John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.
500 Articles ~ Can You Believe It?
Well, here it is, my 500th article on this writing platform. who would have thought? Certainly not me when I started here 11 (going on 12) years ago. I think I published two articles in the first year. Although the majority of what I have written here is poetry, I have also written essays, short stories, flash fiction, informational, and even recipe articles.
After that initial year, my time here has had its ups and downs, with periods where my muse was inspired and I wrote four or five articles a week, to others with a month or two of blank pages. On average, now, I have settled into a comfortable routine of about one item per week, with the occasional creative burst.
Thank you to all who read my work, especially those who also take the time to comment. That is quite a big deal as it is not nearly as easy as it once was. Anyway, I still enjoy writing here, despite the changes, and I am looking forward to writing at least another 500 here as long as the site keeps keeping on.
I was about to write a poem in response to Brenda Arledge's wonderful weekly word prompt "Tomorrow" and realised this would be my 500th article. I could have attained this milestone a little earlier but I have deleted an old article or two over time. With that said I hope you enjoy "Tomorrow, Bring It On!"
Tomorrow, Bring It On!
Tomorrow's full of promises,
of wonders still to come.
No matter what has gone before
let's beat the future's drum.
Plans can't be relied upon,
nothing yet to come is sure.
But always be the optimist,
invite fortune to your door.
Just as Nature welcomes spring
to awaken and renew,
you must embrace tomorrow,
It's your new beginning too.
Some say, "tomorrow never comes,"
but that is just not true.
For today was once tomorrow,
and yesterday was too.
Tomorrow holds surprises,
a sense of the unknown.
Through forces outside our control,
your fate's already sown.
Just accept what's written in the wind,
You can't change what's carved in stone,
Ancient prophecies of elders,
Or the fortune-telling bones.
Don't spend today in worry
about tomorrows woes.
For all you know your stresses
will never even show.
So let your life take its course,
live one day at a time.
and dream of a great future.
that's the message in this rhyme.
500 ~ The Card Game
500 or five hundred, also called bid Euchre (but not to be confused with another game of the same name) is a trick-taking card game that is an extension of euchre that also borrows some ideas from Bridge. For two to six players, it is most commonly played by four players in teams or partnerships but can also be played as a three-player game, using a dead or unplayed hand.
Unlike poker and most other card games, the Ace is not the highest card. The Joker is the top card followed by the Jack of whichever colour suit is "trumps." The suits that can be called are from lowest to highest: Spades, Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, No Trumps (if you have the Joker in your hand.) If a player has a really bad hand they can call "Misere" in which case that player must endeavour to lose every hand.
500 started in America prior to 1900, promoted by the United States Playing Card Company, which copyrighted and marketed the rules in 1904. It remained highly popular in the United States until around 1920 when auction bridge and contract bridge became more favourable.
500 continues to enjoy popularity in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and in other countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada. The US Playing Card Company now has headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky. Five hundred is still regarded by some as the national card game of Australia and America.
I grew up playing 500, which was taught to me by my parents, uncle, and grandmother. It was a family tradition and whenever we got together you could be sure a game of 500 would be "on the cards" for that evening's entertainment. Unfortunately with the passing of those mentioned the tradition has also died, though we do occasionally play with some friends.
I did teach my eldest son to play, and he enjoys it, as does my wife. So, if we can manage to get another family member to learn the game and participate maybe we can resurrect the tradition. It is hard to entice anyone to play cards today with electronic games, the Internet, and smartphones, but you never know.
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