Le Plié!

“Alright, girls,” the ballet teacher clapped her hands. “Now, the Plié!” “One, two…Really, Leslie! Nice young ladies don’t DO THAT!” Leslie rolled her eyes and removed her finger from her left nostril. She wiped it on the pink tulle of her tutu and glanced around the room to see how the other little girls were…

Synchronicity

  Your lips move In sync with your hands, giving a voice to the words that live in your heart. You write them on the air (in permanent, invisible ink) and my heart can hear ~ So clearly ~ What my ears cannot. The Daily Post  

The Book of Samuel

  There was pregnant pause fit for an ellipsis at the Plath Institute for the Punctuationally Perplexed. Apostrophes dangled in mid-air—like modifiers—pondering their functions. Were they in for possession, or did their presence suggest a multitude of charges? Commas found themselves scattered, unsure of where to go and how many of them were necessary. Meanwhile, the semi-colons, colons and em-dashes jockeyed for position in the…

Opa!

“So, tell me, Marina…” Jackie began as she put her work away for the day. “What big plans do you have for Valentine’s Day?” Marina shook her head and sighed. “I no have a the big plans. Is a very sad day for me. Very sad.” “I’m so sorry,” Jackie replied. “Did you have a boyfriend…

Company

  This week’s writing prompts for the Shapeshifting 13 Challenge are the words kitchen, squid, and shampoo. Exactly 26 words. ** “Did you know there’s a squid in the kitchen?”   “But it’s only Monday…” “Yeah, so?” “Usually he stops by on Tuesdays when I shampoo the calamari.”    

Share Your World 1/2/2017

    Would you prefer to receive a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or motorcycle? I think a unicycle would be a kick! It comes with a helmet, yes? What is one thing you’d like to accomplish this year? I want to learn how to ride a unicycle. What was one of the highlights of 2016 for…

The Story

It’s obscured among the shadows of the intellect. Too many needles in the haystack, the relentless pinpricking of all the too familiar places. The accidental tattoo on a Chinese-water-tortured soul Detailing the Misdeed, Misword, Mistake. And the guilt; earsplitting and meticulous, recounts every detail of the Story.   The Daily Post: Interior

A Blooming Idiot

When its “plant-parents” divorce was final, the ex-wife promptly uprooted the  yellow rose from her garden. The ex-husband watched in disbelief as she carefully replanted it in a ceramic  pot and placed it in the passenger seat of her car. She buckled it in its seat belt as if it were a child in a car seat,…

In Pursuit

Dagmar Bezhyumanka was a woman on a mission. She would flush-out true love from its hiding place. She’d exhausted the traditional methods: blind dates, fix-ups, singles’ bars, even hanging out in the produce section of the Jewel-Osco on Sunday mornings in hopes of snagging Mr. Right. No luck. Men in Chicago were more sophisticated than the dim bulbs back…