Gone Again?

Does anyone know where in the world Teresa Grabs went? You may recall her original, wildly popular blog, The Haunted Wordsmith, which she shut down after that whole Tygpress illicit post harvesting episode from last summer.

Recently, late last year, I think, Teresa rejoined the WordPress community with her new blog, Mapless Wanderer. She seemed to be regaining a large audience with this new blog and had started to post some of her popular blogging challenge. But now she’s disappeared from WordPress once again.59AF0D12-A023-4771-AF96-4B15DB1F406DHas anyone heard from her?

Friday Fictioneers — Old School

85E5FE2C-7310-4960-99F8-B501DE6E150FHaving recently retired and with time on his hands, Clark decided to fulfill his life’s greatest ambition. With a head full of ideas, interesting and compelling characters, and intricate, twisty plot lines, he would write the great American novel.

Clark was old school. It wasn’t that he was a technophobe. He just liked the feel of using a manual typewriter. So he put aside his laptop and took out his old, antique Underwood, slipped a piece of paper on the roller, and started pounding away on the keyboard.

Before he finished the fourth page, though, Clark stopped typing. “Damn arthritis.”

(100 words)

Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Jeff Arnold.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback — March 27

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 27th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on March 27, 2011 on my old blog.

Step Away From That Bottle of Water

There is a war being waged by some environmentalist groups against bottled water. These environmentally conscious crusaders believe that our penchant in this country for buying and drinking water in plastic bottles is not only outrageously expensive (given that most of us can get water for free from the faucets on our kitchen sinks), it is also causing significant harm to our planet.

At least one bottled water company is trying to be more environmentally considerate. Poland Spring recently introduced its Eco-Shape® plastic water bottle. Poland Spring claims that its new bottle is “not only less impactful on the environment, it’s purposely designed to be easy to carry and hold.” I’m glad it was purposely designed to be easy to carry and hold, as opposed to having been accidentally or unintentionally designed that way.

But I digress. Poland Spring brags about its new Eco-Shape® bottle, noting that “it’s lighter, it requires less energy to make – resulting in a reduction of CO2 emissions.” It’s made, they say, with 30% less plastic, has a label that is one-third smaller, and is easier to crush for recycling. In addition, the bottle’s smaller cap results in less plastic than before, when it apparently had a larger cap.

All of this sounds great, doesn’t it? Here’s a company with a conscience. Here’s a company that is doing its part to help planet Earth. Here’s a company that has it in for children.

Say what?!?
3291886E-D840-4C35-B27C-E5D3BC4BA3FBHow, exactly, did I come to this outrageous conclusion? Simple. I carefully read the label on a Poland Spring’s environmentally conscious bottle. This one-third smaller label starts out, in very large letters, boasting “Smaller Cap = Less Plastic.” Yeah, that makes sense. The words “Be Green” also appear on the label. Good advice.

But then there is a section of the label that reads: “WARNING: Cap is a small part and poses a CHOKING HAZARD, particularly for children.” Uh oh. Now there’s a cause for concern, especially if you have children, know children, or are children.

Well, I still say kudos to the folks at Poland Spring. They are being proactive. They are not only doing positive things for the environment with their new eco-friendly bottle, they’re helping to address the global over-population crisis by causing children to suffer violent and painful choking deaths.

You know what they say, right? You can’t make an omelette if you don’t break a few eggs. Sorry kids.

FOWC with Fandango — Confession

FOWCWelcome to March 27, 2020 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 “confession.”

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.

  1. And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.