Truthful Tuesday — Pop Culture Phenom

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…

What pop culture phenomenon have you bought into?

It’s been a long, long time since I “bought into” any pop culture phenomenon. But when I was in college, I was very into the whole Tolkien thing: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I had a large poster of the Middle Earth on my wall, and eagerly followed the adventures of the fellowship.

Were you hooked right away, or did it grow on you over time?

I was hooked right away and have reread The Hobbit and the trilogy three times over the years, the last time being when The Lord of the Rings movies were released. I may now give it a fourth reread.

Did you initially get into it because it seemed interesting to you, or did someone recommend it?

I honestly don’t remember if someone recommended Tolkien to me, if I read about it somewhere, or how I discovered it.

Was it just a passing fancy, or are you still a fan?

I’m still a fan.

Photo Challenge — The Plight of the Native American

The instructions for the Photo Challenge prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie tell us we’re supposed to use the featured photo (credit: Veerendra at as inspiration for a poem or short story. But I’m going to do something a little different today.

My wife and I just finished binge-watching “Longmire,” a six-season, 63 episode contemporary western crime drama on Netflix. It centered around the charismatic and dedicated sheriff of fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming. This county abuts a Cheyenne Indian reservation.

The Absaroka County sheriff and his small team deal with crimes committed in the county and must also work with the Cheyenne reservation’s tribal police, which has authority within the reservation boundaries. A significant aspect of the series deals with matters of contemporary Native American life on and around the reservation, as well as with the sometimes challenging relations between the members of the tribe and the mostly white residents of the country outside of the reservation.

My wife and I really enjoyed “Longmire.” It had strong acting, a great cast of characters, and compelling stories. I enthusiastically recommend the show if you’re looking for something to binge-watch.

When I saw the photo for this challenge, I thought about the plight of the Native Americans depicted on the show. They were good people, most of whom were living on the reservations, trapped in the squalor of poverty, and with limited opportunities. I saw in the photo a member of the Cheyenne Nation standing on a bluff on the reservation looking across the land as the sun was setting. She was wondering about the future of her people.

FOWC with Fandango — Tirade

FOWCWelcome to May 11, 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 “tirade.”

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.