#100WW — Two Old Friends

FF4191F4-FEC4-43A4-B68F-388B6A13C811“You’re a complex man, Harry,” Stanley said as the two old friends slowly walked across the bridge that separated the two sides of the city.

“Are you being facetious?” Harry asked. “If so, I don’t appreciate it one bit.”

“Harry,” Stanley said, “You’re always such a wet blanket. It’s a beautiful day, we’re in an interesting part of the world, and all you do is complain. Can’t you just go with the flow?”

“Maybe it’s not the flow that’s the problem,” Harry said.

What do you mean by that, Harry?” Stanley asked.

Draw your own conclusions, Stanley. You always do.”

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (complex), Fandango’s One-World Challenge (facetious), Word of the Day (blanket), and Jibber Jabber (draw).

One-Liner Wednesday — Children

Taught how to think

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist

This is one of the biggest issues we have in our educational system these days. Children are not taught critical thinking anymore. They are taught how to memorize things so that they can pass standardized tests. We need to foster their inquisitiveness and spend more time teaching them how to think, rather than telling them what to think.

Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Fandango’s Dog Days of August #12

Fandango’s Dog Days of AugustDo you need a muse to get your creative juices flowing during these hot, sultry days of August? Try a dose of Fandango’s Dog Days of August prompt.

At 6:00 am Pacific time each day this month, I will be posting a new theme. Today’s theme is “something that brings you joy.” Is it your family? Friends? Your job? Your religion? Share a story, a poem, a photo, a drawing, some music, or whatever you wish to share about something that brings you joy.

If you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FDDA, and create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

And, of course, take some time to read the other responses to this prompt. See how other bloggers are coping with the dog days of August.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #82

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.

My provocative question this week is about self-evaluation. I tend to believe that we are our own worst critics, but that may be because I tend to look inward a lot and don’t always like what I see. So I’m wondering if I’m unique by being overly critical of myself while I cut others a lot of slack, or if being hypercritical of one’s self is just part of the human condition. What do you think?

Do you judge yourself by the same standards that you judge others? If not, are you harsher or more lenient on yourself?

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 — Facetious

FOWCWelcome to August 12, 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 “facetious.”

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.