Backyard Camping

Camping in a Tent Under the Stars and Milky Way GalaxyWhen I was a kid, my parents never sent me to summer camp, but they did allow me to set up a large tent behind our house on weekends. They would let me invite a few friends over to spend the night under the stars in our backyard.

Each kid would bring over snacks, like Oreos, potato chips, or candy, although George, who was a vegetarian, always brought homemade spinach chips that his mother made. Truth be told, they weren’t as bad as one might think spinach chips would be.

Speaking about being under the stars, one of my friends, Andy, would claim, as we looked up at the night sky, that God had placed all the heavenly bodies in the night sky and that they all orbit the Earth. I thought what Andy said was a demonstration of his credulity with respect to religion and the Bible.

I told my father about what Andy was saying. My father explained that the universe is vast, is expanding, and is not delimited. He also pointed out that the stars and planets do not, in fact, orbit the Earth. And then he gave me a book, an astral guide, so that I could point out all of the planets and stars to my friends.

Apparently Andy told his parents that I had a book that contradicted the Bible and that I was telling everyone that God did not put the planets and stars in the sky. Andy’s parents then decided that he could no longer join me and my friends on our weekend backyard camp outs. I guess they thought my family and I were “confusing” him.

Andy is now a Republican member of Congress.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (camp, house), Daily Addictions (spinach), The Daily Spur (mother), Nova’s Daily Random Word (credulity), Your Daily Word Prompt, (delimited), Word of the Day Challenge (book), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (astral).

Share Your World — Cake, Cops, and Fungus

SYWIt’s Monday and that means it’s Share Your World day, thanks to Melanie at Sparks From a Combustible Mind.

Here are Melanie’s SYW questions.

Is it wrong to sell store-bought pastries at a bake sale?

Not if you don’t misrepresent them as being homemade.42C79503-BDD6-4CCB-B7BB-780BEAE66EFC

Have you ever interacted with the police?

Yes, on several occasions. Some such interactions were by choice. Others, not so much.1D975E4A-F348-4C95-8B8C-BCADE726B208

What will you remember most about this past year (this question will show up again, in late December, just FYI)

That Donald Trump (aka “the Teflon Don”) seems to be getting away with having conspired with the Russians to have swung the 2016 elections his way and that he’s apparently skating on having obstructed the investigation into that conspiracy. Thanks for nothing, Robert Mueller.

Is it better to have fungus on your toes, your tongue, or your pizza?

Because you can’t throw away your tongue or you toes, but you can throw away a fungus-encrusted pizza, I’d have to say it’s better to have fungus on your pizza.47089E65-1E42-497B-9E15-61D7BEBFE3D6

What is one slang word that makes your skin crawl?


Weekly Song Challenge — Weekend


For this week’s Song Challenge, Laura tried something different. Instead of giving us three topics, she gave us one topic and asked us to post three relevant videos. The topic:

Post three videos that describeyour weekend.

So here goes:

It was a sunny weekend where I live.

And it’s summertime.

And even though I don’t live in the suburbs, it nice to get out of the city sometimes and head to Pleasant Valley on a Sunday.

So what about you? Do you want to share your weekend in song and video?

50 Word Thursday — Drowning

F869B00A-0209-4DF2-9749-C6A399548055I should have paid attention when he said, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” Instead I sit high atop a hill on my favorite park bench knee deep in water. But he persuaded me that he was right. He denied that climate change was real. He said it was all a hoax from those lefty socialist and the Chinese. He told me not to believe what I saw with my own eyes or heard with my own ears. He said to listen only to him, that he alone could fix it. Now our planet is drowning.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 50 Word Thursday prompt from Teresa (aka The Haunted Wordsmith). The idea is to use the image above (credit: janrye from Pixabay), along with the lines, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” from J.K. Rowling’s, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and to write a post that must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #24

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 this week’s Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from Gregory Hayes at this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

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