Detached From Reality

9C6490E9-170B-4B6B-AF74-377357CA872APulitzer Prize winning author Bob Woodward, the author of the book Fear — Trump in the White House, said today, “I’ve never seen an instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what’s going on.”

Along with Carl Bernstein, Woodward wrote a series of stories for The Washington Post detailing corruption at the highest level of the Nixon government. Woodward has spent the last four decades reporting and chronicling how each successive president since Nixon has dealt with the immense challenges of the office. He’s now suggesting that what he has witnessed in the Trump White House is unlike anything he’s seen before.

“This has not been treated seriously enough,” Woodward said. “Some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security.”

So what does our Dear Leader have to say tweet? “The Woodward book is a Joke — just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dems can’t stand losing. I’ll write the real book!”

Share Your World — Passion, Tattoos, and Trump

SYWIt’s time for this week’s Share Your World questions, now from Melanie over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind. Here goes:

Are You A Better Listener or Speaker?

I’m a fairly good listener (if I’m in the moment and paying attention), but not such a great speaker. And that’s one reason I like writing. I’m able to express myself much more coherently in writing than I am verbally.

If You Were Asked To Design A Warning Label That Would Be Tattooed On Your Skin, What Would It Say? 

“No Tattoos Allowed”

What Are You Passionate About?

Blogging.

If You Could Change One Thing About Your World, What Would It Be?

Donald Trump would not have won the electoral college, and thus the presidency, in 2016.

What Gave You A Reason To Smile This Past Week?

Our adult — and very busy, living their own lives — kids spending much of the weekend with us.

The One-Night Stand

370BBB68-F44C-4015-A858-56C761F92D0FFor the grace of God, Elizabeth, will you please stop being so goddam tempestuous,” Dan said.

Elizabeth’s face contorted into a grimace. “You have no idea what it’s like to be married to you,  Dan,” she said, as tears streamed down her cheeks. “I feel like you’ve stuffed me into some tight enclosure and I’m suffocating.”

“Well, maybe if you demonstrated some stability in your behavior,” Dan said.

“Stability?” Elizabeth said. “You’re kidding, right? Look, I made a mistake last year. I was lonely and I had that one-night stand with that coworker. You made me quit my job and stay home and be a subservient housewife. I’m so bored. I can’t take this isolation anymore. I need to go back to work, to be productive, to be engaged with other human beings. How long are you planning to retaliate against me for that single indiscretion?”

“How can I ever trust you again after what you did?” Dan asked. “How can I be sure it won’t happen again and again?”

“You can’t, Dan,” Elizabeth said, “because there are no guarantees in life and few certainties. But I can’t live like this, feeling like a prisoner in my own home. So I’m leaving you.” With that, Elizabeth went to their bedroom, retrieved a suitcase she had already packed, grabbed her car keys, and bid goodbye to her astonished husband.

As she was backing her car out of the driveway, she felt the bullet hit her before she even heard the blast from his hunting rifle.


Written for these prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (grace), Word of the Day Challenge (tempestuous), Scotts Daily Prompt (grimace), Your Daily Word Prompt (enclosure), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (stability), and Daily Addictions (retaliate).

FOWC with Fandango — Stability

FOWCWelcome to September 10, 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 “stability.”

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.