Fiction in 50: Love in theTime of iPhone


Ok, so we fudged just a little…

The Bookshelf Gargoyle curates a Fiction in 50 mini-narrative challenge – the current theme is a fill-in the blank with Love in the Time of _________ ! Search your heart, mine your memory or ransack a rhyme – but do sit down and write a piece of short, short fiction, send it in and go and have a peek at the other entries – GargoyleBruce writes wonderful reviews on all sorts of kid lit (big and small) with a cheeky tone guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Wander through the stacks, you are sure to find something you’ll like.

Click on the icon in the sidebar for previous entries…

WWW – Challenge

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Would my Wits
Were about me
What in the World
Would I do
Wrestle with the orange ones
Wrangle with the blue
Waver over Whipped cream
or Whisky neat
Wolf down all the yellow
eat green ones in the street
Wherever are the pink
Wrapped Wondrous
sweet delights
I’ll save the purple
best for last
and Wish all
a good chocolate night


Waltz through the entries in Frizztext’s WWW – Challenge.

Travel Theme: International Women’s Day

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lucy – Like us
living, loving and changing her world
one step at a time

Find a reason to celebrate in the entries at Where’s my backpack?’s challenge
Travel Theme: International Women’s Day.

Read more about Lucy and Hominids:

Lucy’s Story
Hominid Hunting
Lucy and Selam’s Species Climbed Trees
Found: Our two-million old ancestor who bridges the gap between apes and Man

This was Thursday: 1962

While 1962 continued the trend in global politics towards civil war, skirmishes and upheaval, it also marked a time where vassal nations were achieving their independence. America felt the world getting just a little bit smaller with the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis yet still managed to look to the stars with their nascent space programme and the launch of the first commercial communications satellite able to transmit a Trans-Atlantic television signal.  Youth were also starting to expand their horizons with Andy Warhol exhibiting the now infamous Campbell’s Soup Can, 007 getting a hit film with Dr. No and the Beatles recording Love Me Do –  3 convicts figured they could ride the tide of firsts and successfully escaped from Alcatraz.  Many of the ideas and trends put forward in that year have become embedded in our reservoir of cultural consciousness – 50 years later, Booker T. & the M.G.’s crossover hit single shows us exactly how relevant they still are…

For more on 1962 visit:

Green Onions
Booker T. & the M.G.’s
Booker T
Andy Warhol
1962 JukeBox

This was Thursday: 1961

Tensions at home and abroad seemed to be the order of the year as the Cold War continued throughout 1961 – turmoil in Africa, South Korea and the Middle East left no doubt that a new world order was in its infancy.  While Freedom Riders rode the bus to racial awareness in the US and the European Social Charter forged a guarantee of positive civil and political rights,  Etta James crossed the barrier to bring lovers together in one fluid slow dance.

For more on 1961 visit:

Etta James
Etta James – sound bytes
Cyndi Lauper’s At Last
1961 JukeBox

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge: Mother – Part 2 & Love

Just couldn’t seem to get it together in time last week but as the cosmos will have it Across the Bored scored a bonus round for two A Word in your Ear’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Mother (part two) AND  Love. They triggered this anecdote:

Weekly summer auctions weave a spell of their own with trash and treasure piled deep, all manner of oddments from all sorts of lives thrown together without rhyme or reason.  One can spot a thing of beauty or value and fall in love – one man’s junk is another man’s jewel.  Antiquers, auction addicts, pickers and their ilk might tell you that they know when a piece talks and is going to go home with them.  Lovejoy, the BBC comedy-drama series, had Ian McShane playing just one such character.

Across the Bored spied this frame hidden under a couple of amateur acrylics and knew, on the spot, that it was the one.  The print could always be replaced and come Thursday night we bid quite vigorously only to be beaten out by an older man of questionable provenance.  We had to let it go.  The walk home that evening, empty-handed, was longer than usual and sleep even more fitful.  A few days later, at the next week’s inspection, it was revealed that the object of desire had never been picked up and was to be had for half of what it had “gone” for.  As can be seen, there was not a moment’s hesitation.  The print remains to this day, she is a comforting presence – for some things are just meant to be…

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge: Mother

A visit to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco was pleasantly rewarded with the strains of the organist’s rehearsal floating up into the peak of its unique saddle roof and the discovery of this mosaic tucked off to one side of the nave.  Inspired by the original Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, it fits A Word in your Ear’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Mother quite nicely.

Puppy Love

Canine hearts beat as ours

We often dogsit our neighbour’s foxhound, a pup who managed to teach our own barbet-poodle mix how to bark.  Being a fowl-retriever the loudest sound to come out of him, up until their meeting, had been a low growl but he quickly learned a full range of barks, yowls, whines and yelps. This is, perhaps, the true nature of friendship – having a buddy who is willing to teach one things not inherent in our essential characters, to be non-judgemental about us whether we are scruffy or groomed and to always watch our backs. Were it so easy for those of us who walk on two feet…