The Cabin on the Lake~


I have always wanted to stay for an extended period of time on a high mountain lake,

in the Eastern Sierras, far from people,

in the fall,


when the leaves change,


in a cabin,

on the lakeshore.

As the temperature drops each day,


critters have time to prepare for winter. (Golden Mantled Squirrel)


Winter still holds herself back.

Tonite it will be 21 degrees F.

Cheers to you from the beauty, refuge and safety of the wilderness (chimpunk)~

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October 3rd is National Soft Taco Day

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National Soft Taco Day

Five Food Finds about Tacos

  1. A taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling.
  2. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables and cheese, allowing for great versatility and variety.
  3. A taco is generally eaten without utensils and is often accompanied by garnishes such as salsa, avocado or guacamole, cilantro, tomatoes, minced meat, onions and lettuce.
  4. According to the Real Academia Española, publisher of Diccionario de la Lengua Española, the word taco describes a typical Mexican dish of a maize tortilla folded around food (“Tortilla de maíz enrollada con algún alimento dentro, típica de México”).
  5. The original sense of the word is of a “plug” or “wad” used to fill a hole (“Pedazo de madera, metal u otra materia, corto y grueso, que se encaja en algún hueco”).

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October/November 2017 Writing Contests

Rachel Poli

October/November 2017 Writing ContestsOctober 2017

Genre: Fiction
Theme: Short story (new writers only)
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Christmas and Holiday
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $200

Genre: Creative Nonfiction essay
Theme: N/A
Website: WOW! Women On Writing
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Entry Fee: $12
Prize: $500

November 2017

Genre: Poetry
Theme: N/A
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: November 6, 2017
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: First – $1,000

Genre: Flash fiction and short story
Theme: N/A
Website: Fireside Fiction
Deadline: November 11, 2017 (opens on November 5)
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: Pays 12.5 cents per word

Genre: Popular fiction (romance, YA, thriller, crime, horror, sci-fi)
Theme: N/A
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Short Short Story
Theme: N/A
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: November 15…

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MOLLY’S NIGHT

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I was in the barn last night.  I had a big torch that shone its beam in a slim band through the barn. Tima was laid in an unexpected corner – exhausted by her runaway day in the field trying to eat all the corn. Tane not far from her side – taking up the whole corridor. They grunted gently as I stepped over them. Lady Astor mooed as sorrowfully as a cow as she chewed gently in her yard. The other cows and calves were gathered close to the barn. Seeking the safety of the buildings from the coyotes that walk the perimeter on occasion. the-night-015

I heard the faintest sound of suckling and my attention riveted immediately onto the corner of the barn that housed the heavily pregnant sow, Molly.  She is a very busy pig so I had built walls around her of straw so she…

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hour

Dutch goes the Photo!

Welcome to Week 77 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  A quick update, as I’m slowly getting caught up.  Last week’s round up will be posted tomorrow, at which point, I will have everything back in sync for the days that follow.

The amount of entries for last week’s theme of Signs were fantastic!  This week, I went back to Scotland from just over 4 years ago for inspiration and came across this image from a walk along the beach in Cromarty.  The time of this shot was just after 9 p.m. on May 29th; the Sun sets pretty late at that time of year, which makes for a rather lengthy ‘golden’ hour of highly saturated, rich, warm sunlight.  This inspires this week’s theme of Hour.

I’d like to challenge you to document an hour of the day in your image(s), in a way that captures some of the essence…

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