Heaven Meets Hell on Fri-Yay Funday — Unique Times

Cindy and Gottfried created a story collaboration like nothing I’ve seen before online. It’s creative with both of their voices shining through from their different perspectives. Out of over 230 comments, most of their readers loved it, some objected to it on religious grounds, but few were silent.

I felt inspired by their style of writing together and I think it could catch on as a style of blogging or a challenge. The post reminded me of an English lesson I used to do with my students in which each student would start a story, and pass their story starter in a small group to their neighbor, who would add to it and pass it on. After four passes or so, the original writer had their story back. In Cindy’s case she and Gottfried passed it back and forth until the story ended.

Whether or not you liked the story, what did you think of the style? Do you have a friend that you could spar with on line? Thank you for sharing the link, Cindy.

Hi All, Welcome to Fri-Yay Funday Collab post When Heaven Meets Hell! Once every so often your path crosses with someone that you might never be friends with. You are from complete opposite sides of the coin, or are you? You can’t explain it but there is sheer delight in the irreverent, and light heartness […]

Heaven Meets Hell on Fri-Yay Funday — Unique Times

I Want Everything! – Big Little Talks series – by Alberto Pellai and Barbara Tamborini

Remember I promised to share children’s books about bullying and self-esteem problems children have? Here is a blog where you can find books to help you heal almost everything. If you can’t find something that troubles your family, then contact Patricia Tilton directly following this post.

Thank you, Norah Colvin for the recommendation. Norah offers many positive activities for your young children on her Readilearn website.

Children's Books Heal

Perfect Picture Book Friday

I Want Everything!, Oh Brother! and I Don’t Want to Go to School!are three new books in the Big Little Talks series published by Magination Press Oct, 13, 2020, for children 4 to 8 years old. The empowering series is written by Alberto Pellai, MD, PhD, and Barbara Tamborini  and illustrated by Elisa Paganelli.

I Want Everything! 

Opening: “I want the moon as my kickball, snow in the summer, and the sound of the ocean as my lullaby!  You think that tricycle is yours? It’s not, it’s mine. I’m the king of everything, not you.”

Publisher’s Synopsis: A boy wants everything in the world, but his parent tries to help him realize that maybe he’s okay with what he already has and that he cannot have everything that he wants. As the boy’s tantrum persists and he wants to be…

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The Versatile and Prolific Robbie Cheadle is my Guest Author with something for Kids and Adults…

Robbie Cheadle has been a good friend in the blogging community for quite a while. I had no idea she was so prolific, though. She still takes the time to comment on her friend’s blogs and participate in Blogging Challenges. Wow! Way to go, Robbie.

Jane Risdon

I am so pleased to have Robbie Cheadle as my guest author at last. I know, you expect crime writers to be my guests. but today is an exception. Just look at her body of work.

Let’s find out about Robbie.

Robbie Cheadle has published nine books for children and one poetry book. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children’s books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

Robbie Cheadle’s Sir Chocolate children’s picture books are written in sweet, short rhymes that are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations.

Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions that children can make under adult supervision. Her books for older children also incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

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In Your Dreams #flashfiction

One of the most encouraging and supportive bloggers in the universe shares in 99 words what she never dreamed blogging would do for her. She wrote the words right out from under me. I couldn’t have said it better in 99,000 words. She also shared all her entries in the Rodeo Contest. So much fun. Enjoy reading Norah Colvin.

Norah Colvin

This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about something a character never dreamed would happen. The situation can be fortuitous, funny, or disappointing. Go where the prompt leads!

When I began my blogging journey in 2013, I never dreamed that I would:

  • continue writing two or more posts a week for more than seven years
  • participate in weekly flash fiction prompts at the Carrot Ranch year after year
  • meet so many fascinating people from nearly every continent with varied backgrounds and interests
  • make so many wonderful friends in the blogosphere whose encouragement and support is constant (thank you)
  • become addicted to the conversations that occur on my blog and theirs
  • enter into a rodeo contest, a writing one at that, and receive honourable mentions for my efforts.

(99 words)

The 2020 rodeo is over now…

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Roast and Toast

Cindy tells a funny story and draws some great lessons from it that you can apply if you are getting together with friends and family over the holidays – even by Zoom or drive-by. What funny stories, memories, or traditions tickle your funny bones today?

My favorite grandma like to control things in her little kitchen. Fortunately her mother had a sense of humor about it when Grandma grabbed the butter out of Great-grandma’s hands and wrangled a place for it in the stuffed refrigerator.

Great-grandma laughed her infectious laugh, and said, “I guess I don’t know how to put butter away properly.”

Mom and I stayed out of Grandma’s kitchen on holidays until given a simple/approved chore – something easier than putting away the butter.

Unique Times

As we celebrate the holidays and roast and toast; each in our own Covid bubbles this year, I am reminded of an old classic story that many of you will remember. If it’s new to you, I hope you enjoy it. I always love the sentiments and truths the story provides.

As the story goes;

One day after school a young girl noticed that her mom was cutting off the ends of a pot roast before putting it in the oven to cook for dinner. The young girl asked her mother, “Mom, why do you cut the ends off the pot roast?” Her mother replied, “Because grandma always did, but I’m not really sure, why don’t you ask her”. So the young girl called her grandmother on the phone and said, “Grandma why do you cut the ends off the pot roast before cooking it?” Her grandmother replied, “I…

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