Brazen Princess

Loud and Unashamed
DECEMBER 15, 2013 11:11PM

Christmas Read Aloud Classics

If you’ve never read a Christmas Classic out loud to your family, you're missing something that is truly amazing.   


In the age of video games and television, we can understandably
forgo reading for the classics that are "easier to enjoy" after a long
day.  Don't get
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DECEMBER 9, 2013 4:24PM

A Christmas Story

 

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Sharon received the nativity set as part of her inheritance when her Nana died, leaving her a set of china and the old Christmas set that she and Sharon used to admire together.  Nana understood what it meant to the girl, as she turned each piece over in herRead full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2013 3:41AM

Madiba

Nelson Mandela Painting by Marc Alexander


Some heroes lose their luster when you get closer to them, or you find they’re are revered only by a select group of people and are hated by
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SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 9:25PM

The True Gold of Whiskeytown

 

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I have fallen in love with American names,

The sharp names that never get fat,

The snakeskin-titles of mining-claims,

The plumed war-bonnet of Medicine Hat,

Tucson and Deadwood and Lost Mule Flat.

~  StepheRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 12:27AM

Are We the Lord of the Flies Bunch?

So here I am... checking out the group of incredible writers that I love and feel so close with...

But as I check in (notice how I began this sentence with a conjunction?) I notice that the cover page hasn't been updated for a couple of weeks.  Hmmm.  

 Then I… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 7:31PM

My Daughter's Wedding


 

Photo Courtesy of Ranella Photography


“We will shout for joy over your victories and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.”  

Psalm 20:5

 

 

Last Saturday my daughter, Alicia, got married to

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AUGUST 20, 2013 2:11PM

Happiness

 
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                    Sudanese Woman with Happy Pipe
                             ©Brett Innes 2009&nbs… Read full post »
AUGUST 19, 2013 3:50AM

Shiny, Happy People are Givers

 
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              Cover Illustration of Shel Siverstein's Classic
 
 
 
I was an adult when I read it for the first time and tears came to my eyes in the bookstore.  It was all LeoRead full post »
AUGUST 16, 2013 9:38PM

Comparing Apples and Oranges

Write a story about the destiny of two pieces of fruit that started out in the same fruit bowl.

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The morning I left Arthur I looked into the charred fruit bowl, its wood had been long ago scorched by an artisan who took hisRead full post »

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                         Before                        After  
 
I remember the moment I realized I waRead full post »
JULY 30, 2013 4:21AM

Something Better than Fans

 

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It had been a long time since we had air conditioning – years.  We said hello to waves of cool air a week after we moved into our new home.  The unit was installed on the roof andRead full post »

JULY 22, 2013 1:25PM

The Days of Wild

 

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Remember the days of big skies

And red dust walks

Where we lingered in the wild unknown

Of God and men

So unfamiliar?

 

Those days whenRead full post »

JULY 21, 2013 11:26PM

My lighter in the air!!

 

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Hey.... here's what happened:  we came home and were inundated with a lot of things to do - like get our house liveable.  

 

Now we are almost there and I go on OS to read.  Would love to see OS Weekend Fiction come back  I am hungry… Read full post »

JULY 19, 2013 1:16PM

Watermelon


A bundle of pink flesh
Inside the green rind
Water-filled sweetness, 
Glowing without-
One interruption
To disturb my knife.

A preference realized to remove the seeds;
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APRIL 1, 2013 1:00PM

Back

Here I am, back on OS as an American.  

 Strange.  

 I had to change my profile and felt a sadness about not saying I live in South Africa, even though I am glad to be home.

 

But I am home...I even have a smart phone...  and a car.… Read full post »



When I moved to South Africa we started really racking up frequent flyer miles.  With every airline we had an account; they all knew us as a number and treated us with the same mutual disdain they treated all their economy class clients. 

Emirates was the
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MARCH 11, 2013 2:17AM

Leaving Dumisani

Dumi and Mario

 
 
 Last night we delivered the Toyota Camry we have been driving for the past six years to its new owner: Dumisani.

 

It was after a day (a week - a month) filled with non-stop activity of saying goodbye before we leave South Africa.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2013 11:15PM

Leaving Africa...



This is the last in a series I call
 "Top Ten Things I Would Have Never Said in America"  
I know it's long, but it's worth it.  

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FEBRUARY 28, 2013 12:09AM

No Power? Not Surprised!

Please indulge me as I leave my adopted homeland. I am writing a series called
 "Top Ten Things I would Have Never Said in America" 



2.  Do you think we’ll have electricity?


The early masters of electricity, Thomas Edison, Charles Steinmetz
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FEBRUARY 26, 2013 5:48PM

Get the clothes off - Hurry!!

 
 Please indulge me as I leave my adopted homeland. I'm writing a series called
"Top Ten Things I Would Have Never Said in America"
 
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3.  Get the clothes off the line, hurry!!!

I have memories of my grandmother’s cloRead full post »
FEBRUARY 23, 2013 3:35AM

No Clean Drinking Water

Please indulge me as I leave my adopted homeland. I'm writing a series called
"Top Ten Things I Would Have Never Said in America" 

                 
 
 4. The township doesn't have water again.

When we first came to AfRead full post »
FEBRUARY 22, 2013 2:22AM

Are You Using the Car?

 Please indulge me as I leave my adopted homeland. I'm writing a series called
"Top Ten Things I Would Have Never Said in America" 
 
 
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5.  Are you using the car? 

We are known for our gas guzzling habits in the USA, I think.  SometimesRead full post »
FEBRUARY 20, 2013 11:05AM

What's the Exchange Rate Today?

 Please indulge me as I leave my adopted homeland. I'm writing a series called
 "Top Ten Things I Would Have Never Said in America" 
 
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6.  What’s the exchange rate today?

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 5:38PM

Bashing my Hooter...

Please indulge me as I leave my adopted homeland. I'm writing a series called
 "Top Ten Things I Would Have Never Said in America" 

                       "Oops!  I bashed the hooter!"

 
 
7.  I bashedRead full post »
FEBRUARY 19, 2013 1:41AM

No Milk in my Rooibos, Please.

 

Please indulge me as I leave my adopted homeland. I'm writing a series called
 "Top Ten Things I Would Have Never Said in America" 

 
                  

 

                &nbs… Read full post »