SOCs: Waiting on a Prompt

It’s Friday, 4:57 pm. I’m waiting on a prompt, waiting on a word that I’ll insert [HERE] Wondering if I can rhyme it with something or nothing or a noun that sounds like [INSERT HERE]. Perhaps there is a story within [INSERT HERE]. It’s hard to write a story without [INSERT HERE]. Linda? Hello? It’s Friday, 5:02 pm. Still waiting on a prompt. Linda is probably busy writing her post with a prompt and the new SOCs badge, created byRead more

Thursday Doors: A Walk Along the River

In June I went for a walk. I know, surprising. The walk took me to the part of Appleton known as “The Flats.”  The Flats is a well-known area that is home to industry, apartment buildings, eateries and two walking trails along the banks of the Fox River. I’ve walked the Newberry trail many times, but this summer I discovered the start of the Fox Trot trail is right across the road and wraps around a portion of the river.Read more

Gummy Bear Truth

Do you ever question your sanity? Do gummy bears or other gelatinous objects talk to you? Does a horned animal give you daily affirmations? Who tells you that you’re not the crazy one? Or are you crazy? While pondering the answers to these questions, please enjoy a musical interlude provided by one of me-me-me favorite Muppet characters. Happy, Joyful, Sane Wednesday! This post has been brought to you by a crazy little puppet with orange hair. It has also beenRead more

A Letter to Humanity

Dear Humanity, This is not what our Gods, our spiritual being, our conscience have taught us. We were not born this way. To hate. To espouse bigotry. To injure and maim. To kill and start wars. To pound our fists on the table. We have done this to ourselves and to others. We have not learned to truly love our sisters and brothers, our mothers and fathers, our friends and relatives. And those we see as different. We don’t acceptRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Nada is My Hero

“I’ve got nothing.” Zip. Zero. Nada is blank’s hero. Naught. Nil. Dark emptiness is thy will. Duck egg. Goose egg. A fly speck clings to cipher’s leg. Diddly. Void. Not much rhymes with void except hemorrhoid. Scratch. Shutout. Nullity is what extinction is about. No thing. Not anything. Absolutely, Positively, Valueless Nothing. This post has been brought to you by a void of nothingness. It has also been brought to you by Linda G. Hill’s “One-Liner Wednesday.” All you need toRead more

Mom, at 98

Today, August 6th, is my mother’s birthday. She turned a whopping 98. I don’t know how she does it. I call her the Face of Resilience, the Energizer Bunny, The Little Engine that Could. She keeps going and going and going and going. Then again, she was more interested in sleeping than talking with her daughter on this momentous occasion. I could only wake her with the allure of food and the cheesecake I brought as a birthday treat. InRead more

SOCS: Questioning Levels

High or low? Which way do you fly? Low, under the radar, may be the way to go Or reach for the sky, determination on high High or low? What persona do you create? Low as a snake, slithering to and fro, Or on a horse, eating self-righteous cake? High or low? What bar do you set? An impassive and uninterested voice from below, Or a motivated go-getter no one can forget? High or low? What hope do you bring?Read more

One-Liner Wednesday: Options

“You have as many options as you give yourself.”  ~Kasie West~ Gibbs the cat is still struggling a bit with his health. The latest UA and culture revealed no bacteria; however, the last word is that he probably has FLUTD – Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. I believe it to be a diagnosis of omission, without benefit of an ultra sound. That (ultrasound) may still be in the picture, but I’m concerned about his nutrition as a cat with FLUTDRead more

Dog Days & Band-Aids

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. “The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. “It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsetsRead more

#WATWB: Rescuing the Monarch Butterfly

Super Monarch What’s small, has orange wings with black veins and flies to Mexico for the winter? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s a Monarch Butterfly. Endangerment From Madison Audubon Society: “Monarch butterflies are important pollinators in Wisconsin. Population levels have declined in the U.S. by 90% over the last 20 years. The U.S. Dept. of the Interior is considering placing the monarch butterfly on the Endangered Species List, and the Wisconsin DNR is actively encouragingRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Sunshine

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”  ~ Helen Keller ~ There’s no better way to start a Wednesday than with your face in the sun. If you can’t see the sun today due to clouds or rain, feel free to stare at the happy little sun on your computer screen. Sunshine is positivity and light! It brightens the spirit and produces smiles. It gives warmth in the summer and hope during winter months. SunshineRead more

Dude on a Bike & #WATWB

On the bike, waiting for the traffic light to change… Me: Nice day for a bike ride. Dude on a Bike: Every day is a nice day for a bike ride. Me: Yes, I suppose…unless it’s snowing. Dude on a Bike: Only if it’s snowing hard. Me: I draw the line at 50 degrees. I’m a bit of a fair-weather biker. Dude on a Bike: I ride all year ’round, unless it’s snowing hard. Me: Do you have a fatRead more