I’ve been worried about my nephew. He’s a bright young man, but restless. Cooped up, he’s seemed depressed. I tried playing games with him but he’s not especially social. I made paints and other craft materials available to him, without luck.

We’re off the grid, so no internet, which rules out video games and shows. He doesn’t have a smartphone.

We have limited access to nature but he has been able to take walks in the sparse woods nearby. That’s something.

Last weekend, I found a trunk of old books in the attic. On top of the pile inside was my old copy of Anthony Adverse. I hadn’t seen it or thought of it in years. It was a favorite of mine when I was a freshman in high school. Without expectations, I offered it to my nephew. With it he finally found escape, with more books to come.

for Tale Weaver

Bi-centennial News of 1820

Challenge: Joseph Smith Jr. was challenged by a vision in Palmyra, New York, which began the Mormon Church.
Fun: Maine, where folks from Massachusetts went on vacation, became a state.

for Three Things Challenge

Travel: Soresaddle, Montana

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Welcome to Soresaddle. We’re pleased to have you.

We’re not much to look at, passing through, but we have one thing to be proud as punch about. The world’s largest nature park for retired animals.

Here you will find all those veteran animals from zoos around the U.S. They’ve given their all to entertain and educate you and now they deserve a well-earned rest, away from the urban hustle and bustle.


Here, the lambs lie down with the lions, who are mostly toothless at this point. Here we have special areas for the demented.

Please don’t feed them. Thank you.

for Tuesday Photo Challenge

“Down in front!”

three line tales, week 219: a man with red letters illuminating his face
photo by Daniel Monteiro via Unsplash

“Down in front!”

What a dilemma.

How was he supposed to get to the bathroom?

for Three Line Tales


Otter praying

except for humans
animals don’t use prayer
we can pray for them

for Thursday Inspiration


bluebells do not ring
they hum with bees at their work
i whistle at work

for Thursday Photo Prompt


pass but the rest carry on
each life leaves traces

for Poets Pub


beleaguered nature
evolved us but now looks for
ways to remove us

for Your Daily Word Prompt


nature’s cake was big
and we had the whole of it
now we’ve eaten it

for Ragtag Daily Prompt


the earth as our boat
sailing through the dark ether
is shipping water

for Fandango’s One-Word Prompt