From the Hood

Doggie in the hood

A Unique Title For Me

A hat can provide sun protection which will make your dog more comfortable on a sunny day.  I named him Bradley Pooper after the socks that are made in Ft. Payne, Alabama.  I originally put this hat on my dog just for fun, but he really likes wearing it and he enjoys pretending that he’s some homie from the hood.  We live in Paradise Cove, a rich neighborhood in Malibu and he has never been near the hood, but he thinks he is a gangsta.  As I walk him through the valley of the shadow of death, we pass other dogs and he treats all of them like they are punks.  I can’t live a normal life with Bradley Pooper, because he acts like he was raised on the street.

Written for Simply 6 Minutes hosted by Christine Bialczak.

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No More Pictures

The ending will make you smile

Writer Ravenclaw

This week from

Look, I get you think I look cool in this woolly contraption, but enough of the pictures already. I mean, all that time taking perfect pictures, when all I want to do is go outside. A run in the park. Is that too much to ask for all this performance?

Does it have to be green, like, what are you trying to prove. I remember Christmas, and all those Santa hats. Don’t get me started for Halloween. I do not look good with horns and a spikey tail.

Oh, and another thing, I do not like being with the cats.

Last year, they scratched my tail so bad, I was throwing up for a week. Please, just let me be a dog. I don’t ask for much. Two walks a day, preferably off lead, in the big park. Treats, like that big deer leg you brought…

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Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 06/06/2023

Welcome to the 6-minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

Cocker spaniel puppy

This is a picture of a dog with a sweater hat on its head

*****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!


Evidence of a Gross Bathroom…The email.

“Um, Barb, that isn’t the email you sent is it?”

“Well, yeah Betty, why is there something wrong with it?” Barb was a little confused as she saw nothing wrong with what she had written on the screen.

Sally stood behind Betty, contemplating how much she should say about the inappropriate email Barb had sent to HR regarding the cleanliness of the ladies bathroom.

“Its just that you took a really disgusting picture and added it,” Betty said, hesitantly. Staring at the screen, totally dumbfounded by the intense image on her friends computer screen.

“If they don’t want to believe how disgusting their bathroom gets because of their own employees then maybe they need to see the truth, before someone tries to clean it up, knowing the boss will be checking it. We are lucky he is a man and can’t go into that atrocious bathroom.” Barb was deadset on leaving the gruesome picture on the screen of her computer until she saw her words in print and knew her boss had read the email.

My Mother’s Scarf: a poem

This acrostic tells you what you should do (

Open the word list; allow the words to
roll around in your mind for awhile.  Pay
attention to the ones that jump out, that
correspond to intuition.  Observe;
listen; rearrange.  Coherence can be
encouraged, but best to follow Her lead.

With the Random Word Generator

Alongside the vase my mother did love
a unique silky scarf lay on top of a glove
It rested there currently waiting to lay
across skinny shoulders, under wisps of hair gray

With dazzling crystals glued deep in each fold
The salvage of cloth was undoubtedly old
Not majestic in size nor robust in color
The flimsy fabric was just perfect for her.

©2023 CBialczak

The easiest way to get my creative juices flowing is to start at the beginning of the list and see what comes to mind.

Nature Haibun: After the rain

Let’s go with a haibun about something in nature.

I got help here:

Tiny droplets shine, a ball-like mirror, reflecting the sunshine after the rain has ended, leaving bright green stalks emerging from the dark brown earth, reaching, growing toward the sun

After the rainfall
The world is refreshed and new
Mother Nature’s treat

©2023 CBialczak

Song Lyric Sunday: Singing the Blues

This week the theme is to find Blues music.

After searching and listening to many songs on many Blues lists I found one I know and that I really like!

“Pride And Joy” is another modern blues song, falling more specifically under the umbrella of electric blues or blues rock. Stevie Ray Vaughan recorded the track in 1983, releasing it as his first single; it would go on to be considered one of the best songs of his career. It is considered to be a blues track because of its use of a 12-bar blues arrangement; it also fuses elements of other genres, a hallmark of contemporary blues. The song also deviates from classic blues in its subject matter, which focuses on the singer’s love for his partner.

Well, you’ve heard about love givin’ sight to the blind
My baby lovin’ cause the sun to shine

She my sweet little thing
She my pride and joy
She my sweet little baby
I’m her little lover boy

Yeah, I love my baby
Heart and soul
Love like ours won’t never grow old

She my sweet little thing
She my pride and joy
She my sweet little baby
I’m her little lover boy

Yeah, I love my Lenee
She long and lean
You mess with her
You’ll see a man get mean

She my sweet little thing
She my pride and joy
She my sweet little baby
I’m her little lover boy

Well, I love my baby
Like the finest wine
Stick with her until the end of time

She my sweet little thing
She my pride and joy
She my sweet little baby
I’m her little lover boy

Yeah, I love my baby
Heart and soul
Love like ours won’t never grow old

She my sweet little thing
She my pride and joy
She my sweet little baby
I’m her little lover boy

Climate Change Debate

Do you believe that humans have brought about climate change or is it just false news/hoax?

I believe that in whatever percentage of climate change that is NOT naturally occurring humans have done all of the damage. I don’t think all of the things humans have done have been intentional and many have arisen after the fact of learning that they are bad for the environment. Aerosols for instance. But the problem is when factors that contribute to damage are not stopped. I think in a general fashion, some of the problem is inevitable with the changing world. I mean, no one is going to get rid of transportation because of the problems of emissions. But, if everyone did a little something to help it would make a huge difference. They say that many of the earth’s problems can self-correct. If this is true then there is hope, if the ice caps don’t melt first and flood the world!