Friday, August 31, 2012

Three Words

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For this weekend's Trifextra, we're going to keep it short.  Ridiculously short.  The shortest it has ever been and probably will ever be.

Robert Frost one said, "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."  We want you to do the same.  Sum up anything you want, but do it in three words.  Your response should mirror Frost's quote by beginning, "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about--."  And the last four words are yours to choose.




In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about parenting
instructions not included.




Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cyber Friends

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The prompt this week is the third definition of:

HEART (noun)

1: a hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals that by its rhythmic contraction acts as a force pump maintaining the circulation of the blood
2: a playing card marked with a stylized figure of a red heart
3: personality, disposition <a cold heart>

Please remember:

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
  • Only one entry per writer.


Here is my entry in 33 words:



Cyber Friends


QWERTY and Wi-Fi

Weave a magic carpet 

Upon which I ride

To visit you--

Whose words of joy 

Soar me higher,

And whose invisible tears

Render me

Startled, by my own

Heavy heart.




Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sky


North, South, East, West--
Same sky, differently expressed.
Clouds clearing, sun setting,
Colors bursting, rainbow jetting.





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We walked out of the restaurant and into its parking lot.  It had stopped raining.

I looked up and was struck by the beauty of rolling storm clouds trying to clear way.  It was breathtaking.  I stumbled for my cameraphone.  Snap.

I turned to face the car door and saw another part of the sky, glowing pink behind a thick mass of storm clouds.  Wow.  Snap.

Almost 90 degrees to the left, the twilight colors shone through in a part of the sky with very little clouds, behind a mass of trees instead.  Incredible colors.  Snap.

I marveled about having gotten so many pictures of the beautiful sky and its variety of clouds as we all got into the car and DH started to drive away.

Out of nowhere, I shrieked at the top of my lungs in the small, confined space of our car that made everyone else jump.  So sorry.  I spotted a rainbow in the sky in the one direction I did not take a picture!  Quick, roll down the window.  Snap.  Snap.  Snap. 



Linking with BocaFrau's Picture Perfect Sundays
 




Saturday, August 11, 2012

Weekend Getaway

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Weekend Trifextra Challenge:

This weekend we're borrowing from the musical world.  Noted blues musician, Lead Belly, was quoted in Three Uses of the Knife by David Mamet as saying:
You take a knife, you use it to cut the bread, so you'll have strength to work; you use it to shave, so you'll look nice for your lover; on discovering her with another, you use it to cut out her lying heart.
He uses one object, a knife, to flesh out a character and to tell a story in a basic three-part dramatic structure.  We want the same from you.  Give us 33 words (exactly) that tell us three different uses for one object.  But don't just tell us that a can opener can be used to 1) open cans, 2) open beer bottles and 3) break a window in case of a fire.  Tell us a story, like Lead Belly did, if you can.  It won't be easy, but you guys are far beyond needing easy prompts.



Weekend Getaway


Friday flaunts red lipstick, 
Hair pulled back.  
We strut Rodeo Drive.

Saturday bursts surf, 
Seashells, and sand.   
We worship the sun in delight.

Sunday parts sweet sorrow.   
Behind Love’s cloak, 
I whisper--goodbye.




Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Flight

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flight (noun)

1a : an act or instance of passing through the air by the use of wings
  b : the ability to fly
2a : a passing through the air or through space outside the earth's atmosphere
  b : the distance covered in such a flightc : swift movement
  b : a scheduled airplane trip

Please remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
  • Only one entry per writer.



The Flight

Excitement grows in her center as she rides in the cab.  
Unconsciously, she points and flexes her agile feet encased in soft leather flats.  
Demi plié, relevé.  
Demi plié, relevé.  

The yellow vehicle begins to slow to the rhythm of crowding traffic on the highway. 
Red tail lights start to fill her field of vision ahead.  
Port de bras, 
Adagio.  

She lifts and leans forward to see what's ahead, worried by the delay.
She lowers her gaze to peer at the watch near the end of her long and slender arm. 
Arabesque,
Demi plié.
 
The halt slowly clears up, and speed resumes. 
She exhales as her long, thin arms relax and her fingers uncurl.
Degagé,
Allegro. 

She hops off onto the curb and takes note of this hectic moment.
In one graceful move, she lifts her luggage and heads inside.   
Second position.  
Grand plié.  

She trots quickly to the counter,
Luggage in tow, sweater in arm, heart on her sleeve. 
Chassé, pas de bourrée.  
Chassé, pas de bourrée.  

She swiftly makes her way through security,
Dodging slow travelers, complying to staff directions.  
Pirouette, demi plié.  
Pirouette, demi plié.  

Boarding pass clutched in her hand,
She picks up her pace and dashes toward the gate.  
Grand battement,
Allegro.   
 
She turns the corner and spots her number.  
She leaps forward with her boarding pass, reaching, as the last passenger to board.
Grand jeté,  
En avant.  
 
 She makes her flight to NYC, now en route to an audition that may just change her life.  
 In her seat, she catches her breath as her mind spins and pauses in the joy of Possibility.  
Fouetté en tournant.
 La Fin.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_ballet




Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Normal

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This week's prompt:

NORMAL (noun)  
1: a : a normal line  
    b : the portion of a normal line to a plane curve between the curve and the x- axis 
2: one that is normal 
          3: a form or state regarded as the norm : standard
Please remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
  • Only one entry per writer.


Here is my entry in 333 words:



It’s amazing how quickly we get used to things.


When I first came to this country as a child, I had a few impressions of this new land within minutes of my arrival. 


In the airport restroom, a woman smiled at me.  I remember being so bewildered that I asked my mom why a stranger would smile at me.  I learned that people are generous with their smiles here, and it represents a greeting--even for strangers.


Next, I thought there was nothing but free space here.  Everything was so spacious.  The restroom was huge; the airport was gigantic.  As we drove away, I saw that roads were wide, parking lots were enormous, and stores were humongous. 


Huh.  Kind people and spacious living.  I can get used to this.


Almost a decade later, I went back to visit family and friends on the little island in the East where I was born. 


As soon as I exited the plane, I felt claustrophobic.  There were people everywhere, all cramped up next to one another.  And no one made any eye contact, no matter how close your nose was to the next person’s.   Smiles were only for people you knew.


At a park, I met up with my best friend from grade school.  We had kept in touch by writing real, ‘Air-Mail’ letters all those years.  She was so happy to see me that she hugged me and took my hand.  And she didn’t let go.  We started walking, and I realized that I was holding hands with a girl, my age, while strolling out in public.  Huh.  I immediately saw many other girls holding hands--even in threes and fours--walking down the street.  Decidedly, I didn’t let go of her hand.  The awkwardness on my part soon passed, and I held her hand back.


So people don’t smile at you here.  But girls hold hands because they are friends.  This is the local normal.


It’s amazing how quickly we get used to things.




#photoadayJuly



My collection of #photoadayJuly photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim.


1. Self portrait: Profile shadow good enough?
2. Busy: My busy summer bees while I crack the whip.
3. Best part of your day: Morning cuppa joe.
4. Fun: Can you hear the squeals already?  Perfect for this scorching hot day.
5. On the floor: Boy toes and girly toes.
6. Chair: My favorite stool.
7. Garden: This is what I call 'progress'!
8. Lunch: Dim sum and then some.
9. Big: Cloud Gate, aka The Bean, at Millennium Park.
10. Your favorite color: Lilac sky.
11. Letter: An anniversary letter, a few years ago.
12. Texture: Layers of it!
13. Open: My afternoon snack, and, subsequently, my mouth.
14. Building: The Willis Tower, aka The Sears Tower.
15. Finger: Spinning the windmill at Windmill Island Gardens in Holland, MI.
16. Sign: Um, we're gonna be here awhile...
17. Your addiction: My Better Half finds me the best coffee in the area while on vacation!
18. Plate: I know what you're wondering, but the prompt is 'plate'.
19. Animal/insect/pet: My pet turtle, Tucker.
20. Eyes: 'Cause I can't see a thing without these.
21. 9 o’clock: PM, in the passenger seat.
22. Upside down: Hopscotch, anyone?
23. Mirror: A bean mirror.
24. A stranger: There is for sure at least one up in there!
25. Heart: Mine was bursting, at this place, watching these two peeps.
26. Sunshine: From Millennium Park.
27: On the road: Literally.
28. Cup: The good ol' Dixie.
29. Last thing you bought: Coleslaw for a picnic because I was too lazy to 'homemake'.
30. Calm: Friday movie night.
31. Toothbrush: How badly does my $$$ brushhead need to be replaced?  Cheapskate.


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