“Thawing The Ice” — My Response to ‘Anyone Got a Story’ Writing Challenge

Finally!!! I have been energized by the other authors who have been quick to respond to the writing challenge “Anyone Got a Story to Go With This Picture,” and, at last, I have had an opportunity to sit down and write mine. I offer it below. And remember, there is no time limit on takingContinue reading ““Thawing The Ice” — My Response to ‘Anyone Got a Story’ Writing Challenge”

Writing 201: Poetry – Day 5 — ‘Too Late’

Today’s prompt word is “fog.” The form we’ve been asked to use is the elegy — with strong encouragement to try using elegiac couplets. And the technique assigned for today is the metaphor. I’ve offered my piece in a slightly modified elegiac couplet, and the only occurrence of a metaphor is in the second line.Continue reading “Writing 201: Poetry – Day 5 — ‘Too Late’”

Friday Fictioneers – 2/13/15 — ‘Direct Hit’

Hop over to Rochelle’s place to get the details about taking part in the Friday Fictioneers challenge with your own 100-word story based on the picture below. This week’s photo is thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields as well.  My story is below photo. DIRECT HIT “Your instructions were to meet me on this veranda at 5:00Continue reading “Friday Fictioneers – 2/13/15 — ‘Direct Hit’”

Joseph’s Decision — a short, short story

This story originally appeared on my blog last year, but only for a short time. I decided to enter it in a writing contest, and the rules of the contest required me to remove it from my public blog until the results were in. Now that the contest is over, I am posting the storyContinue reading “Joseph’s Decision — a short, short story”

100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week 120

Well, I’m almost late with my story for this week’s challenge, and, to be honest, I’m a tad over the word limit, but I don’t have any more time to edit it further. So here’s my offering for Julia’s picture prompt. THE BUNDLE At dusk, Marla went to retrieve her shoes from the window whereContinue reading “100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week 120”

Charming Gardeners

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  (Marcel Proust). During the last six months, I lost my father, my closest uncle, and three wonderful friends. During these experiences, I have found myself thinking of several others I’m close to who have alsoContinue reading “Charming Gardeners”


During the last five months, beginning with the death of my father at the end of July, I have lost five precious people from my life — either family members or personal friends. During that time, my life has read like the obituary column of a newspaper. It goes without saying that I am sadContinue reading “Focus”

Repost: ‘My Dad – A Job Well Done’

Today is a sad day for me. My father passed away. But because he loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all of his heart and has served Him faithfully since he was 12 years old, he went right from our family’s presence into the presence of Jesus.  So although I am sad for me, IContinue reading “Repost: ‘My Dad – A Job Well Done’”

Friday Fictioneers — 7/12/13 – The Promise

THE PROMISE “Hey, Gramps.” Sighing heavily, Ronnie lowered himself onto the flat monument beside his Grandfather’s. Warm sun soaked him, highlighting the beloved name engraved in the stone he focused on. Quiet … “Well … I just got out again. Two years this time.” Tears brimmed. “I’m sure sorry, Sir … for messin’ up myContinue reading “Friday Fictioneers — 7/12/13 – The Promise”

June Writing Challenge: More Graphic Art From Terry

Terry Valley had such a great time reading all of your stories from the last writing challenge based on his graphic art that he has sent me another picture – the result of further graphic art work by him. But he wants me to make it clear that he did not actually draw this picture.Continue reading “June Writing Challenge: More Graphic Art From Terry”

Friday Fictioneers – 5/17/13 — ‘Albert’s Wife’

Photo by Sarah Hall   Albert’s Wife The estate still boasted its artistic iron fence and stone posts, although the grasses were encroaching. Trevor smiled. How the old lady would chastise that gardener. Feisty, courageous old girl! Living alone in the home Albert had built her. Married here on a Sunday, by Tuesday, she’d kissedContinue reading “Friday Fictioneers – 5/17/13 — ‘Albert’s Wife’”

Hatred & War Cannot Quench Love

Civil War Soldier Sullivan Ballou Echoes King Solomon. The Song of Songs, by King Solomon, says, “Set me as a seal upon thine heart … for love is strong as death.  … Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.”  (Songs of Songs  8:6-7).   Those words were penned many centuries ago by anContinue reading “Hatred & War Cannot Quench Love”

NaPoWriMo – Day 15 – A Pantun

Just in case we have new readers who are not familiar withNaPoWriMo, perhaps I should explain again. It’s been a couple weeks since we talked about it in detail. April is National Poetry Month, and Maureen Thorson, in Washington, D. C. hosts a blogsite that invites all poets to participate in a special challenge inContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – Day 15 – A Pantun”