All Grown Up

Spread your wings

I’ll watch you soar

You’ve the courage of a lion

So go ahead and roar

Your dreams are waiting

It is time to take flight

Go forth with determination

Your future is within sight

I am so proud of you

Becoming a woman I admire

Now take your hopes

And set the night on fire

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – roar

The Axe

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He walked through the cubicles like he owned them.  Marie shifted at her desk and typed a message in her email.

Hi Sheri!

Guess who is wandering around again?  Your favorite person.  Be warned he is acting as smug as ever.  And I think his hubris is oozing today.  I KNOW he was in the Axe body spray again, PU!  Keep your eyes down and you should be safe.



Marie when back to her spreadsheet and in about 3 minutes her email notification popped up.


Report to Human Resources about your email account.

Tom HR “Axe man”

(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – hubris


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“You must be crazy.  You mean to tell me she had the temerity to tell you that you need to monitor your kids more?”  Sally shook her head.  “I mean talk about needing to look in the mirror.  She has no room to talk with her son suspended last month for alcohol in his locker.”

“I know what Kevin and Kelly did was wrong, but it wasn’t for anything illegal like underage drinking AND drinking at school.  It was an alcohol-free party that just got too crowded and too loud.”  Mary looked tired.  She had been on the phone with parents most of the night.  “So what, the police came and broke up the party.  I know there is no gathering larger than 25 people outdoors allowed but everyone had on masks.  I just kind of wish I knew which neighbor called the police.”

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – temerity

Mumbles … Paradox

This seems to have been a long week and it is only Wednesday night. I have had three telephone doctor appointments, changes in my medications (my sleep should straighten out soon, but I am still not getting the sleep I should), we picked up a new gas grill and tomorrow is a mini Thanksgiving (the “big” family one is Sunday; it is just 7 of us) so there was a scramble for last minute food items. And then there is the cat we are fostering for my daughter’s friend…

Lewis was good the first few night he was here but last night and today all he has done is basically sleep all day. I talked briefly with the vet today and they are on shortened hours for the holiday this week so, I may have to take him to the vet college to be seen if he doesn’t liven up. I know he is drinking some water but not sure he is eating… with three cats now it is hard to tell if he has been eating or not. I tried to give him a treat today and he turned his nose up to it but he may not like that type of treat. I just don’t know and you know what they say, “the only certainty is uncertainty.” (*that, by the way, is a paradox!) We will watch him tomorrow and decide if we have to have that holiday visit to the vet hospital… otherwise he does have an appointment for next week after I learned my daughters friend should NOT have pets. Picked the cat up from the shelter in 2018 and never took him to the vet for shots. That is just someone who should not have pets… and she had four cats and two dogs!

I have mumbled on enough. As an added bonus I will leave another song here, this time from Kansas, aptly called Paradox.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) = paradox

Fresh Ideas

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– So, do you have any ideas on what I should nominate for a prom theme at tomorrow’s meeting Mom?

* We had Under the Sea and Famous Couples; you could throw those out for a vote.

– Those are so overdone I need something new and exciting.

* Ok so nothing trite.

– Nothing what?

* Trite.  It is something that is overused, worn out, or routine

– I need something with style, but it has to be fun too.

* Can you work video games into a theme somehow?  There has to be a game everyone is playing now.

– That might work.  Thanks a lot Mom.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – trite

The First Time

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Standing with a smile

Bigger than my head

In a star struck gaze

I was the teenager

Too shy to speak

Yet somehow

With the help

Of my best friend

I was able to ask

“Can I have your autograph?”

And for the rest

Of that wonderful day

I was an exuberant girl

Still smiling ear to ear

And forever a fan

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – exuberant


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The tress across the river

Were painted in shades

Of red, yellow and orange

Creating a picture

Of a paradigm of Autumn

Reminding us too

That winter is on the way

The winds blow harder

Shaking the trees

Day after day

Until the branches are bare

And the first snowflake falls

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Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – paradigm

What Lever?

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Shelia got out of the car and stood in front of it.  She unsuccessfully looked for the hood latch to open it up.  A truck slowed beside her and pulled off the road in front of her.  “Please don’t let it be a killer,” she said to herself.

A man in his 40s stepped out of the truck and came over to Shelia and asked, “Do you need some help?”

“Yeah, it just started smoking and I don’t know much about cars.”

“Well let me take a look.  Did you pop the hood?”

“I looked for the latch but it wouldn’t work.”

The man held back a laugh and said, “you have to pop the latch with the lever in the car.”

“Oh, where’s that?”

The man said, “I’ll show you, just follow me.”

After the latch was found and the hood opened, it only took a short time for the man to find it was just an over heated radiator.  “Should be good once it cools and we add a little water to it.”


Sheila thanked the man and went back to her car.  The man returned to his truck and told his passenger, “She really needed a lot of help.  She didn’t even know to pop the hood.  Good thing I am adept at car repairs.”  They both laughed and drove off, the side of the truck showing Wilson’s Automotive Repairs.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – adept