“And You Are?” for Reena’s Reena’s Exploration Challenge #95 July 10, 2019


Reena’s Exploration Challenge July 11 2019

  1. Acatalepsy (the idea that it is impossible to truly comprehend anything)
  2. Eleutheromania (intense desire for freedom)
  3. As usual, there is no restriction on the format or length of the piece. You can get as creative and innovative as you want.



Madelaine lovingly fondled her Crispy Crunch. How

long has it been, she sighed. How long have I longed

to shove this big chocolate morsel into my gob. Gob!

That’s what they called hungry mouths at the Spa. Assholes

just don’t get it! “They couldn’t possibly comprehend

anything!”, she said out loud, then quickly calmed herself.

Fuckers ought to deal with my problems day in and day out, she

grumbled, as she grudgingly slipped into her shoes. NO!

How could they? They’re not sitting here in a cramped office

for eight to ten hours a day. NO! They have their freedom!

They’re out in the world quenching they’re desires!

One day I’m just going to just, walk out of here! Free at last!

 “I think I’m going to choke!” she gasped as she loosened her collar

and came to her senses.

“Well!” she sighed, “Got that off my chest!” as she lovingly

hid her Crispy Crunch at the back of her drawer.

“PAUL!” she hollered. “Bring in our next guest. I’m ready

now. And send him in with the test papers.”

“The idea of any compulsive acataleptic, freedom loving

Eleutheromaniacal, non-conformist,

getting by me is incomprehensible!” she strategized.

“My job indeed!”


“Hi” she smiled sweetly. “I’m Madelaine,

and you are?”

©J.E.Goldie July 12 2019



Acatalepsy (from the Greek α̉-, privative, and καταλαμβάνειν, to seize), in philosophy, is incomprehensibleness, or the impossibility of comprehending or conceiving a thing. It is the antithesis of the Stoic doctrine of katalepsis or Apprehension. According to the Stoics, katalepsis was true perception, but to the Pyrrhonists and Academic Skeptics, all perceptions were acataleptic, i.e. bore no conformity to the objects perceived, or, if they did bear any conformity, it could never be known.


Eleutheromania, or eleutherophilia is “a mania or frantic zeal for freedom”. Some usages of the term make it sound like it could be used in a medical context with a hint of an irrational disorder, such as John G Robertson’s definition that described it as a mad zeal or irresistible craving for freedom. However other usages assign to the term normal human emotional responses such as a mere passion for liberty. Individuals with this condition are called eleutheromaniacs. An antonym for the term is eleutherophobia. An individual that fears freedom is an eleutherophobe.

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“Jack and Joe – I Know What You Mean” for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #94 – Truth and Meaning July 4, 2019 2019


Reena’s Exploration Challenge #94


“Hey Jack!”

“S’up Joe?”

“Well. Say I told you something. Would you

believe me?”

“Of course! You never lie.”

“I mean. Something I believe to be true.”

“O.K. LOL What’s your point?”

“I told Dan the truth.”

“O.K.! That’s good!”

“But Dan didn’t believe me.”

“Oh. Really?”

“Yah. He said I was wrong.”

“But, how would he know?”

“That’s what I tried to ask him.”

“Ok, lemme see. You told Dan the truth

about something you considered to be true

that he knew nothing about or wouldn’t consider.”


“And Dan said you were wrong.”


“Now I’m confused.”

“But it’s simple.”

“No. It would depend on what you mean.”

“How’s that? I told him what I believed to be true.”

“Maybe he didn’t understand.”

 “Did you try to explain?”

“Yes. But he wouldn’t listen.”

“I know what you mean.”

©J.E.Goldie July 4 2019



“Where’s The Exit?” for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #93 June 27, 2019


Reena’s Exploration Challenge #93 June 30 2019

As Reena says : Let the prompt take you wherever it goes.


“Ladies! and Gentlemen! Please warmly welcome,

Professor Crookshank!”

“Thank you! Thank you very much!”

“Now. Professor we’ve been informed

that you know exactly what this piece is.”


“Brava! Please take the podium.”

“Very well.”

“Please proceed Professor.”


“Yes. Please proceed.”

“Well. That’s, that’s , that’s….”

“Excuse us for a moment. Professor, are you

certain that’s a That.”

“Well, ahem. Yes definitely!”


“I haven’t been more certain about anything

else in my entire career!”

“Well that’s that ladies and gentlemen!

We officially have a THAT!”


“Sir, could I interest you in a cocktail?”

“A very tall brandy would be helpful.

Thankyou! Oh! and, where’s the exit?”


©J.E. Goldie June 30, 2019


“I Didn’t” for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #92 -CrossOver- June 21 2019


Reena’s Exploration Challenge #92 – CrossOver June 21 2019

There is no restriction of length or format of the piece. We are happy if whatever you write comes from the innermost core of your being. Technique is secondary.


“I think we should let them play.”


“Yes play. Why?”

“It’s a war game or hadn’t you noticed?”

“We played Red Rover all the time when

I was a kid.”

“Did anyone get hurt?”

“Oh sure!”

“See? They shouldn’t play.”

“Oh c’mon! A scrape here or there?

“What about that kid.”

“What kid?”

“The one over there who looks

frightened out of his wits!”

“He’ll learn he has to join the group.

Look! They’re calling him to join in.”

“Yah. Probably because he looks

like an easy target.”

“You said that Maggie, I didn’t.”

©J.E.Goldie June 21 2019

Red Rover Rules

Divide a group of people into two teams. Each team should have the same number of people.

Form two lines. The two teams should face each other, and the members of each team should join hands.

Decide which team must go first. That team looks at the members of the opposing team and picks the person that they want to come over. They then chant, “Red Rover, Red Rover, send ____ right over!” The child whose name was called runs as fast as he can toward the opposing side. If he breaks through the arms of any two team members, he can choose one team member to bring back with him as he returns, victorious, to his own side. If he does not succeed in breaking through the arms of any two team members, he becomes a member of the opposing team.

Repeat step three with the opposing team. They now get to call a member over from the first team.

Play Red Rover until one side has all the team members. (With this method of ending Red Rover, note that all the children are winners, because they all end up on the same side.) If time is short, the team with the most people wins.

The origin of the game Red Rover is not clearly documented, but some facts about the game’s early days are known. The game seems to have originated in Britain in the 19th century. Historians have record of the game being played in 1930. From Britain, the game spread all over the world, was given a new and localized name in each area where it became popular.

The original name of the game Red Rover seems to have been Octopus Tag or British Bulldogs, as these names were used when the game spread from the United Kingdom to Australia and other parts of the British Commonwealth. There are variations of the game in China and Japan that have different names. The game is known as Forcing the City Gates in China. In Japan, the game is known as Hana Ichi Monme.


“Joanne” for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #91 “A Slice of Life” June 14 2019


Reena’s Exploration Challenge #91 – Slice of Life



We lived on a tree lined street. Everybody knew

everybody. After dinner we sat on the verandah.

I sat on the steps. There were a ton of kids.

Neighbors waved from their porches.

Kids waited for someone to start something.

Someone always did.

We’d play til the lights came on, then usually

went to bed, unless the hockey game was on.

Dad always insisted it was a family thing.

On school days I’d hear him crab about the

Catholic kids. He claimed they ruined his lawn.

They passed by our house on the way to their


I could never figure that out.

Joanne was Catholic. The girl next door.

I considered her a friend. She didn’t play and laugh

like we did and her foster mother never sat on

their porch. You washed your glass right

away after taking a drink and their lawn was fine.

Another lady came to live there.

They said it was her Mom. She didn’t tell me that.

I guess I was to busy to notice then.

They said she went to live with her Mom.

I couldn’t figure that out either.

I thought she was home. I still remember what

she looked like. She had beautiful long brown

hair and her face smiled, most of the time.

Then she was gone.

I’ll never forget Joanne.

©J.E.Goldie June 15 2019




“Now Shoot!” written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #90 June 6 2019 – Compromise


Reena’s Exploration Challenge #90 – Compromise



 “You took my marble!”

“No. I won your marble!”

“But it’s my favourite marble.”

“Win some, lose some.”

“Awe! I’ll trade yah.”

“Nope! My Dad says….um,

All’s fair in love an war!”

“But this ain’t war, an I  guess

you’re not really my friend then.”

“I’m not?”

“No, you’re a meanie.”

“It’s just a game!”

“Yah, so if it’s just a game, trade me.”

“No! I’ve always wanted that marble.

Now it’s mine!”



“If I promise ta let you borrow it

for awhile, will you give it back?”


“O.K. fine.”



“Wanna play again?”

“No. Not really.”

“Hey! I got an idea! We shoot for your


“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“Well, if I lose you get your marble back.”

“I dunno.”

“I’d play if I were you. You never know.”

“Know what?”

“You’ll find out silly. Now shoot!”

©J.E.Goldie June 6, 2019


Children have played some of the same games since the earliest historic times. Marbles is a perfect example. This game has been popular for thousands of years and with cultures throughout the world. Whether the marbles are made of clay, glass, wood or metal, they have delighted boys and girls of all ages for thousands of years.

Our Pastimes – The History of Marbles


“Yah. We’re Done” for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #88 – superstitions -May 23, 2019


The sign of infinity in the space

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #88 May 23 2019


Many years ago a group of us were invited to a Birthday Party and were surprised to find that our host had invited a Reader, who charted our life numbers. She had been given pertinent birthdays and other info that we were not aware of. As it turns out mine is 11. Of course since that time I continuously see the digital clock as it turns to 11:11. My facination with that and the fact that my birthday happens to be 9/22 has nothing to do with this story. I have however an intuitive awareness, a sixth sense and am frequently surprised by it. AND NO! I don’t know what you’re wearing or want for dinner 😊 ©J.E.Goldie



“Yah, I’m 9 and 22, my birthday, I mean, and

hers is 2 and 22, but 9+2 =11. I’m in heaven,

because 11 + 11 equals 22. So there ya go!

Seems I always know her moves, even her

rustling in the night. Somehow her vibes come

to me anytime night or day. I can forecast her


“What do you mean?”

“Oh Doc! You know.”

“Why don’t you explain.?”

“I dunno, it’s strange. Like I know she’s



“Yah. Or! Maybe she knows. I can’t explain.”

“Just give it a try.”

“I just remembered something important.”


“Yah, my Dad was 11 and 22.”

“Why is that important?”

“Because I’m pretty sure he loved me.”

“Isn’t that a good thing?”

“Oh yes. But he never told me. Not really.”

“How’s that?”

“He took me places he liked. He took me


“That’s nice.”

“Oh yes and he drove me to tournaments

and stuff like that. But he never really,  said


“What about your mother?”

“Oh, she was 3 and 8.”

“Isn’t that 11?”

“I guess. But in her case it negates.”


“Well yah. 3 and 8 don’t fit, like 11, 2 and 22.”

“What about your Sister?”

“Naw. She’s 3 and 16. I think.  Mom and her, made

a better link.”

“Better link?”

“The numbers say it all Doc. Is the session over?”

“If you want it to be.”

“Yah. There’s enough here to think about.”

“Well if that’s it. We’re done for today.”

“Yah. We’re done.”

©J.E.Goldie May 25, 2019

I added this, just for fun









“I Might” in response to Reena’s Exploration Challenge #83 April 18, 2019 Photo Prompt: “Perspective” by Jen Goldie





“Hi Kelly! Did you get those shoe’s you wanted?”

“No, they were out of my size.”

“Awe, I know how much you wanted them.

Couldn’t they order a pair in your size, from

another store?”

“No. Apparently they’re completely out of stock.”

“Damn. I’m sorry.”

“Don’t be. I’ll survive.”

“Hey! How about we take in that new Art Show

downtown? They say it’s amazing! It’s called,

The Human Perspective.”

“What? A bunch of dummies hanging upside

down, overhead? Are you serious?”

“Yeah, I’m dead serious.”

“Now there’s, a perfect perspective.”

“Kelly! You kill me!”

“I might.”


©J.E.Goldie 4/18/2019


Reena’s Exploration Challenge #83 Apr.18/2019


“Yes, Miss Cross…” in response to “Reena Saxena’s Exploration Challenge #82” April 11, 2019

Black Hole


“Ryan. Please collect your things.”

“Yes, Miss Cross.”

“Ryan? Don’t doddle. You always doddle!”

“Yes, Miss Cross.”

“Ryan? Have you heard a word I’ve said in the last

ten minutes? It’s been at least ten minutes since I

first asked you to get yourself ready. Are you lost in

that tiny little head of yours?”

“Yes, Miss Cross.”

“Ryan. Listen to me please.”

“Yes, Miss Cross.”

“Okay, I’ve had enough. That black hole you refer to

as your mind, is nothing but empty space. Are you

listening to me?”

“Yes, Miss Cross.”

“Just leave Ryan, get out of my sight!”

“Yes, Miss Cross.”


©Jen Goldie 4/13/2019


Reena’s Exploration Challenge #22 posted April 11, 2019