First Five Fragments for Friday

Your weekly offering of writing/art prompts.
1. Some days, all it takes is cheesy mashed potatoes* to make things right in the world.
2. Sometimes I carry stones around because they feel exquisite between my fingers.
3. What book’s plot would you like to swipe for your very own?
4. Choose a symbol for yourself. Explain/expand.
5. What do you do when you cannot sit still?
Happy Friday. Go cook something.
*And my recipe is here: 
8 russet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and quartered
3 cloves garlic, peeled 
4 tbsp butter 
1/2 C whole milk 
1 C finely shredded cheddar 
1/2 tsp salt 
Boil quartered potatoes and peeled garlic cloves in salted water until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork (about 15-20 minutes). Drain potatoes/garlic, mash roughly, then add butter and milk. Mash some more, then add 1/2 C cheese. Mash again, add salt, mash one final time. Top with remaining 1/2 C cheese. Enjoy!


  1. Ah, yes, I made these last night when Abby's boyfriend Joe suggested cheesy potatoes as I was planning dinner with them. I threw these together and later learned his prior experience with cheesy potatoes meant the ones that are in a box. I'm teaching that kid about “real” comfort food!


  2. Cheesy mashed potatoes are a definite plus!
    I used to like carrying pieces of clay around just so my fingers had something to do – sculpt!
    I think we swipe from all books we have read in the creative process. Maybe not always consciously.
    I don't think I could reduce myself to a single symbol, other than 'Constance' which is both a symbol of me and has the meaning of me encapsulated in it – but also symbolizes others.
    When I can't sit still – I walk. Sometimes in circles around work. 🙂


  3. I recently acquired a yoga ball for my office because I have trouble sitting still, especially now that it looks like we are past snow storms until fall.
    Some days, working in front of the computer is the very last thing I want to do.


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