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WIPpet Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  

What am I reading?

Still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrad, and Aftermath by George Weinstein, which I bumped up to the top of the list, My GRL by John Howell, and The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction: Your Blueprint for Building a Strong Story by C.S. Lakin.

  • What do I plan to read next?

The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison, Our Justice by John Howell, and Miami Morning by Mary Clark.

My Snippet is composed of 11 sentences out of chapter 14. Daniel has returned to his office. He confronts Phoebe asking her if she has taken a lunch break.

                                                ***

“Did you take a break?”

“No, I didn’t come in until noon, so I don’t need a break.”

“Yes, you do. Take one now.”

“I don’t want to take a break; I would like to finish what I’m doing.”

“Phoebe, we’re not going to discuss this. As your boss, I’m ordering you to take a break.”

“Okay, Boss. I’ll go sit in the coffee lounge and have a coffee, if that will satisfy your command.”

“No, it won’t. Take three hours off. Go home. See about the kids and give me a call around seven to see if I need you to come back into the office.”

That’s all folks.

Until next Wednesday, be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  

  So, what have I done this week:

  • What have I read?

I haven’t completed any of the books I am reading. I had an essay to finished for an anthology and found out today that the editor would like to include it in the anthology. It is non-fiction and my first inclusion in an anthology and I am delighted.

What am I reading?

Still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrad, and Aftermath by George Weinstein, which I bumped up to the top of the list, My GRL by John Howell, and The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction: Your Blueprint for Building a Strong Story by C.S. Lakin.

  • What do I plan to read next?

The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison, Our Justice by John Howell, and Miami Morning by Mary Clark.

My Snippet is composed of 16 paragraphs continuing with chapter 12. Next week, I am jumping to a snippet out of chapter 13.

Background and summary: This is a continuation of what happens in chapter 12. Kirk, Peter, and Daniel come out of Daniel’s office. Phoebe has arrived and is sitting in her office. Maria is not in the office.

                                    ***

“Afternoon, Phoebe,” Kirk said. “Everything’s okay?”

“Afternoon, you three,” Phoebe said and then said to Kirk, “Everything’s fine.”

“Good, then we’ll see you on Saturday,” Peter said, taking Kirk’s arm and rushing him out the door.

“How are you really?” Daniel asked leaning against her door observing her.

“I’m fine.”

“Good. I’m going out to lunch now. Can you give me the keys to the car?”

“Oh, yes. Sorry, I should have given them to you when I walked into the office, but I didn’t want to disturb your meeting.”

“No problem, but you can disturb my meetings. If I don’t want to be disturb, I have a sign that says do not disturb. But you and Maria are the only two who have permission to not obey the sign.”

“Well, I just learned something new. Thanks.”

“Can you authorize the allocations for the mergers alone or do you need me to be here?” Daniel asked.

“No, I can do it. You don’t need to stay.”

“Okay then, I’m leaving and probably won’t be back until three of four.”

“I’ll tell Maria when she gets back.”

“Phoebe?” Daniel murmured, and he walked to her desk and lifted up her chin and forced her to look at him. “I really enjoyed yesterday evening. Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

“See you when I get back,” Daniel said and departed her office. Two minutes later, he waved to her as he departed the suite.

“Bye,” Phoebe whispered to the wind.

 

That's all, folks.

Until next week, be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, October 5, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  I am still working out of boxes, but the boxes are fewer than before.

  So, here goes for today:

  • What have I read?

I  read A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. The review will come up in two or three weeks on my book review blog, goodreads, and amazon.de.

What am I reading?

Still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrad.

  • What do I plan to read next?

My GRL by John Howell, The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison, Our Justice by John Howell.

My Snippet is composed of 5 paragraphs. This is the beginning of Chapter 12. I may present the entire chapter. I am not sure yet.

Background and summary: In this snippet Kirk and Peter walk into the executive suite for a meeting with Daniel and find Angie getting ready to depart his office.

                                                            ***

As Angie and Daniel departed his office, Kirk and Peter were entering the executive suite for their weekly executive meeting. Needless to say, the both of them stood before the door surprised. The door slammed when Kirk shut it.

“We thought you weren’t here,” Peter said. “Your car isn’t in your assigned parking space.”

Before Daniel could answer, Kirk who had been regarding Angie said, “Angie, what are you doing here?”

“She’s visiting me, Kirk.”

“I can see that but what I’m asking is why?” Kirk said in a much louder voice.

Daniel glanced down at Angie. “Your taxi is waiting. Go to school. I’ll take care of your Uncles. Don’t worry. Just trust me.”

                                                ***

That’s all folks.

Until next week, be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  I am still working out of boxes, but the boxes are fewer than before, and I am not complaining. I am elated. Just hooked up my hp wireless printer, successfully.

  So, here goes for today:

  • What have I read?

I have not finished reading anything this week.

What am I reading?

Still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrad, and I have started reading A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley and The Cat Who Wanted A Dog by Micki Peluso.

  • What do I plan to read next?

My GRL by John Howell, The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison.

My Snippet is composed of 28 paragraphs. This is the last part of this chapter and I didn’t want to take two paragraphs out of the next chapter because I am not sure I will continue with this story or present a new one.

Background and summary: Quad 1 calls, and she takes the call in Daniel office. After her phone call, Phoebe and Daniel’s discussion continues but Daniel takes a step in a different direction.

                                                ***

When Phoebe hung up, Daniel had gotten up from his desk and walked to his window to look out over the parking lot.

“I need you to give me a summary of the project. I want to take it home for the weekend,” Daniel said.

“That’ll take hours, and I promise Quad 1 I'd be at his first soccer game.”

“Okay, then give the data to me. I’ll summarize it, and then you’ll have to check it and concur on Monday,” Daniel said, still facing the window.

“Do you mind?”

“No Phoebe, I don’t mind. By the way, what’s Quad 1 real name?” Daniel turned to regard her as she answered.

“Daniel Michael.”

“Are you serious?

“Yep.”

“And the other two Quads.”

“Quad 2 is Daniel Elijah, and Quad 4 is Daniel Joseph. Quad 3 told you he was Daniel Gabriel when you brought me home last night.”

“You mean each boy has Daniel in his name?”

“Yes indeed, Mr. Cochran, and that why Angie gave them the name ‘the Quads.’ But when they turned three, Daniel Michael decided to identify them by a number. So, they’re Quad 1, and 2, and 3, and 4 now. Who knows what he'll come up with when they turn five.”

“He has to be one smart kid to figure out something like that,” Daniel said.

“Believe me when I say he is. He’s either going to be a lawyer or a soccer player.”

“Why do you say that?”

“Well, he’s playing soccer with eight-year-olds, and he’s just four, and he’s in the third grade at the best private academic school I can afford, and the teacher and the principle would like to move him up two classes higher because he's bored. So do you understand now?” Phoebe asked.

“Wow,” Daniel said. “We need to talk about finances, and I’d love to see him play soccer.”

“Not yet, Daniel. Please give me time to prepare them.”

“It’s just that I’d like to get to know them.”

“Trust me, you will.”

“I do, Phoebe. So, out with you; I need to get some work done, and you need to bring your things up from your office.”

“But I…”

“You need to get all your things up here and make sure all your office equipment is working properly. Afterward, go home. I’ll see you on Monday.”

“Are you sure?”

“I’m very sure. Now out!”

With a perplexed look on her face and a question in her eyes, Phoebe walked out of Daniel office and closed the door lightly. She pinched herself to make sure she was not sleeping. A pleasant conversation without sarcasm and accusations with Daniel Cochran was something she’d had only in her dreams.

If Phoebe had turned around and took a look at Daniel Cochran's smiling face, she might have fainted once more.

                                                            ***

That’s all, folks.

Be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday


It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  I am still working out of boxes, but the boxes are fewer than before, and I am not complaining. I am elated. Just hooked up my hp wireless printer, successfully.

  So, here goes for today:

  • What have I read?

Fiction Writing Modes, Eleven Essential Toos for Bringing Your Story to Life, by Mike Klassen, and A French Girl On The Prairie by Fred Pirat.

What am I reading?

Still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrad.

  • What do I plan to read next?

My GRL by John Howell, The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison.

My Snippet is composed of 17 paragraphs, give or take, minus 2.

Background and summary: Phoebe is in Daniel’s office, reporting to her new workplace and they are having a discussion. Daniel wanted to know if he could help and Phoebe turned him down because she knows the questions will come when she gets home in the evening, and the shock has worn off. Daniel makes a famous statement that she can’t deal with at the moment.

                                                          ***

“If you need me, don’t hesitate to ask me, Phoebe.”

“Okay. Change of subject. Is it necessary for me to work in the suite?”

“You're the project leader, and I want you here. That’s the way it’s done by us. Why?”

“Because I think I can do it from my office on the third floor.”

“You’ll be working close to me to Maria and me. Confidential information will be tossed back and forth between us, words spoken that no one needs to hear but us. I’d prefer that you worked from the suite. That’s why we have that extra office across from mine.”

“Point taken,” Phoebe said as Maria opened the door and looked at her.

“You have a phone call from home," Maria said to Phoebe.

"Place the call here, Maria," Daniel said before Phoebe could move to go to Maria's desk.

When the call came through, Phoebe answered it not quite sure how Daniel would take her receiving family calls at work.

“Hello,” she said as she heard the voice on the other end.

“Phoebe, don’t forget you have to be home by three for my soccer game.”

“I know Quad 1. I promised to be there, and I’ll be there.”

“If I score, can we go to the Italian ice cream parlor on Beethoven Street?”

“It’s your first game, Quad 1.”

“Please, Phoebe.”

“All right. After soccer, we’ll go to the ice cream parlor. Now, may I go back to work."

"See you at four. Love you, Phoebe," Quad 1 said on the phone.

Love you too, sweetie. Bye bye. “

                * **

That's all, folks. Be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday

Hello Everyone,

It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  I am still working out of boxes, but the boxes are fewer than before, and I am not complaining. I am elated. Just hooked up my hp wireless printer, successfully.

           So, here goes for today:

  • What have I read?

I read In Praise of Lilith, by Susan Scott. The review goes up on my blogs, Amazon, Germany, and Goodreads on Friday. I’m still writing the review for Passion & Struggle. It has such an impact that I had to reread some chapters again.

What am I reading?

I am still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrad.

  • What do I plan to read next?

The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison.

My Snippet is composed of 19 paragraphs, give or take, minus 2. Sorry but my math is lousy this week. (Math. 20-16=4+8=12-31=19). Nineteen paragraphs that reveal one of the problems Daniel will confront some time in the future.

Background and summary: Phoebe has just left Kirk after finding out she will be working in the executive suite. She steps into the lift to go to her new working location and who would be inside riding up, Tammy Taylor.

                                             ***

Unfortunately, she wasn’t alone. Tammy Taylor was inside the lift.

“Late again, Phoebe?”

“Morning, Tammy,” Phoebe said, ignoring her question.

“Do you know the word punctuality?”

Phoebe looked away and turned to face the door ignoring her.

One of these days you’ll know how it feels to get four boys dressed and be on time,

“Or was it those brats of yours?”

Phoebe remained silent, continuing to ignore Tammy.

Just wait, my dear. Soon you’ll be taking care of those ‘brats’ yourself.

She hoped the seventh floor would come soon before she did Tammy bodily harm.

“Cat got your tongue?”

One, two, three, four, five… Keep counting Phoebe don’t let her know it bothers you.

“Start looking for another job cause when Daniel and I get married, you’re out of a here,” Tammy said.

The lift stopped, and Phoebe pushed the button and kept the doors from opening. She turned and gave Tammy her undivided attention.

“You have a problem, Tammy. If Daniel Cochran fires me, I’ll make sure that you and he live in hell. So try me. And furthermore, you need to get Daniel to ease your itch, or I'll ease it by putting my foot there, and he won't be able to touch you until the stitches are removed. So don't you ever let me hear you talking about my kids again."

Phoebe let go of the button, and the doors opened, and she stepped out first.

“Now you have a glorious, day, Ms. Tammy.”

She didn't even bother to look back at the woman she’d just threatened.

                                                            ***

That’s all, folks.

For those of you celebrating the holiday on Monday, Happy Labor Day!

And to all of you, I say,

Be safe. See you next week.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, July 15, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday


It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.   I am still running behind. I now have a large container in my driveway. I am almost finished with clearing out my basement.

            It is time for me to share the books I have read, the books I am reading, and what I plan to read in the future and my WIPpet for this week.

So, here goes:

  • What have I read?

Nothing.

  • What am I reading?

I’ve pushed Broken Pieces, Kathleen Long and Christine’s Odyssey by J.L. Campbell down on my list because I am reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool.

  • What do I plan to read next?

Not sure yet. I am working on the final revision for my manuscript so that I can submit it back to my writing coach/book editor at the middle of August and concentrating on books by authors who have agent contracts with agencies where I want to submit.

My WIPpet is 13 sentences for day 13.

Summary: Phoebe is on edge. She is wary of Daniel. Those two have been at each other throats for some times. We open up chapter 4 with her leaving the group to return to the stage and her second set.

***

To say that the couples around the oval table felt bushwhacked when Daniel said he would take Phoebe home is an understatement. Not only were they speechless, but, Phoebe went back on stage troubled. A foreboding spirit hung over her head; what does he want from me? He’s never offered to do anything to help me at work and now he’s offering to drive me home. Daniel Cochran, I don’t know what you’re up to but this is one woman you’re not going to brow beat into something.

“You okay, Phoeb?” her pianist asked.

“Sure. I’m okay. My mind was somewhere else, Clay.”

“Well, bring it back to us, Sweetheart. You sang a great first set, and the people want more.”

“Thanks. You guys played a great first set too. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

“Take five,” Clay said. “ Give us some time to get into groove, before you come out with your James Brown medley.”

“Will do. You guys take your time. I’m in no hurry,” Phoebe said and walked away, parting the divided stage curtain to go to the lady’s room for entertainers.

***

That’s it, folks.

Until next week,

Shalom aleichem,

PatGarciaBW

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday


It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.   I am still running behind. I now have a large container in my driveway. I am almost finished with clearing out my basement.

            So, it is time for me to share the books I have read, the books I am reading, and what I plan to read in the future and my WIPpet for this week.

So, here goes:

  • What have I read?

The Miracle of Small Things By Guilie Castillo-Oriard

What am I reading?

I haven’t started on anything. Getting my basement clear and keeping up with my writing are priorities one and two.

  • What do I plan to read next?

Christine’s Odyssey (Simms Siblings Series by J.L. Campbell, and Broken Pieces by Kathleen Long

My WIPpet: I am continuing with the novel that I am writing and revising on Wattpad.

(My math is simple: June is the sixth month, and I have six paragraphs.

A little bit of history from last week: They are still at the Gala. Daniel attends for the first time. He hears Phoebe sing her first set and feels inspired. Now the band is taking a break and Phoebe heads to their table not knowing that Daniel is a part of the party. The last line from last week was,

“Here, she comes,” Peter said. “Maybe, we should put what happen today aside until the appropriate time.”

***

“Yes, I agree. I don’t want our singer walking out because someone asks her why she’s not on stage,” Kirk said, sarcastically and looked at Daniel.

“Kirk, that’s not fair. Give me a chance to correct my mistake.”

“Mistakes, Boss,” Maria said.

“Okay, agreed, mistakes.”

As Phoebe approached the table, her eyes widened as she regarded the one person she didn’t expect to see gazing at her.

“Is something wrong, Phoebe?” Daniel asked, forcing her to look at him.

That’s it, folks.

Until next week,

Shalom aleichem,

PatGarciaBW

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday June 22, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
Hello Everyone,

            It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.   I am still running behind. I now have a large container in my driveway. Everything has to be moved from my office to the container so that they can put in new floors and doors. Besides that, I have two short stories that I am preparing to submit to different publications, so my plate is running over.

            So, it is time for me to share the books I have read, the books I am reading, and what I plan to read in the future, and my WIPpet for this week.

So, here goes:

  • What have I read?

I haven’t completed any of the books below because of storms and flooding.

What am I reading?

The Miracle of Small Things by Guilie Castillo-Oriard (I’ll be posting a book review on this one, this coming Friday or Saturday.

  • What do I plan to read next?

Christine’s Odyssey (Simms Siblings Series by J.L. Campbell, and Broken Pieces by Kathleen Long

My WIPpet: I am continuing with the novel that I am writing and revising on Wattpad.

(My math is simple. 6+22= 28 sentences.

A little bit of history from last week- Daniel appears at the Benefit’s Gala. Something that he doesn’t do, but this year Maria, his administrative assistant, talked him into it. Phoebe doesn’t know Daniel is going to be attending.

WIPpet:

The Cabaret evening, sponsored by the Commerce Department, drew people from every branch of the business community. For the past two years, Daniel had not been attending. Instead, he had sent Kirk, Peter, Roberta, Maria, and their spouses as his representatives. A man who shuns the lights of high society, an enjoyable evening for Daniel was playing a game of chess with Kirk or Peter or babysitting for their children. After his disastrous relationship with Shirley, he lost the desire to pursue any woman. Nowadays, he was the pursued and not the pursuer. Thus, he sat around the exquisitely made mahogany oval table looking at his friends and their spouses with suppressed melancholy.

“You ladies look very nice this evening,” Daniel said as he looked at Roberta, Maria and the wives from Kirk and Peter.

“I’d say,” said Peter. “They’re all very attractive.”

“Darling, you’d say that even if I were wearing a flour sack,” Sue said, and the table broke out into laughter.

“Shh, Phoebe is getting ready to walk out on stage,” Kirk said. “I want to hear Phoebe, now.”

Daniel looked at Kirk with a question in his eyes, and Hannah, Kirk wife, caught it. “Kirk is as protective of Phoebe as a mother bear with her cub, and he’s very proud of her,” Hannah said.

“And you aren’t jealous?” Daniel asked.

“Nope. I’m not Daniel. You have to get to know Phoebe. She’s a woman that I admire and respect, and I know my hubby is in good hands with her.”

“Shh,” said Kirk.

They looked toward the stage where Phoebe’s combo had taken their places. Piano, drums, contrabass, and saxophone. As they began to play their instrumental, Daniel once again looked over the group and his glance stop at Maria. His personal admin assistant sat there with her eyes closed as her body moved slightly to the music. It was a Gershwin song, Summertime, and Daniel wondered how Phoebe voice would mix with the musicians that were playing it extremely well. Suddenly, he heard a deep dark, voice, softly rising and increasing in crescendo. The voice rang out in clarity and washed over Daniel’s soul. Amazed at the richness of Phoebe’s voice, Daniel closed his eyes and let her sounds permeate his soul.

My god, she’s touched me. 

The tension he’d faced throughout the day left leave him, and he sat back, chained by her voice.

“She’s beautiful,” Daniel murmured when the first set was over.

“That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you all along, Boss,” Maria said.

“Here, she comes,” Peter said. “Maybe, we should put what happen today aside until the appropriate time.”

***

That’s all folks.

Until next week,

Shalom aleichem

PatGarciaBW

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday May 18, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
Hello Everyone,

It is WIPpet Wednesday and time to share the books I have read, the books I am reading, and what I plan to read in the future and my WIPpet for this week.

So, here goes:

  • What have I read?

 Roxie Rivera's - Her Russian Protector Series

  • What am I reading?

Madness & Obsession by Yolanda Renèe, and The Sign of the Green Dragon by C. Lee Mckenzie.

  • What do I plan to read next?

I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne, Runaway Man by David Handler, and The Miracle of Small Things by Guilie Castillo Oriard.

For my WIPpet today, out of Just At Dawn, I have 13 lines from Chapter 3, which I am revising. (5-18= 13)

Background Summary: Daniel is back in his office. His personal admin, Maria, is standing at his office door in their executive suite waiting for him to acknowledge her.

My WIPpet:

Maria stood in the doorway of Daniel's office as he was preparing to leave for his meeting in the Marketing Department.  With her arms folded across her, a frown on her forehead, the slightly heavyset woman, shook her head and grimaced when Daniel finally decided to acknowledge her. She liked Phoebe. They had become close despite Daniel's constant bickering.

"Why do I get the feeling you want to give me another one of your sermons?" Daniel asked.

"Maybe, because you know you deserve one, Boss. Why is Phoebe resigning?"

"She's not resigning; she just doesn't know it yet."

"Oh. And how do you plan on stopping her?"

"Good question, Maria. I haven't got an answer to that one yet."

Maria released a sigh.  For the past year and a half, she'd been the conciliator between Daniel and Phoebe. At first, it had only been after the Marketing Meetings, but for the last two months, it had become an everyday thing. Daniel was constantly finding fault with something Phoebe did or he was very quick to misunderstand something Phoebe said.  She knew he was a fair person, but when it came to Phoebe, he saw red.

That’s it, people. Have a great week and I’ll see you next Wednesday.

Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia April 4 2016

Pat Garcia