Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – “Card”

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It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again. This weeks prompt is “card.” Linda Hill says we can use it any way we want. If you want to join in the madness go to Linda’s blog and read about how easy it is to participate. Here is the link to her post.

Card by John W. Howell © 2018

“What are you doing?”

“Playing a card game. What does it look like?”

“But you keep going through that deck over and over. What game is that?”


“solitaire? I’ve never seen solitaire played that way.”

“Well, I admit it is a little unusual.”

“Have you won a game yet?”


“How long have you been playing?”

“Today or lifetime?”

“Okay, both.”

“Today, three hours. Lifetime, twelve years.”

“You’ve used the same deck of cards all this time.”

“Yes, I have.”

“And never won?”


“Any idea why not?”

“It could be because I’m playing with a deck of fifty-one.”

“Could be? Are you nuts? You can’t win with a missing card.”

“It really doesn’t matter.”

“It doesn’t?”

‘Haven’t you heard the expression, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.”‘

“Yeah, but this is crazy. Where did you get this idea?”

“That song.”

‘What song?”

“Flowers on the Wall by the Statler Brothers.”

“Another earworm for sure.”

“Here take a listen.”

“Rather not.”


  1. Enjoyable morning read, thanks 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Ginni.

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  2. Haven’t thought of that song in a very long time! They were good singers. Your story was cute, but then again you have a tendency to be quite the card.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, GP

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  3. You’re a master of the short story, John.
    Don’t ever change.

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    1. I’ll try to keep the faith, Hook. Thank you.


  4. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    Gosh, I haven’t thought of that song in decades and to be honest, your story not only brought smiles, but it also helped me understand it. Have a great day, John.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks, Gwen.

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  5. […] pours his Corona into its glass and relaxes. You, you sip your Bourbon and say a small thank you to John Howell for introducing it to […]


    1. Thank you for the mention, Dan


  6. Wow…I remember my mother singing that song, John. 🙂 Great job with the story. Happy Saturday!

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    1. Happy Saturday to you, Jill. *Sung to the tune of Ironic by Alanis Morissette

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  7. Another excellent prompt response. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Charles.


  8. Shelley · · Reply

    LOL – great story. I remember the song, don’t want the earworm, thank you I shall pass on the listen, but your story is enough for me to carry on with a smile for the day!

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    1. I’m so glad, Shelley. Thank you.


  9. Hilarious, John!

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    1. Thank you, John

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  10. Hey, persistence always pays off. It is what my wife keeps telling me, over and over and over and over…

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  11. YOU’RE TOO GOOD! ♥♥♥

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    1. Thanks, Billy Ray

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  12. An entertaining take, John.

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    1. Thanks, Robbie.

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  13. Lol! “Playing Solitaire ’til dawn with a deck of fifty-one…” Great one, John!

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    1. Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain Kangaroo now don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do. Thanks, Jan

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  14. Good one John! I never smoked any cigarettes while I was watching Captain Kangaroo.

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    1. Might have been too young. 🙂

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  15. That is most definitely an earworm song! I don’t even have to listen to it for it to have snuck in there…
    Fun “card” story!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. 😀

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  16. harmonykent · · Reply

    Not playing with a full deck! Love it, John! 😊

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    1. So to speak. Thanks, Harmony.

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  17. Funny, John. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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