100 WORDS

Black and white photo looking down the middle of a subway car with people’s legs on either side.
Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

He’s looking at me.
He’s not looking at me.
He’s looking past me.
No, at me. Definitely at me.
Is there something on my shirt?
Why’d I wear this shirt today?
What if it’s on my face?
I bet it’s ketchup.
Did I even eat anything with ketchup today?
Did I even eat today?
I should make lasagna when I…

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Old wooden boat with peeling paint on a grassy hill overlooking a bay on a sunny day.
Photo by the author in Red Bay, Labrador. I didn’t take as many pictures as…

A few places exist where pictures are not actually worth a thousand words, because those words aren’t adequate. Places so vast, so awe-inspiring and beautiful and daunting, and I don’t even know what else to say. These places recharge our souls and encourage our passions. They remind us that there…

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50 WORDS

photo by the author

Sometimes I sit staring at the half-finished document in front of me and wonder what’s the point. No one’s even reading what I create.

But then I put on a favorite album I’ve listened to for nearly thirty years, by an obscure, long-extinct band, and I keep writing.

Remember Naked…

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100 WORDS

Thrifty Words 100 Challenge #73: Enough

Sign reading “We won’t be silent anymore.”
Sign from this week’s Poor People’s Campaign Moral March on DC, image taken by author.

I used to define myself as a Kantian deontologist.

But what happens when everyone else breaks the rules?

What happens when being the prodigal son gets more clicks than keeping your head down, following the rules and quietly doing what needs to be done?

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100 WORDS

The author’s chickens. From left to right: Vulcan, Magnus, Alpharius, Frasquita, and Mercedes.

My whole block is invested in my homesteading attempts.

The neighbor across the street marvels at how much I grow. I offer to help her till a garden. “No. I had one, once. I’m too lazy now.”

The kids next door love petting my chickens.

The psychotic guy across the…

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Young tiger-striped cat looking surprised while lying on a tile floor next to a dead cockroach.
image by GooseB on Pixabay

New teacher me: “Please don’t eat in the classroom.”

Seasoned veteran teacher me: “If you eat in here, you’ll get crumbs on the floor. The janitors don’t sweep every night, and we’ll get bugs. You put your bags on the floor, and the bugs will crawl in. When you take…

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Small house made of matchsticks partially consumed by flames, on a white to aqua gradient background.
Image by Myriams-Fotos on Pixabay

One night I looked out my window at a neighbor’s bonfire only to realize it was on their roof. (Nothing, short of police raids, brings neighbors together like watching a house burn.)

My backyard’s too small for my ambitions; there’s only so much room for fruit trees and zucchinis and…

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E.D. Martin

Writer with a knack for finding new jobs in new places, telling the “what if” stories of those around her. She/her. Read more at http://www.edmartinwriter.com