Thursday, August 22, 2019

Strength (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday

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As she closed the laboratory door, she heard a loud explosion behind it that sent her reeling across the hall.

Pounding feet came and she heard people yelling, "What happened?" as she stood back up and tried to get the door open.

"I don't know, but Mark is in there, and something is blocking the door -- we have to get him out now, if the explosion is what I think it is, the atmosphere in that room will poison him if we don't get him out now!"

"I'll go get the rescue equipment, it has an ax with it and we can break down the door," someone said, and she responded, "We don't have time for that!"

"Well, what do you recommend?" came the sarcastic reply, and she answered by closing her eyes, clenching her hands to her chest, taking a deep breath, and with everything in her kicking the door so hard that it came off its hinges.

Stunned by her action, everyone stood back as she ran into the smoke filled room and helped her husband out, coughing and choking but alive -- she was new at the facility, some had questioned if she should be there, but now they would never underestimate her again.

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Atmostphere.     


Gosia at Looking for Identity has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.      

Here's a pretty white picket I passed last week:


It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day!  This week's image and my poem:    

Gracious, how did I get here?
I'm only a regular girl.
I always pretended that fairies were real,
Then I reached for that odd looking pearl.

I didn't notice if there was a name
When I stepped into the store,
It just looked like an antique place,
I like the stuff of yore.

An old man who looked suspiciously
Like a wizened gnome
Said, "Welcome, Sweet Lady,
Make yourself at home!"

When I saw the crown on display,
A single pearl in the center,
I reached out to gently touch it,
And another world did I enter.

The gnome came with me over here,
Just how I do not know,
He yelled, "We have our new Princess!"
And then he bowed very low.

Looking up, I saw fairies,
Looking down, I was wearing a dress,
There were butterflies and woods and skies,
And I thought, I am in a mess!

I am not who they think I am,
And what will they do when they see,
That I am not a princess,
I am just merely me.

Then the gnome said, "Please just listen,
I will tell you what to do,
Our fairyland needed a princess,
And we have chosen you!"

He told of enchantments and tales
That I'd often wished to live,
And one of the fairies said to me,
"To us a gift you can give,

By staying here with us,
We have the princess we need,
And we will help you live your dreams,
We promise, yes indeed!"

And that is just how I became
The Fairyland Princess Royal,
It's so much better than my last gig,
Which was hard and full of toil.

If you should see that enchanted shop
Someday when you are out,
Don't be afraid to come and see
What real Fairyland is all about!


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

Today i am thankful that Sweetie has had some work from The Big Boss again.  Every penny helps.


Today is:

Acton Fair -- Acton, ME, US (an old fashioned country fair plus midway, stage shows, and a great good time; through Sunday)

America's Cup Day -- the first America's Cup was won this date in 1851 by the yacht America

Be an Angel Day -- Sponsored by Angel Heights Healing Center, encouraging people to be a blessing and perform an act of service for someone

Cobblestone Festival -- Falls City, NE, US (something for everyone; through Sunday)

Eat a Peach Day

Feast of the Queenship of Mary & Immaculate Heart of Mary -- Catholic Christians

Flag Day -- Russia

Hoodie Hoo Day, Southern Hemisphere -- Wellcat Holidays says to go outside at noon and call "Hoodie Hoo" to chase away winter and call spring

Hotter 'n H*ll Hundred Bike Race -- Wichita Falls, TX, US (four days of challenging events and inspiring activities as cyclists of all ages compete in the largest sanctioned century ride in the US, in the Texas summer heat)

National Spumoni Day (I don't think I've had really great spumoni since I went to Italy all those years ago -- nothing like getting things at the source.)

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day -- US (started by a vet who declared today a cat's only day for his practice, so his feline patients wouldn't be upset by any dogs in the place; now many vets will only schedule cats on a particular day)

Prairie Village Jamboree -- Prairie Village, Madison, SD, US (keeping the old prairie life heritage alive for new generations; through Sunday)

Rumpleskunkskin's Wedding Anniversary -- Fairy Calendar (Goblin celebration)

St. Symphorian's Day (Patron of children, students; Autun, France; against eye problems, syphilis)

Watermelon Festival -- Winterville, NC, US (sticky fun; through Saturday)

Anniversary Today:

Henry Leland founds the Cadillac Motor Company, 1902

Birthdays Today:

Kristin Wiig, 1973
Giada De Laurentiis, 1970
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, 1967
Tori Amos, 1963
Cindy Williams, 1947
Steve Kroft, 1945
Duane Charles "Bill" Parcells, 1941
Valerie Harper, 1940
Carl Yastrzemski, 1939
E. Annie Proulx, 1935
Norman Schwarzkopf, 1934
Gerald Paul Carr, 1932
Ray Bradbury, 1920
John Lee Hooker, 1917
Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908
Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl, 1902
George Herriman, 1880
Dorothy Parker, 1893
Claude Debussy, 1862
Archibald MacNeal Willard, 1836
Samuel Pierpont Langley, 1834
Virginia Clemm Poe, 1822
St. Anthony of Padua, 1195

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Later with Bob Costas"(TV), 1988

Today in History:

St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, 565
The Battle of Bosworth Field, in which King Richard III is killed and his forces defeated by Henry VII, 1485
Madras, India (now called Chennai) is founded by the British East India company on land purchased from the local Nayak rulers, 1639
Jacob Barsimon, the first Jewish immigrant to what would become US territory, arrives in New Amsterdam/Manhattan, 1654
The Newport, RI newspaper, Mercury, becomes the first in the US to hire a female editor, Ann Franklin, 1762
Austria laundches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice, thus staging the first air raid in history, 1849
Gold discovered in Australia, 1851
12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention and the Red Cross is formed, 1864
William Shepphard patents the first liquid soap, 1885
Founding of the Cadillac Motor Company, 1902
President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US chief executive to ride in an automobile, 1902
The first Victor Victrola is manufactured, 1906
The Mona Lisa is stolen, 1911 (recovered 2 years later)
Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis, 1950
Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota, Colombia, becoming the first pope to visit Latin America, 1968
Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies, 1972
The first ring of Neptune is discovered, 1989
A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway, 2004
The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day, 2007
Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization, 2012
India's highest court outlaws instant divorce for Muslim men (talaq, talaq, talaq), 2017


  1. True love provides strength.
    I really like your poem too. And the white picket fence.

  2. Isn't it amazing much we have that we don't use, but wow the amazing things when we do. Great six!

  3. Lovely poem and nice white fence. Have a great day, Mimi.

  4. I like her. The heck with complex plans and thought-out strategies, kick in the door!

  5. That's a good simple six sentence story! Mom likes the white picket fence, but thinks it would be a pain to have to paint.

  6. I love princess stories! Have a wonderful day all.

  7. That was quite the explosion and we enjoyed your poem too. Hooray for work, I think. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. Stormin' Norman, Claude Debussy, and Dorothy Parker all on the same day!! Good story, you never know what risks are in the work place. I've worked in toxic atmospheres before, but they weren't chemically enduced!

  9. She was sure pumped with lots of adrenaline. Great six!

  10. We can do amazing things when adrenaline kicks in. Well done on both.

    I love that white picket fence. Reminds me of my childhood.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. ♥

  11. Well done on your six sentence story. I was totally into it and wanting it to continue!
    I have always loved picket fences. They are just so 'homey'!
    Great, great poem! I'm looking for that particular store now...

  12. You have such a wonderful imagination. I enjoyed both the poem and the story.

  13. Wow! That got off to a an explosive start :D
    The intensity of the story carried through and never faltered. A wonderful example of the untapped strength available when a loved one is in danger.

    Another excellent poem! It would make a cool children's book :)

  14. Well done to the person that kicked the door in. That picket fence is just perfect. Love the pictures. Have a great evening.

  15. That lab without smoke alarm is tricky! Neat picket fence photo. I like your collection of posts. I'll try to participate in one of them too.

  16. Love your story!

    I'm glad to hear you got some work. Every penny really does help - I can totally relate.

  17. Powerful 6 sentence story ~ neat fence photos and work ~

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. A lovely post and an enjoyable read. Thank you, your photos were super too.


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