Friday Fictioneers – Our Daily Bread

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Fabulous Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.


Image © Kelvin M. Knight. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Kelvin Knight’s permission.

Our Daily Bread

They have work to do but every few minutes one of them comes to the kitchen and looks through the oven window. Watching the bread rise and bake has a meditative, relaxing quality. But, there’s work to do.

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Happy 25th anniversary, Hubble! And: Share Your World Week 16

Happy anniversary, Hubble telescope! After a wobbly beginning, it has given us a multitude of wonderful and wondrous images from our universe. Visit Hubble’s website, lose yourself in the images and the wonders and mysteries of our universe, and join the celebration. The NYT has a nice, informative article about Hubble’s history, too.

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Writerly Wednesday: The Stranger

All hail to the Friday Fictioneers and Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, who keep me writing with their weekly photo prompts. Please read the other stories here: 

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MOOCy Monday: Imagining Other Earths on coursera

Warning: What you are about to read may sound like the newest infatuation of a teenage girl.

otherearths-logoIn a sense, that’s what I feel like whenever I find something as exciting as the course ‘Imagining Other Earths’ on coursera. And that’s why I have to talk about it. It’s the best course evah 11tyoneone!!!

Seriously, all the MOOCs I’ve seen so far, on different platforms with different themes, were carefully designed, interesting, educational, and mostly well presented. But there are some that are outstanding in the good crowd. Imagining Other Earths is one of them.

Can you imagine being confronted with topics and themes that always seemed somewhat dry when you learned or read about them? Watching long and complicated mathematical formulae certainly isn’t exciting for people who aren’t mathematicians, physicists or astronomists, right? Wrong!. Professor David Spergel from Princeton understands to present these themes in a way that make every new bit of information interesting and captivating. Watching how he ‘plugs in’ data into formulae and determines distances, the power of impact and the speed of objects all of a sudden makes you want to  brush up on your algebra and follow the calculations. These, certainly, are the attributes of an excellent teacher.

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And So I Lied… An Ode to Orion.

Ahem. Sorry. This is not yet the guest post about writing. This will come tomorrow (I think). This is about the Orion program. I’m too excited about this, I just have to add my 0.02€. Today, On Friday, the first test flight will be launched. Yay!

Orion model, copyright NASA

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Blogging 101: Love Your Theme

cropped-fancy33.jpgToday’s assignment: try out at least three other themes — even if you’re happy with the one you first chose. Try one you’re drawn to, and one you would never use. (From Blogging 101)

Again, I have to skip, because I did that when I started this blog. I love trying out themes and playing around with the options the different layouts offer. I played with the themes again when I did the branding exercise for Creativity, Innovation and Change. And so, today, I shall chat about why I chose the theme I use, and what will take up much of my time over the next few weeks. Because something happened which may be insignificant to you, but is very uplifting and encouraging to me.

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Europe’s Last ATV Docks to Zvezda After Two Week Trek | NASA

I always dreamed of going into Space one day. That’s why I’m usually walk backward, head turned backwards as much as possible and try not to stumble while I screen the sky for the ISS when it is visible in my region. Last weekend I was lucky and saw them both. The ISS as bright and steady moving dot and a bit behind it and much less bright the ATV.

Europe’s Last ATV Docks to Zvezda After Two Week Trek | NASA.