Moor Hen, Marsh Alarm System

Just the fact that she stood there and didn’t panic caused me to take these shots.

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Gallinule, or Moor Hen, are the best alarm system in the wild. They first hide when danger approaches (like a photographer), then suddenly scream, jump, and half fly / run over the water.

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Everybody for miles knows something is happening.

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Even when you know it’s coming you still jump when they go off.

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By Neel Anil Panicker

They were a trio, a tightly knit team, Mary, Susan, and Anna. Mary was the spotter, the one tasked to ferret out the rich lone lost traveler about town.

Susan was the seeker, the one who played Mother Teresa and handheld the ‘victim’.

As the two new found ‘best friends forever’ would walk down a lonely alley, Anna, the reliever, would emerge, gun in hand, and dry clean the terror stricken duo of  all their worldly belongings.

Before sun down, the three musketeers would have flown town.

No wonder in police circles their deed was christened  ‘a murder of crows’.

(c)neelanilpanciker2017 #fiction #flash #flashfictin #100words #100wordstory

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Weekend Writing Prompt #30 – Journey

Sammi Cox

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt


Photo Prompt


Prose Challenge – Write a story in 50 words about going on a journey.

Poetry Challenge – Write a triolet inspired by the photo prompt.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

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Weather window…

The Silent Eye

For the past few days I have up to the proverbials in rose-thorns, leaf litter, mud and, inadvertently, the stream that runs through my son’s garden. I may have moaned about the cold and the wet, and the  sojourn in the stream was entirely unplanned, but I do enjoy gardening. Not so much the wafting around with a pair of secateurs, dead-heading the blooms and tutting at the greenfly, but more the heavy-duty stuff. I have always enjoyed digging…though that will not stop me complaining about it, just on principle, and if I didn’t, my joints would do it for me.

Last year, the winter weather set in before I had put either may garden or my son’s to bed for the year, so this year I was determined to get it done. I managed to get my grass short before the ground became too waterlogged to mow it, but…

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Sanderling Digging Around

I was waiting for some Pelicans to come in closer when this little one started charging over towards me. All these small shore birds are pretty fearless, this one was too busy to even acknowledge me.

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Instead of Pelicans I turned my speed up just a bit and let him work his way around me.

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He must have been finding something because he went right on by working his way down the shoreline.

Click any image to view the gallery.

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Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Honored by Princeton University with Dedication of Morrison Hall


Photo: Princeton University Author and Professor Toni Morrison at Morrison Hall dedication (Photo: Princeton University)


Princeton University showed respect and honor to author Toni Morrison by dedicating Morrison Hall on Friday, Nov. 17. Morrison – who in 1993 became the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature – is the Emeritus Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities at the university. The building dedication took place after Morrison’s keynote address at the Princeton and Slavery Project Symposium.

“This is a very, very special, beautiful occasion for me,” Morrison said.

During the opening fort he dedication ceremony, Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber emphasized the importance of Morrison Hall, referring to it as a “181-year-old building that is the home and the heart of the undergraduate college at Princeton University.” Previously, Morrison Hall was called West College, and inside, students can find the Office of the Dean of the…

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Magnetic Poetry Saturday

like mercury colliding...

it is their lies that
are most repulsive…
and watching others
grow drunk from this
drooling drivel
makes me want
to heave

if only I had let myself
linger a bit longer, my lips
drinking in every dazzling
inch, for I am haunted by
things I can’t remember

my favorite moments
are the times I
remember to
trust the voice
of my inner child

souls like roots need
seasons of quiet…the
beautiful dark, deep of
the in between


Magnetic Poetry

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Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Ela Lourenco @ElaLourenco @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

Spreading the Writer's Word

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

by Ela Lourenco

I close my eyes, lulled into the peaceful state of waking sleep by the gentle tapping of the ancient lock against the door in the night’s whispering warm breeze.
I rock in the wooden chair passed down generations of my family, handcrafted by the great grandfather I was named after: Henry. I swing slowly to and fro as I have done for many a year, the creak of my special chair the orchestra accompanying the sweetest of voices. Little voices, singing as one… voices which have not yet lost the purity of innocence and childhood dreams. They usually fill me with a tranquillity unlike any other, but lately their chant is growing softer. Soon, I will barely be able to hear them.
I loathe to go into the noisy world outside my cabin but wearily I get up. Needs must…

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