A Flower Cried

in the school“What are you doing, sweetie?” Gretchen asked her daughter.”

“I’m trying to write a poem, Mom,” Cindy said. “We have a new English Lit teacher at school this year and she’s trying to crush us, it seems, with a copious amount of homework.”

“Well,” Gretchen said, “Maybe she’s trying to impress upon her students how important it is to appreciate all of the novels, poems, and other literary works through the ages. You need to be flexible, sweetie.”

“Yeah, I know, Mom,” Cindy said.

“So tell me about your poem, hon,” Gretchen said.

“I just started writing it, so I only have a few lines,” Cindy said.

“That’s okay, let me hear what you have so far.”

“I went to the garden and cut a flower.
I put a flower in a crystal vase
And set it upon a burnished table
A flower cried.”

Gretchen, eyes damp with pride, walked up to her daughter and planted a kiss on her forehead. “That’s lovely, Cindy,” she said.


Written for today’s Three Things Challenge from Di at Pensitivity101. The three things are burnished, crystal, and flexible. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (school), Word of the Day Challenge (crush), Your Daily Word Prompt (copious), The Daily Spur (impress), Ragtag Daily Prompt (a flower cried), and Daily Addictions (kiss).

Questions About Questions

QuestionsThe always inquisitive Dr. Tanya, aka Salted Caramel, has asked us five questions about posts that pose questions. She essentially wants to know what our opinion is of question posts.

I am known to occasionally respond to posts that ask questions, so I thought I would respond to Dr. Tanya’s post about how I feel about posts that ask questions. Here goes.

1. Do you respond to question posts?

Yes, but not all such posts. The questions have to be intriguing enough to pique my interest.

2. What kind do you prefer, the single “long form” question or the “questionnaire” type with several questions?

I have my own weekly “long form question” post called “Fandango’s Provocative Question.” I put a lot of effort into coming up with provocative questions, and I really appreciate and enjoy reading the really thoughtful answers that people post in response to those questions. At the same time, I enjoy the multiple-question posts, like Melanie’s weekly Share Your World posts or the questions bloggers ask when they nominate my blog for one of the multitude of blog awards in circulation. Mine is an award-free blog, but not a question-free blog, so I thank the blogger who nominated me for the award, but the only “rule” I follow is to write a post with my answers to the questions asked.

3. Do you feel such posts add value to your blog?

I’m not really sure how to answer this. I would like to think that every post I publish has some value to it. But I often wonder if anybody really cares that much about my answers to the questions posed by others. That said, since I enjoy answering the questions, I’m going to continue to respond to these questions in my posts, value added or not.

4. When faced with insightful questions how much of your personality are you willing to reveal?

I don’t reveal details of my personal life, but I don’t shy away from revealing my honest opinions, perspectives, and thoughts. I suppose that is part of my “personality.”

5. Do you think people answer question posts truthfully?

I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, it depends on the question. If it’s a serious question I will give a serious, honest, truthful answer. But some questions beg for a tongue-in-cheek answer. For example, in a recent Share Your World post, Melanie asked, “Are you too superstitious or have you ever played with a Ouija Board?” My answer was “I am not at all superstitious. I played with a Ouija Board once in a fascinating game of strip Ouija.” My answer was truthful in that I’m not superstitious and I did play with a Ouija Board once. Was it “strip Ouija”? Well, I’ll let you decide.

3-2-1 Quote Me! — Going Nutty

C1871E91-0A68-4AB2-8AA1-35D17CFC0EEDThe inimitable Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has given us yet another of his 3-2-1 Quote Me! prompts. This one is about “going nutty.” And this time, Rory, himself, tagged me.

The 3-2-1 Quote Me! rules are:

  • Thank the person who tagged you — thank you, Rory.
  • Post two quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day: going nutty
  • Select three bloggers to take part in ‘3-2-1 Quote Me!’

Alrighty then, let’s do this. First the two quotes.

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75422E14-6443-4A2C-A005-98795E8BEFD1Okay, now to the hard part. I usually don’t tag others in these challenges, and when I have, few actually run with it. So I’m going to revert to opening this challenge up to anyone who feels like going a little bit nutty.

Don’t Forget To Vote

Linda G. Hill has opened the polls for her 2019-2020 Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS) Badge Contest.

Linda said that, “the poll will be open for 24 hours — all of Thursday, October 24th, – 5GMT. Vote once, vote carefully, and be sure to tell your friends!”

I have no idea what time “5GMT” translates to in my own time zone, much less in whatever time zone you’re in, but I’d suggest voting early — now might be a good time.

And while you’re at it, please consider my proposed badge:img_0179If you like my badge design, I’d appreciate your vote, but there are nine other contenders, and all are worthy.

And, as Linda suggested, tell your friends to vote, too. Once again, here is the link.

FOWC with Fandango — School

FOWCWelcome to October 24, 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 “school.”

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.