Calamity

The emergency room door slid open and in ran Doris, her arms flailing about. “Aaaaah!  Come quickly. A terrible thing. Ralph fell down.” Grabbing a gurney, the triage nurse and orderly rushed out the door, followed by Doris. There they found the old codger sitting on a bench with an ice packed ankle. “What happened?”... Continue Reading →

First Date

Trees, trees everywhere!  Anna was fuming. She was exhausted and starving and regretted ever coming on this miserable hike.   “Ralph, admit it. We’re lost.”  “Shush. I’m listening for Queenie… Hold on… Yes, I found her!” Ralph yelled, rushing into the woods. “Hey, wait for me!” Anna hurried after him until they reached a hidden... Continue Reading →

Two Teas for One

Alice ushered Shelley into her kitchen. “If you’d like to make some tea while you’re visiting, the tea leaves are here,” she said, opening a cupboard door. “Tea leaves?” Shelley quipped. “They’re in the canisters. The teapot and kettle are over there.” Alice pointed to them and continued, “I prefer one scoop per cup and... Continue Reading →

Rekindled Sentiments

Julie fingered the faded photo of her parents’ garden. She could feel the ghost of her younger self sharing secrets with the flower fairies. She saw herself doing cartwheels on the lawn and listening to the maple whisper life’s secrets in the breeze. She smiled at the memories. Life had thrown her its share of... Continue Reading →

A Golden Day

Let us put away our cares, just for a golden day. We’ll stroll o’er the hills, wildwood whispers beckoning us to a speckled fawn or a rose-white apple tree nestled among the firs. We’ll visit the meadow by the stream and lie in its cool grass. We can eat wild berries and pick honeyed blossoms... Continue Reading →

A Defining Moment

In her recent post, Charli Mills suggested that the classic formula used to create a ‘hero’s journey’ in a story or novel could be applied to any work of fiction or non fiction. Her challenge this week was an exercise to write a story in 99 words (no more, no less) that “rethinks the hero”.... Continue Reading →

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