Weekend Writing Prompt Momma’s Keepsake

AE172488-3B67-42EB-A09A-59C35667BB31“Don’t you dare throw out that dish,” Elaine screamed start Paul.

Paul looked over at his wife. “You’re not serious, right?” he asked.

“I’m deadly serious,” Elaine said. “That plate, the one with the portrait of JFK on it, was my mother’s most prized keepsake. We’re definitely keeping it.”

(49 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “keepsake” in exactly 49 words.9DA1106F-31D7-4DAD-9A57-50BACE663021Also for today’s Discover Prompt, “dish,” and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “portrait.”

Who Won The Week? 04/05/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

“Today you’re going hear from Jared Kushner, senior adviser to the President of the United States, but someone that the White House Coronavirus Task Force directed to work with EMA on supply chain issues,” explained Vice President Mike Pence earlier this week. “And in recent weeks, he has been leading a working group, in conjunction with FEMA, that literally has identified millions of medical supplies around the nation and around the world. And we’re grateful for his efforts and his leadership.”

So who else would I pick as my Who Won the Week recipient besides Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner?8E3E0831-E703-49B8-86F1-D9B1E19A1B33Once again, Jared Kushner is our president’s go-to person, but that’s to be expected, given Kushner’s astounding successes in his previous assignments of bringing peace to the Middle East, ending the global opioid epidemic, and turning our bloated government bureaucracy into a lean, mean fighting machine.

Kushner is an interesting choice for this critical role of managing the medical supply chain in the fight against COVID-19. His early involvement with the virus was in advising his father-in-law that the media’s coverage exaggerated the threat, and he urged Trump to announce, falsely, that Google was about to launch a website that would link Americans with coronavirus testing kit from a health insurance company co-founded by Kushner’s brother.

But fear not, my friends. Jared is on the case and, as he said, “I’m doing my own projections, and I’ve gotten a lot smarter about this.” His conclusion, after getting himself up to speed, is that “New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.”

How lucky we are that this 39-year-old wonder boy married Donald Trump’s daughter. Otherwise, his talents might have remained undiscovered.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — Party Down

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams has given us “Birthday,” “Cake,” “Gift,” “Party,” and “Surprise” to work with. I decided to go to a party and to spotlight Grand Funk Railroad, an American band that is comin’ to your town to help you party down.

“We’re an American Band” was a single by Grand Funk Railroad released in July 1973 from its album of the same name. It was the band’s first number one hit. The song was written and sung by the band’s drummer, Don Brewer and was produced by Todd Rundgren.

Grand Funk Railroad started out as a hard rock trio in 1969, but by 1972, in order to widen their appeal and to become more commercially successful, they felt they needed to migrate from “heavy metal” to more of a “Top 40” rock sound. They parted ways with their old manager and their new manager suggested that they “just write songs about what you do. You’re out here on the road, you’re going to this hotel, you go to different places, there’s people, you come into town.”

Brewer took that advice to heart. He thought “we were coming into town and we were the party.” That’s where the line, “We’re comin’ to your town / We’ll help you party it down” came from. Brewer said that, “the next thought I had was, ‘We’re an American band.’ It wasn’t to wave the flag or anything, it was just simply what we were. It was a true description and it kind of rolled off my mind.”

According to Brewer, the song’s lyrics were based upon the little things that were going on on the road during the band’s tours. Here are the song’s lyrics.

Out on the road for forty days
Last night in Little Rock put me in a haze
Sweet, sweet Connie, doin’ her act
She had the whole show and that’s a natural fact
Up all night with Freddie King
I got to tell you, poker’s his thing
Booze and ladies, keep me right
As long as we can make it to the show tonight

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

Four young chiquitas in Omaha
Waitin’ for the band to return from the show
Feelin’ good, feelin’ right, it’s Saturday night
The hotel detective, he was outta sight
Now these fine ladies, they had a plan
They was out to meet the boys in the band
They said, come on dudes, let’s get it on
And we proceeded to tear that hotel down

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

We’re an American band, wooo
We’re an American band, wooo
We’re an American band, wooo

FOWC with Fandango — Portrait

FOWCWelcome to April 5, 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 “portrait.”

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.