#FOWC — You’re Not Like He Is

84985561-1D78-4E26-8924-FCA3DBB37743You’re not debonair like he is.

You’re not sophisticated like he is.

You’re not suave like he is.

You’re not dashing like he is.

You’re not classy like he is.

You’re not elegant like he is.

You’re not gallant like he his.

That’s why I love you and not him.

Written for today’s One-Word Challenge, “debonair.” Image credit: Eric Scales at ericscalessketchbook.blogspot.com.

#writephoto — Sailors’ Delight

5687711A-6C60-4520-993E-1714237C40D1“It’s spectacular, isn’t it?” Marion said. “Like a painting.”

“What makes the sky look like that?” Julie asked her father. She never asked her mother questions like that because whenever she did, her mother would simply say, “Ask you father.” And so she did.

“It’s the sun’s rays glowing from just below the horizon and being reflected in the clouds,” Burt answered. “When the sun sets, sunlight has to pass through more air than in the daytime. When sunlight travels through more atmosphere, it provides more molecules to scatter the violet and blue light away from our eyes.”

“Oh,” Julie said, not really understanding what her father had told her. “But what does it mean?”

Burt looked at his daughter and said, “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky in morning, sailors’ warning. That’s an old saying because sailors used to use the setting and rising sun to gauge the weather.”

“How?” Julie asked.

“Because weather moves from west to east, which means storm systems generally move in from the west,” Burt said. “So when you see a red sky at night, it means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. Basically good weather will follow.”

Julie gave her father a questioning look, but he ignored her expression and continued, “But a red sunrise can mean that the good weather has already passed, indicating that a storm system may be moving to the east. A morning sky that is a deep, fiery red can indicate that there is high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain could be on its way.”

“Mom?” Julie said, looking at her mother for help.

“Just look at the sunset and, as your father said, take delight in it for its beauty,” Marion said. “The rest of what your father said is just him showing off.”

Written for today’s Thursday Photo Prompt from Sue Vincent.

Good News

Some of you have told me that it’s occasionally challenging to find my daily FOWC One-Word Challenge prompts. So, based upon a few suggestions some of you have offered me, I have created a separate page where all of my One-Word Challenge prompts (and my personal responses to those prompts) can be found.

If you’re using a laptop or personal computer, you’ll see a new tab across the top of the page that says “One-Word Challenge,” as shown below. Click on that tab link to see all of the FOWC daily prompts.


If you’re using an iPhone or other smartphone, you should see a menu bar link with three short, horizontal lines on the home page in the upper left. If you click on those bars, it will open up the menu, where you’ll see the “One-Word Challenge” link, as shown below.

FOWC Link iphone

I hope this helps anyone who has been having trouble finding my daily one-word prompts.

Thanks to all of you who have been participating to date. I love reading your responses to these prompts.

MLMM Tale Weaver — Happily Ever After

3DFDD2A0-E11C-440E-A371-25719C1E2AAEFor this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt, we are asked to weave a tale that deals with the notion of “happily ever after.”

I’m not a big fan of fairytales, and as to “happily ever after,” well, as I said in a post I wrote last month, in real life, shit happens. Life has its ups and downs, its highs and lows. Happiness, itself, is elusive, but to achieve it “ever after”? Just how long is “ever after” anyway?

Yes, I’m jaded, cynical, and skeptical about happily ever afters. But in the interest of responding to this prompt, I’ll give happily ever after a go. Are you ready?

Once upon a time there was a magical land where the sun shown brightly on the mountains and the prairies and the oceans white with foam. The people who lived in this land were good people, happy people, caring people, generous people, loving people, free people. Everything seemed right throughout the land.

But then a strange, clown-like man with orange, cotton candy hair, tiny little hands, and a long red tie showed up and started planting seeds of doubt regarding all that was great about the land. And the people became restless and unhappy and they started to turn on one another.

Influencers from far away lands with malevolent intent aided and abetted the evil clown to manipulate and further divide the citizenry, which enabled the clown to assume the throne. And once there, he immediately began tearing down all of the institutions that had made this land so special. He turned against the friends and allies of the land while embracing those from other lands who meant us harm.

But one day, a special man appeared and he shined a bright light upon the evil clown-king, along with his slithering, spineless cronies. The bright light exposed the clown-king for all of his nefarious acts, in collusion with the bad guys from far away places, in order to seize power. The light also exposed his actions to cover up all of his misdeeds and to obstruct their exposure.

The people rejoiced when the clown-king, who proved to be a conman, a charlatan, and a traitor, and was removed from the throne and was thrown behind bars.55419670-F31E-4C49-AFB3-D73BBAD5F2A2The madness was finally over, the darkness dissipated, order was finally restored, and the people of the land lived happily ever after.

And this, my friends, is the end of my fairytale.