Message: Thursday’s Special

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In response to Paula’s prompt

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Ripped: Six Sentence Stories

The policeman stared at the long haired, body pierced youth that opened the door. The rent in his jeans didn’t look designer in nature but he didn’t look ripped either. “We’ve got a warrant to search the premises.”

“Be my guest,” the youth said relieved that any drug taking was done at his girlfriends place down town and he didn’t steal so there wan’t any loot to be found. He settled back, relaxed in his chair watching them systematically pull everything from cupboards and drawers.

“Gotcha,” came the elated cry from one of the policeman, “You’ve ripped this CD illegally.”

In response to Zoe’s Six Sentence Story prompt

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Silence : Weekly Photo Challenge

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Some man made spaces afford you silence

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for if you speak disapproving looks you’ll gain and a few shushes quietly said.

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But in nature silence can be absolute with sometimes not even the sound of nature to be heard. Whether it is in deep snow up a snow covered mountainside

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or in a sound

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Peace and tranquility abound.

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Green lipped mussells live in silence apart from harvest time.

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Rolling grass covered hills offer isolation and not a sound.

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A combination of those rolling hills and water deep add beauty but not a peep.

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In the dawn, before people awake

perfect still and total silence

I get my fill.

In response to weekly photo Challenge

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E.C.T. : Friday Fictioneers

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Nurses chased Carla round the room. “Take the pill Carla” one of the nurses hissed but Carla was frightened. She knew what happened. The nurse’s long arms shot out and grabbed her, pinning her so she couldn’t resist as the pill was forced to the back of her tongue and water poured down her throat. Twenty minutes later she was terrified, the beast was chasing her then she lost consciousness as her limbs began to twitch.

“I am never having that again,” Carla told the doctor a few days later. 

“No you don’t have to. We have a new electric treatment.”

Thank you to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers and J.Hardy Carrol for the use of the photograph.

The canopies on the ride reminded me of apparatus applied to the head (in movies) that alter the mind from there I was taken to this story. It was found that depression was eased by seizures and initially to induce these they used a drug called Metrazol.  The unfortunate side effect of this drug was that just before the seizure started an immense terror was felt by the patient. So much so that once experienced patients would do anything not to go through it again. Hence another way a causing seizures was sought and ECT  became the treatment of choice despite the fear that it too generated.

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6 Letter words beginning with V: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Vulture

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Vicars

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Vintage vesper style motorbike

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Vestibule

In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Shepherds Delight: Wordless Wednesday

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January 2018: Times Past

I am doing a 9 month series over at Carrot Ranch on memoir and creative non-fiction. It will feature on the second Friday of each month until September.

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Times Past with Irene WatersBy Irene Waters

Unlike Charli scooping snow from her porch as the Lady of the Lake weaves her winter charm and C. Jai, holed up escaping the cold, I hail from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland  and our weather is glorious. Warm to hot days with inviting surf and river activities. Pools to fall into or exercise with noodle.  Sultry breezes blow at night and palm trees sway. It is a delight wearing light, possibly skimpy clothing. In other words, I’m having fun in the sun.

Reading this you may wonder what has this to do with Times Past. This is the present. Charli and C. Jai prompt me to think of the few very cold experiences I have had and they have given me an amount of understanding as to what it is like to live in a cold climate. As a memoirist I believe that from our past…

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