MLMM Sunday Writing Prompt — Reasons for Admission

“This list is ridiculous, sir,” Henry said after picking up and reading the list of conditions that would result in a woman being institutionalized in a mental hospital. “This is nonsense. There’s no science behind most of the items on this list.”

“Henry,” Dr. Snodgrass, the local health minister said, “this list was created by the most respected religious and political leaders in our community. They put a lot of hard work into creating this list. You know that women are delicate creatures and they need our help to set them on the path to righteousness and salvation.”

“Sir,” Henry said, “we are no longer in the dark ages. It’s 1865. Our country is going through an industrial revolution and women are playing a greater, more important role in our modern society than ever before.”

“I know this is a highly sensitive matter, Henry, and we must employ finesse to come to the aid of these poor, misguided damsels,” Dr. Snodgrass said.

“Sir, have you looked at some of the items on this list?” Henry asked. “Do you really believe that jealousy, reading novels, engaging in politics, keeping bad company, or being deserted by one’s husband are legitimate reasons to incarcerate women in an asylum?”

“My dear Henry,” Dr. Snodgrass said as he removed his spectacles and wiped them vigorously with his handkerchief, “you need to either get on board with these protocols for the practice of modern medicine or find yourself out on the street. Women need to know their place in the world and as professional men, it’s our job to make sure we put them in their place before they turn our society its head.”

“But Dr. Snodgrass….”

“Enough, Henry,” Snodgrass interrupted, holding up his hand in front of Henry’s face. “I’m late for joining our peers at the tavern in town for the Octoberfest festival. So either you may either join me and our colleagues, or get out of my way.”

Henry let out a sigh of resignation. “Fine, Doctor, I’ll join you.”


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt. Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (science), The Daily Spur (work), Ragtag Daily Prompt (help), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (finesse), MMA Storytime (festival)

Block Editor Help

WordPress automatically inserts a blank line after you hit Return. I guess hitting Return to WordPress means you want to start a new paragraph and thus the app adds a blank line.

In the good old days of the classic editor, if I wanted to eliminate that blank line, say if I was writing what could only loosely be described as a poem, all I needed to do was switch to HTML mode in the app on my iPhone and delete the line between the sentences, thus achieving single-spacing in my published post. Easy peasy.

But since WordPress “decommissioned” the classic editor on its iOS app for the iPhone, the HTML code generated is a lot more complicated than it was in the classic editor. Each time you hit Return, the app creates a new paragraph block.

Here’s the poem as it appears using the paragraph block and hitting Return at the end of each line.

This a test

To see if I can figure out

How to single-space a line of text

Using the block editor

On my iPhone

Without having to use

The verse block.

Using the old Text tab in the classic editor on my laptop, here’s what the HTML looks like…

And to remove the extra line between sentences, all I needed to do was delete the spaces, so the updated HTML code look like this…

But the HTML code for this seven line “poem” above, using the paragraph block in the block editor on my iPhone looks like this…

Yikes! WTF?

So now, the only way I can figure out how to get my text to show single-spaced is by using the verse block, which looks like this…

This is a test
To see if I can figure out
How to single-space a line of text
Using the block editor
On my iPhone
Without having to use
The verse block.

Using the verse block is not terrible, but I prefer to look when I just have the lines of text appear in the body of the post and not inside a shaded block.

So here’s my question for you tech-savvy bloggers out there. If you are an iPhone user and you are using the WordPress iOS app for the iPhone, do you know how to single space your text after each Return without having to use the verse block?

Or am I SOL in the brave new world of the block editor?

Who Won the Week? 04/25/2021

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.

This week’s Who Won the Week winner is justice. Well, at least one instance of justice.Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty this week of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter related to the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against the neck of Floyd, who is black, for nine minutes and 29 seconds. While Chauvin’s knee was pressed against his neck, Floyd was also restrained and subdued prone against the pavement. Floyd, who cried out that he couldn’t breath and who called out to his deceased mother, died from this encounter. The jurors deliberated for just 10 hours before finding Chauvin guilty on all three counts against him.

This case was remarkable in several ways. Bystanders video taped much of what happened that day back in May of 2020. Those videos graphically illustrated the abuse Floyd experienced — abuse that ultimately resulted in his death — at the hands of Chauvin and other white police officers. Watching those videos made it impossible for anyone to not see the truth to the charges.

The other remarkable thing was that, breaking with the “blue wall of silence,” Minneapolis police officials testified that Chauvin’s restraint of Floyd was excessive and violated both his training and police protocols.

So, yes, in this one case of George Floyd, justice was served. But does Chauvin’s conviction do anything to really alter the system that has protected police officers from years of abusive behavior toward blacks? The question is whether or not this one case will actually lead to real police reform, or will we return to business as usual once the headlines have disappeared?

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

Magic Fingers

“Ooh, look at your fingers, Jake,” Suzie said. “They’re full of warts. Have you been kissing any frogs lately?”

“You mean other than you, Suzie?” Jake laughed. “Besides, kissing a frog is not a prerequisite for warts.”

“Well, when I kissed a frog a few years back,” Suzie said, “I was hoping it would turn into a handsome prince, but all I got was a warty husband.” Suzie said. She reached out and grabbed Jake’s right hand. “Seriously, Jake, it’s not funny. I don’t know what’s causing those warts, but you should see a doctor. My friend Lizzy went to a dermatologist about her psoriasis. Whatever he did cleared it all up and now she worships him.”

Jake pulled his hand away. “I’m not going to see a doctor,” he said. “I just have a few growths on my fingers is all. Don’t blow this all out of proportion, Suzie.”

“A few ugly growths might be indicative of some kind of fungus or viral infection,” Suzie said. “You don’t want those magic fingers of yours to fall right off your hands, do you?”

“Okay, fine,” Jake said. “Give me the name of that dermatologist and I’ll call first thing Monday morning.”

“Good for you, Jake. You’ve earned a tip of my cap.”

“And you, Suzie, have earned some very special attention from my magic fingers, warts and all.”


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (prerequisite), Word of the Day Challenge (warty), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (worship), The Daily Spur (growth), Ragtag Daily Prompt (blow), and MMA Storytime (cap).

Song Lyric Sunday — Goodbye

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt Jim Adams theme is all about parting ways by saying things like arrivederci, bon-voyage, ciao, farewell, goodbye, hasta la vista, sayonara, or shalom. I chose goodbye, and in particular, Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was a song performed by musician Elton John and it was the title track on his 1973 album of the same name. The song’s music was composed by John, while the lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin. It was the album’s second single and made it to the Top Ten in both the U.S. and the U.K. It was one of Elton John’s biggest hits.

Taupin wrote the lyrics to this song, and this appears to be more about him, rather than about Elton. The lyrics revolve around giving up a life of opulence for one of simplicity in a rural setting. Elton enjoyed a very extravagant lifestyle, while Taupin preferred to keep it low key.

The Yellow Brick Road in the song was a bit of an homage to the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” where Dorothy and her friends follow the yellow brick road in search of the magical Wizard of Oz, only to find they had what they were looking for all along.

What made this song stand out was the poignant way it pined for a simpler, grounded time at the very moment that Elton John was soaring to the dizzying heights of superstardom.

Taupin said, “There was a period when I was going through that whole ‘got to get back to my roots’ thing, which spawned a lot of like-minded songs in the early days, this being one of them. I don’t believe I was ever turning my back on success or saying I didn’t want it. I just don’t believe I was ever that naïve. I think I was just hoping that maybe there was a happy medium way to exist successfully in a more tranquil setting. My only naiveté, I guess, was believing I could do it so early on. I had to travel a long road and visit the school of hard knocks before I could come even close to achieving that goal. So, thank God I can say quite categorically that I am home.”

Here are the lyrics to the song.

When are you gonna come down?
When are you going to land?
I should have stayed on the farm
I should have listened to my old man

You know you can’t hold me forever
I didn’t sign up with you
I’m not a present for your friends to open
This boy’s too young to be singing, the blues

So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can’t plant me in your penthouse
I’m going back to my plough

Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh I’ve finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road

What do you think you’ll do then?
I bet that’ll shoot down your plane
It’ll take you a couple of vodka and tonics
To set you on your feet again

Maybe you’ll get a replacement
There’s plenty like me to be found
Mongrels who ain’t got a penny
Sniffing for tidbits like you on the ground

So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can’t plant me in your penthouse
I’m going back to my plough

Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh I’ve finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road