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A Tale Of Trump And The Boy Scouts

The inappropriate speech given at the Boy Scout Jamboree this year.

Filosofa's Word

The crowd at the latest Trump rally was different from other crowds at previous rallies.  They were children.  Children who ranged in age from 7 to 18.  They were Boy Scouts who belong to an organization that promotes the values of good citizenship and service to others in the community.  Their oath is:

“On my honor, I will do my best. To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”

For 80 years, American presidents have been speaking to the National Scout Jamboree, a gathering of tens of thousands of youngsters from around the world eager to absorb the ideas of service, citizenship and global diplomacy. In keeping with the Scouts’ traditions, all eight presidents have stayed far, far away from partisan politics. But as we all…

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Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam 3

The third episode of Teagan’s story.

Teagan's Books

Thistledown GirlAlex Iby, Unsplash

Update: The time limit for the lightning contest has now expired. I’ll announce the winners when I post Episode 4. Hugs!

Welcome back one and all!

Writing Process

I really do intend to promote everyone who named a character for this serial.  Yes, that’s a lot of characters… but I will try to do it in a way that doesn’t overwhelm or confuse the story.  I hope to avoid reader-overwhelm and character chaos as much as I can.  

In fact, I’m adding a page with very brief information about each character.  I’m not happy with the page, but you might find it minutely helpful, so I’ll go ahead and post it.  I hope to update the page and improve on it.  However, I gave it too much writing-time this weekend. Apparently the free version of WordPress I use isn’t compatible with table apps…  but here goes…

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A nice hand with trifling details.

More remembrances of Tallis Steelyard written down by Jim Webster for your pleasure.

Tallis Steelyard

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You have to remember that poets are merely human. Just because a man or woman is a great poet doesn’t mean that they don’t have limits. There are things we just cannot do.

As it is I do wonder at times whether our patrons realise this. There are times when I wake up in the middle of the night whimpering as my dreams replay various incidents from the past.

For example, let us look once more at the function I helped organise for Madam Dorca, her summer equinox celebration. In theory it was a simple task. Madam Dorca was methodical; she entertained on a rather grand scale, but only on the evening of an equinox or solstice. Thus her entertainments were fixtures within the social calendar. Invitations were much sought after, and it must be confessed that being known as somebody who helped to organise them enhanced my reputation.

Unfortunately…

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Eilean Donan Castle

Castle pictures in Scotland.

The World according to Dina

You surely can imagine how much we fairies like castles. Do you know why? We like to chat with ghosts. So we went utterly excited towards the bridge to Skye, where we visited the dream-castle Eilean Donan. It’s the most photographed point in the whole of Scotland.


We were afraid that most of it was taken away from all this picture-taking. We wanted to meet the ghost of poor Alexander Mackenzie, Chief of Kintail, who was condemned to go to school because he was taking part in a revolt in the 15. c. But, as we suspected, all the tourist had chased him away.

Ihr könnt euch sicher vorstellen, dass wir Feen Burgen lieben. Wisst ihr warum? Wir unterhalten uns gerne mit Geistern. Also fuhren wir aufgeregt zur Brücke zur Insel Skye, wo das Traumschloss Eilean Donan liegt. Es gehört zu den meist fotografierten Motiven Schottlands. Wir waren schon ganz bange…

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Shopping Around

It’s shameful some people are placed in this situation.

Behind the White Coat

Macy's in New York City

“She doesn’t have physical exam coverage and her insurance only allows three office visits per year. No lab coverage. No preventive care coverage. She needs her blood pressure and diabetes meds refilled but she cannot come in for a physical.”

I’ve seen this a lot lately.

“No problem. Tell her to come in for a regular office visit so we can at least check her blood pressure. I will code a 99214 and she may get a 30% discount off that as a cash pay patient. I can send her to a discount laboratory for labs that will save her hundreds of dollars. In October she can get a $99 mammogram at one of the local imaging centers. Her flu vaccination she can get cheap at the health department. We will just have to postpone her PAP another year.”

So she came in….

Crying.

“I pay over $700 a month…

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Take Yourself for a Walk in Koper Slovenia~

More fascinating travel pictures from Cindy Knoke.


If this Koperian doggie can,

I can, and you most certainly can.


Jim is right here, you see him, with the map, he always finds where are going.

I just tend to follow the critters,

they always take me where I want to be.


And thank you! It is so much better when you come along,

because pleasure shared is doubled.

We are still home at The Holler, but it’s cheers to you from Koper Slovenia~

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Top Ten Things Not to Do on a Photo Shoot.

Good photo shoot rules by John Howell.

Fiction Favorites

Top Ten Thing not to do

This list was inspired by my Producer. We did a shoot yesterday and the subject of Ten Things Not to Do came up. I have to admit publically that I only did number ten once.  The rest – all fiction. I hope you enjoy the list.

10. If you are on a photo shoot, do not ignore the advice of your Producer. If you do, at best you’ll have lousy photos. At worst, you’ll have bad pictures and an ex Producer. (See what happens when you ignore good advice, Pard?)

9 If you are on a photo shoot, do not take photos of people without permission. If you do, at best you may have to run fast. At worst, you will take a lovely photo of Tiny the WWF champ before he could suck in his substantial belly. (Funny how that camera turned to dust in Tiny’s hand huh, Tex?)

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