A to Z Challenge – F is for Frank

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

Anne Frank

This girl had such insight into the good and beautiful things… a tragic loss but what a legacy she left behind for the rest of us. We can learn from her positivity. (Sorry, I was a day late with this one.)

Past letters…


Nature’s Beauty

Photo by Egor Kamelev on Pexels.com

Take a look around

Really see the world

Marvel at nature

The blended tones of a sunset

The bold colors of a field of flowers

The shimmering uniqueness of a snowflake

The deep cut paths in tree bark

A million blades of grass in a small field

A puffy cloud drifting by

The power of a waterfall and

How it shapes the rocks beneath it

Soak it all in like a sponge

And tuck it away deep inside

For a day when you might need a bit of beauty

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


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I’m not like the women you’ve know,

I’m far from a size five beauty.

I have never been seen as glamorous

Or a prize men would love to win.

You say I really caught your eye

And that you are intrigued;

But more and more I feel that I

Am less than what you need.

You reference the women of your past,

So how can I compete;

When they are still on pedestals

And I am so, well,


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – reference https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/24/fowc-with-fandango-reference/

Fandango’s Friday Flashback – April 10

This week we are going back to 2018 for a first for me.  I tried to write something for a kids story that was originally posted  here.

The Sad Flower

Robert always rushed.  He would rush here, and rush there.  He never would stand still.

Then one day he saw a sad flower and he stopped to talk to her.  “Why are you so sad?” he asked the flower.

The sad flower sniffled and said, “Because no one takes time to notice me. They always rush by before I can smile for them. I only want to make their day more beautiful.”

Robert thought for a minute and said, “Maybe I could take you home with me and I can show my family how beautiful you are?”

The sad flower lowered her petals and sighed, “If you take me home then I will not be able to help more people see the beauty of nature.”

“What is nature?” Robert asked.

The sad flower told him, “Nature is all living things – the grass, trees, flowers, and plants. It can be the look of the sunshine or the feeling of rain. It is all around but many people never stop to look at it. It can be very beautiful if they would just take the time to look.”

Robert smiled and said, “I like nature. I like to play in the rain and jump in puddles. Is that nature?”

The sad flower began to straighten up just a bit and said, “That is a part of nature. I am so happy to hear you like nature.”

Robert said, “I am going to go home now and tell my family about how beautiful nature is.”

The sad flower stood tall and proud, smiling she said, “Thanks for taking the time to see the beauty of nature. I feel better thanks to you.”

“Goodbye flower. I will see you tomorrow. You are beautiful.” Robert said and turned to go home.


For Fandango’s Friday Flashback (FFF) April 10


She stood by the window
Shining as bright as the sun
He had come home
Now she could share the news
To his shouted greeting
She replied with joy
And rushed to be by his side
He said she looked radiant
She blushed and spoke
In one breath
She shared the news
They soon would be parents
Their family was growing
Pride, love and excitement
All washed over him
Together they embraced in joy
All three of them

Monochrome Monday – Around The River Bend

This week I almost posted a plain black picture.  I am devastated by the horrific events of last night in Las Vegas.  Going from one thoughtless act of violence to another has got to end.  Some way, some how it has to stop.  The one thing that can calm me is nature and its beauty.  So I decided to go ahead and post a picture of something that might give someone a second of peace.  That might show the available beauty in the world.  My thoughts and prayers go to all those affected by this recent tragedy.  Try to see the beauty in life… it does still exist.

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Turbulent Seas

She stood at the precipice

Looking out to the sea.

A part of her wanted

To become one with the foam;

He had left her all alone

To be with another.

Her world was shaken,

Knocking her down without warning.

But she soaked in the view,

Felt the turbulent seas

Were like the chaos of her life.

Today churning,

But tomorrow they may become

Calm and beautiful in another way.

She would take charge and find

Her true beauty within.

Not to show him,

But to show herself

She can’t be kept down.