The “New” Share Your World

SYWSo Melanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, has taken over the weekly Share Your World prompt from Cee Neuner. Here is the first of Melanie’s SYW prompts.

When you are old, what do you think children will ask you to tell stories about?   If you are ‘old’ (a term with different meanings for everyone); what stories do you tell your grandchildren?

I guess, technically, I am old, but I don’t yet have any grandchildren. As I think back on the questions my kids have asked, two came from my now 36 year old son when he was 13, so in 1995. He asked, “Dad, how old were you when you got your first computer?” And he asked, “Dad, how come we don’t have any video tapes of you when you were a kid?”

When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great?

When I first asked the woman who ended up being my wife to go on a date and she refused.

What do you think you are much better at than you actually are?   Maybe this one’s kinda mean…thoughts?  

Um, blogging? Or maybe being handy around the house?

What would be the worst thing to hear as you are going under anesthesia before surgery?


What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This answer is very self-serving, but it was when I found out that my blog received more views in August than ever before. Yay!

Active Measures

66F69AD5-AD0B-4784-B117-2AC3D0D2250BI watched the movie “Active Measures” last night. I streamed it on Hulu. If watching that movie doesn’t set off alarm bells, nothing will. Even the most ardent Trump supporters will have to take pause if they see it. It exposes all of Vladimir Putin’s transgressions with respect to interference in the workings of democracies, and not just in the United States, but all across the globe.

Putin, according to the movie, has been engaged in his labor to make the world a more volatile place by undermining democracies and stoking division, dissension, and chaos in order regain for Russia the superpower status it had before the fall of the Soviet Union.

I know that conservatives, Republicans, and Trump’s lemmings, should they even bother to see the movie, will call it pure propaganda and fake news. But it doesn’t take the wisdom of the sage to see the truth behind it. And it’s scary how effective — and successful — Russia’s active measures have been. Very, very scary.

I loathe what’s happening to my country. I loathe what Vladimir Putin’s is doing to undermine our democracy, I loathe the Republicans in Congress who have allowed Trump to get away with this. And most of all, I loathe Donald Trump for being a traitor to his country.

Written for today’s one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge, Ragtag Daily Prompt, Your Daily Word Prompt, Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, Daily Addictions, and Scotts Daily Prompt.

Father Outlaw

BF6A98C8-7823-4480-829A-A6E54B1E14E2“Damn,” Dan said after hanging up the phone. “Hon, I gotta go. I should be back in a few hours.”

“What’s up, Dan?” Judy asked.

“That was Ted, my father outlaw,” Dan explained to his new fiancé. “He wants to talk about something.”

“Your father outlaw? What’s that?”

“Ted is Elaine’s father,” Dan said. “When she and I were still married, he was my father-in-law, but now that she and I are divorced, he’s my father outlaw. Get it?”

(79 words, exactly)

Written for this week’s Weekend Writing Prompt from Sammi Cox. The prompt is “outlaw,” and the post must be exactly 79 words.

FOWC with Fandango — Loathe

FOWCWelcome to September 3, 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 “loathe.”

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.