Yes, I Suffer From TDS

TDSTrump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a mental condition in which a person has been driven effectively insane due to their dislike of Donald Trump, to the point at which they will abandon all logic and reason.

I admit it. I suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. But it’s not because I’ve abandoned all logic and reason. It’s because I’m still clinging to logic and reason.

You see, I think any rational, thinking person should, as I do, believe that Donald Trump is a threat to our American democracy. I see disturbing connections between how fascism and authoritarianism took hold in other countries and what is occurring in the United States at present. And it scares the shit out of me.

And apparently I’m not alone. The American Psychological Association noted in a recent survey that 57% respondents said “the current political climate” was a top source of angst in their lives. More people were stressed out by politics than about their family responsibilities (49%) or their health situation (also 49%).

Many people, myself included, are feeling more depressed because of the state of the world. We have a sense of hopelessness, futility, and fear about the future. And it’s not that we’re insane, that we’ve lost touch with reality, or that we’ve lost the ability to think clearly.

It’s because we see what’s happening before our very eyes and there seems to be nothing to be done to stop it. Trump now owns the Republican Party and virtually all Republican members of Congress, especially congressional leaders like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.

Trump has stacked his administration, as well as the judiciary, with sycophants who unabashedly defend him and all of his abhorrent tweets and actions. The man is dividing this country like never before since the Civil War and he’s putting the delicate threads of the American democracy through the shredder.

Yes, Trump drives me crazy. But it is not me who is insane. It’s Trump himself and those who throw themselves at his feet who have lost touch with reality.

In my humble opinion.

Tagged Again

33E4903E-FD10-44BD-85C4-38A0F64A60B5Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, started another one of her “Finish the Story” blog hops, this one titled “The Road.” Click here for the rules, along with her opener. Teresa then tagged Paula at Light Motifs to pick it up for part 2. Click here for Paula’s contribution. And then Paula tagged me to continue the story.

Since I’ve provided links to Teresa’s and Paula’s pieces, I won’t repeat them here. I will just pick up where Paula left off with “…he didn’t hear the rattle as he stepped over the log…”


Eric braced himself for the rattlesnake bite that he knew was coming. He looked down at the log expecting to see a coiled rattler poised to strike. But he was totally unprepared for what he actually saw. There, in a small wicker basket, was a baby, no more than a few months old, Eric guessed, rattle in hand, looking back up at Eric. The baby shook its rattle and then smiled up at Eric. Eric reached down and lifted up the basket. The baby looked healthy and, given the circumstance, remarkably happy. It even started cooing when Eric lifted it up out of the basket. And that is when Eric found the note attached to the baby’s diaper.


Okay, now it’s my turn to tag someone else to continue the story. And I tag Jim Adams over at A Unique Title for Me.

SoCS — All About Farting

businessman fartingSo for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill challenged us to write a post about a bodily function. Actually, she said we could “decide on one or write about a whole bunch of bodily functions.”

My favorite bodily function is the fart. Because farts are funny. Back on July 1, 2017, I wrote a whole post about farts. Its focus was farting on airplanes and the bottom line (no pun intended) was that you should just go ahead and let it rip.

Farting is a natural part of the human digestive process. When you eat, you don’t just swallow food, you also swallow air, which contains nitrogen and oxygen. These tiny air bubbles make their way through our bodies and mix with hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane along the way. The only way they can escape the body is by releasing them out of our butts and into the air we breathe.

We each fart, on average, five to ten times a day. And, contrary to popular belief, women fart just as much as men. Most people try to avoid farting in public even though farting is a sign that we are healthy.

Did you ever notice, though, that your own farts seem to smell better than (or at least not as bad as) those of other people? Seriously, the next time you let one rip, take a whiff. We tend to like the smell of our own farts more than those of others.

One reason we favor the smell of our own farts is because we prefer that which is familiar to us. Another reason is because smelling something as odorous as another person’s fart triggers a natural fight or flight response. We want to protect ourselves from something that could potentially be poisonous or bacteria-ridden.

A third reason your own farts are sweeter than other people’s farts is because you know when you’re about to fart and your brain can prepare itself to process the fact that a nasty smell is afoot, so to speak. That’s why the dreaded “silent but deadly” farts often smells the worst. Without the warning sound coming from the butt of another person, your brain doesn’t have time to prepare itself for the foul smell.

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FOWC with Fandango — Attitude

FOWCWelcome to August 11, 2018 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 “attitude.”

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.

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