Three Flavorful Challenges

ben-and-jerryBen and Jerry were sitting in the crowded tasting room sampling their latest flavor experiment. “Ew!” Ben said. “Did you check the date before you used it?

Jerry looked at his partner. “Before I used what?” he asked.

“The vanilla flavoring,” Ben said.

“Of course I….” Before Jerry could finish, both men felt a significant rumbling. Everyone in the tasting room jumped up and ran out, leaving Ben and Jerry sitting by themselves in the otherwise empty room.

“Oh my God,” Jerry said.

“I know,” said Ben, “we’re having an earthquake!”

“Quick,” said Jerry, “I need my nitroglycerin tablets. I need to find my pillbox.”

“I think it’s in your jacket,” Ben said.

“Oh right,” said Jerry, taking his pill. “And the vanilla was fine, by the way.”

Written for these daily challenges: From Teresa, the Story Starter Challenge, where the sentence is “Did you check the date before you used it?” Also from Teresa, the Opposites Attract Challenge, where the opposite words are crowded and empty. And from Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are earthquake, vanilla, and pillbox.



They Elected Him Nonetheless

180e264a-67cb-45b1-ac67-c763c90da5b5.jpegUnlike the other graduates from the college —  the one to which his father made a sizable gift so that his son could get admitted — he defied tradition and moved the tassel on his mortarboard from the left side to the right upon receiving his diploma.

That should have been a foreshadowing of things to come five decades later when that same boy, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, would become the leader of the free world.

Could anyone have predicted his unprecedented behavior in office, where he would besmirch our country’s allies and embrace our country’s enemies?

Could anyone have foretold that he would focus his efforts on dividing, rather than uniting, the people he was elected to serve?

Could anyone have envisioned the blot upon human decency he would demonstrate or the stain he would put on the fabric of our great nation?

Yes, they could have. Yes, they should have. But they elected him nonetheless.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (tassel), Your Daily Word Prompt (besmirch), Word of the Day Challenge (focus), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (blot).

Twittering Tales — Pug in a Towel

3C37B976-D51E-4671-B3F6-8D57018ACE74They said he’d been traumatized before he was dropped off at the shelter wrapped in a towel.

They said he would need patience and understanding from a loving family.

They said it would take some time.

They didn’t say he’d wrap himself in that old towel and whimper all the time.

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Written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales prompt. Photo credit: Matthew Henry at

FOWC with Fandango — Blot

FOWCWelcome to March 19, 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 “blot.”

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.