Chasing Rainbows

3529F23C-CD2E-496F-9B2C-957D9C42E168There’s no doubt that the world is a pretty fucked up place right now. A disabling and, in some cases, fatal virus is enveloping the globe with little sign of abating. Democracies around the world, especially in countries like the United States, Brazil, Turkey, and Hungary, seem to be falling to far-right, authoritarian rule. Political and social unrest is tearing at the very fabric of our societies. And we are systematically polluting the water and the air on the planet we call home.

At the same time, maybe because things are so fucked up, people seem to be running around chasing rainbows, looking for that proverbial pot of gold at rainbow’s end. They’re looking for that miracle cure, that quick elixir that will fix them right up and make them feel better fast, or at least help them cope with all the shit that is swirling around them 24 by 7.

But, folks, there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There is no magic elixir or miracle cure. There is only reality and you need to deal with that, as frustrating or as painful as that might be.

Or you can do what I do. Pay a visit to your local pot dispensary and bring home an ample supply of marijuana-infused marshmallows or gummies. Then pick out something to watch on TV, eat an edible, and sit back and let your troubles just float away.

Hmm. Come to think of it, maybe I, too, am chasing rainbows.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Raine Nectar on

What Do You See? — My Pet Dinosaur

9A7924A8-44EC-4B94-93C7-DD6A4FA7F074Timmy’s eyes grew wide when he saw the stegosaurus standing in the clearing at the park. “Is that a real dinosaur, Daddy?” he asked his father.

“Timmy, you know that dinosaurs no longer roam the Earth,” his father said. But you can go  pet it and pretend that it’s real. Let your imagination run wild.”

Tommy ran over to the stegosaurus statue and started to pet it. “Daddy, can we get one as a pet?” he called back to his father.

His dad laughed and said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stegosaurus at a pet store.”

“But Daddy, you can get it on Amazon,” Timmy said. “You told Mommy that there’s nothing you can’t get on Amazon.”

Timmy’s father smiled, “I’ll see what I can do.” He pulled out his iPhone, and went to the Amazon app.70E29B9B-C8D3-40EF-8BA1-A1D7F4D9DCBEWritten for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Image credit: DianaZG at Pixabay.

In Memoriam

0A951864-667A-4D4C-A2C9-EDF9BE99D711He came to D.C. to participate in the demonstrations, but while he was there, he took a walk to the Vietnam War Memorial, a wall of names carved into it. The Memorial was erected in honor of those brave soldiers who pledged their allegiance to their country and who served with distinction.

These men and women sacrificed their lives. He wondered, had he been called upon to serve, if he would have gone without any doubt about the mission or the sacrifice. He was saddened by the number of names carved into the wall, and while he was not someone who was apt to become overcome with emotion, he couldn’t help but to tear up when he came across the name of one of the boys from the neighborhood he grew up in.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (walk), Word of the Day Challenge (honor), Your Daily Word Prompt (allegiance), Ragtag Daily Prompt (distinction), Jibber Jabber (doubt), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (apt).

Ten of My Favorite Feelings

Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, tagged me for something called Ten of My Favorite Feelings. Apparently all I have to do is post a list of ten of my favorite feelings!142C332F-E507-44AC-9F6A-047D5631C6EBOkay, here goes. And in no particular order.

  1. Savoring that first sip of coffee in the morning.
  2. Eating a half pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream half way between dinner and going to bed.
  3. Watching the Rachel Maddow Show while eating that half pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream.
  4. Waking up at 6:30 am and checking to see that my blog got 100 or more views overnight while I was sleeping.
  5. Waking up in the morning and realizing that I slept through the entire night without having to get up and go to the bathroom to pee.
  6. Stepping into a steaming hot shower on a cold, winter morning.
  7. Walking into my air conditioned house after being outside on a hot summer day.
  8. Reaching the point at which the high from that marijuana-infused edible I consumed starts to kick in.
  9. Sitting with my wife while roasting marshmallows over our backyard fireplace and gazing up at the sky on a clear night and seeing a gazzilion stars.
  10. Experiencing the unconditional love I receive from our dog and our cat (and, on occasion, from my wife, although conditions usually apply in her case).

Now I’ve got one more favorite feeling, but it’s NSFW, so you might want to stop reading here. I’ll give you to the count of three to close this post.


Are you still here? Okay, here’s that bonus favorite feeling: That instant when you have an orgasm. BOOYAH!57C581C3-F2B5-4A7B-96F9-7E3C1599EB52Okay, so what are your ten favorite feelings? Do tell!

FOWC with Fandango — Apt

FOWCWelcome to June 9, 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 “apt.”

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.