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This morning my WordPress App Notifications was somehow turned off through WordPress and I was not able to read many peoples' comments.

I ended up having to delete the app and reinstall it. Once I did that, it fixed my problem, but a substantial amount of comments were lost in the process.

I just wanted to let you know that if you sent me a comment this morning and I didn't reply to it, it is because of this Notifications problem I had this morning and I apologize for not being able to get back to you.


FFfAW: Park Outing

My children were jovially playing on the playground equipment with the other children at the park, while I rested and watched, under a shade tree.

I accidentally fell asleep and woke up thirty minutes later, feeling quite anxious. I could see my son playing but I could’nt see my little daughter. Instantly, I began to panic,

“Jimmy, where is your little sister?”

“I don’t know mommy she was here just a little while ago.”

I ran over to Jimmy and took his hand, gasping,

“We must look for and find your sister!”

We walked everywhere around the park yelling Lilly’s name. That’s when I see the pond and panic consumes me; my mind furiously races with worry, and terror overcomes me. I feel the bile rising inside my throat.

I hear myself screaming, “Lilly, oh Lilly, dear God, no Lilly!” My racing heart begs for this to not be true.

Suddenly, I hear a small soft voice coming from behind me,

“Mommy, I just went to the big girl potty.”


Thank you Dawn M. Miller for our prompt photo this week.

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers is a fun challenge that is open to anyone who wants to have fun writing flash fiction stories – stories that are approximately 150 words or less based on a prompt photo. If you would like to join this challenge or want to know more about it, please click on this link: FFfAW


MFtS: City Hall Cafe

“The Mayor and the Town Manager waved as their next victim approached.”

“Wow, Tom,” Bob said to his friend, “This new book by Steven King is off to a good start.”

Tom was busy preparing to cook breakfast for potential customers and wasn’t paying attention. Bob went back to reading his book and drinking coffee.

Suddenly, the diner’s door opened and a young beautiful woman sat down at an empty booth.

Bob didn’t waste any time and went over and handed her this week’s breakfast menu and waited for her to read the menu.

Breakfast Special

3 eggs – cooked your way

2 mystery meat patties

3 fluffy homemade biscuits

Bottomless Coffee


“Guess I’ll have the Breakfast Special since there ain’t no other option.”

Tom, the Mayor and Bob, the Town Manager were excited, tonight they would be having this beautiful woman as their main course for dinner and what’s left over will be the mystery meat for the diner tomorrow.


Thank you to Barbara Beacham for providing us with the photo prompt this week and for hosting Monday’s Finish the Story challenge. She gives us a photo and approximately 150 words with which we are to use to write our stories. It is fun and addicting and everyone is invited to participate. For more information, click on this link: MFtS

SPF: A Hellofa Ride

“She sure is a beauty! How long did you say you had her?”

“‘Bout four months now and I’m surprised she’s still around. Have had lots of “Looky Lue’s”. But also a lot of “No Can Do’s.”

“Your price is a little high.”

“Well, my God man, she’s a 1968 Rolls Royce! They don’t come cheap! They’re like some women, cost you a lot of money and then take you for a ride.”

“Haha! But at least the Rolls will take me on a good ride!”

“So, what’s your decision man? Wanna buy her?”

“Sure, I’ll buy this Rolls. I’m already in love with the angel on the hood. I’d say it’s a car good enough for the angels.”

The car salesman noisily cleared his throat while thinking, I think it’s best I not tell him it had belonged to Whitey Bulger,

Thank you to Alistair Forbes for hosting the Sunday Photo Fiction Challenge and providing our photo prompt today. Every Sunday he gives us a photo prompt and approximately 200 words with which we use to write our stories. The challenge is fun and addicting and everyone is welcome to join in the fun. For more information, check out this link: SPF


The Words Every Adoptive Mom Longs to Hear…

Priceless Joy:

I have read this book and it is wonderful! Well worth the money!

Originally posted on Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog:


Like most other adoptive parents, I adopted children because I, selfishly, wanted children. (My theory was if I had children to care for, I really didn’t have a lot of extra time to clean the house. I would rather care for a child than mop the floor…) An adoptive parent should never think their child who is adopted is beholden to them. The child didn’t choose to be born into their circumstances, and they certainly didn’t ask to be adopted. And I have had more than my share of emotionally unstable children, (aren’t all teenagers unstable anyway?) and never expected them to be happy about my choice to adopt them, (or at least not to express that feeling.)

But I was wrong. I went to Marie’s award ceremony at school today. Most parents didn’t go, it was during the day and I’m sure it was hard for them to get…

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FFfAW: Alli’s Gravesite

She picked up the two dozen roses and began to walk slowly and precisely to her grave. Her gravestone stood gleaming bright, recently cleaned by the loving hands of her mother. Shari placed the roses lovingly across the grave, yellow roses, Alli’s favorite. She adjusted their placement making sure the yellow rose blanket spread perfectly across the grave.

A tear escaped her eyes as she patted the grave and gingerly cleaned a spot on the stone.

“Oh, Alli, I miss you so much my darling. I wish.. oh how I wish I could have been there to stop you.” Her heart filled with memories of her beautiful daughter but it quickly became heavy from the pain of her daughter’s early demise.

“I love and miss you Alli.” She weeped, feeling overwhelmed by her grief. She tried to not think about that decision her daughter had made several years earlier; a decision that she would not live to regret. (158)

Photo Credit: Sonya O. Thank you Sonya!


This is my second submission to the challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. This is a challenge where we are given a prompt photo and 75-175 words with which to craft our stories with. For more information on this challenge, click on this link FFfAW.

I want to give a little background about this particular story. Several years ago, my sweet niece took her own life. My sister visits her grave often. So basically, this story is about my niece and my sister. We all need to be vigilant and intercede anytime we are needed or called to, because many young people (and adults) take their own lives. Just maybe we can be the one to stop a tragic suicide.




FFfAW: Graveyard Ghosts

Mona was sitting on the ground with her head resting in her hands, looking and feeling forlorn.

“What's wrong, Mona? You don't look happy,” Stella asked.

“I'm missing my family. It will be years before I get to see them again.”

Stella replied softly, “Yes, it probably will be years but you can still have an enjoyable time as you wait for them.”

“That's just it. It isn't an enjoyable time hanging around this dead-beat place all the time.”

“Well,” Stella responded, “Look at it this way. Everyone is dying to come here.”

“Ha-Ha-Ha. That isn't even funny anymore.”

“Let's go to the local spooks tonight for a change. Or we could go spook a few people?”

“Geeze Stella, you're full of it tonight.”

“Have you seen the new neighbor? OOPS, I mean, the new spook?”

“Goodnight Stella, I'm going back to my bed!”

“Night night, don't let the spookies bite!”



Photo Credit: Sonya O. Thank you Sonya!


I hope you enjoyed my story submission for the challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. This challenge is hosted by me, PricelessJoy. We are given a photo prompt plus 75-175 words with which to write our stories. The challenge is fun and addicting and everyone is welcome to participate. If you would like to know more about this challenge, or to follow the challenge's blog, click on this link: FFfAW