Taking Responsibility

“You are so stubborn,” Vicky said, sitting across the kitchen table from her boyfriend. “How can you expect anyone to be sympathetic toward you with an attitude like that?”

Ken pounded his fist on the table, causing coffee to spill from both of their cups. “Talking with you, Vicky,” he said, “can be so monotonous. You are such a drama queen, and you have no zest for your God-given freedoms as an American anymore.”

“What a bunch of drivel,” Ken,” Vicky said. “It’s because of my zest for freedom and for life that I am insisting that you get vaccinated. You need to step up and start acting like an adult and shoulder some responsibility, if not for your own health, but for the health and possibly the lives of your friends and family.”

“This is not my fault,” Ken protested. “These vaccines have not been thoroughly tested and it could turn out to be a case where the cure is worse than the disease. But of course, it’s inevitable that you would take their side over mine.”

“The only side I’m taking,” Vicky insisted, “is science and common sense over conspiracy theories. And If you don’t agree to get vaccinated with all deliberate speed, you’re going to spending your adult life without me on, or by, your side.”


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (sympathetic/monotonous), MMA Storytime (attitude/zest), The Daily Spur (queen/shoulder), Your Daily Word Prompt (drivel), Ragtag Daily Prompt (inevitable), and Word of the Day Challenge (speed).

Fibbing Friday — Poetry in Motion

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Di’s turn to host and here are her questions.

1. What is the significance of today in 1564 and 1616?

They both occurred a log time ago.

2. Who said “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players”?

Martin Scorsese.

3. Who was widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and one of the world’s greatest dramatists?

Fandango. Thank you. Thank you very much.

4. What was The Globe?

It was a scale model of the planet Earth before the Flat-Earthers came to power and destroyed everything round.

5. “Much ado about nothing” was about what?

Nothing much.

6. Who were Titania and Oberon?

Tristan and Isolde’s first cousins.

7. Who were known as The Weird Sisters or Wayward Sisters?

Those were the previous names used by the members of the band “Twisted Sisters” before they became famous.

8. What is Bardolatry?

It’s the worship of poets.

9. Who said “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none?”

The Pope.

10. Who was known as The Swan of Avon?

The Ugly Duckling.

Friday Fictioneers — The Hatching

It was a carnival-like atmosphere. Scientists had predicted that the hundreds of eggs that had mysteriously appeared on the surface of the reflecting pool two months earlier were ready to hatch. Night after night the citizens of the town had gathered, hoping to witness what they all called “The Hatching.”

Someone in the crowd yelled that he heard a crack, and the townsfolk pushed closer to the edge of the pond, eyes transfixed on the eggs bathed by pink and blue lights.

More cracking sounds. The eggshells began to crumble and the people watched as the nightmare unfolded before them.

(100 words)


Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: David Stewart.

T is for “Taxi”

“Taxi” was an American ensemble sitcom that originally aired on ABC from September 12, 1978 to May 6, 1982 and on NBC from September 30, 1982 to June 15, 1983. The show focused on the everyday lives of the employees of the fictional Sunshine Cab Company, and took place almost exclusively at the company’s fleet garage in Manhattan.The employees of the cab company were a motley crew, including frustrated actor Bobby Wheeler (Jeff Conoway), struggling boxer Tony Banta (Tony Danza), art gallery receptionist and single mother Elaine Nardo (Marilu Henner), and tyranical dispatcher Louie De Palma (Danny De Vito). For almost everyone, the cab company was just a temporary job that could be left behind when they made it in their chosen professions. Only Alex Reiger (Judd Hirsch), who was disillusioned with life, considered cab driving his profession. The others viewed it as a temporary job. Other characters were “Reverend Jim” Ignatowski (Christopher Lloyd), an aging hippie minister who is burnt out from drugs, so the others help him become a cabbie, and Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman), the innocent, wide-eyed mechanic from an unnamed foreign country.

A number of episodes involved a character having an opportunity to realize his dream to move up in the world, only to see it yanked away. Otherwise, the cabbies dealt on a daily basis with their unsatisfying lives and with Louie’s abusive behavior and contempt.

Despite the humor of the Emmy award winning show, “Taxi” often tackled such dramatic life issues as drug addiction, single parenthood, obesity, animal abuse, homosexuality, racism, teenage runaways, divorce, sexual harassment, PMS, gambling addiction, and grief.


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Fandango’s Flashback Friday — April 23

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 23rd) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.


This was originally posted on April 23,2018.

A Vague Feeling

They met in high school and since then he had devoted his life to her. She was his everything. She was what gave his life meaning and a sense of purpose.

He took her complaints about intestinal pains seriously and wanted her to make an appointment with her doctor as soon as they began to increase in both frequency and intensity. There were times when it was so bad that she would double over in pain, tears streaming down her cheeks.

He demanded that she see her doctor, but she was both stubborn and stoic. She didn’t want to be poked and prodded and tested and told that there might be a serious problem. So she refused.

Until she couldn’t refuse.

But by then he had this somewhat vague, yet foreboding feeling that it was already too late.


Another twofer. Written for this week’s one-word prompt, “vague,” and for this week’s Let It Bleed Weekly Challenge prompt from Randomness Inked, where we’re suppose to write something containing the words, “it was already too late.”