Thursday Inspiration — Heaven and Earth

818D3DCF-3551-431E-ACF7-97267912BAF6For her Thursday Inspiration prompt today, Paula Light’s theme was “Earth.” And she paired that theme with snippet from the Belinda Carlisle song,  “Heaven Is A Place on Earth.”

One thing popped into my head when I combined the theme of “Earth” with the concept of heaven, and that was the 1955 song by the American doo-wop group, the Penguins.

How better to marry Earth and Heaven than to dream about an Earth Angel.6D5A4DAC-9D31-4C25-839E-45FD9095C78FAnd here is the song that, along with Paula’s Prompt, inspired me.

Top image from the Happy Color app. Bottom image from brandificus at DeviantArt.

#writephoto — Safety Be Damned

AAC4CE1B-4250-412B-8AA0-64F477A0D112“This is remarkable,” Donna said. “What a transformation.”

Steve beamed. “Yeah, we gutted the place,” he said. “Took it down to the studs, reconfigured the layout a little for a better flow, and created an open concept for the kitchen, dining area, and family room.”

“Wow, just wow,” Donna said. “You did an amazing job, that’s all I can say.”

“Thanks,” Steve said. “We also added a powder room on this level and created a master suite upstairs by combining two of the four bedrooms. It has an en-suite bathroom and a huge walk-in closet.”

“So when are you putting it on the market?” Donna asked.

“I still need to stage it, but probably next week if all goes well,” Steve said. “I spent just north of a hundred grand on the renovation, and I think I can clear twice that on the flip.”

“That’s fantastic, Steve,” Donna said. “But I am wondering about the exterior. I see you didn’t clean out the weeds growing out front or do anything about the badly worn steps.”

“I will get rid of the weeds and prune the plants, but I can’t touch the steps,” Steve said.

“Why not?” Donna asked. “Aren’t they a tripping hazard?”

“I thought so, too,” Steve said, “but this community has a restrictive covenant. You can do whatever you want to the interior of the homes, but you can’t make any changes to the exterior. They insist on maintaining the ‘original character’ of the neighborhood.”

“Safety be damned, I guess,” Donna sighed.

Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt.

Here We Go

To those who still think Donald Trump isn’t going to do everything he can to stay in the Oval Office even if he loses the November election, think again. Here is his tweet today about delaying the election.36EFD7AF-46A7-4A05-B9CA-41D023655A1EHe’s claiming that mail-in voting will result in an “inaccurate and fraudulent” election, despite there being virtually no evidence to support that contention.

He has already said that he won’t commit to accepting the outcome of the election. Now, with most of the polls saying that he’s likely to lose “bigly” in November, he’s talking about delaying the election.

I’ve been saying for quite a while on this blog that Trump is not going to go quietly into the night if he loses in November. So now he’s setting the stage to not have an election in November.

Fortunately, the U.S. Constitution gives the power to regulate the “time, place, and manner” of elections to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, with Congress also empowered to alter the rules. Nowhere is the president granted such power.

But who knows what the Republicans in Congress, who seem to be in lockstep with whatever Trump wants, will do in November, especially if they feel there is good chance that the GOP will lose the majority in the Senate.

And who knows what actions Attorney General — and major Trump butt-licker — Bill Barr will take to give Trump whatever he wants.

Buckle up, America. We’re in for a bumpy ride.

FOWC with Fandango — Dogma

FOWCWelcome to July 30, 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 “dogma.”

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.