Weekend Writing Prompt — All the Marbles

“This place is majestic,” Marie said to her husband as they entered the mansion of her husband’s late uncle.

“I said that I would never be lured here again after the way that man used to berate me,” Alex said. “But I suppose it’s worth being here for the reading of his will.”

Once everyone was seated, the lawyer proceeded to read the will. “To my nephew I bequeath my entire quantity of marbles, a tidbit to show how much he meant to me.”

(85 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “bequeath” in exactly 85 words.Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (majestic), Word of the Day Challenge (lure), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (berate), Your Daily Word Prompt (quantity), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (tidbit).

Who Won the Week? 11/08/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

The clear winner this week, with the election of Joe Biden as president and the defeat of Donald Trump, the man who was determined to turn America into an autocratic dictatorship, is democracy. That said, I’m going to designate this week’s Who Won the Week winner to be Kamala Harris.The election of the United States senator from California Kamala Harris as vice president is a long-overdue achievement for women and people of color that could forever change the face of politics.

Harris is the first woman ever to be elected to a national office, in this case, vice president, in the United States. She will also be the first black person and first Asian American to be vice president.

So I’m thrilled that Joe Biden is the president-elect and that we’ve taken a giant step toward restoring democracy in America. But I’m even more delighted that Kamala Harris is our new vice president-elect and may, ultimately, four or eight years down the road, become America’s first female president.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — All In a Day’s Work

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, Jim Adam’s has given us the theme of Days of the Week. I am sure that there are many songs for every day of the week, so I don’t think anyone will have any problems coming up with their picks this week. The difficulty is that there are so many songs that mention days of the week that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. But when all was said and done, I narrowed it down to “Tuesday Afternoon.”

“Tuesday Afternoon” was a 1968 single by English rock band the Moody Blues. It was the second single from their 1967 album, Days of Future Passed. The first single from that album was “Nights in White Satin.”

“Tuesday Afternoon” was written by the band’s lead singer Justin Hayward, who explained: “I sat down in a field, smoked a ‘funny African cigarette,’ and that song just came out.” Hayward had a dog named Tuesday, but the song, he said, had nothing to do with his dog. “It just so happened we were sitting in the field together, that’s all,” Hayward explained. “But it was a Tuesday afternoon and I did smoke a joint and it was down there where I come from in the West Country and this song just came out.”

It’s a lovely, melodic, symphonic song with the London Festival Orchestra performing the final orchestral rendition of the chorus on the album version (below). And as I read the lyrics, I can certainly see the influence marijuana had on the composition of the song.

Here are the lyrics to “Tuesday Afternoon.”

Tuesday afternoon
I’m just beginning to see
Now I’m on my way
It doesn’t matter to me
Chasing the clouds away

Something calls to me
The trees are drawing me near
I’ve got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh

I’m looking at myself reflections of my mind
It’s just the kind of day to leave myself behind
So gently swaying through the fairyland of love
If you’ll just come with me you’ll see the beauty of
Tuesday afternoon
Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday afternoon
I’m just beginning to see
Now I’m on my way
It doesn’t matter to me
Chasing the clouds away

Something calls to me
The trees are drawing me near
I’ve got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh

FOWC with Fandango — Berate

FOWCWelcome to November 8, 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 “berate.”

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.