June 11, 2019 – Prompt- Push Button to Reset

Torie hadn’t counted on the whole universe being against her when she woke up that morning. She had hoped for a quiet day in which she could get some work done on her book and then maybe do a little gardening. It wasn’t meant to be. She had rolled out of bed and jumped when she stepped on what she thought was her cat’s tail. It wasn’t. It turned out to be the tie for her fuzzy robe. She had banged her knee into her nightstand when she jumped, and so she spent her first half hour awake cleaning up blood and bandaging her knee.

Hoping some coffee would help, she started the machine, not noticing the pot wasn’t all the way under the basket. A few minutes later, when she should have been filling her cup, she was instead, cleaning up coffee grounds and water from the counter and mopping the floor while hopping around favoring her wounded knee.

Torie decided she needed to push the reset button on her day, so she ditched her plans to write and garden and decided instead to go fishing in her pond. She had just stepped off her porch when the lightning bolt hit.

Karen Hydock

Jan. 9, 2018 – Prompt – Star,Milk,Book,

My presentation: Hollywood movie stars will milk every word, every dollar out of your book.

Kevin Draper


Dear fellow travelers,

Hi, my name is Smudge! I’m a stray male cat who just got a new home. I had a family once before, and thanked my lucky stars every night – but something happened and then there was no food, no milk, no family.

I lived on the street for awhile and it was pretty rough. And then I found a house where a nice lady set out food for visitors like me.

She knew I was afraid, so she would sit with her book and be really still, talking sweet to me. She kept at it, twice a day for about 30 days.

And, one day, she reached out and touched me – – and it didn’t hurt!

She calls me Smudgie Big Head Robinson and says that’s my rapper name.

Yes, I have a new family now and they even let me sleep on their bed. I have 2 brothers, Jethro and Chico. Best of all, no one hurts me now – they brush me, feed me and pet me. So, don’t give up, keep trying everyday because there’s always someone out there to love you.

Love from Smudge. 😼 AKA Gretchen Robinson