Share Your World — Apples or Oranges


It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World questions. So, here are my answers.

Do you prefer Apple (‘I’ products) or Android for your technology ‘fix’?

I have an iPhone. My wife, son, and daughter each have the Google Pixel 2 XL phone, which is an Android device. I love my iPhone and will likely stick with it, seeing no reason to switch. Of course, I also said that of my BlackBerry device about a decade ago.A02E92B9-B934-46F2-A8E6-25D3FF884464

What’s something on your personal bucket list?

My bucket list has one thing on it: the revival of the American democracy after Trump, one way or another, is no longer president.

What would you name your boat if you had one? The Unsinkable 3? The Please Don’t Sink? Your choice! Also, what would it look like? Do you want a motor yacht, a sailboat, or perhaps a dinghy?

A houseboat named “This, Too, Shall Pass.”

Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?


What brought gratitude, a smile or laughter to your life this week?

After the events of this past week, there was not a goddam thing that brought gratitude, a smile, or laughter to my life. Sorry.

Sleep Through It All

ECD76819-3150-40E2-B7F0-7F41704F6458It has become apparent to me that a darkness has descended upon America. Openly expressing misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia are now considered by many on the right to be acceptable. Nazis are identified by our commander-in-chief as “very fine people.” Ruthless dictators and autocratic leaders are embraced while friends and allies are scorned.

Most past presidents, when there is a deep divide within the country, would have been trying to bring people together with speeches of hope and common goals. But not Donald Trump. His inciteful rhetoric fans the flames hatred and divisiveness.  He’s even granted the authority to the Customs and Border Patrol to arrest and detain immigrants seeking asylum and to separate children from their parents, which is totally despicable.

The political divide in the United States has been fermenting for years, but it’s still hard for me to fathom how rapidly it has surfaced since that megalomaniac was elected president just two years ago. Breaking all of the rules of political norms and decorum has now become routine in this country.

These days I wish I were a nice, plump bear. That way I could just go off someplace and hibernate for a few months until the cold, dark days we are presently experiencing will have passed.

Written for the following one-word prompts: Daily Addictions (apparent), Scotts Daily Prompt, (authority), Word of the Day Challenge (fathom), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (routine), Ragtag Daily Prompt (plump), and Your Daily Word Prompt (hibernate).

Sunday Photo Fiction — Time To Get Rolling

517CF0E8-3F7A-4D25-B465-2D6A8F7767D4Bruce wasn’t feeling sorry for himself as he took one last look up the steps that led to his home. And yet, he was feeling a bit melancholy as he sat in his wheelchair. Bruce took out the camera he always kept with him and snapped a few pictures. He wanted something to remember the place by.

He took a deep breath and fought to hold back the tears. It wasn’t easy for Bruce to leave his childhood home. After all, he was born there and it had been the only home he’d ever lived in. His parents left him the place in their will and, until the accident, he saw no need to leave.

Six months earlier, a drunk driver hit him while he was crossing the street and that was when everything changed. Navigating those narrow steps multiple times each day was out of the question. He had no choice but to sell and find a single storey home that was wheelchair accessible. Still, it could have been worse.

Time to move on, or as Bruce liked to say, to get rolling. He was alive and had a life to live, even if on wheels instead of legs.

(200 words)

Written for Susan Spaulding’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. (And yes, I know it’s Monday already.) Photo credit: John Brand.

FOWC with Fandango — Routine

FOWCWelcome to October 8, 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 “routine.”

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.