The Confession

3578F76D-7A6C-4AFA-B6FD-381CE7605EFAWith a shaky hand, George began to nervously stir the sugar into the glass of iced tea the woman had given him. He was visibly perspiring.

“You look nervous, George,” the woman said. “Are you feeling a little scared?”

“It’s hot in here,” George said, taking a napkin and mopping his brow. Pointing to the window air conditioner, he said, “Can you turn that thing on to help cool and ventilate this room?”

“Perhaps I can turn on the air conditioning, George,” the woman said. “But you need to earn it.”

“What do you want from me?” George screamed.

“I’m just seeking a productive, cooperative, and positive outcome, George,” the woman said. “A confession would go a long way.”

“Fine,” George said. “I’ll fess up. I took the car for a joy ride even though I don’t have my driver’s license yet, Mom. I’m sorry.”

George’s mother smiled, walked to where George was sitting, put her hand on his shoulder, and squeezed lightly. “That’s okay, son. Just promise you won’t drive the car again until after you take and pass your driver’s test.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (stir), Daily Addictions (scared), Your Daily Word Prompt (ventilate), Word of the Day Challenge (earn), The Daily Spur (positive), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (license).

Share Your World — Deep Thought

Share Your WorldWhoa. I’m running way behind today. I am just getting around to reading and responding to today’s edition of Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. Melanie has posed some pretty deep questions. Let’s see if I can come up with some equally deep answers.

Can we ever experience anything objectively? Why or why not? (Now for the people who may not understand that idea, this is what objective means (definition wise): Something that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions).

Probably not. Thinking that we can, in all or most cases, be completely objective is not objective thinking. We are all influenced, to one degree or another, by our environment, upbringing, and experiences, so even though we might like to think we can be completely objective, we can’t.

Do humans have a soul? Do animals have a soul?

I’m assuming that by her question, Melanie is asking if there is a spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal. I’m being completely objective in my answer, which is no and no. We may be “soulful” and we may have “soul,” but we don’t have “a soul.”

Why are people told to respect the dead? (Example: “Don’t speak ill of the dead.”)

The only dead people who are worthy of our respect are those who earned it while they were alive.

Without using the names of specific people, discuss “the ideal” President or other world leader. Saying ‘anyone who is the exact opposite of a certain orange skinned creature’ is cheating. While (to me) that’s a true statement, there’s more depth to the question than to reduce it to one sentence.

The ideal president or world leader is an individual who has scruples, honesty, and integrity, and who puts the nation he or she leads and the needs of the people above his or her own interests. And I did that in one sentence without naming the current POTUS and so-called leader of the free world, who is the antithesis of someone who possesses those attributes and qualities.


Share your gratitude! Stories, images or thoughts all welcome.

I am grateful that I don’t have an inoperable brain tumor after having had my head examined. But it turns out that the CT scan showed that I do have a mass in the middle ear of my left ear that is causing my hearing problem and that will require surgery. But I’ll hold off worrying about that until after Thanksgiving.

Blogging Insights — Fresh Content

Blogging insightsDr. Tanya at Salted Caramel, is continuing her series on Blogging Insights, and in this one, she notes that fresh content and new ideas are things that bloggers are constantly trying to find. She wants to know where we find original ideas? She asks:

How do you write fresh content when everything that is worth saying has already been said?

I think there are two questions being asked here. First, Tanya suggests that “everything that is worth saying has already been said.” What I think she’s referring to is the notion of “original thought,” and I wrote a post about that subject in April 2018. I’m not going to repeat what I wrote in that post here, but if you’re interest in my thoughts on original thought, here is a link to that post.

The other part of her question is about finding fresh content for your blog. I’m not sure how different this question about “fresh content” is from the question about where we get our inspiration for our posts. But that said….

First, I respond to a lot of prompts, some word prompts, some photo/image prompts, and some different ones, like sentence starter prompts, for example. The idea behind these blogging prompts is to stimulate the mind using the words and/or photos/images presented. Based upon my reading the myriad responses to these prompts, there are a lot of fascinating, imaginative, intriguing, and creative tales that bloggers tell. Are they original thoughts that have never been thought before or new ideas that have never been dreamed up before? Probably not, but these responses are, indeed, fresh and original takes.

Second, all we have to do is open our eyes. Read, watch, or listen to the news. There is a wealth of blog fodder swirling all around us all the time. Express opinions on what is going on around you, whether it involves you personally, your friends and family, or what is happening around the globe. Share your perspectives, your insights. They may not be totally original, but they are your opinions, your perspectives, and your insights. They are your fresh way of looking at things.

And finally, if you’re looking for truly fresh and original content, write a post about something funny, interesting, or out of the ordinary that happened to you. For example, I wrote a post a while back about a very embarrassing experience I had at a tailor shop when I was getting fitted for a tuxedo. You can read about it here if you want to. Was this a unique experience that no one in the history of the world had ever had? No, probably not. But it was unique to me and my telling of that story was an original telling.

So, to answer Tanya’s question, I find fresh things to write about when I go forth and look at things and at life with a fresh eye. Then I simply write about what I see and experience.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #41

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has participated in these challenges so far. Your posts have been very creative. I hope this week’s image will also generate some great posts as well.

So now it’s time for this week’s Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from Andrew Neel at the visually challenged, the image shows an unmade bed in what may be a hotel room. There’s a laptop, a camera, and some other items on laid out on the bed.

If this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

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.

Please take a few minutes to read some of the other responses to this photo challenge.

FOWC with Fandango — License

FOWCWelcome to November 18, 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 “license.”

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.