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  1. When we arrived at Aunty’s, she escorted us out to the patio, where a table loaded with food awaited us. I was glad we didn't have dinner on the plane. Marcus was all smiles. I remember many of those around the table from the first time I was here with Mom and Dad. There were a few a didn’t know or remember, Gio said they were away when I was here. “Carlo, I wonder if I could ask you something?” I knew she wanted something and the only thing I could think of, someone wanted to go to Guam. “Aunty, you can ask me anything. And if I can grant it, I will.” “My brother’s grandchild woul
    21 points
  2. A quick run down of characters: Tristan Sr/Mike Grant - TJ's father. Mike is the name he took when he started over after faking his death JackJack/JJ/JC/J - Jackson Craft-Woolery (TJ's Fiance) - the additional nickname is addressed in this chapter Stephanie Woolery-Blake - Jack's sister Riley Blake - deceased from farming accident. Stephanie's husband Amelia- Tracy's sister Karen - Jack's sister Jerry- Jack's dad Dominic- Stephanie's son Damian/Dame - Stephanie's son James - Amelia's son Lucy- Karen's daughter Hayden - Stephanie's oldest Jayd
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  3. GOODNIGHT & GODSPEED CHAPTER 5 The Pool LUCAS Before I stood, Grey nudged my shoulder and whispered, “You got this.” That made me feel better. I wasn’t looking forward to what might be in store when Francesca started her One-on-One with me. For the last three nights, Grey has been exploring his sexuality with me. Me? I’ve been exploring emotions and feelings that I had tucked away for years. Was I ready to express those feelings to the entire room? Who knows? But when it comes to Francesca’s One-on-Ones—it doesn’t matter if you’re ready or not.
    17 points
  4. Must of the flight home was at night. Late afternoon take off from Germany guaranteed we'd be arriving Guam in the night. Charles, Dan and the security guys, slept some on the plane, Dan slept with one eye open. I just had to look at him and he'd get me a cup of tea. I chatted the entire trip with my cousins. It was nice to play catch up. I learned how they met, what they had planned for their future and surprisingly, they had only been married for two years. I teased them about being newly weds. I was comfortable with them and knew the gang back home would be as well. When you're busy, ti
    16 points
  5. Simon stepped out of the back door of Aunt Kate’s car. Niki was sat in the back seat, next to where he’d been sitting, and his mum was sitting in the front passenger seat, with Aunt Kate behind the steering wheel. Aunt Kate was still dressed in her work clothes, but his mum and Niki had changed before leaving home. Niki was wearing black jeans and green shirt, while his mum was wearing her smooth, blue and figure-hugging party dress. “Thanks Aunt Kate,” Simon called into the car, as Aunt Kate smiled back at him. “Have fun and don’t do anything I won’t!” Aunt Kate called to him. “Do
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  6. Morning came and I was awaken by someone knocking on the bedroom door. “Want to bet it's Alessandro or Manolo, or both. We got our of bed and put our pants on, I went to open the door and it was both. “Aunty sent us to get you out of bed.” I looked at Puppy and mouthed the words, ‘I bet’. “Ok, let us finish getting dressed and we'll be right down.” We took a quick shower, and it was quick, dressed, packed our travel bags and headed for the kitchen. Sitting on the top of the stairs waiting for us, Manolo and Alessandro, did you think we went back to sleep.” “No, we just want to sit
    12 points
  7. “What are you guys doing here” Jack said “We are here to find out what the hell has gotten into you. Now move aside and let us in” I said “If you are planning an intervention Steph you can forget it.” Jack said. I grabbed him and spun him around and pinned him to the wall “Jaxson Woolery, you are about to get the intervention you so desperately need before Tracy kicks your butt to the curb.” I said “Steph let him go. I’ll just put him over my knee until he listens.” Dad said at that moment Tracy appeared “Hey guys, thanks for coming” Tracy said “Anything for you” Karen
    12 points
  8. Valentín went back to ignoring me the Monday after that. He no longer glared at me at class or pushed me down the stairs on the way out of school, but somehow the cold shoulder felt even worse than that. Luckily for me, whatever infatuation I’d once harbored for Tomás dissipated like smoke after what I saw at the party, and now I knew better than developing impossible expectations and idolizing another guy who was never going to pay any attention to me. But it was still hard. Valentín had been my first kiss. He’d initiated it. And now he was acting like I didn’t exist. Things
    11 points
  9. "We have a problem." Tristan had been pouring a liberal amount of bleu cheese over his homemade wedge salad when he heard the heavy footsteps approaching the top section of the bleachers where he and Keisha were sitting. Keisha was too busy trying to complete the French assignment she’d neglected the night before to notice someone had crashed their intimate party of two. Jon-Jon looked sweaty and exhausted as he finally reached the row they were sitting on. An expensive-looking periwinkle V-neck, a few sizes too small, was stretched tight over his muscular upper body. His thighs, made
    11 points
  10. "You're home late." Tristan had noticed his dad's rusty pickup truck parked in the driveway when Keisha dropped him at home moments earlier but hearing his voice coming from the living room still made him jump. He placed his keys and wallet on the small table in the glass bowl on the table through he front door and strode into the next room like a death row inmate. He plopped down on the ancient plaid sofa opposite his dad. The television was on and tuned to one of his dad's favorite shows. Aside from football and the occasional documentary on Netflix, Jason Goolsby loved Perry Mason.
    11 points
  11. He knew that this would be difficult, he hadn’t really been ready, but his brother was right. Bastian stood in front of the house; he couldn’t move, hell he felt like his feet were frozen in place. Fear, he breathed, trying to school himself from panicking. “There is no reason to fear, Bastian. He can handle the truth; all you have to do is trust him.” Derek said behind him, his brother stood beside him with a grin on his face. Bastian raised a brow looking at his brother. “I don’t like it.” “Come on, let’s go in. It’s time you did something you should have done a long time ago.” D
    10 points
  12. 9. Don’t Assume Anything Always double-check, and never assume. If you explain something to someone, have them retell it in their own words. Then you’ll know if they really understood what you were teaching. — Employee Handbook: Mentoring For the next couple of weeks, things settled down, and life had almost become a comfortable routine. Or at least comfortable—it was barely routine. Weekdays were filled with work—Jonah seemed as inclined to work long hours as I was—but we also watched movies on TV and played a lot of video games. We weren’t playing the same games, bu
    10 points
  13. G'day, bro! Wet morning here, but drying up now with a watery sun trying to come out and play. Around 17°C/63°F. But at least the wind has moderated considerably. I might see if I can use some garden twine later to try to get most of the peas back off the ground and tied to the netting they were growing up. Most of the pods haven't swollen yet, and are likely to either rot if left on the wet ground, or just get eaten by slugs.
    7 points
  14. Chapter Twelve - The Awakening Of Edward Hastings Adrian munched on his lower lip as his eyes danced on the menu in front of him. Rich people did nothing by half, or so it seemed. “So we can have our balls licked and stuff?” he asked Edward directly. Edward chuckled. “I would like to believe that you feel more adventurous than this, Adrian.” “Also, all this, I want you to do it to me, not someone else,” Adrian added. “It wouldn’t count as cheating,” Edward said. “Why? Some dudes would come and perform this sort of stuff on us, right?” If he looked around, he could tell some
    7 points
  15. Jack is a total wanker. A complete whackjob. And has a severe need of therapy!!!!!!
    6 points
  16. I love that while you lost much you still have something to treasure.
    6 points
  17. Some of my most treasured possessions are small boxes full of old "stuff". I lost most of my belongings in a fire back in 2012, and my memory is very poor, so I don't have a lot of memories from when I was young. I found a box that had been saved full of old love letters and notes from my friends in college. It's nice to look through every once and a while.
    6 points
  18. It's probably time I started getting rid of some of my years of accumulated belongings...
    6 points
  19. It's bluefish hot here too. My mom and I got rid of a bunch of stuff. We took several boxes of papers to a local "shredding day". They ask a suggested donation per box to go to the Rotary Club. We also took a whole bunch of stuff to thrift store. There's lots more to get rid of, but it's a start.
    6 points
  20. You referring to the pandemic? Or are you saying Canada's suffering from a plague of locusts?
    6 points
  21. Did you know that the study of grasshopper species is called acridology? Some species of grasshopper are responsible for swarms of locusts. Locusts are the swarming phase of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae. Swarming behaviour is a response to overcrowding. The largest recorded locust swarm was one formed by the now-extinct Rocky Mountain locust in 1875; the swarm was 1,800 miles (2,900 km) long and 110 miles (180 km) wide, and one estimate puts the number of locusts involved at 3.5 trillion. An adult desert locust can eat about 2 g (0.1 oz)
    6 points
  22. Hey, Gary Hopefully the grasshoppers are causing no serious harm to your crops... Personally, I don't mind sharing some of the food I grow with the wildlife. Not sure what my reaction would be to a plague of locusts, though...
    6 points
  23. Hey, Marty. I think air conditioning has spoiled me... I can't seem to take the heat like I used to. I have noticed an increase in grasshoppers lately, especially around my peppers and tomatoes.
    6 points
  24. The extreme heat is back. Hey, bro. Take it easy today.
    6 points
  25. Hmmmm...... Well tim, you have successfully piqued my curiosity. Resistance is indeed futile.. Full asssimilation may take some time, but you have gotten the cogs in my head moving at a little bit faster pace than the sluggish plodding it normally does. What I really like about your poetry is the way that you use it as a tool to help you deal with whatever you are going through at the time. This applies to both the good things and the bad. The older I get, the more I realize that I really need to find an outlet for some of my emotions. I don't know if poetry is the answe
    6 points
  26. A hint of Spring here, 20C and sunny. It was nice outside
    6 points
  27. G'day y'all. There has been a distinct turn to the weather from yesterday. Warm, humid and mostly overcast. It was 73/23° with 87% humidity with nary a breeze when the pup and I left for our walk at 5:30. Both temp and humidity have increased slightly since then. I'm going to try puttering about at some outdoor chores until my head says no more. I already feel the effects of the weather as a dull swollen ache.
    6 points
  28. good night Sirs good night friends
    6 points
  29. Some of the things that I miss the most were my yearbooks and the journals i kept from when I was in middle school and high school. I retrieved them but the water damage from when they were attempting to quell the blaze was too much. I had looked through them maybe 6 months or so before they got destroyed and there were things in there that I didn't remember at all.
    5 points
  30. I know it can do that to me that's why I make it a point to sit outside each day. I have a nice shaded spot where there is often a breeze with a comfortable chair and a small table. I take an ice cold drink in my insulated cup, a bowl of fresh cold water for Thistle (I float a few ice cubes in the bowl to help the water stay cool) and my tablet. Maybe you can find a similiar spot. I noticed the heat and humidity are not quite so unbearable since I acclimated to them while I was at Mum's. The weather here lately has been similar to what June was like there.
    5 points
  31. Oh, I don't want to get rid of really nostalgic things. But there's stuff I have that is really just taking up room. I'm not quite as bad as some of the examples in the following article (I hope), but I do sometimes worry that I might be slowly approaching that stage... https://scienceofcaring.ucsf.edu/health-public/recognizing-and-addressing-hoarding-significant-senior-health-concern
    5 points
  32. I had forgotten how much fun it is to be mean to your characters.
    5 points
  33. I'm finding some really cool things. Nostalgic items and such. It's amazing how much stuff we accumulate throughout the years.
    5 points
  34. We already have one plague.
    5 points
  35. i think everyone who has some desire should try. Not everyone is a poet ... but there are other outlets. Blogs, automatic writing. This piece came from a prompt. But i wrote it as the first line and then just wrote, no thinking or planning. It's a fav of mine. But you can do the same thing by writing... for example, I am angry with Bill because .... and then just go. There are many ways to express yourself, if you need to.
    5 points
  36. I’ve got to live up to my name, so a reader, I shall remain. I’m very visual: in doing, in seeing, and in remembering. When I read poetry, or anything really, it’s as if there is a play carrying on in my mind’s eye. Seeing things that way affects my interpretations, I’m sure, but as I am free to interpret as I see fit, I am happy.
    5 points
  37. So, yesterday i was joking about assimilating new people to the joys of poetry. Yes, tim, but what is it, exactly? Well, it is words, woven together with rhythm so that you can feel, see and understand ideas that may be too hard just to describe or explain normally. Poetry is not just sentences. Let's look at this simple poem: I know life is a great teacher Though sometimes the lessons feel hard We can leave gardens untended they grow wild then, but to stay strong, the irises need dividing There is a rhythm here, but no rhyme. Each line
    5 points
  38. Good day, young Albert. Take care now, ya hear?
    5 points
  39. Aloha All Another Smokey Day
    5 points
  40. By your standards calm chapter good but calm.So that that means Kelly saying"Tristan?" means another beaut going to happen.Let's see Kelly is Emily's friend so she had an affair with Tristan and then...AW I'll wait to see what you come up with.
    4 points
  41. Funny you say that Val Steve lost all his paintings in a fire that was so sad
    4 points
  42. I hope you were able to make some repairs to the garden. The day has brightened considerably from this morning's overcast. Now mostly clear with a few puffy white clouds. If out working in it the sun is strong, doesn't take long until sweat runs. I spent some time cutting back a wild rose bush in my lower yard. It was badly overgrown nearly 20 foot in diameter. It abuts the border between my yard and my neighbor. Several years ago a large maple tree along the edge of my yard came down as the result of an end of October snowfall. The snow was a heavy wet snow and the tree was still in foli
    4 points
  43. I have opened a new topic about poetry for those interested. Not sure just how much will happen in there but i had a few things to say about poetry and writing it. The topic is here.
    4 points
  44. I know life is a great teacher Though sometimes the lessons feel hard We can leave gardens untended they grow wild then, but to stay strong, the irises need dividing There is a rhythm here, but no rhyme. Each line has 8 syllables. I'm not a huge fan of punctuation, but it is used in the 4th line to interrupt the rhythm of the poem. To get your attention, to show you the point of the message. The last comma also frames the final line.
    4 points
  45. This just went from dumb to dumber. I wouldn't be surprised if Nick's parents had already looked at the tracking themselves. Since the phone has been moving around, it's likely the only reason to delay a welfare check. Either way once they figure out Nick was moved and placed in bed by someone else, they will look at the tracking info on the phone. It's an indelible roadmap to the entire affair. They will also immediately suspect more sinister motives than an accident.
    4 points
  46. Entirely true in my case. I tend to be quite literal sometimes in interpreting what I read. Probably why I always had difficulty with poetry. That and the fact that I also don't like to be told what to read. Being forced to read and interpret poetry in school turned me off. Having the choice and the curiosity (plus the 'wisdom' of age) to explore tim's writings allowed me to actually 'get' something from it and that made all the difference. Apparently you can teach an old dog a new trick.
    4 points
  47. I found that reasoning to be liberating. Poetry ceased being a chore to read, because it didn’t matter that I didn’t get it “right” because I thought one thing while the poet - according to some scholar - thought something else entirely. And, this is how it should be. I’d even go as far as saying with surety more people would like poetry if this were so.
    4 points
  48. Unwelcome Changes at the Farm I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I mean I understood the reasons but it was another set of reminders of what was lost and how hopeless and powerless I was to do anything about it. Earl wasn’t in the best of health. The heart attack took a lot out of him and Ethan’s death was a devastating blow. Earl would never admit to it; his stoic nature wouldn’t let him give in but he was going to need full time help in running the farm. After all, and I was not to know until Ethan came home, this was why Ethan was coming home on a compassionate discharge. He was go
    4 points
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