Fibbing Friday

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What came before the big bang? the little spark
What did Galileo drop off the tower of Pisa? a heavy paper weight
Is a Cartesian bear similar to a polar bear? Yes, except they are not white
What did Newton say when the apple landed on his head? what the *#@$*
Why did Columbus think the world was round? because the best things in life have curves
What was Heisenberg uncertain about? speaking English
What was the name of Schrödinger’s cat? Cat-er-shlogan
When a photo finish decides the winner of a race, did they change the outcome by measuring it? no, photo machines are not rigged
What is the God particle used for? keeping people honest
Is the theory of everything all you need to know? obviously, yes, it incorporates everything

Sink or Surf (Simply 6 Minutes)

Jezzie’s Envelope Sonnet

Jezzie G

Inspired by and written for Simply 6 Minutes – thank you, Christine

Form: Envelope Sonnet

A day at the beach, that’s what we had planned
On the long winter nights before lockdown
And life stopped in every city and town
But we kept dreaming of sun, sea, and sand
By then this Covid will have gone away
And once again we’d all be running free
Did you see the crowds on last night’s TV?
There is a spike coming or so they say

Social distancing we don’t stand a chance
Other precautions will have to be made
And then Steve said he had an awesome plan
So here we all are prepared in advance
Covid won’t stop us we won’t be outplayed
And we’ll surf some waves however we can

Time: 10 minutes
Word count: 116


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#Simply 6 Minutes – Scuba Diving

Remembering Ruby!

I would never have thought that a little white haired lady, who was so quietly spoken that you could hardly hear her, would have been scuba diving. She shocked us all. There we were after the Service having coffee, everyone talking at once, and suddenly Ruby came out with that. She was such an unassuming and seemingly unadventurous lady but she obviously had hidden depths. Just like the water she went in. I had a job to hear what she was saying as I was blind. Not that you listen with your eyes, but it is amazing how much you rely on sight and seeing peoples’ lips move to tell what they are saying. I really wanted to hear this. What was scuba diving like? It was not something I would have dared do. But then I am not very adventurous and you certainly would not have got me…

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WordPress Question of the Day

Daily writing prompt
Describe a risk you took that you do not regret.

I don’t know if I would call it a “risk” per se but I met David about six months after losing my husband. Bob and I had been together for about 25 years, married most of those years. I was happy being married to Bob and heartbroken when he passed away. I hadn’t planned on ever getting into a relationship again but when I met David something just clicked and it felt like Bob had sent him to me, to sort of take care of me or keep me company. The risk was dealing with the judgement of others, those who felt it was too soon to get into a new relationship. It was also a risk because I honestly didn’t need to deal with any other loss at that point in my life. That being said, I fell in love with David and a little while later I lost my son, so I was thankful to have his support at that point in my life.

Over the rainbow ~ The zig-zag sonnet

Here’s a sample of my new poetry form called a Zig Zag Sonnet!


Over the rainbow I flew happily
Landed in grey and rainy
Had not packed my pair of
At my forgetful self I was so mad

Airport Cabbie took a route
When I asked, he gave a snarky retort
My cream was drenched and I shivered
It kept my temper up and humour wry

Should I stop for an appealing ?
I'd have a with it if I could
Too many things had gone awry today
I'd come down to earth to my

"Buttercup...", I soothed myself quite gently
There is still the to cheer you up

Mindfills © 2023  For Murisopsis ~ Nonce poetry forms scavenger hunt ~ Zig-zag sonnet; NaPoRiMo~ Day 27

13.The Zig-Zag Sonnetby Christine Bialczak – a nonce form of sonnet where the first word of L1 rhymes with the last word of L2 and the first word of L3 rhymes with the…

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WordPress Question of the Day

Daily writing prompt
Write about a time when you didn’t take action but wish you had. What would you do differently?

I have read that regret is a symptom of depression. When I read a question like this my mind automatically goes back to losing my first husband and my son. It makes me think of all the things I wish I had done over the years, over those last few months, or just in general. I hesitate to answer this question because it just saddens me as it fills me with regret which leads to more heartbreak. I know that perhaps this question is not supposed to spark something so deep but it is where my mind goes and once that happens it is hard to think of little things.

Simply 6 Minutes : 25th April

Di’s captions to go with this photo


Christine is our host for the Simply 6 Minutes photoprompt challenge.
Great choice this week from!!
Captions from me:
I’ve heard of themed weddings, but isn’t this taking it a bit too far?

OK. Joke over. Where’s the rest of the kit?

You want us to do what?

When you said you were forming a band called The Divers, this isn’t exactly what we had in mind.

You mean we have to walk to the boat moored out there?

I thought you said ‘Sharp dresser’, not shark dresser.

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Sponge Diving

Jim’s take on this diving crew

A Unique Title For Me

We have these really neat diving helmets that are supplied with air that is pumped from the surface and we are going to collect a lot of sponges today.  People are using more Natural Sea sponges ever since it was reported that the synthetic sponges can take up to 200 years to breakdown, so this is certainly more friendly to the environment and it is ethical because sponges don’t have a nervous system, so they possess no consciousness.  Sure, we could run into a giant octopus or even a shark, but we do not fear the depth, the dark, or the unknown.  There is always a chance that we could catch a lobster or two while we are down there and that would be icing on the cake.

Written for Simply 6 Minutes hosted by Christine Bialczak.

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Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 04/25/2023

Welcome to the 6-minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

This is a black and white photo of 4 individuals with old fashioned scuba-diving gear.

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!


Blurred Lines

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Temper

The hot anger rises
and tempers soon flare
their innocent squeals
fill the thick sultry air
Adults do not know
that they are okay
to allow these young kids
to go ’bout and play
they think that the kids
are not being good
or that they’re not fine
doing what they should
‘Cause no one has told them
that playing is fine
that some noise is okay
a laugh’s not a whine
All they can feel
is shame and despair
to think that the public
does not really care
that they are the ones
struggling the most
needing some help
all bumps never coast
in their sheltered world
noise is never for fun
it just means that someone
is coming undone
So why can’t we help them
to see that the kids
are doing exactly
like all others did?

©2023 CBialczak

I thought of all the kids I used to work with and the families they came from. The parents were so used to being judged for the “bad behavior” of their kids that they didn’t have the ability to see that some of the squealing and screaming was just for fun and was okay. When parents are tormented with shame and constantly being blamed for the “poor behavior” of their children the lines between acceptable and unacceptable behavior start to blur. Who can blame them for feeling this way? They see a face talking to them and they barely hear what is being said because they only see the mouth moving and feel like they are being talked at. I don’t think there is enough empathy in our world.