Further Than Before

Who would have known that Religion would become so confusing after England broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and created a new church called the Church of England?  I joined a group of travelers and we were on a journey to find a holy place where we could experience solace in our lives.  We felt that something needed to change, King James I needed to come down off his throne and leave us all alone.  We called ourselves pilgrims because we are the true Christians, and we are determined to purify the Christian church and return to a scripture-based service.  We immigrated to Holland to escape persecution but we feared the loss of our English heritage while living in this foreign country, so we purchased a charter to establish a colony in the New World that would enable us to set up our own society where we could be free to worship as we pleased.

Our intent was to establish a farming village in the northern part of the Virginia Colony at the mouth of the Hudson River near the Big Apple.  We would live under the English government, but we would worship in our own, separate church.  Our group originally started out on two different ships, the Mayflower and the Speedwell, but the Speedwell began to leak almost immediately after we left port, so both ships headed back to where we started.  We managed to squeeze everyone and all of our belongings onto the Mayflower and then we set sail once again.  Because of the delay caused by the leaky Speedwell, we had to cross the Atlantic at the height of storm season, which made our journey horribly unpleasant and so many of us got seasick.  Treacherous shoals and storms drove our ship off course and after two miserable months at sea over the great Atlantic Ocean, we landed on the salty shorelines of the wrong place.  What a fiasco, it was like a comedy of errors as we had no right to be where we actually ended up, so in order to establish ourselves as a legitimate colony, we named our landing spot Plymouth after the English port from which we had departed.

We knew that life without laws could prove to be catastrophic, so our leaders Myles Standish, William Bradford, John Carver, William Brewster and Edward Winslow created a doctrine that we called the Mayflower Compact, which was a contract that was supposed to ensure that a functioning social structure would prevail.  Several scouting parties were sent out, but most of us still lived on the Mayflower and we were ferried back and forth from shore to build our new storage and living quarters.  More than half of us died during that first winter, death became a concomitant of poor nutrition, inadequate housing and harsh weather.

After we built our settlement, I came into contact with Tisquantum, who I called Squanto, and he was English-speaking Native American of the Pawtuxet tribe.  I traded some of my beads with him for some of his food and we became good friends.  He was my accomplice when I went out exploring.  One day we came across this tree that was decorated with colorful tapestry, and Squanto said that this would be a nice place for me to get my groove on.  Squanto said that this was the place where he would go to smoke tobacco and make wishes for peace in the world.  Squanto and I would both dance by this tree, although he had some different moves that I had never seen before.  We listened to the sounds of nature as we danced by this tree with the hanging ribbons and feathers and he had this one move that caused me to tremble and then explode and this left a smoking crater inside of my mind with a rainbow that spiraled round and round.

Written for Daily Addictions prompt – Doctrine, for FOWC with Fandango – Accomplice, for July Writing Prompts – Salty shorelines, for Sheryl’s A New Daily Post Word Prompt – Concomitant, for Ragtag Community – Groove, for Scotts Daily Prompt – Contract, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver/ Fairy Tale # 179 – Voyage of Discovery, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge prompts – tapestry, comedy and Big Apple, for Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo Thursday photo prompt – Wishes and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Solace.

Clothing Optional Beach

Billy and Linda have been married for 20 years and they still have a wonderful appetency for each other.  It was time for their vacation and they wanted to enjoy a feeling of freedom, knowing that what they each have was not going to last forever, but Linda still captured glances where ever she went.  They both worked out at the gym and Billy’s body featured a lot of muscle, while Linda looked as sexy as ever.  They decided to vacation in the Caribbean at a clothing optional resort, since their bodies were still reasonably ripe, however knowing that time would always be their enemy and now that they were approaching 40, it was starting to run out for both of them.  This could be their last opportunity for going to a naked beach and they hoped it would generate their desire for each other to new levels, the perfect thing that they needed.

Billy said, “Anything goes here and if you enjoy making love at midnight, this beach is right up your alley.  You don’t have to go topless, I am just saying that it is secluded, private and quiet here as not many people come to this beach and you can enjoy the sun, ocean breezes and wear as much or little swimwear as you want.  Nudity is not an issue or against the law on most of the Dutch and French Caribbean islands and I know that you feel self-conscious about nudity, and that you don’t want to be surrounded in nudity, but I think that after the initial shock wears off, you will come to realize that it is no big deal.  It takes a bit of getting used to seeing perfect strangers naked, but after a while you should become accustomed to seeing a plethora of nudity, and if you are totally uncomfortable then we could just move on to the other beach that only has topless women.  I think that after you have a few Margaritas that you might find going topless to be liberating and fun.  It is our decision to make and if we choose to get naked or not to disrobe, no one will say anything.”

Linda said, “The brochure mentioned something about naughty dance parties, does that mean lap dances, or pole dances and twerking?”  Billy replied, “The resort has several dance instructors who organize dance events and I am certain that they will reduce the stress of us having to learn anything new.  They will help us to reach our potential, do things that we didn’t think we could do and with your dance abilities, who knows, maybe we will climb to the top over the other couples and win a prize.  The naughty dancing may make us both blush, but lumps and bumps be damned, this is our vacation and we should dance naked under the sun and moon as much as we want.  Clothing is just a fandangle, sure we need it back home and to protect us from the elements, but here it is useless or a purely ornamental thing.”

Linda said, “I have been so stressed out lately and the thing that I am looking forward to mostly is the solitude and freedom of us being alone together.  I always enjoy nudity with you, but it has mostly been inside our home, except that time when we swam nude in that river with that other couple, and I tried to build up the fortitude to talk with them, but it just felt so awkward, as I was not able to establish eye contact and I kept averting my gaze.”  Billy said, “Yes the river of fortitude, the same thing happens to me in the Men’s locker room and I just try to keep the conversations brief, at least till the guy puts his briefs on.  I make sure to keep my focus on his crumpet, which includes his face, eyes, nose and forehead.  Naked conversations with strangers are supposed to be strange, but probably not as weird as that time when I walked in on my roommate when he was dancing naked to Miley Cyrus and singing softly, at a whisper, ‘I hope you like it!’, that was so embarrassing.”

Written for Daily Addictions by rogershipp prompt Generate, for FOWC with Fandango – Captured, for June Writing Prompts where today June 28 is ‘A river of fortitude’, for Sheryl’s New Daily Post Word Prompt: Whisper, for Ragtag Community Reduce, for Scotts Daily Prompt Muscle, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver – #177 – Climbing to the Top, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge where the three prompt words are “appetency, crumpet and fandangle, for Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo Thursday photo prompt: Wave and for Word of the Day Challenge Alternative haven Prompt Plethora.

Stones of Bethel

Jacob found this place with the two stones just before the Sun set.  He was tired and he used one of the stones as his pillow.  He remembered his grandfather Abraham telling him a story about these two rocks where he pitched his tent with his wife Sara and his nephew Lot and his wife Edith and they built an altar there, so they could worship the Lord.  Jacob had a vivid dream that night, which he thought was a holy vision about a stairway to heaven and angels were ascending up and descending down on it.  Jacob decided to name the rock that he slept on and he called it Eben Shetiyah, because he felt that it was connected to the core of the Earth.

Jacob had escaped his brother Esau, but he still had a long 550 mile journey ahead to reach the city of Haran, where he could see the well that his mother used to draw water from.  His uncle Laban lived there with his wife, his concubine and his daughters.  Jacob knew about sheep and he hoped that he would be welcomed here.

Written for Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo, Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter, Thursday Photo Prompt: Fallen

Original Wallace Monument #writephoto

This impressive monument in Stirling Scotland overlooks the scene of patriot, and martyr Sir William Wallace’s most important victory in the Battle of Stirling Bridge.  It was closed down when the new monument was built in 1869.  England used tyranny and terror to rule Scotland, but eventually the two countries faced each other at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, where Scotland was led by William Wallace and his victory made him a national hero.  Wallace desired peace and freedom which united the country’s clans, gained the loyalty of its people, struck fear into his enemies and defied the cruel hand of an evil, warring and invading King Edward I of England.  Stirling was the main entry point to the north of Scotland, so it was here, just north of Stirling Bridge, on the Abbey Craig that Wallace encamped with his army.  Mel Gibson directed and starred as Wallace in the 1995 American epic war film Braveheart, one of my favorite movies.

Written for Sue Vincent’s October 12, 2017 Thursday photo prompt – Tower

There Be Dragons Amongst Us


The above image was used as inspiration to create this post.

Jim said, “I have written several posts that have included dragons (Last Word on Dragons, The Gods Made Me Write This, The Game is On, He Had the Tattoo and Descending Down into Tartarus) and damned if this is not another one of those dragons.”  Dango said, “Yes I can clearly see his head and his mouth and one of his front legs, now that you mention it.”  Jim replied, “What makes you think that the dragon is a he?”  Dango replied, “I just assumed it was a he and in about another minute it will be completely faded away, so there will be no way either of us will be able to determine that.”

Jim said, “Yea it really does not matter whether the dragon is a male or a female, the important thing is that Houston is getting 6.5 points tonight in the game and I think that they will win outright.”  Dango replied, “You don’t actually think that I would ever take advice from you again, since you told me to bet it all on double zero the last time we were in Vegas.”  Jim said, “OK let’s just have a good time and sing.
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
in a land called Honnah Lee
Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff
And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff, oh!
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honnah Lee
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honnah Lee
Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail
Jackie kept a lookout perched on Puff’s gigantic tail
Noble kings and princes would bow whene’er they came
Pirate ships would lower their flags when Puff roared out his name, oh!
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honnah Lee
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honnah Lee
A dragon lives forever but not so little boys
Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys
One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar
His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain
Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane
Without his life-long friend, Puff could not be brave
So Puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave, oh!
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honnah Lee
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honnah Lee”

Written for Sue Vincent’s September 14, 2017 Photo prompt round-up – Fading 

Contacting The Dead

The above image was used as inspiration to create this post.

The séance where our medium will attempt to make contact with your dead loved ones is straight ahead. You must leave now, if you do not believe in the possibility of communicating with the dead, as your belief is necessary for this to work.  The experiences that we share together may be intense, so this is not for the faint of heart.  We will all sit around an oval table, where several candle will be lit and food (usually fruit, bread and some type of soup) will be present.  Both the candles and food are believed to attract spirits who are looking for a warm place and sustenance.

Madam Lugosi will be in charge, as she has conducted many séances and she has psychic abilities.  She will tell you exactly what to do and when to do it.  Once the candles are lit, all the lights will be dimmed to eliminate any distractions, hand over all of your cell phones to me now, as you will not need them when you get inside.  You may take any seat and when Madam Lugosi arrives she will ask everyone to join hands. Every participant must speak these words together in order to summon the spirits, “Our beloved [name of spirit], we bring you gifts from life into death.  Commune with us, (name of spirit), and move among us.”

You should wait patiently for a response.  If none comes, repeat the chant until the spirit responds.  If and when the spirit responds via some means determined by Madam Lugosi, or through her, then ask your questions.  Try to keep it simple at first and ask only yes or no questions, till the spirit warms up to the group.  This might be one rap for a yes response, or two raps for no.  If a spirit chooses to speak through the medium, you may ask it any kind of question.  Sometimes a spirit may be upset and then the séance will get out of hand, Madam Lugosi will know when this is happening and she will end the séance by breaking the circle of hands, extinguishing the candles and turning on the lights.  When you’re done with your questioning, make sure that you thank the spirit for joining you and tell them to go in peace before you break the circle of hands and extinguish the candles.

Billy said, “Give me my cell phone back now, as I don’t believe in any of this shit.”

Written for Sue Vincent’s September 14, 2017 Thursday photo prompt – Scattered 

Confefe Egg Shell – Cracked #writephoto

That rare bird hatched out of that broken shell over there on the ground.  We did not know what to name it and then somebody came up with the name Confefe, because it actually resembles President Trump.  This curious creature has the same sharp blue eyes and it is sporting a similar hairstyle as the Donald.  The Confefe has fascinated the world since its discovery last month and this enigma of bird actually struts about like he is in command.

Thursday photo prompt – Cracked #writephoto
Posted on August 24, 2017 by Sue Vincent