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 🙂

The Mystery to Eternal Youth

timeless eternity

I recently completed a 5 part series, Aging Well -The Fountain of Youth. I spoke of a few items that I personally felt important to remember as we age. There was no need to discuss specifics such as diet and other like topics which abound everywhere. I attempted to cover more of the esoteric things that help our mind/body decide how it’s going to age. So to sum up:

  • AttitudeLife is 10% what happens to each of us and 90% how we respond to it! Always our choice!
  • BreathingOur bodies need (as in absolutely must have) lots of oxygen to live and be healthy, breathe in and exhale deeply at least several times a day!
  • StretchingWe, Homo sapiens are mammals with large and small muscle groups. Stretching is  necessary. The act of stretching sends a message to our brain that all parts of us are awake and ready to move!
  • ThoughtsThere is nothing truer than the words “We are what we think” – fill up your mind with positive and good thoughts about yourself and others. No this isn’t always easy but it is doable with practice.
  • LaughterLaugh as frequently and often as you can. Laughter is the very best medicine in life at any age for anything that ails you, besides it feels good!

Oh and the Mystery to Eternal Youth – one I should have included in the series:


We must be passionate in our pursuits in life!

Coming soon, a new series called “Mastering the Art of Sensuality” (Thanks to a special person out there in blog-land who encouraged me to do this – She is greatly appreciated). To me, part of the experience of life is becoming comfortable and intimate with each of our senses.

We cannot be truly passionate about anything without the ability to connect closely to our senses (touching, seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting).

With an increased awareness of our own sensitivity (sensual nature) our ability to reach out to others, is greatly enhanced. And touching others (through words) is what I am really passionate about.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

My very best to you as always, your friend, Penny