A Christmas Miracle?

F0D82E45-2B94-4354-B003-A12CFBA700DFAs my wife and I were on our way home from walking our dog this Christmas morning, we passed our local convenience store. They sell Mega Millions lottery tickets there. The sign in the store window showed that the Mega Millions jackpot is up to $321 million and the next drawing is tonight.

I don’t usually buy lottery tickets. As a retire on a fixed income, and with my 401(k)retirement savings account haven taken a big hit over the past few weeks, buying lottery tickets is a frivolous expense with almost impossible odds of hitting the jackpot.

But when I saw the Mega Millions sign in the window, I said to my wife, “I’m going to splurge on five ‘quick pick’ tickets. After all, today is Christmas Day. Maybe we’ll experience a Christmas miracle, and one of my picks will be the big winner.”

So I walked into the convenience store, plunked $10 on the counter, and bought my five Mega Million picks. (And for another $5.00, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for later).

I promise that should I win tonight’s Mega Million jackpot, I will start believing in Santa Claus again. Hell, I will even commit to believing in God. Because if I do win, that has to be a sign from above.

Do you hear me, God?

Twittering Tales — The Haunting

C59C9428-C803-4D8D-A5D9-0F75196CFB6B“What’s your problem?” Tim asked. “Why do you always take the long way home?”

“That big, old house on Main Street,” Dave said. “It’s haunted. I’ve seen the ghosts.”

“You’re just a scaredy-cat.”

“Am not.”

“Are too.”

“Fine,” Dave said. “Let’s go that way.”

Neither boy was seen again.

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Written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales prompt. Photo credit: Kat Myrman.

Day 25 — Gone But Not Forgotten

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge we are asked for “a song you like by an artist no longer living.”

As someone whose formative years, music-wise, stretched from the late 50s through the early 80s, far too many of the artists I grew up with are no longer with us. But as I think back at some of my early favorites, Roy Orbison stands out. He was an incredible singer whose voice could span a range of three octaves, a range that was beyond that of most rock ‘n roll singers at the time.

And of all of his many hit songs, one that stands out to me is Orbison’s 1961 hit, “Crying.”

Merry Christmas

I timed this post to be published at a few minutes past midnight, just in time for Christmas Day to begin (in my time zone, anyway).

I simply want to wish all of my fellow bloggers, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, pagan, atheist, agnostic, sectarian, nonsectarian, liberal, conservative, Democrat, or Republican, a very merry (or happy) Christmas.

I sincerely hope that each and every one of you has a wonderful day shared with family and close friends.


Image credit: monicore @ Pixabay.

(If this post seems familiar, you’re not suffering from deja vu. I posted this same post last year on Christmas Day.)

FOWC with Fandango — Discovery

FOWCMerry Christmas and welcome to December 25, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “discovery.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.