The Times They Are a Changin’

0D216C8C-DFA5-494E-9254-7841437B24D4I’m really sick of this semiannual nonsense of changing clocks either forwards or backwards by an hour in the spring and the fall. It screws up my circadian rhythm (i.e., body clock). It’s now Daylight Saving Time, which is supposed to give us more hours of daylight, right? But for me, it’s just the opposite.

I typically get into bed between 10 and 11 each night and, before we changed the clocks at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, I would typically wake up between 6:30 and 7 each morning. But since the clocks changed, my nights have been longer and my days have been shorter.

How so, you ask? Well, my 10-11 o’clock bedtime hasn’t changed. But now I’m waking up between 7:30 and 8 each morning. So instead of being “up and at ‘em” for 15 to 16 1/2 hours a day, I’m now only up for 14 to 15 1/2 hours a day.

And that means less “awake” time to blog. Oh yeah, and to eat, to read, to watch TV, and to do whatever the hell else I do with my waking hours. I don’t like it.

And I’m not alone, either. Last November, California voters overwhelmingly supported a ballot initiative to end this spring up/fall back craziness. Nearly 60% of Californians voted in favor of leaving the state in Daylight Saving Time all year round.

And I am actually excited to say that, for the first time ever, Donald Trump and I actually see eye-to-eye on something. Woo hoo!608eedf5-fae8-4243-a471-0ca14e380c90.jpeg

3TC — Life is Beautiful

78CAA603-830D-40B3-B54F-4752EC812E10It doesn’t matter if it’s nocturnal or diurnal

It doesn’t matter if it’s rain or shine

It doesn’t matter if you’re healthy or you’re sick

If it’s raining, put on your raincoat

If you’re throat is sore, take a lozenge

Because it’s really all about the mission

It’s really all about taking action

You need to pursue any opening

To live your one and only life

As something you should treasure

Because life is beautiful

And when your time has run out

It will be too late.

Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are lozenge, mission, and raincoat. And for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (diurnal), Word of the Day Challenge (action), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (opening), and Your Daily Word Prompt (treasure).

Page 195, Line 4

One of Teresa’s fun challenges over at her “The Haunted Wordsmith” blog is when she asks us to grab a book…any kind of book…and flip to a page and a specific line on that page. In this case it’s page 195, line 4. Then we are supposed to use that line as a prompt for a post.

ABE9B4DD-2CEB-496E-83C7-3F640B488C8FI chose George Orwell’s classic book, “1984.” I used the Kindle version of the book that I downloaded to my iPhone. This is what appears on page 195, line 4 of that ebook:

“When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something….”

So here is my post using that line from Orwell’s book.

“You did what?” Denise asked her mother, Madeline. “Mom, why on Earth would you do that?”

“Honey, I received a brochure in the mail saying that, because of my age and the equity in my home, I may qualify to receive a large amount of cash each month,” Madeline explained. “And you know that since your father died, money is a little tight these days, what with the mortgage payments, taxes, utilities, groceries, and medical bills. So I called the number in the brochure and I spoke to a lovely young lady who told me all about these reverse mortgages.”

“Mom, these people are paid to push you into signing your home over to them,” Denise said. “These reverse mortgage deals are frauds and scams that shady hustlers pull on unsuspecting seniors, knowing that it’s either not the best option or that it’s an unsuitable product.”

“Oh no, Denise,” Madeline said. “The nice woman assured me that these reverse mortgages are closely tied to the United States government, and pointed out where, in the brochure I received, that they have been awarded the government’s seal of approval.”

“First of all, Mom, there’s no such thing as a U.S. government seal of approval,” Denise said. “And did she tell you that you have to act fast before the offer expires?” Denise asked her mother.

“Well, yes, the offer, she said, was only good for a limited time,” Madeline said. “But, Denise, it’s a no-risk reverse mortgage that essentially provides me with free income.”

“Mom, why didn’t you call me so that we could discuss this before you signed anything?” Denise asked.

“Free income for me at no risk, Denise.” Madeline said. “I explained that to you already.”

“Free income? Mother, when you delude yourself into thinking that you see something that looks too good to be true, it usually is,” Denise said. “All I can say is that it’s a good thing that your daughter is an excellent lawyer. I’ve got to figure out a way to reverse your reverse mortgage.”

Twittering Tales — Foiled Again

CBE288FF-C485-4C33-9008-EDCC77DAEEA4The detective stood patiently waiting in the cold rain. As the train pulled up to the platform, he flicked his cigarette aside.

But he knew, as soon as he saw the cop who was escorting the prisoner get off the train alone, that the bastard he’d been pursuing had foiled him again.

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Pexel2013 at

FOWC with Fandango — Opening

FOWCWelcome to March 12, 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 “opening.”

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.