Friday Fictioneers – 6/17/19

Friday Fictioneers this week is based on the picture prompt below by Valerie J. Barrett.

My story is below the picture.




The old stove looked as if Granny would be scurrying back into the kitchen any minute. I could almost hear the teakettle hum. The house should have felt empty, but instead, it was rich with welcoming sights and scents.

I had come to sort and process the remnants of Granny’s life. But as I stood in her kitchen, where life still seemed so warm and real – and where cyberspace seemed like science fiction – I realized those remnants were treasures that could give my wayward life some meaning. So I decided to light up the stove, fill the teakettle, and stay a few years.







Revelation of Personal Potential


I had two experiences this week that reminded me of a quote I wrote down back in 2007. At that time, I was watching an episode of a new TV series — not a very good one actually, but one I had just sort of “connected with.”  In one of the episodes the main character, who has seen her second love relationship fail and who is finding life in a new community extra challenging, experiences a revelation about her personal potential. She has just leased a log cabin on the edge of an icy lake, bordering a huge forest. She had expected to share it with the man she loves, but all of those plans have fallen through.

As the episode closes, even though tempted to feel defeated and alone — she goes out to the deck of the cabin — in freezing temperatures — and sits down to take in the gorgeous view of her new domain. As she soaks up the beauty and strength around her, she comes to a fresh revelation, and she speaks the following lines:

“Sometimes, if you have the right view and the right castle, you can lay the foundations for your new history all by yourself.”

The words captured my own thoughts so strongly, and I related to them so much that I immediately wrote them down. It’s a very true statement. We don’t have to wait for someone else to give us direction for our lives — to give us success or happiness. It’s wonderful to have others in our lives and to enjoy their love and support. But God has put within each of us all that we need to move forward in our lives — to experience new beginnings, new dreams, new adventures, and new victories.

So hopefully my sharing this quote will speak to someone else’s heart today and encourage a few people who may be experiencing loss or defeat. Don’t let yourself get buried under your old history. Start today to lay some of the new foundations for your new history from this moment forward.

(Sorry that I don’t recall the authors of that TV series or that episode to give them credit, but the series was titled Men In Trees, and hopefully those writers will forgive me for failing to give better credit.)

I’m including this post in Trent’s ”Weekly Smile” invitational — because every time I remember this quote, it does make me smile. Hop over to his site to get the details about participating.

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First Poem of the Year

newyears_7_bg_123102Ho!  The new year is upon me!
Its first poem must be penned.
I have a new beginning,
And I must to it attend.

Oh, I do not take it lightly
That I have another chance
To reach for goals before me,
To learn a brand new dance.

To dream some happy new dreams,
To reach out loving hands
And touch new hearts with my love,
To help my fellow man.

Ho! The new year is upon me!
It’s running swift and free.
So I must ply both heart and soul
To give it all of me.


Daily Post Writing Challenge: Starting Over

Sometimes “starting over” is as simple as letting go of something that has been usurping one’s focus and direction for too long. That’s the subject of this original poem.



Let him go.
It’s time to admit you’ve been a fool
And take possession back of your own soul.

At first encounter
You saw the good was mixed with bad.
The right choice then, by now, would make you glad.

But foolish child,
You were intrigued, so closer crept
And threw out counsel that you should have kept.

“Do not touch.”
Three words so easy to understand;
Unguardedly, you opened both your heart and hand.

It’s harder now,
But still you have to make the choice.
And this time listen to the wiser voice.

You are in love,
But such a love that’s unrequited
Just leaves the soul living life one-sided.

Even if,
In truth, he shared the love you feel,
The danger of forbidden fruit is real.

Let him go.
And pray the feelings soon will die.
To hope for more would be to live a lie.

Let him go.

© 2011 Sandra Conner

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