Don’t let the grass grow under your feet.

First, another tale by Tallis Steelyard of Maljie, a Temple Warden at the Shrine of Aea, and a former pirate. In this tale, she takes a scythe and some mendicants and cuts a field for the local shrine. Next, a book by Jim Webster about Port Naain and Partann is on offer at a most reasonable price. A review by a satisfied reader is included.

Tallis Steelyard

Don't let the grass grow under your feet

Every so often you come across a paradox. For example I was once talking to an old friend of Maljie’s and they mentioned, “The cathartic effect of mindless violence.” But surely if it’s cathartic, it isn’t mindless, it’s done for a purpose? But there again, if it isn’t mindless violence, is it cathartic? Still I leave others to ponder the eternal verities. This story arose from the time when Maljie was a Temple Warden at the Shrine of Aea in her Aspect as the Personification of Tempered Enthusiasm. The duties of Temple Wardens are countless and diverse. So Maljie wasn’t entirely surprised when she realised that one of her jobs was mowing the temple meadow.

Now if glorifying this particular shrine with the term, ‘temple’ was an overstatement, describing that particular patch of ground as ‘the temple meadow was hyperbole. Yes I know that a meadow is merely a grassy…

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Churchill Manitoba~

Pictures by Cindy Knoke of Churchill, Manitoba often called The Polar Bear Capital of the world.

Oh course I have to lead with the bears. Churchill is often referred to as ‘The Polar Bear Capitol of the world’ and I do have more of them to show you. This is a different mother and cub from the ones I posted before and they are shot in black and white.

Churchill itself is a most remarkable and unique place. In the summer it is nippy, but in the winter, it is another story altogether. Hudson Bay freezes over and the polar bears are in their element. People, not so much. But clever and resourceful humans have adapted many ways to make life in this forbidding climate livable. Check out this polar research vehicle which you have to admit is pretty darn nifty. (In the background you can see an abandoned missile silo. More about this later).

Decades ago polar bear populations around Churchill were in very serious…

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Beware the Full Moon


Photo Copyright: J.Hardy Carroll

Here we are again and this week we’re gathered under an overhead window. We’ve come together to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneer’s group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and be inspired by the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by J.Hardy Carroll. Thanks, J.Hardy. To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link below, then on the smiling frog. Next, follow the given directions.

20 September 2019

Genre: Horror Fiction

Word Count: 97 Words

Beware the Full Moon By P.S. Joshi


Frank was thrilled. His younger brother Bill was coming to live with him. Their mother had written the boy was hard to manage and asked if he would take him for a while.

When he met Bill’s bus, he was shocked at how thin and drawn the boy looked.

That night Frank slept soundly as a full moon beamed through the skylight of the apartment. A dark figure crept out the door. Minutes later a high-pitched howl pierced the air.

A day later the newspaper printed the blaring headline,







On Ben A’an

The sights of Ben A’an.

Walking the Old Ways

On a beautiful September morning, we found our way to the top of Ben A’an, that modest but rather stunning hill in the Trossachs. If you want a short walk, I commend it to you, though do as we did and get there early. It’s a popular ascent, and by going early in the morning – we had another walk planned for the afternoon – we beat the crowds and had the summit to ourselves.

DSCF1594 Loch Katrine from the top.  

Modest Ben A’an might be, but its a scenic route to the top, with views back down to Loch Achray, which itself features in the history of Scottish stravaiging and hillwalking. There was a popular howff down there where the working class walkers from Glasgow etc. would bed down for the night in the 1920s/30s often having got there after a hard week’s work.

DSCF1585 A shapely hill  

Those climbers of…

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What we’ve been up to.

Kawanee had an injury but is better and again looking for work. She remains hopeful.

I’m back, it’s been a busy 3 weeks. I know I posted that there was a fiasco with our Labor Day weekend.

We vended at an even in Little Rock, it was for Combat Veterans. Wounded Warrior, Feed a Vet, and Suicide Prevention was there in support of the troops. It was a motorcycle club, live music, lots of motorcycles and our product… which isn’t saddlebag friendly at all. It was hotter than Satan’s buttcrack on black asphalt in hell. I had hurt my shoulder for our last event…

(Wait… did I tell ya’ll I got hurt? Not sure, but if not here’s the gist of it. I hurt my shoulder helping to set up the tent for our last event. For two weeks, I tried to treat it with anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. (August 16 or something)Finally went to urgent care, diagnosis: muscle strain/sprain. I got 3 shots in…

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Trump’s “Saudi Arabia First” Policy

Why we are in danger of the U.S. attacking Iran and why we shouldn’t.

Filosofa's Word

Donald Trump likes ‘tough’ talk, and apparently thinks it is becoming to sound like a B-grade actor trying out for the role of one of Don Corleone’s sons in The Godfather.  This could be forgiven or overlooked if he were a teenager still trying to impress girls despite his pimply face and false bravado.  But no, he is 73 years of age, and more importantly, holds the highest office in the government of a nation of 330 million people.  We don’t need a mafioso-sounding idiot running the nation … we need intellect and compassion, neither of which Trump possesses.

“Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”


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What a Big Mouth You Have~

Pictures by Cindy Knoke of beautiful and powerful grizzlies in their Hudson Bay home

The better to growl at you,

besides it’s hot for a polar bear, and I pant and get grumpy when it’s hot.

I’ll growl at the dirt if I want to.

Whose gonna stop me?

Baby Bear, like a pint sized Narcissus, practices panting and growling at his reflection. Someday, he hopes to grow huge and growl as fiercely as Mama Bear, but for now, all he can do is practice.

What big teeth,

huge tongue,

and what fine bears you are!

Your sleepy cub is quite handsome,

and your home is lovely too!

Cheers to you from the awesome bears in their stunning Hudson Bay home~

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