April 9, 2015

The Shoe Shine Man

The mystery of the shoe shine man under the main street bridge had the townsfolk in an uproar. Often when one would drive by, they would see the shoe shine man carefully shining a customer's shoes, chatting away and smiling as he did so. Was he explaining the process similar to the How to shine shoes - The Hanger Project they'd seen on the internet, or was it just casual conversation to pass the time
as he did his job? And who was this mystery man for the townsfolk had never seen him before. And what right did he have to shine their people's shoes and tell them how to get that perfect shine, they often wondered. What right indeed, for many could just as easily head to the local discount dollar store and shine their own shoes for a mere two dollars. Yet the shoe shining man charged a measly five cents, while he dressed in old-timer clothing smiling at his customers and chatting away as if it were okay to do so. How dare he present himself in such a manner when the townsfolk made an effort to keep their town beautiful!

Finally fed up with his shoe shining business, some of the townsfolk decided to pay the man a visit and give him a piece of their mind. Upon arrival, they noticed a customer happily paying the man as if it was the greatest thing in the world. The mob of townsfolk in an even angrier uproar over the little scene before them, stopped the customer to give him a piece of their mind as well.

 "How dare you stop to encourage that old man and his business." Said the mayor. "We are a community that takes pride in our town! Just look at him! His clothes are old and he's started a business under our bridge!" 

 "Yes, he needs to go!" The sheriff chimed in. "Let him take his business elsewhere! He is not wanted here!" The townspeople nodded in agreement ready to backup their leaders to keep their precious town beautiful!

A single tear drop fell from the customer's cheek as he responded to their unkind words, " Forgive me." He said, then turned to the old man who no longer smiled and said, "This is my father, Roger Elendgere. He has Alzheimer's. Every day he sets up his business here because this is where he shined shoes for many years. It's the only thing he remembers every morning. -His love for shoes. And every day I watch and wait for him to set things up, then I come to get my shoes shined." The townspeople ashamed of themselves began to nod at the son's story. "We talk and by the end of my shine, my father remembers the life he lived once again." The son continued.

Again, the townspeople nodded  at the son's story, too ashamed to speak. Finally, a young man stepped forward from the crowd and handed the old man a nickel. "I'd like my shoes shined please." He said with a smile. One by one the people began to form a line, awaiting their turn to give the shoe shine man a nickel and a warm welcome to their beloved town for they had learned their lesson that day, never to judge a soul new or old in their town again.

March 30, 2015

The Short and the Short - The Superman Lois Lane Letters

Dear Superman, 

Work has slowed a little again. To be honest, I think I'm in a rut. I just don't feel like myself. Ive been depressed lately (no work?) and no signs of any change. 

On a somewhat positive note, my novel is coming a long nicely, although I did learn with the contest I entered, the faster the novel is submitted to them, the more people can vote? Hmmm. This seemed new news to me, as I had thought the website would be the judges only. So I guess that June deadline is when they'll be choosing the most votes winner. Ehh well, it might at the very least be ready for nano this year. 

Hmmm, Superman drive? HA! Why drive when you can fly? ;-) So what's shaking in your neck of the woods? Anything new? How is Wonder Woman? 


Joy Smith also known as The Insane Writer, is the author of the Sci-Fi novel, The Generation. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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March 23, 2015

The Truth Behind Fancy Feast's Broths - A Crime of the Heart

Let's get familiar really fast with Fancy Feast's new broths if you haven't done so already, shall we? See that photo to the left, I received a sample to try about a few weeks ago.

As you know, I'm crazy about samples of products I know and I'm willing to try, but Fancy Feast is not promoting this post in any way or form. This post is just my way of sharing with my readers, products worth trying.
 So inside of the broth package contained a sample of their classic chicken broth as you see in the photo to the right of you.  Once opened, it looks and smells amazing for a cat food. It was served up on a plate,  and came out to be a 1/2 size smaller than the normal cat food paste normally bought as you can see in the photo below on the left.

The victim, err I mean customer, the cat aka "Cassie", sampled the broth first as you can see in the photo on the right.

Then. she decided to get right down to point of business and try out the main source of goodies and sampled the rest.  But I should probably mention for the most part, the broth was the best part of this kitty meal in her opinion.

Finally, after about 5 minutes of chowing down on the fancy feast broth's sample, Cassie had licked the plate clean as you can see in the below on the bottom right.

The Results: She preferred Fancy Feast Broths over recent  tastes of IAMS and Friskies canned cat food.

The Real Question: Is it really worth buying for your cat?

Yes. If your cat won't mind a half less serving of their regular canned cat food and you can afford the price, then yes. By the way, retail at our local area carries it for around $1.25 per package. If you can find it for less, it's worth the splurge.

Joy Smith also known as The Insane Writer, is the author of the Sci-Fi novel, The Generation. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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