Today is National Tater Day. The only true place to celebrate National Tater Day would be at McDonalds!

I am a steak and potato man. Truth be told, I am a French fry man. I think that I love going to the fast food restaurants for the fries more than anything else. Sure, I make fries at my house… but there just something special about the fries at the local dives.

Since I have gotten a little older, a baked potato can be a great meal. It will need all the fixin’s, of course. But a baked potato, slathered in butter and sour cream, some bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, a little chili, add a touch or two of a veggie sprout. Delicious.

Written for Reminiscing the Arts: March 31st. 




I would like to give a hearty welcome to all flash fiction aficionados.

Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner is a weekly writing challenge designed for both the flash fiction newbie and the more experienced writer. It is the desire of this challenge to allow writers the opportunity to clear the cobwebs from a more tedious and involved project. Becoming a part of a new and growing writer’s community might be just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate your writing juices.


Your Photo Prompt for Week #14 – 2016



The opening sentence for the March 31st Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner:   “Stop saying ‘It’s just the circle of life’…”  Please use this sentence (or this thought) somewhere in your flash.

This challenge is open until 11:00 pm Friday night, April 8th , 2016.


Click on the Blue Frog to share.

The Six Easy Guidelines

  • A photo prompt and an introductory sentence/ topic is to be used as your ‘muse’. They will arrive promptly at midnight each Friday morning.
  • Include the photo prompt and its credits with your story on your blog. Use of the introductory sentence/ topic is optional. Some followers like the introductory sentence ideas.
  • All stories are to be crafted and honed to under 200 words in length.
  • Each flash fiction piece should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. No serial stories. It is harder to stay abreast of a serial story. (Please keep content PG-13.)
  • Post your flash fiction response by clicking on THE BLUE FROG. Follow the given directions.
  • It is the desire of this blog to begin a new writing community. Plan a day to visit the writings of our challengers to enjoy our creations and to provide a little positive feedback.

Thank you for your participation. I look forward to reading each of your stories. Please remember to check back and follow the journeys of our fellow writers. Kind comments are always appreciated.

Written for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Week #14 – 2016

National Walk in a Park Day… March 30th


Today is National Walk in the Park Day. There are several parks in my neighborhoods that have great walking/ hiking trails. But every now and then, I lack motivation. Here are a few words of wisdom for persons from every walk of life…

A Reason to Exercise … A Quote for All

For those who love Old Wives’ Tales and Proverbs:

“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” John Adams

For those who are acutely intertwined with writing:

“Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong.” Terry Pratchett

For those seeking world domination:

“If a man achieves victory over this body, who in the world can exercise power over him? He who rules himself rules over the whole world.” Vinoba Bhave

For the true couch potato:

“If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.” Joey Adams

For the straight-shooters:

“I know what I have to do if I want to lose weight and stay healthy: eat a proper diet and exercise. All I’ve got to do is apply it.” John Candy

For those with a political outlook on life:

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” Thomas Jefferson

For those looking for a little grace:

“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.” Lee Haney

For those who just need to face the truth:

“Once in a while I’ll get moved to do some exercise. It’s something I long for but the biggest problem is bending down and putting my tennis shoes on. Once I go out I’m OK.” David Soul

Written for Reminiscing the Arts: March 30th. 

The King and I… March 29th

 The King and I opened on Broadway on March 29, 1951. I have never seen the stage show but the television version of this musical captured my heart!

I think that I became a lover of the cultures of different worlds after first watching this movie. I was probably seven and had already decided I wanted to be a teacher. I had never thought of teachers in other countries. I had never seen so many children in ‘one family’. I was entranced by the movie sets and the costumes. Life was not the same after that. I was a lover of history and archaeology from them on!


The above clip is The March of the Siamese Children. I hope you have enjoyed the memories. Watch the entire movie. It will not be a waste of your time!


Written for Reminiscing the Arts: March 29th. 


National Weed Appreciation Day… March 28th


Shame on you… I know what you were thinking.

No… Not that kind of weed!

We’re talking…

  • Yallow … even though the yallow has beautifully-minute white flowers
  • The daisy weed … again, a lovely daisy flower on top
  • The creeping thistle… The pricks are awful, but the purple blossom is lovely! We like roses?
  • Ground ivy… It smells great when you mow it! We plant lavender for its smell on purpose?
  • Greater plantain… They have splendid towers of green seed pods
  • Selfheal… an irksome weed with a gorgeous purple flower
  • The creeping buttercup… aren’t buttercups a nice flower?
  • Sheep’s sorrel… with a fine pinkish-red seed pod tower
  • Common ragworts… a weed with intricate star-shaped flowers
  • The dandelion with its brilliant yellow buds stretching toward the sky
  • White clover… I thought that a four-leafer was to bring luck?


I wonder who decided what a proper flower was to be and what was to be discarded as a weed.

I guess it is another one of those “The Eye’s of the Beholder” things?


Written for Reminiscing the Arts: March 28th. 

Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road … March 27th

Today is a celebration day I love! It is Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day. Can a day get any better than this?

Of course, there are the classics… “I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim’s Gettin’ Better” and “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly”… but the one quirky song that was closest to my heart as a youth was “Dead skunk in the Middle of the Road.”

Written for Reminiscing the Arts: March 27th. 

“Say, Cheese”

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This week’s photo prompt is provided by Uday, with the blog, Udayology.

“Success is ours!” There was a devilish twinkle in his eyes.

“What do you mean?” I wasn’t really sure if I wanted the true answer.

“They are finished. The world is ours”

I could swear I heard an evil laugh in the background.

“Since when did we want to be rulers of the world?”

“This has been our destiny from the beginning. With our image enhancer, the myths are no longer myths. With each snapshot of each and every political representative, we have captured the essence of their souls. They are ours to mold.”

I had always thought Uncle Eugene had been a few cards short of a deck but…

“That is why we had to pay big bucks for this decrepit-looking building. Now, with the re-enforced lead linings, no soul that I release from its two-dimensional prison will ever be able to escape me.”

Realization struck! He was as maniacal as I had thought in my youth.

Quickly, I grabbed the camera.

“Hold still, Uncle. Let’s record this momentous occasion for all of posterity to witness.”

And I clicked.


Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Requirements: Create a 150 word flash fiction story (+/- 25 words) using the given photo prompt.