Phone Friends

A story based on the prompt: Fandango’s Provocative Question #181-

How are you doing? Seriously, are you okay? Feeling good? Just okay? Not so great? Why do you think you’re feeling the way you are?

Photographer Unknown

How am I today?

I think I am a little happier then I was the day before yesterday

and a lot less happy then I was this morning.

Thank you for asking.

How I am doing today?

I guess I’m okay, today I got a letter from a friend

I haven’t heard from in ages, it was a real letter handwritten in Ink

I know weird right?


Things are okay

I was going to grow an herb garden on my deck

but I put it off till next year

because I can’t imagine watching things grow,

sad to say all I see from my windows  are things doing the exact opposite of growing.


I’m glad you called, everyone has moved on or moved away- the Covid Migration, you


 So I was feeling a little worn out and tired

but at least there are fun movies on tv to watch

and I have some new books to read and I have to decide- Victoria or New Orleans next



What was that?

It’s me- wait what?

Oh. Yeah. I see. Wrong number. You were trying to call who?

Oh yeah. I know her too. She’s nice. Tell her I sai-

No really.That’s okay. It was nice to hear from you. Have a go-

Hello? Are you there?

Were you there?




Sun Kisses


How romantic, I thought on the day I saw the Sun reach down and touch the face of Anubis in Pioneer Square.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

The soft rays must have felt warm and gentle as they fell upon the giant statue’s cold and stoic face.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

It was a sweet notion I have kept and think of when I look up into the sky

and I thought it was even a loving gesture until I saw what a solar filament looks like

as it snakes its way around the Sun and now I think I that my notions may have been a little silly.

It’s goes without saying that if the Sun tries to kiss you, love and affection isn’t part of

the the gesture.

Photo: NASA-
Epic Filament Eruption from the Sun

20,000 Miles Into Saturn and Other Scary Science Treats

Francisco Goya
Saturn Devouring His Son

If you created a super space suit and you could dive into Saturn, would you?

I would.

Just a warning, if you managed to make it to the core- that may or may not exist-

you’ll die there. Eventually Saturn will squash you like a bug.


The Mutilation of Uranus by Saturn: fresco by Giorgio Vasari and Cristofano Gherardi, c. 1560 (Sala di Cosimo I, Palazzo Vecchio)

This is what Uranus sounds like.

Don’t laugh, it’s science.

One of the many Mayan stucco masks uncovered at the newly discovered temple. It shows the Maya sun god as a shark-man. Photo Edwin Román, Brown University

The Sun screams, call it sound or call it pressure waves

it’s all the same when there are  days to Halloween 56 days to Halloween