100 Word Wednesday — Unconditional Love

33411803-4221-4B99-86CD-E58EEA2FC19FHe was my constant companion

Always by my side

He was my comfort and my joy

His love for me was unconditional

As was mine for him

He was loyal to a fault

There was nothing he wouldn’t do for me

Nor anything I wouldn’t do for him

He was my very best friend

Who accepted me as I am

Flaws and all

It was a ten years ago today

When we took our last walk

He lay in the autumn leaves

One final time

Before giving me his last, sad, goodbye look

And I still can’t stop missing him

(100 word)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: Tereza Hošková.

A Matter of Trust

“I think I’ve got a solution to help you overcome you general feelings of mistrust,” Paul said. “I went to a Ted Talk last year. It was all about how to surmount all of your insecurities and to inspire you to achieve greater success in life.”

“I don’t know, Jack,” Paul said. “I don’t think watching some motivational guru give some enthralling speech on cable TV will help me get over my sense of mistrust in this day and age.”

“Hey,” Jack said, “I’m your best friend and you don’t even trust me?”

“It’s not you, Jack,” Paul said. “It’s me every time I visualize Donald Trump sitting on his gold-plated, resplendent toilet at four in the morning tweeting out yet another lie and typing in the words, ‘believe me’ that freaks me out.”317FE5DA-E7E6-42FC-BFCB-F2D4B1223202

Written for these one-word prompts: Daily Addictions (mistrust), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (surmount), Ragtag Daily Prompt (inspire), Word of the Day Challenge (enthralling), Scotts Daily Prompt (cable), and Your Daily Word Prompt (resplendent).

One-Liner Wednesday — Not That Clever

“My brain sometimes has a mind of its own.”

The other day, on one of my posts, someone made a comment to which I replied, “My brain sometimes has a mind of its own.”

After I wrote that comment, I said to myself, “Self, what a clever thing to have said. I think I’ll use that for the next One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.”

But then I thought that as clever as I like to think I am, I may not be clever enough to have come up with a clever quote like that, one that no one else has ever said. So I Googled it, just to see if anyone else is as clever as I am.

The good news is that I could not find a single instance where someone previously used the line, “My brain sometimes has a mind of its own.”

The bad news is that I found a shitload of others who have used the line, “My brain has a mind of its own.”

There’s even a t-shirt with that quote embossed on it, although whoever made this t-shirt needs to learn when to use “its” and when to use “it’s.”935C5958-F9FC-41D1-B1AF-E7B25F5E0DBBSo did you catch the subtle difference between my unique quote and the overused, plebeian one?

“My brain sometimes has a mind of its own.”
“My brain sometimes has a mind of its own.”

Oh well. It seemed to me that I had written something very clever, but it turns out that I hadn’t.

That said, the other night while walking my dog, a small raccoon ran out onto the sidewalk from between two buildings. It’s not that uncommon for me to see a number of raccoons as my dog and I walk past the park at night. They are mostly hanging out near trash cans, but when my dog and I approach, they scurry up into the branches of the closest tree.

But this little fella saw me and my dog, froze, and started talking to us. I’d never heard a raccoon talking before. It makes a sort of chittering sound. I was fascinated, but after a few seconds, my dog had had enough and chased the raccoon up a tree.

But, if like me, you have never heard the sound a raccoon makes, take a look at this. You’re welcome.

FOWC with Fandango — Surmount

FOWCWelcome to September 26, 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 “surmount.”

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.