Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Return of Six Sentence Stories!

 I am delighted to announce that my awesome friend Ivy Walker has offered to pick up the torch for Six Sentence Stories and run with it on her blog, Uncharted, beginning this week!  I've had several requests for it's return and I couldn't be happier that she is eager and willing to make it happen. 

Read Ivy's announcement post below, then get busy working on your six-sentence story to share with us at Uncharted this coming Thursday!

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WHEN?:  Thursday 

WHERE?: Here of course!

HOW DOES IT WORK?: Take the cue for the week (below), and write a piece of literary genius six sentences long (no more, no less). The piece does not have to include the actual cue, just refer to it in some way.

Come back here on Thursday and link it up!

WILL THE BADGE BE GRABABLE?: I’m counting on it!

THE CUE:  for May 28, 2015 is  RUSH

CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU THURSDAY!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Thankful Thoughts - May 23, 2015

Father forgive me, for I have sinned... it's been nine months since I last wrote a post for Ten Things of Thankful.  I confess that I haven't been feeling or living in grateful mode very much lately, despite my brain knowing how important that is for the nurturing of my soul.   Despite the fact that I have been majoring in grumbly/grumpy/whiney behaviors as of late, and perhaps some of that is justified, there are a lot of good things going on in my life too.  Why do I always seem to lose sight of that?  This is as good a time as any to rectify that situation and get my butt back in gear, so here goes...
 
1)  I am so thankful for the newest edition to our family... little Mojo who's photo you'll find on the sidebar at the bottom of the furkids photo roster.  He's a six month old black n' white bundle of affection and energy, that has been an endless source of entertainment this week following his adoption last Saturday.  He is settling in well with the other furkids, and Toby and he have become great playmates, which is what we had hoped for.  Yes, we do now have FIVE cats which surely qualifies me as a "crazy cat lady," and I wear the title with pride!  It is only thru the more sensible oversight of Papa Bear that their numbers won't increase to a dozen!

2) Rain, blessed rain here in West Texas... more of it this Spring than we typically see in two years time!  Despite the muddy driveway and navigating the lakes that form at intersections in town, we are so very grateful for the moisture and the greening up of weeds, and especially for the reduced risk of wildfires as we move into storm season.

3) I am actually spending all three days of this long weekend away from the office!  I've been going in most Saturdays to play catch up on the paperwork mountain that has accumulated in the absence of having a 3rd and 4th staff person to assist the case manager and me.  Saturdays are quiet with no phones ringing, so much can be accomplished, but it also leaves me feeling like I never got away from it.  So I decided to just let it stack this week and say to heck with it! And I'm glad I did, I feel better already, as I sit here in my kaftan sipping a glass of iced tea, surrounded by cats. :-)

4) A sorry sack of child-molesting shit that didn't stay away from his target even after being charged for the first offense and warned by the judge, was sentenced to 25 years in prison this week.  I'm sorry that I am unable to find compassion for him.  I might feel differently if he had made an attempt to change, and I can't help but think about all the other girls he had access to as a girls ball team coach, not to mention his own two daughters.  Once in a very great while I support the legal system in our country, though personally I support castration in such cases, it is a permanent solution to the problem with no worries about repeat offenders.

5) My son has secured a buyer for his house in Clarksville and is scheduled to close this coming week.  He plans to move into the downtown Nashville area, life was kind of lonely for a single guy out there in the family-oriented suburbs.  I am proud of him for deciding several months ago that he needed a change of scenery, and then taking the steps to make it happen!

6) I realize time and time again how blessed I am to have Papa Bear in my life!  Yesterday morning I headed out to my Escape for the drive to work to discover a back tire flat to the rim, in the rain.  Papa Bear got up and ready for work early (this was his late week) and took me to work, stopping for me to pick up Friday donuts on the way, then came home after work and removed the flat tire, replacing it with the spare just in case I had to go somewhere today.  He took the flat to town and dropped it off early this AM on his way to work, and will be bringing home a new one after work, since it was damaged beyond repair.  If I lived on my own, or with a less supportive spouse as in the past, this would all have been my problem to deal with.  Joy is having someone who takes care of me! <3

7) Little text and photo exchanges, and some delightful video clips, along with perpetual games of Words With Friends  and Dice Buddies that add so much to my tiring workdays!  The sharing brings so many reasons to smile. Just having friends to connect with who ask "how was your day" can make all the difference.

8) Hearing my daughter defend someone with whom she more often has reason to grumble. It was nice to hear her see the other side of the picture and acknowledge that we all have our shortcomings. We don't need other people in our lives to be perfect, we just need them to be caring and real!

9) For all the lovely wildflowers, dandelions included, that the rains have brought to our usually brown landscape.  The cottontail rabbits are having a feast, and that means the coyotes are eating a bit better too. I love coyotes, they've gotten an bad rap in life! :-).

10) I'm thankful that I've been able to do a bit better in crawling out of my turtle shell and connecting with others this week in meaningful conversations.  When life is a struggle I tend to withdraw, and then I feel alone in the world (duh)! It's been a really good week of sharing with friends and family, while still managing to retain some downtime for myself each evening, which is just essential to me.

There's I've done it, Ten Things of Thankful - and it wasn't even hard, and as has always proved true for me, when I've finished up one of these posts I feel so much better.  Just as I complete my list the ceiling light came on of it's own accord, I'm taking that as a good sign that someone is pleased. :-)  Now to go get showered and dressed before Papa Bear gets home from work so we can head out for an early dinner.  Saturday is date night at our house... it's so important for all couples to make time for date nights!
I'm linking up with Lizzi
at Considerings for Ten Things of Thankful ... 
Drop by, check out the awesome posts, and add a list of your own!
Ten Things of Thankful

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for May 26th

Two Shoes Tuesdsay
 
Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday...  a place for those who love to write!

There are two word prompts to choose from... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to include them both. You do not have to include the prompt word, but please use it as the theme for your post. You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

Your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives.

Your link must go directly to your post for Two Shoes Tuesday, and somewhere in the post you must provide a link to Two Shoes Tuesday.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your post will be fine. You can add a link anytime through next Monday. 

Please take some time to visit as many of the other TST participants as possible during the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The May26th writing themes to choose from are:

UMBRELLA or UNDER

Please remember that the THEME of your post must be based on the prompt
 you choose, rather than it just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Banned

~photo source~
The door of Hannah's upstairs bedroom slammed open, and there stood her father, filling the doorway with his large frame.  Glowering, he stormed over to the bed where Hannah had been reading by candlelight, and grabbed the book from her hand before she had time to react.

"What do you think you are doing?" he roared.  Hannah shrank down into the covers, not in fear, but in shame for having been caught red handed with a book that she knew she was wasn't supposed to have.

"I've told you clearly, daughter, there is only one book I want you to be reading, and that's The Good Book", he said, handing her the well-worn Bible from atop her dresser.  "It isn't right or proper for you to be filling your mind with the evils of the world, you fill it with the good things of the Lord."

With that, he turned and left the room, taking the banned book with him.  Hannah knew that he would toss it in the fireplace downstairs, and she felt sad that she would have to explain it's loss to the friend who had loaned it to her.  She didn't see where it was such a bad book, just an adventure story involving a girl who was on a journey to visit every state in the country.  Hannah was fascinated by travel stories and tales of other places far away from the small rural religious community where she was growing up.  She also didn't think it fair that only girls were banned from reading anything other than the Bible, the thinking being that they didn't need more education or worldly awareness, since their roles would be to become future wives and mothers in the community.  There would be no formal schooling or outside jobs for them.

Without a doubt Hannah loved the Lord, and she wanted to live her life in a manner that would be honorable and pleasing to Him and her parents too, but she also loved learning and had a strong desire to experience more of life than was available to her at the present. 

That night was to mark a turning point in Hannah's life, it was the night she vowed that when she reached the age of adulthood and the time came to confirm her membership in the church in which she'd been raised, she was going to make the hard choice to take the other road - to gather her belongings and leave the community and family that she loved.   She would head out into the world to make her own way, where she could read all the books she wanted and experience all wonders life might hold.  Hannah knew that doing so would result in her being banned from returning home forever and she wept at the thought of leaving everything behind, but she had to follow her heart.

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This story was written for Two Shoes Tuesday here at my blog
where the prompts this week are Beautiful and Ban
 
and for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom 
Tomorrowlady
Drop by and share one of your stories with us!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Two Shoes Tuesday #131 - Beautiful or Ban

Two Shoes Tuesdsay
 
Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday...  a place for those who love to write!

There are two word prompts to choose from... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to include them both. You do not have to include the prompt word, but please use it as the theme for your post. You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

Your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives.

Your link must go directly to your post for Two Shoes Tuesday, and somewhere in the post you must provide a link to Two Shoes Tuesday.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your post will be fine. You can add a link anytime through next Monday. 

Please take some time to visit as many of the other TST participants as possible during the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The May 19th writing themes to choose from are:

BEAUTIFUL or BAN

Please remember that the THEME of your post must be based on the prompt
 you choose, rather than it just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!