Weekend Writing Prompt — Dear Donald Trump

0B0A4D90-671C-47D9-BF36-3962853DACD7You can’t even begin to be cognizant of how obdurate you sound. You talk about how you’re living up to your promises about making America great again. But what is it that you think you’ve done? You sound like someone who has been stuck out in the wilderness hearing echoes of the past. Listen, pal, I’ve got a tip for you. You need to grow a conscience and join the real world.

(72 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “obdurate.”CD2B0073-424E-4796-A92C-E533191D7F50Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (begin), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cognizant), Ragtag Daily Prompt (wilderness), The Daily Spur (echoes), Jibber Jabber (tip), and Your Daily Word Prompt (conscience).

TOOBA for Two

8A1D5474-B12D-4807-8A0C-26516F6A84EEI have been honored by being tagged for not one, but two TOOBAs, aka The Original Outstanding Blogger Award. One tag is from Sadje at Keep It Alive and the other is from Rory at A Guy Called Bloke.

As with any blog award there are rules. I’m supposed to

    1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post.
    2. Answer the questions provided.
    3. Create 7 unique questions.
    4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.

Alrighty then. Before I follow those rules, I want to thank Sadje and Rory for thinking of me and my blog and tagging me. I’ll also link to the creator of this award’s original post. And I will answer Sadje’s and Rory’s questions. But I will not create seven of my own questions, nor will I nominate ten other bloggers. I will nominate every other blogger to answer Sadje’s and Rory’s questions.

And with that, let’s get to the Q&A. Here are Sadje’s questions.

Which is your favorite dish to cook?

Whatever dish my wife cooks.

What new skills you have acquired in last three months?

Finding shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime to binge-watch.06FE6256-FF78-4D7E-A3E5-0DBA9F2CC44D

What scares you the most, (person or thing)?

It’s a tie. (1) Donald Trump, and (2) everyone who enables and supports him.

Are you able to fix technical problems on you devices?

Sure. Turn them off and back on again and hope for the best.

What is your preferred way of traveling?

Reading historic fiction or science fiction.

If you are asked to donate one of your five senses, which one would you choose?

It seems that I have inadvertently and unintentionally “donated” my sense of taste, which is not anything I’d recommend giving up. So since I only have four senses left, my job here is done.

How do you like to dress, trendy or comfy?

Comfy, duh!

And here are Rory’s questions.

Did you live an adventurous young adult life as in between your later teens to you early thirties and if you did what was your life style like? If you didn’t, what was your lifestyle like?

I have always been a rather easy-going soul, but I have to admit that between my late teens and early thirties, I did sew a lot of wild oats. And then I met and married my wife, who quickly pruned whatever wild oats I had left.

What was the riskiest date you ever went on and why?

When I went asked out a girl who was dating the leader of a motorcycle gang. Suffice it to say, it didn’t turn out well for me.

How big a child are you still?

I consider myself to be the Peter Pan of the Medicare generation.

What will you simply not do for money OR is that question easier to answer favorably reflective upon the sum of actual money offered?

As Meatloaf once sang, I would do anything for money, but I won’t do that!E3294F59-588A-47AE-A240-5AA103813D57

SoCS — If I Had a Hammer

CEF64AA8-91DF-48CA-ADCE-80520CC8787B“Hey, do you remember that old Pete Seeger song?” Harry asked.

“Which one?” Ben asked.

“The one,” Harry said, “that goes, ‘If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the morning / I’d hammer in the evening, all over this land / I’d hammer out danger, I’d hammer out a warning / I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land.’”

“No,” Ben responded, “but it reminds me of that old saying, ‘When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.’”

“Well,” Harry said, “As that Simon & Garfunkel song goes, ‘I’d rather be a hammer than I nail. Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would.’”

“You know,” Ben said, “I think you hit the nail on the head with that one, my friend.”

“Yup,” Harry proudly said. “I really nailed it, if I do say so myself.”

“I don’t know, buddy,” Ben said. “Sometimes I feel like talking to you is like trying to nail jello to a wall.”

“Oh yeah?” Harry angrily said. “Sometimes talking to you is hard as nails.”

“Hey, why don’t you just go ahead an put another nail in my coffin,” Ben said.

“Well,” Harry said, “I feel like I have to fight tooth and nail with you just to get a word in edgewise.”

“Is that right?” Ben said. “Let me tell you something, Harry. Spending time with you is like sleeping on a bed of nails.”

“You think so?” replied Harry. “I want to nail down this one thing. Sometimes I get so mad at you it makes me want to spit nails.”

“Okay, Harry, let’s stop,” Ben said. “We’re best friends. Let’s quit arguing and see if we can set aside our differences and hammer things out together like two pals.” Then Ben put out his hand for Harry to shake.

Harry smiled, shook Ben’s hand, and said, “Speaking about hammering things out, do you remember that old Pete Seeger song?”

“Which one?” Ben asked.


Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, where we are to use the word “nail” as a noun or a verb.

FOWC with Fandango — Cognizant

FOWCWelcome to June 13, 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 “cognizant.”

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.