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Flash Fiction 2019.11.07 – No Water, No Walk in Life

November 7, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes Water Walkers. It does not have to be in the Anishinaabe tradition; in fact, it would be more interesting to see interpretations from across all nations and walks. It can be a title or used as a phrase. Go where the prompt leads!

 

 

Josephine is a respected Anishinaabe elder from Canada who began walking around Lake Superior in 2003 to raise awareness and to pray for the water. She carried in her hands a copper pail that contained lake water. When she took a break, she would lie on her stomach embracing mother earth. Then she would resume her journey.

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world. The shoreline is well over 2,500 miles. Grandmother Josephine wanted to call attention to care for our water. After all, Lake Superior contains about 20% of all the earths fresh water.

By the time her final river walk started in April 2017, there were over a thousand participants all together. She and a group of Water Walkers left from Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota. In 97 days, they followed the southern shoreline of Lake Superior, then the North and Eastern shores of Lake Huron. They then followed the northern shore of Lake Erie.  After a stop at Niagara Falls, they followed the northern shore of Lake Ontario to Matane, Quebec Canada, where the Saint Lawrence River connects through the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to the Labrador Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. In total, over little more than three months, they traveled 3,197 miles and over 6,394,000 footsteps for the Water. Grandmother Josephine announced that she was retiring after that walk and urged the next generation to pick up the copper vessel and carry on what she started.

Note: Josephine Mandamin passed away on February 22nd, 2019, at the age of 77.

https://www.wxpr.org/post/water-walker-josephine-mandamin#stream/0

 

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No Water, No Walk in Life

“Dad, what is the most powerful of the five elements of nature? Metal, wood, water, fire or earth?”

“If you were deserted in an island, or a drifting boat in an ocean, what is one thing you need to survive?”

“You made a point. I guess it’s water.”

“A human can be without food for more than three weeks, but he can only go without water for a week.”

“Lost at sea could drink seawater.”

“Seawater contains salt higher than human can process and makes us thirstier.”

“Only fresh water helps us survive then.”

“You got it, Son.”

 

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Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge: 2019.11.07 – No Water, No Walk in Life

 

 

 

 

SoCS 2019.10.12 – Ground, Sand and Tide

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ground.” Use it as a noun or a verb in any tense (i.e. grind). Have fun! Linda G. Hill

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My sock escaped the patio of our condo on the fifth floor during our slumber on the third day in Maui. I scanned the bushes around the pool area at the ground level and glanced the walkway leading to the beach. Nothing resembled my sock.

Hubby and I walked on the beach two mornings ago. I gazed the trees at the far end curve of the beach and measured the rhythm of my steps. We could walk all the way there before turning around. Talking to myself.

 

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Ouch! I bounced, retrieving my right foot from the sand. Something shocked the nerve of my bared foot. It was the spikes of the fallen twigs. Hubby suggested walking in the salty water hoping it would sooth the shooting sensation. It was not bleeding, saved by the reflex.

The next morning, I worried other unknown objects might surprise my feet. Some people walk on the beach with shoes but most of them do it with flip flops. I didn’t bring flip flops and preferred not to wet my shoes with saltwater. Wearing socks seemed to be a sound idea. After the walk, I washed off the sand and dirt of the socks inside and out and left them on the patio chair in our condo. It was not windy when we went to bed. Well, I forgot about fetching the socks and lost one overnight. It was the least of things I’ve lost during our travel.

 

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Makena Beach

On a pleasant note, we went to Makena Beach that day to rekindle our memory of the beach wedding twenty-three years ago. It is a small beach at the end of the State Park. The size of the beach looks like a private beach in someone’s backyard. There was no disturbance from other visitors during our wedding and photograph. It was still a quiet beach when we visited it on multiple occasions during the previous trips.

 

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We didn’t expect this trip to be different or a busy tour season in October. To our surprise, the beach was busy with at least a dozen people playing in a pool of water, sunbathing or reading in beach chairs.

 

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The water was turquoise blue contrasted with the black lava rocks. The tide rolled in, hitting and splashing on the rocks to several feet high. Hubby spotted several turtles swam against the waves trying to get back to the ocean. Without Polaroid sunglasses, I missed the privilege of the sights.

 

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The blue sky, the fluffy clouds, the turquoise water and the smooth sandy beach made a pleasant memory on this sunny day.

 

SoCS 2019.10.12 – Ground, Sand and Tide

 

 

 

 

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge #145 – Photo Prompt

It’s the middle of the month challenge ~ time for a photo prompt!

This month Colleen used a photo chosen by last month’s “Photo-Prompt” Poet of the Week ~ Jane Dougherty.

 

Image by Susan Cipriano from Pixabay

 

For the Birds

In

Midway

of ocean

Trees reach to sky

Haven, they built for

Birds, northbound and southbound

Water rises, heads go higher

Roots skinnier, refuse to be drown

Tens of thousands years they’ve survived

Until the last inhale, they will try

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Colleen’s Poetry Challenge #145 – Photo Prompt

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #47: Five Elements

The challenge Amy gave us this week is: Five elements.

Five Elements Theory is a Chinese philosophy which describes that the world changes according to the five elements’ generating or overcoming relationships.

Generating Interactions – The five generating interactions are fueling, forming, containing, carrying, and feeding:

  • Wood fuels fire
  • Fire forms earth
  • Earth contains metal
  • Metal carries water
  • Water feeds wood

Overcoming Interactions – The five overcoming interactions are melting, penetrating, separating, absorbing, and quenching:

  • Fire melts metal
  • Metal penetrates wood
  • Wood separates earth
  • Earth absorbs water
  • Water quenches fire

The interactions illustrate the relationship even though they are not necessarily in the exact order as listed above. Source

The Five Elements Theory is also related to the Chinese Zodiac and Fengshui, a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy. Source

 

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A ball of fire going down behind the silhouette of woods in my neighborhood, California

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Metal Bridge, Moulton Falls Regional Park, Washington

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Hollow wood in Silver Falls, Portland, Oregon

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One of the waterfalls in Silver Falls, Portland, Oregon

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Muddy earth after eruption in 1980, Mt St. Helen, Washington

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #47: Five Elements

 

 

 

Flash Fiction Challenge – Water Rationing

March 21, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a bucket of water.

 

 

Water Rationing

 

“This is the third year we suffer from the drought.” The Hubby said.

“The temperature was above 100o Fahrenheit for six weeks, too hot.” The Wife sighed.

“Our city announced water rationing, limits watering the lawn to twice a week, no hosing the driveway.”

“How do we wash our cars?”

“Use buckets of water.”

“How do you wash the top of your SUV? The city doesn’t know if you use the water hose.”

“There must be a way of monitoring.”

“Well, I know. You can still use the water hose, just put a bucket of water by the car.”

 

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Charli Mills: Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge – Water Rationing

SoCS September 23, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “hot/cold.” Use one, use both, bonus points if you start your post with one and end with the other. Enjoy! – Linda G Hill

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Cold air doesn’t agree with my body temperature. When I get up in the morning, I bundle up with several layers so that I wouldn’t feel the cold in the house. I start my day with two cups of hot coffee with cream, no sugar. I usually like to drink my coffee in the garden, checking on the flowers and plants. Sometimes I end up trimming the roses or pulling weeds. By the time I’m done with the coffee, I’m ready to peel off one layer at a time.

The cold in the winter makes me less motivated to go outside. It helps when the heater is on a timer so I could wait for the house to warm up before I get up. Other than the hot coffee I drink first thing in the morning, I also drink hot tea most of the day, except that I only use one tea bag and keep adding hot water to it.

After 4:00 p.m. I would have no caffeine or sweet because they keep me awake at night, so I only drink hot water. When we go out to restaurants, I order hot water. Most of the restaurants serve ice cold water, I have to make sure the servers hear me saying, “Hot.”

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Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS September 23, 2017

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Waterfalls

Frank’s theme for Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is WATER.

After posting photos of sky and ocean, I want to go inland to find water. I have visited many botanical gardens and Japanese gardens where manmade waterfalls and ponds are beautiful features. I love to capture the images of the goldfish.

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Los Angeles Arboretum, California

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Los Angeles Arboretum, California

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Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

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Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

I recently visited Moulton Falls in Washington State and had a wonderful time with Will and Mercy swimming in the river. We only went to one area with a small waterfall. Will does kayaking often in this river and used to ride down the highest fall.  We also visited Multnomah Fall in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon a while back. Multnomah Fall is 620 feet high and is the tallest fall in the State of Oregon.

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Moulton Falls, Washington

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Multnomah Fall, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

 

Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Waterfalls

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