First Five Fragments for Friday

Your weekly offering of writing/journal/art prompts.

1. One of my amusements, when driving to the high school to drop off a bag of sabers this week, was noticing the attire of students walking home. My favorite was the boy wearing athletic shorts (as in bare legs), sweatshirt, and huge leather mittens. December in Minnesota.

2. Squirrels and dogs have completely different understanding of windows and whether one can leap through them.

3. Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or something else? Bonus points if you know why I put these holidays in that order.



If you’re still stuck back on #1, wondering if the sabers are for the general student population or if faculty is now going to decapitate failing students, then you’ve got a short story on your hands and why are you still staring at this screen?

Happy Friday.


  1. #3: Chronological order? I would like eludidation on this one. It seems that the holiday cluster at this time of year is intense, and probably first started with Solstice celebrations back in the day. And I still observe both the Solstices and the Equinoxes as significant points in my calendar.


  2. Shorts, sweatshirts and gloves are known as “Wyoming Normal”. Nobody puts a winter coat on until it gets to 0 degrees out.

    My dogs react when you say “Squirrel!” The squirrels don't react when you say Dog!, other than a flick of the tail. 🙂


  3. Maybe “Northland Normal” should be a thing! Lots of people here keep their shorts on above zero, too. Still amuses me.

    We have this enormous squirrel who's been sitting on our deck, taunting Ruby every chance he gets. My patio door is full of dog slobber.


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