I could eat the same foods every day, and I wake up every morning at 6:30am. I’m not sure why but when I find something I enjoy, I prefer to experience it over and over. Perhaps that’s why training and running marathons appeals to me as do the routines of married life. I like the repetition. Most of my friends define ...

Conversing With Scarecrows.

Sometimes life’s familiar road unexpectedly forks, leaving one to converse with scarecrows on which direction to go. Both roads appear to be identical…equally strange, having never walked down either of these paths before, so choosing one is often as random as an impulse…I’ll go right because I’m right handed. When you don’t know where you’re headed any road will take you there. I don’t believe it’s the road that matters so much, (when you’re traveling without a map) it's the attitude ...

All We Are Saying...

I remember sitting cross legged on the Worcester Common, with my hair frizzed out like Janice Joplin’s, and my training bra tucked inside my back pocket, while joining a massive choir of Flower Children, singing; “All we are saying, is give peace a chance.” This was the 60’s mantra, and although I was too young to really grasp the importance of the message, I remember feeling incredibly peaceful at the time. Perhaps we were naïve in thinking that we could ...

Parenting – The Tender Balance

There’s something growing inside my wife. A living, breathing, heartbeat-having creation. That creation is currently about 37 weeks. It has a name. He has a name. His name is Aidan Robert, and he’s scheduled to leave the comfort and relative darkness of my wife’s womb on August. Parenting Imponderables I wonder what he’ll be like. I wonder if he’ll have his mother’s eyes or his father’s lack of a defined chin. I wonder if he’ll be sweet like my wife or if he’ll have ...

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 ...

A Long Way from Manuscript

Members of TEAM TSA (this group at Disney in 2012) participate in athletic events to support the mission of the Tourette Syndrome Association to discover a cause and find a cure for tourette syndrome. This past Tuesday marked the start of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month (May 15 – June 15). I know this because I stay in touch with Brad Cohen, whose book (co-authored with Lisa Wysocky) Front of the Class was one of my former company VanderWyk & Burnham’s success ...

What Book Do You Wish You’d Never Read?

Joseph Heller A book I wanted to throw across the room by the time I finished it was Something Happened by Joseph Heller. I won’t tell you what the “something” was that “happened” in the book. Suffice it to say I could have done without learning about it. But I won’t get into the plot twist here. After all, you may be the sort of reader who enjoys finding out for themselves why someone would hate a particular book. I don’t ...

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I’m sorry for my hypocrisy

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I haven’t always been so true, No one knows this more than you. When your child was abused too, I said, “This is what you should do.” “You should definitely speak out!” My words becoming a shout. You should’ve given me a clout And said, “Go sort yourself out.” For yet, and all the while, I was drowning in denial, That though I continued to smile, I …

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

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Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can set aside winter wear, listen to some Mamba and dance in the yard. Soon, we’ll see now vegetation and floral life everywhere. Are you excited? What are your plans? …

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Haiku: That’s Amore

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“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.” Dean Martin Haiku: That’s Amore Dean Martin – That’s Amore (1956) Love… that’s amore It strikes at unusual times In strangest places “Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Haiku: That’s Amore Life… that’s amore We wait in vain for lovers To shine like the moon “We can …

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I Believe: A Haiku…

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“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated. ” William James I Believe: A Haiku I believe we need A love touch … appreciation Like the morning sun He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Epictetus I Believe: A Haiku I believe we …

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Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years

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What are the Golden Years? Have you ever wondered where the term Golden Years originated from? The blockqoute above tells us. However, when I think of Golden Years, I imagine being bathed in light as I lollygag on a private beach. After years of serving our fellow men and women, the fortunate amongst us might get a golden watch or parachute – a way to retire in style …

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku In Threes

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If you believe in the blessings and meaning of threes, then you probably consider it a magical number that holds enormous power and yet brings harmony and good fortune to all. When I think of Three, the Holy Trinity and the triangular shape of the Ancient Egyptian pyramids come to mind. …

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Haiku: A House Is Not A Home

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My haiku is not a description of my experience but more a remembrance for those who have not had a chance to enjoy the love and safety of a home. Our homes are meant to be places of love and safety but sometimes, they become places of pain and suffering. If you grew up in a joyful home, be grateful for the blessing …

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