Slithers the Silver Snake

02434EF4-4193-429B-B746-CA3B78CBFDAC“Call me cynical but all that slivers is not silver,” Steve said.

“I think,” Grace said, “that the saying is all that glitters is not gold.”

“Well, they connote the same thing, don’t they?” Steve said.

“All that slivers is not silver? That doesn’t even make any sense,” Grace said.

“It sounds right to me,” Steve said defensively. “After all, snakes sliver and snakes are silver, but not all snakes are silver.”

“That’s quite a stretch, Steve,” Grace said.

“As they say, Grace,” Steve said, “he who stretches last stretches best.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cynical), The Daily Spur (silver), Word of the Day Challenge (grace), Your Daily Word Prompt (connote), and Jibber Jabber (sound).

#100WW — Stay in the Shallows

F595FE38-744B-461C-B1C8-F11E2BD7A0E3They’re always telling me to stay in the shallows. It’s dangerous, they say, to be on the rocks. I’ll end up getting stomped, they say, by two-legged giants. But what do they know? I’ve seen my friends explore those wire baskets in the shallows only to be hauled up and never to be seen again.

Besides, my blue shell matches the color of the rocks, so if I stay perfectly still, the two-legged giants don’t notice me.

Wait, one of the small giants is reaching down and picking me. He’s running to show his friends what he’s found. I’m doomed.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Photo credit: Bikurgurl.

One-Liner Wednesday — Unplug

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

Anne Lamont, American novelist and progressive political activist

I would love to take Ms. Lamont’s advise and unplug for a while, but I’m afraid that, with all that’s going on, if I didn’t have my blog as an outlet, my head would probably explode.D321FBBC-3273-448C-AEEF-88E64267C18AWritten for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #79

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.

First, let me start by saying that this week’s provocative question is about sports, so if you have no interest whatsoever in sports, I will understand if you want to stop reading now. Come back again next week and maybe my provocative question will be more compelling for you.

Second, I am a sports fan, although I’m not a sports fanatic. I keep up with how my favorite teams are doing, but while I enjoy watching and reading about sports, I’m neither an expert nor a true aficionado.

As a fan, I was disappointed in March when sports were essentially cancelled. The NBA halted the professional basketball season. The NCAA cancelled its annual college basketball March Madness tournament, and Major League Baseball suspended professional baseball indefinitely. I definitely felt the void. Although, to be honest, I haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would.BC8E9F5E-4BBE-4524-91EA-62D19558EFDDWell, the suspension of the Major League Baseball season ends tomorrow, when big league baseball kicks off an abbreviated, 60-game season (the normal season has 162 games). And all games will be played without any fans in the ballparks.

So, in light of the commencement of the Major League Baseball season tomorrow, my provocative question is about the return of sports.

Have you missed profession and/or college sports since the seasons were either cancelled or suspended in March? How do you feel about the timing of the return of sports, especially given the surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, at least in the United States?

For those of you who live outside of the United States, have sporting events in your country resumed? Are fans permitted to attend the games? How do you feel about it all?

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.

FOWC with Fandango — Cynical

FOWCWelcome to July 22, 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 “cynical.”

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. Please 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.