VJ’s Weekly Challenge: roads

GPS indicated the road we wanted was just ahead. “There!” I coached. “Where that truck is coming out.” Too late we realized this was not a road at all, but a long driveway leading to a unwelcoming house. There was no backing up. Ric pushed all sixty-one feet of our rig (motor home and tow) […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: peripheral

Movement in my peripheral vision distracts me from the chore at hand. Am I seeing things? Mostly, it’s the coming and going of birds and squirrels outside, but when the time is just right – moon in a certain phase or whatever – I can’t help but wonder if it’s something more. Maybe I’ve just […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: “I’m bored!”

“The kids are driving me nuts!” my youngest daughter tells me just as the province is going into lockdown again, school back to online learning. “What’s the problem?” “They’re bored. No friends, no school, and we’re limited in what we can do. They are always looking to us to entertain them, and we both work […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: The Chase

Not sure whether it’s just lockdown restlessness or an innate knowing that ‘something is out there’, but from time to time, I get an urge to grab the camera and go. This happened the other evening as I was finishing up supper. Even though I was tired, one glance at the weather forecast told me […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: nesting

“Grandma, I had a great day at school! We learned about birds!” Four-year-old August is as passionate about birds as I am. “What did you learn?” I ask. “Birds will use just about anything to build their nests, even shoe laces.” Her eyes are wide and her expression radiates amusement. Every morning this week, a […]

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Snippets From a Life

Looks as if Ric is facing another surgery. We’ll know by the 13th, if not sooner. Meanwhile, my own illness is flaring, and the new treatment is causing severe nausea and other complications. Thank goodness for my camera, which takes me out of myself, if only for a moment. Here are a few snippets of […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: snippets

Popping the bubbles on a newly tarred road… occasionally losing a flip flop and hopping one-footed to retrieve it. Climbing as high as I can up the Willow tree, where hidden from the world, I eavesdrop on passersby. Contemplating how beauty has never fit with the equation of self. All the glamorous dresses my father […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: Spring Acrostic

Last. week was a mind teaser. This week we’ll keep it a little simpler (hopefully) Choose any word that relates to Spring and create an acrostic poem. Here’s a sample: VibrantEarthRenewingNurturingAll Life To participate, create a post and link back here, or drop a note in the comments. Looking forward to your creations.

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: Describe but don’t reveal

Post a poem, prose, art, photograph, or other that illustrates but doesn’t reveal the subject. (Don’t forget to link back here.) Here’s an example: A Friend Indeed Friend, you guidemy brain-fogged,somnambulist limbs –like a mindless automaton;I follow, barely registeringmovement – grateful fordeliverance into thefullness of day. Once, I abhorredyour consistency,your stifling repetition,found your dependencymind-numbing, soulless […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: scam/ con/ catfish

Hello pretty lady, want to chat? No, just here to play the game. Where are you from? I don’t reply. I’ve downloaded the Words with Friends app, hoping to improve my mind. Seems every other opponent is just here looking for a mate. Do people usually meets partners on this site? I messaged one man. […]

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