Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for Nov. 4th

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 November 4th writing themes to choose from are done and dance. 

Kitty Litter Cake

            
Kitty Litter Cake
 
 I've been at parties where this was served, and  I can assure you that it's delicious... if you're brave enough to try it!  Would you?  Could you?  Now that's something to ponder! :-)
 
"You'll need a brand new kitty litter box, box liner and litter scoop as props to get the full effect with this cake!"  
 
Ingredients:
 
                    
Directions:
  1. Prepare cake mixes and bake according to package directions (any size pan).
  2. Prepare pudding according to package directions and chill until ready to assemble.
  3. Crumble sandwich cookies in small batches in a food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup add a few drops of green food coloring and mix.
  4. When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 of the remaining cookie crumbs, and the chilled pudding. You probably won't need all of the pudding, you want the cake to be just moist, not soggy.
  5. Line kitty litter box with the kitty litter liner. Put cake mixture into box.
  6. Put half of the unwrapped tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until softened. Shape the ends so that they are no longer blunt, and curve the tootsie rolls slightly. Bury tootsie rolls randomly in the cake and sprinkle with half of the remaining cookie crumbs. Sprinkle a small amount of the green colored cookie crumbs lightly over the top.
  7. Heat 3 or 4 of the tootsie rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle lightly with some of the green cookie crumbs. Heat the remaining tootsie rolls until pliable and shape as before. Spread all but one randomly over top of cake mixture. Sprinkle with any remaining cookie crumbs. Hang the remaining tootsie roll over side of litter box and sprinkle with a few green cookie crumbs. Serve with the pooper scooper for a gross Halloween dessert.
Recipe by @ Allrecipes.com - Makes 20 servings

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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures

where the word we are Pondering this week is "litter" 

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Haleigh's Moon

This awesome photograph was taken in Minnesota on October 8th
by eleven-year-old Haleigh B.  This story is written for her.
 
Haleigh often spent her weekends in a house close to the woods.  She loved to go for walks there on warm afternoons and cool Fall evenings.  But when the dark came the woods took on an eerie feeling with tree branches rustling in the wind and the sounds of animals moving about, and she stayed close to home. 
 
Haleigh liked to sit out in the backyard at night and watch the moon rise over the treetops.  She thought it was so beautiful, and she worked hard at capturing it just right with the camera on her phone.  People noticed that she was very good at this and told her that she should consider photography as a hobby, and maybe a career someday.
 
One night Haleigh stood outside waiting with her phone in hand to capture the huge full moon.  There was just enough mist in the air to make the sky glow softly around it as it rose.  As she stood watching in awe, Haleigh noticed something pale moving in the shadows at the edge of the woods, down near the ground, lurking among the trees. 
 
Suddenly whatever it was noticed her too, and came running straight toward her.  Haleigh stood there rigid, too afraid too move, too terrified to scream.  
 
The creature emerged from the shadows as the moon rose higher, and Haleigh was able to see it clearly just before it leaped into her arms...
  
 
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This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are mist and moon.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

Two Shoes Tuesday #102 - Mist or Moon

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 October 28th writing themes to choose from are mist and moon. 

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for October 28th

~TWO SHOES TUESDAY~
Stories, poems and essays - original fiction and non-fiction 
 Your choice of themes for Tuesday, October 28th are: 
mist or moon
Find out more about Two Shoes Tuesday here
Put your thinking cap on ~ come and join us on Tuesday! 

Toby Picks The Winner!

I'm sure you remember that everyone sharing a post at Two Shoes Tuesday for the past two weeks has been entered in a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card in celebration of the 100th Edition of Two Shoes Tuesday!  In the interest of being impartial, I decided to let Toby choose the winner. :-)
I took small squares of aluminum foil, one for each person who posted a link on Week #99, and one for each person who posted a link on Week #100.  I wrote a name on each square with a Sharpie, then crushed them into balls with the name on the inside.  I put all the balls in this candy dish and stirred them up. 
Then I called upon the services of my capable assistant Toby to choose the winning contestant.  He wasted no time in selecting one of the balls, picking it up with his mouth... and taking off down the hallway with it! :-)
Retrieving Toby and the foil ball of his choice, I handed the ball to Papa Bear, who had been overseeing the proceedings in the interest of fairness.  He opened the ball to discover....
Patricia at Patricia's Place
 is the official winner of the $100 Amazon.com gift card!
 
Congratulations Patricia! 
Send your email address to me at jts.2000@yahoo.com
and I'll send that gift card your way! :-)
 
A big THANK YOU to EVERYONE who participated in the contest and helped me
celebrate this Two Shoes Tuesday milestone.  Let's do it again for the 200th Edition!
 
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This post was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are card and drawing.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

Two Shoes Tuesday #101 - Card or Drawing

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 October 21st writing themes to choose from are card and drawing. 

I will be announcing the winner of the $100 Amazon Gift Card on my post! :-)  

Girlfriends OnFire

This week, I was given the privilege of being interviewed about my past by my friend Sid, The Bad Boy Diva for the "Bad Boy Confessions" series at Girlfriends OnFire, a powerful new online community developed by Sid and her friend Dr. D to help women break free of destructive relationships. 
 
I've written about my past marriages before on my blog in bits and pieces, and some of you are familiar with much of the story. In this interview I've put myself out there and shared more than I ever have before - not for the purpose of drawing attention to myself, but in hopes of showing other women in similar situations that they are of value, and change is possible.   It is never to late to choose to break free!  Here is a link to my Interview as it appears on The Bad Boy Diva blog.
 
Be sure to check out Girlfriends OnFire on Facebook, and the Girlfriends OnFire website too!

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for October 21st

~TWO SHOES TUESDAY~
Stories, poems and essays - original fiction and non-fiction 
 Your choice of themes for Tuesday, October 21st are: 
card or drawing

Find out more about Two Shoes Tuesday here

Put your thinking cap on ~ come and join us on Tuesday!
 
I'll be announcing the winner of the this...

Josie Two Shoes is on Facebook!

For some time now I've been attempting a balancing act between my legal/public identity, and my personal/private identity as Josie Two Shoes. Some people know me only as one or the other, but the number of people who are aware of both identities and my blog is increasing. I've been debating whether or not to bring Josie and my blog out of the closet and into the public eye, since in reality, she is more me than my given name will ever be. 

I have shared so much of myself on my blog over the years that it's a bit intimidating to put it on public display, but then I've always claimed that I have no secrets, and really, at sixty what does it matter what people think? Love me, or hate me, as long as I am good with who I am now all is well, and it's taken every one of those hard-learned life lessons to get me to this place. 

So, for the very first time, I am linking up Two Shoes in Texas to Facebook.  If you're on Facebook please come and visit me at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Josie-Two-Shoes/354429328062887  Let's see what happens!

Two Shoes Tuesday #100 - Anniversary Celebration!

Welcome to
The 100th Edition of Two Shoes Tuesday!
Two Shoes Tuesday has reached this milestone because of your participation,
so I'm celebrating by holding a special Anniversary Drawing
for this:
 
Linking up a post last week and/or this week earns you an entry in the drawing for each post.
 
You can use whichever previous prompt inspires you!  There are over 150 prompts to choose from!  However this time you DO have to include the prompt word in your post. Please make the word prompt you choose obvious - highlight it, underline it, or make it another color so we don't have to hunt for it!  Posts which do not include one of the previous word prompts will not be eligible to win the drawing.
 
The winning blogger will be announced on Tuesday, October 21st!

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 will have an entire week to link up your post.  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
Choose your October 14th writing prompt
from the list of past prompts found on the Two Shoes Tuesday tab!

Next Two Shoes Tuesday - 100th Edition Anniversary!

~SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENT~
This coming week we'll be celebrating the 100th Edition of Two Shoes Tuesday! 
Bloggers who link a post on Week #99 and/or  #100 will be entered in a drawing for:
This week you can use whichever previous prompt inspires you!  There are over 150 prompts to choose from!   However this time you DO have to include the prompt word in your post. Please make the word prompt you choose obvious - highlight it, underline it, or make it another color so we don't have to hunt for it!  Posts which do not include one of the previous word prompts will not be eligible to win the drawing.
 
The winning blogger will be announced on Tuesday, October 21st!

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 will have an entire week to link up your post.  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
Choose your October 14th writing prompt from the list of past prompts
found on the Two Shoes Tuesday tab at the top of my home page!

Put your thinking cap on ~ come and join us on Tuesday! 

The Good Little Witch

I so loved this hat when I tried it on before, that I just had to buy one tonight when we were at Cracker Barrel.  Better yet, they were already on sale.  I'll wear it to work on Halloween.  I love the photo, compliments of Papa Bear. Contemplative is more the real me than smiley face.

Swing Shift

Oh dear! I must admit that when I read the Pondering prompt for this week, the first thought in my mind was "swingers"... not referring to children on the playground,  and I'm definitely not going to go there!!  Aren't you relieved?   Sometimes I worry about the junk catalogued in my mind! :-)  On with my story...

Maggie worked the swing shift at the Cactus Flower Café.  It stayed open twenty-four hours a day for the truckers that came down the highway running through their small West Texas town.  Twenty-eight now, she had married at nineteen and divorced two years later when she came home from work early, sick with the flu,  and found him in bed with the next door neighbor. 

Maggie hated the town now - so much gossip, and slim pickings for Saturday night dates. She was weary of being hit on by the truckers passing through, and figured that they probably tried the same lines on the women they met at each stop on the road.   She was friendly with everyone, but kept mostly to herself.  Her shift ended at eleven, and she usually went home and read until she fell asleep, dreaming of lives far more exciting than her own.

As the sun set each evening, Maggie watched out the big window of the café, staring across the wide expanse of desert sand, and fantasized about the seashore she wished was just over the dunes.  She had spent two weeks on the Gulf Coast with her sister once a few years back, and fell in love with the ocean - waves lapping at the shore, the smell of saltwater in the air, seagulls flying overhead, toes squishing in the soft, wet sand.  She thought that Heaven must be just like this.  Maggie's heart grew heavy as she watched the sun sink and the sky turn from crimson to inky blackness, feeling like waiting tables in the middle of nowhere was going to be her life for the rest of her days. 

One afternoon Maggie arrived for her shift to be greeted by Sam, the owner.  He was usually at home when she arrived, returning to the café in time to help manage the dinner crowd.  When Sam asked her to come into his office, she grew nervous.  She and Sam were on good terms, she had worked for him since she was 16 and came in after school and on weekends, but he had a strange look on his face and it worried her.  Something was up, that was for sure. 

Motioning her to the chair across from his desk in the small office he began... "Mags," as he always called her, "I'm getting tired of running this ol' café".  Maggie felt her stomach twist into a knot. What if he was going to shut it down and retire? What would she do then?  She'd never been one to have the courage to set out on her own.

"I've been thinking," Sam continued.  You know that little town on the Gulf Coast where Martha and I go every Fall to spend a little beach time?"

Well of course Maggie knew, he used to bring back handfuls of photos of the time they spent there, to Maggie it seemed like time spent on Fantasy Island, so beautiful, so much happening to keep the tourists entertained. 

"Well," Sam said", me and Martha have been talking, and then we did some checking things out, and there's a little café down on the beach strip that stays real busy and the owner got sick and has to sell the place."

Maggie's heart jumped, she couldn't believe what she was hearing? What was Sam proposing to do?

"I called him up yesterday and made him an offer, and he accepted.  Now don't you worry about your job, Mags, my brother has been itching to move down here from the Midwest and away from those cold winters.  He thinks running this place would suit him just about right.  But..."

Maggie felt frozen to her chair... she loved working for Sam, and the thought of him leaving, leaving her here to continue on as she had been, was too much to even contemplate.  She bit her lip to hold back the tears that were forming in her eyes.

"Martha and I were talking, and we know how much you enjoyed the beach that time you went there with your sister.  We were kind of wondering how you would feel about packing up and leaving this dusty town, heading off to the Coast with us.  I sure could use a good assistant manager for that new café on the beach, and I've worked with you long enough to know you'd be perfect for the job."

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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures
where the word we are Pondering this week is "swing" 
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Two Shoes Tuesday #99 - Your Choice!

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

~SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENT~
This week brings the 99th Edition of Two Shoes Tuesday...
and the following week we'll be celebrating the 100th Edition! 

This week and next week linking up your post will enter you in a drawing for this:
You can use whichever previous prompt inspires you!  There are over 150 prompts to choose from!  However this time you DO have to include the prompt word in your post. Please make the word prompt you choose obvious - highlight it, underline it, or make it another color so we don't have to hunt for it!  Posts which do not include one of the previous word prompts will not be eligible to win the drawing.
 
The winning blogger will be announced on Tuesday, October 21st!

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 will have an entire week to link up your post.  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
Choose your October 7th writing prompt
from the list of past prompts found on the Two Shoes Tuesday tab!  

Extraordinary Joy

Not so many years ago Wynn led a very lonely life.  She went to work and she came home, she didn't really do much talking at either place; she kept to herself.  Some days she didn't say more than a few sentences the whole day long, just whatever was needed to get by in the office or with her husband at home.  She was extra quiet when she was home, it was better that way - safer.  The less said, the less likely she would upset him and incite his anger. 

Often the only place Wynn found comfort and understanding was in emails exchanged with a handful of Internet friends.  "Why are you putting up with this, why are you still there?" they said. Wynn didn't really know how to answer.  She was trying so hard to believe that things would get better if she just did everything right.  That was until the day he shoved her, hard, and she almost fell. Things had been escalating, with him screaming, yelling, smashing things.  Wynn knew that he was using drugs much more powerful than what he admitted to, his erratic behavior proved it.  She also knew that if she didn't do something it was going to go to get worse, and she was going to get hurt. She knew in her heart that it was time to draw the line, and she began making a plan to leave.

Leaving him was the hardest thing Wynn had ever done.  She'd been married to him for thirteen years and had given up so much of herself to please him that she didn't even know who she was without him anymore.  She didn't even know what she liked to eat or what her favorite color was.  Out on her own, she struggled to put the broken pieces of her life back together, and she cried herself to sleep every night for nearly a year.  The pain and sorrow ran so deep that she found herself hanging on to life by just a thread.  Truly, the only thing that kept Wynn alive and gave her the courage to go on, was that little handful of Internet friends who read the words she poured out on her blog, and responded with incredible patience, compassion, encouragement, and love - telling her over and over that things were going to get better.  She wanted to believe that, she clung to that hope, and bit by bit she began to believe... and the circle of her Internet friends and family grew.

One year after leaving that dark and painful relationship, God brought a wonderful man into Wynn's life through an online dating site.  Wynn learned that God uses many means to reach and bless us, even things like the Internet. 

Five months later, Wynn left her job of nineteen years, and the city she had lived in for the past twenty, and moved to Texas to embark on an amazing new life filled with love and laughter.  And the strangest thing happened... as Wynn's life began to blossom, her heart began open too.  She began to open up to more people through her blog, and in a few years time she found herself surrounded by an amazing group of friends who truly cared about each other and shared the ups and downs of their lives.  The love and encouragement they exchanged on a daily basis was more beautiful and than anything she had previously known! 

Now days Wynn often feels her heart overflowing with gratefulness and joy... such extraordinary joy, unlike anything she ever believed was even possible.  And the best part... as each person in that circle continues to reach out to others with their words of encouragement, compassion and love, the joy continues to grow.  Wynn has learned the power of sharing your life with the right people, and she knows that some of the very best folks around can be found right here!
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This was written for the 99th Edition of  Two Shoes Tuesday
where this week we can choose from any of the previous word prompts.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

Next Two Shoes Tuesday... A Special Edition!

Two Shoes Tuesdsay
~SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENT~
This coming week is the 99th Edition of Two Shoes Tuesday...
and the following week we'll be celebrating the 100th Edition! 

This week and next week linking up your post will enter you in a drawing for this:
There are over 150 prompts to choose from!  You can use whichever previous prompt inspires you!  However this time you DO have to include the prompt word in your post. Please make the word prompt you choose obvious - highlight it, underline it, or make it another color so we don't have to hunt for it!  Posts which do not include one of the previous word prompts will not be eligible to win the drawing.
 
The winning blogger will be announced on Tuesday, October 21st!

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 will have an entire week to link up your post.  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
Choose your October 7th writing prompt from past prompts
found on the Two Shoes Tuesday tab at the top of my home page!

Put your thinking cap on ~ come and join us on Tuesday! 

We Need Recess... and Ditto Sheets!

I was visiting with the ever-awesome Zoe of rewritten last night, pondering my "recess post", and she initiated a trip down memory lane, citing "the kindergarten smells of milk and crayons and the black top playground." 
 
I loved elementary school - not the social experience so much, I was fairly inept at that, usually having one or two friends and never part of the "in-group" - but the learning experience... my mind was a sponge soaking it up! 
 
 I have to admit that I was one of the well-behaved kids, it never occurred to me to be otherwise.  Thus I often was assigned recess duties like ringing the bell, getting everyone lined up to go in, and handing out the milk we had twice a day following recess.  Chocolate milk was available for a couple cents more, and it was cold and wonderful! 
 
Back then, just as now, if you asked most children what school activity they liked best, they would reply "RECESS"!  Spring, Fall, and even in the bitter cold of winter, we lived for those breaks from sitting at our desks (no roaming or floor sitting allowed back in those days).  We played dodge ball and marbles, jumped with our jump ropes or swirled hula-hoops, drew pictures in the dirt with sticks, attempted to walk tight-rope style on the heavy link chain surrounding the playground, and played on the playground equipment, sometimes roughly, and yet no one died.  Certainly there was some cuts and bruised knees, getting sick from too many spins on the merry-go-round,  and the occasional broken bone as someone hurled themselves from the top of the monkey bars, but no one ever sued the school for negligence.  Parents back then knew we were kids being kids. There was no bullying or fistfights - that would have meant a trip to the Principal's office and facing the wrath of our parents when we got home! 
 
I am thinking that we need recess in our lives again now... as adults... in the workplace.  Not just "breaks" where we go and stand in groups or sit somewhere with a cigarette or soda, rehashing the hot topics of the day, but all out, let's have fun and play, activity.  Think of how much happier everyone would be!  How long has it been since you flew high on the swings or spun around on a merry-go-round, or tried your skill at swinging across the row of monkey bars?
 
I once worked next door to a large firm that paid their employees to take a walk around the block everyday, and we would watch them in their dresses, suits and sneakers, walking in ones or twos, enjoying the fresh-air and the bit of exercise.  What a wise boss that was, I bet productivity grew considerably as a result, not to mention the health benefits!
 
Back in the "olden days",  teachers would allow good students to help out with classroom tasks during recess time... erasing the chalkboards, running erasers through the cleaners, passing out papers, setting up art supplies, etc.  My very favorite task was making worksheet copies on the "Ditto Machine" (mimeograph) - the predecessor to modern photocopiers.  It involved a steel drum on which a master sheet was placed that was then coated with a special purple "ditto ink" as it revolved.  Copies were made by running paper thru the machine and pressing them against the master.  Not only was this fun, turning out a toasty warm stack of papers, but the ink smelled WONDERFUL!  Zoe remembered it, so did Papa Bear.  I'll bet some of you do too!  We would take those worksheets the teacher passed out, often still warm from printing, and hold them up to our faces, intoxicated by that awesome smell... a generation of "pre-stoners" in the making! :-)  If I close my eyes, I can still remember how wonderful that ink smelled!
 
Maybe we also need to get rid of our modern, high-tech copiers and replace them with "ditto machines."  I'm thinking we could soothe the savage staff as they huffed papers fresh from printing! :-) 
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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures
where the word we are Pondering this week is "recess" 
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