“Glitter Child.”


As a child multi-colored glitter sparkles light everywhere. With my grandmother crafting Easter baskets we use glitter sprinkled on the gift of candy and toys. When I find the glitter bottle, I marvel at the look it makes in the bathtub. When flushing the toilet glitter swirls towards the bottom with many colors. Glitter on ceramic marble floors produces an almost surreal look. Glitter footprints … Continue reading “Glitter Child.”

“Embarrassing​ squat.”


It was a hot July the 4th holiday, and several of my neighborhoods were gathered at my home as I hosted a Bar-B-Que. One of my, neighbors a young couple in their mid-twenties who were three years into their marriage with a two-year-old child attended. Since the other couples in attendance offspring were in college or on their own, everyone spoiled the young toddler. It … Continue reading “Embarrassing​ squat.”

“Sounds of Silence.”


Many years ago I participated in a stress management class where I gathered the knowledge of learning to de-stress to live a more peaceful life. When the teacher who taught the morning class returned after lunch and stood before the class of 30-40 adults who quieted and watched as she stood in silence for the next ten minutes staring at us. For the first five … Continue reading “Sounds of Silence.”

“Expectations, Stress & Achievement​.”


  The human imagination of expectations usually increases the stress within many people. To achieve successful imagined expectations, it takes discipline and dedication. Initiating a detailed written schedule, any imagined expectations can be achieved. Once expectation is achieved, there is and emotional exhilaration and a decrees in stress. Expectations, increases stress, until achivement of expectations brings relief until the next expectation. M. J. Leake WordPress … Continue reading “Expectations, Stress & Achievement​.”

“Cleaning.”


Timothy and Susan Crawford were married thirty-nine years when on Valentine’s Day, their oldest son Jason asked his college sweetheart Meredith to marry him. Meredith said yes, and they planned a June wedding. The two dated for five years, yet waited until they finished their post doctorate degrees before discussing marriage. The each shared rooms with friends off campus near the University and to save … Continue reading “Cleaning.”

“Resist.”


With the first month of 2017 in the review mirror, many New Years resolutions have fallen prey to various forms of temptations. For those who want to sustain their resolutions, I recommend stating the phrase from the popular television show, Star Trek; The Next Generation’s formidable enemy the “Borg,” “Resistance if Futile.” Using the phrase “Resistance if Futile,” maybe the trigger to get you past … Continue reading “Resist.”

“2016 Nomadic Adventures & photos Part #1,”


It was the 1st of April when I decided to purchase a vehicle to replace my 1991 Ford Explorer, or as my adult son called her, “The Exploder.” He and several close friends believed that upon my retirement six years prior, I should have purchased a new car. I gave it some thought but buying another vehicle easily drifted from my frugal conscious mind. My … Continue reading “2016 Nomadic Adventures & photos Part #1,”

“Wedding Invitations,”


I attended two weddings accompanied by my special someone who excited my mother with the possibilities of our marriage one day. When my mom attended the second wedding, she discovered my special someone passionately kissing one of the groomsmen the relationship ended. I was a groomsman at the third marriage, and my mother was my plus one which will never happen again. I love my … Continue reading “Wedding Invitations,”

“Marathon,”


The idea to participate in the marathon was initiated during an employees meeting when I quickly volunteered to support the team. A total of 14 employees rounded out the team which included the general manager and vice president. Everyone remained enthusiastic throughout two months of training because they worked half days on Mondays and Fridays. On the last Saturday of April, the momentous day arrived, … Continue reading “Marathon,”

Exquisite


My name is Sylvester Williewood, and the Mercantile Finance Corporation has employed me for thirty-seven years. I began my career in the mail room, and I have risen to become the vice president of the corporation. I’m currently in negotiations with another financial institution which has offered to hire me. **************************** The regularly scheduled Monday morning conference with all twelve board members in attendance seated … Continue reading Exquisite

“Unseen.”


I close my eyes to behold our wedding with the beauty we shared I close my eyes to observe our honeymoon, and I smile I close my eyes to see our 47 anniversaries. I close my eyes to feel our love, for our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I close my eyes with tears of joy, sensing our touch, our love, flowing through my heart, and … Continue reading “Unseen.”

“Capable.”


Growing up in Miami, during my college year’s I easily maintained a 4,0-grade point average whenever. To pass tests, I imagined calmly strolling along South Beach in Miami Fl with the warm eighty-degree temperatures surrounding my body. But today my mind drifts to the woman who stole my heart, soul, and mind. I spent the previous summer abroad studying history at the University of Spain … Continue reading “Capable.”

“Someday,”


Someday, I’m going to gain the opportunity I seek. Someday, I’m going to repair the air conditioner. Someday, I’m going to paint the house. Someday, I’m going to install the ceiling fan. Someday, I’m going to repair the garbage disposal. Someday, I’m going to refinish the wood floors But, today I’m going to sit and write! WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Someday,”

Cling


I’m a wife to a wonderful husband of 12-years, a mother of beautiful twin girls age 4, and a 6-year old boy. By 5:00 am, I’m enjoying my first cup of coffee and, I sit in silence to a quite home and I’m looking forward to the twins afternoon nap and mommy time. I have taken mommy time, on the rear deck, in the backyard … Continue reading Cling

“Uneven.”


During my four years of college, I maintained twelve college credit hours per semester, six during the summer including twelve hours of lab work per month the two semesters before graduation and during the summer, I held a part-time job of thirty hours a week. When I interviewed for employment with several biomedical companies before graduation, they all wanted me to begin immediately, except for … Continue reading “Uneven.”

“Shine.”


Every one of our 137 talented performing art graduates are uniquely special. They are blessed with talents & skills that shine from within in for us all to see in wonderment. We are fortunate to witness their radiant talent as they provide their last creative performance. Now with no further ado, I present to you the graduates of the Acme school of performance arts in … Continue reading “Shine.”

“Martin Luther King Jr.”


This weekend has been a whirlwind of amazing events for me here in Utah, including the exceptional performance by Taylor Mac kicking off MLK week and the inspirational, packed #writersresist event last night at Mandate Press. Today, I’m immersing myself in reading poems to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and listening to our local community radio […] via Honor Martin Luther King Jr. day in poetry … Continue reading “Martin Luther King Jr.”

“Love Specific.”


It has been thirty-seven years of marriage, yet when I graduated college with a degree in English Literature with a fellowship to attend the Iowa University creative writing program for my masters of fine art. I was extremely happy, and although I had not held my degree long enough to marvel at my accomplishment, Johnathan had asked me to marry him several times moments after … Continue reading “Love Specific.”

“Float. A short story”


Kevin and Katelyn Crawford ages 48 and 49 are a couple with four children ages 6, 8, 10, & 12. They are a very active family with all their children participating in some form of after-school athletic activities. They amaze their friends and neighbors as the two float through a five day work week, with ease and comfort managing their work schedules and the various … Continue reading “Float. A short story”

“Crossing.”


I imagine the incredible permutations of the root word, “cross,” and the various meaning and uses in the English language are incredible. Of course, immediately the root word implied religion with the many variations of crosses and its implication around the word. However, the word “cross” is used in the sports of boxing with a “right cross,” soccer’s “cross-field pass,” US-football’s “crossing pattern,” basketball “the … Continue reading “Crossing.”

“Tempted.”


As the new year begins many people will commit themselves to something. Whether it is a healthy lifestyle in the form of eating better, working out, or exercise of some type. The burden of temptation is the emotional element that can destroy any all good intentions. A temptation is an attraction, or distraction visible in mind or stomach yet basically an emotion. Most temptations have … Continue reading “Tempted.”

Gone


On December 7th, 2016 Wilber, and Joyce Borstanski will have completed Sixty-seven years of marriage. They are an active senior couple in their Southwest Florida community. Their daily 2-mile morning walks, yoga, and Tai-Chi classes are just a few of their combined weekly and monthly activities. However, after the death of their last pet, Ceasar, a 100-pound Chesapeake Bay Labrador Retriever who died ten years … Continue reading Gone

“Ovation, A short story”


The yearly winter carnival held on Lake George, in upstate New York, has produced many fish and sledding tales that have become legendary folklore. But during the 1967 winter carnival, every teenage boy tried to sled across the bottom end of the lake near the Lake George shoreline. Local politician Gerald Koranski’s 14-year-old son was the closest who stopped ten feet short of the mounds … Continue reading “Ovation, A short story”

“Renewal.”


Hey, honey, your car registration is due in January, have you mailed in the renewal paperwork? No, not yet, I forgot all about it during the holidays. I will take care of it this weekend, but I will take the two-year renewal option. Don’t forget you motorcycle, sailboat, the recreational vehicle, and your bass boat. Hey, baby on our anniversary I think we should renew our wedding … Continue reading “Renewal.”

“Toys from Christmas Past; Short Story #5”


The night before Christmas and all through the house all was quiet as the Lehman family was attending Christmas Eve Services where Jason was participating in the children’s Christmas play as one of the three wise men. Because this was Jason’s first Christmas play acting role, Jeffery and Jacqueline were excited with their cameras and video ready to record the event. However, as they arrived … Continue reading “Toys from Christmas Past; Short Story #5”

“Pillage.”


It is 5:55 am, the day after Christmas, and four unassuming women sit comfortably in a rented full-size cargo van near the entrance of the Sherwood Mall waiting to begin their annual shopping pillage for Christmas sales. All of the women are related, but the youngest is participating in her first shopping pillage. When she turned 21 two months prior, the elder of the group … Continue reading “Pillage.”

“Retreat!”


It has been six months of nomadic adventurous travels, and I have enjoyed every moment and mile. Yet, after three days of high humidity, extremely dense fog, and only seeing the sun twice in a week I realized I miss morning walks along the beach, riding my bicycle, and the morning visits to the local Starbucks/Snowbird hang out. Oh, how I miss the Sanibel Causeways early … Continue reading “Retreat!”

Human communication has evolved but not vanity.


Recently I overheard a baby-boomer speak of never wanting to use the facetime feature of their mobile phone when taking with their grandchildren or family members. Hearing this conversation, I thought about how far the human race has come in receiving and delivering messages over the course of time. But, within the last one-hundred years, the system has improved tremendously. However, the technology to telephone … Continue reading Human communication has evolved but not vanity.

“Holiday Bounty? Wisdom.”


The bounty of the holiday season is not in the number of gifts received, presents given, or the number of family members gathered. The bounty of the holidays is the personal reflection for the day, the months ahead, to see and experience another bountiful year of knowledge and wisdom to experience family and friends again into a healthy future. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Holiday Bounty? Wisdom.”

The Search for Peace


Originally posted on theempathyqueen:
At the end of the day, we want peace.  For ourselves, for our world, and for our loved ones; the search for peace and contentment does seem elusive.  The violence of our world has shattered our existence and global change needs to shift more positively. Some of us worry about our finances, relationships with loved ones, jobs and careers, raising our children,… Continue reading The Search for Peace

Enthusiasm


It is our eldest son’s debut as the featured lead conductor of the famed symphonic orchestra’s Christmas concert that started at 6:00 pm. It was now 6:19 pm as I waited for my wife, Geneva For 41-years of our marriage, I have accepted knowingly she will always be late, except when our two children were born one and two weeks early. As she rushed into … Continue reading Enthusiasm

“Holly Jolly Folly Christmas Re-Gifts. Short Story#4”


With 72-hours before their employees, Christmas parties. Jeffery and Jaqueline have yet to map out one of their most important decision of the Christmas season, what to regift for their co-workers. After their first Christmas, they decided to regift the wired, uncanny, and simply the gaudiest gifts they could ever imagine. They still cringe when they regift the unique smells of Applespice and Curry bath … Continue reading “Holly Jolly Folly Christmas Re-Gifts. Short Story#4”

” Moody; Bah-Humbug!”


Eighty-seven-year-old Wilbur Wainwright, the owner of a window installation company, based in Ottumwa Iowa, began the business sixty-three years ago. He married once, divorced within a year, and never had any children. He never remarried again. He never attended church, never contributed to any charitable organization within his community and his business closed only for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mr. Wainwright wanted his employees to address … Continue reading ” Moody; Bah-Humbug!”

Christmas Maddening Day


Maddening, is the list of errands I have to complete. Maddening, are the kids will be awake soon. Maddening, are the gifts I need to wrapped and mail. Maddening, is I need to start breakfast. Maddening, I need to get out of bed and begin my day. Maddening, it’s less than a week before Christmas. Maddening, are thoughts stressing about my day ahead. WordPress daily … Continue reading Christmas Maddening Day

“Christmas Folly & Martyr.”


Robert Avenell; During Thanksgiving dinner, the Avenell brothers were enamored with an old 1950’s Sears & Robuck catalog their Uncle Rosco brought to the holiday dinner. The catalog was a great talking item, and the boys soon discovered all of the toys in the book, along with the guns they sold. The Avenel brothers’ mother forbade her sons David age 13, Devin age 11 and … Continue reading “Christmas Folly & Martyr.”

“Travel Conundrum the weather.”


For two months my travel conundrum has been cool to cold daytime temperatures in Tucson Arizona and now Galveston TX. I had also come to appreciate the months of research I conducted to make Southwest Florida my retiree destination before I struck out as a full-time Rv’er. In all of the months of my preparations for traveling full time in an RV, I would never … Continue reading “Travel Conundrum the weather.”

“Chaotic Chocolate, Short Story #2.”


After spending Thanksgiving with Jeffery’s parents, the couple enjoyed a leisurely ride home but stopped to buy a live Christmas tree in which Jason helped choose. They looked forward to evenings decorating the tree, signing Christmas cards and wrapping gifts. Because of 5-year-old Jason’s engaging personality with the baby boomers at his Grandmothers Thanksgiving Luncheon, several of guest sent him advent calendars filled with chocolates. … Continue reading “Chaotic Chocolate, Short Story #2.”

“Cigarette pack, stare down.”


After a horribly stressful shift as a firefighter captain. Donald Treshman decided to stop at a local convenience store and purchase a pack cigarettes for the first time in 17 years. He did not open the pack of cigarettes fearing the smoke would destroy the fresh mint smell in his car. So he decided to wait until he arrived home. When he parked inside the … Continue reading “Cigarette pack, stare down.”

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Is There Life on Mars?


Originally posted on AdventureDawgs:
Day 6 Starting mileage: 3726.7 It was still raining when we woke up and even though the dogs are delicate and made of sugar, they wanted a quick walk despite the risk of them melting.  And then we continued the search for Ted’s Tacos from the previous night.  Now even though I had the exact address, my map was determined to… Continue reading Is There Life on Mars?

An old man, a duck & a squirrel.


Narrator: On a beautiful autumnal mid-October morning, the Asher blue sky above is in tune with the cold, crisp air, like a freshly picked Granny Smith apple, while the sun shines brightly through the tree tops. Bernard Johnson, a retired postal worker of 47 years, sat on a park bench, feeding Oscar, a beautifully colored Mallard duck, who for the past two years, always waited patiently for Bernard … Continue reading An old man, a duck & a squirrel.

Greetings, Stranger (Daily Prompt)


You’re sitting at a café when a stranger approaches you. This person asks what your name is, and, for some reason, you reply. The stranger nods, “I’ve been looking for you.” What happens next? I respond with my best impersonation of Robert De Niro’s character in the movie Taxi Driver, “are you talking to me”? My response forces the stranger into a perplexed look, and … Continue reading Greetings, Stranger (Daily Prompt)

The light of day


It is 2:00 AM and for the past eight hours of a twelve-hour shift, it is still raining. I only just want to rest my eyes as I lay on the ground guarding my perimeter position. I remain awake fighting off sleep trying to stay alerted and prepared to listen for any movement of my enemy. My shift ends at 6:00 am, but when I … Continue reading The light of day

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I Need a Suggestion Box


Originally posted on AdventureDawgs:
Well my friends, the days are slowly getting longer, it isn’t quite as cold, and I have more fur on my floor which means it’s almost time for Road Trip Season! I have a few trips already (kind of) planned out but I’m looking for your suggestions.  It could be an awesome town, a great cafe, or the must-do hike.  Anything… Continue reading I Need a Suggestion Box

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Loved Forever III


Originally posted on mfdpensonpi.com:
Heaven has broken into my heart again. Just when I thought this soul of mine was filled to the brim with all the love it was possible to hold, expend, give, encompass or expect-still more is coming!  A mother’s heart is a wondrous, bottomless well. I ponder the infinite expandableness of it. It’s ability to love is like the womb,… Continue reading Loved Forever III