Ready, Set, Done!

As it’s been a while since our last free-write… set a timer for ten minutes. Write without pause (and no edits!) until you’re out of time. Then, publish what you have (it’s your call whether or not to give the post a once-over).


I was just listening to a show on TV. It was about giving; because it is Christmas time. Why is it that the only time we think and push to give to others is at the Christmas season?

Is it true that the other days of the year people don’t need anything? People who aren’t sleeping on a pile of fifties worry not only about how to give gifts to their children, they worry about where they are going to get grocery money or how they are going to pay the too high-priced heat bills.

Kids still need to go to the doctors throughout the year.  People are still out of work all the other months. I think it is a sad shame that some people are truly out their walking the paths looking for a job, any job to take care of themselves and their families.

I know for me I worry, and it is only me. I think that it is a shame that we see a job posting that we know inside our hearts that we would absolutely love and fit in; but we don’t have the experience or we are just fresh out of college.

I can remember when I was a kid, getting a job was going in to the business, filling out an application, and actually talking to the boss. Life doesn’t work that way anymore. You email or fax a resume, hoping it stands out. I took a class once about showing off your resumes to prospective employers.

Do it in red ink was the highlight. Don’t say too much. Make the title pop out. I think all these ideas are good and I, in fact, have one of those resumes, but it doesn’t get me any where; because there is no personal contact anymore with employers and hopeful candidates.

So now it is the Christmas season and we are in the thinking mode of giving. Let’s carry our traditional thinking of the season and carry it throughout the rest of the year. You don’t have to be wealthy to give.

Maybe you can make an extra plate at dinner and give it to a neighbor who is struggling. Or a small ten minute visit to a loved one, or how about writing a snail mail. I still love getting mail that is actually filled with hand-written words.

If you have more time to spare, how about a visit to a nursing home. Remember, one day you may be the one there; wishing for a visit. Just think small, because small ideas produce tons of happiness and gives you the most natural high ever. Thank-you for taking time to stop by and read my ten minute prompt.

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Christmas Is Coming

Christmas Is Coming


Smiling faces

Crowded places

Bells are ringing

People singing

Snow is falling

Kids are calling

Let’s play a game

Sledding in the lane

Laughter heard

Billie feeding a bird

Christmas in the air

All our souls to bare

A time to reap

A time to weep

Memories and new

I will share with you

This Christmas Day

Is coming your way.

Written by,

Terry Shepherd


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Wronged Objects

If your furniture, appliances, and other inanimate objects at home had feelings and emotions, to which item would you owe the biggest apology?


At this time of year I would owe no apologies to my surroundings inside my house. It is the Christmas season. Our homes are filled with joy, peace and happiness.

A few photos I took inside of my home wishing you all a Merry Christmas.


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