Capturing a Jabberwocky

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“A jabberwocky?” The sergeant’s eyes squinted with a hint of disbelief. “Are you sure?”

“Yes, sir. Down by the creek early this morning. Stew and I were just leaving from a night of catfishin’ and … and there it was…. plain a day.”

“Plain as day, you say.”

“Yes, sir. At least ten feet long and spikes all it its spine. And the awefulist hissin’ noises I ever did hear.”

“Hissin’ sounds.”

“Yes. Sir.”

“Did your fishin’ mate see it? Why isn’t he with you?”

“He shoulda seen it, but it disappeared in the brush right before my eyes.”

“So where is he?” The Sargent had that all-knowing look in his eye.

“He went home to sleep.”

“To sleep it off? A little too much nipping in the night?”

“Yes, sir. I mean, no, sir. The beast was real. I could’a reached out and touched him. Maybe even captured him, If’n I’d a mind to.”

“Now that would have made a lasting memory,” smiled the Sargent.



Written for Three Word Wednesday: #527. Requirements: Create a flash piece using the three words provided.

This weeks words:

Jabber, verb: prattle, babble, chatter, twitter, prate, yap, gabble, rattle on, blather; yak, yammer, yabber, yatter, blab, blabber, bloviate; noun: prattle, babble, chatter, chattering, twitter, twittering, gabble, blather; informal yabbering, yatter, blabber.

Knowingly, adverb: deliberately, intentionally, consciously, wittingly, on purpose, by design, premeditatedly, willfully.

Lasting, adjective: enduring, long-lasting, long-lived, abiding, continuing, long-term, surviving, persisting, permanent; durable, constant, stable, established, secure, unchanging, irreversible, immutable, eternal, undying, everlasting, unending, never-ending, unfading, changeless, indestructible, unceasing, unwavering, unfaltering.

 

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Let’s Not Be Cranky?

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If you’re cranky… Here’s the fix. 





If your thing is classical… Here’s some Beethoven.


If your thing is jazz… You can’t go wrong with Miles.



If your wants a little country…. Here’s Johnny.


I like them all!



Written for The Daily Post: Cranky.  I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. 

Blind Insanity

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If you find yourself stuck in a rut

that is not leading you

where you want to go…


STEP OUT!


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Reawaken your spirit.

Try Something new.


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Written for The Daily Post:  Blindly.  I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

If “Massive” Means “Never-Ending”?

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What an appropriate word for what is facing me on a Thursday!

Thursdays are my complete-your-ugly-chore-list-day so that I can have the weekend for the things that I like to do.

Each room needs to be somewhat presentable by bedtime on Thursdays.

If this happens, I find myself having the time-of-my-life on most weekends.

Sure… There are still things that have to happen to maintain a balance in life. Places I have to go that just aren’t open for after-school visits or things that are just too time-involved to complete on a task-filled evening’s schedule.

But, if on Thursday evening, I am happy with my home-upkeep… there are so many other options that I can allow for an action-packed Saturday and Sunday.

No Chore Weekends

  • So much more time for writing without guilt
  • A day-cation to a local historical site
  • A 5K walk on a untested mountain trail
  • An entire evening for a meal and a movie
  • A foursome game-night of Phase 10 or Risk
  • A night at the theater for a play
  • Two free days to play in the garden

One would think that since I enjoy my free weekends to-the-hilt that it would be easy to coerce myself into completing my need-to-do chores.

But some people are sooooo stubborn!



Written for The Daily Post: Massive. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.  

As It Should Be: FFftPP-2016: Week #52

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I would like to give a hearty welcome to all flash fiction aficionados. Welcome to the new Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner Home Site.

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.

All writers, from newbies to the seasoned, are invited to in the fun.

You can join the community of writers for the home page by clicking on the LIGHT BLUE ITALICIZED LINK above and share your writing…

Or to join the community of writers from here….Click on the Blue Frog to share.

Thanks for your participation.



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As It Should Be

The lights were a’twinkle was as the two shimmied under the tree after gingerly adjusting the packages.

This was the last night they could play Monopoly this Christmas.

Carefully counting of the monies, and then rolling the dice for the chance to go first, father and son began the last contest of the season.

This was one of many traditions being passed on to the next generation.

Losing his wife when Charlie was seven, there was not a day that went by without seeing Amelia in the wanderlust-filled eyes of Charlie.

Charlie was like his mother… ever a new adventure… always a daily quest.

Charlie, like his mother, needed the traditions of life for grounding… to find the solace of his true self. Then his life would blossom… just as Amelia’s.

Traditions were what his father had to offer. The first son of the first son of the first son… in Charlie’s case, the only son.

While great forethought and prudent planning, the traditions were bestowed to Charlie.

The Fourth of July, father and son visited Continental soldiers’ gravesites and placed wreaths. Honoring those who bleed and died for one’s freedoms was a legacy that could not be forgotten.

All Hallow’s Eve… was a time to bless the destitute children of the school with anonymously bestowed gifts- much better than candies- gifts that would open new horizons for their coming year.

On Thanksgiving Day, they would pre-plan disguises themselves so as not to be recognized, and spend the day serving their communities- sometimes fifty miles away- at food kitchens- breakfast, dinner, and supper. Coming home, exhausted and usually famished.

Tonight, this last night, was a time for only father and son. For this family… As it should be.

NOTE: My apologies, I went over the 200 word limit, slightly. I could not find a way to shorten the story and still leave its intent. Thanks for reading.



Written for Flash Fiction for the Practical Practitioner: Week #52. Requirements: Using the provided photo prompt, create a 200 word flash fiction story.

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I am not a cake person. Sure, I can eat a delicious slice of birthday cake every now and then… but lead me to the pies! Blueberry… Apple… Cherry…

Over Thanksgiving Vacation, I have been allowing my innate desires for feasting on a scrumptious slice of pie after every meal… even for a bedtime snack!

So far…

For the Thanksgiving Meal…

  • A Cinnamon Apple
  • A Tart Morello Cherry Pie with Cross-Tie Crust
  • An Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie
  • A Classic Pumpkin Pie

For the Extended Holidays…

  • Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
  • A Coconut Cream Custard Pie
  • An Apple Strudel Pie
  • A Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • A Georgia Peach Pie

Soon, I hope, my desires are sated….



Written for The Daily Post- November 25, 2016: Sated

Share Your World – 2016: Week #46

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Share Your World – 2016

Week #46



  • Are you a traveler or a homebody?

  • What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it.
  • Describe yourself in a word that starts with the first letter of your name.
  • List some fun things for a rainy day.


Are you a traveler or a homebody?

I am both. When I was younger… The traveler. As I found my passion for teaching and watching the ‘light bulbs’ brighten atop my student’s heads, I became a homebody who vivaciously consumed the local attractions. Now, in my wiser years, I am a homebody looking forward to becoming the traveler once again. To be a traveler… visiting the historical sites of our world and envisioning life as it once must have been.

What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it.

My TV commercial would have to be about the wonders of salt…. I hope that it mutates soon… into the wonders of many varied spices…

Describe yourself in a word that starts with the first letter of your name.

R… Retrospective

  • “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey
  • “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana
  • “In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do.” Gianni Versace

L… Leibnitzian

  • This is a lifestyle philosophy…
  • “TO LOVE is to find pleasure in the happiness of others.” Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (a German philosopher and mathematician)

S… Soldierlike

  • Meticulous, deliberate, purposeful, analytical, disciplined
  • “The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.” Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life

List some fun things for a rainy day.

Curling up by a roaring fire and enjoying a new novel by Stephen King, James Patterson, John Grisham, Dean Koontz, or Patricia Cornwell … then a quick nap.



Written for Share Your World – 2016: Week #46. Requirements: Answer the four questions.