Finally! Some progress…

Kawanee’s progress.

So hubby’s things are shipped albeit short a few things that I am unhappy about. They threw his toiletries out and that upsets me a lot. There are personal grooming items that are missing, I’ve addressed these things and will document them missing when I open the box of his belongings.

They say that hubby has been cremated and will be shipped Saturday the 16th, one full month since he passed. It has been 8 weeks since I saw him in person, this doesn’t seem real but I know it will be when his things arrive and he isn’t with them. I know Monday will tear me apart. I have wanted him back and his belongings for so long but now I dread getting them.

His memorial service is scheduled for July 21st. I dread this whole trip and everything about it. I don’t want to do any of it……

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My aunt’s Gofundme page, she set it up for me.

Kawanee will need help. Plese read this.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t post this on my own wall but I’ve been told it’s not self-serving and that I shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for help when I need it. I am not accustomed to asking for help and this is hard for me. However, due to the extended wait for Death Certificates, his remains from China and having no job I find that I am in need of help. I cannot get a job while I’m trying to arrange travel arrangements to another state and have a funeral.

My husband passed away in China on business, he wasn’t even 50 yrs old and had no health issues that we were aware of. This is a complete shock that has been followed by a long drawn out process. I think I am finally getting his belongings after a month. Still no definite date on when his ashes will be shipped…

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BO PEEP’S PROBLEM

 

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Here we are for another week. Today we’re revisiting a busy road with a lot of sheep in front of and hindering the progress of a car. Our hostess for this weekly gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words not including the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt is a rerun taken by Sandra Crook and requested by Jennifer Pendergast. Thanks, Sandra, and Jennifer. Here then is the same story I wrote the first time plus a few tiny changes.

To read the other stories by the group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/15-july-2016/

Genre: Fantasy Humor

Word Count: 100 Words

BO PEEP’S PROBLEM by P.S. Joshi

Bo Peep was crying and wringing her hands. She had lost her whole flock of sheep. She’d searched high and low, back and forth.

Whatever would she do? Her family depended on her. She’d never been in such trouble.

Until evening, everything had been fine. Then they disappeared. She thought she heard them so where could they be?

Little Boy Blue came along and offered to help. She explained her problem.

He went, looked around, and came back to her.

“Peep,” he said. “aren’t those the sheep over there?”

“Where?” she asked.

He shook his head. “You need glasses, Peep.”

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THE NEWS FROM BOBBY

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–July 10th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/sunday-photo-fiction-july-10th-2016/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

THE NEWS FROM BOBBY by P.S. Joshi

Many children have a desire to be superheroes. Bobby Bitters wanted to be a journalist with The Pittstown-Pottsworth Paper. This desire was understandable as his mother, Beatrice Bitters, wrote an advice for the lovelorn column for the paper.

He would read her column every day and tell his friends to read it. When their parents found out, they didn’t know exactly what to do. They finally decided it could do no harm as identities were never given and Beatrice never wrote anything unfit for children. She was religious and kept it clean. It was a small paper owned and operated by religious Mr. Packer.

Bobby was always looking for interesting stories. He had a great source to hear about the problems adults in his area were having, his school friends. He figured he didn’t need to give advice, just report as that was part of the job. He could type news on the computer, make copies with the printer, and sell news to his school friends and other students at his school.

Soon there was a sizable problem. “John,” one of the mothers shouted at her husband, “this paper says you can’t stand my mother! Explain yourself.”

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A Review of FRANKLY SPEAKING by Don Massenzio

I read the novel FRANKLY SPEAKING by Don Massenzio last night. When I say last night, I mean I started reading and didn’t finish until the wee hours of the morning. It’s one of those detective thrillers you can’t seem to put down once you start.

It’s the first in a series of four Frank Rozzoni detective novels. He’s an Italian-American detective with a troubled past in Syracuse, New York and has moved to Jacksonville, Florida hoping to escape it and the people looking for him because of it. With his friend, Clifford Jones III aka Jonesy, he works to solve the case of a missing teenager who disappeared while attending a church retreat. He and Jonesy are hired by the girl’s wealthy, distraught parents who are dissatisfied with the efforts of the local police department.

Jonesy is a great help to Frank as he is a practicing lawyer with a brilliant ability on the computer–which includes hacking when it seems necessary–and the ability to remember everything he sees, hears  and reads. He’s also a local surfer who owns and operates a  surf shop with his legal office in the back.

The two play in a trio at a local jazz club, the Sun Dog, two evenings a week.

As the author, Don has done his research. Whenever details are needed in subjects such as Jacksonville and the surrounding area, weapons, computer information, etc., he provides them. This information pulls the reader right into the story.

This was the first of four Frank Rozzoni novels, and I hope there are  more to come. I give it a rating of five stars out of a possible five.

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THE ALLEY

 

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NOTE: A good place to find markets for short stories is Ralan’s Webstravaganza.

Here we are for another week. Today we’ve gathered near a virtual alley in a virtual city. Our hostess for this weekly gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words not including the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt is another repeat requested by Sandra Crook and supplied by Jan Marler Morrill. Thanks, Sandra, and Jan.

To read the other stories by the group members, just click  on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/8-july-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE ALLEY by P.S. Joshi

Doris’s husband was in his late seventies, ten years older than her. She worried about him. He insisted on taking a shortcut through an alley in the city and wouldn’t listen.

She was afraid she’d get a call from the police some night telling her his body had been found in that alley with his wallet gone. Even a friend had warned him.

One night she got a call from the police.

“Mrs. Moore, we found…”

Here it comes, she thought. I don’t want to hear.

“…your husband’s wallet in an alley. He must have dropped it.”

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Independence day

Nick’s Rebirth Day.

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For millions, across the US, the fourth of July is Independence Day and I wish you a wonderful day. Here, it is also a special day… it is my son’s rebirthday.

Regular readers know Nick’s story, how he was stabbed through the brain and left dying in an alley… the long, terrifying months of coma and rehab and the years of determined effort to regain his independence.

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He named the 4th of July his rebirthday because, instead of putting an end to his life, the injury pressed the ‘reset’ button and let him start again, with a new set of values, based not on being the best at his job or amassing the trappings of worldly success, but on paying attention to the world and its beauty and being the best of himself.

His recovery has been little short of miraculous. His…

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