Black-Eyed Peas Recipe and the Good Luck Legend

I wasn’t born in the south, but I got here as fast as I could. Actually, I think I was somehow mixed up at birth because Texas has always seemed like home to me. While I embrace most things southern, I draw the line at black-eyed peas and stewed okra. Fried okra I will eat […]


This is another December short writing exercise. The topic is “dreams.” Dreams. Everyone has them. A few of them come true. Most don’t. Some do and then you wish they hadn’t because your dream isn’t quite what you hoped it would be. When I was small, I dreamed of having a horse. My first pony […]

The Devil Wore Blue

Once again, I am scavenging from history. I can’t remember the woman’s name nor the Union commander’s, nor even where it takes place, but I think it was Louisiana. A company of Union soldiers came to a plantation and demanded the woman surrender it. She met him at the door with a knife and told […]

Trees For Maryanne

I have often felt history is much more fascinating than what writers create. People are remarkable in their strength and courage. They do impossible things. Some times, though, the most courageous events are simply surviving in difficult, if not disastrous, circumstances. If a person is familiar with old west history, they recognize the name Charlie […]

The Politician, The Wonder Horse, And Red The Showgirl

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Love Keeps Me Warm

This is a writing exercise based on the phrase “Love Keeps Me Warm.” Years ago I read a journal written by a Yankee soldier who had been captured by Confederates. He detailed his stay as a prisoner of war in Texas and spoke of the hardships suffered by both the captives and the Rebels keeping […]

Think Green

Decfun/Green exercise Copyright 2001 Julie Weathers All rights reserved Warning Martha and Tilly are browsing through Victoria’s Secrets again. Think Green Martha and Tilly stared at the notice on the bulletin board.  The Old Gray Meres were fund raising again. Martha peered at the list of suggestions and snorted.  “I ain’t wearing those stupid Dutch […]


I’ve belonged to a writing group for years. In July and December, the writing exercises are “shorts” consisting of stories 500 words or less. The mod puts up a list of topics and it’s up to the members to build a story around it. Typically, the topics are very short, often just one word.This was […]

Santa Was A Cowboy

This is an old Christmas story I posted a few years ago, but I’ve been thinking about Christmases past and thought of this one. I’ve been thinking a lot about people lately. I’m basically a happy person. I look for the best in people and I can usually find something to laugh about. Even though […]

Please Remember Our Troops

Christmas will be here soon. Sooner than most of us wish. For most of us, we will spend the day with family and friends. We’ll eat too much and perhaps drink too much wine. We’ll watch old classics and tear up even though we’ve seen those corny old movies a dozen times. Many Americans, however, […]