PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

It was one of the Big Questions, perhaps the biggest.  Brother Francis took it upon himself, walking the cloisters in deep meditation searching for the answer.  At his funeral the joke was that he was so dedicated, the heart attack didn’t stop his pondering.

The plaque made me smile.

The ancient monastery breathed memories, it was like I was stepping back in time, or into a dream.

I entered the cloister.  An old monk, dressed as they had for over a thousand years, walked, head bowed.

He stopped, pointed up, and said, “Eureka!”  He vanished.

Francis finally found his answer!


Word count = 100

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


The Weekly Smile April8, 2019 #weeklysmile


One of the few rules I have for The Weekly Smile is to keep politics out of it.  I do give some exceptions, and today’s post is an exception – I will not state anything partisan.

I live in New Hampshire.  People in NH want to be part of the political system.  Everyone can have their say at the local level, and if you’ve ever been to Town Meeting in a small town, you know that everyone does have their say!  Since we have the first in the nation primary, we like presidential politics to be personal as well (Iowa does have the first caucus, but there is a huge difference between a caucus and a primary.  A primary is one person, one vote).

In the past I have met presidents, governors, mayors, members of the US Congress and Senate, members of the cabinet and local politicians at every level.  I’m not special, I just live in NH where it is par for the course.  A side note – I have shaken hands with candidates from both major American parties. Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Recap – April 1 – April 7, 2019


Hi all.  Some good smiles this week.  Take a look:

Trent’s World
Nut House Central
Lady Lee Manila
The Jesh Studio
Ruth Blogs Here
Change is Hard
Tessa Can Do it! Positivity is Catching!
priorhouse blog
Forgiving Connects

See, aren’t they all great? :)  If I missed yours, please let me know and I’ll add it.

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

#writephoto regulars ~ Meet Trent P. McDonald

I did a guest post over on Sue’s blog – Go check it out!

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

I asked the writephoto challenge regulars if they would like to come over and introduce themselves. Without those of you who write and read the pieces inspired by the weekly photos, the writephoto prompt would not exist.

So, if you follow or take part in the weekly challenge, why come over and introduce yourself too? Being a regular does not mean taking part every week… so why not drop me a line?

Today we meet Trent P. McDonald of Trent’s World.

Trent has a rather special place within the writephoto family. Not only is he one of the most regular contributors, a talented artist and musician, but many of the stories he has written have been serialised and given birth to books, making me feel rather like some kind of fairy godmother. So it gives me great pleasure to post Trent’s introduction and an overview of his work.


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If We Were Having Coffee on the sixth of April, 2019

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of very strong French/Sumatra Roast blend, a cuppa tea or other drink.  It is a nice day and will get quite warm (for early spring) later.  Were are we?  Some may recognize that photo as being in New Hampshire.

Well, it is finally spring here.  I have seen several types of flowers, I saw a snake, bugs, osprey, etc.  Spring!  We’ve had a few cold days, but, hey, this is New Hampshire!  We do not have warm early springs.  Typically the heat stays on until late May when suddenly the leaves come out and late spring arrives.  I’ll take these 62 F/ 17 C days for now.

Busy week at work.  What’s new?  I had a couple of after hours calls – never fun – but nothing major and easily fixed.

I have just started writing a new story.  I’m not sure if it will be another novella (I’ve written a  few this year) or will be my next book. I will have to put it on pause next week when I get back to my next book.  I should get an edited version back on Monday and then I need to go through myself and see if I agree with said edits…  And then I need to go through to see if anyone missed anything anywhere. Continue reading

Threshold – #writephoto


Photo by Sue Vincent

Morning light seeped in, illuminating the threshold, but not digging its way any deeper.  With the dawn came the salt-tinged breeze.  The surf continued, as it always had and always would, a constant background murmur and throb.  It was relaxing, kept the job at hand out of mind.

I peeked out from the entrance of the cave.  Nothing was moving.  I slipped back into the shadow.  They’d be here.  I knew.


“Come in.”

I opened the door and took a step, but then froze at the threshold.

“I’m sure you know all of these people.  Please come closer.”

The Commander continued to smile, but I knew something was up, something unpleasant.  I took two steps into the room.  The door was closed behind me. Continue reading

The Truth is Out There


PHOTO PROMPT © Ronda Del Boccio


We have another alien abduction story.

‘Don’t say…

Same as the others.


Tromping through the woods late at night, an eerie green glow with a strange hum followed by a blinding light.  Then pitch black.


Now I know a man needs security…

With all these nut jobs you’re describing, damn right!

And I’ve seen your system…

Cost me a pretty penny….

The florescence glowing green, the hum as the generator kicks in, that 10,000 lumen search light and all…

Keeps ‘em out…

Can you change it before every UFO believer in the country descend on the town?


Word count = 100

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

The Film, #haibun #etheree #doubleetheree

Through the portal

The Film

I look into a rose-tint fog and smile at the dancing shadows. A thin, transparent barrier divides me from this place.  I imagine that I step through this wall of celluloid and find you still there, just as you were.  I reach out, but grab only mist.  You aren’t really here, are you?  And neither am I, really.  Is it real, or was it at one time?  Perhaps that color I see has tainted all. The curtain comes down.

Can it be real?
Was it really me?
And was it really you?
In the movie, you loved me
Your eyes glistened in the close-up
The story unfolded on the screen
Your presence stole every scene you were in
That movie played out in a different world
I memorized the script and action
Or that is how it seemed
Was it a work of fiction
A script written by me
Played out in my mind?
Did you love me?
The past



In ways this is part 2 of last week’s poem.


Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were the poet’s (me ;) ) choice, so I chose “Film” (yes, the title) and “Remembered” This week I decided to do a haibun with a double etheree.

The Weekly Smile April 1, 2019 (No Fooling!) #weeklysmile


It seems like it is the same every year that I have lived in NH (more than I’ll admit to ;) ).  The 21st of March comes around and we are still waiting for spring, saying that this is the worst winter ever and it is dragging out so long.  And then around April 1, give or take a week, Spring arrives out of no where.  It isn’t a huge change – that happens in May (yes, the rhyme April Showers seems fitting), but you can tell.  Of course there is always the possibility of snow almost until June, but a Spring snow is different.

In the last week almost all of the snow and ice went away – my back patio was over two feet deep, now there is nothing.  I saw a snake.  I saw some flying insects. The osprey are back on Cape Cod and nesting.  There has been a stretch of warm weather, and looking ahead, though it will get below freezing a couple of nights, looks typical early April temps.  The ground is (mostly) thaw – even the worst of the mud is gone (it is still mud season, though). There is a lot more green, including new grass and shoots coming up.  The trees are starting to bud.  I’ve seen crocuses and other flowers (yeah, photo below is of snowdrops, more of a late winter flower). Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Recap 3/25 – 3/31/2019


Hi all.  Another good week of smiles out there.  Here are a few:

Trent’s World
Lady Lee Manila
The Jesh Studio
Forgiving Connects
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!
Change is Hard
Sunnies My Bunnies :)

Some good smiles :)  Let me know if I missed any and I will add them.

This week’s smile will be posted in about an hour :)