I was talking recently with a good friend, a very talented artist, who also has a love for unique literature and for writing. Having spent a lot of time in Japan, he has an immense appreciation for that country’s culture and it’s literature. He’s currently working on a book of poetry in Japanese — poemsContinue reading “Red”

Prompt Nights – Glimpse Into the World of Edgar Allen Poe

This week on “Prompt Nights” Sanaa has challenged us to get our inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe. I’m super pressed with my regular teaching this week, so I don’t have time to write a brand new piece, but Sanaa assures us that previously written work is welcome. So since the theme immediately brought to mindContinue reading “Prompt Nights – Glimpse Into the World of Edgar Allen Poe”

Daily Post Prompt: Copycat

I admit I actually wrote this story last year, but it fits today’s prompt so perfectly that I’m using it anyway. THE CASE OF THE COPY-CAT CRIMES Detective Becker pressed his left hand against his temple. It was tender from the pain where a migraine was threatening, but he had to go over this listContinue reading “Daily Post Prompt: Copycat”

Prompt Nights # 30, Autumn

Instructions this week include choosing one of five pictures provided by the prompt hostess and writing a poem or prose piece based on that photo.  However, my poem was actually prompted by one particular tree near my home, so I’ve used a picture of it here instead of one from the original challenge post. ToContinue reading “Prompt Nights # 30, Autumn”

100-Word Challenge for Grownups # 186

Julia has offered us another 100-word challenge this week with the following prompt: “… looking back, I remember …” I have to confess that I’ve cheated a tad. I’m about 19 words over, but I just didn’t have any more time to spend cutting it down further.   STARTING OVER “Looking back, I remember howContinue reading “100-Word Challenge for Grownups # 186”

Prompt Nights 18 – Moonlight

This week’s prompt from Sanaa at a ‘Dash of Sunny’ is “Let us walk together in the moonlight.”  We can take the subject in any direction, so if your imagination kicks in, go to Sanaa’s site to get the details of participating with us. I decided to feature some graphics I created from a coupleContinue reading “Prompt Nights 18 – Moonlight”

Daily Post Prompt: Circus

I detest circuses!!!!!   Maybe I should add a dozen more exclamation points, because I don’t think the five used make the point effectively. Have I been to circuses?  Yes, but mainly because my family and boyfriend wanted to go. I’ve been to amateur party-entertainment circuses, I’ve been to moderate-sized professional circuses, and I’ve beenContinue reading “Daily Post Prompt: Circus”

WP Discover Challenge: Apology = ‘Sorry’ (a short, short story)

Today WP has challenged us to write a post that relates to an apology. One of their many suggestions for ‘how’ to respond to the challenge was to write a story about an apology gone wrong. I decided to take that direction just a tad farther, urged along by a couple episodes I’ve known aboutContinue reading “WP Discover Challenge: Apology = ‘Sorry’ (a short, short story)”

Daily Post Prompt: Music – ‘Word Music’

I’m a musician. I play keyboard instruments mainly. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of using my talents to entertain in various venues, to minister as organist and choir director for two different churches, to help facilitate weddings and funerals for scores  of families, to compose and orchestrate numerous songs, and to teach othersContinue reading “Daily Post Prompt: Music – ‘Word Music’”

Prompt Nights 12 — Earth Day

In honor of “Earth Day” Sanaa, the hostess of “Prompt Nights” has asked us to share a poem about one of the specific elements (wind, water, fire, or earth).  And since I missed last week, I’ll share two poems this week to make up for it: one focusing on rain; the other on wind. Also,Continue reading “Prompt Nights 12 — Earth Day”

NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day 11

Cinquain # 11:  How To Love Loving Done correctly Is more a matter of Faithfulness and honor than of Feelings. ~~~       Still plenty of time to try your hand at a poem a day for the last half of April. Visit for details.     ~~~