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A Writing Challenge: The Lone Sentinel

Updated on June 23, 2015

Credit Where Credit Is Due

My good buddy Mike (Mr. Archer from HubPages) wrote to me the other day. He had an idea for a writing challenge and he passed it along to me. Here it is:


“Bill, hope this finds you well this morning. I had a thought this weekend (strange as that may be). We were traveling the interstate between Joplin and Springfield and I spied a fireplace not far from the road. It is a sight I look for every trip and have seen it many times over the years. But his time I wondered: what is its story? Then I thought of you and your challenges and wondered if you could inspire others to create such a story. It is a lonely fireplace, standing aloof and solitary beside a fence separating the highway from an empty field. In past years there has been a wreath hung on one side of it during the holiday season, but not this past one. Makes me wonder if the person who was placing it there has passed and no one remembers the reason for it anymore. Anyway, there you go. What do you think? A good challenge for others to spin a yarn about?”

So there you have it.

Mike didn’t have a picture of this fireplace, so I found one online that is basically the image we need for this challenge. Use it for your challenge, write your response to the challenge and send me a link so I can link it to this one. And that’s all you have to do! Let’s see if your creative juices are flowing today, shall we?

And now, if you don’t mind, I think I’ll give it a try.

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The Lone Sentinel

The year was 1845.

Ezekiel and Sarah Miller loaded the last of their belongings onto the Prairie Schooner and prepared to leave their home. They were Oregon-bound. It was late-March, and soon the grasses would grow on the open plains, and they needed to be in St. Joseph in two weeks. There they would sell their horses and hopefully find a good team of oxen, the noble creatures that would pull them, carry them, and lead them westward over the desolate lands and unforgiving mountains.

Their log home with its massive stone fireplace had served them well for five years. It sat on fifty acres just outside the small village of Joplin, Missouri. Lead had been discovered in the valley, and people were trickling in hoping to cash in on that metal, but there were war drums in the distance. Already the small village was divided, north and south, and sooner rather than later those whispers of division would become angry shouts, and the Millers wanted no part of that dispute.

So they had sold their home to a young couple, the Paxtons, said goodbye to family and friends, and now they climbed aboard the wagon, encouraged the horses with a flick of the reins, and they were off for lands unknown.

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The Paxtons Work the Land

Fifty acres of prime farming land in the Joplin Valley, and Sam and Delores Paxton were determined to make it work. Sun up to sun down they worked the land, planting corn, nursing those seedlings, caressing the young stalks with love, and cursing the weather at every turn. It was back-breaking, thankless work, but eventually they harvested their first crop, and that gave them money for supplies over the winter, and the gods of weather cooperated, smiled upon them, and gave them hope for the future.

But as so often happens, hope is ground under the boots of outside influences, and so it was for those living in Joplin as the 1860s unfolded and the sounds of war echoed from the rolling hills. Gray uniforms came a’callin’, and right on their heels the blue-bellies were in hot pursuit, and homes soon had bullet wounds that matched the wounded psyches of those just trying to make a living.

The Paxtons, mom, dad, and two fine sons, eventually found themselves casualties of the war, and the west called to them after twenty-five years of tilling the soil, and they said goodbye to family and friends, loaded their wagon, and followed the sun to an uncertain future. The last of their fires produced smoke, and that smoke billowed from the grand chimney, beckoning to a minister and his wife, and soon Reverend Holland and Mrs. Holland took ownership of that cabin and made it their own.

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Pray to the Lord

The Hollands erected a fine barn on the property, and raised a cross to sit upon it, and soon the growing city of Joplin had a Baptist church to worship at. The country nursed the wounds of war, the economy turned robust, and throngs of easterners moved to the valley in search of a quieter life. The church congregation grew, peace and prosperity spread along the riverbank, and the smoke of tranquility rose from the great stone chimney once again.

And so it was for a number of years, the calendar pages turned and a new century dawned upon Joplin. Families came and families left, the constant evolution of life in a Midwest town. The log cabin grew in size, rooms were added, but the stone fireplace remained, standing guard over the property, a sign of continuity in an ever-changing landscape. The dirt road was paved, then re-paved, and horses were replaced by horseless carriages, then trucks carrying the fruits of commerce, and Joplin grew to a good-sized city.

The End of an Era

Then one night, it must have been 1958 or ’59, a fire swept through the home. The family, luckily, escaped, but by dawn the home was ash and all that remained of that 1840’s cabin was the chimney, now covered with soot and looking her age. The property was sold once again, this time to an absentee farmer, and the fifty acres were devoured by surrounding property until an agribusiness emerged totaling two-thousand acres with steroid-corn and all the personality of a doorknob.

The two-lane road was widened and an interstate replaced the quaint dirt road of years gone by, and progress rolled by at faster speeds, rendering the countryside as just one constant blur, but to a discerning eye, to an eye intent on seeing that which is important, that chimney stood as a reminder of days gone by, traditions lost and a slower, happier time.

The lone sentinel standing guard for history.

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And Now It’s Your Turn

Do with it as you please. I look forward to your creativity, and I know my friend Mike does as well. You do not have to use the same title, The Lone Sentinel. All you have to use is the picture. Remember to let me know when you write your response so I can link it to the original article.

And now, in the words of my high school teacher, let’s do it to it like Sonny Pruitt.

Have fun and good luck!

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! I've got some steroid-free corn growing right now, so relief is on the way. LOL

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      Bill Russo 2 years ago from Cape Cod

      Great story Bill. We are all here for a short time and I think that's why I like a story that takes generations to tell - even if the ending is gloomy and tastes as bad as 'steroid-corn'.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Awesome story, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really would be, Deb, one I would gladly live. Thank you and Happy Sunday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, you can contribute any old time you finish. No worries about time, my friend.

      Thank you and I look forward to it.

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I could smell those fires, pull the kettle from the fire, and have my stew in quiet after another hard day at tending the farm. What a wonderful life it would be.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love this challenge, Bill, and your moving story of the "lone sentinel standing guard for history." I started to write a poem in answer to this but have been flummoxed with time constraints, recently, and life in general. Is it too late to contribute?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randy! I appreciate it.

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      Randy Hirneisen 2 years ago from Philadelphia

      Hi Bill, Below is the link to the story I wrote about the Lone Sentinel.

      Thanks.

      http://hub.me/aje62

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Nadine, thank you for spending some of your loadshedding hours with me. It is greatly appreciated.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      With great fascination have i read your story around the stone chimney. If time would allow me i would join in the challenge, and one day i will. I loved reading the history you included. I.m on my tablet with battery power that i,m replying to you as well as replying to the comment you left under my article...the hanging gardens. Due to the loadshedding hours we have less time on the internet.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Finally found it and I'm glad I did, John! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, John. I'll go look at it now.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, just letting you know my response has finally been cleared...what a long weekend that was.. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pete. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Pete Fanning 2 years ago from Virginia

      Another great one, Bill. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will indeed, Alan. Thanks for taking the challenge.

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      (This feels like being a coal miner, burrowing down here...)

      Right Billy Boy, here's another one, eyes down again;

      'alancaster149.hubpages.com/hub/STORYLINE-17-Like-a-Sentinel'

      Enjoy the read.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will do that, Ruchira. Thank you!

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      Ruchira 2 years ago from United States

      Wow!

      Loved reading all the ideas from my prolific writer mates :)

      Bill, I am not much active on HP...could ya please tag me so that I do not miss out on this interesting event, next time?

      Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, that's sweet of you to say. Thank you! I hope you do give it a try. I'd be interested in seeing some creative writing from you.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I love what you did with the idea and the photo. I'm a fan of abandoned places, and taking something like this to write creatively. I may do something with it or it may inspire me to write an article on an abandoned place, since they fascinate me so. Your writing takes us on an adventure, every time. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Sally, and I'm so happy to hear that.

      Happy Sunday to you, my friend.

      bill

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Thank you Billy, writing fiction at school was the only thing which brought me any joy and the challenges which you have set recently have re-awakened my interest, for that I thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, I was pleased with your entry. I was going to say pleasantly surprised, but that wouldn't be accurate. I've always known you were a good writer.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think you're right, John. I'll check on it again Monday....of course that's a holiday here in the States. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you PS and Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours. I hope it was a special memory, my friend.

      blessings and hugs are yours

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy, a link to mine, thanks for your help with the images.

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Heaven-is-not-real...

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I suppose the problem is that HP doesn't review hubs on the weekend Bill. I have done all I can for now. Just have to be patient and wait until Monday I suppose.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Still waiting for it, John. Thanks my friend. It will work out eventually.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've been waiting all day, John, for the editors to release it. I'll keep trying.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Many of those very same

      'lone sentinels' dot the land as we travel through from one place to another.

      An interesting read and begs to have more told ....waiting to hear what comes next...I know the words are there.

      Happy Valentine's Day blessings and love to you and yours ..

      Angels are winging their way to you today ps

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      My hub was up long enough to get one comment, then unpublished due to "duplication" because I included your introduction Bill. I have deleted some of it but the "editing tool" is acting up so I couldn't remove as much as I wanted. Hope it's enough to get published again.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This was another great challenge Bill. Once again it slipped past me. I only found out about it by reading Chris' response. Better late than never but mine is done "The Lone Sentinel (Guardian of the Past). Loved your story by the way.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you are taking the challenge, Debra, and you've come to the right place...I love stories that are "out there." LOL

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I am writing for this challenge also. I need to go take some more pictures to add to my hub. Thanks for this challenge! I wasn't going to take it because I had a brain fog when I first looked at the chimney, but after a night of rest my brain could not shut up.

      It is not as "out there" as my other one was using the door to nowhere. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll get to it shortly, Debra. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, thanks for taking the challenge. I've already read it and was duly impresses.

      I know for sure I would have been on the Oregon Trail if I'd been alive then. There is just something about that journey that calls to me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. The responses are coming in and as always, they are very well-done.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marilyn, I saw it and commented, but I'll say it again...you did a yeoman's job on this challenge. You should like fiction; you do it quite well.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is my pleasure, Anna. I love to see writers who are excited about their craft. How could I not want the best for them?

      Thank you!

      bill

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      You encourage, coach and challenge Mr Holland.

      Your tale was cinematic and conjured up the sights and odours of the period. Interestingly the photograph brought up a supernatural slant for me.

      Thank you for encouraging our differences, celebrating and encouraging them.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Bill, I read your story, which of course means mine is published now as well. Missouri Homestead awaits for your reading pleasure.

      Your story reminds me that I am most certainly an accident of history, born in the wrong century. I connected immediately with your characters, wanting to join them on their journey to a new life away from......PHILADELPHIA.....please get me out of this city soon....ahem, sorry about that. I'll be leaving at the end of May. Thanks for the story and for the challenge.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      the end of an era.. the lone fireplace.. that was an amazing write and I am sure it will fuel the fires of other hubbers who will produce ( I have no doubt ) a wonder tale, poem.. or flash giving this lone fireplace breath.. bravo my friend

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      Marilyn L Davis 2 years ago from Georgia

      Good evening, Bill; took the challenge. https://hubpages.com/literature/The-Lone-Sentinel-... I'm beginning to like that fiction stuff....she smiles.

      Would value your comments. Thanks. ~Marilyn

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Audrey, there was, and it was beautiful. Thank you my talented friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Catherine. In truth, writing fiction has always been easy for me. The trick now is to take it to the next level and write exquisite fiction. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Oh there must be a poem in there somewhere!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      You always amaze me with your writing talent. Your ability to spin a yarn. Yu make it seem so effortless. I don't do much fiction. I can never think of plots. You inspire so many to take your writing challenges. Voting up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I had no doubt you would pick up that gauntlet and run with it. I look forward to your story, as I always do.

      As I wipe the raindrops from my glasses, I prepare for a day of writing. How lucky can a man be?

      Have a wonderful Thursday!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, thank you for your kind words. How do you climb a mountain? One step at a time, my friend.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Oh no! Now I am two challenges behind everyone!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Well, bill, just when I think I've caught up you go and issue another challenge! How can I resist? Impossible. When someone lays down the gauntlet, I have to respond. It'll take me a while this time but I will do it.

      I like how you've gone through the history this fireplace has seen; it's always good when there's a focal point for such things.

      Have a great day!

      Ann

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very great story. You have wonderful talent to spin such awesome content around a picture or sentence. This is what makes me too much attracted towards you. I think it is a mountain for me.

      Voted up and awesome, beautiful, interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I'm a big fan of history and love to look at old structures...and I'm a big fan of you, and that has nothing to do with old structures. :) More like modern architecture. :) Blessings and thanks, always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Chris. I thank you for giving it a go. I like that you don't read my story before you write yours. Very good approach.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I have always wondered about the history of what was when I happen to see an old fireplace standing alone or other structures. What would it say if it could tell its story ...love your historical account here.

      This year is off to another great start with the challenges, which always do produce many creative and interesting stories, each so unique.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      I'm writing away for this challenge, Bill. My thanks to you and Mike (Mr. Archer) for providing this excellent opportunity. I don't know if I will finish tonight, it's already nearly 6pm here in Philly. But I'll get it up ASAP. I haven't read your story yet. I like to wait until I've written my own before reading the stories of other participants. But I'm looking forward to some awesome tales of the old days.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene! The history teacher in me greatly enjoyed writing it.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I really enjoyed reading this story. I feel like I have just read a "historical" account of a precious journey.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, this is right in your wheelhouse. I felt like I was writing one of your chapters. :) Let's see what you can do.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, your wish is my command. I was glad to do it and now I'm looking forward to the responses. Thank you, buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Sally, we don't want you losing beauty sleep over this. Sleep well my friend and thanks for stopping by.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lyric...pretty country, northern Virginia. I wish you well in that decision.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Roberta and it's nice to see you again. I appreciate the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you are a riot. What a great calendar it would be...probably sell millions. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps! Challenges really are great practice for a creative writer.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you, Mike, and thank you, Bill. Excellent suggestion, excellent story to set the pace for this challenge. It will be hard to pass by. Love the image! ;-)

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Well, Sir William, you took me at my word! I love your story and look forward to reading others insight into this old fireplace. Heck, I may even give it a shot! Thanks old friend, I am glad you are back in the saddle again!!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Some food for thought, hope this challenge does not keep me awake at night, sigh! Thanks to Mr Archer and yourself.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 2 years ago from West Virginia

      Got to love the history of these beautiful buildings, they all hold a history that's interesting. My wife and I are thinking about moving to the farm lands in northern Virginia. Very beautiful place. Voting up!! Thank you.

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      Roberta Kyle 2 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Great idea and love your story.... I've so often wondered about the ruined buildings one passes on the highway.... it is sort of like a collision of two worlds.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      What a great story, Bill.

      I have always loved the sight of old abandon barns, bending under their load of the centuries. And, chimneys standing along, where once stood an old home place; these are memorable sights. We see many of these as we travel in the car. Always thought it would be nice to take photos of these old places and make a calendar. But, that would involve stopping the car, and with my husband driving, that is simply not going to happen. I feel lucky when I get a tinkle stop! Maybe, I can make a calendar of pictures of all the rest stops.

      I could call it "Relief Pictures". LOL

      DJ.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      You have a true writers heart, Bill. Great story. Please continue this great idea. One day I might join the challenge :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Dora, and I thank you as well. Have a superb Wednesday.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for your story example in response to this challenge. Got some thinking to do.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Sandra, and best of luck with that new book. I certainly understand about shortage of time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, thanks for stopping by. Mike wanted to take a picture, but he said there wasn't a place to pull off the freeway. I remember that tornado well, and Mike filled me in on the devastation it caused. Horrible event for sure.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Bill enjoyed the story as always. Wish I had more time to work up my own but I'm on a roll for my 4th book in my Rubies series. I'll be lucky if I get a few hubs out this month. Take care and many blessings.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Bill, I used to drive that road between Joplin and Springfield to get home to North Arkansas. I wish Mr. Archer had included a photo of that chimney. Joplin had a tragic tornado a few years ago and was nearly wiped out. This brings tears to my eyes just to think of it. I hope I get time to answer your challenge. Thanks, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do too, Sha! There are always some fantastic stories from some very creative minds out there.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Ruby! Wake that girl up and tell her you need some words and inspiration NOW!!!!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Mike's idea is a good one. I'm sure that lone fireplace has many stories to tell, if it could.

      I look forward to what turns this challenge takes.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sounds interesting. I've been to Joplin many times. My sister lived there for years. My muse has been asleep all week, I'll see if she's awake and see if we can come up with a story. I loved your story...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Mary. I love old structures like that. I love to imagine what history has passed by them over the years. Besides, Mike asked me to do it and that's enough reason. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. Happy Wednesday to you. Stay warm and dry, my friend. Spring is coming!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary. I could write historical fiction all day, I enjoy it so much. I hope you take on the challenge.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      What a fantastic way to start a challenge Bill! The story of that lone fireplace as it stood through the sorrowful times of the prairie. Families coming and going with growth and sorrow. If a fireplace could talk I think this is what it would say. You are certainly a hard act to follow!

      Voted all but funny. Shared too.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Loved that you took this challenge and also passed along to us today. Thanks so much Bill and wishing you a great Wednesday once again, too!! ;)

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      This should give us some great ideas to meet this challenge! I won't promise, but it sure sounds like a good one. I like your photos; they remind me of where I grew up in the country.

      Your story was a very good read this morning!

      Voted UP, and shared to get the word out of your new challenge.