MLMM Sunday Writing Prompt — Am I Hallucinating?

Daniel pulled his head back from the powerful telescope at the observatory he was using to examine and evaluate the asteroid that was streaking across the western night sky. He shook his head and rubbed his eyes. He looked back at the image he saw in the telescope and thought that he had to be seeing things. “Hey Debbie, come here quickly,” he called out to his fellow astrophysicist who was on duty that night. Stepping down from the platform on which the telescope was mounted, he said, “Take a look at this and tell me what you see.”

Debbie stepped onto the platform, removed her glasses, and positioned her right eye over the cup of the eyepiece of the telescope. She twisted the focusing knob slightly until the image came into crisp focus.

“Tell me what you see,” Daniel insisted. Debbie stepped back and gave her fellow scientist a quizzical look. “Well?” Daniel asked.

“It’s the asteroid we’ve been following for the past several weeks, Daniel,” Debbie said.

“So you don’t see anything unusual about it?”

“What do you mean by unusual?” Debbie asked.

Daniel hopped onto the platform and looked at the asteroid again. “You don’t see any resemblance to a soccer ball? You don’t see those uniform black and white pentagon shapes across the surface of the asteroid? Am I hallucinating?”

Debbie smiled. “Well, there are what appear to be indentations on the leading surface of the asteroid that one might say gives the asteroid a slight resemblance to a soccer ball if one uses his or her imagination. That’s why the other day some of the team members jokingly nicknamed it the Beckham asteroid.”

“Oh thank God,” Daniel said. “I thought I may have been having an acid flashback and it was freaking me out.”

“Okay, then,” Debbie said, “can I get back to work now?”

“Sure, Debbie. I’m sorry to have interrupted you.”

“No worries, Daniel,” Debbie said, “but you might want to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist.”

Written for the Sunday Writing Prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Image credit:

That’s Not Funny

The soldier violently grabbed me and pulled me to my feet even though I was peacefully demonstrating during the sit-in. He barked laconic orders at me and my fellow protesters. “Get up!” he shouted. “Stand still. Don’t say a word.”

“Isn’t this show if force a bit much?” I asked.

“Shut your pie hole,” he shouted back at me.”

Trying to display some jocularity to ease the tension, I smiled and said, “Apple pie a la mode will do nicely to fill my pie hole.”

The soldier clearly wasn’t amused when he put me in handcuffs.

Written for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (soldier), Your Daily Word Prompt (violent), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (laconic), The Daily Spur (show), Ragtag Daily Prompt (jocularity), and Word of the Day Challenge (amused).

Who Won the Week? 05/16/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity 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.

Never in a million years did I ever think I’d select a conservative Republican member of the U.S. Congress as my Who Won the Week winner. But I did. I chose Wyoming Republican representative Liz Cheney as this week’s winner.Why on earth, you ask, would I select a consistently conservative congresswoman who voted with Trump on substantive issues 93 percent of the time as my winner? Have I lost my marbles? Well, one could argue that all of the Republicans in Congress have lost their marbles.

This week, House of Representatives Republicans voted to purge (i.e., “cancel”) Liz Cheney from their leadership ranks, ousting her as the number three leader in retaliation for her ongoing criticism of the former president and his claim that last year’s election was stolen.

Good for Liz. Seems she’s the only Republican in the House with the balls to question Trump’s Big Lie.

Cheney challenged Republicans to turn away from Trump after the January 6th attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building that was instigated by Trump and carried out by a horde of his rabid MAGA-maniacs. Cheney said, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person.”

Cheney said that she is “deeply, deeply concerned about where our party is headed.” She said that the Republican core principles of limited government, low taxes, and a strong national defense were being overshadowed by darker forces. “We cannot become the party of QAnon,” she said. “We cannot become the party of Holocaust denial. We cannot become the party of white supremacy.”

Sorry, Liz, but it might be too late for that. You should have realized what the Republican Party under Trump had become long before now.

But, for what it’s worth, after being ousted from her post, Cheney said that she is still committed to doing “everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets near the Oval Office.”

You go, girl.

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

Song Lyric Sunday — Going Up?

Jim Adams threw me for a loop with this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme. He tossed “elevator music” at us. And, as everyone knows, elevator music is recorded instrumental arrangements of popular songs often piped in as background music played in public places. The operative words are instrumental arrangements. Isn’t this Song LYRIC Sunday? And, by definition, instrumental arrangements have no lyrics. They are just bland versions of songs with just the music and no lyrics. Quite a conundrum.

So while this might not be what Jim had in mind for elevator music, I thought I should pick a song containing lyrics that are about an elevator. I found a few of those, but none really appealed to me. That’s when I remembered that the folks across the pond call an elevator a “lift.” So I broadened my search for songs to those that included the word “lift,” of which there are many. The song I ended up choosing is one of my favorites from back in the day: Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher.”

“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” is an R&B song covered by Jackie Wilson for his 1967 album Higher and Higher. Produced by Carl Davis, it became a Top 10 pop and number one R&B hit. It was originally written by Chess Records’ in-house writers and producers Carl Smith and Raynard Miner, and initially recorded by The Dells for the label, but it was not released. Another writer, Gary Jackson, made some changes to the song and pitched it to Davis at Brunswick Records.

When Wilson recorded his vocal track, Davis recalls, Jackie originally sang the song “like a soul ballad.” Davis felt that wasn’t right for the song and he encouraged Wilson to jump and go with the percussion. After hearing Davis’ advice, Wilson cut the lead vocal for “Higher and Higher” in a single take.

The song is an upbeat happy tale of a man who has finally found the love of his life and can’t help but tell her over and over how she has lifted him up higher and higher.

Here are the lyrics to “Higher and Higher.”

Your love, lifting me higher
Than I’ve ever been lifted before
So keep it it up
Quench my desire
And I’ll be at your side, forever more

You know your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
Now listen

Now once, I was down-hearted
Disappointment, was my closest friend
But then you, came and it soon departed
And you know he never
Showed his face again

That’s why your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)

I’m so glad, I’ve finally found you
Yes that one, in a million girls
And I whip, my loving arms around you
I can stand up, and face the world

Let me tell ya, your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)

Now sock it to me
Hold me, you’re my woman
Keep my love going
Higher and higher
I said keep on lifting
Lift me up mama
Keep on lifting me
Higher and higher

As a bonus, here is Bruce Springsteen’s cover:

FOWC with Fandango — Laconic

FOWCWelcome to May 16, 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 “laconic.”

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.