PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

The children’s eyes, wide with wonder, reflected the glow of the performers’ costumes.

“Daddy, how. . .?”

“I don’t KNOW!” Irritated, Daddy flipped Erin’s hand away. “Just watch!”

Eli was more experienced. He knew how dangerous it was to bother Daddy. He leaned down and whispered in Erin’s ear, “It’s special cloth that can glow in the dark. They’re not on fire.”

“Oh.” Erin sighed, leaning against Eli for comfort. She gulped down a sob. “I wish Mommy was here.”

Hearing her, Daddy shook her by the shoulder. “Stop it! Right now! We’re here to have FUN!”


No Sightings


Every now and then the townspeople would see workmen on the property. Fencing repairs, trees trimmed, windows cleaned and changed out for the seasons. The house had been painted every five years.

No one ever sighted an occupant, though. Not once. And oh, how they tried. Binoculars, telescopes, cameras with zoom lenses. They even forced their children to go there on Halloween. The fence would open, the door would crack, a hand would reach out. But no one ever saw anything more. No face. Nothing.

It drove them crazy. Inquiring minds want to know 🙂

Golden Streets?

PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Nan had stars in her eyes. She wanted to be one— a STAR, that is. She grew up watching old black-and-white movies with her mom, and they shared their daydreams of being one of the glamorous women in the lead roles. She was already beautiful. She accepted that without vanity, knowing it was a gift she hadn’t earned.

Now? Well, no one had warned her of the long days on her feet, slogging through the customers in the restaurant where she worked while trying to find the magic door to stardom.

No golden streets here. Maybe tomorrow.

A Box Car Legend

PHOTO PROMPT – © Jennifer Pendergast

On Sept. 1, 1931, Birdie and Edna Mae Martin had a son. They named him Lecil Travis Martin. He led an interesting life. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1949 and was involved in the Korean War.

One day, sitting in a cafe near the railroad tracks, Lecil saw a man he knew riding in a boxcar. “There goes Willie,” he said, and from that a song and a legend were born.

After he retired from the Air Force, Boxcar Willie became a beloved entertainer, famous for his hill billy style and persona.

Boxcar Willie Performs Century-Old Gospel Song Before Making A ...