Friday Fictioneer: Where The Arched Doorways Lead #amwriting #flashfiction #fiction 


Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting FF.

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Credit: Dale Rogerson

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The [girl] who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the [girl] who went out. [She] will be wiser but less sure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging [her] ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend” 

― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception

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“Where do those doors lead, the arches are beautiful. Is there groin-vaulting in between each arched doorway?” 

The tour guide stared at sixteen-year-old Tina who was a surprise student of art history. “If you wish to discover the architectural features of the building, you must find them exploring, it’s how things are done here,” he said. 

Tina watched as other students from her high school trip went exploring in pairs, while she ‘the know it all,’ was left on her own. 

She walked through the first arched doorway and turned to see the tour guide watching her enter, “What is the purpose of these long hallways of arches. Do they end?” 

The tour guide sighed, “Go see for yourself. Sometimes experience is the best kind of knowledge.” 

Tina began following a series of arched doorways. She was filled with both trepidation and a strong urge to succeed, finding the exit. 

At times she had to choose a direction to travel when four different archways presented themselves. She kept walking until she was frustrated, bored, and tired. Then Tina lay down, resting her head on her jacket to sleep. 

In the morning she was relieved to find the exit. Last night she had thought she would never find a way out of this maze. She felt like a changed person today. 

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©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved.

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Sunday Photo Fiction: Purple Haze


A storm of this magnitude was a rare occurrence when the weather wasn’t boiling hot. The temperatures had been mild at best.

Albert had felt the temperature slowly decrease outside his truck where he ate his favourite chocolate bar. He had become cold enough to throw on his thin jacket. Albert adjusted the rim of the Blue Jays hat, as the first drops of rain fell methodically on his nose. 

Then the storm had arisen with tyranny. The unbiased cruelty of Mother Nature had thrown everything she had into the storm as Albert ducked back into his truck for cover.

Golf-ball sized hail pounded down, denting Albert’s beloved white pickup truck. Then the rain crashed in torrents of harsh unending water from the sky. The wind was blowing, howling it’s rage and rocking Albert’s truck.

Albert turned on the radio to comfort himself. He could hear thunder in the distance rumbling closer.

 The sky was a harsh grey with a small purple glow as lightening sparked across it. One lightening crack was so terrifyingly loud, Albert jumped. 

The destructive path of the lightening with thunderheads, made Albert think he was adrift in purple haze when deep booms were followed by flashes of brilliant purple.

Then, the radio was suddenly, blaringly loud to Albert as the thunder and lightening passed. The rain continued in sheets.

Jimi Hendrix was singing “Purple Haze,” crooning in his legendary voice on the radio:”Yeah, Purple Haze all in my eyes, don’t know if it’s day or night . . .” 

Albert could relate to those lines as he waited through the mid-afternoon in his truck, for the purple haze left in the rainy sky to pass. 

(Although, Albert knew Hendrix sung of a different kind of “Purple Haze. “)

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A Mixed Bag

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Thank you to Alistair Forbes for hosting SPF
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Jimi Hendrix ” Purple Haze”

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©Mandibelle16.All Rights Reserved. 

Oh What a Rush to the Start


Prompt: Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Turn that line into the title of your post.

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Coldplay, “The Scientist.”

 (Please go onto my blog page to see this music video if you can’t see it here.)

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I was just guessing at numbers and figures, pulling the puzzles apart. Questions of science, science and progress, do not speak as loud as my heart. Tell me you love me, come back and haunt me, oh what a rush to the start. – “The Scientist.” Coldplay

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If you’ve watched the music video for the song “The Scientist,” by the band Coldplay, you understand in the music video you experience the story of the ‘the scientist’ (Chris Martin’s role) in reverse. Martin the lead singer of Coldplay plays the ‘the scientist’ in the music video and begins the music video lying on a random mattress outside of a residence and he moves backwards throughout the entire day.

We see ‘the scientist’ eventually return to a scene of an accident where his girlfriend was killed. She comes back to life and we are taken back to a point where she is taking off her jacket instead of putting it on, and doing up her seat belt, instead of taking it off. Hence, we know why the girlfriend crashes through the wind shield later — no seat belt.

 At the end of the music video, ‘the scientist’ and his girlfriend are a happy couple on a regular day driving. Martin sings, “I’ll take you back to the start,” at the end of each of the choruses and it’s because ‘the start,’ his time with his girlfriend before the car accident was wonderful.’The scientist’ merely wants to be with his girlfriend as before.

The second verse — the quote provided — always seemed Frankensteinish to me. The main character played by Martin alludes to himself being a scientist and is like the mad scientist in Frankenstein “guessing at numbers and figures” and “pulling the puzzles apart” trying to make time go back to a point where his girlfriend is still alive. But unlike a mad scientist, this scientist discovers “questions of science, science and progress, do no speak as loud as [his] heart.” 

‘The scientist’ Martin plays, feels his love for his girlfriend and his desire to see his girlfriend is beyond the answers all scientific progress can provide him. He wants for science to help him, to make his girlfriend alive, but science doesn’t have that capability. He wants to hear is his girlfriend “tell [him she] love[s him].” ‘The scientist’ wants memories of his girlfriend to “come back and haunt him.” He wants everything to go back to the way they were before the car accident — at the beginning. It’s why he sings, “oh what a rush to the start,” at the end of this verse.

In his mind ‘the scientist’ wants the past back. He can’t have it back because that’s not how science or reality works. You can’t go back to the past except through your memories. You can only live the present and look forward to the future. Coldplay’s song “The Scientist,” speaks of  ‘the scientist’s wish for his memories to be real again, to be the present, to go “back to the start” and be with his beloved. For me, “The Scientist” is a distressing song and has always touched my heart. It makes me sad thinking about ‘the scientist’s’ predicament.

What if you could return to the past and change something, would you, if science provided you with the capability? I think if nothing else, this song tells me that the whole concept of love and emotion is not scientific or not only. There is something about love and our desire to be with our loved ones, which goes beyond science and is a matter of the heart: “The heart has reasons which reason cannot understand,” as the saying goes. Listening to this song tells me even though people believe we as a society are advanced in science, we are not as advanced as we would like to believe. There are emotions and feelings science will never truly be able to explain.

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©Mandibelle16. All Rights Reserved.

Fall/Winter Wardrobe 2015/2016


I have chosen a bunch of pieces from some of the clothing stores I regularly shop at that I view as key wardrobe pieces for the rest of fall and winter. I hope you enjoy them and find that they build a great variety of clothes you can pull out from your closet and wear with anything.

  1.   I love Banana Republic, especially shopping online. They always have sales anywhere from 25% to 50% off depending on the time of year. I find that their clothes fit well and are made nicely. They don’t shrink or fade easily after being washed. You can go to Banana Republic at your local mall or you can visit: http://www.bananarepublic.ca or http://www.bananarepublic.com.
    www.bananarepublic.ca A great gray peacoat, goes perfectly with all your clothes, and keeps you warm!
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A great gray pea coat, goes perfectly with all your clothes, and keeps you warm!
    www.bananarepublic.ca The best fitting black pant at a fashionable ankle length.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    The best fitting black pant at a fashionable ankle length.
    www.bananarepublic.ca The modern take on a blazer, throw this over your dress pants and blouse instead! Or wear it with jeans and a cozy shirt on the weekend!
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    The modern take on a blazer, throw this over your dress pants and blouse instead! Or wear it with jeans and a cozy shirt on the weekend!
    www.bananarepublic.ca A sleeveless silk blouse in the color of wine goes from work to after hours.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A sleeveless silk blouse in the color of wine goes from work to after hours.
    www.bananarepublic.ca A bright cashmere blend sweater in a lovely pink, is bright and cheery.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A bright cashmere blend sweater in a lovely pink, is bright and cheery.
    www.bananarepublic.ca Or choose a nice lacey black blouse to keep things all  black but tasteful.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    Or choose a nice lacy black blouse to keep things all black but tasteful.
    www.bananarepublic.ca A fancy skirt could become casual, depends on what you wear it with. Maybe some opaque tights and a cute sweater.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A fancy skirt could become casual, depends on what you wear it with. Maybe some opaque tights and a cute sweater.

    www.bananarepublic.ca This stunning little black dress with a flirty hem is good for the evening or with a blazer at the office.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    This stunning little black dress with a flirty hem is good for the evening or with a blazer at the office.

Another favorite store of mind, that you can find some more interesting and less basic pieces is Anthropologie. They always have interesting, colorful, and fun clothing. About once a month they will have 15% to 20% and/or will have free shipping. You can also visit Anthropologie at your local mall or http://www.anthropologie.com.

www.anthropologie.com Everyone needs a reboot for jeans. The best ones are dark washed and can be worn anytime.
http://www.anthropologie.com
Everyone needs a reboot for jeans. The best ones are dark washed and can be worn anytime.
www.anthropologie.com A fitted peplum is divine, especially in navy. Where it work or out.
http://www.anthropologie.com
A fitted peplum is divine, especially in navy. Where it work or out.
www.anthropologie.com Another nice long sweater in beautiful light blue, keeps things bright and cozy.
http://www.anthropologie.com
Another nice long sweater in beautiful light blue, keeps things bright and cozy.
www.anthroplogie.com A sweater dress is always comfortable and looks wonderful on most anybody, in a color that is really in teal green.
http://www.anthroplogie.com
A sweater dress is always comfortable and looks wonderful on most anybody, in a color that is really in teal green.
www.anthropologie.com Just to get a little funky a skirt that is calf length with pink polka dots. Dress it down or up, but this skirt is sure to give a pop of playful.
http://www.anthropologie.com
Just to get a little funky a skirt that is calf length with pink polka dots. Dress it down or up, but this skirt is sure to give a pop of playful.
www.eberjey.com I snuck these warm pj's in from my favorite pj place eberjey, often anthropologie will carry some of their line, but they are so cute!
http://www.eberjey.com
I snuck these warm pj’s in from my favorite pj place eberjey, often anthropologie will carry some of their line, and they are so cute!

The last place I have chosen to show you goods from is a local company to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Poppy Barley custom make boots and shoes and ship all over the world. They are one of the first companies to make boots for people with wide or narrow calves or other shoe issues. Their foot wear is an investment, but worth the price for custom boots (for example) that will last a long time. You can visit them down at Whyte Ave in Edmonton, AB Canada or at http://www.poppybarely.com.

www.poppybarley.com A great pair of flat boots is a must, these are lovely in gray, but they're all sold out. Try them in another colour perhaps, merlot!
http://www.poppybarley.com
A great pair of flat boots is a must, these are lovely in gray, but they’re all sold out. Try them in another colour perhaps, Merlot!
www.poppybarley.com The perfect little bootie and it's lace up. Goes nice with skirts or pants alike.
http://www.poppybarley.com
The perfect little bootie and it’s lace up. Goes nice with skirts or pants alike.
www.poppybarley.com Every women needs that sexy pair of black boots. These ones are great half leather/half suede. The heel height is perfect and a little thicker for stability.
http://www.poppybarley.com
Every woman needs that sexy pair of black boots. These are great half leather/half suede. The heel height is perfect and a little thicker for stability.
www.poppybarley.com Something in Merlot, another bootie, this one a little bit more for the weekend or casual Friday.
http://www.poppybarley.com
Something in Merlot, another bootie, this one a little bit more for the weekend or casual Friday.
www.poppybarley.com A nice and funky flat shoe that covers your foot but looks great with most anything; especially due to the hint of snake skin.
http://www.poppybarley.com
A nice and funky flat shoe that covers your foot but looks great with most anything; especially due to the hint of snake-skin.

So, what do you think of my fashion picks? What are your favourite pieces? And what am I missing? Thanks and have a Happy Halloween!

Fall/Winter Fashion Loves


I am a fashion junky and if I had the money I would probably be shopping a lot more than I do. Then again, all the clothes piled in my closet and dressers sometimes don’t seem all that wearable. Maybe it’s because they are all sitting there in my bedroom in a pile ( a big dark pile because winter clothes are dark). And maybe it’s because clothes just seem so bright, shiny, and new in stores and so old, used, and worn at home. But you know what? Clothes in your closet and dressers can seem lovely again too. One way to do this is to truly only pick pieces you love each season. Don’t go overboard when you go shopping because you can only wear so many clothes anyways. And if you want something that is just a fad, don’t spend a lot of money on it. Wait until it goes on sale mid-fall or at Christmas, and then buy your desired fad clothing. But there are some classic pieces of clothing you can spend more money on each season.

In this article, I intend to show you some of the things I believe are classic this season. These are clothing  that you can keep in your wardrobe to wear again somewhere down the line, next year or the year after that. You should be able to find these items in every price point. All it takes is a keen eye and actually spending the time looking for quality items of clothing in classic shapes .

Classy Half Leather or Pleather Leggings

www.modcloth.com $59.99
http://www.modcloth.com $59.99

Yes, leggings are still in and as comfy as they are, let as remember that they are not pants.  Leggings are more like tights and your rear end needs to be at least partly covered when wearing them, especially if you tend to be a little more curvy such as I. Leather leggings can be found simply in leather or pleather but a smarter buy is to get a thicker pant type legging with pleather or leather on the front. That way your legs can still breath in your leggings too and do not stay sweaty all day. You maybe able to pair your pleather pants/leggings with a shorter top depending on how thick the material of your leggings are but your safest best is always going with a tunic, a longer shirt, or at the very least a structured jacket so your leggings do not look so casual.

A Real Leather Jacket

If you are going to get one of the hot biker cropped leather jackets that are in now, go for the classic choice

www.danier.com $299.00
http://www.danier.com
$299.00

and get the real deal. In fact, you will find that the pleather jacket will almost cost you as much as the real leather jacket. Just keep your eye open and look for something on sale if you don’t have the cash on hand. Choose something that is more of a classic cut that is made out of good quality leather. It can be cropped but you might want to get a jacket that has a good body hugging shape to it and that can be worn for multiple seasons. So a jacket without studs and all those little things that make something more of a fad and less of a piece you want to keep around a long time is a must. If you can’t afford leather, there are also some great cropped jackets around in army green, shiny black, quilted grey, and other options if you don’t want to go with the leather jacket. Why pleather leggings and a leather jacket? Well you’ll probably have the jacket longer than the leggings and the leather leggings also seem to be a bit more pricey then the jackets, some I’ve seen around $700. Choose where you’ll spend your money wisely!

www.anthropologie.com $168.00
http://www.anthropologie.com
$168.00

A Classy Black Dress
Practically, every fashionista is going to tell you to pick a black cocktail dress to put in your wardrobe. Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores for fancy dresses but I think that choosing one of their more simply cut dresses has some advantages. I love this dress that has a floaty fitted shirt that is peplum and an attached skirt because it’s classy. But the flirty top takes it up a notch yet it is simple enough to leave plane for an event or dress up at different levels with sweet jewelry such as pearls, chunky bracelets, slim black boots (or even red) or sexy heels. A little black dress, or a few black dresses are also great to wear for an evening event or to work to look polished and put together.

www.thebay.ca
http://www.thebay.ca $125.00

Heels with a Cuff
Every girl loves her heels and guess what ladies there all coming on sale this Christmas season and Black Friday. Pumps are great because they go with everything and you can buy them in any color. It is always interesting to me to see the little changes basic pumps go through each fashion season. Sometimes they have a little chunkier heel, sometimes the heel is a little cute kitten heel, and sometimes it’s va-vavoom red heels that make your legs look crazy long and are hard to walk in. This season I’m obsessed with pumps with a cuff. Some of these cuffs are more like thin little straps but the best one’s are thicker such as these cute NineWest heels in black and fashionable nude. Why not get a pair in both?

www.bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca $85.00
http://www.bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca
$85.00

1 or 2 Well Made Sweaters Here’s what I’ve learned after buying season after season of crappy sweaters that fade and look awful by the end of January: spend your money on sweaters made of natural fibers with some stretch and good natural fiber blends such as silk, cotton, and wool. Why should you do this? Because natural fibers breath and hold in heat better and they are also cozier. Not to mention that these sweaters will last you all season if not longer, maybe 2 seasons. One of my favorite stores to buy sweaters and cardigans at is Banana Republic because a great number of the materials they are made out of are natural fibers. The color holds better and I have had these sweaters to layer and keep me warm 2 to 3 years. Every year I add 1 or 2 in the latest style or color but I can pull out an old one too and it looks almost just as great as it did when I bought the sweater originally. Even though that sweater may cost me $85 to begin with its better than those acrylic and nylon sweaters that are equally expensive or less expensive and wear out easily. I just got a couple of Banana Republic sweaters today and am pleased to say I even got them sale as Banana Republic often has 25% to 40% off sales on certain items at different times.

So those are my classy fashion picks for the winter. Some of them such as the black dress and silk, cotton, or wool sweaters are seemingly simple things to think of to buy but all my picks are classic and I guarantee won’t end up in that pile of clothes on your chair or floor but will see you through until you can add your classy spring pieces to brighten up your dark winter wardrobe.

What are some of your favorite classic picks for winter? What pieces have you bought in earlier seasons that have lasted you through more than one winter season?