WHAT DO YOU TREASURE?

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WHAT DO YOU TREASURE?



“What do you treasure?”

That is a question that could be answered on so many different levels.

Do you answer it …

  • Spiritually?
  • Socially?
  • Materialistically?
  • Physically?
  • Philosophically?
  • Financially?

If you pick one of the answers first, even knowing that other important levels of life exist, what does that say about you?

Are you a shallow person if you answer the question materialistically before you answer it spiritually?

I think that I will allow you to think of me as a mere genius because I saw such depth in the question itself… That a way there will be not judgment calls.



Written for This, That, and the Other: One Word Challenge .

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HOLIDAY QUARRELS

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HOLIDAY QUARRELS



“What’re we going to do Rudolph? Christmas is just around the corner and we’re are still captured in these toys.”

“Told you we shouldn’t have going trick-or-treating. And you definitely shouldn’t have gotten into that argument with the witch.”

“Well, she said that Halloween was the best holiday season. I only stood up for what was rightfully ours.”

“People are entitled to their own opinions, Nickolas.”

“Who are you to talk? I now know what you really think of the rest of those reindeer. And you said you had forgiven them.”

“Stop reading my mind!”

“Don’t be absurd. We’re both mind-readers; that evil witch turned us into stuffed toys and that’s the only way we communicate.”

“I’m not dumb. But there are some things that should be left private.”

“Sorry, Rudolph.”

“By way, who’s that flat thing sitting in front of us. Don’t you think he looks a little familiar?”



Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Challenge 196. 150 words.

Share Your World 12-17-18

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Share Your World 12-17-18



  • What traditional Christmas decoration is actually a parasitic plant?
  • Name something about this holiday season (whatever version you may celebrate) that most people like, but you dislike?
  • What’s your favorite – or least favorite – song sung traditionally at this time of year?
  • What would you like to share with the world, if time or cost were no object?


What traditional Christmas decoration is actually a parasitic plant?

Cousins?

Name something about this holiday season (whatever version you may celebrate) that most people like, but you dislike?

I dislike the shopping. When I did Christmas shopping- back in the day- my shopping was almost completed by Halloween.

What’s your favorite – or least favorite – song sung traditionally at this time of year?


Favorite: O Holy Night.

Least Favorite: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

What would you like to share with the world, if time or cost were no object?

Appropriate housing with sewage facilities.



Written for Share Your World 12-17-18.

IT DROVE MY MOTHER CRAZY


It my early teens, this was my go-to carton. It had everything that a young, geeky teen could want: clumsiness being cool, the ability to chop and destroy things, and always ending up as a hero.

OF course, my younger sister was always the hidden villain and my mother was the arch-nemesis who usually had to clean up my accidental messes.

I think what I loved the most was yelling Hong Kong Phooey throughout the house while wildly waving my arms in the air and doing massive karate kicks at imaginary enemies.



Written for This, That, and the Other: One Word Challenge .

THE WRITING WAS ON THE …

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The necessary paperwork had cleared with Dynamic Aviators months ago- permission for a sight-seeing fight over my neighborhood.

But the negotiations … ‘neighbor-shopping’ and bartering… to find five houses with residents who would agree to have painted roofs and that lived in adjoining lots… That was painstakingly difficult.

(I agree, my small favor was a bit over the top.)

Then I had to check the weather-fronts for a three day span… and convince my boss (not as nice as my neighbors) for three days off.

Now, I had only convince Margaret (my steady of four years) of for a quickly unscheduled vacation-date day.

And then (of course) to paint the message.

***

After much small talk and some dipsy-doodling over the memorable sights of our small town, I said, “Margaret we should – just for the heck of it- fly over my neighbor to get a bird’s eye view of the home place. I think it’s your turn with the binoculars. See if you can find my house.”

Quietly, I unbuckled my harness and stooped to a knee.

I heard a small gasp. Her eyes instantly bubbled into tears.

This was going to be a great story to tell our kids.


FYI: If you were not able to catch my Sherlock clues… The roofs of the houses had been painted with this message- MARGARET, WILL YOU MARRY ME?



Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: December 16, 2018. 200 words

The Circle of Life – Resurrection in Retirement



After having been placed in a medically-induced retirement, life seemed to not be all I had dreamed.

I had wanted time for me…

I needed too much time for life-event household chores.

I had wanted time for travel…

I needed far too much recovery/ rebound time from even short walks.

I wanted time for new hobbies…

I required adjustments and realignments of medications that made me bad company for new friends.

I had wanted time for writing…

Life necessitated time for sleep… and sleep… and sleep.

Just like a baby needs crawling time and butt-sitting times to adjust to a new world… So does a retiree.

Once I realized that I was only a few months old in experiencing this new life… events became more manageable. (Still not perfect, but no only burdensome.)

A new Circle of Life is just beginning.

Time to plan for the next sixty years…

One baby step at a time.



Written for This, That, and the Other: One Word Challenge .

JUMPING THE GUN

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JUMPING THE GUN 



Yes, I know that it’s not even Halloween…

But the music from my CD player is now completely programmed for only Christmas music.

I might have jumped the gun… just a little?



Written for DAILY ADDICTIONS: COMPLETE.   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 chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Life in Retirement; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.