MLMM Photo Challenge — Broken-hearted

“You look stunning,” John had told Sara. Of course she did. She knew it, too. She had great legs, a nice ass, and long blonde hair. The costume she chose, with the form-fitting black bodice and the black mesh stockings, was meant to show offer her assets and to evoke the sexy vixen look. “I’m going to be the envy of every man at the office masquerade party tonight,” John added as they walked to the car to drive to his boss’s lakeside retreat.

Four hours later Sara was alone, broken-hearted, oil lantern in hand, sitting on the pier overlooking the calm lake. How could he do this to me, she thought. What did that other woman have that she didn’t? Why was she getting all of John’s attention, while he literally ignored his own wife?

Sara placed the lantern down on the wood pier and slowly lowered herself into the cool lake waters. The water level reached only to her waist, so she began to walk toward the center of the lake where the water was the deepest. As the water level reached her shoulders, she was about to submerge herself completely when she heard her husband behind her frantically calling her name. Then she heard a splash as he dived into the water and swam toward her.

“Sara, what the hell are you doing out here?” John screamed.

“Leave me alone,” Sara said, tears streaming from her eyes. “Go back to your little Barbie doll that you seem so enamored with. I hate you.”

“Sara, if it’s Claudine you’re talking about, she’s my boss’s wife,” John explained. “I was just playing up to her to get on her good side. She’s very influential on her husband and I was hoping to score points with her so she would sing my praises to her husband. I promise you that was all there was to it.”

John reached out and grabbed Sara and started pulling her to the pier. “Now let’s get out of the water, dry off, and go home, where I’ll prove to you that you’re the only woman in my life.”

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo challenge. Photo credit: Kamil Rybarski on

Q is for “Quincy, M.E.”

“Quincy, M.E.” was an American mystery medical drama television series that aired on NBC from October 3, 1976, to May 11, 1983. Jack Klugman starred in the title role as a Los Angeles County medical examiner (coroner) who routinely engaged in police investigations.Quincy’s job was to determine the reasons for suspicious deaths. His theories about the cause of death often put him at odds with his boss and the police. Quincy was a stubborn, crusading medical examiner who solved cases using forensic analysis, crime scene investigation techniques, and sharp intuition years before the popular “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” franchise began.

“Quincy” was originally broadcast as 90-minute telefilms as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie rotation in the autumn of 1976, alongside “Columbo,” “McCloud,” and “McMillan & Wife.” The series proved popular enough that after four episodes of “Quincy, M.E.” had aired during the 1976–1977 season in the extended format, “Quincy” was spun off into its own weekly one-hour series without a typical 60-minute pilot. Instead, a two-hour episode kicked off a thirteen-episode shortened run of the series, which concluded the 1976–1977 season, while the Mystery Movie format was discontinued in the spring of 1977.

“Quincy, M.E.” focused largely on using medical methods in criminal investigations. It was one of the first, if not the first, to use in-depth forensic methods and crime scene investigation techniques to analyze evidence, provide facts, and support theories about why crimes were committed. It was also one of the first dramatic series to use a format like this to further a social agenda. Quincy would find himself involved with police investigations that revealed situations such as a disreputable plastic surgeon and the reasons his poor surgeries were not stopped, flaws in drunk driving laws, problems caused by aviation safety issues, dumping of hazardous waste, the proliferation of handguns, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, orphan drugs, and anorexia, among others.

The “Quincy, M.E.” series was distinguished from other shows in the genre in one obvious way — the show often used the same actors and actresses in different roles in various episodes.

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Damn You, WordPress

Now you’ve gone and done it, WordPress. You’ve removed the “Use Block Editor” toggle on the settings menu in the latest update (version 17.1) of the WordPress iOS app.

Up until yesterday, if this toggle was set to off, I could create new posts on my iPhone using the iOS version of the classic editor, or what I referred to as “classic lite.” Now those of us, like me, who blog primarily from our iPhones, have no choice when creating a new post other than to use the block editor. There is no longer an option to switch to the classic editor.

Interestingly, there are still ways to access the classic editor when using in a browser on a laptop, but that option is no longer available in the iOS app.

Yes, because you’ve given me no choice, I’m struggling to write this post on my iPhone using the block editor. And at this point, I’m going to have to try to push my way through this because I am not ready to quit blogging.

But I have always felt that when the day comes that blogging on WordPress becomes more of a chore than a pleasure, it will be time for me to leave. And with this latest decision on your part to remove the classic editor altogether from the iOS app, that day may finally have come.

At the risk of sounding overly melodramatic, I feel like I’m standing at the precipice and all I see before me is a blogging abyss.

FOWC with Fandango — Such

FOWCWelcome to April 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 “such.”

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.