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Carmen chose her bracelet and made a list of charms

Her list grew far too long, yet her desires did not wane

After she completed her list, she handed it to him.

Ready to please her, he ran up his card to the max.

Moments passed and she decided that she wanted more.

She wrote a list and he took one look before he left evermore.


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Ten Things of Thankful December 31 2021

It’s TTOT time and time to bid adieu to 2021. My ten:

10. A peaceful week so I could concentrate.

9. Fun zoom at the Garden.

8. Had fun creating videos.

7. Daughter is creating cool stuff.

6. My baloney has a first name…

5. Are you singing the rest of 6?

4. Fires calmed down with snow blessings.

3. Crock pots.

2. Medical staff who are awesome.

  1. 🎆🎇🎉Happy New Year!
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The Gift

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She grabbed a box and placed clothes, clean and neatly folded, for someone who could use them.

Each piece held meaning. Gentle shades of blue with striped rompers, cream colored bibs with embroidered farm animals, the kind he’d love to see.

She touched each piece again, catching her tears with the back of her hand.

She picked up the phone and called Halbert, the junk man, and asked him to stop by to pick up charity.

Halbert knew this was not the same as tossed out junk, as he not long ago picked up the baby furniture for Miss Maize, who also gifted him a real apple pie.


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Where have all the odd ones gone?

This is a must read for pure fun.

Six Crooked Highways

This piece was written for the Six Sentence Challenge, with the prompt word of ‘reserve’.

When Alfie Centauri announced that he’d discovered where in the universe all the odd socks that disappeared in the weekly wash ended up, the responses from the public were culturally diverse (which of course was much to the satisfaction of ‘woke’ people) and tinged with a sense of reserve.

Hipsters said they never had that problem because they’d given up wearing them years ago to concentrate on growing beards and opening barista bars, where they could converse at length with customers about the quality of the crema and the impeccable FairTrade credentials of their beans.

App developers in Silicon Valley didn’t stop working on ways to embed cheap computer chips in socks so that they could always be tracked down, just like FindMyPhone, using a new technology called FoxMySox.

Obsessive-compulsive people smiled smugly, having…

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The Short of It Pushcart Prize Nominations

I am over the moon! It is such an honor to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Thank you to Susi Bocks AND Congratulations for all those who made the list.

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Since the beginning, my goal has been to promote the work of poets and writers with a gift for expression in a minute fashion. I’m thankful that this reputable organization exists to help further that effort.

I am very happy to announce the following poets’ pieces were submitted to the Pushcart Prize Committee. Those selected were nominated for their contributions to the Sound of Brilliance Anthology—a collection of the best featured on the online publication. It was so hard to trim it down to only six pieces as the contributions were already the best of the best!

So, please give a round of applause and wish them the best!

Scars by Goff James

Silence by Lisa Tomey

Sailing by Freya Pickard

Thunderstorm Conversations by Ali Grimshaw

Fulfillment by Marisela Brazfield

A Monarch Task by Anita Neal

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