Time To Soar

69EBF9D7-327F-4928-B234-9CB937CA8831“So how are you feeling now that the divorce is final?” Claire asked her best friend over coffee at the local Starbucks.

“Oh my God, Claire,” Diana responded. “I feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted off of me. I feel so light that if a strong breeze came along, it would lift me up and I’d fly through the air.”

“That’s great, Diana,” Claire said. “After all you’ve been through, you deserve happiness.”

Diana sighed and her eyes glassed over. “Claire, what’s going to happen to me now?” Diana said. “I’m floating, but where is that breeze going to take me? Where am I going to land? What am I going to do?”

“You’re a strong woman and I’ve no doubt that you’ll land on your feet,” Claire said, trying to reassure her friend.

“I hope you’re right, but I’m so used to being Steve’s wife and it’s been so long since I’ve been on my own,” Diana said. “I’m not used to flying solo.”

“Listen, Diana,” Claire said. “You know what they say about fight or flight? Well, my friend, you won the fight. Now it’s time for you to take flight. It’s time for you to soar.”

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Javier Ideami

See, Hear, Speak No Evil

1141D16F-F961-4944-B4B9-A4565821C218The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution today laying out the framework for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s actions regarding holding aid to Ukraine hostage unless they would gather dirt on Trump’s political opponent and for obstruction of justice in the investigation of those actions. The resolution passed on a vote of 232-196.

Apparently the Republican members of the House of Representatives are acting like those infamous three monkeys who, as the old adage says, see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil — at least when it comes to Donald Trump — as not one Republican representative voted to support the resolution. Not one!FAB4C148-BDE4-465F-939E-D22608BB7DE8The symbolism of the three monkeys is that it depicts a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way or feigning ignorance. Such people turn a blind eye to something that is legally or morally wrong. In this case, these elected officials see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil and pretend that they have not witnessed wrongdoing, and, therefore, abdicate all responsibility for righting a wrong.

Clearly 100% of Republicans in the Congress of the United States of America have abdicated their responsibility to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to act in the best interests of their constituents, the citizens of America.

They truly are a basket of deplorables.

Retiring Dragon

99AFB4A0-ADAB-4B0A-B146-A609D44FE472I’m so tired. I’ve been at this since the beginning of time, flying around up in the jagged mountains, down in the lush, green valleys, over the flowing rivers, and across the deep, blue seas. And there are just so many towns and villages can a dragon burn to cinders and ashes with its fire breath.

And then there are all these irritating little hero wannabes out there with their puny little swords or bows and arrows who want to make a name for themselves by slaying the dragon. Yeah, right. Give me a break. Listen, deep down I’m not a bad guy, but a dragon’s gotta do what a dragon’s gotta do, am I right? It’s in my nature.

But I gotta tell you, this whole shtick is beginning to be a drag on me. Hey, did you see what I did there? It’s a “drag on” me. And I’m a dragon. Ha! Who says dragons don’t have a sense of humor? I bet I coulda been a smash at one of those comedy clubs in the villages if I hadn’t burned them all down by breathing my fire breath on them. That’s what you call bad breath. Ba da bing, ba da boom, eh?

But I digress. Yes, I’m misunderstood, imposing, and feared, but all in all, I’ve had a good run. I think the time has come for me to retire to my lair, to spend my golden years relaxing and binge watching “Game of Thrones” or some other stupid show with their bullshit depictions of dragons. And sure, I may occasionally swoop down and grab a damsel or a knight for a late night snack. Just for grins, you know.

Written for the What Do You See? prompt, now from Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, who has taken this prompt over after the passing of Hélène Vaillant earlier this year. Image credit: Google.

FOWC with Fandango — Adage

FOWCWelcome to October 31, 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 “adage.”

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.

Talk About Fake News

740DE7BB-1519-4B9C-91C6-0FB57F6B4A69Donald Trump tweeted a photo showing him allegedly putting a medal around the neck of the “hero dog” that participated in the raid that ended up in the death of ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The reality, though, is that the photo didn’t really happen. Someone photoshopped a picture of the hero dog over an Associated Press photo of 2017 Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan.155D33C6-1612-480B-A824-C872149925DCIn fact, the hero dog has never been to the White House and is back on duty despite being injured by an electric cable during an explosion at the raid, according to U.S. Central Command.

And, by the way, this was not the first instance of photoshopping of official White House photos. Here’s one that photoshopped Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton out of a photograph, replacing him with Attorney General William Barr.6C1003F6-A4CD-4AE3-99CD-BD9EC58EA958Well, as Trump once said, “Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. … What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”