The Mysterious Passions of Life!



“Ah, sweet mystery of life … at last I’ve found you …” These are oft spoken words, but are they true – for you?

Is there mystery in your life? Do you have a passionate regard for all things living? The known and the unknown? Are you a life explorer, ready for each challenge that may and will come your way?

Do you embrace each new day, crave the wonderful potential waiting to unfold before you?

You should, you know. It’s your life and it’s happening right now, all around you. Each morning the sun rises, each evening moon beams shine down from celestial  skies, the composition of which is mysterious and marvelous.

As Robert Heinlein once said, “Life is short, live wide.”

And a final quote from the wisest and one of my most favorite people ever,

“Remember the most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead and his eyes are dimmed.” ~ Albert Einstein




Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Filled with all good things, especially those cherished memories brought to mind on this Memorial Weekend here in the USA, as we are are reminded of those no longer with us. Let us celebrate their lives by celebrating our own.

Take care of you and yours,
with much affection,
~ Penny


Up and up I reach so high

fly high

Up and up I reach so high

further than the mighty sky

further than the eagle soars

further than we’ve been before.

Up and up I reach to see

the universe can’t hide from me.

I’ll not abide, nor subside

’til my quest has opened wide

the “Why of This” so deep inside.

I must seek so I will know

these are seeds that I shall sow.

With this journey that I take

on the  ‘morrow we may wake –

to golden, brighter, better, days

where good things will come our way!

But until that day arrives

upward, onward I will strive!

-Penny L Howe, 2013


Stay cool everyone, hang in there, believe in yourself and go for it, remember to make a positive difference while you achieve – Pay it forward, a win-win solution for everyone!

Much love to you,

~ Penny

Alastairs Photo Fiction – The Tunnel and Survival!


Photograph by Alastair Forbes, Copyright 2013

The Tunnel

Sitting in the middle of  a man-made subterranean tunnel I look in both directions, no end in sight. I rewrap my wrist, still bleeding. My extrasensory abilities hear them coming, they’re probably 5,ooo meters away (roughly 3 miles). Do I escape or confront? Always about choices. They mustn’t be allowed to take me!

No time for contemplation, and yet still – why me? Why my lot in life to be genetically different from everyone else? How did they discover my difference andby Stokkete began looking for me. Luckily, someone else had known years ago. She had prepared me for this day … should it come.

Am I ready? Equipped for the fight of my life? I’m prepared but I’m scared too. Timing is everything, just as she isolates the genetic coding of my DNA – she makes a startling discovery … and vanishes! And now They are after me. I don’t know if she’s dead or live, and I don’t know who to trust. And now I have her secret too. 

Alone in a tunnel, with all the major players in the world wanting what my body contains, the next leap in human evolution – a new genetic pattern greatly expanding capabilities and longevity but even that isn’t the real discovery. The one she had just discovered, dangerous knowledge that now, only I know about!

What will I do?


My entry for Alastairs Photo Fiction. To be part of this very fun writing challenge (which I encourage you to do) click here!

Thanks for stopping by,


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Setting the scene – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

Many of us have noticed that some scenes being viewed are classic when it comes to lending themselves to a mystery setting. The photograph is one of them. You can almost imagine this as a precursor to a Sherlock Holmes setting where something spellbinding is about to happen.

I can do no less:




“It was the second lamppost from the corner, sir … where we stopped.” An extremely nervous cabby stammered; blinking and swallowing, while shaky hands twisted together in agitated motion.

The cabby paused here and the inspector asked, “Then what happened?”

“Well, I had been driving slowly down Wisteria Street to the address he’d given me, 205 North Wisteria when I noticed this figure walking along side the road. My passenger must have seen her too because he tapped sharply on my shoulder and said, ‘Stop, stop right here!’ Then he leaped out of the cab and ran back towards her.”

Gulping, he cleared his throat and continued. “Well sir, it was very foggy, and although it was mostly light out, they both seemed strangely shadowy, so perhaps I … didn’t really see … what I thought … I saw.” His words faded away as he stared directly into the investigator’s eyes. The expression on the cabby’s face, abject fear and terror.

He glanced over the inspector’s shoulder and shook his head, not willing to believe the gruesome carnage near the lamppost.

“Just tell me what you saw!” A terse response from the investigator, intense curiosity as to what this man must have witnessed.

“You won’t believe me … you won’t!” The cabby shuddered, took a deep breath and continued “…but my passenger held out his hand, you know like an apology or something and then the other person raised her arm and pointed and then there was this bright blue light and then, he aimed his palm at her and this red beam shot out and then another figure appeared and then more came and then, oh my god …”


(whoops, sorry way too many words guys, gotta stop now, it would have been a good ending too, oh well maybe next time!) A most excellent photo prompt this week Alastair. For more details on how to be a part of this weekly writing challenge Click on this link Alastairs Photo Fiction .

Have a great day today,

~ Penny

Penny L Howe

Life’s total immersion!

Fantasy, mystery, imagination, the unknown. Each of these elements fascinate me allowing my mind to visit so many wonderful places.


But if one isn’t careful it can be difficult to leave this world of “otherness” and come back as the person you once were. But who were you? Or better yet what are you? Both good questions for the questing mind. The true uniqueness of what being a human is all about! Unraveling the mysteries of life!




Today is not the I of yesterday,
Yesterday, I was other than.

Today I AM.

I will be
more than
can know,
And all
I can dream!

Penny L Howe, 2013


Thanks for the visit,


Interview with A Guardian Angel – Act 1, Scene 1

Guardian Angel

The storyline for this short play is a conversation that takes place between two individuals. An interviewer and a Guardian Angel.

Setting: An semi-formal looking living room.

Props: 2 comfortable looking chairs. a small table located in-between. A figurine on the table. The stage is in semi-darkness. The lighting is focused on the two chairs.

The scene opens with the interviewer (me) entering from stage right to the front center of the stage wherestage setting the chairs are located. The Guardian Angel is already sitting in the chair (stage left).

The Guardian Angel is in the female gender (well duh! – I’m writing this okay!). She is dressed in a flowing gown of white. ( A bit over the top but you know – an angel after all!) Nope, no wings on this one.

The Angel’s general appearance is that of appearing ageless. She looks a little like every race so you can not tell from appearance an ethnic background. (The stage lighting is set so that she – the angel – appears to glow slightly.)

(Note) When you see the word Angel, it is shortened from Guardian Angel to Angel for purposes of this script..


Scene opens with Penny (me) walking across the stage to where the Angel is sitting. Reaching out her hand to grasp the Angels hand in a greeting of welcome. The Angel grasps the outstretched hand with both of her hands. She is looking intently at Penny with a wide smile on her face.

Penny confident interviewerPenny: Good Morning…how are you? (She removes her hand from the Angel’s hands looking a little uncomfortable with the encounter and takes a seat in the other chair.)

Angel: I am fine.

Penny: (Looking embarrassed.) That was silly of me. Of course you’re fine. I’m guessing you’re always fine aren’t you?

Angel: Is that a question?

Penny still confidentPenny: No I mean, well yes I suppose it could be; It’s not in the script though.

Angel: The question wasn’t in the script?

Penny: Yes. (A silent pause and Penny looks awkwardly at the Angel) So I guess I’ll ask it anyway. Um are you always fine? I’ve never talked to an Angel before so I don’t know much … well actually anything about you.

Angel: Yes I’m always fine. (smiling benignly at Penny).

Penny: (Clearing her throat.) Okay then, back to the script. Why did you agree to let me interview you?

Angel: It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Snapshot_20120827_8Penny: (Confusion on her face) Wait! I don’t remember asking you! (she continues to look confused for a minute). I asked you for an Interview?

Angel: Yes you did. You said you had questions you needed answered.

Penny: Oh yeah, right. (Straightening up in her chair) I have questions.

(Angel smiles gentle and leans over patting Penny’s hand.

Penny: That’s not in the script either. I’m very confused.

Angel: It’s okay Penny just got with the flow. Ask your questions.

Penny still confidentPenny: (takes a deep breath): Okay then. You’re my fourth guardian angel.

Angel: Yes I am.

Penny: (Leaning in towards the Angel slightly) Aren’t you curious as to how I know this?

Angel: Aren’t you curious as to why you’ve had four different Guardian Angels?

Penny: Well yes I am actually, I just figured I had put you guys through so much work saving my life so many times that I just assumed (Penny pauses again and looks at the Angel) Hey I’m supposed to be asking the questions. This isn’t in the script either.

Angel: Life is that way too … isn’t it?

Penny: Am I going to get to ask my questions here or are you going to keep changing things.

Angel: I’m not changing anything Penny. Yes I will answer your questions.

Not so comfortablePenny: I have so many questions. About life and why I, …we are all here on this planet. what it all means.

Angel: Yes you do have many questions.

Penny: So why?

Angel: Why what?

Penny: (Getting a little upset) Why are we here? You must be able to know what I’m thinking. Why can’t you just answer me?

Angel: I know your thoughts Penny. Not what you’re saying.

Penny: But you’re speaking my language.

Angel: No you’re hearing your language. I’m “hearing” human sounds that come from your mouth that humans developed so they can communicate with each other.

Penny still confidentPenny: This isn’t going anywhere.

Angel: Penny to answer your questions, we’ll  need a common context otherwise you won’t understand what I tell you.

Penny: You can’t answer my questions because I won’t understand you? (upset now)

Angel: (Gently speaking) Common reference points Penny. Everything you know up until now is based on what you’ve learned or experienced. So I need to explain something with a reference to something that you will be able to relate to.

Penny: I understand what you are saying, but you should be able to know how to communicate with me so I would understand.

Angel: If your heart and soul were fully open, I could yes.

Penny: My heart and soul aren’t fully open? What does that mean?

Angel: My point exactly, how can I explain what you can’t relate to?

Penny quietly contemplativePenny: (Huge long drawn out sigh) So this isn’t going to work is it? None of my questions are going to get answered by you are they?

Angel: Yes they will be answered Penny. It is why I’m here after all. To answer your questions.

Penny: Where is here?

Angel: You’re writing the script, so here is where you want it to be.

Penny: No I don’t think so. I don’t think I am writing this script at all.

(A long pause as Angel looks at Penny and Penny looks at the Angel)

End of Scene One – to be continued!

Thanks for the visit, oh let me know if you’d like to have me post Scene 2 of my interview with a Guardian Angel. Thank you!

~ Penny 🙂