Friday, 14 August 2015

Flash Friction.

Hi there, yes it's me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!  My human dad, Gary, is still feeling rather lethargic.  Which means, I'm going to get him motivated.  Motivation will come from him doing the following assignment.

The assignment is in regards to something called, "flash friction", arf, sorry, "flash fiction".  Gary is  curious about what it is and thus, I'm getting him to do some research on the subject. 

I could tell him what the definition of flash fiction is.  However, I think it would be most excellent that he went to the village of Flash and find out if the folks of Flash, who I guess are called, "Flashers", could explain to Gary what flash fiction is all about.  














We live in a town named, "Leak", oops, "Leek."  As you can see, Leek is not far from Flash.  The distance is just over eight miles.  Gary can get there in a flash in his flash car, or maybe about fifteen minutes.

Gary being Gary, thinks that flash fiction must be rude.  When it comes to a flash, he thinks of somebody and we're not naming names, who likes to quickly expose their private parts.  At this point, I make no mention of a trench coat.

So, with his thinking, "Flash Gordon", means flashing some dude named Gordon.  I shall let you work out what he might think of, "flash flood", "flashlight", "flashback", "flash in the pan", "flash the cash", or that movie, "Flashdance."





















I could help Gary out by letting him know that there's a nice human who's well into flash fiction. All he'd have to do is follow this link over to Yolanda's site, which is here, DEFENDING THE PEN.

I shall end this pawst off with some pawetry.  Yes, Penny the Pawet, paws some prose, you nose, um, knows.

Flash fiction
An addiction
Do a flash
Make some cash
Flash in the pun
Flash on the run
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Balderdash 
Such a mishmash
So slapdash 
With a bit of panache
Flash fiction
An addiction.

133 comments:

  1. Penny!!!!!!! <3 Great post! So do you and Gary go to Flash very frequently? It's so close! How are the views?

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    1. Hi human, JoJo,

      I have never visited Flash and Gary has only been there once. It's time for him to get up there and check out Flash more closely. The whole area is beautiful with lovely views :)

      Thank you for liking my pawst!

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  2. So tell me, Penny, has your human figured out what flash fiction really is yet? Or are you going to just let him continue to play around in Flash with the possibility of embarrassing himself? You, by the way, wrote a fine and humorous post in his stead. Does he know how lucky he is.?

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    1. Hi human, Bish,

      Unfortunately, he doesn't have a clue as to what flash fiction really is. I need to sit him down and have a dog to dude talk. Embarrassing himself is a normal routine for him. So, no change there :) I try to inspire him with my writing. He does know how lucky he is. So much so that he cannot believe his luck that a superstar dog would allow him to live with her...

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  3. Penny, that was a most excellent rhyme!
    So do the people of Flash flash people? Or are they the ones getting flashed?

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    1. Hi human, Alex,

      Thank you for liking my pawetry!

      The folks of Flash flash flashers.

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny!

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  4. Penny, you did a great job with the post. It was simply PAWtastic.

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    1. Hi human, Ivy,

      Pawesome comments, my amazing human friend who has a flashing icon! Arf!

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny :) x

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    2. lololol. Penny. You crack me up.

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    3. Arf, human, Ivy! It appears you are ready for "Howloween"! :)

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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    1. Hi Pat,

      Thank you and what a talented Grumpy Bulldog you are! Arf!

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny :)

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  6. How lovely to see you Penny. And a flashtastic post too.

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    1. Hi human, Sue,

      Nice to see you, my lovely human friend. I'm all flashed with excitement reading your comment! :)

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  7. Wow, you don't have any big hills over there, do you? I have been on top of Pike's Peak at a little over fourteen thousand feet. That is almost 10 times the height of your highest peak and Pike's Peak is not near the highest mountain in our Rockies.

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    1. Hi human, Dizzy-Dick,

      There are plenty of big hills over here, my kind human friend. Scafell Pike, in the Lake District, is a whopping 3209 feet tall. Of course, there's "Paw's Peak" in the Peak District park that is just a little over 14 feet tall!

      My human lived in British Columbia. He knows all about mountains! Arf!

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny! :)

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  8. lol I don't think I'll be flashing any dude named Gordon or otherwise.

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    1. Hi human, Pat in the Hatt,

      "Flash - a-ah - saviour of the universe
      Flash - a-ah - he'll save everyone of us
      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha..."

      Arf!

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny! :)

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  9. This post really flashes. :) Two paws up for this post.

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    1. Hi human, Medeia,

      Thanks for liking my flashy pawst! High paws to you, my human friend!

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  10. If you shined a Flashlight on Flashdance what would you see? I don't have an answer. I'm just posing the question...

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    1. Hi human Robin,

      You would see a young female welder flashing with her blowtorch! Arf!

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  11. May your Flash bulb always shine brightly Penny . . . .

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    1. Hi human, Rob,

      Ah yes, the Flash bulb on that "Pawlaroid" camera....Arf!

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny! :)

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  12. Penny you honor me, thank you. Yes, Gary and I have been going to and fro with the meaning of Flash Fiction. I'd love to meet the people of Flash and see if any of them participate in the exercise. Leave exactly what - exercise - to the imagination. Thank you Penny for the shout out. Yes, I am addicted. Give me a prompt and I've got to write a story around it. Even six word stories that say it all!
    Penny and Gary honor their friends.

    Sending lots of luv and many, many hugs!

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    1. Hi human, Yolanda,

      It's an honour to honor you! :) I reckon the folks of Flash would love to have you visit. They'd have a Flash parade for you. You could exchange Flash ideas, I reckon. Thanks for the six words, my lovely human friend.

      Yolanda flashes frenetically for favoured folks.

      Pawsitive wishes, hugs and doggy kisses, your way,

      Penny xx

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    2. Hey Penny, How's Gary doing? Been thinking of him a lot. Just stopped in to say thanks for all the kind words on my many blogs. Can't seem to pass up a challenge these days. Feeling a bit melancholy, need to visit Flash and rejuvenate!
      Give him a hug for me!
      And I love those doggy kisses!

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    3. Hi human, Yolanda,

      He's still not doing very well. Caught him staring at the ceiling. I thank you for thanking me for commenting on many blogs. I'm also finding that a real struggle because it can take several hours just commenting. I think I need a clone of me to help! Flash would welcome you as you take in the wonders of the pawesome local scenery.

      I do hope you are reflecting in a more upbeat mood now, my lovely human friend.

      I shall hug him on your behalf. Heck, I shall even give him an extra measure of my doggy breath! :)

      More pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses, your way,

      Penny xx

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  13. Hi Penny,
    So nice to see you post. Could you please tell Gary that we hope that he feels like himself again. Please ask him to take care of himself and sleep good and eat right so we can look forward to seeing him write as he used to. His pictures of the gardens and decorations as well. Very entertaining.

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    1. Hi human, Munir,

      Thank you and lovely to see you, my kind friend :) I shall pass on your thoughtful words to Gary. He is trying to get better by doing plenty of things that are conducive to his own physical and mental health well being. I'm sure he will be better very soon. Thank you very much for your very nice thoughts, Munir.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  14. Penny, you're a grand dog for helping out your human. Sometimes we need help from someone who loves us to keep us going. Now get Gary going to Flash, but don't let him wear a trench coat when he goes :0)

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    1. Hi human, Anne,

      Thank you for such a grand thing to say, my lovely human friend :) I know that Gary does indeed need motivation. Thanks to me and nice people like you, he will, in a flash, no doubt, get even more inspired. I have hidden his trench coat. Oops and arf!

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  15. Such a clever poetry-writing dog as you give Gary a flash of motivation. Maybe some nice nuzzles with that cold wet nose of yours would do the trick. Or a lick on the cheek. Take care of him.

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    1. Hi human, Susan,

      Why, thank you very much, amazing human, Susan! :) Yes, a flash of motivation and a bit of doggy breath should do the trick, I reckon. I shall continue to look after the old chap.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  16. I had to flash a smile when I read this. Thanks Penny, you are very clever. No wonder you are such a star.

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    1. Hi Arleen,

      I see you flashing your smile! :) You are way too kind, my lovely human friend, Arleen. Of course, I'm but a modest internet superstar!

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  17. There really is a town named "Flash"? How amazing is that! In fact all your attachments to the word "flash" are clever. There is a movie playing called "Ricki and the Flash" with Merell Streep. I'll let you know, in a flash....
    Clever Penny

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    1. Hi human, Susan Kane,

      Indeed, the town of Flash does exist. "Ricki and the Flash", seems like a pawfect movie for Meryl. Now, Gary was mentioning something about his car and "four-way flashers"...haven't got a clue what he means....

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  18. That was a 'flashy' pawm Penny.....tell Gary flash fiction is fun.

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    1. Hi Delores,

      Flashy pawetry, it's plain to see :) I shall inform Gary that flash fiction if fun. Thank you, my kind human friend.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  19. And in a flash... my original comments disappeared :)

    I was just saying only you, Sir Gazza, could live in a place called Leek and have a village called Flash eight miles away :)

    It's bloody brilliant :) God, I'd be in Flash every day... the locals must be SICK of tourists coming in and playing with the word Flash :)

    Cheers for the laughs, as always, and have a great weekend, mate :)

    Be back in a flash (although you know me.. my flash takes a while... ok.. that sounded bad:)

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    1. Hi human, Mark,

      Sorry that your original comment vanished! Pawhaps a copy and pawst, next time! Arf! :)

      I think that this Sir Gazza chap most likely deliberately moved to Leek because of his fascination with an offshoot of the onion. As for Flash, a dream cum, um come true for him.

      The folks of Flash would like you to be their official mascot.

      A pawsitive weekend to you, my illustrious, bordering on quirky, human friend.

      Happy flashing, even if it takes a bit longer than it used to. That sounded kinda' wrong. Arf and oops! :)

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny!

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  20. I'm looking for a little doggy that can write so well. I'll pay whatever you ask.

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    1. Hi human, Philip,

      Penny the pawlific, pawsitive pawblisher accepts donations of the finest doggy treats. Thank you in advance, my kind human friend.

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny!

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  21. A flashtastic post!
    I know all about flash addiction... I'm a flash fiction junkie!

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    1. Hi human, Michelle,

      Thank you!

      Flash fiction detox for you! Arf! :)

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  22. Hi Gary and Penny ... looks like all the flashing icons have been thought about for Flash and Leek ... but it's good to see you writing again Penny - take care of the man with an incorrigible brain. I think I tried to go to Flash on my way south from that tart of a place Bakewell ... I wanted to traverse the county and go south further west - but it was probably a good thing we went south earlier as there'd be the most terrible storm and Leek was leaking leerily, while Flash was probably under a flash! Cheers and take care - all the best Hilary

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    1. Hi human, Hilary,

      Flashing icons for the Bakewell tart, pawhaps! Leek leaks a lot. Must have been the Flash flood that came down from the village.

      Thank you, dear human, Hilary. Have a nice weekend.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  23. I'm addicted to you, darling! :) WOOF. xx

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    1. Hi, My Inner Chick

      Totally understandable you are addicted to me, my adorable human friend from Minnesota!

      Arf! :)

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  24. "Flashers," LOL! Looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Hi human, Debra,

      Get ready with your four-way flashers. More to cum, um, come...!

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  25. Hi Penny, nice to see you after such a long while. Do send Gary over to Yolanda, it will simplify things more easily. Didn't know you were into pawetry. Well done.
    See you in a flash.

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    1. Hi human, Jo,

      Thanks and lovely to see you, Jo. I'm sending Gary over to Yolanda. I've done some collaboration writing with her. Gary could learn a lot from Yolanda. My pawetic stuff is good and ruff :)

      Shall flash over to your site soon.....

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  26. Some parts of my bucket list I doubt I ever experience and one is to drive the English countryside, Perhaps walking a bit of it. Penny is a handy dog. I have my Chihuahua jack Russell mix in my lap as I respond. He too is quite handy in a flash.

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    1. Hi human, Ann,

      You have a bucket list. Wow, my list um, "pails" by comparison. Arf! Maybe you and your little doggy might just drive the English countryside. You could take turns driving. Just remember which side of the road to drive on :)

      In a flash, watch out for your dog tinkling on your peeboard, sorry, keyboard!

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  27. Flash also means quick, as in quick as a flash, which is what flash fiction is all about. Writing up a fictional short story in a flash. I think Gary can do this, he's an excellent writer and I'm sure you, Penny, are excellent inspiration, motivation.

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    1. Hi human, River,

      I appreciate your definition. Flash fiction forwarded fast for fun. You are very nice about what you say about Gary. Maybe he's finally learning more about writing from me.

      Thank you and enjoy your weekend, River.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  28. Hahaha! This was fun. You are simply furbulous :)

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    1. Hi human, Martha,

      Fur sure! Arf! :)

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  29. Dear Penny, you always make me laugh – not sure the folk of Flash would appreciate being called Flashers – but I appreciated it very much!
    What a great poem – did Gary help you with that? If not then I apologise. Either way I send love to you and to Gary, and now I’m off to visit Defending the pen. xx

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    1. Dear human, Barbara,

      Thank you! :) Maybe I should get Gary to go ask the people of Flash if they are called "Flashers"! Arf, pawhaps not!

      I make up all of my pawetry. My pawetic prose is legendary :) Hope you had fun visiting Yolanda.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  30. Great post Penny, I too like Gary thinks flash is rude, I did reconise the Flash Cleaner and all the other flash words. Hope Gary will soon feel better.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Hi Yvonne,

      Glad you liked my pawst, my lovely human friend :) There was quite a bit to flash through in this pawst, fur sure. Thanks and Gary does seem to be a bit better. I know he, along with me, hopes you are going to have a nice weekend.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  31. Penny, you're the best pawet ever. Do write love sonnets? Hair Ball wants to know.

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    1. Hi human, Shelly,

      That's very kind of you to say, my lovely human friend. Never tried a sonnet. Might be worth trying. Maybe Hair Ball and I could do seven lines each. Have a very nice weekend, Shelly.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  32. Penny! It's so good to see you again. I hope you find the cyber treat I'm sending with this message. I love your pawem :) Please tell your human dad I hope he feels better soon.

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    1. Hi human, Carol,

      And equally pawesome to see you, my amazing human friend! :) Your cyber treat landed on Gary's head! Thank you for that :) Glad you loved my pawem. I shall pass on your wishes that Gary feels better soon. He's been struggling for several months.

      Have a nice weekend, Carol.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  33. Hi Penny! It's great to talk to you today. How ya been? Hope Gary feels better soon. My son and his wife and kidlets are in England for a year. My DIL had to call a neighbour to ask where she could get dishsoap because she could find it on the grocery delivery list. Turns out they don't call it dishsoap there in UK, but something like: liquid for washing dishes. Hmm. Interesting. I know that has nothing to do with your flash post, but seeing detergent make me think of it. Why don't they call it dishsoap? You know, eh? You know everything!

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    1. Hi human, Joylene,

      I'm going just fine, thank you. Your son and his family must find it most interesting and sometimes funny, when certain words just get blank looks from the English people. "Fairy Liquid" is used for doing dishes. I hate to think if it really is fairy liquid :) Have you ever tried doing the dishes with a bar of soap, I wonder :)

      The old dude is getting better, eh. As for the BC Lions...arf! and yikes!

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  34. Good Morning Penney the Pawet..I always enjoy your prose - so how about a rose from a faraway Galaxy to cheer Gary up. I had to smile at the Flash/flashers...

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    1. Hi human, Trudessa,

      Who is this. "Penney"? Arf and good grief! :) A galaxy, far, far away...He could get there in a Flash.

      Thank you, my pawetic human friend.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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    2. oops so Sorry Penny...how rude of me to spell your name wrong...smiling..

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    3. Hi human, Truedessa,

      No worries, my lovely human friend. As long as you spell in proper English, as in English, English, it's all good! :)

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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    4. Did True misspell your name? Now she will have to write 'Blue is sweet' a hundred times. Yes?

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    5. Hi human, Blue,

      It be True
      Like you said it Blue
      Blue is sweet
      Aint that neat...

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny :)

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  35. Another great post and pawetry Penny. You can tell Gary that Yolanda is the best example of Flash Fiction I know. Her stuff is amazing.

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    1. Hi human, Maurice,

      Thank you, my kind human friend! :) I shall duly pass on the message that Yolanda is very good at Flash, um, Flash Fiction! Arf!

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny :)

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  36. Your poetry is stunning, Penny. As always, your talents never cease to amaze. And you were right to send Gary off to investigate flash for himself. That's the only way he'll learn.
    Hugs to you and Gary both.

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    1. Hi human, Julie,

      Glad you were stunned by my pawetry! :) Yes, he needs first-hand knowledge. Maybe that didn't sound right! Arf! :)

      Thanks for the hugs to the both of us.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  37. Portland is not nearly as interesting-sounding as Flash or Leek! Although Oregon does have a town called Boring, and one called Drain.

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    1. Hi Riot Kitty,

      Are you a kitty having a riot!? Portland is so much fun that y'all have one in Oregon and Maine! Arf! My human likes Oregon. Told me all about the witches in Salem, Oregon! :)

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  38. Penny, I've missed you! How are you? How is Gary? I had not heard of Flash Fiction before and I can understand that Gary wasn't sure about it ;) I love your poem though. Your whole post made me smile so much.
    I hope you two are doing well. I'm sending my best wishes to you. Have an amazing weekend!
    Beate

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    1. Hi human, Beate,

      How wonderful to see you, my wonderful human friend! :) I'm fine, thank you. My human dad, Gary, is struggling with chronic fatigue. Thankfully, he does seem to be getting slowly better. Flash fiction is evidently all the rage. I'm glad my musing about it could make you smile.

      Thank you and the best to Keith and your lovely self.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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    2. Dear sweet Penny,

      Please send my best wishes to Gary and tell him, that I hope he will feel better soon! Take good care of him, please.

      Have a wonderful week, you two.

      Pawsitive wishes and lots of kisses back to you,
      Beate xx

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    3. Dear sweet, Beate,

      Thank you very much for those best wishes to my paw, um, poor human. I'm doing the best I can to look after him. He's still quite ill.

      Thank you for your pawesome follow up comment, my lovely human friend.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  39. Penny, how lovely to hear from you. I expect your paws were flicking along the keyboard in a flash to write this amusing post! I have never written flash fiction myself, I always seem to have too much to ramble on about!
    Sending greetings to your human, Gary.

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    1. Hi human, Suzanne,

      Thanks and it was great to take over the site. I was flashing my paws along the peeboard, oops, keyboard, quick as a flash. Maybe you could ramble using 300 words or less.

      Gary thanks you for your greetings.

      Have a nice weekend, Suzanne.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  40. Hi Y'all!

    BOL! Oh Penny, you have me barkin' hysterically! Sometimes a good bark is all it takes to get one energized! Maybe you could get your human to have a good bark! You do have a knack for humor.

    Thanks for stoppin'.

    Y'all come on back,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. Hey Hawk,

      My human could use a good bark. I shall teach him how to bark, roll over and shake a hand. Arf!

      Thanks for stoppin' by, y'all! :)

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  41. This so freakin' totally perfect!!!!!! I can't believe you've posted about FF. Want to know why? It's a secret, but if you really want to hear about it, I'll tell you. Wait! Someone's at the door. Back later.

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    1. Hi celebrity author, Lee,

      I'm still finding it difficult to believe I pawsted about FF! Any secret you have about FF, WIP, YA, MG and WTF aka "Writers Trying Fiction", is just pawfect by me.

      Get rid of that person at the door. Do you really need more double glazing?

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  42. Your posts always make me smile, Penny. You are pawsitively brilliant! Thank you, too, for visiting my blog. I'll always leave the doggie door open for you. :)

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    1. Hi human, Christine,

      I'm very glad my pawsts make you smile :) Always a delight to visit your lovely site, my human friend. Thanks for leaving the doggy door open. I might of gotten a sore nose! :)

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  43. Penny's poetry puts me in a pawsitively peppy mood! Applaws, applaws! :)

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    1. Hi human, Lexa,

      Pawsitive pawetic pawfection pawhaps. High paws to you, my lovely human friend.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  44. Penny - I love your poetry and your motivation for your human. High paws to you!

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    1. Hi human, Tyrean,

      Thanking you, my lovely human friend. My pawetry will help motivate my human. That and his trip to Flash! Arf and high paws back at you.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  45. Take 2:

    It's been so long since I flashed by
    I've no excuse. I cannot lie.
    Sorry for that, my friend
    And for this poem that may offend
    A snobby poet who doesn't bend
    Imagine that - would be hard
    To eat or sit or play some cards
    But it would be nice if every flash
    Resulted in some cold, hard cash
    And I would keep a growing stash
    But fiction isn't real, so this won't be
    Nothing's hard for me to touch or see
    And into the sewer I shall go
    To flash pollutants down below.

    I hope you and Penny continue to see the light and gain inspiration, Gary. xo

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    1. Hi human, Rockin' n Rollin' Robyn :)

      Take one
      Begone

      A flash from you
      It must be true
      No worries about you dropping by
      I state with a sigh
      Flash the cash
      From you secret stash
      Play strip poker
      With a playful joker
      Fiction aint real
      What's the deal
      A sewer for you
      It can't be true
      Flush the flash
      For cold, hard cash.

      Thanking you for all you do. In a flash of light, Gary's gonna' be alright....

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  46. The older I get, I'm finding leaks can happen in a flash too. Or are we talking about words?

    Good job, sweet Penny. You keep Gary in the game and keep him motivated. Good dog.

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    1. Hi human, Elizabeth,

      Those leaks can turn into flash floods, if you're not prepared :)

      Thanks for thinking this was a good job. Shall continue to try and motivate the old dude.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  47. Thank goodness you were able to get such interesting information for Gary! Love your poem, Penny! I flashed a smile when I read it. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Hi human, Jess,

      All I need to do is actually get him to read the info. That and get him to go to Flash. Delighted you liked my pawem, my kind human friend.

      Keep flashing that smile! :)

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  48. So, technically you know a thing or two about a Flash Leak, right? Now, you uncle Blue here knows a thing or two about some Jumpin' Jack Flash, though he prefers a Flash Dance. You're to young to know what I'm talking about but truth me when I say it's all good :)

    Say hi to Gary (never hairy or scary but always flairy!)

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    1. Hi human, Blue,

      I know loads about Flash, Leak and Flash Light, which is called a Torch in the UK. I hear you know all about Jumpin' Jack Flash, who taught you all about, gas, gas, gas....In doggy years, I'm getting on.

      Gary is still not well. Maybe you can tell. Arf!

      Pawsitive wishes to you, Blue...

      Penny! :)

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    2. Hi Mr. Blue,

      I have passed on your message and he's most grateful. Thank you, kind human.

      Pawsitive wishes,

      Penny :)

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  49. Awww, great poem. If my dog wrote flash fiction, it would be all about toys and treats.

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    1. Hi human, Stephanie,

      Pawwww, thank you for liking my pawem, my kind human friend. Your dog will soon be writing about toys and treats! :)

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  50. Love it! Pawsitively fantastic flash fiction Penny! Hugs to you and your human, Gary!

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    1. Hi human, Mina,

      Thank you for that. Your pawsitivity is pawfect. Hugs to you and bless the memory of your beloved Fred.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  51. Penny, you are over-educated. Next thing you know he'll overshare about those pussies in the neighborhood--I mean cats.

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    1. Hi human, Eve,

      Indeed, so overeducated that human doesn't know arf, sorry, half the words I know. The pussies in this here neighbourhood are crazy cats.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  52. You got the gift of pawtry, Penny! Give Gary a hug from me and let him know I'm thinking of him and hope he is well.

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    1. Hi human, Elsie,

      Pawetry is my gift to you, my adoring human fan :) Thank you for your nice thoughts and hug for Gary. He's not well and thus, I'm trying to put up pawsts in his place.

      Thank you, kind Elsie.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  53. Flash is the highest town? I live at 6500 feet! But I'm in the middle of a continent, so I guess it's only right. Happily, there are no beaches where people flash here, either fictional or otherwise, and the mountains are too cold a place to do much flashing.

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  54. Hi human, Shannon,

    Flash is the highest village in England. You live way up, that's fur sure! :) You sound like you speak of experience. Too cold to flash but, hey.....

    Have a very nice Sunday, my human friend, Shannon.

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

    Penny xx

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  55. Penny the pawet, lovely, lovely. I live under a range of mountains. I dislike the ear popping when I drive up up and up to escape the heat. Luckily, I've avoided flash floods, and all other mundane flashing.

    Thanks for the doggy kisses. Share some with Gary so he feels love and happiness.

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    1. Hi human, Donna,

      Thank you. Must be kinda' neat living under a range of mountains. Of course, mountains over here are pretty well just really big hills. Having your ears pop sounds painful. If my ears popped that would be quite the sight! Best to avoid any kind of flash, I reckon.

      You are welcome for the doggy kisses, Donna. I shall now go and give Gary a doggy kiss and breathe on him. Arf!

      Pawsitive wishes and extra doggy kisses,

      Penny xxx

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  56. I didn't realize Penny was so good at poetry! She should start entering contests. :)

    (Did you turn the commenter off on your newest post? It was a really thoughtful deep post.)

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  57. Hi human, Sharon,

    Pawetry is my speciality, my lovely human friend. It wouldn't be fair if I entered contests :)

    Gary switched off the comments section because he thought people and animals could just reflect upon what they saw in the video and what he wrote. Besides, I'm trying to catch up on commenting on blogs. Gary's too tired to do that.

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

    Penny xx

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  58. HI Gary, I’ve cried along with you. It is all so terribly, terribly sad. I wanted to leave this comment on your new post, but for some reason I don’t seem to be able to so will leave it here. Love and hugs to you and Penny. xxx

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    1. Hi human, Barbara,

      My human is still rather ill and thus, I shall answer on his behalf. Those who care will shed tears of sadness, of joyous hope. I think Gary should of explained that comments were switched off because he wanted whoever read the pawst, would just reflect upon it. The comments are within the heart.

      Thank you, lovely Barbara.

      Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

      Penny xx

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  59. Hey Gary:)

    Not many men can reduce... No, that's the wrong words... Not mnay fathers inspire me as much as you do.

    Tristan is a lucky son, and I hope he reads your latest post for years to come.

    Thanks, and PS: you also have a smart Mama :)

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    1. Howdy Mark,

      Penny has kindly allowed me to take over the comments. Very good of her! :) Thank you for such flattering words, my good friend. I've noticed a huge difference in my son, for the better, over the last year. I'm proud of him and yes, I've been known to give myself a pet, um, a pat on the back :)

      My Mama is well smart! :0

      Have a real nice weekend, you hear?

      Gary

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  60. Yes, I did it again... I was not discouraged by your switching off your comments....

    Though I'm a loner (which is why I don't have children but, strangely enough, one day I woke up with a wife), I'm not isolated so it's hard for me to fully understand what you're going through, Gary, never scary, always flairy and kind. My empathy skills need a bit of polishing up, you see. So how come you're isolated (if you don't mind my asking)? What is it that makes you feel lonely? Are you lonely too when surrounded by people? It sounds to me like you are not a fan of changes. If that's true, I sure can relate my friend. Well, a bit at least. I don't know about you, but I never go with the flow. I like watching the flow pass me by, though. I can only imagine what it must be like to be a father whose son is now a young man trying to find his own path in life. I's be worried 24/7, not to mention what I would do if he were a she. I'd be The Blue Godfather From Hell And Back if anyone hurt my kid. You know what I mean? Oh I know I'll be a lonely man when I'm old and grey (should I be so lucky) and I'll probably regret I don't have children for all the wrong reasons, but in the end we're all alone, Gary. Don't you think? The best we can do is to be kind to other people and hopefully they don't flip us the proverbial bird. You never know. People do the strangest things. Maybe we should start The Moody Blue Club. What do you say? Let's make that The Moody Blue Yet Trying To Be Positive Club. Might be hard to remember. Truedessa (I call her True Blue) might want to join us.

    Now, as for being chronically exhausted... that's something I do know a lot about, my friend. It sucks - that's one. And no one knows how to fix you up - that's two. Sarcoidosis is my lifetime companion and I can tell you that physical exhaustion leads to psychological problems as well. Why do you think they call me Blue? Exhaustion leads to depression. Luckily I'm so terrified of dying that my psychological oddities are pretty harmless, but there's always a risk of doing things a person might regret, you know? So, yeah, carry on, Gary. You're strong. You're kind. You're smart too. How about that? Three compliments on a Sunday morn. Plus you are a great Dad. Four compliments and still no Bora Bora... How in the world did that happen? ;)

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    1. Hi Blue,

      I appreciate you taking the time and effort to comment via an archived post, good sir. You might have guessed that comments have been switched off lately because I'm somehow trying to catch up on some form of interaction on other blog sites. Your altruistic tendencies, however, are greatly admired.

      Why am I a loner? Actually, why am I a rather reluctant recluse, might be closer to it. It's an environmental situation brought on by a series of incidents that have, quite frankly, left me scared, left me feeling unworthy of social interaction. I loved my wife and was there for her no matter what, to the point that my marriage was virtually platonic. My wife had been sexually and emotionally abused to the point that any form of sex was just something others might well do. I loved her that much that I would never, ever cheat. Our son, Tristan was timed and planned. She only wanted the one child and I understood.

      Thus, during a time when I had a total breakdown due to severe workplace bullying, my wife became pregnant again. Only thing is I wasn't the father. And folks might wonder why I'm fucked up. There's a lot more to this and I've worked in a number of jobs within the mental health field. Only to have each one of those jobs exploit and demean my empathetic nature. It almost makes me want to give up. Almost, but not quite. Too resilient for that.

      Blue, or whatever your name is, a club with Truedessa, or whatever her name is, might well be plan. Wonder what she reckons to such a concept?

      As you will well know, I understand what you mean about the chronic exhaustion. It was a challenge to reply to your response. Which makes it the more remarkable that you mustered up the energy to take the time to visit. Kudos and admiration to you. This might be an inspirational catalyst.

      I'm flattered by your compliments. In a world where so much negative crap happens, you are a ray of positive sunshine. I wont Bora Bora you any further. Thanks again and here's to a hopeful future.

      In kindness, Gary

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    2. Don't mention it, Gary. My taking the time to comment comes from the heart. I only visit about thirty or so blogger friends and I consider you one of them. I prefer quality over quantity.

      Thank you for sharing so much about yourself. That makes you a very brave man, you know. Though my friends call me Blue, my real name is Randy. Nice to meet you, Gary. I can't imagine what it's like to have been through so much, but I'm trying. Severe workplace bullying is something I can relate to. I'm someone my colleagues are a bit scared of being a tall guy with piercing eyes I suppose, and back in 2008 my then manager was the King of Scaredy-cats who hated my guts for being such a popular teacher. I still don't know what his problem was but he and his brownnosed back-stabbing cronies tried to make me quit. To make a long story short, they didn't succeed, I made their incompetence visible and they were given he boot. Does that mean I'm happy now? No, because their faces keep haunting me and I wish all of this had never happened. It lasted for 5 years. Maybe what I'm trying to say it there's no shortage of mean people and the only way to deal with them is by playing their game. I admire your emphatic nature. Truedessa and Dezzy are like you that way and I learn a lot from how you deal with your own problems and how you communicate through your posts and comments. I'm not an empath, but I'm trying. Don't underestimate your influence, Gary. I don't know what True's name is. To me she is True or True Blue. What's in a name, right? I know she'd like said concept - yes, sir.

      Remember this: whatever people say about you and how they perceive you is not what defined you.

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    3. Ok, Blue and Gary I came over to see what this Moody Blues Club is all about. Blue does like to leave messages in older posts for some reason. I guess he had to find a work around as you have comments off.

      Gary, sounds life has given you a bumpy ride my friend. I agree with Blue you are indeed brave to share your story and you always try to stay positive. Why would anyone want to bully you two nice men? People are mean sometimes that is very true.

      So, what exactly do we do in the Moody Blues Club?

      I am exhausted I need to get some rest. Wishing you peace and comfort my friends...

      and since I am a dreamer I will wish you sweet dreams...

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    4. Okay Trudy Dessa and Mr. Blue Dude :)

      I shall keep my reply to your accumulated comments, mercifully brief. I did want to assure you, Randy, that, although you have told me your actual name, I'm was okay with just know you as "Blue Grumpster". Still, it's nice to meet you as your name and thanks for such a candid follow up response.

      Bullying, my friend, has a devastating impact and something that can truly haunt. I know that bullying and all the ramifications, nearly killed me, nearly, but not quite. You, good sir, have my total respect for you having the honesty to share your valid feelings. That's one of the powerful aspects that can be achieved within this blogging community. I'm grateful to know you, Randy.

      And dear, Truedessa, yes Blue went to a lot of effort to communicate via this archived post. Of course, while struggling with chronic fatigue, I did have the comments switched off in the next couple of posts in some attempt to try and be more proactive on other blog sites. I haven't done very well with that.

      People bully nice people because they are easy targets. Bullies try to mask their own insecurities by by targeting somebody they consider weak and vulnerable.

      The Moody Blues Club could have poetry and thoughts that touch the souls of those who wish to sense the powerful gift of compassion and being there for others.

      Dream on, my lovely friend.

      To you both, peace and hope.

      Gary

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    5. Hi Gary,

      I wrote this long post and then changed my mind and thought I would come back and write when I was feeling a bit better. Now, I am thinking how rude was that to leave you wondering why I deleted my message.

      I really like the thought of The Moody Blues Club as I am blue at times. Blue a/k/a Randy is always coming up with ideas. He is a real thinker and I guess I am a big dreamer. My head always in a cloud someday I might come down when the world is a better place. I'd rather soar the distant realms and open the doors to perception.

      I understand about the no comments no need to explain. I guess you just need to do what is right for you and there is nothing wrong with being proactive on another blog. You have a good heart and I say bullies be gone.

      Take care and walk in peace and calm and always dream big!!!

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    6. Hi Truedessa,

      Please don't worry about you deleting that comment. I understand and totally respect what you did. Thus, that means a virtual smile, your way :)

      Ah yes, The Moody Blues Club and a bit of "Nights in White Satin....never reaching the end. Letters I've written, never meaning to send...."

      Thinkers and dreamers. The intertwining of thoughts, of ideals, of dreams and aspirations. Keep soaring above the clouds and breathe in the view, my kind friend.

      Yes, because I was trying to catch up a bit with commenting on other blogs, the comments section was switched off for a couple of my posts. Sometimes, I worry, rather needlessly, that folks might note my unintended lack of interaction.

      I actually became friends with some bullies once we got through the true reasons as to why they bullied.

      I might add that my latest post actually has the comments switched on. I like to think the post is magical. Magic is something we both embrace.

      With kindness and goodwill to you,

      Gary

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I do try to comment back to each commenter individually. However, I might have to shorten my replies or give a group thank you. That way, I can spend more time commenting on your blogs. Thank you and peace, my friend.