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School Days, Reminiscences of Miriam Hurdle

I’m over at Norah Colvin’s blog sharing about my School Days Reminiscences. Please click the link below and head over to read the original post and read the archives of other bloggers’ posts.

School days reminiscences of Miriam Hurdle

Norah Colvin

Welcome to the School Days, Reminiscences series in which my champion bloggers and authors share reminiscences of their school days. It’s my small way of thanking them for their support and of letting you know about their services and publications.

Miriam Hurdle, poet

This week, I am pleased to introduce Miriam Hurdle, poet, blogger, flash fiction writer, photographer, ex-teacher and educator. She blogs at the Showers of Blessings and recently published a book of poems entitled Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude.

I first met Miriam at the Carrot Ranch when she rode up and joined in the flash fiction challenges. Since then, we’ve met up in many different places around the blogosphere. Considering she’s been blogging even longer than I; I’m surprised we hadn’t met earlier. We share our thoughts on education and grandchildren, and in fact on anything to do with making our journeys through life the…

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Let’s talk…

Sue invite you to be her guest on her 17,000 follower blog. Hop over to read about it. 🙂

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

“The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things…”

At 17.00 every day, I like to publish a guest post, inviting other writers, bloggers, photographers and artists to share their work and their stories. The Daily Echo Blog has just topped the 17,000 followers mark… not a huge readership by global standards, but not a number to be sneezed at either, especially if you have something to share.

Why not be my guest? Read on to find out how…

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Have you have had a strange experience or encounter that you would like to share? I am not looking for sensationalism or fictional tales… but in light of the response to recent posts, I think it would be both useful and reassuring to others to realise that none of us are alone in these strange encounters and experiences and perhaps we can open discussion on what they may…

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Authors’ Day

The Authors’ Day for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Fullerton, California was on October 4, 2018. OLLI is a program for the semi-retired and retired individuals. The program offers a couple hundred classes and are conducted by volunteer retired professionals. One class is Publish Before You Perish. The OLLI members have published many books. On this day, the authors promoted their books and did the book signing.

There were fourteen authors at the October 4 Authors’ Day. I’m still in the final stage of editing my poetry book but was invited to take part for the pre-launch promotion.

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The next Authors’ Day will be on October 27, 2018 at the Fullerton Public Library. Besides the book promotion, there will be three panel presentations by the best-selling authors and some OLLI authors. Read more

July 26: Flash Fiction Challenge – Stranded Suitcase

July 26, 2018, prompt. In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about what happens next to a stranded suitcase.

I have quite a few stories about losing suitcases during the days when I checked in my luggage. None of them got lost nor sent around the world before returned. I had one suitcase returned four hours after arriving at the hotel; another one came back the next day. Ever since my husband and I travel light, we marvel at the people who seem to pack everything except the pots and pans.

A friend who went to Asia as a seminar speaker for five days. She lost the suitcase with the clothes needed for presentations. One presentation was a few hours after her arrival. The airline compensated her with cash. But what fun was that to go shopping under pressure and exhaustion from the long flight?

She was fine with her seminar. The suitcase never showed up.

Stranded Suitcase

“The passengers picked up their suitcases. The one went around in the carousel is not mine.”

“The dark green color and the size look like yours.”

“Mine has a red and green stripe.”

“Let’s go to the customer services.”

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“I couldn’t find my suitcase. This one has men’s clothes.”

“Let me check… Have a seat.”

“I need things when we get to the hotel.”

“Excuse me, Madam. A passenger has mistaken your suitcase as his. He lives two hours away and is driving home. We’ll exchange them and deliver to your hotel.”

“Oh, well… at least it’s found.”

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Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch: July 26, 2018: Flash Fiction Challenge – Stranded Suitcase

Platform: Self-Publishing

Please read and share this wealth of information on Self-Publishing by Debby Gies, aka D. G. Kaye. I’ve learned so much from her post.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

How to Build a Readership with Blogging
and Prepare for Publishing by Debby Gies

As writers who choose to self-publish, we must understand that we’ve chosen to be not only writers but publishers, marketers, and promoters of our work because these components are all essential parts of running a business. Yes, your business! If we intend to sell books, it’s in our best interests to learn about these things as well as building an author platform. If we don’t put in the time to promote our work, our books will surely sit and collect dust on the virtual shelves, lost in a sea of hundreds of thousands of other books.

Although we may be publishing in a digital world, our business is no different than if we opened our own brick and mortar store. We wouldn’t leave our doors unlocked and wares left unattended, would we? So, let’s get into…

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June 21: Flash Fiction Challenge

June 21: Flash Fiction Challenge – Not All is Lost

This week, Charli shared her experience of falling in the snow. She described herself as letting go, down and down.  I could visualize her falling, but not panicking. How beautiful it is that she just relaxed and let go, go with the fall. She got up with a helping hand. What a good example of community support.

It could have been worse if we fall and struggle about falling. It’s not easy to let yourself fall, physically or metaphorically.  During my cancer treatment, I was down to skin and bone and my life was failing. I too let go of my responsibilities and accepted help from my community to let my body heal and recover.

It’s a Matter of Getting Up

It was early December 2017, the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California devoured 307,900 acres and 1,300 structures. 230,000 residents described the wildfires in the neighborhood as a war zone. Smoke stretched 1,000 miles across the Pacific.

By Christmas, residents came back to their burned home, found pieces of displaced family photos. They pinned them on a bulletin to find owners. Some put up Christmas trees, decorations to bring cheer to the neighborhood. Strangers hugged each other and shed some tears. Homes and belongings were gone. Yet not all is lost. They wanted to rebuild and be neighbors again.

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Charli Mills – June 21: Flash Fiction Challenge

April 26: Flash Fiction Challenge – Koi Fish

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April 26, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a fish tale. It can be about fishing from any angle, about those who fish, or what might be caught. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by May 1, 2018. Use the comment section below to share, read and be social. You may leave a link, pingback or story in the comments.

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 Koi Fish in the Pond

“Mabel, I want to have a pond in our garden.”

“Humm, a great idea, but what for, dear?”

“For having ‘yu’ and lotus in the pond.”

“The lotus flowers are elegant and symbolize purity. Why having ‘yu’ in the pond?”

“Well, ‘yu’ means fish, but ‘yu’ of a different word means wishes come true.”

“Now you got my head spinning.”

“Have many colors of koi, especially gold color.”

“Like the ones in Chinese or Japanese Garden?”

“Yes, I’ll order the koi from Caspian or Black Sea. They are the fast-growing koi.”

 “Our ten-thousand wishes will fast come true also.”

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Charli Mills Carrot Ranch April 26: Flash Fiction Challenge – Koi Fish

March 29 Flash Fiction Challenge – Fingering Automaticity

March 29, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about fingers that fly. Think about the different ways we use our fingers and what happens when we add speed. Go where the prompt leads.

 Fingering Automaticity

“Shirley, why didn’t you take the exam for Piano Performance Certificate from Royal School of Music?”

“I’m not good enough.”

“You’re perfect.”

“Thanks, Sara. My friend started piano lessons before 5. See, the brain neurons connected to finger movements must be tapped on before 5 years old. With learning, practice, and repetition, the fingering becomes automaticity.”

“When did you start?”

“I started piano lesson from my mom at 8 years old. I had other piano teachers when my skills were advanced.”

“You’re my best accompanist.”

“Thanks. I’m happy to teach piano and accompany singers like you and my husband.”

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Early Childhood Development, Part 1

The following YouTube video is made by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. The basic architecture of the brain is formed from the beginning life of an infant. The neurons in the brain create simpler circuits first, and more complex brain circuits build on them later.

The simple circuits in the brain architecture include motor skills, language, visual, behavioral control, emotion, and memory. Fingering is part of the motor skills.

Charli Mills: Carrot Ranch – March 30 Flash Fiction Challenge

Carrot Ranch: Flash Fiction Challenge – Raven

At Carrot Ranch, the March 1 Flash Fiction Challenge is Rave. The challenge is to write a flash fiction in 99 words, no more, no less.

Raven’s Eyes

“Do you have any water left, Dave?”

“I still have some. Take a sip. Your lips are badly chapped, Ben.”

“We have been lost in unpaved hiking trail for five days.”

“We only have water enough for two more days! I hope we could locate water soon!”

“Look, Dave! A raven is circling in the air and ready to dive down.”

“It spotted a dead deer and wanted its share. I think.”

“And the deer was drinking water!?”

“That may be our hope for water, Ben.”

“We could reach down by nightfall.”

“I hope this raven saves our lives.”

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Charli Mills: Carrot Ranch – March 1 Flash Fiction Challenge

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