Friday Fictioneers: Life Cycle

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Great picture Irene, writing too.

Originally posted on Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist):

© © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“Children can’t come in.” The woman in uniform crossed her arms as she barred the entrance. 

“But Matron, we’ve driven over a hundred miles to  see the baby.”

“You go in and these two stay on the verandah. Can’t risk newborns with children’s germs.

“I’ll be quick.”

“Don’t worry Mum. We’ll play hopscotch in the shadows.”

Unobserved the figure watched from the shadows of the red bench, approaching the verandah when the adults had gone.

“I’ll show you the baby.”

“But the germs.”

“You ain’t got germs.” Trusting they followed, fulfilling the cycle of life and death.

In response to Friday Fictioneers. The photo is the PROMPT. Where does it take you? Tell me in a hundred words or less.

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Winter Scenery

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Great pictures and love the quote at the end. My wife’s from California. And don’t forget that Florida has hurricanes and Arizona heat.

Originally posted on New Hampshire Garden Solutions:

1. Backyard

There’s a high pressure system sitting and spinning in Canada that’s dragging down bitter cold air and one snowstorm after another, sometimes as many as three in a single week. With nothing but cold weather between the storms the snow doesn’t melt but instead just builds up. I tried taking a photo of the trees in my backyard during one storm. Judging by the blurry spot on the right one of the flakes landed on my lens, but I didn’t see it until just now. I never have great luck taking photos when it’s snowing but I wanted to try to show you what it was like.

2. Snow Depth

I didn’t realize I had cropped this photo so the yardstick said “the finest pain” but it fit so I left it that way. Actually, I don’t know if I could call the pains I have from shoveling my roof “the finest,” but…

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And, it was quiet

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What to do on a snow day

Originally posted on Live & Learn:

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Excerpts from Paul Jarvis’ commentary titled Why You Should Take A Social Media Sabbatical:

One of my clients told me that social media sabbaticals are the new treks through Nepal. Taking a social media sabbatical is trendy, takes some courage, and for most westerners, it’s outside the realm of possibility. But (thankfully for me), it doesn’t require as much physical fitness as a hiking the Himalayas…

When all the small gaps in our days are filled with refreshing or sharing, there’s no room left to just sit and breathe and let whatever thoughts that want to happen… just happen. There are more ideas—not fewer—when you remove noise…

There is no longer space in our lives. We can’t wait in line without getting on our phones. Or sit on a bus. Or eat. Or wake up. Or wait for an elevator. Or watch a sunset…

Extra, dangling seconds force most…

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Shopping for Nature

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One of my favorite walking spots, but not in winter. Interesting to read about and see in my off season

Originally posted on New Hampshire Garden Solutions:

1. Storefronts

In 2003 bulldozers and dump trucks moved onto a local wetland and began tearing it up. After two years had passed what was left was a sprawling 70 acre suburban eyesore, and any trace of what was once a natural wetland was gone. Or so I thought. I’ve been keeping an eye on this place since it was built just to see what kind of an impact it would have on the natural surroundings and I’ve been surprised again and again.

2. Pond

When they built the shopping center they also built a retention basin to manage runoff and hopefully improve the quality of the water that makes it into the Ashuelot River and from there ultimately to the Atlantic Ocean. Retention basins are described as “artificial lakes with vegetation around the perimeter which include a permanent pool of water in their design.”  This is more of a pond than a lake…

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Ice

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More great pictures from the ice man, once the gardener extraordinaire.

Originally posted on New Hampshire Garden Solutions:

1. Dim Sun

The old saying says that you should make lemonade when life gives you lemons, so when life gives me cold I take photos of the ice. The one above shows what a little glimpse of sun on a cold, cloudy winter day looks like. There seems to be little real heat coming from it but I suppose if it wasn’t there we’d know what cold was really all about. We’ve seen the temperature fall to as low as -12 °F (-24 °C) so far, and there’s a lot of January left.

2. Window Frost

In the old house I grew up in the curtains would blow in the breeze even when the windows were closed and frost grew on the windows all winter long, so I grew up admiring all of the different shapes that can be seen in ice. They can be very beautiful and I still admire them.

3. Window Frost

Ferns, flowers, trees…

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“get a bicycle. you will certainly not regret it, if you live.” ~ mark twain 


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Delightful!

Originally posted on I didn't have my glasses on....:

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i was

so excited

to buy

my brand new

townie bike

it was

cream-colored

and fancy

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and

i imagined myself

riding on a beautiful sunny day

into town

carrying spring flowers in my basket

looking at all the sights

along the way

waving to neighbors

i named it

‘white lightning’

because

of it’s beautiful color

and

because

i would ride fast on it

with the

wind at my back

i rode it out of the store

and

because

i’d been in spin class

for a while

and

feeling free

and confident

i took off like a rocket

into the parking lot

and quickly

lost control

and

slammed into

my daughter’s shopping cart

i’d forgotten about

the

‘balance factor’

and

we laid in the parking lot

laughing our

baskets off

as

people walked by

probably

thinking we were drunk

in the middle of the day

but we knew

it was only

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