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Happy Trails

Kudos to Blake for initiating this site and to Kerry for keeping it going in its final months. I am going to miss this warm community of fellow writers.

How fitting that this week's canvas should be a portrait of our beloved Kerry! Many thanks to you, Kerry, for posting prompt after…


Added by Carrol Strain on March 23, 2014 at 12:54pm — 1 Comment

Saint Peter, Saint Mary, and Saint Francis on an Ordinary Day (Capstone)

Let's just suppose that our earthly saints retire after their lives on Earth to live on a planet far, far away, in familial configurations of their own choosing. As life goes on, they forget their…


Added by Carrol Strain on March 16, 2014 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Nannie's China

Some days I feel as fragile as Nannie's china—the set

Mr. Harris bought for her when they were newly

Married that she refused ever to use because

It was so fine—and it takes all the courage…


Added by Carrol Strain on March 13, 2014 at 2:39pm — 3 Comments

Fully Present at Work on a Wet Wednesday

I sit here by the 

telephone. It does not 

ring. The brownie I had for 

lunch sits in my belly like a whale

and I feel a little seasick

Can one can be made seasick by a 



Added by Carrol Strain on February 26, 2014 at 9:55pm — 2 Comments

At Least I'm Gonna Say that I Tried


Before she realized what was happening, he had upended her over the arm of the white leather couch and positioned himself between her outspread thighs. A lusty squeal escaped her vermillion lips and a thrill of anticipation fluttered from her nether regions to the tip of her curly blonde head. She eagerly parted those vermillion lips to meet his own searching mouth. While snow softly drifted past the windows of his Fifth Avenue apartment, one thing led to…


Added by Carrol Strain on December 20, 2013 at 2:48pm — 3 Comments

Sara Jane's Big Adventure

Sara Jane started her adventure when the moon was waning. She’d always known an adventure was there for her, waiting in the wings, but she had lived instead as an obeyer of rules, fearful and timid, lest her own true self should show its face to the world. She believed as Bilbo did that nothing good could ever come of an adventure.

But one morning she had awoken with a “Yes!” in her heart, and she thought to herself, “I’d better do it now before I get too old.” So she stepped out the…


Added by Carrol Strain on November 25, 2013 at 2:59pm — 1 Comment

Daddy's Girl

I tracked him down through the internet; it’s pretty easy to find someone these days even if you only know a little something about them. I even found a picture of him, and I wondered how recent it was. Did he still look like that handsome man who…


Added by Carrol Strain on November 10, 2013 at 9:08pm — 8 Comments

Ruby Tuesday - Capstone

The moon hung like an overworked bra hung out to dry, and the scuttling wisps of dark gray cloud that raced across it only served to further diminish what little light seeped through. Ruby slumped in her wheelchair, her blue eyes…


Added by Carrol Strain on October 27, 2013 at 12:11pm — 2 Comments

Super Conscious - Capstone

“What is this place, and why did you ask me to come here?”

He pulled an apple from one of branches near them, took a bite, and offered it to her.

She took the apple, crunched into it, and chewed thoughtfully for a moment. “C’mon. What gives?” She handed the apple back to him. “We’re so far away from anyone or anything, we might as well be in the Gobi Desert.” He took another bite of apple, ignoring her. “Don’t waste my time,” she complained. “All I need is…


Added by Carrol Strain on October 20, 2013 at 2:12pm — 3 Comments

God's Vacation

The kids had been driving her crazy for quite some time, and she had just about lost her sense of humor, so when the Pleiadans invited her once again to join them over the holidays God gladly accepted. They had been trying to get her to come over for eons, but she had always been far too busy. Those kids, you know.

She left the older kids in charge, the angels and the more evolved ones - Buddha, Zoraster, Christ, and their buddies - grabbed her bags and headed out the door. "Don't…


Added by Carrol Strain on October 3, 2013 at 6:02pm — 1 Comment

Written on the Sly in Less than Five Minutes, Aiming for but Missing the Mark of Bill Lapham's Shot-from-a-Cannon-Style Prose

Leaving no doubt as to her opinion on the matter, Martha hit the exit button with a hearty whomp and closed her FaceBook page. A single thought about her father buzzed in her mind like a bee homing in on an apple blossom. Grabbing her debit card and her driver’s license, she swept out the door and headed for Starbucks. Little did she know, nor could she, that twenty years hence, when she was in her eighties, the then-current regime would find fault with that long-lost opinion and lock her up…


Added by Carrol Strain on July 17, 2013 at 10:52pm — 5 Comments

Good at What He Does (Capstone)

Larry is good at what he does, maybe too good. He towers over anyone else I know who does what he does. Let me explain.

They call me Mary Lou, and I've been waitressing here at the coffee shop across from…


Added by Carrol Strain on June 9, 2013 at 11:07am — 2 Comments

Ten Minutes Exactly

"What is this?! Living with an active addict was no picnic, but I was not prepared for what I saw.

"What?" he answered laconically.

"This!" I pointed to the floor. "Right there, by your dresser. That!"

"Well, I don't know," he lied. I knew, just knew, he was lying.

"Of course you know." I could hear my voice rising in both pitch and volume, but it was beyond my control. "That pill. That one. Where did it come from?"

He shrugged.

"You told me…


Added by Carrol Strain on May 31, 2013 at 7:52pm — 3 Comments

Jyk's Escape

Jyk gazed in frustration at the new barrier before her. Having just surmounted and tumbled over a tall wall of concrete blocks that now lay behind her, this new obstruction seemed fairly flimsy,…


Added by Carrol Strain on April 14, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

It's a Dog's Life (capstone)

They knew I could hear them. The lift was broken. That's what Jim calls it, a lift; Marni calls it an elevator. That's why the three of us were walking up the stairs of our apartment building. The  black sky, starless and moonless, had arched over our evening walk and now we were…


Added by Carrol Strain on January 27, 2013 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Sibilant Saturday

"Silly Sally!" said Sarah. "Sitting sobbing on the settee, all because stupid Steven --"

"Stop it!" squalled Sally. "Stupid Steven started it!"

The setting sun silvered the slender leaves of the willows outside the screened-in sun room. It might have been a scenic setting, but the slough beyond sent out a stinking scent that settled over all. It was enough to send Sally over the edge, and squall again she did, screaming, squawking, sobbing as if her sad heart would…


Added by Carrol Strain on August 8, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Hair: A Silly Response to Tuesday's Prompt


Today started off better than some

And only got better from there.…


Added by Carrol Strain on August 1, 2012 at 7:19am — 4 Comments

Bible (canvas)

When they first came to our village, we thought they were interesting, amusing. Nothing much ever happens here, and their presence offered the first entertainment we had ever had, outside of our own festivals and rituals.

We allowed them to join us in…


Added by Carrol Strain on July 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

The Power of Positive Thinking

"I don't believe in pain," he said.

"Mm-hmm," I replied, keeping my eyes on the computer screen in front of me. Alvin was leaning against the front counter of the office where I work, his tall and swarthy frame encroaching upon my personal space. I rolled my chair a little…


Added by Carrol Strain on July 14, 2012 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments


The door to her new life opened slowly, but Maddie didn't mind. In her long years on the planet, she'd developed a little patience, even prayed for it a time or two. She'd soon learned not to do that so much, though, at least not so earnestly as she once had. You pray for patience, and you never know what you'll get to teach it to you.

And anyway, the years didn't seem all that long at this point in her life, sometimes whooshing by with a speed that took her breath away. These days,…


Added by Carrol Strain on July 4, 2012 at 8:30am — 6 Comments


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