Thursday, September 12, 2019

"DID YOU SEE THAT?" By Marie Shelton

When a catastrophic event occurs, even if we are not personally involved at the time, it can have a peculiar effect on us. Often, we remember exactly where we were, what we were doing and how we that time. We may not remember details of other events that even occurred more recently and are less notable but some happenings are truly unforgettable and remain clear in our minds.

For example, many people remember the day of Pearl Harbor, death of FDR, the dropping of the atomic bomb, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr, and Senator Robert Kennedy. These events did not occur in our midst, in our homes, or close around but were very significant. If we were around when they occurred, we know exactly where we were, exactly what we were doing, and exactly how we re acted.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, just around seven in the morning central time, I was finishing breakfast before leaving for work as a teacher at a nearby elementary school. I taught exceptional education. Incidentally, a side bar, Bryn Mawr Elementary School in the South Shore Community of Chicago is the school that former first lady Michelle Obama attended. It was a perfect fall morning signaling the end of summer. I sat down at the table in the breakfast room to finish the last half of buttered toast and hot tea. I had a little time and turned on the television to watch a few minutes of live ABC News with co-hosts Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer. It got my attention. On the screen was a shot of the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City. One of them had dense black smoke jutting from an upper floor where a plane had hit the building.

Charles and Diane were talking to a pilot who was an aviation expert. They were trying to determine how this ‘accident’ happened. At no point, was it suggested or even considered that this was a deliberate act. They discussed visibility, but the sky in the background was cloudless and calmly blue. Was the pilot impaired, confused, inexperienced, or suddenly ill? Had there been a malfunction that could not be corrected. Why was the airplane so low?

As Diane and Charles continued the discussion with the pilot, a moving object appeared from the right of my television screen. It looked like a toy plane. Having no clue as to what was about to unfold, I watched. My buttered toast was uneatened and my tea was cold. I saw the plane fly past the burning tower. I saw the plane fly past the second tower. I saw the plane make a U-turn and deliberately, with no hesitation, fly into the second tower. The camera, trembled a bit, then was steady again.

There was a silence for several seconds, then, obviously stunned, Diane turned to Charles and said, “Did you see that?”

“Yes, Diane, we all saw that and will never forget it.”

Marie G. Shelton - Summerlin's Writers' and Poets' Workshop - Las Vegas, NV. 
September, 2019 

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Saturday, September 7, 2019


                                              Grandpa and girl friend number three.
She seems so young to me.

Grandpa sporting new clothes
and stepping out buying her a rose.

His kids are grown and on their own
Grandpa romancing her by phone

Spending money, having a fast fling.
Reliving youth with his beautiful young thing.

Perhaps it’s ok, too bad she’s not here to stay.
At the moment, he’s completely carried away.

Then the day comes when she’s gone.
And only the memories still linger on.

Back to playing golf, books, music and TV
His eyes are cloudy, but he can see

Reality of the years has finally taken place
Now he can relax and enjoy his private space.

The quiet solitude of life alone is not so bad
When one can think of pleasures one once had.

Actually there’s something quite inviting
about cheating the odds and surviving.

© Rena Winters - Summerlin's Writers' and Poets' Workshop 

Rena Winters
  • 2018 Winner 2nd Place Best Fiction Published "Holy Cause: Target America" - author
  • 2018 Winner 3rd Place Best Fiction Published
  • "The Man with Evil Eyes" - co-author
  • 2017 Winner 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading,
  • Winner Freedom's Foundation & American Family Heritage Awards "My Little Corner of the World" TV writer
  • Winner Angel Award Best Family special "How to Change Your Life" - TV writer, co-host
  • Smurfs: The Inside Story of the Little Blue Characters - author
  • Instead of Therapy - author
  • I Pledge Allegiance" - contributing author


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

"WHAT GRANDPARENTS ARE" By Geri Bedrosian ( Adapted from West Alexander, Bellflower 3rd grade)

Grandparents are people who have no children right now.
                   They like other people’s little kids.

Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be them.
                   They’re older so they shouldn’t run or play hard.

It is enough if they drive us to market where the pretend horse is.
                   They always have a lot of dimes
Or if they take us for a walk, they slow down.
 They like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
They never say “hurry up”. 
                   Usually they are chubby but not too chubby to tie your shoes.

They wear glasses and funny underwear.
                   They can take their teeth and gums off.

It’s better they don’t typewrite or play cards except with us.

They don’t have to be too smart and know all answers.
                   They know why dogs hate cats and how come God isn’t married.

They don’t talk baby-talk like visitors do because;
                    it’s hard to understand.

When they read to us they don’t skip.
                   They don’t mind if it is the same story again.

Everybody should try to have one especially if you don’t have television.
             Grandparents are the only grownups who have got time.                 ***

©Geri Bedrosian - President of the Summerlin's Writers' and Poets' Workshop - Las Vegas, NV. 
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Monday, September 2, 2019

'THE CROW" By Tom Boyce

Starting out with a dream I had, which usually is remembered in bits and pieces or totally forgotten, this dream stayed with me.

The story:

I dreamed of a crow. Flying wildly through a thick of trees it perched right atop my shoulder. He seemed nervous for some reason. Looked around and looked around as if to make sure we were alone. Suddenly the crow began to speak. 

"Your Aunt Mary is soon to die" then left. Startled, I awoke with beaded sweat on my brow and an uncontrollable shake and ran to my parents room with the horrifying news. With the hug of my Mom and the soft voice of my Dad he said "it was just a bad dream son. We all have them every once in awhile. Try yo go back to sleep".

The morning, when I woke my parents were at the kitchen table. Mom in tears and Dad holding his head in his hands I  was told that my Aunt Mary had passed away.
You can imagine the shock.

The next night, same crow comes to deliver another blow. "Your father is soon to die". That morning and for the rest of the day, Dad wasn't looking so good. He'd left the house for some time and when he returned he had asked me "How was your day son" and you could see something was wrong.

Just then Mom blurted out hysterically "you want to talk about good or bad days. l"ll tell you how bad my day was. The milkman just up and died .................right on the front porch".

© Tom Boyce - summerlin's Writers' and Poets' Workshop - Las Vegas, NV.

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 1 – The tongues in tennis shoes are over-rated.  And shoelaces.  You don’t really need them.  Not really.

2 – Cats are for chasing, running over, stealing food, toys and birds from, and once in awhile snuggling.

3 – Anything I can get in my mouth, whether from the closet floor or the counter top, is mine to do what I want with.

4 – Magazines and books are for ripping to shreds.

5 – Fences are for digging holes underneath because the other yard is always better than your own.

6 – Toys are no fun once their squeaker is destroyed.

7 – Stuffing, whether in pillows, beds or toys, is meant to come out.

8 – You can close your mouth with a sparrow inside without causing any harm to the bird (that is, physical harm – can’t speak to the fear factor).

9 – Eat your food as fast as you can so that you can see if anything is left in the other dog’s bowl.

10 – The house rules are only for when Mom is home.  When she’s gone, dogs rule. The cats need to learn this.

©Cheryn Brewer  - Summerlin's Writers' and Poets' Workshop - Las Vegas, NV.
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Saturday, August 31, 2019


My wife and I were baby sitting our baby grandson last week. My wife said  we were nearly out of diapers and requested I go to the nearest drug store to buy some additional ones. I located a female clerk about 20 years old in the store and asked which aisle I could find diapers. She responded, "adult or baby?

A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren back to their parents one day when a fire truck zoomed past,. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties. "They use him in keep crowds back" said one child. "No," said another. "He's just for good luck." A third child brought the argument to a close. "They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants."

His grand daughter was diligently pounding away on his word processor. She told him she was writing a story. "What's it about?" he asked. "I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."

Two elderly grandparents from a retirement center were sitting on a bench. One turns to the other and says, "Slim, I'm 83 years old now and I'm just full of aches and pains. I know you're about my age. How do you feel?"  Slim replies, "I feel just like a newborn baby."
Really! Like a newborn baby?"  "Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants."

I wonder what my grandparents did to fight boredom before the internet. I asked my parents and my 27 aunts and uncles....
They don't know either.

A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods."
The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"

A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting," she said, "How do you make babies?"  "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'"
My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?"  I mentally polished my halo while I asked, "No, how are we alike?" 
"You're both old," he replied. 

I didn't know if my four year old granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me, and always she was correct. It was fun for me. When she was ready to leave to go home, she yelled back, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some these colors yourself!"

Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents' house the week before Christmas. At bedtime, the two boys knelt besides to say their prayers. The younger boy began praying at the top of his voice. "AND PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO ASK GRANDPA  TO GIVE ME A NEW BICYCLE FOR CHRISTMAS!"
The older brother leaned over and nudged his younger brother and said, "Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn't deaf." He said, "But grandpa is!"
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AMERICANS CELEBRATE LABOR DAY! (Jokes) Assembled by Jerry Silvers

In the week before Labor Day, Eli, a poor country farmer won $480,000 in the Lottery. As a treat he took his wife and their four children to see the Labor Day parade in New York.

They booked into the Sheraton International at the corner of Park Circle and Central Park North. Having never been further than their local town, Benton in Arkansas they were bowled over by the glitz and excitement of the "Big Apple".

Eli and his son Clem were especially mesmerized by a shiny box with silver walls. They had never before met with doors that could move apart, and then automatically come back together again. Neither had seen an elevator (lift) before. Therefore, they were amazed when a little old lady entered the shiny box and the door closed. The lights outside on the wall flashed for a minute, then the doors opened and out came a beautiful young woman.

Eli turned to his son Clem and said, 'Son, go get your mother.'


My first job was in an orange juice factory, but I couldn't concentrate on the same old boring rind, so I got canned. 
Then I worked in he woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the axe.
After that, I tried working in a donuts shop, but I soon got tired of the hole business.
I manufactured calendars, but my days were numbered.
I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn't suited for it. Mainly because it was a sew-sew job, de-pleating and de-pressing.
I took a job as an upholsterer, but I never recovered. 


Next I tried working in a car muffler factory, but that was exhausting.
I wanted to be a barber, but I just couldn't cut it.
Then I was a pilot, but tended to wing it, and I didn't have the right altitude.
I studied to become a doctor, but I didn't have enough patients for the job.
I became a Velcro salesman, but I couldn't stick with it.
I tried my hand at at professional career in tennis, but it wasn't my racket. I was too high strung.
I became a baker, but it wasn't a cakewalk, and I couldn't make enough dough. They fired me after I left a cake out in the rain. 
I was a masseur for a while, but I rubbed people the wrong way.
I managed a get a good job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.


Then I became a personal trainer in a gym, but they said I wasn't fit for the job.
I thought about being a historian, but I couldn't see a future in it.
Next I was an electrician, but I found the working shocking and revolting, so they discharged me. 
I tried being a teacher, but I soon lost my principal, my faculties,and my class.
I turned to farming, but I wasn't outstanding in my field.
I took a job as an elevator operator. The job has it ups and downs, and I got the shaft.
I sold origami, but the business folded.


So I've retired, and I find I'm a perfect fit for this job!


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