In Other Words — Little Lost Lamb

E98E618A-C24E-4D30-960E-463C7DE29427Mary walked over to the bus stop, where she found two sheep seemingly waiting for the bus, which Mary thought was strange.

“Excuse me,” Mary said to one of the sheep, “but I seemed to have lost my little lamb and I was wondering if you might have seen him.”

Much to her surprise, the sheep looked up at Mary and bleated, “He followed you to school today, but the teacher said that having a lamb at school was against the rules, so she sent the lamb away.”

“Oh no,” Mary exclaimed, “how will I ever find my little lamb?”

“You can stay here waiting at the bus stop with us,” the sheep said, “since this is the bus that takes us to the shearing house and your little lost lamb will most likely eventually show up.”


In other wordsWritten for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “waiting.” Photo credit: misterfarmer from Pixabay.

What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation?

6939BFFA-6678-4753-9885-00A11AE6A69C“Hey, dude, good to see you,” Sammy said to Frank. “When did you get back?”

“On Monday,” Frank answered.

“So how was your summer?” Sammy asked. “Where’d you go? What’d you do?”

“I spent the summer in Ocean City, Maryland,” Frank answered in a matter of fact tone.

“Wow, Ocean City,” Sammy said. “Cool.”

“Not so much,” Frank said. “I spent the summer as a busboy at a crab house. It was hard work at minimum wage. And the trouble is that I used to love blue crab, but after crab being the mainstay of my diet for the whole summer, the thought of even a scintilla of crab gives me the dry heaves.”

“I can relate, dude,” Sammy said. “ I spent the summer working for a landscaping company, and if I never work on another flowerbed for the rest of my life, it will be too soon.”

“Sounds like neither of us had a great summer,” Frank said. “You know, buddy, classes for the fall term don’t start for another week and a half. We should take a trip somewhere and do some heavy duty unwinding.”

“Great idea, dude,” Sammy said. “And I know just the place. We can catch a flight to Cancun tomorrow.”


Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “busboy,” “flowerbed,” and “Maryland.” Also for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (trouble), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (diet), Ragtag Daily Prompt (scintilla), The Daily Spur (trip), Weekly Prompts (unwinding), and Word of the Day Challenge (flight).

One-Liner Wednesday — Open-Minded

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“People are very open-minded about new things — as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.”

American inventor Charles F. Kettering

Yeah, I know. My One-Liner Wednesday post from last week was also about open-mindedness. And truth be told, this is actually my third One-Liner Wednesday post on essentially this same topic, because I also posted this one last November.

So why am I posting so many One-Liner Wednesday quotes about being open-minded? It’s because I have recently had some contentious interactions, both in the real world and within the blogosphere, with individuals who seem to be stubbornly closed-minded. Facts, logic, reason, or rationality could not sway them or penetrate their thick skulls.

So possessing an open mind — or not — is at the forefront of my consciousness.


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

Fandango’s Provocative Question #37

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each 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.

For this week’s provocative question, I am concerned about how partisan just about everybody appears to be. We seem to have reached the point where everyone behaves as if “you’re either with me or you’re against me,” and there is no middle ground.

I remember that there was a time not that long ago when people could disagree about specific issues without animosity, but those days seem to be over, particularly in the areas of politics and religion.

So my question to you this week is simply this:

Is it possible anymore to disagree without being disagreeable?

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.

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.

FOWC with Fandango — Diet

FOWCWelcome to August 21, 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 “diet.”

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.