Fandango with One Word Challenge: September 24, 2019, Debut

TrailIt was the morning of the debut of Nigel’s newest symphony. Rising from his bed, he felt energized, although he hadn’t slept a wink. He was simply too excited. Reviews of his last work, a magnificat entitled, “Holy Mary’s Praise for Our Lord,” had been universally panned by audiences and reviewers alike. It had been called everything from “facile” to “phrenetic.”

Such criticism had wounded Nigel to the core. It was unfair of them to attack his work with such gusto. Granted, there were some imperfections to the magnificat, but taken as a whole, Nigel felt is was perhaps his greatest work to date. Now he was back, only a year later. He couldn’t afford another failure. It would be the death knell of his career as a composer.

“I know!” he said to himself. “I’ll go for a ride before breakfast. That will calm my nerves.” He pulled the cord, and when his manservant, Henry, responded, Nigel gave him his instructions. “Bring Nelly around to the front. I’m going for a ride.”

Riding down the path at a steady clip, the smell of the autumn air was intoxicating to Nigel. Rotting leaves, mixed with a bit of honeysuckle, was a balm to his jangled nerves. He didn’t even notice the long black snake that startled Nelly, his horse. It reared and whinnied in fright, twisting her torso in the air in order to position her right hoof to the precise position to stamp out the poor creature.

Nigel was thrown from his saddle. The sound his neck made when his head made contact with a rock was similar to that of a walnut being cracked. He lost consciousness. The world went from a tapestry of colored leaves to a blank, dark slate.

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Devotion: September 24, 2019

Stained glass 3The Annunciation

 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 

And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:26-38

Judgement Day

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24:31

Granny Shot It BOTD & WWE Challenges: September 24, 2019

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Ragtag Daily Prompts: Error

Cemetary_edited-1When it was decided that Edna was finally dead, she was buried in error. Like a character from an Edgar Allen Poe story, when investigators disinterred her grave, her corpse was frozen in the act of clawing at the coffin lid. Her family sued the coroner and the funeral home and won a very large settlement, so there was no harm done.

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Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Challenge: Stone

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Three Line Tales Challenge: Week 190

tltweek190photo by Alina Fedorchenko via Unsplash

Horror Movie

When I heard the thud,

my blood turned into black mud.

Dare I climb the stairs?

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Granny Shot It BOTD Challenge: September 23, 2019

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Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge: September 24, 2019

FOTD 7This is a real flower. My neighbor was running a sprinkler over his garden and I decided to take a few photos. This is but one of several that I will be sharing with you over the course of the next few days. Below are a couple more.

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