The Mad King

America Protests WashingtonDavid and Anita showed up at the rally at Lafayette Park across from the White House in the late afternoon. Like most of the people, they were there to grieve the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police and to demonstrate against such police brutality.

“We need to go into the belly of the beast,” David said. “It has become almost routine these days for the police all across the country to manhandle and abuse African-Americans and it must stop now.”

“I agree,” Anita said, “but these cops don’t play by the same rules when it comes to how they treat white people versus black people.”

“I know,” David agreed. “And the shame of it all is here we are, right across the street from the White House, a landmark building that symbolizes the American presidency, home to the leader of the free world. And the guy who lives there is acting like a mad king and is ordering his knights to disperse the protesters. He’s making a mockery of America around the world while he’s hiding in the bowels of the building in his bunker.”


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (rally), Word of the Day Challenge (grieve), Ragtag Daily Prompt (belly), The Daily Spur (routine), Jibber Jabber (play), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (landmark).

Share Your World — Public Speaking, Caves, Achilles’ Tendon, and Silliness

Share Your WorldMelanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, has gifted us with another edition of Share Your World. Are you ready?

How comfortable are you speaking in front of large groups of people?

When I was still working, I used to have to speak frequently in front of large groups at client presentations, conferences, and seminars. I was okay (i.e., comfortable) with doing so because I was intimately familiar with the subject matter, knew more about the topic than most members of the audience, and was well-prepared. Since I retired, I’ve had only one occasion to speak in front of large group of people and that was when I gave a toast to the bride and groom at my son’s wedding and I enjoyed it. Of course, I was slightly inebriated at the time.

What would be the best thing you could reasonably expect to find in a cave?

Donald Trump cowering and hiding out in a hole in the ground, just like Saddam Hussein was when he was captured.

“On December 13, 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by American forces after being found hiding in a hole in the ground near a farmhouse near Tikrit.”

What did you think was going to be amazing but turned out to be horrible?

A camping trip with my family to South Dakota: the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, etc. While at a KOA campground near Mt. Rushmore, I tore my Achilles’ tendon in a pick-up basketball game with my son. I ended up going to a hospital ER in Rapid City where they immobilized my ankle. Then and we had to cut our amazing trip short so that we could head home in order for me to have surgery to repair the torn tendon. It was pretty horrible.

What’s the silliest thing you’ve observed someone get upset about?

What to have for dessert. It wasn’t me or my wife, but it was a couple in a restaurant (in the Before Days) who almost came to blows over what to share for dessert. Such a weighty decision, right?

Blogging Insights — You Are What You Read

Blogging insightsDr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights this week asks us about the WordPress reader and the types of posts we like to read. She wants to know:

How often do you visit the WordPress reader?

Multiple times a day. I have turned off email notifications, so the only way I know if a blogger I follow has posted something new is when it shows up on my reader. But I don’t “read” the post from within my reader. I tap the “visit” thingie at the bottom left on my iPhone’s reader and that takes me to the smartphone optimized version of the actual post.FBE7D96F-04F7-40ED-821B-E2374E54B727

What kind of blog posts are you more likely to read?

My post reading tastes are pretty eclectic. I try to read most of the posts that the bloggers I follow have posted. I also read all of the posts that bloggers have posted in response to my writing prompts. But, as I have said before, the kinds of posts that I like to read are the engaging, entertaining, informative, topical, provocative, witty, and well-written ones.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #69

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 flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from Zane Lee at Unsplash.com.1DE00913-0AE4-4BE9-A1D2-6CF4D32E135CFor the visually challenged writer, the image is of a blue doorway surrounded by a circular wood frame in a dwelling that is nestled within underbrush.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Landmark

FOWCWelcome to June 8, 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 “landmark.”

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.