Weekly Song Challenge — It’s All About Attitude

1E9D7D0D-E062-460A-8A64-0780AB01EE6CLaura, over at Lauravent69, offers up another of her Weekly Song Challenges. This week’s theme seems to be all about attitude, whether it’s remembering your teenage attitude, you discovering your inner attitude, or having a kickass bad attitude.

Laura’s rules are simple: Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to Laura’s original post (link above). Then post music videos for your answers to the musical questions. And finally tag two other people to participate! Sorry. I’m tagging anyone else who wants to give it a shot.

So let me give you some attitude.

1. Post a video of a song that makes you think about being a teenager.

2. Post a video of a song that is about finding your voice.

3. Post a video of a song that represents an “I’ll kick your ass attitude.”

Share Your World — Here’s What I Think

SYWMonday means Melanie (Sparks From a Combustible Mind) and her world famous Share Your World prompt. She poses four or five different questions each week and throws them out to us to answer. So let’s get this show on the road.

Are you more a thinker or a doer? (Credit to Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove for this one)

As I responded to Cyranny when she asked this question, I think a lot about doing, but most of the time, I think more than I do!

Why is beauty associated with mortality?

Hmm. I never really associated beauty with mortality. But then I think of mortality as the inevitability of death. But I suppose beauty can also be associated with impermanence. In my experience, however, real beauty is enhanced with age. Sure, there is beauty in youth, but that kind of physical beauty isn’t what makes someone beautiful. It’s what is on the inside of people that makes them beautiful. At least that’s what I keep telling myself now that I’m an old fart.

If everyone spoke their mind (told the literal truth), would this world be a better place?

Well, if you think the world would be a better place without human beings, then yes.

Can religious beliefs affect scientific thinking?

Now THIS is a provocative question. The process of scientific thinking involves skills such as observing, comparing, sorting, organizing, predicting, experimenting, evaluating, and applying. It’s all about evidence. Religious beliefs are dependent upon one thing — faith. Now I’m not suggesting that religious beliefs and scientific thinking are mutually exclusive. It’s just that those with religious beliefs are not applying a scientific thinking process to those religious beliefs. And that’s fine. There’s plenty of room for both religious beliefs and for scientific thinking. The former deals in the spiritual world, whereas the latter focuses on the natural world. It’s when religious beliefs attempt to stifle scientific thinking (or vice versa) that the trouble begins.

Share some gratitude in photo, written form, or song.

What better way is there to show gratitude than to share a song titled “Thank You”?


Faded Photograph

FC1C948A-0990-42D2-9CCB-D0BF2BF4BA9FI was going through the old desk that we kept in the den and I came across a few old, faded photos I had taken of you a few years ago when we went to Oregon and spent some time at the ocean. You were smiling for the camera, waving and looking like you were having a really good time. Most of the photos looked similar.

But there was this one picture that was different from the others. I distinctly remember taking that picture of you sitting on the sand. You didn’t know that I was taking your picture, so you weren’t striking a pose. You had such a pensive expression, as if you were deep I thought. A sad, melancholy thought.

I was too far away from where you were sitting when I took the picture to see a tear here and there gently caressing your cheek. But when I came over to you and noticed the tracks of your tears on your face, you told me it was nothing. You said that the beauty of the setting sun brought tears to your eyes.

I didn’t believe that for a minute, but I suppose I was hoping that whatever was causing you to be so sad was ephemeral and would pass in a moment. Or perhaps I was simply too self-possessed to notice how unhappy you were and I hate myself for being so obtuse.

I was such a control freak back then. I know now how that, along with my jealous nature, was enough to drive you away. You wanted us to go to couples therapy, but I stubbornly refused. I didn’t think we needed a fancy, high-priced shrink to serve as a referee when we were doing battle. But in 20/20 hindsight, I can now see how wrong, how foolish, I was.

As I look at this faded photograph, it reminds me of what we once had and how I let you slip away. If only I knew then what I know now, how different our lives might have been.

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (similar), The Daily Spur (tear), Ragtag Daily Prompt (ephemeral), Your Daily Word Prompt (control), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (referee). Photo credit: StockSnap@pixabay.com. I applied a filter to give it the look of an old, faded photograph.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #19

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has participated in these challenges so far. Your posts have been very creative. I hope this week’s image will also generate some great posts as well.

So now it’s time for my nineteenth weekly Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from Andrew Neel@pexels.com.D7C61058-A773-49D3-A8AA-C03ABAF0DC23If this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

Please take a few minutes to read some of the other responses to this photo challenge. And most important, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Referee

FOWCWelcome to June 24, 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 “referee.”

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.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.