4 January 2019

Published January 2, 2019 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Friction

Word Count: 100


“Hurry, wife. The city’s crumbling around us.” The aged patriarch bent to fasten his sandals, and straightened with a groan. “Oy. I’m too old for this.”

            “Do you prefer the blue tunic or the beige?” She held them up. “I think the blue brings out my eyes.”

            “Woman! Are you meshuga? An angel warns us of the incoming wrath of God and you’re concerned with clothes?”

            “No fashion sense.” She rolled her eyes. “You really believe this judgement mishegoss, don’t you?”

            “Don’t you?”

            “Angel shmangel.” She shrugged. “Lot, my love. I take everything you say with a grain of salt.”  

*For those unfamiliar with Old Testament Bible stories, when God delivered Lot and his family from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the angel had instructed them not to look back. Lot’s wife did and turned into a pillar of salt. 



My Coffee Table book A STONE FOR THE JOURNEY is now available on Amazon KINDLE, Paperback or Hardcover.  Hardcover is also available at Barnes & Noble.com

I’m not crazy about the formatting job they did on the Kindle, but it’s all there. 😉 I’ve yet to see the paperback version so I reserve opinion. Nor do I understand why the paperback and hardcover are the same price. 


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116 comments on “4 January 2019

    • Dear Björn,

      I enjoy a bit of black humor myself. But then I cut my teeth on Mad Magazine and one of the most memorable movies of my childhood was Dr. Strangelove. Guess I’ve been warped from an early age. 😉 Thank you.



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  • I did like your take on this, Rochelle. It feels so right to me that she would be sceptical of this ‘end of the world’ foretelling, as many of us would be today I’m guessing. I always felt sorry for Lot’s wife, turned to a pillar of salt just for being curious, though it perhaps makes her one of the world’s first ‘rubberneckers’! Love the humour and the touch of domesticity to this ancient tale. You’ve put the human in history again, something you’re so good at. Great work.

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  • hahaha! I can just imagine that conversation… heheh! At the moment, I’m reading the Left Behind series by LeHaye & someone… Anyway, this would fit right into that story, to. I’m at the part where the great earthquakes are happening, book 3 or 4,,I’ve lost track. Series was a Christmas gift from someone in our Sunday School class. When I get done sneezing pop from all the laughter, I’ll write something this week. Start the year out right. ~Shalom, Jelli.

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    • Dear Jelli,

      I love to take Bible stories and imagine what really went through the heads of some of those people. They were human after all. I never read the Left Behind Series. They were very popular a few years back…even in the secular world. Happy to make you laugh. 😀 Thank you.



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  • She always struck me as an independent, feisty little piece. No doubt her in-laws would have described her as a thoroughly bad lot. Duh! I’ll get me coat… Great way to start the year, Rochelle. You can’t beat a smile in January.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Oy! This time I did listen to you tell it… gave it much more flavour (see what I did there?). Men do have a tendency to exaggerate, so who can blame her for not being all gung-ho in believing him? ‘Course hindsight being 20/20 vision and all that…

    Love what you did with this!

    Lotsa love,


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  • Happy New Year, Rochelle.
    I love your take on this story a lot more than the original which is just another one to cement the patriarchy and keep women ‘in their place’ and inferior.
    And thank you for the Kindle version, bought it right away and love it. The layout of the images is indeed sometimes skewed but I’ve seen this more than once in kindle versions. As long as I can enlarge it properly I find it perfectly fine. For people with a small budget, or lack of space, this is ideal.

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