Dog Days of August

Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is “dog.” Given the events of this past week between Donald Trump and his former White House staffer, Omarosa Manigault Newman, the only African-American to have served in a senior role, I thought this prompt was well timed.

To set the stage, Omarosa was fired from her White House position by chief-of-staff John Kelly in February. Omarosa, an “Apprentice” contestant several times over, published a “tell-all” book this week. It’s titled Unhinged, and is all about her time in the Trump White House. She’s also released some audio tapes she surreptitiously recorded and says she has many more.

Aparently Trump apparently went ballistic and, of course, he started rage tweeting. In one of them, he called Omarosa a dog.img_2202Calling Omarosa a dog did not sit well with a lot of people. But, of course, his loyal, puppy dog-like press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended him.img_2195

The Agony and the Ecstacy

73904F3D-7A36-4D5B-A5A2-AD0D8889E7D9The cacophony of the street sounds exacerbated the intensity of my migraine. I continued along the urban road until I finally reached the sanctuary of my home. Once inside, I prayed that the agony inside my head would subside and that I would finally achieve some relief.

You were waiting for me and immediately sensed my suffering. “Sit down,” you said. “I will summon up some magic with my fingers.” I did as you instructed and slowly lowered myself into my favorite easy chair. You positioned yourself behind me told me to close my eyes and think of nothing. And then, in your special, sensual way, you began the massage.

It was ecstacy.


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Photo Credit: Andrei Lazarev — Unsplash

Weekend Writing Prompt — #MeToo

B0AA741F-26F9-4B21-8BE1-21277BE69B31“I’m going to have to let you go, Janice,” he said.

“What?” I asked. “Are you firing me? What have I done wrong?”

It’s more what you haven’t done,” he said. “You’ve been derelict in your duties.”

“How so?”

“You’ve refused to have sex with me.”

(46 words)


Written for today’s Weekend Writing Prompt from Sammie Cox.5420E16B-3D75-4971-8D5F-688163B9468E

SoCS — Yet Another Political Rant

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill asked us to “find a word that uses the suffix “-ic” or “-ical.”

31F97D82-3C9B-43FD-BBFA-5794C6CA74ADI like to consider myself to be a logical, practical, realistic person. I am also a stoic individual, always keeping my basic emotions in check in almost all things, with the possible exception of that which is political.

In fact, since the election of Donald Trump, I have become quite cynical and skeptical. I can even, at times, come across a bit maniacal, as I cannot abide by those hypocritical, spineless Republicans who, along with that orange lunatic in the White House, are engaging in the systematic destruction of our democratic republic. I might otherwise find our current political climate almost comical were it not so tragic.

Some would suggest that I’m being overly dramatic, but I have to be emphatic. My concerns aren’t that drastic. It’s not that I’m about to panic, but I find these times to be somewhat enigmatic. I’m enthusiastic in my support for those who are sympathetic to the efforts to combat the autocratic tendencies of our diabolical president.

We are at a critical time for our country. The situation we find ourselves in is not a hypothetical one. It’s not metaphorical. It’s very real. I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic when I say that we must be highly energetic and we must be heroic. We can’t afford to be apathetic; it’s our apathy that got us here.

I’m actually more of a flight than a fight kind of a guy, but now is not the time to take flight. It’s time to fight. It’s time for patriotic Americans to stand against the radical extremism and nationalistic, bombastic, almost fanatical rhetoric of the far right.

We must act now to save America. November is coming. Vote Democratic.


Okay, I may have gotten a bit carried away in my political rant filled with words ending in “ic” and “ical.” This is really atypical of me, as I’m not generally this caustic. While I try to be more didactic in expressing my opinions, I fear I became somewhat apoplectic in this post. And for that I’m feeling quite apologetic.

But hey, this is Stream of Consciousness Saturday, is it not? One must go with the flow.

FOWC with Fandango — Sensual

FOWCWelcome to August 18, 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 “sensual.”

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.