Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lost in the Zoo: A Children's Short Story

My inner urge to write will always have me creating and re-creating whether or not I am ever published any place other than my right here on this personal blog.

The following is based upon a prompt to write a story that a 5th grade reader could comprehend. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

Children's Book:

Lost in the Zoo

Have you ever been lost? I was!

Being lost can be scary but it can also be lots of fun. I was so excited to go to the zoo with my dad and my older sister. We had gotten up pretty early and got dressed as fast as we could and hurried downstairs to where my dad had a breakfast of eggs and bacon and toast waiting for us. My dad made the best breakfasts. We ate and then we were off to the Zoo. All I could think about was seeing the elephants. My mom had just read a book about elephants to me and I just thought they were the best.

My dad parked the car and we headed inside. It was amazing! We walked along looking for all the animals in their homes; we saw Tigers and a Lion sleeping on a rock. We saw all different kinds of bird and we saw Giraffe’s that looked like they were hugging each other. My sister spotted a sign that pointed to where the monkeys were and we headed there along with lots of other families who wanted to see the monkeys. That’s when I lost my sister and my Dad.

I felt like I was going to be sick because I was so afraid that I wouldn’t find them again. I kept walking and walking and still never saw them. All of a sudden the Zoo wasn’t much fun and I started to cry. A policeman saw me crying and asked me where my family was and I told him I couldn’t find my dad and my sister and all the while I just kept crying. The policeman wiped my eyes with a tissue and told me he would help me find them. He held my hand and we walked together. He was such a nice policeman and he asked me about all the animals I had already seen and wanted to know what my favorite was. I told him about the book my mom read to me and that elephants were my most favorite. He laughed and said they were his too. He stopped and asked me what my favorite flavor of ice cream was and I said, “Chocolate, of course.” Then he sat me on a bench next to a man with a cart and bought me a chocolate ice cream cone. As I ate my ice cream, we kept walking and then I saw the elephants. So did the policeman because that’s where we headed. He pointed out the mommy elephant and her baby. They were so cute, just like in my book. The baby was following the mommy around and was making baby elephant noises.

Just then I heard my name and the policeman turned me around and I saw my dad and my sister hurrying through all the people. When my dad reached us, I called to him and he cried out that he was so happy to find me and he bent down to hug me. The policeman looked at my dad and said, “We knew you’d show up near the elephants because they’re your daughter’s favorite animal.” My Dad shook the policeman’s hand and thanked him a million times, then we walked off waving to the policeman and he was waving back.

It was the best day of all!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Summer Silhouette (500 word challenge for ReadWave)

This is a new post that I entered on ReadWave for their 500 word challenge with the prompt of "a summer you'll never forget."

There wasn’t anything better than watching the sun set behind the trees. I loved those moments when I had already showered and dressed for the night out with friends and I’d sit on the porch to watch the sun slowly go down and the colors shift until the blue of the night started to creep in on me. Then I’d listen for the night sounds and for the cars coming down the road. Jen would pick me up and we’d head out for an evening of friends, cold beer and dancing to music that poured out of cars and trucks all parked along the grassy area down the road. The dark was sometimes moon lit and other times lit by a small bonfire. I’d watch to see if his truck was there or if I recognized his silhouette or deep laugh. He was always smiling, always happy, always had a kind word and a wink for me when we met up. What I wouldn’t do for a date with him. But he was older by two years and although we said “Hi” each time we saw each other I couldn’t shake the feeling he thought I was just a kid. When you’re a teenager, two years seems like an incredibly big difference. Still each time, my excitement grew and just a wink or a smile was good enough for me. Jen would tease me mercilessly asking if I got my smile yet. She had her own silhouette she followed on those dark nights hoping for her own dream boy.

During the day we swam, tanned and drank lemonade while dreaming of someday having a date with our dream boys. We never saw the boys much during the day. They were off fixing their trucks, working at part-time jobs or just playing sports and hanging out with each other. Almost midway through the summer on a hot steamy day, I hung on to the side of the pool with my eyes closed enjoying the cool water and the sun on my face when a shadow blocked the sun. I opened my eyes and squinted up to see that familiar silhouette standing above me. As my eyes adjusted, I saw his big smile and heard him say, “Mind if I join you?” Stunned, I stumbled over my words saying “of course” but that didn’t make sense and I apologized, feeling like I made a fool of myself. My face burned but not because of the sun. He sat at the edge of the pool then slipped in smoothly and swam to the other side of the pool. I just watched him as he swam and then he came up right beside me, his green eyes glistening from the water and he smiled. He said, “I’m glad I came by here today. I get to see you.” Not knowing what to say I just smiled and he said “it’s okay that you’re shy, I still want to take you out tonight. Will you come to see a movie with me?” My dream had come true and I was a nervous nut, I blurted out louder than needed “Yes, I’ll go with you.” Then he laughed because he knew he was making me nervous. Then I laughed too and we both swam off across the pool.

500 word challenge … a summer you’ll never forget.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

DIRT ROADS by Barbara Jean Ruther ... a poem for New Mexico

by Barbara Jean Ruther
A relaxed mailbox out by the ditch
might have a name scrawled on it.
Otherwise, they say,
“Take the second dirt road past the arroyo.”
Weeds spill from clumps of dry soil,
tired fences of discarded vigas
are held together with reused barbed wire,
keeping the heifers at home.
Adobe haciendas grow from the earth
with modest windows, a little uneven
and screen doors that don’t quite close.
There’s a gathering of rusty garbage cans,
a couple peculiar dogs lying in the shade.
Monstrous and shaggy cottonwoods
decorated with clusters of stubborn hollyhocks,
no one thinks about watering.
Occasional pickup trucks stir the dust,
brown clouds glisten in the sun —
announce a visitor.
They come to spend evenings
on a rickety porch swing,
watch the sky change hues, drink iced tea.
There’s a peacefulness and calm
like the breathing of a sleeping baby.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How do you want to be remembered?

I want my Headstone / Urn / Eulogy to say "Dang ... she ran her own race without hesitation or regret."

Yep, sounds good to me!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review - The Fat of the Land by R.Allen Chappell

The Fat of The LandThe Fat of The Land by R. Allen Chappell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A book of short stories ... I'm not able to finish it. Although some stories were interesting, there wasn't one compelling enough to make me want to more on to the next. Perhaps the timing is wrong to read this particular book so I'll put it down for now and pick it up again another time.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

You've gotta listen to the whisper of your heart ~ TY

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: Bone Horses by Lesley Poling-Kempes

Bone HorsesBone Horses by Lesley Poling-Kempes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fabulous story, close to my heart. I lived in New Mexico going on near 24 years and this author gets every sensation, every breath of hot desert air rising just right. I hope she will write a sequel. This will be a long time favorite for me.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Friday, May 2, 2014

The memories ...

The business of life is to make memories. 
So write your stories, draw them, immortalize them through photography … 
however you choose to do it is your choice and in doing so 
enjoy all the moments because in the end, 
the memories are all we have left.  

My boy several years ago on Isle of Palms

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Amy Hale Auker ... a hard working writer

"Amy Hale Auker's short story "Quatro in the Late Afternoon" appears in Rough Country, an anthology of western stories." 


"Amy Hale Auker also has two poems, "Lightening Up" and "See You at the Barn"  in the National Cowboy AnthologyCelebrating 30 Years of Wrangling Words."

Since I first started reading Amy Hale Auker's work, I have come to realize just how hard working a writer she is, always at the page. Essays in magazine, poetry and short stories, a lovely mixture of fine work. 

I've written of her work several times as I've done for other authors whose work I enjoy and I do enjoy her style of writing. Have a look at her website and read some of her work, I think you'll enjoy.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

... Enjoy and be blessed!

"The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us 
have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his
 goodness and love, which nothing can shake."

Basil C Hume, (1923-1999)
Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Please don't add the sugar!

I read the labels when I'm at the market and I just can't believe how many food products have added sugar unnecessarily.

So, I've embarked on a no added sugar adventure. If the food has added sugar, I just won't purchase it. If the food naturally has sugar such as fruit does, then that is fine and I can have it.

I've already eliminated soda pop and sugary drinks as well as most junk foods and I purchase organic exclusively when found. My teen son is also traveling this road for the promise of a clean complexion and good natural health so I'll have a partner to help me toe the line.

We know this will be hard so we've planned for one cheat day per month, the 15th.
Wish us luck!
This is the only sugar in my home at present. Read about organic coconut sugar.
Coconut Sugar may be slightly healthier than common sugar cane but it is still sugar and my plan is to not add sugar to anything. Looks like this can only be used for our cheat day.

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


A memory visited my heart. 

It mumbled the same story 

as the previous days. 

I usually dismiss it with tears.

But today is different. 

Today, I released it with a smile.

— Dodinsky

Thursday, March 20, 2014

enjoy all the moments ...

The business of life is to make memories. 
So write your stories, draw them, immortalize them through photography … 
however you choose to do it is your choice and in doing so 
enjoy all the moments because in the end, 
the memories are all we have left. 
My boy several years ago on Isle of Palms

Sunday, March 16, 2014

the time between by Karen White

I’ve started reading The Time Between by Karen White who happens to be one of many authors who I thoroughly enjoy reading. 

I don't normally write my thoughts about a book until I've completed reading it but I can't help but try to put into writing the feelings this book conjures. I’m less than a quarter of the way through and I am already in desperate love with the character Gigi, a young girl who it seems is really quite an old soul, wise beyond years. The use of language makes you want to highlight every line and commit to memory those that turn your heart inside out but mostly the writing and the story is absorbing in the same way a beautiful sunset can hold you hostage until it fades to dark

I’m always in awe of this author’s talent but this particular book is already making its way to my list of books to be savored and remembered like a homemade chocolate sweet.

“It was as if two souls lived within his skin, separate but not. But maybe everybody was like that, all of us living the lives we had while dreaming of the lives we wanted.” ~P 42.


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Thursday, March 13, 2014


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Steeped in Evil ... A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs ... A readers review

I have just finished the most recent installment of Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mysteries, Steeped in Evil and once again, she has written a satisfying mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Three times I thought I knew who dun nit’ and interestingly the culprit was the first one I had considered. I liked that there was enough to throw me off track but I also enjoy the author’s sense of place. Although the locations are fictional, the backdrop is Charleston and since I have lived in the area, I can believe that any one of her settings could very well be a real place. The characters could very well be local Charleston characters and the many events that the main character Theodosia attends could very well be real events in the beautiful city of Charleston, SC, and surrounding area.

This particular story veered away from the typical Tea Shop Mystery formula and a common character Det. Tidwell was given a back seat, replaced by a new law enforcement character who I think could be developed more fully and find his way into future stories. I appreciated the slight change.

I also enjoy the Tea Shop recipes that are shared at the end of the story and although I have not tried any yet, I plan to do so soon enough.

This is a good read, part of a likeable series and if you enjoy cozy mysteries and the lowcountry, this is the series for you.
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Nina & Pinta Replicas ... Touring the local area

We are taking advantage of the time we are here on the Treasure Coast so we toured the replicas of the Nina and the Pinta, the boats Columbus sailed to the New World.

My boy in front of the Nina

The Pinta

Pretty impressive!
Sure, why not!

The ropes were works of art

The boats are much smaller than you would imagine. Hard to believe the crew slept on deck.

Very pretty.




My boy!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Another cocktail to try ... a Horse's Neck

Next drink to try is a  Horse's Neck because why wouldn't you want to try a drink called a horse's neck.
In a shaker, add 2 oz or so of a nice whiskey. I like Pendleton, it has a nice smoothness that I enjoy. Add some ginger ale, and a dash of Angostura bitters. Give it a good shake, pour into an ice filled Collins glass and add a long strip of lemon peal. Drink off the top ... don't use a straw.

Photo from Google Images

So what the heck are Angostura bitters anyway? Well according to Angostura, these bitters have a long history dating back to 1824 and the recipe has been kept a secret since then. Well, maybe the people that work for the company know, but most likely they are sworn to keep the secret. Somehow, I keep conjuring pirates when I think of Angostura bitter and the employees of the company where the bitters are processed "keeping the code." Maybe because it's distilled in Trinidad. Made from a secret mix of roots, berries, herbs and plants, it melds flavors and enhances not only cocktails but foods as well.

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Checking the Code
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"There's the Code to consider."
"The Code? You're pirates. Hang the Code, and hang the rules! They're more like guidelines anyway.
Joshamee Gibbs and Elizabeth Swann[src]

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fat Tuesday celebration at Crawdaddy's

My boy and I never pass up an opportunity to celebrate Fat Tuesday. We both really enjoy the music and extravagance and of course the food. We stumbled upon a New Orleans style restaurant in the quaint little beach town of Jensen Beach called Crawdaddy's

 All of the wait people were dressed for the occasion, some were over the top but our waitress was really quite adorable and a very good server too. It is always so nice, adding to the experience, when the server is good at their job.

The restaurant started to fill up pretty quick. The music playing was great and really set the mood. I ordered a Hurricane and it was a well done mix of rums and juices.

 We ordered the Crawdads which came in a wonderful garlic sauce, just the right creole spiciness and a bit of a tang. It was delicious. I asked about the garlic sauce but was told it was a secret. 
A big round of french bread was served to dip in the garlic sauce. 
After the crawdads, I had the Gumbo soup and the boy had the Lobster Bisque soup. 
Both were great!

The band started playing outside and they were damn good. Nice mix of zydeco, blues and jazz.

Band members were working to make it memorable.

It was all good.

A good night, but we can't stay too long as the boy has work to finish for school, so we had 
to head home but it looks like it'll be an enjoyable night for those who are sticking around.

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