Xanthic #atozchallenge #Ukraine #fiction


As he walked back to the church with a small bag representing all of our belongings, my husband exhaled. Had he looked up, he would have seen the sickly Xanthic (yellow) hues. No one could look up because of things falling from the sky and who wanted to know that chemicals could be adding to the danger…

Additionallly—He didn’t want to think about the Russian Navy that was once again closing in to the Odessa port. How long? he muttered, a day maybe two?

Exasperated, he set the bag down next to me. He plopped himself down and expressed all the pent- up frustrations of the last several months. He held my hand and I listened as best I could. Occasionally, I squeezed his hand which was as much energy as I could exert.

Olga came over to see if I needed anything and walked out again not wanting to be part of his explosion of feelings.

I don’t know how long it went on but he finally wore himself down and crumpled on my mattress.

“Vlad has taken a trip. You understand.” He said to the men. “Not sure but there was a problem.”

Several of the men were from 1991 and stood up. “We go help!!!”

“No entrance for now.” My husband tried to extinguish their excitement.

“We wait then.” Yevhen said.

“Yes and continue runs to Mariople.” My husband looked in the men’s faces.

“Mariople is like Passage. No entrance.” One of the soldiers spoke up. “Some guys still there.” He waved toward the east.

“They know what to do.” My husband said confidently.

“Yevhen, what do the men do now?” my husband looked at Vlad’s newly appointed leader.

“We rest then go back and find way in.” Yevhen walked to the kitchen to get some food before sleep.

The men followed him.

I laid on my mattress trying not to rattle my brain with all the possible outcomes in Mariople and to add to that on the other side of the Time Portal in 1991.

My husband was reading my mind. “Vlad is a trained warrior and I realized so is Valeria.”

I opened my eyes and mouthed “That sweet girl…”

“Yes, sweet girls are having to exercise great courage as they fight in this war and apparently in the war on the other side of the Portal…”

Impressed with the A to Z challenge and the letter X.


The Basics

Clearly Crazy


E- Eavesdropping

F- Friends and Family

G- Grumbling Titka

Hiding in 1991

I – Intensity

J- My Journal

K- Keep Moving

L- Cold Air Lunch

M- Medical needs

N- What Next

O-Out of Sight


Q – Questions

R- The Russian

S- Shots and Sirens

T- Turned Back

U- Uri

V- Vladimir

W- War Torn

Dragon Mask #raisingadragon #Covid — Dragon Tails and Scales

“Em when are we going to be able to take our masks off?” “Drag I don’t know they are a bother aren’t they?” “YES. There is no opening for pizza and you know how much I love pizza.” “Silly dragon. You can take your mask off when you eat.” “I can?” “Yes and when you […]

Dragon Mask #raisingadragon #Covid — Dragon Tails and Scales

In The Midst of … #9/11 #crisis #suffering — We Go Fish

“I was a child soldier stolen from my tribe and forced to learn to shoot a gun. They played tricks on our minds. My wife was made to be their slave– to do whatever the soldiers wanted. God was miraculous– I was rescued before I ever was made to kill another person.” My jaw wanted […]

In The Midst of … #9/11 #crisis #suffering — We Go Fish

Caught in Your Gaze #memorialday #eagle #haiku

deep in thought

too many lives to count

wings of gratitude

Hazy Stars and Stripes by Moondust designs
Thankful for lives that have made the sacrifice for freedom. 

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What Am I Doing Now? #wordpress #editing

Again WordPress changes to a new form when the original form was the most user friendly. Now we rely on less that says it gives us more. Ha. I’d rather learn code than learn which button I have to press to get to another button to then hit a cursor to then type my name. And code was more dfificult (that was autocorrect)?????? Nope just a learning curve.

WordPress I have been loyal to you for 10 years because let’s face it you have the best offering however you aren’t the only game in town.

To provide for the issuance of emergency monthly payments to every American throughout the duration of the coronavirus crisis to be provided by the Department of Treasury, in consultation with other Federal and State agencies. (H.R. 6496) – GovTrack.us

via To provide for the issuance of emergency monthly payments to every American throughout the duration of the coronavirus crisis to be provided by the Department of Treasury, in consultation with other Federal and State agencies. (H.R. 6496) – GovTrack.us

I Want To Die… #devotion #prayer #Covid19

A wave pushes me under

look in eyes of anathema

there’s never been love’s glow

my spirit is weak

I tremble alone

you hand me the knife

“Do it. “

die- get it over with

there is one

heard my cry in the wilderness


The words pour out. One woman echos the words of thousands of other women as the hour is sounded.


She is weary from hope. Desperation claims her breath, anguish has consumed her life force.

The will that remains is for an end – death.

I cannot reach a hand of hope to hers. I cannot touch her heart with my tears, but there is one who can.

His name is Jesus.

Two thousand years ago this humble servant walked dusty roads to love the lost, heal the lepers, free those in bondage, die for the sins of the world.


“As a shepherd looks for his sheep on the day he is among his scattered flock, so I will look for My flock. I will rescue them from all the places where they have been scattered on a cloudy and dark day.”

Ezekiel 34:12

Jesus came not to be served or elevated to a kingly throne “but to seek and save the lost.”

A woman lonely, distressed with a disease is emptied of hope. She hears about Jesus and believes that his love will save her.  As she barely touches the hem of his tunic, she is healed and saved..

This nameless women cry in the night. He holds bottles filled with their tears. “Lord heal me, Lord save me, Lord forgive me, Lord LOVE ME.”

This day as you look at Corona Virus death tolls look to the shepherd who knows your name. He hears your cry, knows your fear, and with grace and mercy longs to rescue you!!!!



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