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The Table - Photo by Melanie Greenwood

The Table – Photo by Melanie Greenwood


To memorialize that meeting, Stephanie photographed the table and chairs where they had met.

She and her sister had just concluded a meeting with Agent K from the Men in Black. They were to be the first women recruits. This was history in the making!

Heading to the building that housed operations, they made their way to the newest locker room, built just for them. Her sister was Agent V, and she Agent Z.

Changing clothes, they set out to their first assignment. A drunken Narkilian was in a bar, and every Agent knows that Narkilians cannot handle their alcohol!

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A while back I had the opportunity to visit the great State of Alaska. Going inland, I wanted to see that famous mountain which is the highest peak in North America at a height of 20,320 feet, or 6.194 meters. The mountain: Mount McKinley! Most folks that visit Alaska with the hopes of seeing this mountain do not. Only 30% of people who visit the various areas with hopes of see this mountain do! And, I got to see this beauty! So, for today, I wanted to share with you various views of this amazingly huge mountain!

Early in the morning, Mount McKinley made an appearance!

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

Then the clouds move in but I still can catch a glimpse!

Hiding behind the clouds

Hiding behind the clouds

With cloudy skies above, one break in the clouds really shows off the beauty of this mountain!

Sun shines on the mountain

Sun shines on the mountain

Here is a photo capturing the mountain a bit closer!

A bit of a close up

A bit of a close up

I had the opportunity to see the mountain while standing along the shore of the Susitna River.

River view

River view

The sun sets, and as it does I capture this dramatic shot!

At sunset

At sunset

Traveling behind the mountain, I snap a photo of Mount McKinley from the backside!

The backside of the mountain

The backside of the mountain

I felt very privileged to see this amazing wonder of the world! I hope that you enjoyed these photos of this North American beauty!

Have a great Tuesday, and thank you for dropping by today! Be well! ^..^

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2014-10-27 - BW Beacham

Little did we know that Grandpa was a collector. For years, he lived in that old, rundown house on 15 acres. I have fond memories of swimming in the old pond, picking blackberries at a patch near the house, and climbing the huge oak trees to the fort he built for us. What we never expected, after he passed away, was to find what we did!

He had so few knickknacks around the house. Behind the house, there was another outbuilding. We had to hire a team to clear the brush so that we could take down the old structure, getting the property ready for sale. That was when we found the cars. There were so many!

Most of the cars were Fords. There was a sign on the building indicating “Ford Parking Only.” This was odd to us. Why? Because not only did he a collect cars but we always thought Grandpa loved Chevys!
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Mondays Finish the Story

You too can join in on this writing challenge! A photo is provided and the opening sentence of a story that you get to finish using 100-150 words! Join in on this Mondays Finish the Story challenge! To get to this week’s challenge click HERE!

I hope that you liked my bit of flash fiction! Thank you for taking the time to stop by today for a bit! Have a great Monday and be well! ^..^

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The Haunting - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Haunting – Photo by Alastair Forbes


I moved into my 1890’s Victorian house nine months ago and began restoration. Shortly after I started the work, strange things started happening.

The first thing I experienced was hearing the sound footsteps on the second floor. When I looked around, I realized no one was there. Then one day in the living room, I discovered that one of the wing chairs mysteriously moved next to the fireplace. I could smell cigar smoke. I do not smoke cigars, nor did I move the chair.

One night, sitting in the patio room playing my guitar, I felt my arms grabbed from behind. As I could see all doors in the room, I realized that I had not seen anyone come in. Looking behind me, I saw one of the houseplants swaying for no apparent reason. Talk about being creeped out!

With the restoration done, by now it was early fall, I decided to have a dinner party. One of the dishes I was going to make was a fresh pumpkin cauliflower soup. As I walked into the kitchen to start cooking, there was the pumpkin, carved and glowing. I had not carved the pumpkin.

It turned towards me smiling and winked.
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Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction, and for the inspiring photo to go along with this challenge!

And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by to visit today! May you have one heck of an amazing Sunday! Be well! ^..^

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A Congressional Hearing for the Birds - Photo by The Reclining Gentleman

A Congressional Hearing for the Birds – Photo by The Reclining Gentleman


“How wide is that island out there in the bay?” asked the Congressman. “I am thinking that it might be 20 feet long and 6 feet wide. Would that be correct Admiral?”

“Congressman, I do not have the exact information right now, but I can get it for you,” replied the Admiral.

“And what is the bird population on this island?”

“I think that it might be about 150.”

“Now you want to add how many birds to the island?”

“We want to add 6 birds sir.”

“My fear is that if you add 6 birds to this island it will become overly populated, capsize, and tip over.”

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I wrote this story based upon on an actual event. A friend of mine sent me a video link in an email. Not believing that what I was seeing was true, I did a check of Snopes.com. The story is true!

The true story has to do with adding U.S. troops to the Island of Guam. I hope that you watch the video below. I found it unbelievable and maybe you will too. As much as I would like to spout off here, I will not. I just ask that you watch this video, and then ask yourself about who you are voting for, no matter where you are in this world.

Now for the video:

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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to the Reclining Gentleman who brought to mind the story of a video sent to me by a certain friend! Aloha!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I certainly hope that you took the time to watch the video…be well!

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Many times I have had the opportunity to watch the salmon spawning. They move in from the oceans, miraculously back to the place where they were born. The colors of the fish change from the lovely silvery color to shades of black and red. After spawning they die, washing up along the rocks at the sides of the rivers. There are also hatcheries which help in the reproduction of salmon, providing ladders for the fish to go up, where they head in to tanks and do their thing. The next years fish are also contained before they are released out to sea. So, let’s take a look at this cycle beginning with the fish going up a river, and then to the hatchery! Be sure to watch the video at the end!

Here is a shot of a healthy salmon before spawning. They are silver in color before they head into fresh water to spawn.

Salmon face

Salmon face

Once they head upstream and into the fresh water they lose this color as their bodies get ready for spawning. Standing along a bridge near the mouth of the river, I capture a number of shots of the salmon. Their colors have changed. See if you can spot the salmon in the water in these next shots.

Three spawning salmon

Three spawning salmon

Five spawning salmon

Five spawning salmon

Ten spawning salmon

Ten spawning salmon

Here is a shot of the salmon from the above photo a bit closer…

Close in on some of the ten

Close in on some of the ten

We headed to a hatchery, and the folks there help the salmon species to continue on. The salmon that head to this hatchery were born here. Along a river, they have set up a ladder to resemble the uphill climb. The fish head for this ladder.

This is the ladder at the hatchery

This is the ladder at the hatchery

As the tide comes in the ladder fills up. Looking through a window set into the ladder you can see the fish…

Going up the ladder

Going up the ladder

Once they hit the top of the ladder, the fish go into holding tanks. There is a mechanism that sorts the fish by size. Here are some of the salmon in the holding tank. There are a lot of them!

Before spawning at the hatchery

Before spawning at the hatchery

Here they will collect the eggs and sperm and raise the babies. Here are the babies…

Baby salmon

Baby salmon

Out in the wild, the male salmon go through a number of phases in their spawning process. They develop humps on their back, and their mouths enlarge to create a hook at the snout. Both male and female, when they enter the fresh water they both stop drinking, relying on a gland in their bodies that has stored salt so that they do not get dehydrated.

Here is a salmon heading upstream! You can already see the color change on the fish. From the hump and the curved snout this appears to be a male.

Heading upstream

Heading upstream

The male is the first to arrive at the spawning ground and mark off their territory where the gravel is not too small and not too large. When the female arrives she uses her body to create what is called a “redd.” This is a depression in the gravel and will become the nest for the eggs. With her body she signals the male that she is ready to lay her eggs. The males fight and it is the dominant male that gets to spawn with the female. Swimming side to side she releases her eggs and he releases his sperm. The sperm, called milt, mixes with the eggs. They do this again a bit farther up the stream and the gravel she moves covers over the eggs and sperm from the first batch.

The male dies fairly quickly after spawning is done, and the female hangs around for a couple of weeks by her nests, and then finally dies off, and her body gets carried downstream. Here are two salmon who have done their job, their bodies have floated downstream. They don’t smell to good either!

They have done their job!

They have done their job!

Here is a quick video that I took of the spawning salmon, the river and the little babies. Click on the link, and then on the button at the bottom right to enlarge to full screen. The sound you hear is natural sound and was not dubbed in to the film.

Well, this got to be a lengthy blog! Thanks for stopping by and for hanging in there to read this thanks! Be well! ^..^

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I have a friend who for years was constantly having pain and discomfort almost always after a meal. Over the years the Dr.’s were unable to identify what was wrong with her until recently. They finally diagnosed her with celiac disease. This disease prevents foods from being absorbed into the small intestines and actually damages the lining of the small intestine. It can be very painful, as it was for her. What caused this disease is an intolerance to gluten.

What is gluten? It is a protein found in wheat and other grains that gives doughs that elastic feel. It helps the dough to rise, keep its shape and makes it chewy. Folks who suffer, as my friend does, from celiac disease have to consume a special diet so that they can avoid this protein.

Here is a brief list of foods that are recommended for those suffering from this condition. The list includes beans, seeds and nuts, none of which are processed. It also includes fresh eggs, most dairy products and fresh vegetables. It is also important that any meats that they consume do not have breading, batter coated or marinated. There are gluten free “flour” alternatives to wheat, like quinoa, amaranth, corn, to name a few.

Last year you might remember I attended the Tony’s Fine Foods food show. At this event we went looking for gluten free crackers. We were doing this so that folks who came to visit the winery where I work would be able to clear their palette, enjoy the varying flavors of the wine, and not suffer from the gluten side effects.

I spoke to one of the vendors about how a single plant can make items with gluten and items without. I was told that they have to have separate facilities. This is because as wheat flour is processed gluten can float into the air and contaminate other products.

So, now you know that gluten comes from wheat. And, food manufacturers have now included the words “Gluten Free” on packaging. Now this is not a surprise on crackers, cake mixes, pastas, bread and such. I was surprised to find this labeling on bacon. Yes, I saw gluten free bacon! And, I was surprised to find it on coffee too! The two manufacturer’s do not have plants that process wheat. Here is a coffee label that indicates it is gluten free.

Gluten free coffee

Gluten free coffee

Searching the internet, I did find this one club that offers the “gluten free bacon.”

Gluten free bacon

Gluten free bacon

I understand the necessity of labeling an item as gluten free for those that suffer from celaic disease and marketing products as gluten free has now become the norm. I believe that people should educate themselves on what gluten is and what food alternatives there are.

Have a terrific Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!

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