Stand Up and Be Counted

095367B1-7B2B-48F9-A71A-CC25BB07E032“It doesn’t take having a college education to see the danger that this brood of naive and gullible Trump supporters is having on our society,” Edward lamented.

“You’re a highly educated, sapient man,” Carla said. “There must be a way to get them to see what a con man Trump is.”

“You know,” Edward said, “I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of getting his rabid fans to change their almost fanatical support for him. They think he’s the second coming of Jesus, for crissake.”

“But don’t you feel,” Carla said, “that the racist things he’s been saying over the past month are starting to snip away some of his support?”

“Well,” Edward said, “we are seeing a few random Republican Congresspersons making a tentative transition away from blind, unequivocal support for him. But we’re going to need more than a handful of Republicans to be willing to stand up and be counted.”

“And were going to need the Democrats to start a formal impeachment inquiry,” Carla added.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (education), Word of the Day Challenge (brood), Nova’s Daily Random Word (sapient), Daily Addictions (chance), Your Daily Word Prompt (snip), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (random), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (transition).

Sparky’s Mysterious Questions

CC7F7F76-3B03-4DE7-B0B9-0D4AE061F9FFMelanie (aka Sparks From a Combustible Mind; aka “Sparky”) was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award (congrats, Melanie).

Melanie did not nominate me or my blog, but I’m not at all upset, since she wrote, “No nominees this time, but anyone who would like to, please participate! Everyone I follow is a ‘mystery blogger’ just from the criteria!”

But she did pose some fun questions, so I felt compelled to answer them.

1. What was in your high school (secondary school) locker?

Oh jeez, I graduated from high school more than a half a century ago, so this is a guess: a jacket, books, cigarettes, notebooks, clean underpants (just in case), and condoms (wishful thinking).

2. What is one item of clothing that would make you walk out on a blind date? (If you’re married, think back to when you did date.)

Crocs. I don’t think they’d been invented back when I was dating, but if they had been, and a girl wore those things on a blind date, that would have been a deal breaker.464EFA77-2600-445B-9318-8EA1407C823F

If you could only have three programs (on your computer) or apps on your phone, which would you choose?

Does that include or exclude apps that come preloaded on the iPhone (e.g., Safari Browser, weather app, messaging, notes, camera/photo apps, etc.)? If your question excludes those apps, the three I’d keep are WordPress, Prisma (a photo filter app), and the Kindle e-reader app.

What childish thing do you still do as an adult?


What does your favorite shirt (blouse) look like?

I’m not very fashion conscious and now that I’m retired, most of my shirts are t-shirts or sweatshirts. 

BONUS WEIRD QUESTION:   Who is the fourth person on your ‘missed calls’ list?  You don’t have to list their name obviously, nor their relationship to you (if there is one).  Please answer “sister in law” or “telemarketer” or something vague like that.

I have no idea who the fourth missed call was from, since I don’t know anyone who lives in Fall River, MA.


Anyone else wanna take a shot at Sparky’s questions?


Teresa, at The Haunted Wordsmith, wrote out a post (which is no longer available as she took down her blog) a few days ago about a website that is harvesting the blog posts of many WordPress bloggers. That is, this site,, is likely posting on its site your posts without your authorization, approval, or permission.

You can check to see if this is happening to your posts by going to and typing your name or your blog’s name, or the title of one of your posts, or your blog’s URL in the search bar (see image above). Then scroll down to see if your posts are showing up on that site.

I did this and I found not only my own posts being published on that site, but the posts of many of you who follow my blog and who have responded to any of my prompts.

The hosting site for is Digital Ocean, and there is a site you can go to to report that your posts are being harvested by without your permission:

I don’t know if it will do any good, but I did it and at least it made me feel better knowing I did something.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback — August 2

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember?

Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year. I’ve had this blog for two years, so I have only 2017 and 2018 to draw from.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 26th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

It would be great if everyone who reads this post would scroll down to the comments and check out the posts that others provide links to.

I originally published this short post on August 2, 2014 in a now defunct blog.

Proper Placement

B7BE1C0B-5BFB-4092-A7D9-6FA218992BF6My daughter, knowing how fussy — or, as I like to say, fastidious — I am about grammar, punctuation, language, and usage, sent me an email in which she wrote, “I thought you’d get a kick out of this sentence someone posted on his blog.”

I did get a kick out of it. In fact, it made me laugh so hard when I read it that I thought I’d share it with all of you.

“I did read the post about your mom, and your tattoo. I, coincidentally, have a tattoo about my father who passed away on my wrist.”

And to think there are those who believe that the proper placement of commas is unimportant.