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#MM — Sunday Writing Prompt — Barking up the wrong tree (long)

"Field of Wild Flowers" Edwina was a city born and raised woman who had dreamed of a bucolic lifestyle ever since she read, “Charlotte's Web” as a child. Whenever she was feeling stressed she would imagine herself on a small farm, raising a flock of chickens, milking dairy goats, making her own cheese, cultivating a… Continue reading #MM — Sunday Writing Prompt — Barking up the wrong tree (long)

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50 Word Thursday #27 — Do no harm?

“He hoped that by remaining where he was, he might do some good, even there.” – Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens Baby Nicholas was born in the asylum, the son of Anna, a woman who had been there for a year, and Dr. Phibes, her psychiatrist. The previous year, Anna had gone to the police… Continue reading 50 Word Thursday #27 — Do no harm?

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#MM — Sunday Writing Prompt “The Bloody Carousel” (long)

WARNING:  May have trauma triggers in it for some. On the edge of our dimension sets a bloody castle. To some religions it is named limbo. For those who leave this life at a crossroads or nearing a milestone, the castle is a place where one's strengths and weaknesses are put to the test. How… Continue reading #MM — Sunday Writing Prompt “The Bloody Carousel” (long)

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50 Word Thursday — Hungry for Beans

As the smiling tourist had his photo taken with the exhibit's totem leader, neither the tourist nor his friend noticed the wall totem poles inching closer. It was only looking at the snapshots on the phone that they both looked up.... just in time to realize they were surrounded in a cage of wood. The… Continue reading 50 Word Thursday — Hungry for Beans

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The Grinder

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay Liam and Kati had dreamt of a trip to New York City for as long as they'd known each other. The two met in 1980 and here it was almost 40 years later and their dream was coming true. Their favorite couple, Will and Rose, they'd known almost as long… Continue reading The Grinder

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The Papaya Scorpion Dance (LONG)

Image by Lerey Eric from Pixabay Every winter Jimmy and I took our vaca in a different tropical location, where it became instant summer the moment we stepped off the plane. Sometimes the euphoria was so intense we would bow and applaud Mother Nature for her infinite wisdom in keeping at least part of the… Continue reading The Papaya Scorpion Dance (LONG)

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Lucky Winner

Image by Peter H from Pixabay OK, this story is way longer than I wanted it to be, but... Bella had been working as an accountant in a humdrum job for a number of years. Right when she started, her co-workers asked her to join a lottery club for $2 a week. After a dozen… Continue reading Lucky Winner

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50 Word Thursday — Family Business

Image by cocoparisienne from Pixabay "We never stop anywhere for long."  -- Darren Shan, A Living Nightmare The Giuseppe family had been in business for a long time. Traveling in their wagon, parking it on the outskirts of towns, as their ancestors had, they never saw a day when their services would not be in… Continue reading 50 Word Thursday — Family Business

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The Perfect Noodle

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay A common misconception about the miracle of cooking the perfect noodle is that the gas flame must be banked to the perfect point between the water boiling and the water boiling over. Although it is true that keeping the water just boiling makes for a tender noodle, the ultimate… Continue reading The Perfect Noodle

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Twilight’s Blood

Image by Peter H from Pixabay Never in my most far-out dreams did I ever expect to be a foreign exchange student spending my summer term abroad in Transylvania. My generation, the Millennials', concept of vampires had been shaped by the “Twilight” series of books and movies and the HBO series, “True Blood.” My expectation… Continue reading Twilight’s Blood