#100WW — The Path of Self-Discovery

3188BFD3-94D4-4EF3-9526-596BADD0FA3FHenry stood on the road watching his father drive away in the old Chevy pickup truck. With tears in his eyes, Henry waved, not knowing whether his father would see his gesture in the truck’s rearview mirror.

They didn’t part ways on good terms. Clarence expected Henry to takeover the family’s feed and grain business. But Henry had different plans. He came back home from state college with the need to discover himself, to set his own path.

What Henry couldn’t see after his father dropped him off at the bus stop were the tears streaming down his father’s cheeks.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl.

The Sense of Smell

Sprayed air freshener in hand on home interior backgroundEver since Johhny’s release from prison, the petty thief was unable to get the foul smelling reminders of his jail cell out of his nostrils. Try as he may, everywhere he went, the stench was inescapable. His impish friend suggested that Johhny carry a bottle of Febreze air freshener wherever he went so he might be able to cover up the smells redolent of his cell.

While the Febreze would temporarily mask the jail cell odor with a more fragrant aroma, it never lasted very long, transporting poor Johnny back to a place he never wanted to experience again.

So as a desperate move, he finally found a doctor who agreed to disable his olfactory nerves, thereby entirely eliminating Johnny’s sense of smell.

Johnny was thrilled that he could no longer smell anything that might remind him of his incarceration. Well, he was thrilled until he learned that the olfactory nerve is somewhat unusual among cranial nerves because it is capable of regeneration if damaged.

A0030D6E-1F70-48B9-840A-2ED119AF3967Written for Teresa’s Opposites Attract prompt, using the words fragrant and foul. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (release), Ragtag Daily Prompt (thief), Word of the Day Challenge (impish), and Your Daily Word Prompt (redolent).

3-2-1 Quote Me! — Truth

87DDB886-7B50-4250-A651-0DCB5B7C7C94Sadje, at Keep It Alive, tagged me for the latest round of Rory’s 3-2-1 Quote Me! prompt. The topic for this prompt is TRUTH.

Here are the rules for this prompt.

  1. Thank the selector
  2. Post two quotes on the topic (truth)
  3. Tag three bloggers

So thank you Sadje.

Now here are my two quotes:

“One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are.”

American columnist Cal Thomas

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

Albert Einstein

Now I’m supposed to tag three bloggers, but you know what? I’m not going to tag three bloggers. I’m going to tag all bloggers to post two quotes on “truth.”

And that’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me blog.

One-Liner Wednesday


“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.”

31st President of the United States Herbert Hoover

The U.S. national debt stood at $21.974 trillion at the end of 2018, more than $2 trillion higher than when President Donald Trump took office.

I feel sorry for the young because not only will they be inheriting a staggering national debt, they will be inheriting a dying planet, thanks to Trump and the Republican climate change deniers in Congress.

Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #20

FPQEach week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. 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 occurred to me when I heard Kelly Clarkson’s song, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” on my car radio.

That Kelly Clarkson song leverages something that was originally attributed to the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, who said, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”

Anyway, her song got me thinking about the validity of Nietzsche’s notion, so here is this week’s provocative question:

“Does hardship really make a person stronger? If you think so, under what conditions and at what point is it too much hardship? If you don’t buy that hardship makes a person stronger, what do you think does make a person stronger?”

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.

7CB9B82C-C71B-4F91-AA50-677F0FD2EA6CBy the way, during the month of April, I will be participating in the “Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.” Between that and my daily “FOWC With Fandango” prompt, it’s going to be a busy month. So I’m going to suspend my “Fandango’s Provocative Question” prompt for the month. It will return on May 1st.