First Five Fragments for Friday

Your weekly offering of writing/art/journal prompts:

1. Last night’s alternative view of rush hour: November sunset sky, rich with pink and grey, over the Minneapolis skyline where lights were just coming on, and a silhouetted flock of hundreds of birds in a cloud that swooped over the freeway as if they knew we’d all forgotten how to be joyful in our movement.

2. This morning, there are huge black crows perched at command posts around our back yard, cawing their orders to each other with dark precision.

3. While I’m thinking of winged things, it occurs to me I don’t like Christmas angels and why aren’t there Christmas tacos? Or are there and I’ve missed it? See what happens where there’s no filter on these prompts early in the morning?

4. I need to wake up somewhere else soon so that my vision gets shaken up a bit. Must be time for a road trip.

5. What traditional holiday decorations do you refuse to put up at your house/apartment/wherever you live?

Happy nearly-snowless-end-of-November here in Minnesota. Go play.


  1. Okay, now I'm curious, why don't you like Christmas angels? And tacos are already sort of christmasy, red tomatoes, green lettuce…

    I refuse to put up Christmas lights, because my neighbors have enough lights on their house to land an airplane, and this year they made them go 'disco'. Every evening I fear I'll have a seizure just from looking out my front window at their house…


  2. I refuse to put up anything with snow on it. Christmas is in the hottest part of the year and I am sooooo jealous of those of you who have cooler temperatures with even the possibility of snow.
    I bought my great nephews (I was never a good aunt and now I am a great aunt) a book about a red-nosed wombat. Much more seasonally appropriate here – and a wonderful book too.


  3. We have very few outdoor holiday lights, just a few on the front step to greet people on their way in. I'm not sure why I don't care for Christmas angels – perhaps I'm convinced they're going to smite me, heathen that I am!
    So, holiday shopping with Abby today, we had tacos, of course.


  4. Tacos are good holiday shopping fuel. 🙂 I stuck a wreath on the front door, that's as far as I'm going for Christmas. The neighbor's lights continue to look like someone stuck their finger in a light socket…


  5. Can't say I've ever heard of a Christmas taco before … I am just getting used to the idea of a Christmas pickle.
    (Words about Christmas pickles are on Wikipedia – so it must be true.)



  6. I love your second fragment. You always describe things with such precision.

    I'm having a lot of thoughts about Christmas tree decorations this morning. Just as you're not a fan of Christmas angels, I'm not a fan of snowmen, at least decorative ones. Not sure why.

    Enjoy your Sunday!


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