Relief — For a Little While, Anyway

For the first time in a long while, our area’s air quality is “good,” the skies are blue, and the nearby hills aren’t hidden by smoke. Even the temperatures have moderated. I actually had to put on a light jacket last night when walking our dog.

Unfortunately, the AQI is supposed to go back to unhealthy by tomorrow. But I’ll take this break, short lived though it may be.

Carry Me Away

BreezeAs I lie upon my bed
My bedroom window open
I hear the din of the city
And I wish a zephyr breeze
Would pick me up
And carry me away
To a new terrain
To a distant land
Of peace and serenity
Although I suppose
No matter where I end up
I shall never escape
Being me


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (bedroom), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (din), Ragtag Daily Prompt (zephyr), Word of the Day Challenge (terrain), and Your Daily Word Prompt (suppose).

#100WW — It Didn’t Have To Be This Way

It used to be majestic
It used to be serene
It used to a tranquil
It used to be peaceful
It used to be beautiful
A sanctuary for birds and animals

Now it’s burning
Flames reaching the sky
Smoke choking the air
The birds are not chirping
The animals are not scurrying
It’s no longer majestic
It’s no longer serene
It’s no longer tranquil
It’s no longer peaceful
It’s no longer beautiful

It’s our fault
The signs were there
But we chose to ignore them
To deny it and call it a hoax

It didn’t have to be this way

(100 words)


Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Top photo credit: Bikurgurl. Second photo credit: Cameron Strandberg

Five Things — Favorite Burgers

Five Things

Dr. Tanya has this prompt called “5 Things,” where she asks us to list five things about a particular topic. Her latest topic is our five favorite burgers.

Let me start out by saying that I love hamburgers. Most of the hamburgers I eat are made from beef. I have also had bison (buffalo) burgers, turkey burgers, and even an Impossible burger, which is basically a veggie burger designed to mimic the taste of beef, which it doesn’t.

In any event, since 99% of the burgers I consume are beef, I’m going to focus on beef burgers. Is that okay with you? My response is essentially a variation on a theme, or the five favorite ways I like my burgers dressed.

And I will also preface my list of favorites by saying that my burgers must be cooked no more than medium rare, at the most. A burger that is medium well or well done is nothing short of an abomination.

Finally, cheese is a requirement. I prefer Swiss cheese, but cheddar is an acceptable alternative. Now let’s get down to business.

Basic cheeseburger: medium rare with Swiss cheese and lettuce and tomato.

Bacon cheeseburger: as above but with a couple of strips of crispy bacon added.

Mushroom cheeseburger: your basic cheeseburger but with sautéed mushrooms and, optionally, sautéed onions instead of lettuce and tomato.

Barbecue cheeseburger: your basic cheeseburger but with barbecue sauce added. May include sautéed mushrooms and onions as well.

California cheeseburger: your basic cheeseburger garnished with slices of avocado — or a generous dollop of guacamole — and, optionally, bacon and onions.California burger

One-Liner Wednesday — Broken

Seth Meyers

“It’s hard to watch what’s happening in our country and avoid the conclusion that everything is broken.”

Seth Meyers, American comedian and late night talk show host.

I think Seth Meyers, in the A Closer Look segment of his “Late Night with Seth Meyers” TV show from Monday night, expressed how most of us in America are feeling these days. And with only 47 days until the election on November 3rd, it seems that, with every passing day, things are getting more and more broken.


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