FF: Put a Straw in It

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson CLICK TO JOIN THE FUN Put a Straw in It When the giant coconut appeared in central L.A., many people thought it was a prank. No one could find a way inside. The government tried to cordon off the immediate area, but locals found ways to sneak in. One intrepid local […]

FF: Alone, but Not

CLICK FROG TO JOIN “Yes, well here’s what I want to do,” Diana said, cutting off the discussion. She was going to the beach, and she was going to have fun. Her friends stopped arguing to turn to her: Rebekah twelve and Riley thirteen. “That sounds like a great idea,” Rebekah said. Sometimes, all it […]

FF: Land of the Free

I prepare for my second Covid shot tomorrow. In two short weeks, freedom beckons. Here’s what I love about this country: the diversity of people and places, of languages and thought. For all our flaws, for all my flaws, I am blessed. I can make a mental travel list without worrying (too much) about gas […]

FF: Creative Non-fiction

Culture shock for a 15-year-old girl meeting her grandparents for the first time. Delicious, home-cooked meals and fresh mangos. A house in sunny Oahu. Flip-flops indoors to keep floors clean. Baths are gross, washing in your own dirt. We’re Okinawan Japanese, meaning: not stuck-up. Then, we’re rushed home by an angry mother. Because, my grandparents […]

FF: Lay Your Burdens Down

Lately, been carryinga heavy load,as you know,so many questions,so little time. then i see you two,sitting therebeing you. itake off my bag,set it down at the table,close my eyesand sighand cry. a gorgeous spring day,a plain white table,drinks and food and conversationnothing fancy, cold lemonade and sandwiches, but it isheaven on earth.

FF: Y is For You

Click the floating frog to join.  The earth has gone quiet and still. The last ambulance siren screamed goodbye over a day ago. It doesn’t matter. The latest news announcement grimly doubted that any of us will survive for long. We sit on plastic lawn chairs, sharing a bottle of tequila. “You always said you […]

FF: S is for Sanctuary

Click on the Frog to join! We didn’t know when we would reach our new home. There would be a ring of light against the sky, they said. Drifting, drifting for what seems like forever, me and my siblings, floating on an endless river, Finally it starts, the ships in front of me shifting from […]

FF: M is for Maze

CLICK ON THE FROG TO JOIN THE FUN find me here. I’m trapped in a maze. Every turn, every path takes me to the center, where memory, like a ghost haunts me. There’s a swinging bench by an old stone well. I hold one last quarter in my hand. The tinkle of bells rides like […]

FF: G is for Generations

CLICK THE FROG TO JOIN THE PARTY Mia’s grandmother warned her she would die this way: forgetting her coat and catching cold. “We did not bring you to America so that you could be a slob.” Mia will never realize her grandmother was wrong, after all. Her mistake? Being a little too attractive, a little […]

FF: Cookie!!!

CLICK THE FROG TO JOIN THE PARTY! GENRE: Fan Fiction/True Crime? WANTED: Short individual approximately 2’5″ in blue, fuzzy animal costume. Last seen driving away from Emmon’s Supermarket in a bright blue subcompact car full of packaged cookies. Suspected in connection with disappearance of all cookies from said store. Meanwhile….. Cookie Monster knows he has […]