Photo Challenge — Two Worlds

Rachel’s father was from Nigeria. Her mother was from France. Her heritage — her race — was mixed, and that had never been a big deal to her. Until recently, when someone called her mulatto. She asked her mother what a mulatto was and her mother told her to just ignore it. Her father, who almost never disagreed with her mother, told Rachel not to ignore it. He said it was derogatory and offensive and she should not let it pass.

Over the past year, Rachel was sensing a push-pull between her two cultures. She sensed that people wanted her to choose. Even her parents. Her father wanted her to celebrate her African roots. Her mother wanted her to emphasize her European heritage. She felt that everyone expected her to decide who she was, including if she was black or white.

But Rachel knew that nothing in life or in the world is purely black or white, especially her. Rachel knew that she was growing into a beautiful young woman who is like a rainbow. A woman who comes in colors.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Sina Kelvani.

Fixed — Well, Almost

For the past six months I’ve been trying to get WordPress to fix a bug that was introduced in November when WordPress launched version 16.0 of its iOS app for the iPhone. If I visited another blogger’s post, either from my reader or from a pingback to one of my prompts in my notifications, I was unable to like or comment on the post in question unless it had “.wordpress.com” in its URL (blog address). I couldn’t even like or comment on my own posts because my blog’s address is fivedotoh.com and not fivedotoh.wordpress.com.

Well, it appears that the fix is in. Well, kind of, anyway. As of today, when I attempt to like a post, this shows up on my iPhone’s screen:

I’m asked to log in to my WordPress account, which is weird because I’m already logged in to WordPress on the iOS app. But when tap on “Continue,” I am returned to the post in question and — hallelujah — I can like the post. Yay!

And sometimes I can leave a comment on the post, too. But for some reason, on some (but not all) posts, I will see this:

Again, I’m already logged in to WordPress, and I already came from the log in screen just to like the post, but when I tap on “You must be logged in to post a comment,” that same log in screen as shown previously appears, but when I tap on “Continue” and it takes me back to the post, the same “You must be logged in to post a comment” is still there and I can’t post a comment.

I am happy that the WordPress happiness engineers addressed the inability for me to like posts in the iOS app, although it has that extra step to do so. And while I can now also comment on some posts, I can’t on all posts.

So thank you, WordPress, for fixing the problem I’ve been bellyaching with you about for the past six months. Well, thank you your almost fixing it. There are still a few issue to be resolved.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #118

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

I’ve been feeling tired and almost exhausted this week. It’s as if a lot of my energy has been drained out of me. I’m not sure why, but I do know I need to do something to get myself back on track. And that leads me to this week’s provocative question. Well, it may not be that provocative, but your answers might be helpful, not just to me, but to others who may be feeling a bit off center at the moment.

How do you recharge when you’re feeling depleted?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Upper

FOWCWelcome to May 19, 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 “upper.”

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.