Iggy, Stoner, Spat, and Me

Photo prompt by Etol Bagam, author of the blog, Creative Busyness.

Iggy, Stoner, Spat, and Me

Iggy, Stoner, Spat, and me…. Inseparable in junior high. From cross-country, to four of the starting five on our school’s basketball team, to being finalists in the Xbox Team Junior Challenge 2014… we did everything together.

But then there was high school. Iggy meet Sally… there were three. We would still see Iggy… but it was never the same.

Stoner, Spat, and I tried to hold on, but seemed as if Iggy had been the solidifier.

Soon Stoner and Spat fell for the same girl. We had promised: no competition. Apparently, hormones override honor sometimes?


Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Requirements: Create a Flash Story of 100 words using the photo prompt.





WEEK #47

  • In your native language which letter or character describes you best?  Why?
  • What is your greatest extravagance?
  • Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?
  • List at least 5 things that makes you laugh.

 In your native language which letter or character describes you best?  Why?

After reading this question for the fifth time, I still come up with a “… huh? … Huh?HUH?

I have no idea which letter of the alphabet I would pick or even what kind of meaning this said letter might possess. I was lost. Clueless for an answer.

Then an answer sprang to my mind… The schwa sound… The up-side-down-e…

Feeling a little on the brash, arrogant side of life. The letter “e” is the most popular letter and allowing myself to be a schwa e could mean that I could flip your world up-side-down…. In a very good way… Of Course!

But always being a careful, arrogant adventurer, I googled “the history of schwa”… It original meaning was “emptiness”…. Not at all what I was going for.

So….. I’m back to…… “HUH!”

What is your greatest extravagance?

For this question, I am going to use the following definition…

Extravagance: something that is enjoyed that is a total waste of money

I buy WAY TOO MANY soft drinks. MOUNTAIN DEW is my extravagance.

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

This one caused a great belly laugh….   Which, of course, answered the question.   But I don’t think that you need the picture!

List at least 5 things that makes you laugh.

I think that I am a full-of-laughter person… but laughter for me is completely spontaneous,. There are no guarantees?

Written for SHARE YOUR WORLD-2015: WEEK #47. Requirements: Answer the four questions.




“Three showings tonight. Have to hide in the upper alcoves if we are to remain.”

“I know. The details have been worked out for months.”

“I still don’t understand why we’re here. You’ve been manic since last year.”

“At the foreclosure auction, last year, I purchased a box of flood-damaged books. Inside one of the journals, three torn diary pages were slipped into the lining. They were pages ripped from a diary of Anne Hathaway Shakespeare.”

“What did they say?”

“Unfolding a small paper, ‘Willie has experienced a madness because of the soothsayer. Utter foolishness of me to want to see her. She ignored me. Spoke only to Willie… about his plays. Eternal security was his if he sacrificed his next play to Beelzebub.’”

“You believe this stuff?”

“Doesn’t matter. Shakespeare believed it. He buried an unperformed play in the back corner of the yard here. His sacrifice.”

“Done your research? About the diary? It is authentic?”

“Of course I have. Do you think I’m a fool?”

“You should have done a little more research on The Globe.”

“What do you mean?”

“This is The Third Globe. Shakespeare’s Globe, the originalwith the original yard…. Is about two-and-a-half block south.”


Written for Sunday Photo Fictioneers. Requirements: Create a 200 world flash story using the photo prompt.


Photo Prompt @ Sandra Crook


He came to the diner every Wednesday night, like clockwork.

He wasn’t higher brow (dungarees and a clean white tee), but his politeness placed him worlds-above most of our clientele.

He always asked about ‘the night’s special’.

He smiled when he said it… Making conversation… Wanting to be cute.

“Let me getcha outa this place.”

“Where’ya heading?”

“Nowhere, in particular,” and he’d laugh.

“What’s so great about ‘Nowhere’?” I’d laugh back.

“Small town… but it’s gotta lotta love.”

I guess I bought it.

We were married three months later.

He wasn’t kidding. This place is on the edge of nowhere!

Written for Friday Fictioneers. Requirements. Create a 100 word flash stroy using the photo prompt.




I Can’t Stay Mad at You

Do you hold grudges or do you believe in forgive and forget?

          “Holding onto grudges is like drinking a poison and expecting the other person to die.”                                                                                      Buddha

          “Forgive others. Not because they deserve it… But because you deserve peace!”                                                                                                 Anonymous

          “Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should. And let go of what you can’t change.”           Anonymous

          “Holding onto a grudge is like letting someone live rent-free in your head!”                                                                                                               Anonymous

          “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”                 Buddha

         “The past is a place of reference… not a place of residence.”  Anonymous

          “Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they look for a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Believe me. You’ll be happier.”    David J. Pollay

Holding on to grudges… Not my style.

Written for The Daily Post: November 25, 2015.

Teach Your Bloggers Well: Great Deviled Eggs


Teach Your (Bloggers) Well

Great Deviled Eggs

We all know how to do something well — write a post that teaches readers how to do something you know and/or love to do.


There are so few things in the world that can be taught in three easy steps.

Life is FAR more complicated than that!

But I was in luck as I thought about this prompt.

One things that I have learned from the net was a great recipe for hard boiled eggs and turning them into the best deviled eggs ever. (Or at least, very enjoyably, passably-pleasing, and highly- edible, deviled eggs!)

How to Make a Perfect Hard Boiled Egg came from Simplyrecipes.com. These tips have worked like a charm every single time I have tried them. (Since I love Deviled Eggs and Hard Boiled Eggs on my salads, this is at least once a month!)

  1. Place the eggs in a single layer at the bottom of a saucepan. Cover with at least an inch or two of cold water. The more eggs that are crowding the pan the more water you should have over the eggs. Heat the pot on high heat and bring the water to a full rolling boil.

Adding a teaspoon of vinegar to the water may help keep egg whites from running out if an egg does crack while cooking. Also some people find adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the water helps prevent cracking as well as making the eggs easier to peel.

  1. Turn off the heat, keep the pan on the hot burner, cover, and let sit for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Strain out the water from the pan and run cold water over the eggs to cool them quickly and stop them from cooking further.
  1. I let the eggs set in iced water for about one-half hour while I go about doing house chores…
  2. You will need the following ingredients for the deviled part of the hard boiled eggs. (This recipe is from Mary Nolan, courtesy of The Food Network.)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Smoked Spanish paprika

http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/classic-deviled-egg-recipe-0169981.embed.html“>You can even watch the cook prepare this recipe if you feel the need!

  1. Crack egg shells and carefully peel under cool running water. Gently dry with paper towels. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, removing yolks to a medium bowl, and placing the whites on a serving platter. Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork. Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix well.
  1. Evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.

I hope that you will enjoy these Deviled Eggs as much as I do! 


Written for The Daily Post: November 26, 2015.



The Luckiest People

Who was the first person you encountered today? Write about him or her.

 “Encounter” … an unexpected experience … a confrontation … a chance meeting with …

It is almost 2 pm today and I have yet to encounter anyone.

I have seen people in a parking lot … spoken with cashier at a checkout line … even nodded to a butcher as he was completing his price reductions for the morning customers. But according to the definition of encounter … a meeting between two people has to be unexpected, confrontational, or a chance meeting with a known friend.

None of these things happened today.

I will soon have a friend from years back visit for the holidays… but this visit has been planned weeks in advance. (And I certainly hope it is not confrontational?)

I have had no encounters today.

It would be great to have a visit from friends for the holidays that is unplanned? Not since I cannot ‘know’ about a chance encounter… I therefore cannot write about such hoped for encounter…

I guess the luckiest person today is ME. I am having a completely personal “me” day. Those are very nice to have.


Written for The Daily Post: November 27, 2015.