Reena’s Xploration Challenge # 192

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PROMPT #192

It’s an image prompt.

There is no restriction on length of the piece. There is no last date either, unless you wish to be featured in the Weekly Wrap.

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Holding it with all his might

Lest that it may break free from his grasp


This is all that he has earned in his life


A little house to call his own

An umbrella of security to guard against the rainy days

A few meager possessions, threadbare and poorly


But he had his pride intact


Pride he had in his impeccable honesty


And a reputation that wasn’t tarnished by temptation

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Last week I played devil’s advocate, ridiculing the virtues of honesty. So it’s just fitting that this week we take pride in threadbare respectability of honest living.

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Fandango Provocative Question # 128 – Opposites or similar

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

This past week I heard someone say, “opposites attract.” A few days later I heard someone else say, “birds of a feather flock together.” These two statements seem contradictory to me. I thought about my wife and me and realized that, while she can be high strung and emotional, I’m more laid back and easy going. But aside from that, we have much in common, almost like two peas in a pod.

So I wondered if people with opposite personalities, beliefs, and physical traits are actually drawn together like opposite poles of a magnet. Or are similarities in age, intelligence, religion, and education level the keys to lasting, healthy relationships?

So my provocative question this week is…

Do you feel that people are more attracted to one another by their differences or by their commonalities? And why do you feel that way?

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I think what brings people together are the common traits in their personalities. Be they, friends or romantic partners. If they have a similar approaches towards important issues of life, they are more likely to be attracted to each other.

However, a bit of contrast is what balances the relationship. Like one partner is practical and the other is a dreamer or if one is a planner and the other is impulsive, they are yin and yang and provide stability to their relationship.

This is especially important in how they react to situations. If both are hot heads, the relationship is likely to disintegrate soon. But if one is calmer and cool-headed, it is more likely to last.

In short, we come together because we find similar traits in each other and stay together because we also have opposing views which make the relationship work!

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MLMM- Photo Challenge # 375

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@Pixabay

Use above image as inspiration for a poem or short story.

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You hurt me with unkind words

And then offer an offhand apology


You think this will make it all better


What you don’t see is how your words hurt me


I cannot show you my heart which is broken in pieces


I may smile, a gesture to hide my hurt


But deep inside, there is a gash which is never healed

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WritePhoto # Feather cloud

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Welcome to the weekly #writephoto prompt!

This week’s prompt is a post with a difference – our JULY guest photo!

Feather Cloud – Image by A Kehas

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a beautiful feathered cloud in the colours of a rainbow. 

A great big thank you to Alethea for agreeing to be the featured photo this month. What a beautiful photo for us. Pop over to her blog at https://aletheakehas.com/ to show her some love!

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Hey look at that! Is this even real? Or just an illusion?

“What are you going about Marla?“

“Look at that cloud, it’s a feather cloud, iridescent, colored like a rainbow. I think it’s a sign from the heavens above!”

“Oh wow, you’re right this is something exceptional Marla. I think I should fetch my camera and take a few shots. It maybe worth a few dollars in the market!

“Oh shut up Matt, just enjoy this beautiful sight and forget about making money out of it. I think it’ll bring us good luck on our venture. We should go ahead and invest in the bed’n’ breakfast opportunity, don’t you think so?”

“I hope this is a portend for good luck my dear”

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Truthful Tuesday- Odd pleasures

Frank of PC guyIV asks a question on Tuesday, which we have to answer truthfully.

Truthful Tuesday

The Question

What’s something that you thoroughly enjoy doing that others might find a bit odd? What makes it so enjoyable?

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I thoroughly enjoy blogging which my family and real-life friends find odd. They are always asking why I’m always stuck to my phone, using the tiny touchpad to type out my blog posts. There are some people who even ask “what is a blog?”

Though there are over 600 million blogs in the world today, not everyone has heard of blogging, let alone read a single post!

At the same time, I am very grateful to my blogging family who not only read my posts but also like and comment on them.

Thanks you so much!

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Fandango Story Starter # 4

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It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

I’d been planning the perfect vacation for months, but then…

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I’d been planning the perfect vacation for months, but then something fantastic happened!

I won a free cruise in a draw and I could take a companion along with me. Now the question arose, who should I ask? My best friend, my cousin who was so found of adventure or my wife who wasn’t keen on traveling at all but was insanely jealous when I went away and had a good time.

Time was short so I played it safe. I asked my wife if she wanted to go on a vacation to the Maldives with me. I was super clever and made it sound like more of a drudgery than a luxury vacation. Sadly she is a very intelligent woman and caught on to me from the start.

We were due to travel on there 28th of February, 2020. But fate intervened and all traveling by sea was suspended because of the covid-19 epidemic breakout. I was promised that they would give me another chance as soon as the company started sea cruises again.

I’m still waiting. And this time my wife has categorically told me that she isn’t willing to expose herself to the risk of getting sick so I can take anyone with me. I can’t wait……..

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One Liner Wednesday- July 28, 2021

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Japan is hosting Summer Olympics. If we can play and compete in peace and harmony, why cannot we exist with the rest of the world in peace and harmony?

“The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation, the kind of international competition that’s wholesome and healthy, an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us. “
– John Williams

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One Minute Fiction # 21 July, 2021

Cranny is hosting this challenge

What’s the ”One Minute Fiction” challenge about? Easy. Each week I’ll provide a prompt to inspire you to write a very short story. The idea is to manage to type your whole story in a minute or less. Of course, you can think about it before hitting the keyboard, and you can take all your time to edit it afterwards… Just make sure to tag your story with #1MinFiction, and create a pingback to my week’s challenge post, so I can easily find it! So, here is this week’s picture;

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After giving the matter a lot of thought, I bought myself a cycle. A regular bicycle which I could ride on the road. I wanted to exercise my knees but doing so on a stationary bike was tedious. I had been doing that in the gym but I felt that going cycling in open air would not only more entertaining and rewarding but I was sure that I will stick to it longer.

My only mistake was leaving it without a lock. When I came to ride my bike on second day, there was no trace of it!

I guess it’s back to the stationary bike again. Ah, sadness!

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge # 128

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Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.

The photo below is from the Google Photo Frame.For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a complex of on and off ramps at a multitiered highway interchange.

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Multiple lanes on multiple levels

People rushing to and fro

In a hurry to reach their destinations

We spend our lives in this frenzy

Rushing from point A to point B

Traveling from home to work, work to home

Some people traveling east, some traveling west

I wonder if we all stayed where we are


Will this pace ever slow down?

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Weekend Writing Prompt- Vivid

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Vivid

Challenge

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Vivid and real

The colors I see with my eyes closed

In psychedelic hues, swirling and mixing

Then separating into individual shade just to mingle again


They take the golden glow of the sun


Or the dark blue of the twilight at dusk


A starburst of shiny orbs lighting up the dark


Vivid and real


The colors I see with my eyes opened

Green blending in with earthy browns, representation of life


Cloudy grey mixing with the azure sky


Illuminating and brightening, dimming and then fading


Life’s vivid colors

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Word count; 89

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