Wednesday, December 28, 2016

12-28-16


Several months ago, I started a new "series" of posts... if you will...
And so on Wednesdays; I intend to post an old photograph to inspire your creativity. 
 Write a poem!  
Plot out a short story!     
 Have inspiration for a piece of art or composition.... let your artistic soul shine.        
(you can click on the photos in this post to make it larger to see).

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Little is known about Betty Lou McShannon.
Daughter of Irish immigrants, she grew up in a small town in Illinois during the depression.
She had 7 brothers, all hard working... and when she finished high school, she headed to secretarial school in Chicago. From there, she landed a quiet administrative job at a small Catholic school.
She never married, she had no children, and if you  knew her, it was probably as the "nice, quiet lady in 4B" of the apartment complex she lived in. She died one foggy midwinter afternoon... resting in her easy chair and watching her favorite soap opera.
What most don't know about Betty Lou though, could fill an encyclopedia set.
You see, Betty Lou had a double life.

Working as a spy in WWII, she had decoded many secret messages from Hitler's camps; and helped bring an ugly war to it's knees. After the war, she couldn't sit idly by, and having tasted the life of a spy and undercover-work... she longed for more. In the 50s, she worked for "cold-war operations" detailing information for those suspected to be Russian sympathizers. And then, there was her "other" activities... working as a dominatrix on the south side of Chicago on her "vacation" time from her secretarial job. Yes, this seemingly quiet woman had a thing for cat-o-nine tails and punishments doled out to her customers.
Besides, she rationalized, "everyone needs a hobby..." and she just wasn't that into knitting.

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See you all next Wednesday for another creativity prompt.