Wordless Wednesday: Hot Dog Days of Summer

Sleeping Dog
Location: Lima, Peru


September 18, 2017 at 9:30 am 1 comment

He was Toast

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 15 September 2017

Kelvin M. Knight

Photo Credit: Kelvin M. Knight
Jason loved Carrie but wouldn’t tell her. He was waiting for the day he was already financially secure.

“You’re an idiot,” his friend Alex said. “What if she’s no longer around when that happens? Better do it now.”

For the first time, Jason found the courage to follow his friend’s advice. Unfortunately, there was no happy ending. He was toast.

“I love you,” Carrie told him, “but as a brother.”

It was a rejection that caused him so much pain. If there was a silver lining, it was that he was able to take it as a man and survive.

September 13, 2017 at 11:40 am 51 comments

Wordless Wednesday: A Rainbow Over the Falls

Iguazu Falls
Location: Iguazu Falls, Paraná, Brazil

September 11, 2017 at 8:39 am 14 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

Hallstatt, Austria

Location: Hallstatt, Austria
When you go on vacation, you spend a lot of time stuck in waiting mode. It’s a given. It might as well be a feature.

It starts at the airport. You wait to check-in for the flight, wait to get through security, and wait to board the plane. Once on the plane, you wait to be served and wait for your turn to use the restroom.

The waiting game continues as soon as you arrive at your destination. You wait to get your luggage, wait to clear through customs, wait for the ride to the hotel, and wait for your room at the hotel.

It doesn’t stop there. If you’re part of a tour, you wait for your guide to lead you on to more waiting at the museums and other popular attractions. If you’re on your own, the waiting isn’t over by any means. It just gets worse since you have to deal with it all by your lonely self.

Waiting is inconvenient for sure, but it brings order out of chaos. It makes everybody falls in line, so to speak. In the meantime, you can put it to use by reading a good book or texting. Better still, you can take it as an opportunity to look around you, this time with a sense of urgency that you won’t be back there again. On occasions like this, special moments can occur. Get your camera ready.

One of those moments happened to me in Hallstatt, a small village in the Salzkammergut region of Austria. While waiting for the ferry, it started to rain that made a group of Japanese tourists put up their umbrellas. Against the backdrop of a darkening sky, the sight of their colorful umbrellas was simply irresistible that I took a picture of it right away. It remains one of my favorites to this day.

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September 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm 10 comments

Her Grandma Said

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 8 September 2017

Danny Bowman

Photo Credit: Danny Bowman
“Grandma, are elves for real?” asked Ella.

“Of course,” she said. “We just don’t see them because they’re in a different dimension.

“Sometimes, they appear to young girls like you. Don’t eat their food. It’ll make you one of them.”

One day, Ella went to pick wild berries in the meadow. When a bear attacked her, an elf named Aegdor saved her.

Aegdor invited her to their village. She was offered pastries, which she gracefully declined, remembering her grandmother’s admonition.

Ella fell asleep. When she woke up, she found herself back in the meadow with her dog licking her nose.

September 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm 48 comments

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