Category Archives: Writing Prompt

“Don’t Push the River…

…It Flows by Itself.” Released by author and Gestalt therapist Barry Stevens, it was the self-help book of my generation. The pages are well worn, dog-eared, book-marked and highlighted in my copy of the 1970 book. I often recommended it … Continue reading

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Broken #WritePhoto

Stone, brick, concrete Elements durable Forged sturdy Crumbling still Patterns repeated Exposing a foundation Of questionable strength. Thursday photo prompt – broken #writephoto Comments Closed. Stepping away for a few days. See you next week. Van

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The Island #Writephoto

From John Donne, London, 1614. Meditation 17 Devotions upon Emergent Occasions ‘No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by … Continue reading

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Still Water … #Writephoto

Still waters run deep. Or do they ? He never answered her question. “What are you thinking ?” Sarah tried. She had been looking lovingly into his eyes for a long time. He gazed back. Tom was the strong, silent … Continue reading

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The Chest # writephoto

They were never intended for our eyes. They were evidence. Family secrets. A life ruined. But there they were. The telltale photos. Glued onto yellowing pages. Hidden at the bottom of¬†the chest. Beneath¬†embroidered lace, sterling silver platters. Two leather-bound albums. … Continue reading

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Kalamazoo

Yes, it is a real place, a lovely city in western Michigan. The only reference I’d ever heard of it was in a very old Glenn Miller song “I’ve Got A Gal in Kalamazoo”.It’s the first thing I thought of … Continue reading

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Personal Loan

“I need $200.” Mike thought it might be drug money, but Bobby was a friend, trying to clean up his act. It was just a loan. They worked the same summer job, for very different reasons. Bobby’s wealthy family insisted; … Continue reading

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Look Away, Dixieland

Dear South Carolina, As your legislators debate the Confederate flag issue, please take a moment to reflect. You were settled in 1663 as the Carolina province. You were one of 13 original colonies. We shared a flag. From 1777, with … Continue reading

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One Last Move

“Kansas ? Really ?” He was five years from retirement. “It’s the last move, Ellen, we really have no choice.” Mark was right. There were bills to pay, he loved his work, Florida could wait. Stress, depression, illness did not … Continue reading

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