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In celebration of the holidays, rather than the traditional colors, Krista over at WordPress, has chosen the subject “Yellow” for this week’s photo challenge! Here are my photos featuring the color yellow!

Daffodil ruffles

Daffodil ruffles

The Skirt of the Daffidol

The Skirt of the Daffidol

Contrasts of rust and yellow

Contrasts of rust and yellow

The curves of a cut lemon

The curves of a cut lemon

Honey bees on hibiscus

Honey bees on hibiscus

The sun rises!

The sun rises!

A sunflower

A sunflower

There you have it! Shades of yellow!

Have a great Friday and weekend too! And, thank you for stopping by to visit! Be well! ^..^

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Griff - Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

Griff – Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

“You are not listening,” said Gwen.

“I am! I truly am!” replied Melanie. “What you are telling me doesn’t make sense!”

“What don’t you get? I am breaking up with Griff.”

“Why would you want to break up with Griff? He’s a great guy! You are perfect together! He is sweet, kind, attentive, handsome, intelligent, and he loves you!”

“He might be all that but you just don’t understand Melanie. He snores. He flosses his teeth at the table. He farts and talks about barking spiders.”

“What am I missing?”

“What you don’t get is that he bugs me!”

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Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Doug MacIlroy for the inspiring photo!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by today! Have a terrific Thursday! Be well! ^..^

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I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words, not including the opening line….Ready?

2014-12-15 - BW Beacham
“They say that life is a game of chess…” Gary had counted on winning the next and biggest game he had ever played. Here’s how it went down.

Richard and his wife Sonja meet their new neighbors Gary and Sammy. They became fast friends. One day, after playing a game of softball, Gary suggests to Richard that he sleep with his wife Sammy, which Richard does, while Gary sits in a bar in town.

Hearing sirens the following morning, Richard looks out the window and sees the emergency vehicles stop at Gary and Sammy’s house. Something bad has gone down. They remove Sammy’s body, and the following day Richard is arrested for murder.  She had been bludgeoned to death with a bat. His fingerprints were on the bat by the body, and they had semen.

They took Richard away, and Gary smiled. Wearing gloves and using that bat was one way to get out of a bad marriage.

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I hope that you have enjoyed today’s bit of flash!  You too can take part by clicking HERE!  Thank you for stopping by today, and have a magnificent Monday!

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The days move so fast these days, and here it is Sunday once again! I am taking part in Alastair Forbes’ Sunday Photo Fiction! This is a challenge that asks that you to write a story using about 200 words that goes along with the photo provided. Here is my story:

The Room with a View

The Room with a View - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Room with a View – Photo by Alastair Forbes

He sat in the window of the tower, a bird’s eye view of the world. The room was warm because of the fire burning in the hearth. He stood and stretched, then sat back down watching as the woodpeckers flew to the roof above.

He was lucky. Very lucky, some would say. He had been alone in the world trying to fend for himself and doing just OK. Others in his world did not care for him, and he had the scars to prove it. He was homeless. His daily amusements were chasing the birds in the park, and sometimes the deer too.

It was a cool spring day when he came upon the castle. Two people were sitting outside and he went to them begging for a bite to eat. He was so hungry. The woman disappeared into the castle and came back out with goodies for him. He was so happy, and so he said to her. She examined him, noting his limp and recent injuries.

Lifting him up in her arms, she carried him inside, gave him a warm bed, water, food, even a name. He looked back out the window knowing he was one lucky cat!

My name is Scrappy!

My name is Scrappy!


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Thank you Al for the great photo and to Scrappy, who inspired this story as I looked at him staring out the window!

And, thank you dear reader for stopping by today! Have a special Sunday and be well! ^..^

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This week the topic selected for the WordPress Photo Challenge is “Twinkle.” The challenge requires me to find anything that twinkles…I think I have just the photos! Let’s go take a look!

Sunlight on ice crystals catches my eye.

Ice crystals

Ice crystals

The twinkling lights on a cruise ship make the interior festive!

Lights

Lights

I would not have seen this spider web if the light didn’t catch the drops of water just right, which is what made me look in that direction.

Raindrops on a spider web

Raindrops on a spider web

I could have taken 100 photos of this scene and all would be different due to the moving water.

Sunlight on the water

Sunlight on the water

You can really see the twinkling in this photo of icebergs floating in Glacier Bay.

Icebergs

Icebergs

One last shot, that of Christmas lights in the square of Prescott, AZ.

Christmas lights

Christmas lights

Did I do OK? :) Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend! Be well! ^..^

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One Man's Trash - Photo by Sandra Crook

One Man’s Trash – Photo by Sandra Crook


After a storm, Stacy loved hitting the beach by the river. She walked down the ramp to the dock to access the pile of debris left by the last storm. An artist by trade, her mind whirled with ideas as she looked over the beach scattered with driftwood, plastic bottles and balls.

She envisioned the plastics bottles becoming self-watering devices for her houseplants. The driftwood she could use to make some cool artwork. One piece in particular would become a handle for the wood gate at the side of her house.

She thought, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!”
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Sandra Crook for her inspiring photo!

I hope that you enjoyed my bit of flash fiction today! Thank you for stopping by today, and have a terrific Thursday! Be well! ^..^

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I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words….Ready?

2014-12-08 - BW Beacham

“Donning her fins and snorkel, she headed out into the deep water.” She carried her special underwater camera. Her last project was in Loch Ness. Using infrared, she captured a photo of Nessie. She was optimistic that in the coastal waters of San Diego she would capture her next!

The chop on the water was actually calm; the water clear. Her target sometimes would reportedly be deep, and sometimes close to the surface. It made an unusual sound, kind of a deep “thrum.”

Having swum a good distance away from the boat, she let herself sink and listen. Pulling out a special underwater sonar device set specifically for this sound, she turned it on. It was heading towards her!

The sound came closer. With the camera ready, she could finally see it coming her way. Raising her camera, she smiled and so did Mr. Limpet, Ladyfish, and Crusty.

They posed and she took the historic shot! Silently, she thanked George Stickle!
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I sincerely hope that you enjoyed today’s story! This story is based upon characters from the 1964 movie starring Don Knotts, Carole Cook and Jack Weston.

I laugh because I met Don Knotts back in the mid-1970’s. It was a meeting I am sure that I will never forget, and he probably didn’t either. On being introduced to this talented man, who was known for his parts in The Andy Griffith Show, and, at the time, the upcoming Three’s Company, I stammered! He graciously shook my hand and I said, “I loved you in the Incredible Mr. Limpet.” His face seemed to freeze, he dropped my hand and walked away. I could have kicked myself! There you have it!

Warner Brothers - Don Knotts as Mr. Limpet

Warner Brothers – Don Knotts as Mr. Limpet

Have a wonderful Monday! Thanks for dropping in and be well! ^..^

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