Journal Session 2

Word Prompt- Argyle                                   

Argyle, Florida and Argyle Forest are areas in the Florida panhandle.  I wonder how many people, beyond the residence, know these places exist. I certainly didn’t until I did a web search tonight looking for argyle. I was thinking of the print, the material. They popped up on the list.

The community was named after Argyle Scotland. It is part of the Paxton, Freeport area. of Walton County. Argyle Forest is near Jacksonville, the state capitol.

These obscure locations may serve well as backdrops for a story set in small town, rural Florida.

Word Prompt- Clear

Thoughts of a Conspirator – It was so clear it was transparent. Did he know this about his plans? He tried to be so discreet, so calm, and sly and yet he was so clear I saw right through him. It had nothing to do with the fact that he was physically invisible. No, it was his intent. How is anyone supposed to pull off the greatest feat in history, that no one is supposed to see coming until after it’s done- when one team member has a need to brag about the plans? Maybe he’d get away with it, being invisible but the rest of the team, not so lucky.

Journal Session 1

As my closet friends know, about 4 1/2 years ago I joined the world of second life. Today I joined a group in-world for journaling. We’re giving one word and a few minutes to write a brief thought on it then we share with the group. Today’s word prompts were Portal and Breath- These are my entries.

My Portal Dream –

It was a dream, right, just a dream? The other morning, in my sleeping dreams I teleported into my kitchen. Landing on the stove, I had sunk into it. Then I lay down as the oven door opened, my legs inside with the coils burning hot. I could only watch as they baked. My skin, muscles, and clean through the bone cooked and melted away. As I was consumed by the heat, I woke. It was just a dream, right?

One Single Breath

Just breathe, that’ the one line I remember from Ever After, Just Breathe. So simple, breath, something we don’t think about. And yet so powerful, mentally. When we do think, when we close our eyes and take that one deliberate breath, somehow it brings us back to center allowing us to focus. A breath, one single, slow, deliberate breath is all it takes.

Romans 6:17-21

17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!

Laugh So Hard It Hurts

Bucket List checked- laugh so hard it hurts. It first happened when I discovered this product on the blog “All About Cats”. The post: The 50 Best Gifts For Cat Lovers in 2019

It took me several minutes to recover- it’s not just cat shape tissue dispenser- what made me laugh is that the tissue comes out of the rump.

And then I saw this one on Amazon- and the laughter started again. This one reminds me of my cat Nieca- right down to the white tip of the tail.


The No Ride Challenge

This is the one month / 30 days No Car Challenge

We live in a world where having reliable transportation can mean the difference in type of employment and socializing. Employers want people with ‘reliable transportation.’ People will pick up and drop off friends for only so long. For those of us who don’t have a car we rely on pay-per-ride services (taxis, Lyft, Uber, city bus.). The downside is that not every city has city busing. The ones that do are limited by schedules and routes; if there’s service where we live.

So, I came up with this challenge idea. It seems to me like some have forgotten what it’s like; while others have had wheels since they were old enough to drive.

The challenge is to live without your vehicle for 1 month / 30 days. You pick your month.

Try to figure out how to get to school, work, shopping, appointments, the health club, the mall, and social activities without using your car. In short, figure out how to live your life, still managing your daily activities without using your vehicles.

Feel free to get tips and advice from those friends who don’t have wheels.

My tip- buy a month unlimited bus pass, if there’s a bus system in your area.

The intention of this challenge is a reality check. For some it won’t make a difference, for some it’ll open their eyes about how they take their wheels for granted. to remind people of what it was or is like to not have one.

Science Fiction vs. Science


This is an opinion piece that, I believe, is a long time in coming. Written by James Davis Nicoll, he discusses the necessary evolution of science fiction based on science facts. He does a great job of explaining, why writers need to adjust their stories the more we learn about other planets. His focus was on the pulp stories of the early to mid 20th century and the writer’s depictions of the other planets in our system.

I skimmed over some of the comments, They seem to be close in line with what James states in his piece. It’s my opinion that writers working on science fiction have a much better chance of successful sales if they’re work is based in science fact.