A Month of Love #20

Paula Light says, “Let’s celebrate the month of lurve (aka love) by posting one thing we love every day throughout February.

Now the truth is that I’m not really a romantic guy, so I might be hard pressed to come up with 28 objects of love, but I think I should be able to come up with 28 things I like a lot.

When we lived in San Francisco, we would see a lot of rats and raccoons on the streets. And when we went to Golden Gate Park, we ran into coyotes and an occasional fox.

But last February we moved to a semi-rural suburb on the East Bay, and we have discovered that there are a lot of deer who hang out around our neighborhood. I took this photo one morning last spring, before we began landscaping our backyard.I love seeing the deer around our area. That said, I’m not crazy about how they now forage the relatively new backyard plantings. But, still, they are beautiful creatures.

Weekend Writing Prompt — It’s Your Call

“I’m not feeling well today,” Jim said to his wife.

“What’s wrong, hon?” Liz asked.

“My stomach feels a little queasy and my head hurts.”

“So maybe you should call in sick today.”

“You think so?”

“I think it’s your call.”

(41 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “call” in exactly 41 words.

SoCS — Of All the Nerve

Beads of perspiration started to appear on Danny’s forehead and there was a slightly visible twitching of his left eyelid.

“Hey, what’s the matter, Danny Boy?” Bruno asked, a sardonic grin on his face. “You got some nerve damage or something? Your eyelid is going a mile a minute over there.”

“Yeah, Bruno,” Danny said, “I tend to get a little nervous when someone’s pointing a piece at me. Why don’t you put that thing away so we can talk freely, man-to-man.”

“Man-to-man, huh? I gotta tell you, Danny Boy,” Bruno said, “you got some nerve, after what you done to Charlie Two Toes, to talk to me like that.”

“That’s me, Bruno,” Danny said. “I got nerves of steel. So either lose that piece or use it.”

Bruno stared at Danny for a few minutes and put down his piece. Now it was Danny’s turn to smile. “You just made the same mistake that Charlie Two Toes made last week, Bruno.”

Bruno realized too late the error he had made when he put his piece down. Danny reached for his piece, pointed it toward Bruno, and triumphantly said, “Checkmate.”

Enraged, Bruno swept his hand across the table, scattering the chess pieces all over the floor. “Damn you, Danny Boy,” Bruno shouted. “Playing a friendly game of chess with you is so fucking nerve-racking.”


Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Linda has given us the word “nerve” and instructed us to use it any way we want.

FOWC with Fandango — Dubious

FOWCWelcome to February 20, 2021 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 “dubious.”

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.