Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for Dec. 2nd

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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 December 2nd writing themes to choose from are sacred and store. 

Two Shoes Tuesday #106 - Wants or Needs

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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 25th writing themes to choose from are wants and needs. 

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for Nov. 25th

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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 25th writing themes to choose from are wants and needs. 

Fire In The Sky

When I ponder "orange" what comes immediately to mind are the amazing photos 
of sunrises and sunsets at my very favorite place...
  Galveston Island, Texas on the Gulf Coast taken by talented photographer Billy Hill Sr.
Billy lives on the island and ventures out on a daily basis
to capture images of the sunrise and sunset and what occurs between them,
including some beautiful photos of the beach and the birds!
 These photos and many others can be seen on Billy's Facebook page, Billyblues G-townsurf .
I have his page on my newsfeed and gaze longingly at his little slices of Heaven each day, wishing that I back there once again.
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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures
where the word we are Pondering this week is "orange" 

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Two Shoes Tuesday #105 - Observe or Omen

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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 18th writing themes to choose from are observe and omen. 

Vultures Closing In

I was eating a piece of pecan pie in my recliner tonight.  Vultures quickly gathered, apparently thinking it was just too good to miss out on.  Who would have thought pecan pie would interest them all that much?  Papa Bear snapped the photo as they tried to telepathically transport my plate closer.  Tiggy (the golden girl in the left rear) tried an alternative plan, standing on her back legs on the floor and reaching up to grab the paper plate with her paw.  I had to hang on tight to maintain property rights!  They each got a tiny taste though, and pronounced it delicious! :-)  Note how big Toby at the left front has grown since I got him as a kitten last January!

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for Nov. 18th

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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 18th writing themes to choose from are observe and omen. 

Foolishness


If someone in her fifties and three times divorced, was to come to you and tell you that she met this guy online and thought she was in love with him, what would you think? 

What if she told you that he was once divorced and  twice widowed, his last wife having died very recently?

If she admitted that she had known him just a month, but was planning to quit her job of nineteen years and move to another state to marry him, what would you say? 

Would you try to counsel her about the foolishness of going forward with this half-baked plan? 

Would you warn her about the obvious red flags and danger signals going off in your brain?

Would you try to tell her that she was destined for another heartbreak?  Would you think she had lost her mind?

If anyone was to come to me with this story, I would be the first to say, "You'd better slow down, and take more time to think it through.  How well do you really know  him anyway? Lord, he could even be a serial killer!" 

And yet, this is a true story... It is my story!

From outward appearances it seemed like a very foolish move, a risky chance to take in the slim hopes of finding happiness and forever-after love, especially with my well-documented track record of impulsive behavior, poor choices and failed marriages.

But something told me this was different.  Despite how quickly it moved, I never once questioned the wisdom of it.  From the very beginning I knew in my heart that it felt right.  I also knew that if God was behind it, He would work out the details permitting it to happen... and He did.

Sometimes a choice that appears to be incredibly foolish is actually a leap of faith, and a plan that is unfolding in ways too miraculous to be seen. 

Sometimes we have to take a chance on love...  
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This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are wisdom and foolishness.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

Two Shoes Tuesday #104 - Wisdom or Foolishness

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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 11th writing themes to choose from are wisdom and foolishness. 

Wedding Bells in the Future

We are delighted to announce that my daughter got engaged to a wonderful guy last night! I wish them as much happiness as John and I share!  David confided in me in advance that he was planning to propose - it was a fun secret to keep!  It is wonderful to see her so happy and excited! They haven't made definite wedding plans yet, she will be moving to Florida where he is part owner in a business.  I assured her that I would be happy to come and visit her... and the beach! :-)

Old Screens and New

Some of you  may be old enough to remember the "test pattern" above.  Back in the olden days, television programming didn't run non-stop twenty-four hours a day, it ended at midnight. Most often the star-spangled banner would be played at sign off time,  or some patriotic poem or quote would be read.  The above test pattern would appear on the screen (all tv viewing was in black and white in those days), and then the image would disappear and only a screen filled with snowy static would remain until morning when broadcasting began again, usually at 6 AM.
It was a much different world back then.  We had only one TV channel available for many years, and really thought we'd hit the big time when two finally became available.  Dad made the choice about which programs were watched though, we didn't have a say in it.  My two sisters and I functioned as the "remote controls".  Dad said "Change the tv to Channel 3", and we got up and did it, no questions asked. If he wasn't home there might be a bit of "friendly negotiation" between us over which show we would watch.  Bedtime at our house came at 9 or 9:30 PM on school nights, 10 PM when we got older. On weekends I loved to stay up late to watch "The Midnight Special", but I had to keep the tv volume very low so as not to wake up Mom and Dad, or I as certain to be told to turn the tv off and get to bed... they weren't particularly fond of the music of that generation! :-)  I doubt the concept of 500 channels and round the clock programming would have impressed them much. Life was lived more simply and we didn't spend all our waking hours parked in front of the tv.  Computers that were going to occupy even more of our time in the years ahead were of course non-existent. 
 
Then along came cellphones... large and clumsy at first, and yet we were amazed at our ability to actually make and receive calls while out and about.  As children there had been one phone that hung on the kitchen wall, and no drawn-out conversation was allowed. Seven minutes was Dad's life-long limit for long-distance calls to keep phone bills reasonable. Then came two phones, meaning less running to answer the ringing phone, and eventually wireless phones that could be carried around the house, as long as one remembered to return them to the charger before they ran out of juice and put an abrupt end to conversations!
 
Cellphones brought a whole new level of communication, and how we've come to cherish them! The first ones were just phones, before long cameras and photo sharing was added, and texting quickly followed.  Now days it's barely accurate to actually describe these hand-held devices as telephones.  The are mini-computer/communication devices capable of doing an astounding variety of things from scanning barcodes to directing us thru the maze of city traffic. I remember travelling years ago and thinking how wonderful it would be if I could only take my large desktop computer and satellite dish Internet receiver with me when I was away from home.  Now, of course, we can do just, in a much easier fashion! 
 
Papa Bear would tell you that my cellphone is rarely out of my reach, awake or asleep it is next to me. It is my talking/texting/blogging/Facebooking/Words with Friends playing/weather checking/note taking best friend!  My daughter first introduced us to her iPhone, and we were quite sure we wouldn't want or need anything that complicated or fancy.  But it didn't take long for us to discover how much fun they were, and soon we were hooked.  While the debate between Android phone  and iPhone enthusiasts will likely go on forever, we are die-hard iPhone fans, having tried Android tablets and hating them.   
 
This past Wednesday we eagerly headed to the ATT store here with a small box that had arrived in the mail bearing our new iPhone 6Plus phones. They are so popular at the moment that they can't keep up with the demand, and we'd been waiting three weeks for them to arrive.  Of course it took some time to transfer all the data from our old phones to the new ones, and to clear the old ones so they could be turned in for rebate purposes.  Tired as we were after a long day of work, we couldn't wait to get home and play with them, and I have to say that both of us are in love with the brand new BIG screen size!  The regular iPhone 6 isn't all that much larger than the old iPhone 5.  The 6Plus is a much bigger deal, yet not so large that you can't hold it comfortably in your hand, slip it in your pocket, or carry it around in your purse.  It's thinner and lighter weight too! 
 
So, while I may sound like a commercial for iPhones, let me just say that if you're still using an old dinosaur phone you should really check one of these out.  Very cool toys, and so much easier on our old eyes and chubby fingers!  We're noticing that the battery power supply lasts much longer too.
I can't help but ponder how our much lives have changed in the past sixty years.  From those old, snowy television screens with their black and white displays, to these marvelous little hand-held beauties with their crystal clear technology and amazing capabilities.  Yup, we are admittedly addicted... and life is good! :-)
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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures
where the word we are Pondering this week is "screen" 

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Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for Nov. 11th

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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 11th writing themes to choose from are wisdom and foolishness. 

What's Done is Done

Yesterday a dear friend of mine turned 45.  That's a rather intimidating number when you're facing it head on.  (From the vantage of fifteen more years, it looks pretty darn good.)  I started thinking about my life back then, and now at 60, and a few things I've learned.  I decided to share them with the Birthday Girl...

Dearest S,

If you took a look at my life when I was in my early forties, I'm sure you'd shake your head as many did, and wonder exactly what I was thinking, what possessed me to make the choices I had made and life the live that I was living... and they didn't know the half of it. I was pretty good at wearing my "all is well" persona in public.  You, my friend, know much of the real story, and the only plausible excuse I have for that relationship and the ones that went before it is to plead temporary insanity... or maybe not so temporary - that part is still open to debate. :-) 

When I look at your life, and the relationship you recently left behind, I see much of that same mentality - living in hell at home, and  living a lie in pubic.  I know the damage that kind of duplicity does, and how easy it is to lose yourself in the process.  What is real... what he tells you about yourself, what you hope and dream you are, or that creature in the mirror that you've come to loathe?  What if he's right, what if you really are that bad?  Even more frightening, what if you are nothing at all, worthless, hopeless?

Remember the Josie you met in my previous blog "Picking up Pieces" that documented my struggles as I came out of that relationship?  That title said it all.  My life was in pieces, my self-esteem was in pieces, and I truly had nothing left.  I didn't even have a clue who I was anymore, what I liked, or what I wanted my life to be.  All I knew for certain was that I didn't want it to be  that way ever again.  I wanted peace. I craved peace and quiet, both in my little duplex home and in my heart.  I hear you longing for those things now... inner peace, quiet, and room to rediscover who you are, who you were meant to be.

I'd like to share with you some final words of advice I received from my ex.  As I complained to him that it was so easy for men to move on (he had wasted no time in finding himself a new honey), he looked at me straight on and had the guts to say "You need to stop feeling sorry for yourself."  I was so furious I was shaking, I had to look away for fear that I would deck him with every bit of rage pent up in my body!  How dare he!  He was the reason I was in the position of being without someone in my life.  He was supposed to be that person, he was the one I had put years into loving, only to have that met with deception and ultimately rejection.  And here he was telling me to stop feeling sorry for myself!  But you know what, Sweetie?  That anger fueled my determination to prove him wrong, and propelled me to move forward with my life. I finally stopped looking back at wreckage of my life, and began looking forward to what I could do to build a new life... not to just survive, but to begin to live again.  In retrospect, I have to thank him for those words... as much as they hurt, I needed to hear them, and coming from him, they hit the mark.  Because I love you, dear S,  I want to share those words with you. It's time to move on.

I know a great deal of what you experienced in your past relationship. It was horrific. It grew and festered until it turned you into someone even you could barely recognize. But it's over now, and you have yourself to congratulate for breaking free!  We all have to reach our own breaking point, and only then can we find the courage to put an end to it.  Thank God you did!  As much as my heart aches for the many years of  pain your endured, it also smiles in acknowledgement of the survivor spirit that got you through it and kept you alive when it would have been so much easier to give up and die.  Use that spirit to light the lamp on the pathway ahead of you now!  You've made some awesome steps in a new direction, both in your new relationship and in your career change!  You can have the life you've always dreamed of, the one you were meant to have, the one helping others!

There's just one thing you have to do, and it's a big step, an important one... find the courage to address the past and say what's done is done, over and done.  We can't undo it and we certainly won't forget it, but we can approach it from the viewpoint of a lesson - oh Lord the things we've learned about ourselves, our relationships, and life!  Don't spend another day or night of your life looking back and letting those memories overwhelm you, put them soundly in their place and decide that you are going to use your energy to move forward. 

Surviving those experiences has made us strong, there is nothing life throws at us that we can't handle, we've proven that to ourselves!  I can't wait to see the ways you grow and blossom in the next fifteen years.  It took me longer to get out, and longer to get my head straight, so by the time you are sixty I expect you to be amazing, and I know I won't be disappointed in that, you are already well on your way.  You have a gift to give, a heart full of love, and compassion for those who have walked the same road we have.  What's done is done, but it is up to you to decide what is to come. 

Look in the mirror and see the beautiful woman we see!  Love her as I love her!  Take care of yourself, be kind to yourself, make it possible for your light to shine!  The very best years of your life are yet to be... all you need to do to make that happen is to believe! 

XOXO, Josie
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This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are done and dance.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

Two Shoes Tuesday #103 - Done or Dance

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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.