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Iwo Jima   13 comments

Dear BJ,

Joe Rosenthal’s iconic image of United States Marines raising America’s standard above Mount Suribachi came to me as inspiration for this weeks Trifextra: Week Eighty  Four writing challenge.  This weekend we’re asking for 30 of your own words plus the three following words for a total of 33 words  (Tether, Loft, Crown.)

As the debate for action reverberates through our country and the around world I think often of those called to duty.  Please remember their sacrifice as we decide on how to respond.

Yours Sincerely,


P.S.  Headrer photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

P.P.S.  Trifecta

Heroism illustrated indelibly

by an artist’s sage eye

captured  superlatively

 in a moment’s beam of light

Old Glory furled loft on short tether

make shift pole thrust proudly into volcano’s crown

Semper fidelis

Iwo Jima flag

Iwo Jima flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Posted September 7, 2013 by Balvah in Postcards, Trifecta

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What, Another Move   20 comments

Dear BJ,

If I count right I attended 7 different schools.  My brothers and sisters experienced the same amount or more.  Thank goodness there were enough of us to band together and survive.  You come to mind because we got to visit during the move. My first Haiku for Trifextra: Week Eighty Three.

This weekend we’re asking you to harken back to your grade school days and write a haiku.  No word restrictions, just stick to the structure as defined below.

HAIKU (noun) : an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively


End of Summer – move

Try to fit in with the crowd

Adapt assimilate

Students from Hand in Hand's Galilee School

Students from Hand in Hand’s Galilee School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted August 31, 2013 by Balvah in Trifecta

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Missing Treasue   17 comments

30 words plus stage, water and ring for the  Trifextra: Week Seventy-Seven writing challenge.


My wife was frantic at this stage.

I’d searched the water at the deep end of the pool.

Then the frog started peep peeping by the lounge chair, right next to the ring.

Posted July 20, 2013 by Balvah in Trifecta

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Yep that’s it, Trifecta: Week Eighty-Six.   12 comments

Dear BJ

Here is another entry for the Trifecta Writing Challenge.  Week Eighty Six .  The rules are clear and the writing a challenge.   33-333 words on the third definition of CRACK from the Merriam Websters Online Dictionary.   I hope you enjoy.

Your Nephew,



I wasn’t really sure at first and that really bugged me.  You know how something gets in your head, worms it’s way inside and runs until that’s all you can think about. That’s what happened to me.  I first suspected it almost a year ago, then my shift changed.  Because of the shift change there was no need to explore it and I didn’t think about it until about two months ago.  I went back on the noon to midnight shift and the same thing again.  No, I said to myself it can’t be and I will prove it. It happened again though.  There was no clear explanation.  Nothing made sense, nothing added up.  I figured it out last night though.  Yep, that’s it I thought to myself when it happened again.  You’ll never guess.  There is a crack in time that I get lost in.  It happens between 0015 and 0018 hours in the morning.  I checked, I wrote it in a notebook, I kept track of it.  I leave Conway where I work at midnight and if the lights are right I pass through Red Hill and University on my way to Socastee and I will skip through to Big Block junction.  The same thing happens every time.  It’s like I blink and I’m at the light by Putter’s Pub. What scares the hell out of me is the high rise bridge over the inter coastal waterway in Socastee.  It’s a four lane bridge with a two yard median and no extra room on the side to pull over. You have to pay attention even during the daytime because it’s tight. I can never remember going over it coming home from work.  Now that I know what’s happening, I will figure out how it works. That’s the real trick, to figure out magic reason that time opens up for a few minutes and simply slips away.

South Carolina Highway 544 going over the Intr...

South Carolina Highway 544 going over the Intracoastal Waterway in Socastee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted July 18, 2013 by Balvah in Trifecta, Uncategorized

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Invisible Connection   20 comments

Raven’s call stirs a an invisible summer breeze lifting a feather that twists and floats magically for a time that can’t be counted. Raven dances around a blue glass bead and calls again.


Ravens (Photo credit: Sergey Yeliseev)

Dear BJ,

I remembered some ravens playing in a field that Sif and I watched while we were waiting for the ferry in Haines, Alaska.  One in particular had a blue glass bead that that it picked up and carried around then talked to.  Earlier that morning I was on the balcony of our hotel overlooking the sound and a feather floated past the balcony .  I was so mesmerized I couldn’t stop watching long enough to call Sif to watch.  I was working on the open prompt for Trifextra Week-Seventy Three and I started with hot air and got here.  Somehow I find them connected.

With Love,


Posted July 6, 2013 by Balvah in Trifecta

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Friday Night at The Why Not   13 comments


Dear BJ,

I present this account for Trifecta’s Week:Eighty Four writing challenge.  Just like the last challenge my first attempt wasn’t quite what I wanted.  For this one we had to use the third definition of the word CRUDE from the Merriam Webster’s on-line dictionary.  My first story didn’t fit that quite as well so I decided to have a beer with an old friend.  Submission follows the jukebox.

Yours Truly


P.S.  Here is the jukebox photo credit. 

P.P.S. Trifecta.



You could hear the music thumping from two blocks away and the red neon y of the bar’s sign was flickering in time to old reliable southern rock and roll.  I felt a great and familiar Friday night vibe in the club.  The work week was over, everyone’s pockets were lined with money and there was still hope.  Of course it was still early.   I told Jim, “Hey look  Jolene is behind the bar.”  Apparently everyone else wanted to look at Jolene in her florescent green tank top and cut of blue jean shorts, because there wasn’t an inch of space at the bar.

I started eyeing Jolene myself trying to catch her attention so we could get a drink.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw Jim pull out his money clip and ease towards the jukebox. Suddenly there was a silence in the bar as the juke box died.  I thought what in the hell is he doing. Suddenly the Starship’s,  “We Built this City on Rock and Roll”  caterwauled from the speakers and pierced my ear drums.  Jim looked over at me and gave me the old John Belushi eye brow wiggle and I chuckled to myself.

John Belushi

John Belushi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We tapped bottles and had a shot as the Starship song ranked #1 in “Run for Your Life! It’s the 50 Worst Songs Ever!” in Blender Magazine started playing again.  I looked over at Jim and said “Dude, your’e rude, crude and socially unacceptable.”    Laughingly he said “Yeah, you’re right and that’s why you drink with me.”

The third time “We Built this City” started playing we magically found a place at the bar and Jim even copped a bar stool.  He was chatting up a cute blond to his right when Chris, the owner showed up and said, “I know what you guys did and I swear if you ever pull that crap in here again I’ll kick you out.”  We both laughed and started singing the refrain along with the Starship.

Posted July 4, 2013 by Balvah in Trifecta

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Final Answer   18 comments


Initially there is faith, next there is faith, and finally there is faith.

What is the answer to life’s challenges, acceptance and serenity?  That is my final answer Alex.

Hi BJ,

I must admit that I was stymied with this week’s Trifextra: Week Seventy-Four  challenge.  So much so that I almost skipped it and didn’t attempt anything.

Take a look: This weekend we are asking you to play around with the following quote:

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
–Henry James

English: Henry James in 1897.

English: Henry James in 1897. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am quite blessed though, because the answer came to me as it usually does when I let go and walk on the beach.  I was almost to the Holiday Inn in Surfside when the Jeopardy theme song popped in my head.  The rest was playing around with the words a bit.  My only regret is that I couldn’t make it a daily double, however I can accept that.   Yes indeed a little bit of faith and a walk on the beach suit me just fine these days.

Yours Sincerely,


P.S.  Photo credit: Silver Enchantments

Posted June 29, 2013 by Balvah in Trifecta

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