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Review of New Territory  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
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Ainsley Jo Phillips
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As I've mentioned in the second review I gave since getting back to reviewing:

Review of "Broken Windows"

...there were several reviews that I'd put in line to write about but didn't get back to until a few hours ago and began to write them between a number of other things that were competing for my time.

It is now a whole other day (October 15 instead of October 14), and this is one of the reviews where I'd actually done more than simply get it arranged to be reviewed all those many months ago.

I'm placing between two green lines what I'd actually started out writing about this one several months ago, and I'll continue with the review below the bottom one of the green lines.

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I first discovered Kweene Nectarous when she gave a delightful review of my "Five Happy Jack O'Lanterns This took place just a little bit ago. (Note: I've decided to store this draft and get back to it later, so more time will have passed before I get back to finishing this review and sharing it...)

Anyway, I decided to check her out and see what kinds of things she wrote.

I found that she was a newbie -- first establishing herself on what would have been the 98th birthday of my uncle, Finley Ralph Jobe: July 16, 2017.

She also mentioned in her profile information that she would review upon request.

I thoroughly enjoyed the review that she did of my pumpkin poem, so I hope you'll take her up on her offer.

Anyway, I found out that she had written three poems that all sounded as if they were about romance and decided to read them in the order that they had been written.

From the first poem, I gathered that she was crushing on some guy from a distance and was deciding to keep it that way for some reason -- but why?

The poem never really said.

Was he married? Was she married?

or

Were they both single and had been good friends but, now, she was realizing that she had developed feelings for him; didn't believe that the feeling was mutual; and that she didn't want to make him uncomfortable by spilling the beans, so she had simply decided to love him secretly






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As it would turn out, the poem wasn't one about a woman secretly crushing on some man but, instead, a woman crushing on another woman.

This also seems to be the first poem in a trilogy that went into their story.

For some reason, she couldn't express her feelings about the other woman -- but, yet, (based on the third poem in the trilogy) the woman seemed to have strong feelings for her, too.

The writer of the poem seemed to be the one who was less experienced in this type of love (Had she always considered herself to be a straight woman but some sort of neediness such as a failed heterosexual relationship had led her to have gay feelings?) than the object of her passion.

This possibility wasn't brought out in this first poem but seemed to be what might have been going on based on the reading on the final poem that seemed to be a kind of reflection on and summary of this relationship.

Each of these three poems stand alone while, at the same time, linking together to share parts of a single story.

Here are links to the other two poems...

"Those Eyes....

"Addiction vs. Obsession

Besides these three poems, Kweene Nectarous 's portfolio contains two other visible items with both being folders.

One of them is called "Invalid Item and, as the name implies, contains three fun puzzles to solve.

The other one is called "SJS and contains one secret (or it was the last time I checked)item.

The poem trilogy was placed here in July of last year (2017), and the folders were placed here on November 9, 2017 -- 81 years after the births of Mary Travers   of Peter, Paul, & Mary   and my much-missed angel-of-a-neighbor, Jenny, who passed away on Primary Election Day this year (May 8).

It's fitting that a folder of puzzles would be placed here on Jenny's final earthly birthday, as she loved solving puzzles.

The last time that Kweene Nectarous was visibly online here was February 10 of this year -- though it's quite possible that she could be hanging around here but set to private.

If she's reading this review, I hope she'll return and share more of her life with us. If someone she knows is reading this, I hope they'll let her know that we want her back.



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Review of The End  
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
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Marv and Betty were an elderly couple whose kids were grown with both kids and grandkids of their own, and Marv had just found out that he only had a few months to live.

So, he was thinking that they really needed to simplify their lives and move from their house into an apartment in a retirement community and were looking over brochures to find the very best one.

Of course, Marv wouldn't be there for too long, but he thought that Betty would be around for at least a few more years and that she might even find somebody in whatever retirement community they ended up in and would fall in love again (something that Betty couldn't imagine happening).

Somewhere along the line, they decided that a double-suicide might be the way to go -- but not the kind of suicide that would leave no doubt that this was their intent (for the reason of not wanting to take a chance of depriving their kids of their life insurance policy and because they didn't want their kids to feel bad) but one that would give the impression of their having died either of natural causes or else in some kind of freak accident while having fun.

It would be the latter option they chose, and they even bought new clothes for the occasion.

They actually enjoyed the journey to their destination.

So, what happened next?

Read the story to find out.

Write 2 Publish 2020 is a very versatile writer, and I'm going to point you to some other things to look at while you're over there reading this story by her.

"The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

"I'm Blue

"The Printed WORD

 
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Candice wasn't having a good day
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Review of 343 Firemen  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
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*Hourglass*

"That was our third call and it's only 9:30. I haven't 'ad my breakfast or my coffee, so you ladies watch out," said fireman, Bill Walker to the men as they got settled in Engine 42 to head back to the station house.
*Hourglass*


This is the way that ๐Ÿณโ€๐ŸŒˆ Me ~ Duf โ™ 's story begins: with the words of one tired and hungry firefighter named Bill Walker telling his crew that he was ready to get back to the station and feed his face after responding to three calls that morning that didn't even leave him time to enjoy a cup of coffee, much less eat breakfast.

In spite of being worn-out and hungry as a bear, Bill is still upbeat and joking around with the other firefighters aboard Engine #42.

Even though the title of this piece of flash fiction is called 343 Firemen, there were only four firemen mentioned as being aboard Engine #42 that morning:

Andy Kaplan (the driver); Hemi Lopez (who sounds as if he were easy-on-the-eyes in a kind of Tony Orlando way -- or, at least, had a mustache that would fit that description -- and loved a good laugh); Bill Walker (the hungry guy); and
Lieutenant Henry Abrams (who was talking to someone on his cell-phone and informing the other crew members that it wasn't quite time to head back to the station to eat, rest, etc. just yet).

This was a life of firefighters when they were on duty. They might be at the station and not get a call for the entire time that they were there -- or it might be such a busy day that food, coffee, etc. were something that they'd have to think about doing later when there was finally a lull in their activities.

At least one of them (Bill Walker) was a second-generation (or, perhaps, longer) firefighter.

As it would turn out, this fourth fire of a busy morning would be like no other they had even fought before.

๐Ÿณโ€๐ŸŒˆ Me ~ Duf โ™ tells this story in a way that has us right there with these fun, good-natured guys and makes you feel them in your heart long after you've finished reading their story.

This is all I'm going to say for now except that it's highly-recommended reading.




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Rated: E | (5.0)
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Today is Wednesday, April 25, 2018 all day -- and I'm now in the process of FINALLY taking care of a matter that I should have taken care of ages ago, but life kept getting in the way.

Details about my mistake can be found by going here:

 
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My First Big Boo-Boo Of 2018  (13+)
What can I say!?! I reviewed one item rightly twice and another item wrongly once!
#2145087 by AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan!


Anyway, having said that, it's PAST due time to give this moving story by John Yossarian a review that makes sense.

Both this story and Shaara 's "Deeper Friendships deal with a couple of common elements:

(1) a view of an earlier time and how it brought the characters to the present

and

(2)one or more butterflies being in each story.

There is a kind of Citizen Kane   feel to this story, because, as with this famous Orson Welles   movie, there's a theme of unsolved deathbed mysteries explained to the reader/viewer in flashbacks.

I would highly recommend this story along with Shaara 's story for your reading pleasure and to encourage you to look for the butterflies in each one and think about their significance, and I'd also highly recommend watching Citizen Kane.

It has been many years since I watched this movie, and writing this has left me wanting to watch it again. I wonder if I can find it on YouTube  ...





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Rated: E | (5.0)
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I had no idea what this story would be about when I first stumbled across it several months ago and put it in a place where I could come back to it and review it as soon as I was ready to begin writing reviews again (long story re: what perfect time to write reviews again that I was waiting for}.

All I knew at the time was that I found the title to be an interesting one, and the same could be said for the cover photo that went along with it...

Without looking at the story, I made a guess that it was about someone's memories of biology class.

When I read it, however, I discovered the wonderful, moving story of a friendship so special that nothing (e.g. distance, the passing of time, etc.) is capable of ending it.

Even when, eventually, one of the characters passes on (which hasn't yet happened and shows no sign of happening very soon), I believe this friendship will still go on and on like the one this song from the 1997 movie   based on The Titanic Tragedy   so beautifully sung by Celine Dion   expresses:



This is a story of the changes people go through in life where, in this case, the main character (the storyteller) watches his friend leave; stays for a few years more; goes off to college; after graduation, moves into a whole other world; and, eventually, returns to his beginnings with a wiser and more appreciative attitude towards them.

When he looks back over his life, he can hardly believe how much time has flown by...



Throughout this story, the theme of tree houses and/or high places recurs along with touches of butterflies and nature; contrasts of fast and slow, city and country; and the solidness of a friendship forged in early childhood that becomes a kind of standard (never completely met) for future friendships.

This wasn't to say that the other friendships were bad ones but just that there was always this one friendship like none of the others that stood out and withstood the passage of time to where two childhood playmates ended up meaning the world to each other.



George Daugherty   is one of the hometown boys from my area who made it big and has traveled / continues to travel all over the world, yet, he has never lost touch with his roots. I can't say enough nice about him and will be talking more about him in the time ahead.

What I'm going to tell you now is that he's the great-great-grandson of another very talented man:


I grew up enjoying the wonderful poems of George's GGG, and I have so many wonderful things to say about him, as well.

For now, however, I want to focus on this one particular poem (a narrative that went beyond poem status to that of a novella: longer than a short story but shorter than a novel) he wrote called Evangeline  .

"Pinned Butterflies has a kind of Evangeline feel to it in some ways but with a much happier ending.

This simple story of life developing over a period of time has reminded me of many things with one of them being a song by Johnny Cash   that's over 60 years old and was love-at-first-listen for me way-back-when.

The main character in the song was a teenage girl, while the character in this story is a middle-aged man, but both of them ended up learning the same kind of lesson taught by the song -- which is that love and following your heart is more valuable than fame / clout or a huge bank account.



Anyway, I hope you'll read not only this story but, also, others by this retired-police-officer-turned-writer who writes on a variety of different subjects -- and be sure to let him know that you dropped by to read what he wrote and let him know what you think!




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A way 4 both you & me 2 keep track of me. Construction of this page began 12/16/2017
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"Three Very Special Christmas Stories

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"The Indianapolis Rap-Around

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Rated: ASR | (5.0)
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!!! W*InLove*W !!!
This sweet story simply blew me away!!!

If my GPs account were a bit larger at this time, I'd be giving this sweet story an Awardicon. As it is, however, I decided to give you 217 GPs -- while encouraging anyone who is in the mood and position to give an awardicon to give this story a read.

However, let me warn future readers that this is a story that has "Future Hallmark Channel   Movie!!!" floating out of it like butterflies taking flight from a meadow.

If you're a cynic when it comes to love and romance, this might not be your kind of story -- but, then again, this might be the story that will win you over and melt away your cynicism.

Even in Hallmark movies, not every leading man and lady start out all warm and fuzzy. In fact, some start out not only a bit cynical about love but, also, downright bitter.

When you read Shaara 's story, it could very well possibly be an introduction into this genre that will hook you and leave you wanting more.

This is how it begins:

โ€œI want you to know that I will never forget you,โ€ she said, as she walked away. Carol was nine when she left, and I never saw her again, but I thought of her often, the butterfly who took wing and soared into the sky.

Throughout this story, there is a recurring theme of butterflies, footprints, and friendship -- a theme of treehouses and other high places. There is a theme of arrivals and departures -- and the fast lane life of the city compared to the calmer life of the country. This story is a journey from childhood to youth to early adulthood to older adulthood.

"Deeper Friendships is a gentle story that will leave you feeling mellow...


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"Three Very Special Christmas Stories

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"Participate

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"The Indianapolis Rap-Around

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Review of The Black Cat  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Meet the late, great Captain Midnight who was "The Black Cat who came with YankeeRuze 's very first apartment.

It was very clear that this former stray had found his forever home -- and that he's still very much missed by his human who has painted his very active life with her words.




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Review of I Am A Nurse Cat  
Rated: E | (5.0)


YankeeRuze has returned to WDC after a long absence (after having registered with a username that is no longer in use here).

She was one of those people who wasn't around long enough to get established -- but that is going to be changing starting NOW, as she has already written a couple of cat poems, and this is one of them.

I'll be sharing the other one shortly.

This poem is about a cat who's a nurse -- and she reminds me a lot of Bambi, an adorable and sensitive miniature longhaired dachshund who's the perfect companion for my neighbor, Jenny.



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Review of Cold Stew  
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
The stew thickens and the PL*Skull*T thickens...

What was Claudine c*GlassesY*king up to bring about her wayward husband's demise -- and how could she be so sure of getting away with it with so many witnesses around?

The witnesses were, also, her accomplices -- her partners-in-crime -- who seemed to be going along with everything with each one in his or her place to help her to carry out her lethal mission when Tom arrived home.

They all seemed to be going along with her plan at the moment -- but what if one or more of them betrayed her and turned her into the authorities?

W*Skull*ULD this arrangement make it necessary for the B*Skull*DY C*Skull*UNT T*Skull* end up being M*Skull*RE than *Skull*NE!?!

How do a PH*Phone*NE call and the INF*Skull*RMATI*Skull*N found on a single piece of paper figure into the PL*Skull*T?

mothermeatloaf has returned to WDC and will, hopefully, begin adding more of his amazing writings to his portfolio very soon!

Way back in the early part of the 21st Century, I was a regular reader of his, both at Epinions (where I first came across him) and here.

"Cold Stew was the last thing he wrote here, doing so in March of 2004. A little over a month before (February 2, 2004}, my dad passed away in his sleep, and this was a time when I was helping my mom to take care of various things related to our life without our dad and husband.

This was, likely, why, until today, this was the only bit of writing in his portfolio that I hadn't gotten around to reading.

It had also been added two years after the other writings had shown up, so it's very likely that I didn't know that he was back to writing here again.

Anyway, it has made my morning that he has returned!!!

I have several things going on today, so it's time to finish this review -- which I'm going to do by tempting you to read even more of what kinds of fare mothermeatloaf is great at cooking up and serving to hungry readers...

 Cannibal  (GC)
A sparse, stark look at our darkest places and the beast in all of us.
#412753 by mothermeatloaf








!!! B*Skull*NE -- *Apple* -- tite !!!


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Review of Repeated Regret  
Rated: ASR | (5.0)


I notice that this story of exactly 100 words by Darleen๐ŸŒ™2020 was written on October 24, 2013 -- which is a very special date to me, as it was the day when Larry and I became friends.

In "Repeated Regret, there are, obviously, some very serious regrets (an understatement), and I happened to be going through some rough times, myself at the time and wishing that I could go back and make some wiser decisions that might have changed the outcome of certain events in the lives of family and friends.

I wanted to wake up and find that all that had happened would have been a dream -- yet, how far back would I want to go? Even going back for as little as six months would have also made the good times both my friends and I had and the new friends I'd met since then also be just a dream, and I certainly didn't want that.

Within an hour of thinking about what life would be like if only some things that had taken place had just been a dream, I was heading south on North Broadway in my hometown of Anderson, Indiana and saw a man using a walker (due to botched-up hip surgery, I would later find out -- and these days, he no longer needs it!!!) and standing out in front of an apartment house.

I assumed that he was waiting on a bus, and the day was gray with a light-but-chilly rain falling.

I was thinking at the time that I could get him to where he wanted to go faster and get there in my nice, warm minivan.

There's more to this story but, in short, I had simply come across Larry doing his usual waving at people driving by on their way to and from work and other destinations.

On that day when I was wishing that various things that I was dealing with -- especially, the death of my mom that past April 29 that I, to this day, believe was the result of very bad medical decisions and that, as of September 9, I had become part of the homeless population -- had been only a dream and that I could go back and change things, I ended up meeting someone who would be (and still is) very special to me.

But -- back to the story -- ...

The man in this story made a very serious decision -- a decision he thought would be the best one but realized too late that he would end up leaving the love of his life very unhappy.

And the love of his life must have never expressed how much she loved him until he had made his irreversible decision.

When he was much younger, Larry (feeling as if his life wasn't going to be getting any better) came very close to making an irreversible decision. In fact, it was a miracle that this young man of only 19 years of age who was feeling like a failure turned out to be a failure at carrying out his irreversible decision.

Darleen๐ŸŒ™2020 uses 100 words well to show the far-reaching consequences of giving up on your God-given life.

If you -- or anybody you know -- is considering an irreversible decision, I recommend reading "Repeated Regret and also thinking of a troubled teenager back in 1966 who came so close to making a decision that would have left a big, empty hole in life for not only myself but, also, so many others...















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Rated: E | (5.0)


After reading "Project Kepler-72i, a familiar quotation came to mind:

"Welcome to Stepford!"


The reason for this is that this piece of Flash Fiction reminds me of what might happen if the plot of The Stepford Wives mated with the plot of Alien and gave birth to a baby that was this plot.

In 300 words or less Darleen๐ŸŒ™2020 has been able to put together a story that contains blood, broken glass, identity theft, and a very sinister version of reproduction.





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Review of Weekly Goals  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)


!!! *Shock2*Tonight, I lost my virginity*Shock2* !!!


Hey! It's not what you think!

It's not "THAT" kind of losing my virginity.

This was simply my first time to participate in this neat little exercise:

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Weekly Goals  (13+)
Motivate yourself to conquer your goals this week! Post on Monday; update us on Friday!
#1949474 by The StoryMistress


Already, I can see that it's going to be a real challenge for me to finish the 12 goals that I put down that I'd be meeting -- why, I even put down the wrong starting date.

Monday wasn't May 28. It was May 29 -- that's 29 as in the same number associated with 29th_Candidate (Remember that handle from the Glory Days of Epinions and why a certain hot guy called himself that?).

Furthermore, I began writing this review before midnight last night. Had I started writing it this morning, I would have started out by reporting that I lost my virginity "Last night" instead of "Tonight" ...But I won't be changing this, as I not only want to keep things authentic but, also, it probably wouldn't center as well on the page.

Obviously, I'm one of the people who could use a weekly goal-setting challenge like this one -- especially, now when I'm in the process of playing a lot of catch-up and can barely decide what I want to do first.

Since this is my first time at doing this, I'm going to share just what I wrote there as part of this review.

This truly IS a great motivator -- at least, it seems to be right now -- and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get fit/keep fit when it comes to meeting effective communication goals.

When sharing your goals, you don't have to do it with an Xtreme-to-the-max kind of flair (Doing this with my own was a personal choice...). Just share your plans in the discussion thread in a clear way on Monday and, then, return on Friday of the same week to let everybody who reads this know how you did.

As with the posting of this review, I've already accomplished 1/12 of #7...

Anyway, here's what I wrote...

Today is:
Monday, May 28, 2017
!!! ALL DAY LONG !!!
AND
"!!! ALL DAY LONG !!!"
has already been going on
for almost the entire day
!!!!!*Shock2*!!!!!


Having said this...

Let me get right to the point...

Which is:

I'm very serious about meeting several goals this week -- In fact *Right*

I'm so serious that I'm sticking my neck out and am going to list what I'd LIKE to have done by or before 6 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017:

(1.) Elle has extended the time for her latest Merit Badge contest another week. At least, that's how it seems at the moment. I want to participate in this and have it finished & posted no later than sometime Wednesday.

(2.) My portfolio better organized -- including a much-better look to the profile section there.

(3.) The newsletter I've been talking about finally coming out when it's supposed to: on Wednesdays and Fridays.

(4.) At least five of my new blogs on which I've been working behind-the-scenes open to public viewing. Some are here, and some are elsewhere.

(5.) Submit at least seven items that aren't blog-entries.

(6.) Start doing prompt-inspired blogging on a regular basis again.

(7.) Do at least 12 public reviews between now and 6 p.m. Friday.

(8.) Enter at least three contests this week.

(9.) This item (last time I checked) has been viewed 75 times, and I want it to have at least twice as many views by Friday, so I'll do my part to get it exposed and see what happens:

"Empower Long-Term Abuse Victim

(10.) This is what's supposed to be my daily (or close-enough) non-prompt-inspired blog, so I want the activity in it to be stepped-up considerably over the course of this week:

"Begun On My Fourth Sixteenth Birthday

(11.) Work on making my sig-blocks more interesting and engaging.

(12.) Build a blog that will get non-members interested in joining WDC.

Anyway, I'm going to be keeping a copy of these goals handy using one of my notepads. Hopefully, Friday will find me sharing the good news that I was able to get everything done...


AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan! *Delight*




*Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck*


In short...If you really want some great motivation for getting your ducks in a line, start participating in this forum!!!

Your next chance (as of the writing of this review) will be on Monday, June 5, 2017 -- and, for the foreseeable future, every Monday-thru-Friday after that as well.

*Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck**Duck*




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Review of The King's Planet  
Rated: ASR | (5.0)
I just posted the following in an In&Out (this one that I'm now reviewing) that I've just discovered while taking a break from working on two issues of my newsletter in one night (long story -- everybody receiving my newsletters in their email *the list of recipients has already been made out* will know the long story *or, at least, part of it* after they read them. Everybody else will have to wait until this coming Friday: May 5, 2017 unless one of the elite recipients decides to share before then.

Anyway -- back to the original train-of-thought...

*Train**Traincar1G**Traincar1p**Traincar1gr**Traincar1O**Traincar1B**Traincar1R*


which is that I just posted this there:

Hey Dad !!! Would you believe that I turned 60 on 12/12/12!?! You turned 52, and I was born in '52 (as in 1952). I also turned 10 in '12, but that took place in February instead of December. Grits for ants? I've heard of cola for mice.

Anyway, it seems as if this place has been deserted since last summer until I came on the scene to liven it up a bit.

The last people before me -- catty , Dad , and Steev the Friction Wizurd -- are three livewires, as well. Maybe, they could return and drag a few more people along with them.

Now, I don't know a lot about the one who designed this In&Out other than he goes byThe Unknown King and hasn't been at WDC for a little over a year.

Of course, I was gone for even longer than that and came back, so being MIA for a period of time doesn't mean leaving for good.

Anyway.........This is a pretty neat place to drop by, so why not go check it out!?!

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Review of The Abyss  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
EUREKA!!!

Thanks to Steev the Friction Wizurd , I have just discovered........................................................(drrrrrrrrummmmmmm rrrrrrrrolllllll)



which is a place where you can be *totally* random and crazy.

*Left**TreeCypress**Crazy**Pumpkin**Crazy**Pumpkin**Crazy**Pumpkin**Crazy**Pumpkin**Crazy**TreeCypress**Right*


Come on over, look around, and -- when ready -- dive right in!!!
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Review of Limerick City  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Here's my first (but not my last) contribution to Limerick City:

Before he arrived at the meeting,/The orange President had been eating/Some bean soup and kraut -- /So a stinker slipped out.../Gave a whole different meaning to Tweeting!!!

What's yours?

And here's another one:

A male and a female gnome/Have made Limerick City their home./If they like what you write,/Those cuties just might/Pin a Merit Badge onto your poem!

So, what's the hold-up? Get on over there and join the fun!!!
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Review of Questions  
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
What are you doing here?

What are YOU doing here?

Are you here to ask a question?

Why do you want to know?

Why not, when I'm naturally curious?

Do you want to change the subject to something more interesting?

Why should I want to do that?

Don't you think that this line of questioning is getting old?

What do you have against getting old?

Did I say that I had anything against getting old?

Are you one of those people who don't trust anybody over thirty?

Why would I be like that when I'm 45?

How do you stay looking so young!?!

How old do I look to you anyway?

Would you believe that I took you for 21?

Anyway...I think you have an idea now of how this game is played, so what's holding you up from getting right over to this IN & OUT and joining the fun?

How soon should I come over?

How about now?
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Review of Steev's Place  
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
I don't believe it!!!

I've just discovered that I've never rated and reviewed this IN & OUT. I thought I had, because it's such an interesting place to hang out.

All I can think of is that I must have been about to review it at one time then got distracted by something else and never got back to it.

Anyway, this is a really fun IN & OUT ... very casual like going into your favorite hang-out and seeing who else is there, too.

From the very beginning when you're invited to ...

"Walk right in, sit right down... Daddy let the good times roll..."

...and you see the whimsical cartoon following that, you know you've come to the right place.

And Writing ML works here, too.

You'll also find a collection of some of Steev the Friction Wizurd 's favorite writers. This makes it easy just to click on a briefcase and snoop around a chosen writer's portfolio.

And -- joy-o-joy!!! -- there is even a list of some of his favorite IN & OUTs!!! If you share my love of IN & OUTS, you will appreciate this handy list.

Sometime today (or so I'm saying now), I'm going to put together a big noise-around newsletter, and this will be part of it.

Long live Steev the Friction Wizurd !!!
Long live IN & OUTs!!!
and
Long live Writing.com and the amazing couple who made it all possible: The StoryMaster & The StoryMistress !!!
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Review of A Bee and ME  
Rated: E | (5.0)
What a cute story!!!

That bumblebee reminds me of the Bulldog character on the series Frasier: persistent, annoying, but kinda cute and whimsical as well.

Also, is a somewhat harsh version of Steve Urkel on Family Matters.

Steve never really seemed to have a clue of just how annoying he was while Bulldog not only had a clue but, also, used it to his advantage.

Yes...I believe that this bumblebee is more like Bulldog than Urkel -- even though Urkel is more of a buzzer who actually has progressed well beyond bumblebee into mosquito.

AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan! *Delight*


*Gold* My review has been submitted for consideration in "Good Deeds Get CASH!.
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Review of My Cat Spider  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Very whimsical!

A fun look at what was going on the night before the writer's sixth Halloween.

One thing for sure:

Nobody was getting very much sleep that night!!!

The style of this poem is kinda jumbled -- which fits the mood of this story where everything seems to be jumbled due to everything going on at once.

If Dr. Seuss were still here, he could probably do a magnificent job of drawing these interesting characters.

I wonder how he would draw the cat spider. Would it look more like a spider *Spider* or a cat *Cat*?

AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan! *Delight*


*Gold* My review has been submitted for consideration in "Good Deeds Get CASH!.
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Review of Four-Word March  
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Heh-Heh!

I just left a naughty four-word contribution to this In & Out and can hardly wait to see who comes along to continue the message with four words of his/her own.

For all I know, somebody already has, as I got sidetracked in the middle of writing this review.

Anyway, this is a fun In & Out, and I'll be back...

AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan! *Delight*
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Rated: E | (5.0)
If you were to change one word in the last line:

"him"

to

"her"

and have the title as merely "Moon Song" and the synopsis more general, you would have a poem that would apply to my own life.

This is because I'm continuing on in my new life while still mourning the parts of my life that were stolen from me by unscrupulous and greedy people who would do ANYthing to make sure that their agenda was carried out -- even commit MURDER via life-shortening medical decisions.

A recent dream I had placed my late parents and me in the kitchen/dining area of the house we had built for us back in 1967.

I was my current age, but they were about 40 years younger than they'd be now.

I felt all warm, fuzzy, and unconditionally-loved.

The radio was playing, and a familiar, comforting voice said:

"Hello, Americans! This is Paul Harvey! Stand by for NEWS!"

At that point, I woke up -- and, seconds later, I was in tears -- tears that were expressing both joy from the beauty of it all and pure, raw grief wrought from missing my precious mom and dad who were taken from me too soon.

I believe that most -- if not all -- of us have had our "6 moon songs" moments and can find ourselves in the lines of this simple poem.

I invite you to read it to see if this is true for you.


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Rated: E | (5.0)
I can't believe that I haven't rated and reviewed this before now, because I remember reading and loving this shortly after you wrote it.

For a period of time (from September 9, 2013 until September of 2014), I became a homeless person. I wasn't reduced to the level of homelessness experienced by the woman with whom you shared your tea, but I went from living on the farm where I'd grown up from shortly after my first birthday on with a roof over my head that included lots of living space and what you would expect to find in such a home: food, a comfortable bed, etc. to putting whatever I could grab up into storage and sleeping in my vehicle or sharing space with others. Occasionally, I could rent a hotel room from time to time to experience more personal and private space, but that was seldom in my budget and was usually a gift from friends.

During this time, I wasn't participating in Writing.com at all and am just now getting back into it. Am disappointed to see that you haven't written anything new since 2011 (and with a lot of it no longer visible), and I hope you're all right.

I came across something I had written in a blog about you several years ago, and it included a link to this beautiful story.

Anyway, I ended up living in Muncie for a little over two years before moving back to Anderson last November. I now get both Internet service and television through cable at home -- something I've not had since the summer of 2013 and am trying to both get caught up and going on ahead with my writing online. It takes longer than it might seem it should -- and, at this time, I'm dealing with some kind of flu-bug, which slows me down even more.

But it's great to be back, and I hope to hear back from you soon!!!

Hugs!!!
AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan! *Delight*


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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Very impressive!!! By using ten song titles of music performed by the same recording artist, you've come up with a poem that really hangs together well and expresses the passion the person represented in the poem feels for Desert Rose, even though the future of their relationship isn't certain. Very haunting. If these two are real people, I wish them the best and hope that what they end up becoming to each other is everlasting...

AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan! *Heart*


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Rated: 13+ | N/A (Review only item.)
I think that you and I have a lot to talk about, as we seem to be kindred spirits on this multi-faceted issue! After being away from WDC for way too long, it's nice to be back and to come across such a meaningful poem. People might not like what you have to say, but they need to hear it, so God bless you for having the courage to share this here!!!

Write On!!!
AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan! *Smile*


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Review of I Remember When  
Rated: ASR | (5.0)
I remember those times, as I'm about to turn 16 for the 4th time on December 12. You did a great time of describing a truly magical era...

Hugs!

AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan! *Smile*
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