Thursday Inspiration — Father to Son

Do not let my mistakes
Hamper you
Make your memories of me
Evanescent
Parse your words and deeds carefully
Keep negativity to a minimum
Stay ever curious
Be a wizard
Be not a fool
As was I


Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration, where the theme is “mistake.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (hamper), Word of the Day Challenge (evanescent), Your Daily Word Prompt (parse), The Daily Spur (minimum), Ragtag Daily Prompt (curious), and MMA Storytime (wizard)


Three Line Tales — The Hoarder

I was close to my Uncle Harry, but I never knew that he was a hoarder. Then my cousin and I went into my late uncle’s house to clean it out before trying to sell it after he passed away and we were shocked to find stacks of newspapers in every room almost from floor to ceiling.

It’s remarkable that, with those stacks and stacks of newspapers, the house didn’t burn to the ground with him in it.


Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales. Photo credit: Mr Cup at Unsplash.

Y is for “Yellowstone”

“Yellowstone” is an American drama series created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson. It premiered on June 20, 2018, on the Paramount Network.Kevin Costner stars as John Dutton, a sixth-generation patriarch of the Dutton family, which operates the Yellowstone/Dutton Ranch, the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. Wes Bentley plays Jamie Dutton, John’s oldest son, an attorney, and an aspiring politician. Although completely loyal to his father and family, he is constantly frustrated by their apparent intolerance of him. Jamie has an intense love/hate relationship with his sister Beth, who is played by Kelly Reilly. Beth is John’s daughter and a financier. Although well educated, highly intelligent, and a master manipulator, Beth is bitter, emotionally unstable, and suffers from a substance abuse problem.

Kayce Dutton, John’s youngest son, is played by Luke Grimes. He is  a former Navy SEAL. He initially lived on the local Native American reservation with his Native American wife (Kelsey Asbille) and son, but in the second season, he and his family moved to live at the Dutton Ranch.

Cole Hauser plays Rip Wheeler, the ranch foreman and John’s right-hand man and enforcer. Rip is fiercely loyal to John after being taken in by Dutton as a young runaway. He and Beth have and an on-again, off-again romantic/sexual relationship.

Rounding out the ensemble cast is Gil Birmingham, who plays Chief Thomas Rainwater, the nearby Native American tribal chief. He seeks to reclaim the Yellowstone ranch from John and his family, land that he considers stolen from the Native Americans who originally inhabited it.

The series follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, whose ranch is constantly under constant attack by those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park. It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny, where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both.

This soap-opera-ish, contemporary western drama is well acted and intense, with a lot of violence. But it’s quite an addictive and compelling TV show. Unfortunately, since it doesn’t air on a traditional broadcast network or on a cable network, it is only available to those who currently stream on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, if you have Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus.


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#WDYS — The Lighthouse

“Oh Fred, it’s stunningly beautiful,” Donna said, as the two of them sat in the small park across the channel from the old lighthouse watching the sun set behind it, silhouetting the building.”

“Yes, I’ve always loved it here at this spot at sunset,” Fred said. “Sadly, they’re going to be tearing the thing down soon.”

“Oh no, why would they do that?” Donna asked.

“Well, a few years back the groundskeeper — he lived in the lighthouse — was killed during an armed robbery and the place has been vacant ever since,” Fred explained. “It has fallen into disrepair and the county condemned it, saying it would cost too much to fix it up.”

“That’s terrible,” Donna said.

“Yeah, I went to a meeting of the county commissioners to try to exhort them to declare it a landmark,” Fred said. “I provided the county manager with a long list of reasons, but that unscrupulous son of a bitch wouldn’t enable me to even make my presentation.”

“I can’t believe that they would turn a deaf ear to preserving that extraordinary landmark,” Donna said.

Well, Donna,” Fred said, “I’m going to take a photograph showing that beautiful, tall lighthouse on that rocky island in the channel with the red sky of the sunset behind it and offer it to the local museum as a memorial to the lighthouse.”


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Philippe D @ Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts from yesterday: MMA Storytime (robbery), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (vacant), Your Daily Word Prompt (exhort), The Daily Spur (list), Ragtag Daily Prompt (scrupulous), and Word of the Day Challenge (enable).

FOWC with Fandango — Hamper

FOWCWelcome to April 29, 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 “hamper.”

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.