#100WW — Zoomer Show

B7E5E4A5-9F55-4A22-9468-57852C9BB501 “Where are we going?” Ned asked. “There’s a stay-at-home order, you know.”

“I know,” Dave said, “and that’s why we need to go where we’re going.”

“Which is?”

“A Zoomer Show. It’s a seminar on how to use Zoom, a video meeting tool that permits people to meet with one another while maintaining social distancing,” Dave explained. “Tickets were hard to get, though. It’s totally sold out, standing room only.”

“We’re going to a packed auditorium to learn how to use a video meeting tool so that we don’t come in contact with other people? This a joke, right?”

(99 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s return to her 100 Word Wednesday Prompt. Photo credit: Bikurgurl. Also for the return of the WordPress Daily Prompt. Today’s word is “joke.”

A Message from God

A5259EB7-2ABE-40CC-812D-191CEB68E8C2The Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores was planning to stay open during the pandemic after the CEO’s wife received a message from God. In a letter to employees, CEO David Green explained that while the coronavirus pandemic is “certainly concerning,” God informed his wife, Barbara, last week that He will specifically protect Hobby Lobby and its employees and “groom us to be better than we could have ever thought possible.”

Well, either God had a change of heart or Barbara garbled God’s message to her. Seems that Hobby Lobby has now started closing its stores and laying off employees. In a letter to the terminated employees, one senior exec said, “It is with a tremendously broken heart that I’ve been forced to take these unimaginable actions, and I genuinely hope you know that my prayers are with you and your family.”

Hobby Lobby fired its employees by email. People lost their insurance and were offered no severance. David Green told the fired employees that, while he does not know what the future holds for the business, everyone will have to “tighten” their belts. He also stated that “God is in control” of the situation.

God and Trump…so in control, right?

One-Liner Wednesday — Pestilences and Pandemics


“Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky.”

French-Algerian philosopher, author, and journalist Albert Camus

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

A is for Adage

A2Z2020You may recall that for the whole month of February I was posting my Fandango’s February Expression series.  Each day, for the entire month, I would post an old expression, saying, or adage that you were likely familiar with. Many of you seemed to enjoy that series of posts.

So, for this year’s A to Z Challenge I’m going to attempt to post an old adage each day of the month of April (except for Sundays). But what’s going to be different from my February challenge is that I’m going to go through the alphabet, with the first letter of the adage beginning with the first letter of the alphabet (A), and continuing for 26 adages in alphabetical order until I get through the entire alphabet — from A to Z.

I don’t know if it can be done, but I’m going to give it the old college try. Here’s my first adage and it starts with the letter A.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


Fandango’s Provocative Question #63

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.

In a post today, blogger Marilyn Armstrong wrote,

I’m pretty sure that most people think that after this siege, things will go back to ‘the way things were.’ … I don’t think when the pandemic recedes we will be living in the same world. The world is going to change. I don’t know how and I don’t know if I’ll be around to see much of it, but it won’t be the same.”

I commented on her post,

“Sadly, given human nature to not learn from the past, things probably won’t change all that much once this pandemic is over. And with Trump having rolled back environmental protections, I’m afraid we’ll be right back doing the same damage to our planet as we were before this whole mess.”

So my provocative question this week is what do you think?

When we finally get through this COVID-19 pandemic at some point in the future, do you think the world is going to change from what is was like before anyone ever heard of coronavirus? Or will things quickly return to “business as usual”?

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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.