Hope #tanka


An ominous place
Walking in the bleak valley
Looking for a ray
Always trying to flee night
Searching for a bright lit day

The gloom holds me back
Shadows grabbing at my arms
A pit of gloom here
Pulled by an airy promise
A better place bright and clear


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  “Light” and “Dark” This week I decided to do a Tanka, perhaps a double tanka, if such a beast exists….


The Weekly Smile for the 12th of August, 2019 #weeklysmile


I took a day from work last Monday.  I was on Cape Cod, as I often am, and it was a beautiful.  A friend was visiting from Denver, so we had a day for “flat country” activities.  On Cape Cod that means water.

In the morning we paddled up the Bass River, a large tidal body of water that separates Dennis from Yarmouth.  I was in the back of the two person kayak while two ladies traded off between the front seat of the kayak and a standup paddle board.

After a short while we stopped on a sand bank in the middle of the river.  Yes, it was low tide.  We spent a half of an hour wading and looking at the sea-life beneath our feet.  We left there and parked the kayak on a little sandy beach that was covered in little fiddler crabs.  We swam out into the deeper water and hung out around the standup paddle board.  We swam, floated (very buoyant water), hung off the board and just enjoyed ourselves.  We later moved to a new beach, a little less private, but nice and did the same thing, just splashing and not worrying about a thing.  After lunch we hit the “real” beach (West Dennis Beach) and swam in the ocean.  I only stayed about an hour, but it was fun. Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Recap 8/5 – 6/11/2019


I hope you all had a good week and a great weekend.  We did have a good week with some nice smiles.  Check them out!

Trent’s World
Light Motifs II
Tess Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!
Photography OCD
Change is Hard
Priorhouse Blog

Not as many as last week, but still some great smiles :)

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

What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 10th of August, 2019

Coffee Share new Hampshire in the Summer

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get a large mug of a very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is pleasantly cool outside, so lets sit and take in the view of the hill behind my house.  Sitting here it is hard to believe that we are in the middle of a village and not the middle of a forest.  It will get warm today, but not hot.  A perfect late summer day.  Where are we?  Although this is a newer photo, some may know that it is in New Hampshire. Continue reading

Out of Place – Chapter 3


Note – in June I posted the first two chapters of this story (See Chapter 1.  See Chapter 2).  Chapter 2 was one of my least popular posts looking at number of likes and views since my first year of blogging in 2014.  I had already written Chapter 3 at that time, but decided to not post it since people seemed to not like the story.  Well, I’ll try again ;)  Here is the third chapter.


I took a sip of the dark beverage.

When I was a freshman, a friend’s girlfriend made me a drink that she called “hot cocoa”.  It was actually some cocoa powder, yerba mate, cinnamon and other spices in tepid water.  She said it was full of energy.  It was bitter but had odd notes that were just beyond description.

I took another sip.

This beverage was similar, though I liked it better.  More than that, it really did give me energy.  More than energy, it calmed my rebelling stomach erased all signs of alcohol. It cleared my head, but my mind continued to spin.

“So this place is a portal?” I asked.

“Maybe a multi-portal.  A confluence?  A hub? It isn’t just a simple passageway,” Threck said.

“Hundreds of worlds?”

Threck shrugged. “Hundreds, thousands, millions, who knows?”

“You say they are different worlds spread throughout the one Universe, some perhaps billions of light years from others, not different Universes?” Continue reading

Within #writephoto


Photo by Sue Vincent

I wake and open my eyes.

It is dark, but that is to be expected.

There is nobody around.

That isn’t expected.

No children.  No progeny.  No kin.  Nobody.

It doesn’t feel right.  Something is wrong.

I walk to the entrance and look out across the barren landscape.

I can still see the villages and the fields full of crops, but I know they are gone.  The thin soil could not bare the weight of the plows for too long.  This was no longer Home and people had to purposefully travel to see me.

I sniff the air.

Although what I see seems unchanged for time out of mind, I know everything has changed.  The world is different.  The times are different. Continue reading

Big Jim

PHOTO PROMPT © Randy Mazie

Big Jim.  Hez da brains of our operashun.  Hez smart.

Me an’ Nukkles set up shop, see.  Kep low and make shur you ain’t kausin’ suspishun Big Jim sed.

Da place was abandoned an’ boarded up.  Nukkles wanted too B shur, so he painted No Trespassing on the side.

Nukkles ain’t the brightest bulb, see?  We had The Nife rite it down. We wanted it would look good.  But Nukkles wote No Tressrassing.

The cops took us away an our later.

We gave dem Big Jims address.

The cops laft.  It was City Hall.

Big Jim.  Hez da brains, alrite.


Sorry, I hope the accent isn’t too annoying ;)


Word count = 100

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

Anxiety #tanka

Waves break on the shore
Explosions without the fire
Stirring blue to brown
Restless ‘neath troubled water
Sandy bed is washed away


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 “Beach” and “Anxious” This week I decided to do a Tanka

The Weekly Smile for the 5th of August, 2019 #weeklysmile

Some of you who read my blog may know that I spend a lot of time on Cape Cod.  I just bought a fixer upper house and am in the process of selling a cottage.  So I have been down here quite a bit.  The dogs usually come but not the cats.  Until now.

Albert has always had issues.  He is getting older, though not ancient for a cat.  He has three legs.  He is FIV positive.  Other things (read about Albert here)   It seems that every time we have come to the Cape we return to a sick Albert.  The last time it was a very, very sick Albert, one I thought was going to die within hours.

But he didn’t.

Albert bounced back (after vet visit and a lot of care…). But a decision has been made – when we go away for more than a few days, Albert comes. Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Recap 7/29 – 8/4/2019

We had a lot of great smiles this week!  Check them out!

Trent’s World
Change is Hard
A Visit With Sandra
Tess Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!
priorhouse blog
The Jesh Studio
A Day in the Life
Colline’s Blog
Forgiving Connects
Colline’s Blog

Quite a few of them!  I hope you enjoy.

This week’s smile will be posted a little later – perhaps 2 or 3 hours.

What made you smile?