Monday, March 2, 2015

Two Shoes Tuesday #120 - Ocean or Order

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 March 3rd writing themes to choose from are OCEAN and ORDER.

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

Friday, February 27, 2015

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for March 3rd


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 March 3rd writing themes to choose from are:
OCEAN and ORDER

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Say Cheese

When I think of a brick, what do I visualize?  Of course there's the typical brick used for construction, a gold brick that would be worth a fortune at today's prices, and a brick of marijuana that some would highly prize.  Then there's one of my personal favorites... a brick of cheese!
 
We have a restaurant/watering hole here in Odessa called The Barndoor Steak House that's been in operation for over fifty years.  They serve an entire brick of cheese (pictured above), and a small loaf of warm bread at the beginning of each meal.  Guests are free to slice and eat as much of the cheese as they'd like before their dinner arrives, and additional bread will be served if desired.  Both are DELICIOUS!  I could easily make a meal of the bread and cheese alone, but the steaks cooked on the open-flame grill in the dining room are also wonderful, the "haystack" of deep-fried shoestring onions is addictive, and Papa Bear can attest to the fact that they make the best chicken-fried steak around - it's nearly the size of a dinner plate!  If you don't know what chicken-fried steak is, you are clearly not from Texas! :-)
 This long-horn bull - or at least his head - is mounted above the doorway. That's a little unsettling to me, but common room d├ęcor in these parts.
If you're ever traveling through Texas and end up in Odessa, be sure to stop by The Barndoor Steak House and sample some of that wonderful bread and cheese.  You can buy an extra brick of cheese to take home with you too.  I have... and they don't last very long at our house! :-) While you're there, head over to the adjoining Pecos Depot for a cold beer in a classic railroad depot, and just maybe you'll encounter Billy the resident ghost!
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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures
where the word we are Pondering this week is "brick" 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Reserve the Right

Today I'm linking up with Patricia's blog hop In Other Words
where the creative writing prompt this week is the following quotation:
 
“I do know my own mind. The trouble is my mind changes and then
I have to get acquainted with it all over again.”
-Lucy Maud Montgomery

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"Stop changing your mind!"  "You contradict yourself!"   "But you used to say..." 

Have you ever been told any of these things?  I have, and the people saying them didn't mean it as a compliment.  They were finding fault with the way my brain processes and reprocesses things, and sometimes comes to new conclusions.  My question is, what's wrong with that? 

One of my favorite quotes from way back says "Some solid concrete people are mixed up and set in their ways."  Think about it... rigid... unchanging, and unwilling to entertain new ideas or ways of thinking about things. 

"Don't confuse me, my mind is made up!"  Isn't that just another way of saying that you are so insecure in your own beliefs that you are afraid they can't stand up to the challenge of having them questioned?  What if the information you had when you originally made up your mind was incomplete or erroneous? What if new understandings have shed light on things in a different way?

Obviously, at some point we have to make up our minds about issues from the smallest detail - such as where to place the sofa in the living room, to the largest - such as what religion to embrace  and what career path to follow.  But that doesn't mean we are stuck there for the rest of our lives. Everything is open to new information, and everything is subject to reconsideration and change. We should always be willing to reexamine what we think and believe, and the choices we have made.  If they still ring true for us, awesome.  But sometimes it really is time for a change, and just as the photo at the top says, the first step to change is being willing to change your mind.  I reserve the right to change mine at any time for any reason, it shows that I'm still using it, as opposed to becoming a concrete blockhead. :-)
 
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Come and add your thoughts to ours at Patricia's Place!

A Dog's Life

~Photo Credit~
"George, we have to talk."

"Please don't start that again Gracie."

"I'm sorry George, but you've got to do it, I'm making the vet appointment for you today."

"It sounds painful, I think you should go instead!"

"We've already talked about that George, it's easier for you... just a quick snip, snip and a few stitches and you're done."

"You don't understand, Gracie, all my friends at the park are going to laugh at me."

"Listen George, in the past seven years we've had dozens of kids, and now we have hundreds of grandkids, and who knows how many great-grandkids.  I can't even keep track of their names anymore!"  It's got to stop George, I'm tired of raising litters!"

"I know Gracie, I know you're right.  It's just that, well, I'm kind of fond of my "equipment" and the fun you and I have had together.  If I go through with this it's all over, no more happy hump days, no more midnight rendezvous."

"Good grief, don't be so dramatic George, we can still snuggle up and keep each other warm. But if you don't go, you're going to find yourself becoming an outside dog and sleeping out there on the porch, then your friends will really have something to laugh about!"

"Well... I guess since you put it that way... as long as you promise that you won't go looking for some younger guy when you get hot and bothered."

"Don't worry George, you're the only guy for me, and you always will be. 

"Well... ok... make the darned appointment then, let's get it over with.  Geesh, the things I do for love."

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This story was written for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom  at Linda Kay's Senior Adventures.  
Choose a photo, write a short story or poem for it, and come and join us!
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