Monday, February 21, 2011

"Just the Facts, Ma'am" by June B. Anderson

I remember my family watching, or attempting to watch, Dragnet in the late 1950's.  I say "attempting to watch" because unfailingly when the ominous theme song began to blare "Bom-bom-bom-bom.  Bom-bom-bom-bom-BOM," I began to scream and the channel was immediately changed to something more appealing to a milquetoast.  And it didn't help that a police badge the size of Rhode Island appeared on the screen, a tiny screen compared to today's monstrosities.  Imagine what would happen if the thing appeared on today's  With today's cinema-esque sound system.  Who could tell what frightened a four-year-old girl in the late 1950's?

This week's 100 Words challenge is "frightened."  This is my submission.  And, yes, it really happened.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Not into a lot of television. Don't know why...just not. Most of it bores me. Not than I'm not easily amused. 's just that I prefer to be amused by books, music, people. And my computer. My computer is my obsession. Well, ONE of my obsessions. You see, there's this little two-and-a-half-year-old grandson. Then there's chocolate. And peanut butter. And milkshakes. Well, food. I have to count food as an obsession.

But I just don't understand these folks who grab the remote as soon as they walk into the house. I just don't get their obsession. Call me a weirdo.

This is my submission for this week's challenge from The prompt this week guessed it...OBSESSION.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


"No, I don't think so...what do you mean, 'Why not?' I just told you...he's a know, the type that takes you out to a nice restaurant, engages you in a conversation that makes you think he cares who you really are, then all of a sudden it's, 'You want to come back to my place?' Once, just once, I'd like to go on a date with a guy who wants to know what I like, where I've been, what my goals are..."

Pregnant pause.

"I never thought of interested in his likes and dislikes? Maybe next time..."

This is my submission for the 100 Word Challenge from for this week. The prompt is "ENGAGES."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

OLD 1910

Lara shyly entered the cheerfully decorated new barn, her hair billowing into soft pillows of yellow corn silk on her shoulders. When she first heard about the dance, she had wondered if Jim would be there. She didn't really know him but his glance toward her at the general store a month ago made her wonder if he had really noticed her. Maybe she was just dreaming. Wishing. Hoping.

Standing near the tables loaded with lemonade, cookies, cakes, pies, sandwiches, and fried chicken, her heart leaped at the voice behind her asking, "May I have the honor of this dance?"

This is my response to the 100 Word Challenge from This week's challenge is to write 100 words...and ONLY 100 words...using the word "honor." I wonder if this could be the way my grandparents met.