D is for Damned

A2Z2020For this year’s A to Z Challenge I’m going to attempt to post an old saying or adage each day of the month of April (except for Sundays). I’m going through the alphabet, with the first letter of the adage beginning with the first letter of the alphabet (A) and continuing for 26 adages in alphabetical order until I get through the entire alphabet by April 30 — from A to Z.

I don’t know if it can be done, but I’m going to give it the old college try. Here’s my April 4th adage and it starts with the letter D.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

FOWC with Fandango — Tonight

FOWCWelcome to April 4, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “tonight.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

  1. And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

MLMM Music Challenge — Unfulfilled

Music Challenge LargeFor his Music Challenge this week, Jim Adams has given us the Pat Benatar song, “Promises in the Dark.” Jim asks us to use that song as inspiration for our own post.

What came to mind for me was a song by Jackson Browne. While looking at some old photographs of his wife (or girlfriend?) he came across one of her. What he saw was unexpected. He noticed that, at the instant he took her picture, there was a trace of sorrow in her eyes.

In his song, Browne realizes that what he was seeing wasn’t what was happening at all. For a while, their relationship had such promise to it, but then he notes that “when you see through love’s illusions, there lies the danger, and your perfect lover just looks like a perfect fool. So you go running off in search of a perfect stranger….” I mean, who hasn’t done that?

Then, in what to me is a profound observation that many couples feel when their relationship starts to unravel, Browne writes,

“Now for you and me it may not be that hard to reach our dreams
But that magic feeling never seems to last
And while the future’s there for anyone to change, still you know it seems
It would be easier sometimes to change the past”

Jackson Browne’s “Fountain of Sorrow” is one of my favorite songs from that artist. It’s a rather melancholy song about the promise of love going unfulfilled. But I would venture to say that few people who have suffered from a love lost can’t relate to the theme of the song.

Here is the song.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge and for today’s WordPress Discover Prompt, “song.”

C is for Clear Conscience

A2Z2020For this year’s A to Z Challenge I’m going to attempt to post an old saying or adage each day of the month of April (except for Sundays). I’m going through the alphabet, with the first letter of the adage beginning with the first letter of the alphabet (A) and continuing for 26 adages in alphabetical order until I get through the entire alphabet by April 30 — from A to Z.

I don’t know if it can be done, but I’m going to give it the old college try. Here’s my April 3rd adage and it starts with the letter C.

Clearer the conscience, merrier the life.