Elections

Oh, my goodness, isn’t this the worst election ever? And we have months more to go. Wild statements, hating, bickering, no middle ground where sensible people can talk about what is good for the country as a whole. I knew who I was going to vote for months ago. Now I’m boycotting the news until it’s over. Polarized politics be damned!

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Secrets

Secrets and shame are so toxic yet so universal. If there were no secrets, half of the worlds stories would have nothing to tell. We live with our secrets, or try to, but they stay there – nagging – no matter how we try to ignore them.

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My Dream

My dream was always about writing. I wrote, even when I was in a place in life where I couldn’t say, “I’m a writer.” Now I say that with ease, even though my main career has always been that of educator. But even an educator can write. Even a web designer can write. Even a blogger can write!

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Dream Job

In my dream job there would be no men sitting around talking about what they did at the strip club during lunch. I could wear comfortable shoes every day. I would make enough to support myself without running out of food and gas money every month. That would be perfect.

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Dream Vacation

Every winter I dig out the wool sweater I bought on my dream vacation to New Zealand for my 60th birthday. That was a few years ago, but the sweater takes me right back. It’s soft with blue designs and little happy sheep around the bottom. Funny how a sweater can make you think of birch forests and penguins and whales and ferries and Maori museums.

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Dresser

Why do TV characters always push dressers in front of doors they want to block people from opening? It was easy to push the dresser over there. It would be easy to push it out of the way. Then when someone does get through the door, they run away by going up. Up is a dead end. Sometimes TV makes no sense.

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Pony

“Well, yeah, I wanted a pony. Doesn’t everyone?” She stared at the therapist defiantly. “It doesn’t mean something sexual to want a pony! Even little boys want to ride ponies, it isn’t just girls.” She crossed her arms and stared out the window. “You’re really digging if you have to start looking for whether or not a kid wants a pony of their own.”

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Candles

Candles are no substitute for a furnace. But they are better than having nothing whatsoever producing heat in a cold house. Losing power reminds me of how vulnerable we are to infrastructure breakdowns. When life is working, we never think about such things.

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The Moral of the Story

cornish blue hot chocolate

Well, I’m back. I had the most expensive cup of hot chocolate in the world on my way here. But I have a working computer and a passion to create writing prompts, so it all worked out in the end. The moral of the story is, do not drink near your computer. Do. Not.

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Crunchy

Hot chocolate in a computer keyboard dries crunchy. Does that mean it can be blown out as flasky chunks? I’m hoping that is the case, for reasons that should be obvious. New rule. No hot chocolate near the computer.

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