dVerse — taboos — three accusations

“The Circus” by Albina Felski As the oldest daughter of a mixed family of full-, half-, and step- siblings totaling 7, myself included, I often was left responsible for care taking all of them while mother and stepfather drank at the bar until it closed. The first accusation came when they took me aside and…

#FF — Adventures in OMB

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll Horatio Maurice Peabody worked out of a cubbyhole at Michigan’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB.) Mr. Peabody’s desk had three monitors, one ten-key adding machine, three legal pads, and a Yahtzee cup of pens and pencils on it. His job was to analyze where too little money was…

Climbing (mature audiences warning)

image link At thirty-five years old, Andy became the youngest professor to chair the Semantics Department at Hoddopscott University. Andy was at the apex of his career, and no one would dispute he’d worked his butt off for it. He had left a string of scorched corpses, personal and professional, along the way, but in…

Story Starter Challenge — Colloquialorigin Story

Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith has given the Story Starter Challenge of: “Heavens to betsy, why’d you do that?“ Betsy had been a nervous child since infancy. Loud noises caused an exaggerated startle reflex. Strangers meant running and hiding behind her mother. When school started, Betsy was too timid to speak to the other children….

SoCS — To Yawn or Try to Stop One

Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday is today. Linda says: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “yawn.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “yawn,” when you sit down to write your post. Enjoy! It’s been since May that I’ve had to do…

#YPQ #9 — The struggle of now

Fandango’s Provocative Question #9 is: “What are you struggling with the most right now?” Number one struggle right now is deciding whether or not I want to go back to work. I like to work and I’m a dedicated worker, but I can’t work in my field of choice in this town because my choices…

Depot

image link   You’ve heard fake it ’til you make it? Where you pretend you’re caring Human, empathetic, a good listener, Monogamous, drug-free, eating single portions. It’s practice, they say, try on the role, And one day you’ll get the golden trophy. It takes time, they say, things worth having Are worth working for.  Time…