Goodbye Daily Post

Daily Prompt:  Retrospective

The day has come to say goodbye to the Daily Post. It was inevitable. In todays world, the bottom line to everything is the almighty dollar. Let’s face it, the Daily Post wasn’t making any money for WordPress. They looked at it as a gift for joining the blogosphere through them. So, even though many of us who pay for a blog site are unhappy with their decision, they made this change anyway.

WordPress has begun the process of having a site which only caters to businesses. The Daily Post staff can now concentrate on more business driven products. Don’t misunderstand me, I realize that they are in business to make money. But if bloggers leave how does that improve the bottom line? Isn’t word of mouth recommendation from happy bloggers valuable too?

I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress because I liked the community-based challenges.  The Daily Prompt especially gave me a way to unlock my writing potential. I have met many wonderful bloggers here and I am sure we will carry on without the Daily Post.  But it is a shame we have to.   I am sorry to see the Daily Post go into the ranks of not worth the time, money, or effort.

“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” – Ellen Glasgow

sig

New Day

Three Line Tales is hosted by Sonya at Three Line Tales.  If you would like to join us follow the link.   Three Line Tales, Week 122

three line tales, week 122: a canal, boats and colourful houses

photo by Fabio Mangione via Unsplash

Bright colored buildings bask in the wakening sun, a new day has arrived.
Serenity fills me as I get lost in the beauty as I walk toward the sunrise. I am thankful for this day’s wondrous potential, excited to see the gifts that it brings.

sig

Flash Fiction For The Purposeful Practioner- Week 22 2018

b5afa0fad12c0fc6b1d0bf8cc983d6e4
MorgueFile April b5afa0fad12c0fc6b1d0bf8cc983d6e4

 

As I strolled along this narrow street, I began hearing sirens coming closer to me.  A large ambulance drove up beside me.  Three men jumped out of the ambulance and rushed into one of the buildings.  I heard shouting.  I couldn’t tell what was said. My curiosity peaked and I was glued to the spot waiting to see what had happened.

The men appeared with an old woman on a stretcher.  She was tiny and frail, with a kind face.  She took my hand as they walked past me. The men had to stop because she would not let go.  My heart was breaking for her.  She was frightened and alone.  There was no family member with her. The men argued with her to let go to no avail.

I did what any nurse would do, I climbed into the ambulance with her. She gave me a beautiful smile, pointed to herself and said Bella,  then closed her eyes. After the short ride through very narrow streets, we arrived at the hospital.  After seeing that Bella was settled in the ER, I said my goodbye.   It was hard for me to leave, but knew she was in good hands.

sig

Broken

Daily Prompt:  Broken

Picture credit.

Toys in pieces
Books ripped apart
Dolls with torn dresses
A life spent in tears.

Hope comes slowly
But steadily infuses
The soul of this child
From teachers at school.

Left by her mother
To fend for herself
Grandmother takes over
Mother’s role now filled.

She learns to forgive
The flaws of her mother
Finally believing
It wasn’t her fault.

Love from this woman
Heals the broken heart
And she grows up thankful
For Grandmother’s part.

sig

Flight

Here is my entry for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge Week 111 over at Dutch Goes the Photo Blog.  This weeks theme is height.

 

pelicanfishing

I took this shot last summer when I was at Vero Beach in Florida.  I just love to sit by the sea and watch the birds soaring high above the water.  Then suddenly they drop and catch their dinner.  Pelicans are so funny to watch.  They aren’t the most graceful of birds.  They are very entertaining.

Whenever I see a bird in flight, it makes me smile.  I can just imagine the things that creature can see.  I am a bit jealous of their special point of view.  I love to fly and would do it all the time if I could afford it.  When I am sitting on an airplane, always in the window seat, I am always excited about what I see out of the window.

I have only recently taken up photography.  At least relatively recent.  My favorite subjects are animals, especially birds, and flowers.  Looking back at my photos I can see improvement which is encouraging to me.

sig

Memorial Day

Daily Prompt:  Ceremony, Famous

In the United States, May 28th is Memorial Day.  Many years ago, all holidays that fell on days other than a weekend, were moved to a Monday which created a long weekend for those celebrating.  The exceptions being Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Good Friday.

Memorial Day is a famous holiday because it calls to mind those people who have given their lives for our freedom.  It is celebrated with parades, picnics, visits to cemeteries, and visits to veterans who fought side by side of the fallen.

Sporting events like the Cocoa Cola 600 NASCAR race in Charlotte, NC honors our military and those fallen with a huge ceremony.  Every branch of our military is represented to honor their fallen brethren.

We owe so much to the men and women who have given their lives to defend us and keep us safe.  Thank you for having our backs in a world where safety can no longer be taken for granted, and to the fallen thank you for giving the ultimate to keep us free.

sig

Comparisons

Daily Prompt:  Juxtapose

juxta[psotopm

Picture credit.

Juxtaposed items
create a unique picture
with many bright colors
and a variety of shapes.

Like apples and oranges
bananas and mangos
they are the same
but also different.

They are all fruit
delicious and colorful
but each has its own flavor
that sets them apart

Art in its best form is
filled with juxtaposition
with little hints
they are the same.

Like apples and oranges
you can compare them
but watch for the differences
hidden within.

©Wanda M. Williams

sig