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Was your relationship with your sister both giggly and nudgery?
Making up with silliness what otherwise was drudgery?
Tic-tac-toe on scraps of paper passed from her to you
but hidden from your parents farther down the pew?
Finding fun in naughtiness when things were at their worst?
Holding down your chuckles when you thought that you would burst?

Climbing out onto the roof to see your older sister
leaving for the prom with some high school dressed-up mister?
Your sister clad in net and lace so lovely and exotic
that for once your ribaldry was replaced with hypnotic?
If so, what naughty girls you were, for my sister and me
were perfect little angels, as good as we could be!!!!


Prompt words today are burst, drudgery, exotic and fun. (The other prompts weren’t ready in time for me to use them. I’m going on a day-long writing retreat with friends and had to get up early to do the prompts.)



I can magnify with optics or reduce with diet pills,
but there is no solution to another of my ills.
When I’m feeling challenged by a flurry of activity,
overwhelmed and harried due to my proclivity
to stave off any tedium by means of overbooking,
with one too many bubbling pots on my stovetop cooking,
there is one solution that is valid and concrete.
I need to find a method to turn down the heat!

Prompt words today are magnify, optics, flurry, tedium, concrete and when.

Guest Blog: Judy’s Keyboard 2.0

Howdy, folks, ForgottenMan here. Remi, who y’all know as Judy, Skyped me this message a few minutes ago:

She was scurrying out the door to join two friends for comida at Quinta San Carlos on the southwest shore of Lake Chapala. Of course, faithful readers will remember her earlier post regarding those well-worn key caps HERE.

Note from Judy:  Unless you enlarge the photo, it may not be obvious to you that I did not buy new keys or keycaps. I actually typed the missing letters out and copied them, glued them to my keys and then covered them with tape. We’ll see how long they last. Thanks, Forgottenman, for doing my blog chores!!!

And if you’d like to check out her lunch destination, you can read about it and see photos HERE.



He’s an agent of enchantment, the guru of his flock—
a professor who can mesmerize with ordinary talk.
A master of expression, his descriptions weave their spells
that hold students in their thrall through the stories that he tells.

They copy down in notebooks each word that he has shared,
humbled by the wisdom  of the heart that he has bared.
They will never know that their stunning visionary
is inspired by Wikipedia as well as Wiktionary.

Prompt words today are copy, description, enchantment, flock, professor and express.