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X is for Xenia


A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.

Xenia:
Xenia, 33, and Alyssa, had become good friends soon after Alyssa's return to Cottonwood Creek. When Alyssa's parents agreed to her adopting a puppy for her sons, she called Xenia who she knew had been caring for a batch of puppies that someone had dumped at the junkyard.

Alyssa's boys were wild with anticipation as Xenia led them to the indoor/outdoor pen where the six puppies were being kept; she had always loved caring for animals, and worked as a receptionist and assistant for the local vet.

"I was thinking," Xenia said to Alyssa while the boys cavorted with the puppies in their pen, "the Women's Circle has been looking for a community project that they could involve their families in, something in addition to the regular charity work we help fund-raise and volunteer for.  What do you think about helping me see if we can get funding to start up a no-kill shelter to care for the growing population of stray and abandoned cats and dogs in Cottonwood Creek?"

"Oh my," Alyssa responded excitedly, "I know just the place for it; Yvonne told me the other day that she is getting ready to move to a retirement home, and since she doesn't have any children she wants to donate that piece of property she owns on the edge of town for something that would benefit the community!"
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Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.
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A list of links for the A-Z Challenge blogs
I'm following can be found on my sidebar. :-)
 

14 comments:

  1. Ha-ha! Amazing how things work out in Cottonwood Creek! Must have some "help" from above. 😉

    Side question: When writing six sentence stories, do you worry about run-on sentences English teachers warned us about? Or do you just let it flow?

    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. I think these ladies have a lot of help from above, I believe we all do! Not everything works out just right in Cottonwood Cove, but people are working together to solve problems, and that's a start!

      One look at my stories will assure you that I pay no heed at all to conventional rules of punctuation when it comes to forming sentences. These tales are all rife with run-ons, done intentionally to fit the six-sentence structure. First I write down what I want to convey in such a brief story, then I add lots of semi-colons to condense it into six sentences. If I was writing something for submission, I'd clearly be a bit more observant of standard grammar rules, but still not entirely compliant. I write the way my mind works, and the way I speak, which tends to be a bit messy! :-)

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  2. Love these two women, Josie- Xenia and Alyssa. So admire their sensitivity and compassion . Thanks for weaving these beautifully inspiring tales of hope .
    Much love,
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. I have hope for these two, Moon, they are younger members of the Women's Circle and their community and I expect many good things will come from their friendship and combined efforts as the years pass in Cottonwood Creek.

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  3. Nothing is ever perfect, but sometimes things are as close as they can be!

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    1. I believe that when something is supposed to happen, the necessary factors will fall into place with sufficient effort and planning. It appears this is a case of the right thing at the right time. :-)

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  4. I'm so happy when I read the next part of the Cottonwood Creek saga each day. I'm sure Yvonne has a delightful story to tell in the next installment.

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    1. Thank you, Val! Yvonne is a community treasure, and they are about to show her how much she is loved. :-)

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  5. That would be a fantastic project - hope it goes ahead. We've got five rescue pups and I don't understand how anyone can abandon or be cruel to an animal.

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    1. I am always cheering for people who rescue animals, Nick. I don't understand how people can do that either, with no thought or care about what is going to become of those animals, truly heartless!

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    1. Thank you Jo-Anne, we are nearing the end of the A to Z, the stories from Cottonwood Creek are just brief glimpses into their lives.

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  7. Good deal on the property being left. Dogs and cats get only the life that we help them with. I am always amazed that you have planned 26 chapters (any more?) and have a town lady for each letter of the alphabet. Thanks for reading in my Friday memes, our group is small but we enjoy it.
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    1. We are charged to be caretakers of the creatures of the earth, Jim, and I support anyone who is making an effort to do that. It was a cause Yvonne would feel good about being an important part of! This series will be concluding with the letter Z, at least for the present time. I might come back and revisit Cottonwood Creek at some point. :-) Introducing 26 characters in thirty days might have been a bit much to keep track of, but it certainly made the task of creating a story for each letter of the alphabet easy. :-) I enjoy your Friday memes and seeing what you're going to find to share with us each week!

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