Not My Thing

“What exactly do you mean when you say you’re not religious?” Thomas asked his friend, Sam.

“Just that,” Sam said. “I don’t participate in any organized religion. So don’t you try to foist your faith on me. I’m not interested in going to church with you. It’s not my thing.”

“How can you live a moral life if you don’t embrace God?” Thomas asked. “Don’t you want to see the light? Don’t you want to be saved?”

“Why must you proselytize all the time, Thomas? We’ve been through this game of yours countless times,” Sam said.

“But it’s for your own good, Sam,” Thomas insisted. “I’m just trying to be a good friend”

“You know what? I’m doing fine without all that religious mumbo-jumbo. For me, life is not a race to get to heaven. And if you disagree, you can kiss my ….”

“Whoa!” Thomas interrupted. “Let’s keep this conversation tranquil, shall we?”

“You want tranquility, Thomas?” Sam said, “then you live your life the way you want to and allow me to live mine the way I want to. I won’t disparage your life choices and I ask you to do the same regarding my life choices. Do we have a deal?”

Written for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (religion/church), Your Daily Word Prompt (foist), The Daily Spur (race), Word of the Day Challenge (kiss), Ragtag Daily Prompt (tranquil), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (disparage).

Who Won the Week? 04/04/2021

FWWTWThe 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.

Well, it’s time to pick this week’s Who Won the Week winner and, quite honestly, I’m stumped. I’ve been racking my brain (or is that “wracking” my brain? I always forget) and I’ve come up empty. So I’m punting this week. Sorry about that. Hopefully next week will bring a clear winner.

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

Yes, We Have No BATZAP Post Today

There’s no BATZAP, (aka Blogging from A to Z in April) post today. And it’s not just because today is Easter Sunday. (Happy Easter, by the way.) But you’d already know that you’re not supposed to post any BATZAP posts on Sundays if you had carefully and thoroughly read the rules. You’d know that you’re only supposed to post your A to Z posts every day in April except for Sundays.

Why not on Sundays, you ask? Well, you’d also know that if you knew your alphabet and could count. There are 26 letters in the alphabet but there are 30 days in April. So something’s gotta give.

Well, conveniently, there are four Sundays in April, and if you do the math, you’d see that 30 – 4 = 26, where 30 represents the number of days in April, 4 represents the number of Sundays in April, and 26 represents the number of letters in the alphabet. So by not posting an A to Z post on Sundays, there are just the right amount of days remaining in the month to run through the entire alphabet. It’s like friggin’ magic, right?

So don’t be looking for a BATZAP post from me today because it’s Sunday and this is, therefore, a BATZAP day of rest.

Song Lyric Sunday — Flowers

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday theme words this week — blossoms, cherry, and flowers — are intended, I suppose, to honor of the arrival of spring and the fact that today is Easter Sunday. I was going to go with Neil Diamond’s “Cherry Cherry,” but I already used that song in this Song Lyric Sunday post from this past December. Then I was going to go with Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco,” which has the lines “If you’re going to San Francisco/Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” But I had already used that last April for another one of my Song Lyric Sunday posts. So I looked through all of my Song Lyric Sunday posts and realized I had never used Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.”

“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” was a modern folk-style song. The melody and the first three verses were written by Pete Seeger in 1955. Additional verses were added in May 1960 by Joe Hickerson, who turned it into a song with a circular reference, starting and ending with flowers. Seeger and the song were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 in the Folk category. And in 2010, the New Statesman listed it as one of the “Top 20 Political Songs.”

Seeger wrote this song as a call for peace. The song’s lyrics show how war and suffering can by cyclical in nature: girls pick flowers, men pick girls, men go to war and fill graves with their dead, which get covered with flowers. He said he was inspired by Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel “And Quiet Flows the Don,” which is about Czarist Russia. In a 1988 interview, Seeger explained: “In one of the early chapters, it describes the Cossack soldiers galloping off to join the Czar’s army. And they’re singing: ‘Where are the flowers? The girls have plucked them. Where are the girls? They’ve all taken husbands. Where are the men? They’re all in the army. Gallop, gallop, gallop, wheeeee!’ I stuck the words in my pocket. A year or two or three went by and I never had time to look up the original. Meanwhile, I’m sitting in a plane, kind of dozing. And all of a sudden came a line I had thought about five years earlier: ‘long time passing.’ I thought that those three words sang well. I fitted the two together, along with the intellectual’s perennial complaining, ‘When will we ever learn?'”

The folk group Peter, Paul & Mary began playing this at their live concerts, and when The Kingston Trio saw them perform it in concert, they recorded it the next day. Interestingly, believing it to be a traditional song, the trio claimed authorship, although upon notice from Seeger they had their name removed and credited Seeger and Hickerson.

Here is The Kingston Trio’s version

And here is Peter, Paul & Mary’s version.

Here are the lyrics to “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the flowers gone?
Gone to young girls, every one!
When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone, long time passing?
Where have all the young girls gone, long time ago?
Where have all the young girls gone?
Gone to young men, every one!
When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone, long time passing?
Where have all the young men gone, long time ago?
Where have all the young men gone?
Gone to soldiers, every one!
When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

And where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the soldiers gone, a long time ago?
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards, every one!
When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

And where have all the graveyards gone, long time passing?
Where have all the graveyards gone, long time ago?
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Gone to flowers, every one!
When will they ever learn, oh when will they ever learn?

FOWC with Fandango — Disparage

FOWCWelcome to April 4, 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 “disparage.”

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.