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Glimpsed ~ Jan Malique

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“Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.”
― Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda was a keen observer of human nature don’t you think? This wry quote is infused with such a bittersweet note. The relationship with oneself can be fraught with difficult emotions and perceptions.

Some of us spend years burying who we are with masks that eventually form a hard carapace. Let me put this to you, how would you react meeting your present self? Not an easy question to answer if you had to be honest I suspect.

Continue reading at Strange Goings On in the Shed


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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Fancy meeting you here by Jim Webster

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Released in December, another series of tales of his livestock and dogs and more about farming in the Lake District…Jim Webster and Fancy meeting you here.

About the book

More tales from a lifetime’s experience of peasant agriculture in the North of England, with sheep, Border Collies, cattle, and many other interesting individuals. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is just one of those things.

One of the early reviews for the book

Ignite TOP 1000 REVIEWER 5.0 out of 5 stars Real life 17 December 2018

This is the third collection of farmer Jim Webster’s anecdotes about his sheep, cattle and dogs. This one had added information on the Lake District’s World Heritage status. This largely depends upon the work of around 200 small family farms. Small may not always be beautiful but it can be jolly important. If you want to know the different skills needed by a sheep dog and a cow dog, or to hear tales of some of the old time travelling sales persons – read on! This is real life, Jim, but not as I know it.

Continue reading at Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord

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The Rotating Blade of Meaning ~ Steve Tanham

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You have probably never heard of him. He was an engineer by training. He was the primary inventor and developer of the Bell helicopter, which made the promise of point to point flight a reality – though it had been discussed for centuries beforehand. This inventor, engineer and scientist was from an age when a few scientists could still challenge the overall approach of modern science – with its focus on the smaller and smaller, and lack of vision of the ‘whole’. They are almost gone as a species, so, in this series of posts, I’d like to pay tribute to Arthur M. Young and explain in non-technical language how important his work was… and is.

He was also, and unusually for a scientist, a master astrologer…

Despite being skilled in engineering and mathematics, Arthur Young returned to university as an adult to study Quantum Physics, recognising that here was something that completely altered the way we should visualise the world. He was fascinated by the consciousness potential of the relationship between the ‘observer’ and the ‘observed’, something that science had tried to ignore for centuries. This dismissal was brought up, sharply, by Quantum Theory, which proved that only the presence of the observer allowed the presence of the object to be ‘measured’. In other words, proved it was there… but not alone.

Continue reading at The Silent Eye

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Derailing Bedlam: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Dammit! Part 3 #fiction #adventure

Legends of Windemere

As usual, here is your warning that this story has cursing, sex (not graphic), innuendo, and violence.  It’s my Rated-R action adventure called Derailing Bedlam.  This is the fourth outing (third official) for Cassidy and Lloyd, so feel free to click on one of the two covers to see how it started.  Each one is 99 cents!

Cover by Jon Hunsinger

Cover Art by Jon Hunsinger











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Never told, never lived

First in this week…

Reena Saxena

framed thoughts in doorways
apparent signals to move
hold me back, then walk
ahead of perceived pathways
my shape silhouetted
against pale reflections
of the buzz inside my head
smashing boundaries of self
to reshape, redefine
fading outlines
to rewrite untold stories
from the vaults of history
never read, never lived….

Thursday Photo Prompt

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Dear Wen: Mister Fox…

Foxfire Sue VincentDear Wen…

“I sent my Soul invisible some after-word of life to spill…
And it spent many days away before returning yet to say…
“Behold thyself are you not both of Heaven and of Hell…?”
– Omar… (Fitz/Don mix)

Every good verse deserves embellishment or alternatively corruption.

Take your pick!

The traditional conception is of the snake-skin as a life-time but I see no reason why the idea should not be utilised for a re-birth or new life… especially for one treading a spiritual path…

Yes, it was all a little odd wasn’t it?

That Charles James Fox fellow is a tricky character… Arrange a meet to discuss the Workshop and we nearly get roped into the Fire Dance proper…

Maybe he has us down as potential vermin?

Continue reading at France and Vincent

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Thursday photo prompt: Imagination #writephoto


Something a bit different this week…

Use the image below as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon (GMT)  Wednesday 23rd January and link back to this post with a pingback to be included in the round-up.  There is no word limit and no style requirements, except to keep it fairly family friendly.

(Feel free to ignore the road sign in the photo, unless that works with your story…)

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a piece of street art; a woman, veiled and crowned with greenery, shown in profile. She is painted against a holo of flame colours with a stained glass winddow effect and surrounded by white flowers on a black background. The woman is painted as transparent, showing her skeleton and brain through the flesh. The brain glows from within, and appears tohold figures…

All posts will be featured in the round-up on Thursday January 24th at 10am GMT, linking back to the original posts of contributors. Throughout the week I will feature as many of the responses here on the Daily Echo as space allows and (more or less) in the order in which they come in.

You can find all last week’s entries in the weekly round-up. Please visit and read the stories and poems and explore the sites of their writers. I will feature as many contributions as I can on the blog during the week.

Please link your post to this by creating a pingback. If you are unsure of how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial here.

Pingbacks need to be manually approved, so either check back to make sure that the pingback has appeared or simply copy and paste your link into the comments section of this post.

Feel free to use #writephoto logo or include the prompt photo in your post if you wish or you can replace it with one of your own to illustrate your work. Don’t forget to use the #writephoto hashtag in your title so your posts can be found.

Meanwhile, I would like to invite all writephoto regulars to come and introduce themselves on the blog as my  guest!

Click here for details

Have fun!

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Photo prompt round-up: Honour #writephoto


Memories survive
Rekindling old emotions
Truth becomes legend
The lens of perception blurs
We see what we wish to see


The photo for this week’s prompt was taken in the chapel in the side chapel of the  church at Bakewell. that houses a number of elaborate memorials… and which had helped set us on a curious journey of discovery. The picture shows the effigy of a knight and a message left in his memory, over six hundred years after his death.

The knight is Sir Thomas Wendesley, who was slain at the Battle of Shrewsbury, in 1403, during the uprising led by Owain Glyndŵr. The Battle was a decisive victory for the king, even though his men were decimated by the enemy archers and as the arrows “fell like leaves in Autumn, every one struck a mortal man“. Sir Thomas wears chainmail and armour and his helmet bears the coded inscription ‘IHC Nazaren’, which signifies “Have mercy on me, Jesus of Nazareth”.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part this week and happy new year to you all! I really appreciate everyone who has taken the time to create their own story from these prompts. I wish there was space to reblog all the contributions, as there are some beautiful pieces every week that I would love to reblog, but which come in after I have filled all the allocated slots.

All the posts are listed below, so please click on the links to read them and leave a comment for the author.

Thank you too, to everyone who reblogged the prompt, round up and the individual resposes.

Pingbacks do not always come through… and I can miss things too, so if you have written a post for this challenge and it does not appear in the round-up, please leave a link to your post in the comments and I will add it to the list.

A new prompt will be published later today. I will reblog as many contributions as space and time allows, as they come in… and all of them will be featured in the round-up on Thursday.

As there are usually too many contributions to reblog all of them every week, and so that we can get to know their writers, I would like to invite all writephoto regulars to come and introduce themselves on the blog as my  guest! ‘Regulars’ does not mean you have to take part every week… Click here for details

Come and join in!


Many thanks to this weeks contributors:

Penny Wilson Writes

Maria at A Heart for Africa

Adele at Notes to Women

Christine Bolton at Poetry for Healing

Bladud Fleas at The Moon is Rising

Kerfe at methodtwomadness

Crushed Caramel

D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror

Roberta Eaton at Roberta Writes

Hélène Vaillant at Willow Poetry

Anita from Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie

Geoff Le Pard at Tangental


Neel Anil Panicker

Padre’s Ramblings

Di at pensitivity101

Jane Dougherty Writes

Anurag Bakhshi at Jagahdilmein

Fandango at This, That and the Other

Dorinda Duclos at Night Owl Poetry

The Dark Netizen

Bobby Fairfield

Hayley R. Hardman at The Story Files

Linda Lee Lyberg at Charmed Chaos

Lady Lee Manila

Kyt Wright

Alethea Kehas at Not Tomatoes

Leslie Hyla Winton Noble at Colonialist’s Blog

Trent P. McDonald at Trent’s World

Deepa at Sync with Deep

Reena Saxena

Sisyphus at Of Glass and Paper

Anjali Sharma at Positive Side Of The Coin

Willow Willers at willowdot21

Jan Malique at Strange Goings on in the Shed

Joelle LeGendre at Two on a Rant

Deborah’s Deliberations

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Nature’s enchantment
Perpetual enigma
Echoing our own

Kites hunt overhead. Iron clouds race over distant hills… a heavy, roiling mass shrouds the dawn. The merest hint of brightness signals the rising of the sun and wind tortured branches writhe black against the gloom. We drive on, away from our vantage point high above the vale, down to where the world wakes to the half-light of a winter morning.

Snowdrops bloom on village greens, daphne and viburnum blush, pink as our absent dawn, in the shelter of thatched cottages. Churchyards wear drifts of snowdrops and shadowy copses are carpeted with stars. The windflower blooms, heralding spring before the first snow of winter.

I wonder at the contrast between the stark heights and the cosy valley. Have we really tamed Nature and kept winter at bay with our walls and warmth? Or is it just an illusion to comfort hibernating minds…

Enticed by secrets
Beyond the threshold of truth
Dreamers walk naked

For Colleen’s Poetry Challenge

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