Truthful Tuesday — Reading is Fundamental

To be truthful, today is not Tuesday. However, yesterday Frank, aka PCGuy, published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and since I couldn’t get around to responding yesterday, I’m going to respond today. This week Frank wants to know…

1. Do you consider yourself an avid reader?

If you’re talking about books, I used to be an avid reader and would typically read at least one book a week on average. But lately, most of my reading is done on my iPhone’s newsfeed and on WordPress when I read posts from other bloggers.

2. What was the last book you read all the way through, and how long did it take you?

It was Octavia Butler’s The Patternist series. It’s a four book series and it probably took me about three weeks to read all four of the books.

3. Are there any books that, try as you might, you just haven’t been able to bully your way through?

After I saw the stage show, Les Mis, which I absolutely loved, I tried reading Victor Hugo’s book “Les Misérables,” the book upon which the Broadway musical was based. I have never been able to finish it…or even get too much further than the first few pages.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #114

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question is about gun violence and mass shootings in America. There were two more mass shooting incidents this past week, one in Atlanta, Georgia that killed eight people, and one in Boulder, Colorado, where ten lives were lost. Mass gun shootings, often with semiautomatic, military-style rifles with large capacity magazines, have become almost commonplace in the United States. And it is a true American tragedy.

The provocative question this week is…

Do you think that there is any chance that the U.S. Congress will ever take decisive, bipartisan action to pass and enact nationwide common sense gun laws to try and stem the tide of mass shootings, or is the best that the American Congress will ever do is to send thoughts and prayers to the families of loved ones killed in mass shooting incidents?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Emotions

FOWCWelcome to March 24, 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 “emotions.”

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.