Writers: A Challenge

What makes you Unique? In “Five Words.”

Me and the crew. I’m missing one brother (Jontae) in this photo. It was our kid sister Bless’s high school graduation. This was nearly 5 years ago. It was the first time in an extremely long time most of us had been captured in a photo together. Left to right: Me, Joshua, Maurice, Bless, Michael, and TJ.

I was reminiscing a couple of days ago, thinking about how my sister is the last one to hit “all grown up” status in our sibling crew and it drew a few tears from my eyes. I am the eldest of seven children and I am also significantly older than all of them. No matter how many years pile on or what happens or who thinks they’re more adult-like or mature than me, I am and will forever be the first child. That makes me just a tad bit unique — just a smidgen. Just to give you guys an idea of the gap from the oldest to the youngest; I am 41 years old, my sister is 22. The boys (who are really men now but will always be, “The Boys” to us) are in the middle from 30–33.

So reminiscing sparked the challenge. Writers, what makes you unique? How are you different from everyone else? What special thing can you do that you believe no one else can do? Tell me this, but use five words only.

Here’s mine:

First born of
seven — always.

Writers, bring it! Please tell me what makes you unique? What is there so special about you that you believe is so different from anyone else? I’d like to know, in just five words.

This is the last challenge until the beginning of next year. I love you guys and how creative you all are. Peace and blessings.

And now, the music: Gabi featuring Missy Elliott from Vivo, My Own Drum


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Writers: A Challenge

Naturally Weird “In Five Words”

Mushrooms. Photo Credit: Tremaine L. Loadholt

What you see before you are mushrooms growing in several different spots here in my apartment complex. We’ve had far too much rain recently and the ground opened up and spouted Earth’s funky looking fungus, so . . . I took a couple of photos.

I am not a lover of mushrooms, not even the edible kind. I don’t care for the texture or how they feel when chewed. Ick! I’ve always found them naturally weird. So, that’s the challenge. Tell me about something you think is “naturally weird” but using only five words.

Here’s mine:

mushroom invasion
perfect funky

What about you, writers? Can you handle this challenge? Be creative. Flaunt those skills. Tell me all about what you think is naturally weird but use just five words. Let’s do this, beautiful people!

Feel like dancing? I do too. Outkast, Morris Brown


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Writers: A Challenge

Something New “In five words”

Photo by Pixabay via Pexels

Although I didn’t envision things taking place the way they are currently shaping in my life, I’m moving with the flow. After researching and bonding with my good friend Google, for three weeks, regarding apartments, I’ve found the place in which Jernee and I will spend the next two to three years. The search is over and I am relieved.

Not only will this be our new space, it’s on a totally different side of town but keeps me close to both Highway 421 and I-40 — two major connectors of travel to various places within Winston-Salem, NC, and outside of the city also. I am content. I am relieved. I dislike apartment hunting with a passion.

So, writers . . . what’s new in your world? Aside from the raging virus, I will now call “Headache of a Lifetime”, is anything fun taking place for you? Have you started a new career? Finally, launched your own business? What’s new in your world?!

Please share with us, but use five words only

Here’s mine:

new home found,
finally . . . relieved.

Writers, tell me what’s new in your world, but do so using only five words. You can do this! Bring that creative goodness to the building, people!

Feel good music? Yes, please. Suzanne Vega, Tom’s Diner


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You Don’t Come Around Anymore

Musical Selection: M.I.A. featuring Timbaland|Come Around

Photo by Leopoldo Macaya via Redshot

It’s another summer spent 
without you waking up to
Nag Champa scenting my home
and I am growing used to 
this empty space.

Someone said, “Just breathe 
and be” and here I am breathing
and being without you and 
it’s still hard and living ain’t
making it any easier, but
I am trying.

Isn’t that what you wanted 
me to do — try?

A piece of mail from a junker
I am tired of seeing came with
your name in the recipient’s space
and I thought, “How odd? We
never really lived together. Why is
this coming here?”

Could you be tracking me?
What’s left in your arsenal of tricks?
I suppose you knowing where I live
and how often I check my mail
is an advantage or is it a disadvantage?
The mind wonders . . .

I will be relocating soon and
the memories of you left within
these walls will have to stay.
I can’t take them with me,
not this time.

I have a lotus tattoo on my 
left wrist reminding me 
that I am always at my 
best when I come out of the muck
and when I was with you — 
that’s all I did, come out 
of the muck . . . over and over again.

I am done with being dirty.
I want to be clean, for now.

So you don’t come around anymore
and my mom says “Perhaps this is 
best, baby. We ain’t made to
be living in the past.” She’s right.
I know she is.

But there’s a small part of
me still trying to climb up
out of the same muck and
reach out to you to get
down and dirty once again
with me.
And I have to stop this.

I want to stop this.
I can’t.


Originally published in Intimately Intricate on Medium.

Writers: A Challenge

Your Favorite Food(s) in five words

Fried catfish & shrimp basket from Red Crab Seafood Restaurant, Winston-Salem, NC. Photo Credit: Tremaine L. Loadholt

Do you have a favorite food or type of cuisine? I do . . . I am a lover of Italian food as well as seafood. Being that I’m from a coastal city (Savannah, Georgia), seafood was a big part of my upbringing. North Carolina now has a vast restaurant selection from which to choose when placing my seafood order to go and for this, I am excited. Having fresh, seasoned-to-perfection fish, shrimp, scallops, oysters, etc., nearby is important to me and my palette. 

The photo you see above was taken on Saturday, July 24, 2021, shortly after I got home with my lunch from Red Crab Seafood Restaurant. It was delicious! 

Here’s mine:

my love:
the sea’s food.

The challenge? Tell me about your favorite food or cuisines in just five words. Be creative: wanna be humorous? Go for it. Got a bit of seriousness in your bones and want to tell me why I should try your favorite foods too? Have at it. Just have fun. 

Writers, please bring it!

Today’s musical selection is Brand Nubian’s “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head.”


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