A Different Perspective

D0EB88C1-6679-421B-AF1C-E398CF6DDC28“Oh my God,” Suzanne said, “don’t you think you have enough coats of lacquer on that bench?”

Brad looked up at his daughter and said, “One more layer should do it.”

Suzanne let out a little giggle. “You always tend to go overboard on these DIY projects of yours, Dad.”

“Someday you’ll find, Suzanne,” Brad said, “that the ideal approach to successfully completing any project, whether for your job, your home, or your life, is to have the gumption to do it the right way.”

“Dad,” Suzanne said, “my generation has a different perspective. We believe in going with the flow, you know what I mean? You need to be more pliable, to roll with the punches, to chill.”

“But, Suzanne,” Brad said.

“But nothing, Dad,” Suzanne said. “Here, take a toke of my doobie and try to chillax.”


Written for these daily prompts: Nova’s Daily Random Word (lacquer), Fandango’s One-word Challenge (layer), Word of the Day Challenge (giggle),  Daily Addictions (find), The Daily Spur (ideal), Ragtag Daily Prompt (gumption), and Your Daily Word Prompt (pliable).

Who Won The Week?

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906I am unabashedly stealing the Who Won the Week feature that Joy Reid, host of “AM Joy” weekend mornings on MSNBC. On her Sunday morning show, Joy asks each of her three panel members to tell her who they think “won the week.” Since her show is politically oriented, most (but not all) of the people who are named are involved in politics.

But for purposes of my Who Won the Week prompt, your selection of who you think won the week can be anyone — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, or anyone. It can also be organizations.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (after this first one, anyway). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

I’m not going to post my thoughts on who I think won the week because I don’t want to influence anyone else’s choices. I may post my choice later in the week.

So tell us. Who do you think won the week?

Sunday Photo Fiction — The Sketch Artist

66E1AEE7-452F-42C3-B236-6816900B7C42“You are beautiful,” he said. “Would you allow me to sketch your portrait?”

Doris was sitting on a park bench and looked up at a young man standing in front of her. She put down her iPhone and said, “That’s your best pickup line?”

Encouraged by the smile on the girl’s face, Brian said, “I do portrait sketches as a hobby.” He held up a sketch pad to show her some of his charcoal drawings. “I’d be honored if you would let me do one of you. I promise it won’t take long.” He pointed to an outdoor café. “We can sit over there while I do the sketch.”

He seemed to have kind eyes, so Doris agreed to accompany him to the café. She put her camera on the table, opened up a notebook and started to doodle, while Brian began to sketch her face.

Thirty minutes later, Brian picked up his tablet and showed her his sketch. “That’s really good,” she said.

“Thanks,” Brian said, blushing.

It took several weeks, but the charcoal sketches taped on a wall in Brian’s apartment, including Doris’, were all the police needed to convict him for the brutal murders of half a dozen young women in the city that summer.


Written for the Sunday Photo Fiction prompt from Donna McNichol. Photo credit: Morguefile.

Sorry, Donna, I went over the 200 word limit. My word count is 208.

“I’m Appalled”

Attorney General William Barr said that he was “appalled” to learn of financier and sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein’s death (allegedly by suicide) while in federal custody awaiting trial.

The sincerity of Barr’s comment reminded me of this scene from the movie “Casablanca.”

Weekend Writing Prompt — Our Song

700-01184427“Oh listen, Lucy, they’re playing our song,” Dean said, reaching across the dinner table to grab Lucy’s hand.

Lucy pulled her hand away. “Our song?” she said. “It’s a love song. When was the last time you told me that you loved me?”

“But we danced to that song on the night we got engaged,” Dean said. “That was the first song we danced to at our wedding. We both love that song.”

“Back in the day it was our song,” Lucy said. “Now every time I hear it, it reminds me of what we once had and will never have again.”

(102 words)


F3789D21-600B-444E-BDB1-C01B4B280C03Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “song” in exactly 102 words. Photo credit: Masterfile.com