Daily Observations

Memos from a Retired Hippie Chick


I Believe in Resilience….(WP Daily Prompt)

WP Daily Prompt: Do you believe in fate or do you believe you can control your own destiny?



Nothing Can Stop Me

When Sir Isaac Newton observed the laws of motion and subsequently recorded his findings, he literally started a chain reaction that ignited the understanding of the perpetual motion of the Universe.  As quoted from the great and most powerful Wikipedia, Newton’s three physical laws “describe the relationship between the forces acting on a body and its motion due to those forces.”

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The Hobbit Wisdom of Tyrone

“OK enough of the green; you’re greening up everything in sight.  Just because it is his favorite color doesn’t mean you have to overdo it.”  Sevet was on edge as she monitored the activities in the kitchen of the Magistrate’s Castle.

Well Chef, you said it was important to please the master. I was only putting a little extra parsley around the meats tray”, Nadeline blushed and hung her head in submission, “Sorry Chef.

The hunters, farmers and livestock ranchers had delivered top grade ingredients to Master Chef Sevet.  All was in order. The Magistrate would address the community immediately upon his return.  A special feast and celebration had been scheduled to follow. There was nothing as grand as a Tyroneian day of celebration.

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Finding Roselend Presspity…….(WP Weekly Writing Challenge)

Weekly Writing Challenge: Power of Names

For our fiction writers, show us the power of names. Is it the name of an object, person, or place? What power does the name provide?


“Welcome to Gringerbead Mansion and congratulations for winning the all-expense paid visit to our Nature Retreat and Health Spa Facility. My name is Bells Pinder.  Please follow me and I will show you to your room.  How was your trip?”

Isadora was still in disbelief. She had never won anything in her entire life. She responded, “It was nice.  I really enjoyed the train ride along the coast.”

“Here we are, my dear.  Please make yourself comfortable.  Dinner will be served in the main dining room at 7 pm.”  Bells smiled politely, opened the door and handed Isadora her room key.

“Wait, are you sure this is the right room?”  Isadora was standing at the entrance to the most astonishingly grand suite she had ever seen.

“Yes room, 444, that’s you.  See you at dinner.  You have time to freshen up and take a bit of a rest if you like.  The best is yet to come.”  Isadora could have sworn she heard musical bell tones as Bells shuffled down the hallway.

The delicate sound of chimes gently woke Isadora from her nap.  She slowly stretched, sat up and glanced around the room.  Still a little disoriented, Isadora got ready and headed for the dining room.  The savory aroma of tonight’s feast filled the air. Delicious memories of wonderful summers on her grandparent’s farm gave Isadora a strange sense of coming home.  It was a bittersweet moment.  Isadora was sent to live with her grandmother when her parents died in a car accident.  Isadora was only three.  Her grandparents were also gone now.  She had been alone for many years. Continue reading


U R N America Radio

“Looks can be deceiving.  But if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.  And if it looks like rain in the western sky then it is rain. Good rainy morning, Iowa.  You are listening to….. U R N America Radio where we never worry about looks; we just stick to the truth and nothing but the truth.  This is Stan the Man, bringing you the local morning news.  Let’s start with a weather update.  Harry, what’s happening today across The Hawkeye State skies? Continue reading


Responsible, Resilient and Ridiculous….(wp daily prompt)

Daily Prompt: I Believe

For today’s prompt, tell us three things that you believe in your heart to be true. Tell us three things you believe in your heart to be false.

In my heart, I truthfully believe that as human beings;

  • We are responsible for our free will.
  • We are resilient in all things.
  • We are ridiculous because we pretend we do not know we are responsible or resilient.

In my heart, I believe these ideals are false:

  • We are here to discover our one purpose.
  • We are here to convince others there is only one purpose.
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The Workplace Tribe….(wp daily prompt)

WordPress Daily Prompt: If You Leave

Life is a series of beginnings and endings. We leave one job to start another; we quit cities, countries, or continents for a fresh start; we leave lovers and begin new relationships. What was the last thing you contemplated leaving? What were the pros and cons? Have you made up your mind? What will you choose?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CROSSROADS.

All I wanted was a part-time job.   Based on my training and previous experience, I applied as a Floral Designer at a local craft store. I had worked for this particular retail company before and had my portfolio of designs and a detail of some management projects I had completed in hand for the interview.  The manager didn’t even try to  hide his delight at finding someone with training and background.

The job description and duties were clear. I was to do custom floral arrangements (silk flowers not fresh) for the customers.  I would maintain the front display gallery of designs and keep production and seasonal designs current.  During the seasonal holidays I was to follow the company design quota using the indicated products.  Along with this, I was required to keep records of every design, list the products used, generate a cost work sheet and complete weekly production quota reports. I was not required to cashier or be responsible for inventory control.  For this I was paid, $11.00 an hour. Continue reading


What We Leave Behind

I remember when I found the old watercolor painting at a flea market sometime in the early ’70′s.  It seemed like a familiar scene.  Was it a place I had visited long ago?  All I know, is it touched me deeply.


The picture now hangs in my living room, on the wall opposite my favorite chair. One evening while drifting between napping and reading, I had a dream.  As my eyes closed and slowly went out of focus, a spinning circle of light shards surrounded me. I flinched in anticipation, Oh God, I don’t want to have that same old Prom Night disaster dream. Make it go away. Make the mirror ball go away. I could hear the melody of a distant waltz. The room was spinning, I was spinning. Continue reading


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