At the Beach #WednesdayWords #WritingPrompts #Inspiration

On a hot Florida summer afternoon, I was boogie boarding near the water’s edge, marveling at how calm the ocean was and thinking I should visit Florida more often during the summer. Suddenly, the wind came up, making the waves choppy, and the sun disappeared behind dark clouds. I tried to send a telepathic message to God about this turn in the weather, but either he didn’t get it or wasn’t listening. Disgusted, I made my way on shore, as it started to rain.


Thanks to Cheryl Fisher and Kathy King at Writing Works Wonders for inspiring the above true story with their current prompt to write something in 100 words or less, using the words “wind,” “rain,” and “send.” You can click here to read other responses and post your own.

In the summer of 2014, when I was in Florida for my brother’s wedding, we all went to the beach one afternoon. After eating a picnic lunch, we had fun in the water. I decided to try using a boogie board, and the rest, as they say, is history.


Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.


Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography

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Two Pentacles Publishing.



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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.





Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?