Flash Fiction · Short Short Stories · Story Challenge · Writing


Turning – Word of the Day Challenge #flashfiction #shortshortstories “How would you say that affected you?” She had asked me before, but I couldn’t answer. I just wasn’t ready. After two years, our sessions had engendered a mutual trust. Now I was open in a way I never had been. “I’ll never forget the time…… Continue reading Turning


Flash Fiction · Short Short Stories · Writing


Zoo – Word of the Day Challenge #flashfiction #shortshortstories We were walking briskly through the park. My guide clearly knew where she was going. She had done this multiple times before. I met her at the gate punctually at 9am. “Hi, I’m Aimee. Are you Brittany? I’m Mr. Andelm’s assistant and will take you to…… Continue reading Zoo

Flash Fiction · Short Short Stories · Writing


Jackpot – Word of the Day Challenge #flashfiction #shortshortstories “What if there isn’t enough?” “There will be.” “Are you sure?” “Calm down. There’s never been a time when there wasn’t enough. You know that.” Steve hated the way Angie always panicked in these instances. Complete overreaction. He did little to hide the annoyance in his…… Continue reading Jackpot

Flash Fiction · Short Short Stories


Resolution – Word of the Day Challenge #flashfiction #shortshorts #quickstories #shortstories #smalltales Jana was never one for resolutions. Well, not lately at least. And by “lately” that means a decade. Or two. Sure, when she was younger, her optimism overflowed. But as each year ticked by, that optimism, that drive, that hopefulness drained out in…… Continue reading Resolution

Daily Prompts · Food for Thought


Daily Prompt: Cling  “You Only Lose What You Cling To” -Buddha Isn’t this a difficult concept?  And how do we master or execute living life in this manner? I’ve heard this many times and find that I have interpreted it in various ways at different stages in my life.   Denial of human nature.  Recognition that…… Continue reading Surrender

Daily Prompts

Annus Mirabilis

Happy New Year to all of you!  2017 is shiny and new, and now is typically the time for resolutions. Unless, like me, you just don’t make resolutions.  Well, at least not officially.  Now I know what you’re thinking….glass half empty.  But that’s not at all the case.  I’m truly a glass half full kind of…… Continue reading Annus Mirabilis

Weekly Photo Challenge


Weekly Photo Challenge:  Path Getting out into the woods is a more difficult task when you’re in the midst of an arctic weather pattern.  A couple weeks before Christmas, we were in the single or negative digits.  So, when the temperature finally broke out to a high of 17 degrees, it was time to get…… Continue reading Cathedral

Six Word Story Challenge

Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six Word Story Challenge: Thankful

  This week’s challenge word is Thankful.   Here’s my entry: What goes around does come around. Go to Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six Word Story Challenge to vote for your favorites and take the challenge yourself.  The more the merrier! 🙂

Daily Prompts · Drabble · Life

Long Work Weeks, Monday and a Sweet Surprise

Daily Prompts: Scorched Oh my goodness, apologies to my readers, as my real job had me tied up for a couple weeks.  Long 12 hour days and multiple, concurrent deadlines kind of weeks.  Throw in the usual home and mommy stuff, and I honestly had no time or energy to devote, much less create. My brain…… Continue reading Long Work Weeks, Monday and a Sweet Surprise

Daily Prompts · Drabble

Room for Improvement

Daily Prompt:  Irksome Miriam turned around, startled, and saw the man take hold of her arm.  Dark bespoke suit, slicked back hair. “Please come with me,” he said, pulling her discreetly to the side. “What’s the problem, sir?” “Regretfully, your club membership has been revoked.” “How? I….” “It’s all here, under the terms of your…… Continue reading Room for Improvement

100 Word Stories · Flash Fiction

Flying Monkeys

Charli Mills at Canyon Ranch Communications hosts a weekly flash fiction challenge – 99 words, no more, no less.  This week’s prompt is Flying Monkeys.  Here’s my take: They sat on the edge of the pier, toes wiggling in water.  “Daddy, I don’t want you to go.” Sophie’s sadness added to his overwhelming dread.  “I know,…… Continue reading Flying Monkeys

Six Word Story Challenge

Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six Word Story Challenge: Hoard

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  Last week’s challenge word, Heaven, brought out some creative and varied entries.  Thanks to everyone who voted!  I took 2d place for my entry:)  Always a treat!   This week’s challenge word is Hoard.  I’m inspired by Halloween, so here’s my entry: Found clean bowl.  Maggots crawling underneath. Go to Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six…… Continue reading Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six Word Story Challenge: Hoard

Daily Prompts · Drabble

Doctor’s Orders

Daily Prompt:  Eerie “Mrs. Collingsworth?  Doctor will see you now.” Agnes felt urgency.  Her cough had been a nuisance but was recently rather productive – gluey, olive mucous, her breath putrid.  Now fever. There’s no joking with these things, Aunt Tilda once warned.  I’ve seen many a case of walking pneumonia turn grim.  Indeed, for…… Continue reading Doctor’s Orders

Daily Prompts · Food for Thought


Daily Prompt:  Transformation   “May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has…… Continue reading Supplication


Black Cat Blue Sea Award

I’ve been nominated for The Black Cat Blue Sea Award.   I did some digging to find out the meaning behind this award.  It’s given to bloggers who have written something that appeals to a wide audience and has had the power to move a reader, inspire or just make them smile.  Thanks to Pooja…… Continue reading Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Daily Prompts · Life

Your Awe Quotient

Daily Prompt:  Volunteer I stumbled across an article recently that is a perfect sequel to a post I wrote about forest bathing. The article discusses the six basic emotions we all have – anger, fear, happiness, sadness, disgust, surprise – and one other, that until now was considered a “luxury” emotion, the feeling of awe.  According to…… Continue reading Your Awe Quotient


Poetry Sunday: Anna Swir’s ‘The Same Inside’

Originally posted on Kristen Twardowski:
https://youtu.be/sDeAqN8EX2U Sometimes we find kinship in unexpected places. Poet Anna Swir’s poem “The Same Inside” captures the meeting of twin souls perfectly. Anna Swir (or Anna Świrszczyńska)(1909-1984) was a Polish poet who wrote about WWII, love, and the experience of women in post-war Europe. When Nazis occupied Poland, she joined the…