One-Liner Wednesday — Purposely Caused Divisions

4f4b9aab-dfe2-435e-ae02-394667b7c65e“I do not believe that divisions purposely caused can ever lead to good.”

Italian Renaissance period diplomat, politician, and philosopher, Niccolò Machiavelli

Machiavelli is sometimes called the founder of modern political science. I wonder if Donald Trump has ever heard of Machiavelli, since he, Trump, is purposely causing divisions.

There is also a popular anti-Machiavelli opinion, where Machiavelli has become a synonym for duplicity. A person who will scheme, lie, and trample over others for personal gain is often referred to as behaving in a Machiavellian manner.

So maybe Donald Trump has, indeed, heard of Machiavelli and is emulating the Machiavelli that was accused of scheming, lying, and trampling over others for personal gain. Because Trump certainly isn’t the Machiavelli who recognizes that divisions purposely caused, as he is famously doing, will never lead to good.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday (and JusJoJan) prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #11

FPQEach week I will pose what I think is a provocative question. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question deals with the concept of death with dignity.

Do you believe that terminally ill people should be allowed or encouraged to end their lives via physician-assisted suicide? If so, under any circumstances or should there be restrictions? If not, why not?

Optionally, if you were diagnosed with a terminal condition, would you consider physician-assisted suicide for yourself?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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 most important, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Copious

FOWCWelcome to January 23, 2019 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 “copious.”

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.

The Gift of Sunshine

2496c72b-6f26-4adf-b5ba-9edd86238d1fRory, aka, A Guy Called Bloke, received his 11th, 12th, and 13th Sunshine Blogger Award nominations. Of course he did, because the Sunshine Blogger Award is “an award for creative, positive, and inspiring bloggers who spread ‘sunshine’ to the blogging world!” And Rory certainly does that.

Rory was kind enough to gift me, among others, with that very same award. So thank you, Rory, for that generous gift. And in recognition of his generosity, I am going to answer his five questions. Here we go.

You know in the movies when the victims are being chased by the terrible nasty and they hit them, and think they are dead, but look back and discover the body gone?? If this was YOU how would you ensure the thing stays dead?

I’d pull a Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland” and shout “Off with its head!” That should do it, right?299e404e-f811-4f1d-b712-437b94ce7641

Have you ever tried sneezing with your eyes open? Why not?

I tried sneezing with my eyes open one time and my eyeballs flew out of their sockets. So never again.a4acf2ad-b985-4aa8-98f2-1ad1e2b45373

Do you have any unusual party tricks?

Yes, leaving unnoticed as early as I can.

Name 5 things you can do with hot wax?

  1. Seal an envelope or a folded letter.
  2. Remove unwanted hair from your body.
  3. Make your own personalize candles.
  4. Pour it over your worst enemy’s head.
  5. Re-secure eyeballs into their sockets after attempting to sneeze with your eyes open.

Name 5 things you should never do when drunk and disorderly and if you have never been in that state then name 5 things you would do if you were?

  1. Drive a car, unless it’s someone else’s car.
  2. Throw a punch at the police officer who pulled you over for driving erratically.
  3. Throw up all over your spouse, significant other, date, and/or your friends.
  4. Tell your boss what you really think of him/her at the office Christmas party.
  5. Attempt to sneeze with your eyes open.

JusJoJan — How On Earth?

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For today’s Just Jot It January prompt, Linda G. Hill got her suggestion from Pamela over at Butterfly Sand. Pamela gave us the word “curiosity.

Speaking of curiosity, in a post the day before yesterday I wrote, “I blog exclusively from my iPhone.” That statement apparently piqued the curiosity of a few people who read it.

One blogger asked,

“How on earth do you manage to do all your blogging on an iPhone? I think I’d throw it out of the window after about 20 minutes!”

Another blogger wanted to know,

“How on earth do you blog on an iPhone, you must be young and type with your thumbs. I’m somewhat set in my ways and cannot conceive of trying to do it that way, I need a full size keyboard and a decent screen so my two finger typing can progress.”

So how on earth do I blog from my iPhone? Well, I’ll tell you. Before I retired at the end of 2016, I was somewhat of a road warrior. I traveled much of the time. Back in 1997, 22 years ago, my boss at the time handed me a BlackBerry device.

He said, “Fandango, you need to never be out of touch when you’re on the road. This BlackBerry will enable you to receive, respond to, and send emails immediately from wherever you’re traveling.”

And so began being connected to my job 24×7. I became quite adept at thumb typing on the tiny physical keyboard on my BlackBerry device. I could type out an email on it almost as fast as I could on my laptop.

In 2010 I migrated from the BlackBerry to an iPhone. I admit, it took me a while to adjust from the BlackBerry’s tiny physical keyboard to the iPhone’s tiny virtual keypad. But after a while I became pretty good at that, too. So using my iPhone to blog is not a big leap.

It also makes me more nimble. I don’t have to be sitting at a desk in order to read and write posts. I also don’t have to be lugging around a three-pound device that is way too big to fit into my pocket in order to blog. I wrote a post on the bus yesterday while on my way to the dentist. I’m writing this while sitting on the toilet. Actually that’s a lie. Or is it? You’ll never know.

I average, according to my iPhone’s screen time log, about 10 hours a day on my iPhone, about two-thirds of which is on WordPress. I probably spend fewer than 10 hours a month on my laptop.

I admit that touch typing on a full size keyboard on my laptop is probably faster and with fewer typos than using my iPhone’s virtual keypad. But the flexibility of using my always with me, wherever I am iPhone outweighs that. So, it’s just a matter of getting used to thumb typing. And I love being untethered.

Now if WordPress could just stop being so wonky and if Trump would be impeached, everything would be good with the world. My world, anyway.