Books, The Theatre, Prison & Dinner

"Where's Mom?" Chelsey asked Gideon. "She's not going to be joining us." "How come?" "She isn't feeling well." "Oh." She couldn't help wondering if her mother really wasn't feeling well or if she just didn't want to go to the matinee show for Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre. Afterwards, they were going to have …

Off to Hollywood

She was on her lunch break when he called to tell her the news. "You're going to Hollywood?" she exclaimed. "Yes. Lorna called me last night and told me." "For how long?" "Three and a half weeks." "When do you leave?" "Tomorrow evening." "Do you want to come over later and have dinner?" "Sure." "Good. …

Dark Tales

Nicknamed Virginia Werewoofe by one critic because of her use of demons and ghosts, uncanny fiction writer, housewife and breadwinner, Shirley Jackson earned the reputation of master of the horror tale after her famous novel, The Lottery was published. 39 Words This was written for the Weekend Writing Prompt by Sammi Cox. For instructions, click Here. …

You Never Know

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz “What’s all of this?” Tess asked Mrs. MacQuoid. “They are my husband’s.” “I’m so sorry for your loss.” Mrs. MacQuoid reached inside to remove first the package and then the box.  "These are all I want.”  “What about the rest of the contents? “I don’t need them.” “What are they?” …

Vaudeville Singer/Song-Writer

In 1896, Brooklyn born and famous vaudeville singer, Maude Nugent, composed and wrote the lyrics to Sweet Rosie O'Grady which became one of the most popular waltz standards of its time.  Tin Pan Alley publisher Joseph W. Stern & Co rejected the song when she first tried to sell it to them, but they changed …

Women Astronomers

This painting of a young woman looking through a telescope is by Pietro Rotari, an Italian painter of the Baroque period.  He was born in Verona.  His career took him from place and he died in 1762 at the age of 55 in St Petersburg where he had traveled to paint for the Russian court. …

Dream Man

You're a figment of my imagination and yet I can't stop thinking about you.  You're my dream man.  You with your long, flowing hair as black as a raven, your strong handsome features with the square jaw and incredible eyes that make my knees go weak everything you look at me. I stare at the …

Sought After Again

She was once a famous actress. Sought by everyone.  Accolades of awards adorned her lavish home.  Photos of her with other A list stars lined the walls.   She was voted People's Most Beautiful and graced the covers of TIME Magazine as person of the year.   And it seemed almost overnight... the roles became few …

Dame Angela Lansbury

I still watch Murder, She Wrote because I like the show and the character Jessica Fletcher played by the great Angela Lansbury.  My 7 year old son is also a fan of Jessica Fletcher's.  Before taking on the role of a mystery writer in one of the longest running detective drama series in television history, …

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