Tuvstarr #tanka”

“Tuvstarr is still sitting there wistfully looking into the water” by John Bauer

Naked and alone
In the heart of the forest
Is all really lost?
When innocence is taken
Do we mourn it gone or live?

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This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week the challenge is not only a photo challenge, it is also an “Ekphrastic”, that is a poem that explores a work of art. The work of art, provided by Diana Peach, is the famous image by John Bauer of Princess Tuvstarr gazing into the deep pond forever, mourning her lost heart. She had lost all as she journeyed into the deep forest, but it was her heart of gold that ended the journey. Many think that she was mourning her lost innocence, which is the interpretation that I took in my tanka.

The Weekly Smile for the 16th of November, 2020 #weeklysmile

Hi! I hope you all had a good week. I had a good week. Yes, there were ups and downs, but mostly good, at least on a personal level.

One of the things I smiled about this week was a new synthesizer. I’ll mention the name, even though I know it is meaningless for 99.99% of you: A Sequential Prophet Rev 2. It is an analog polysynth. Got it?

No matter, it is great sounding instrument and I had a lot of fun playing it and creating new sounds. At one point I took out my phone and did a quick recording. The sound was in stereo, with the different parts swirling around (not capture with my phone!) and there was a deep, rich bass (also not captured with my phone) and it was so much fun to just play. Oh well, so my cheap phone couldn’t quite capture it, but I hope you smile hearing this attempt:

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 11/9 – 11/15 (some 11/16 ;) )

Hi all! Another week, another great batch of smiles. This week we had a few late-comers – Typically I would push people who get here late into the next week, but I am feeling lazy today, so they are going up today :) Anyway, if you need something to smile about, click a link or two!

Trent’s World
The Hidden Edge
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Nut House Central
Natalie the Explorer
Piglet in Portugal
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Brewing Coffee, Twisting Words and Breaking Pencils
Tessa Dean – Author
Mylife-and-Horsestories
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Southern Patches
Thistles and Kiwis
Ruth Blogs Here

A great group of smiles, aren’t they?

I will post this week’s smile post in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 14th of November, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down. It is a little chilly, but I will get a warm beverage, perhaps a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or mug of hot cocoa. You know, lots of marshmallows in it… Anyway, after yesterday’s miserable cold and damp, it is a beautiful day, if cold. Well, seasonable – it has been very warm, feeling like mid to late September instead of early November, so when it gets back to normal. Oh well. And were are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

This was an odd week. I went down to Cape Cod last Friday, instead of my usual Wednesday, and stayed until Wednesday evening, instead of Sunday morning like usual. I had a meeting on Tuesday evening down there, and then Wednesday was a day off of work, so bonus. As I said, it was warm there, but 10 to 15 degrees F cooler than in NH (it did reach the low 70s (low 20s C) over the weekend, but was closer to 60 F (15 C) during the week, while it was in the upper 70s (mid 20s C) (it might have hit 80 F /27 C one day) in New Hampshire.

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Stones (repost) #writephoto

Photo by Sue Vincent

(This was originally posted on April 6, 2017 as part of Sue Vincent’s writephoto challenge)

“See here,” wise Beandor said to his young pupil, Therry, “This arch, though appearing so weak, is very strong.  Although the walls may crumble, unless the keystone is disturbed, the arch will stand and bear weight.”

Beandor used his staff to tap the keystone of the arch.

“This arch has allowed people into this temple for over a thousand years, protecting our town of Kernsh from every attack.  Look at this ancient place, overlooking the mighty ocean, it appears weak, and yet it is so strong, like our people.  Our fair country, Aladia, seems fragile, and yet it is just these points that keep it whole.”

Therry studied the arch.

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Magic Door

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Marge tried in vain to ignore the reminders that another year was slipping away.  Where does the time go?  Didn’t they just have the Easter egg hunts, and yet here were Christmas decorations!

Approaching the gaudily decorated, mirrored door, Marge tried to avoid the reflection of her lined face.

Only it wasn’t there.

Nor were any of the throngs of people. The park reflected from across the street, serene in the fresh-fallen snow, beckoned.

The world wouldn’t end if she missed work, would it? She turned and walked across to the park, the first smile in weeks on her lips.

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Dale Rogerson. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

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Dale’s photo was labeled “Magic Door”. I liked that, and so named my story after the photo :)

Point of Inflection #tanka

Where am I going?
There is only fog ahead
I stop and look back
Thankful on were I have been
Plans and dreams create a path

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This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week was a synonyms only challenge with the key words being Imagine & Gratitude. I decided to write a tanka.

As usual, I picked a photo and wrote to match. The photo is from my walk on Sunday morning.

The Weekly Smile for the Ninth of November, 2020 #weeklysmile

Last week was stressful. It wasn’t just what you are thinking. Work was tough. There was a mis-delivery that was not fun. Etc. But this weekend more than made up for it!

I spent the entire weekend on Cape Cod. It was unseasonably warm, and was sunny. I did a long walk on my favorite beach both Saturday and Sunday, rolling up my pant-legs and wading in the (frigid) water.

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 11/2 – 11/18/2020

Hi all! I think this last week was a stressful week no matter were in the world you lived or what your political affiliation. Anyway, no politics (please), but there are smiles to be had! Perhaps one of the posts below can take you away from the news for a few minutes and give you something to smile about :)

Trent’s World
Nuthouse Central
Natalie the Explorer
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Tessa Dean – Author
The Hidden Edge
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Light Motifs II
A Visit with Sandra
The Jesh Studio
Ruth Blogs Here
Natasha Musing
Eva Marasca
Brewing Coffee, Twisting Words and Breaking Pencils
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Thistles and Kiwis

Wow, this may not be a record for the Weekly Smile, but more than usual! I hope you enjoyed them all as much as I did.

I will post this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Havign Coffee on the Seventh of November, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down. I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a beautiful day, sunny and warm. Let’s just site, relax, and take in the salt air. Oh, where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

First up is weather. We started the week much colder than normal. We had snow squalls on Monday. And then it warmed up. It has been in the 70s (low 20s C). Very nice, and a great change, if very strange.

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