It’s Christmas


 It’s Christmas

it’s the knee of an icon in a red suit with white hair
it’s star shaped cookies and peppermint candy
it’s piles of gifts wrapped in red and green
it’s the warmth of a wood burning stove
it’s a pine tree decorated with lights
it’s the pressure cooker whistling
it’s my brothers getting merry
it’s the posing and pictures
it’s grandkids laughing
It’s siblings chatting
it’s paper ripping
it’s Christmas
it’s tradition
it’s family
it’s joy

Merry Christmas

Susan Stone

(copyright 2017)



She sits in her parlour,
waiting for suitors
to buy her a burger

Susan Stone copyright 2017

(writing prompt:  use a photo for inspiration.)

Annie’s is a fun, family friendly place at the U of M Minneapolis campus.  And yes, her burgers are great.

15 Minute Parking


15 Minute Parking

Her warm breath is violent,
forcing fall colors to loose the fight.

They crackle under a
Mother and Child lost in schedules.

A busy Man who talks to his hand,
crunch, crackle, crunch.

A Teen with her life on her shoulder,
crunch, crackle, crunch.

A roar in the clouds passes
through and fades away to exotic places.

The soothing rhythm of words,
a reminder of another kind of travel.

Her breath tickles my skin and she whispers,
“Please, stay a little longer.”

But I have zero minutes left.

– Susan Stone – copyright 2017

A Frog Journal


Day 1
I open my pool and find a green frog sitting on the step.  I catch him and shoo him back to the lake.
Day 2
Two green frogs jump from the step to the water.  I chase them with my net.  They smirks at me from the bottom for the pool where I can’t reach them with my net.  I get my camera and take frog pictures.
Day 3
One frog on the step and another  swimming an impressive Frog Stroke.  What is this, Canyon Ranch SPA for frogs? A Frog Hilton? A Frickin’ Frog vacation home?
I send frog pictures to my son.
Day 5
Two green frogs on the step.  I worry that they can’t get out so I google ‘How do frogs get out of a swimming pool?’  It seems someone invented a frog exit ramp that attaches to the edge of the pool.  The frogs march up the ramp like ants to a picnic.  I don’t have an exist ramp so I put a large rock on the top step. A half hour later I remove the rock.  They seem to come and go just fine.
Besides, I don’t think they want to leave.
Day 8
Two green frogs and a cute little toad on the step.  It’s been raining and I haven’t opened the pool for a few days.  I worry that the frogs might be hungry so I google ‘What do green frogs eat?’  It seems frogs sit and wait for their food to come to them. They eat bugs and sometimes small frogs and toads. I remove the cute little toad.
Day 9
Two green frogs on the step.  I turn Rover on to clean the pool.  Three hours later, I turn Rover off.  One frog sits on the step and Rover is the only one in the water.   I search Rover’s belly.  No frog, but there’s all this yuck.
I text my son.  He says the frog is on a frog adventure and will be back.
Day 10
One frog on the step.  One sad frog.
I text my son that the missing frog IS STILL MISSING and I’m a monster that sent the killing machine that ate my frog.

Day 11
One frog on the step.  She lets me stick my camera right up to her face.  I photograph her for a half an hour.  She doesn’t jump in the water.   Is she afraid of the killing machine that sucked up her friend?  I accept that I killed her frog companion and text my son with the sad news.   He tells me I should get an aquarium.   I ALREADY HAVE A 20×40 foot AQUARIUM !!
Day 12
I open the pool and find the sad frog sprawled on top of the missing frog doing the naughty on the step.   Do frogs go on business trips?

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by,   Susan Stone, copyright 2017

A Big Spoon and Blue Rooster


This image features the newly designed Walker outdoor gallery in Minneapolis.   I framed the shot to include the ‘Spoonbridge and Cherry’  by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen and the ‘Cock’ by Katharina Fritsch.   The painterly look was created with the help of Topaz’s Impressionism filters.

This is my first image with this painting filter.   It’s a lot of fun to use and offer a lot of variety with paint brushes, stroke lengths and textures.

Kind Strangers

etsy4x6bwwindowlv9995051Kind strangers,

pockets of nice talk,

big eyes, pretty face,

sad, a world of wants,

spent time tooting your horn

to kind strangers.

(The photo art was created from a window display at Crystals in Las Vegas.)