Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: Old-World Charm

Here is another attempt at “flash fiction“, writing a 99-word blog post in response to a prompt. The prompt this week is “old-world charm“:

In 1494, Luca Pacioli, a Franciscan friar, wrote one of the first published descriptions of double-entry bookkeeping. He described journals, ledgers, year-end closing entries, and proposed that a trial balance be used to prove a balanced ledger. He warned that a person should not go to sleep at night until the debits equalled the credits. His ledger had accounts for assets, liabilities, capital, income, and expenses — the account categories that are reported on an organization’s balance sheet and income statement, respectively. These terms are still used today. Who knew there was a certain old-world charm to what I teach.

 

24 thoughts on “Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: Old-World Charm

  1. Thanks for the history lesson. I think I might have enjoyed you teaching me numbers.
    I think too that this could also work for accounting for ones deeds.
    And if one fell short in the balance for good, doubling down the next day should be a ‘prior’ity…

    -Prior, derived from the Latin for “earlier, first”, is an ecclesiastical title for a superior, usually lower in rank than an abbot or abbess. Its earlier generic usage referred to any monastic superior. – Puns and humor are a big part of my life 😉

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  2. You teach accounting? Interesting.

    I used to teach accounting a few years ago. It was an interesting experience, and I did it sort of as a way to give back and pay forward what I have learned.

    I still work as an accountant, and yes, I do know the dread of not having your debits not equal your credits. Good luck sleeping when you are off by a single decimal! Hahahaha

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      1. yes, it’s hard to imagine it’s been over 30 years. But it has been an enjoyable career – the students are the best, and I am sure you would have been as well!

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  3. Great response to the prompt Jim.. fantastic.. and on another note.. the first of your archive posts that I have selected has just gone live and the other three will follow suit over the next three Tuesdays. thanks again for letting me share.. I am sure you will have feedback. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-wellness-wednesday-take-a-two-minute-walk-before-you-read-this-2015-by-jim-borden/

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    1. thanks, Sally. The idea for the story based on the prompt just seemed to pop into my head out of nowhere. Thanks again for featuring some of my posts on your blog; you are quite generous.

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      1. that’s the kind of thing that will drive you nuts! (but secretly, I think accountants get excited when things don’t balance the first time 🙂 ) (sorry for the delay, your comment was somehow in my spam folder!)

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  4. Oh my, reminds me of my Accounting class ….. wasn’t really the best in that class. Wish I had you as my Professor…. I’m sure you would’ve been amazing! ❤️ P.S. In my world today, I love Accounting principles ….helps me navigate my life with loads of love, intentionality, and positivity! ☀️☀️☀️

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  5. History serves to remind us that we are not the original original thinkers. The human capacity for problem-solving has long been with us. I had no idea, though, that accounting had old world charm! Great flash, Jim.

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