Wednesday, November 21, 2012

injaynesworld a "Thanksgiving Memory..."

It was 1961.  Four generations gathered in the San Francisco home of my cousin Barbara, her husband, and two young daughters to celebrate the holiday:  Aunts and great-aunts; grandmothers and great-grandmothers; first, second and third cousins, they were my family.  I was an only child, and happy to be part of such a big, lively tribe for the day.   The dining table extended into the living room and, in the old black-and-white movies taken at the time, my loved ones wave to me as they feasted on traditional holiday fare, forever preserved on celluloid and in my heart.

Gratitude is all attitude, as expressed beautifully in this wonderful short film.  Enjoy...

Wishing you all a Thanksgiving that is bountiful in every way. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

injaynesworld we've "Gone Fishing..."

Actually, I prefer that someone else do the killing, cleaning, and cooking, but I couldn’t resist this latest flash fiction challenge from Business Card Fiction, a new website featuring two monthly prompts, which must be written in the format of the back of a business card.  Best of all, there are prizes involved!  

The official tournament starts on December 1st, but right now we’re in practice mode, so from the prompt “fish” here is my first attempt at Business Card Fiction.  

That’s all there is to it.  Go check out the website for all the details and come play with us.

Thank you Business Card Fiction judges for choosing my piece as a BCF Favorite and awarding me this nifty badge of merit.  I do love shiny things.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

injaynesworld it's the "Friday Recap..."

I suppose it was selfish of me to hope that with the election over we could all slide into a period of well-earned calm and enjoy the approaching holiday season with only stories of PETA turkey protests and the occasional drunken Santa to mar our peace. 


What would the 24-hour news cycle do if powerful white guys ever started keeping their pants zipped?   There’s a whole industry of people who could be thrown out of work without the dependability of a good sex scandal at least once a year.   Hard to believe it’s been over a year since Weiner-gate, isn’t it?  

The players…
The General

The Wife
The Babe
The Other General

Creepy FBI Dude
The Other Babe
And as long as we’re speaking of a woman scored, remember Mother Nature?  The gal who let loose with some major whup-ass on the east coast?   

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Sadly, Sandy seems to have already taken a back seat to our insatiable appetite for shiny new objects. 


Meanwhile, John McCain…

… is vowing to block the appointment of Oxford educated-Rhodes Scholar U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for the job of Secretary of State, accusing the ambassador of lying about the Benghazi attack…

On Wednesday, McCain skipped out on an intelligence briefing on the details of the Benghazi investigation to instead hold a press conference – to blast the administration about the lack of intelligence briefings on the details of the Benghazi investigation.  

Get the net.


Mitt Romney finally figured out why he lost the election…

Eager to share his insights with donors on a conference call – and apparently still unaware of the invention of recording devices – Romney whined that it wasn’t his fault.  President Obama gave “gifts” to all his voting constituencies and that’s the only reason he won.

Yes.  If only his billionaire donors had possessed the foresight to send us all new cars, Romney could have sewn this thing up.

To their credit, every Republican politician who hopes to run for any office ever again stated emphatically that Romney’s comments only served to dig the party further into the shit-hole of irrelevance and suggesting…


Toodaloo Twinkies…

Hostess announced that after years of losing market share in the junk food industry the company is closing its doors, but not before blaming those big, bad unions for its financial woes.  It would seem, however, that there is plenty of blame to go around.

The company, which first filed bankruptcy in 2004, has been controlled by a group of Wall Street “restructuring” investment firms for the past eight years that, while squeezing concessions from workers, rewarded its CEOs, who had no bakery or food industry experience whatsoever, with fat compensation. 

Twinkies could be back though if another company buys the brand during the sell-off of the company’s assets. 

Personally, I will miss the Hostess Lemon fruit pie.  Yum.   

What’s your guilty Hostess pleasure?


 And finally, “Dump the Donald…?

Macy’s is standing by Donald Trump despite an online petition that has amassed over 600,000 signatures asking the company to dump Donald’s line of men’s clothing due to his "especially unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior" such as "personally attacking women" he disagrees with, denying climate change, continuing the "birther" conspiracy against President Obama.

I disagree.  We have freedom of expression in this country that protects even douchebags.  If you don’t want his product line to succeed, don’t buy it. 

On the other hand, I completely agree with Chelsea Handler’s take on the issue…

Well, that was fun.   


Friday, November 9, 2012

injaynesworld "Tell Me A Story..."

The line extended as far as the eye could see, each of us hoping that today we would be among the lucky ones chosen to be part of some writer’s story.  

I’ve led many lives; a pregnant teenager, the father of a murdered son – that was a tough one – a prison inmate, even a horse near death from neglect, so I’m hoping for a bit of romance this next time.  

You’d think with so many writers in the world that there would be a shortage of characters, but the truth is we are in infinite supply, our variation limited only by the dreams and discipline of those who would seek us out. 

They do so like to believe they’ve created us.  Little do they know we’ve been here all the time – just waiting. 

From the FiveSentence Fiction prompt “character.”

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