Thursday Inspiration — It’s Too Late

Jack opened the door to their apartment, put down his briefcase, placed his keys on the credenza, and walked into the kitchen, where he saw his wife, Carole, standing with her hands on her hips and a stern look on her face. “Hi, honey,” he said and started to walk over to her to give her a peck on the cheek.

“Don’t you ‘hi honey’ me,” she said. “I want a divorce.”

Jack was stunned. “What? You want a divorce? Where is this coming from?”

“Oh, Jack,” Carole said, her eyes tearing up. “It used to be so easy, living here with you. You were light and breezy and I knew just what to do. But now I’m so unhappy, and I feel like a fool.”

“Carole, please, you can’t do this to us,” Jack pleaded. “I can fix this, I swear I can.”

“It’s too late, Jack,” Carole said. “I really hoped that we could make it. But something inside has died, and I can’t hide it anymore. I just can’t fake it.”

Jack moved toward Carole to try to embrace her, but Carole held up her hand, signaling Jack to stop. Then she picked up a wooden spoon, held it up to her mouth like a microphone, and began to sing.

Written for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the theme is “late.”

I’m So Tired of this Shit

Tired freelancer man rubbing his eyesI was elated, excited, thrilled, and relieved when Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election four days after Election Day.

Interestingly, Biden’s 306 electoral votes and Trump’s 232 electoral votes in 2020 are the exact inverse of the 2016 presidential election, when Trump received 306 electoral votes to 232 electoral votes for Clinton. And yet, despite receiving almost 3 million fewer votes than Clinton, Trump declared his victory in 2016 to be a “landslide win.”

In 2020, not only was Biden’s victory in the Electoral College a “landslide win,” according to Trump’s own accounting, but Biden also won the popular vote count by almost 6 million. There is no question that Biden won the election and that he will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021.

Yet here it is, almost two weeks since Biden was declared the winner, and Trump and most of his Republican cronies are still in denial. Trump has not conceded and he, his lawyers, and his GOP enablers are doing everything they can to reverse the outcome of the election.

Trump has dispatched Rudy Giuliani and a whole host of lawyers to file nuisance lawsuits in critical swing states alleging bogus charges of widespread voter fraud. Trump is personally calling Republican members of state and local election committees and asking them to not certify the election results in their jurisdictions.

Trump butt-lickers like Lindsey Graham are reaching across state lines to try to persuade state officials to throw out certain ballots in order to reverse the Biden victories in those states.

Meanwhile, media outlets like Fox News continue to support Trump’s false claims and bogus allegations and to rile up their millions of views with the assertion that the Biden win is illegitimate.

I’m so tired of this shit. Americans are tired of this shit. The world is tired of this shit. It’s time for Trump and his minions to accept reality and to stop spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) about the legitimacy of the 2020 election and Biden’s decisive victory. It’s time to move on and let America begin the healing process.

If it’s not already too late.

5 Things — Pies, Tarts, and Flans

5 Things

Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, has this prompt called “5 Things,” where she asks us to list five things about a particular topic. For this week’s topic, she’s asking about our five favorite pies, tarts, or flans.

Key Lime Pie


Crème Brûlée

Apple Crumb Pie (sometimes called Dutch Apple Pie)

Peach Cobbler


What are your five favorites?

FOWC with Fandango — Hail

FOWCWelcome to November 19, 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 “hail.”

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.