If We Were Having Coffee on the 7th of December, 2019


Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, hot cocoa or other warm beverage.  Watch the ice!  Enough snow for you?  Here you go.  Oh, where are we?  Some of you may know by the photo at the top that we are in snow New Hampshire.

I didn’t have a coffee share last weekend because I was traveling back from Northern Maine.  I did a post about Maine if you want to know more. It was visiting in-laws.  We had six inches or so of snow on Thanksgiving morning, so I shoveled around the cars and such before the plow truck came.  It is beautiful up there, and the snow made it even prettier! Continue reading

Shimmer #writephoto


Photo by Sue Vincent

There was a shimmer of light, a shift of the shadows.

The room came into focus.

“Blow out the candles, Mikey!”

It was Mike’s sixth birthday party.  All of his friends were there.  He knew how it would end up, the disappointment and hurt feelings.

The world turned and the light shimmered.

He was in an auditorium full of people.  He heard his name and walked to the podium to receive his high school diploma. As he took it and shook the principle’s hand he could feel the years of struggle and hardship ahead.  One back-breaking minimum wage job after another, often followed by months or years of unemployment.

The auditorium spun out of control, the shimmering and flickering light dancing in strange patterns. Continue reading



PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria

“Here we go, now.” My companion had a huge smile, almost a laugh.

I will admit that I was a bit bedazzled with all of the bright lights and the vertigo-inducing twirling of the people.

And then I saw the funny little vehicle.

It stopped. A door opened and people started to pour out.

And more people.

And more.

I began to laugh. Of course there would be a clown car.  I should have known.

After the last of them had dissipated into the surrounding crowd, my companion pulled me forward towards the waiting tiny vehical.

“This is our bus.”


Word count = 100

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The Coventry Carol – Video

Notre Dame

I have always like The Coventry Carol.  I’m into dark, medieval music, particularly Christmas music, which seems like it should be bright, not dark.  So I decided I wanted to record it.  But I needed a little research first.  I was surprised at what I found, and this led to the video (hint, read this before listening)

The carol was part of a “mystery play” that went back to the 14th century.  The words were written down in the early 16th century and the music in the late 16th century, some believe in a bid to try to get it performed again (it wasn’t).  This song is about the slaughter of the innocents.

Yes, The Coventry Carol is a lullaby sung by the women of Bethlehem to try to calm their frightened babies as they wait for Herod’s men to murder the babies. “Bye bye, lully lullay.” Nice, right? So “the little tiny child” in the song is not the baby Jesus, but some poor, doomed child.

The words and music survived as much by accident as anything, as such things do, and was revived again in the 20th century.During The Battle of Britain in WW2, the Germans bombed Coventry on the 14th of November, 1940.  On Christmas, 1940, the BBC played The Coventry Carol live as it was being sung from the bombed out ruins of the Coventry cathedral.

So the song went from the poor woman resigned to their fate when brought up against powers beyond their understanding to the women shaking their fists at the sky when brought up against these powers.  You may bomb us and kill our children, but we will rise from the ashes. Continue reading

The Weekly Smile for the 2nd of December, 2019


Hi all!  I took a bit of a blogging break and have been off line quite a bit over the last two weeks.  Last week I went up to northern Maine to have Thanksgiving with the in-laws.  There was a bit of crusty snow when I got there.  The dogs, however, loved it – this is early Wednesday morning: Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Recap 11/25 – 12/1/2019 #weeklysmile


i all.  I just returned from a blogging break – my last post was last the last weekly smile. We did get a few smiles over what was Thanksgiving week for us in the US. Check them out!

Trent’s World
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity Is Catching!
Sagittarius Viking
Beckie’s Mental Mess
The Jesh Studio
Colline’s Blog
priorhouse blog

Some good smiles :)

This week’s post will go up in a couple of hours.

What made you smile?

The Weekly Smile for the 25th of November, 2019 #weeklysmile


I had a lot to smile about this last week, though I am reserving the biggest smile until later :)  OK, to not leave a mystery, I spent a lot of time recording and making a video for the music, but I don’t have it to share yet, so will wait until I can post it.

So what else did I smile about, besides the music?  I spent a long weekend on Cape Cod, which is pretty normal.  I visited my favorite beach, Chapins Beach, for a long walk for the first time since Spring, so that was great. I took a long walk in the woods, which is always relaxing.  I walked on West Dennis beach twice and ran by it twice (part of the run is the access road/parking lot, where the beach is just south of the access road and a salt water marsh to the north). I took other walks and spent a lot of time by the water, despite the cold and wind. And I was on a blogging break – I spend very little time on line over the weekend.  This made for one of the most relaxing weekends I’ve had for a while :)

My smile this week was a very relaxing weekend on Cape Cod.

What made you smile? Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Recap 11/18 – 11/25/2019


Hi all.  It’s time to look back at all of the smiles posted over the last week :)  If you need something to smile about, just click one of the links.  Or all!

Trent’s World
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Life Lessons from Around the Dinner Table
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!
Nut House Central
Ruth Scribbles
Sagittarius Viking
Beckie’s Mental Mess
Change is Hard

Not the most smiles in a week, but still all great!

I will post this week’s smile in about an hour.

What made you smile?

Light #writephoto

Photo by Sue Vincent

It was just after the first real snow of the year. A couple of wet inches, which might be gone by noon or may last all winter, greeted us.  It sure was pertty, that untracked white. I smiled at the sight, though dreaded the cold winter ahead.

A chill ran through my bones as I thought of last winter.  Not everyone lives through winter, see? At least not out beyond the frontier. Yeah, it was pertty an’ all, and I was as happy as the others, but…

“I say winter is here, no matter the calendar tells us. Let’s get our tree today,” Pa said as we stood around gaping the changed world.

The young‘nes whooped.

My mind went back to that cold, earthen mound.

“Oh, what fer?” I asked.

I remembered Christmas in Illinois and the days we actually had real gifts.  Now it was all just stuff Pa made and all. The young‘nes didn’t know no better. And this year, of all years…

Pa frowned his earth stopping frown. Continue reading

Blogging Break…

windowI was planning on taking a blogging break over Thanksgiving, since I will be traveling, but I sort of started it early… I haven’t been able to read many blogs in the last few days and missed posting on Tuesday.  OK, I can start early, no problem :)  I will be on and off over the next couple of weeks, will try to keep up with comments and the weekly smile, but won’t be around as much as usual.

See you all in December!