King Trump

He lies like a rug and and he is unable to speak the truth. He has absolutely no credibility.

He acts like he is the sovereign, the supreme leader of the country, as if he has sway over everything and everyone.

His election four years ago was not accidental. He had help from Russia and from his Republican cronies in swing states, who pulled millions of voters from the voting rolls and who closed polling places in primarily minority locations.

You shouldn’t be lulled into thinking this is water under bridge. It’s not, and our democracy cannot survive should he either win the election or refuse to leave if he does lose.

Vote in November as if your life depends on it. Because it truly does.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (credibility), Your Daily Word Prompt (Sovereign), Ragtag Daily Prompt (sway), Word of the Day Challenge (accidental), The Daily Spur (location), and Jibber Jabber (water).

Share Your World — More Potter and Human Happiness

Share Your WorldThis week’s Share Your World prompt from Melanie is once again leveraging Roger Shipp’s obsession with Harry Potter by asking a series of questions related to the movie “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Knowing nothing about that movie, I will still attempt to answer his questions before I move on to Melanie’s more traditional SYW questions. So here we go….

Here are Roger’s Harry Potter questions.

One of my favorite gifts that Harry Potter received came from the Weasley Twins; and was “Mrs. Mooney’s Marauder’s Map.” This magical document showed every classroom, hallway and secret corner in all of Hogwarts. It also showed you the location-by name of every person in Hogwarts. If you had such a magical map of your town, what would you use it for? If you would not use it, is there another person to whom you would gift it?

I do have such a magical map. It’s called Google Maps and it’s always available on my magical iPhone.

When was the last time you made a snowball? Were in a snowball fight?

I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade and it doesn’t snow here, so it’s been at least a decade since I made my last snowball. But as to snowball fights, I grew up and spent many years living in areas where it snowed every winter and, of course, I was in many a snowball fight.

Many cultures set great value in each child of the family having godparents. Did you have godparents? Are you a godparent yourself?

Yes, I had godparents, although after we moved from the city I where I was born when I was five to another city 500 miles away, I lost touch with them. Am I a godparent? As I tell people when they ask me if I have any other children besides the two I admit to, I say, “not that I know of.”

You have found a secret tunnel under your house. Where does it go?

It leads right to my lawyer, who I will engage to sue the guy who built my house for having constructed a secret tunnel underneath it without disclosing it in the listing or disclosure documents.

And now for Melanie’s traditional questions.

Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

I once saw a quote that said that “a smart man knows that a tomato is a fruit; a wise man knows not to put tomatoes in a fruit salad.” Intelligence is defined as “the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.” Wisdom is defined as “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.” My thoughts on this are that one must be intelligent enough to learn things. But wisdom comes from experience that allows us to use our intelligence to help make smart choices. In other words, intelligence is more closely related to book smarts gained through education, whereas wisdom is more closely related to street smarts gained through experience.

How important is play in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

To use leverage old quote, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ First of all, I have no idea who Jack is, but that’s besides the point. I think what it means is that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring. Of course, I’m now retired, so I must, therefore, be a dull old man. Anyway, yeah, play does, in my opinion, help make life more fulfilling. As to healthy, well, I don’t know about physical health, but it probably helps with mental and emotional health.

Is happiness just chemicals flowing through your brain or something more?

I believe that happiness is essentially a range of positive emotions, including joy, pride, contentment, and gratitude. I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on my blog, but I’d say it’s not just chemicals flowing through our brain, but something more, something that may trigger whatever mechanism in our brain we have that causes a positive response to whatever that “happiness trigger” is.

Blogging Insights — Inspiration

Blogging insightsThis week, Dr. Tanya, over at Blogging Insights, wants to know…

How do you think a blogger can inspire others in the blogosphere?

First, let me apologize for my cynical mood today, but with being surrounded by wildfires and air that is extremely unhealthy, with temperatures still ranging from the upper 90s to the low 100s, with COVID-19 still raging, with Donald Trump and his cronies still trying to destroy America, and with WordPress forcing us to use its convoluted block editor whether we want to or not, I’m not a happy camper.

Now, about how to inspire other bloggers, let me first say that, when I first starting blogging in 2005, I didn’t realize that inspiring other bloggers was part of the job description. My goal was simply to have a platform to express myself. But I have since learned that we all, at times, need someone or something to help us get our creative juices flowing.

My first experience with prompts came from Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday and Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompts. Also from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers and Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales. And, of course, from the WordPress Daily Post before they shitcanned it at the end of May 2018. And that was when I started my own daily prompt, FOWC with Fandango — to help inspire myself and other bloggers.

From there, I added four other prompts that I hoped would help other bloggers find inspiration. I was thrilled with the reception to my various prompts and enjoyed seeing the amazing responses from other bloggers when I read their posts.

Sadly, as I recently wrote here, the thrill is gone and I’m contemplating stopping most of my prompts and possibly even halting my blog entirely. While I haven’t lost my inspiration for blogging, I am just not into having to learn a whole new paradigm, particularly one that is not optimized to work on a smartphone, which is my device of choice for blogging. Trying to do so (use the block editor on my iPhone) is burdensome and just not fun.

Today, for example, I was attempting to use the classic block of the block editor to write this post, but right in the middle of writing it on my iPhone, I saved it, previewed it, and after seeing that it looked good so far, I closed the preview. But the editing screen that opened when my preview page shut down, was blank. No text, no images. Nothing. So I had to go to my laptop, boot it up, and sign into WordPress, hoping that the draft was actually saved.

Fortunately, it was there on my laptop. And I discovered that using the block editor on a laptop is, in fact, a whole lot easier than using it on an iPhone, which is close to impossible.

But you may recall that last week’s Fandango’s Provocative Question post asked, “Do we control technology or is technology controlling us?” Well, in this case, I think technology is controlling us. I don’t want to change my blogging habits from using my iPhone, which I’ve been doing very successfully since I started this blog in 2017, to having to use my laptop in order to be able to post using the “new and improved” editor that WordPress has foisted upon us.

Okay, rant is over. I’m sorry, Dr. Tanya, for answering your very excellent question in this manner, but as I said, I’m not a happy camper right now.

Fandango’s Dog Days of August #24

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 “a fun fact.” What is a fun fact about you that you’d like to people to know about you? Share a story, a poem, a photo, a drawing, some music, or whatever you wish to share about that fun fact.

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 Flash Fiction Challenge #80

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from Alex Fu at Pexels.For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a two-lane road at night illuminated by street lights with a man standing on the road in the distance.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.