The Vow

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 5 June 2020

Ted Strutz
Photo Credit: Ted Strutz

One day I found a mouse eating crumbs left on the table. It scampered away as soon as it saw me.

It became a regular visitor becoming more and more trusting, albeit keeping distance, as the days went by.

Although the mouse was cute, it had to go. I went looking for a live trap to get rid of it.

“Bad idea,“ the hardware salesman said. “Once you set it free, it’ll come back.

I ended up getting one that caught and killed it instantly.

Since then, I vowed not to be a murderer again by keeping the place clean.

June 3, 2020 at 8:53 am 36 comments

First They Came…

Martin Niemöller
Credit: Martin Niemöller

President Donald Trump and his enablers are exploiting the cracks in our democratic institutions and promoting divisiveness to gain power and establish a fascist form of government. For sure, they’re in the minority. However, if we remain quiet and condone their abuses, they will prevail and lose our human dignity and freedom in the end. It’s time to speak out and be counted.

June 2, 2020 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

Wordless Wednesday: A View of the Gulf of Antalya

Gulf of Antalya
Location: Levantine Sea, Turkey


June 1, 2020 at 8:35 am 12 comments

Something To Tell

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 29 May 2020

David Stewart
Photo Credit: David Stewart

Nathan had deep feelings for Kelsey, but she didn’t have any idea. His love was like a flower not allowed to blossom.

“Why don’t you tell her? Erick asked.

“I’m not ready.”

“And when would that be? After you’ve earned your degree and gotten a well-paying job?”

“You can say that.”

“That’s baloney. By then, she’s gone and out of sight.”

One afternoon, Nathan found Kelsey in the library alone by herself. She waved him over.

“Erick said you have something to tell me. Is that true?”

“I do.”

Finally, it was springtime and all was right in the world.

May 27, 2020 at 1:25 pm 30 comments

Haircut in the Time of Covid-19

Cutting My Own Hair

After taking a shower I stood naked in front of the mirror and realized it couldn’t wait any longer. It wasn’t about the beer belly. Rather, it was about my hair. After more than two months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, it had grown to the point of no return. I badly needed a haircut.

However, much as I wanted to see my favorite barber, I couldn’t do it. Barbershops and salons aren’t considered essential businesses, so they are ordered closed indefinitely.

If you’re desperate, I’m sure you can find somebody willing to defy the order and cut your hair. But is it worth the risk? Being in close contact with your barber puts you both at risk of spreading the virus.

It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. It can force you to invent or find ways to get out of your predicament.

I found my eureka moment when I came across this YouTube video teaching how to cut your own hair.

The instructions looked very easy to follow that I decided to buy a hair clipper set and give it a shot.

Wahl Hair Clipper

After searching online, I ended up getting the Wahl Color Pro Cordless Rechargeable Hair Clipper & Trimmer – Easy Color-Coded Guide Combs – For Men, Women & Children – Model 9649. It’s a hot item right now with its price ranging from reasonable to the ridiculous that it pays to shop around. I got mine from Amazon last week for $33.61.

After some trepidation, I cut my hair for the first time using the instructions from the video. It took 20 minutes and surprisingly I was quite happy with the result. It wasn’t as good as my barber could have done, but it will do during this time of the pandemic.

I suggest that you try it too. If you make a mistake, don’t worry about it. Your hair will grow back.

May 26, 2020 at 9:03 am 8 comments

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