Thursday, January 4, 2018

Playing The Game

This is Day 4 of the 2018 edition of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaaPlease join us this month on our writing journey. Today's prompt is Win or Lose.

We have all heard the phrase It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.  What does that really mean? Does winning make you superior? Does losing somehow make you a better person, or just make you look like a loser?

This topic is a complicated one with lots of gray areas. It seems many now think that everyone should be a winner and get a trophy just for having participatedso that no one's feelings are hurt. What does that teach us?

There will always be shining stars whose talent and hard work should be recognized, and to give out awards for just showing up diminishes their efforts.

That said, winning makes you feel good about yourself and builds confidence. So, should we strive to win all the time? In a manner of speaking, but how you play the game will reflect either positively or negatively on you and upon your success. You should strive to win by playing fairly and winning on your own merits. Bottom line, whether you win or lose, you should do either with grace and dignity.

Successful people are admired and respected when their achievements come from their own hard work as well as for their benevolence to others.


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Mess at Mass


This is Day 3 of the 2018 edition of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaaPlease join us this month on our writing journey. Today's prompt is Toilet paper on your shoe.

Jill was running late and scrambling to get out the door. She could not be late for mass again. That would make three times this month, which would not gain her favor with Sister Agnes, and she was supposed to help Jill head up the food drive next week. It wasn't her fault this time, she told herself. Oscar and Pixie had been playing with the toilet paper again...what a mess.

Jill wheeled into the closest parking space available (why there are 15 handicap spaces when the average age of the congregation was 40 she would never understand). She practically ran down the sidewalk and up the stairs, barely catching her breath as the pulled open the large wooden doors of the 19th century cathedral. With just minutes to spare, she slid into the only open spot, near the front, directly in front of the priest. She gave a sigh of relief and uttered a silent prayer of thanks, only to feel her face flame when she glanced down to see about three feet of toilet paper solidly attached to her heel. 








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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Cheese Man

This is Day 2 of the 2018 edition of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaaPlease join us this month on our writing journey. Today's prompt is Mac and Cheese. 


Today we are talking with Mac, the Cheese Man (no, not the mobster from The Golden Girls).

R2R: So, Mac, how did you get into the cheese business?

Mac: My high school sweetheart was Swiss and so beautiful I just melted. 

R2R: How does that relate to cheese?

Mac: Have you ever heard of Gorgonzola? 

R2R: Yes, of course.

Mac: She comes from the Swiss Family Gorgonsen.

R2R: Did you ever study abroad?

Mac: No, I just told you I had a girlfriend. But I did go to Switzerland for a while to apprentice with her grandpa. While I was there studying my butt off, she ran off with the milkman. Now I hear they're making cheddar together.

R2R: I bet that left you bitter. I'm surprised you stuck with cheese after being treated like that.

Mac: You win some, you lose some. I was dumped like moldy Feta, but I'll always have Brie.

R2R: So that's your cheese of choice?

Mac: No, Brie is my dog. I'm partial to aged cheeses myself.

R2R: What are your plans for the future?

Mac: I wanna open my own cheese joint. I plan to call it CHOMPS ELSIE

R2R: May I ask why "CHOMPS ELSIE"?

Mac: It stands for Cheddar, Havarti, Oma, Muenster, Provolone, Swiss, Emmenthaler, Limburger, Saga, Inverness and Edam. You know like that fancy French place.

R2R: I see... Yes, well that is creative.

Mac: Too cheesy?

R2R: It is exactly what I would expect from Mac, the Cheese Man. It has been a pleasure talking with you today. Good luck and may the cheese be with you.



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Monday, January 1, 2018

Frame of Mind

This is Day 1 of the 2018 edition of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaaPlease join us this month on our writing journey. Today's prompt is Frame of Mind. 


Somehow even with a month or more of advance notice I have once again been taken by surprise when the first day of Chill rolls around, and I wake up to discover I must now scramble more than eggs. Suffice it to say that since the topics were announced, life has been very busy, and I haven't really been in a writing frame of mind.

Now please excuse me while I run to my local big box home improvement store to pick up some wood, nails, and a hammer to build a frame for my mind. It looks like I'm going to need it!



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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Wishes 2017


Wishing all my friends around the world a very Merry Christmas. 
Peace be with you!





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