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Lively London

by cheri We had it easy last week, settling into a comfortable seat, sipping a glass of rose wine, while experiencing the Eurostar train descend from daylight into  darkness. We had left Fraaaance and had come to conquer London—seat of … Continue reading

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Queen Joan of Ours

  by cheri block This Morning is quiet on the Rancho. Oddly, the turkeys and their racket are absent. A light wind flutters the oak leaves, so laden with acorns. My dear sycamores rustle; the creek dribbles with sympathy. Light … Continue reading

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Queen Joan

by cheri block One of the inherent problems with writing is that it [meaning all that has been written about] has all been said before. Sure. What writers must remember is that each of us puts our own signature on … Continue reading

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From the mouths of old babes

by cheri block Took my mother Joan to her monthly infusion at the local hospital this morning. There, sitting with a drip line in her tiny arm and a Glamour Magazine in her crooked fingers, she said, How did I … Continue reading

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Queen Joan and the Cobalt Blue Mirror (8)

by cheri block Queen Joan, too, was readying herself to move, one last time. She adjusted her crown, tipping it back a bit for balance and appointment. She valued balance since her body had lost it 15 years ago in … Continue reading

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Alonzo’s Mirror (7)

by cheri block Alonzo saw, in his mirror, a young virile dragon with bright golden eyes, orbs surrounded by firm blue skin and symmetrical scales.  Not a blemish on his nose, not a scar on his cheek, not a bag … Continue reading

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Alonzo’s Morning Shower (6)

by cheri block Alonzo stepped into his shower, turning the water temperature to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and letting the waterfall cool his overheated scales. “Come on Baby, light my fire,” he sang, thumping and splashing to the beat of his … Continue reading

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The Queen is Moving In Today (5)

by cheri block Move-In day for Joan arrived as scheduled. My, how time has moved along itself, I thought, still in the sack, trying to recharge my battery for the big day ahead. Why, just a little while ago, a  … Continue reading

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A-L-O-N-Z-O was his Name-O (4)

by cheri block Oh, she sailed a-way, on a bright and sunny day, On the back of a croc-o-di-le, (clap four times) “You see,” said she, “He’s as tame as tame can be, I’ll ride him down the Ni-le,” But … Continue reading

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A Visit with the King (3)

by cheri block King Beowulf, the Geat military hero of yore—killer of the monster Grendel, killer of Grendel’s crazed mother, and (gulp) killer of a fiery dragon who protected a wealthy hoard—summoned Alonzo to his mead-hall, an impressive office and … Continue reading

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