Sunday Snapshot: Persistent Pattern

My late husband laid down this … what is it? … mud baffle in front of the porch. (Yeah, we live in the country, so we couldn’t decide whether to go with the smooth stone as a step or the more modern cement block, so we used one of each.)

ANYWAY, I loved that brick, but it gets icy in the winter and slick with algae in the summer, so Charlie put down a piece of ratty carpet for traction. It’s kinda sad, but time and treading have conspired to let the pattern show through.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Something beautiful is spoiled by caution.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Sunday Snapshot: Persistent Pattern

  1. Dan Antion

    December 13, 2020 at 12:10pm

    It’s always amazing what happens when form meets function.

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  2. joey

    December 19, 2020 at 10:28pm

    It’s pretty tho. Nothin a pressure washer wouldn’t shine up. We’ve got a hodge-podge of entry issues and I feel like that’s some real people stuff. Where the asphalt meets the wood meets the concrete, you’ll find real people, hm?

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      Marian Allen

      December 20, 2020 at 9:19am

      They don’t come much realer than German-Irish from Louisville’s West End. Like, one place we (Mom and I) lived, we needed a fence and gate to run between the neighbor’s fence and the back of our house, to close off our back yard. You know how expensive fencing is, not to mention gates? So we dragged an old door up from the basement, slapped hinges on one of the short ends, and BOOM! Big long gate that just fit between the neighbor’s fence and the house! If that ain’t real, what is?

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      • joey

        December 22, 2020 at 9:30pm

        That’s the real deal real, Marian. Mmhm.

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