Category: Daily Prompt


A Handful of Tips and Tricks

The best flavoring a hostess can add to her entrees? Hungry guests. Tricks of the trade can give anyone an edge. Here are a few I’ve learned. For some of you, at least some of this information is old hat, but hopefully I can pass along some useful trivia to help make your life a little brighter. Use triangles in photo composition. They don’t … Read More A Handful of Tips and Tricks


A Swing and A Smile

Last night the temperature dropped considerably, and when I left for work today, I needed a sweater. First time this season, and much earlier than I anticipated. It was a mild summer, and now I’m wondering what winter will look like. The snow I can do without — we have so few snow plows in this area, a few flakes and we’re homebound for … Read More A Swing and A Smile

By any other name…

In 1966, Neil Diamond had his first big hit with “Solitary Man.” I’ve listened to the song a hundred times and more, and while the official lyrics will tell you the first line is, “Melinda was mine…” I still swear he’s singing, “Belinda…” It makes sense. A hard consonant like “B” is easier to punch than a soft consonant like “M.” Now, Melinda is … Read More By any other name…


Katydid — and died

As I was pulling out of the parking lot at the local Walmart today, I noticed this big, beautiful Katydid on my window. Okay, beautiful is relative. I do not like bugs. No matter how remarkable they may be, down to the veins in their leaf-like wings. Or how tenacious. This little guy hung on for the six-mile ride, with speeds at times of … Read More Katydid — and died


A Great Day for Boating

On Election Day 1996, my then-boyfriend and I deliberately misinterpreted the weather forecast. “It’ll be a great day for voting!” the meteoroligist said enthusiastically. “Should be a fantastic turnout at the polls!” the news anchor responded. Well, maybe short two people. Mark and I both heard, “it’ll be a great day for boating!” and decided that indeed, we should spend the day on the … Read More A Great Day for Boating


The Gift

Last summer I received an adoption announcement from a friend of mine, Brock. He and his partner, Dan, had a new little girl. Her name was Allison, but they called her Sunny. I hadn’t heard from Brock in several years. We’d worked together ages ago, before he and Dan had met, but at a time when Brock was anxious to start his own family. … Read More The Gift


The Foggy Path

Science, it turns out, is sometimes just an illusion. I was listening to a well-respected scientist speak to that issue today, telling his listeners that in previous years, what seemed to be truth rooted in science, the irrefutable, undeniable truth of science, was in fact a fatal error based on the technology used to obtain the facts. People suffered, some died, because of that … Read More The Foggy Path

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