Eye Sore

That neon yellow paint on our house
Gives me the chills

It’s so outrageous that it makes me
Want to run for the hills

So I need to head into town
There’s no time to runaround

Some dull gray paint I need to fetch
A color that doesn’t make me want to retch

Written for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (neon), The Daily Spur (yellow), Word of the Day Challenge (chills), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (runaround), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (fetch).

TMP — Oh Deer

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. My peeve today is about wildlife.

For the past six months my wife and I have been involved in a major landscaping and hardscaping project in our backyard. We planted a whole bunch of new trees, shrubs, and native California, drought-resistant plants. And it all looks beautiful.

So what’s my peeve? Here’s my peeve:

Deer! Yes, deer. We have a family of deer coming into our newly landscaped backyard and they are destroying our plantings. They’re eating all of the leaves on the lower branches of our young trees and they’re basically devouring the shrubs and other plants in our backyard.

I admit that deer are beautiful, elegant creatures whose movements remind me of poetry in motion. But come on, deer. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Maybe your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners do, but seriously, deer, your destroying our beautifully landscaped yard.

Share Your World — 6/21/21

Melanie is back with another edition of Share Your World. Here are today’s questions.

What’s one question you wish more people asked you?

There is no question I wish more people would ask me. I think everyone should just mind their own business.

Do you like eggs? What’s your favorite way to have them served?

Yes I like eggs. I like them over-easy or in an omelette or cooked in “hole in the wall” style.

Thoughts on scary movies? (not horror necessarily, but suspense or action/thrillers)

I used to be into horror movies, but my wife is not a fan, so we hardly watch them. I do like science fiction as well as suspense thrillers, mysteries, and some action movies.

Do you believe in Karma?

I don’t believe in the notion of karma as what you’ve done in previous states of existence, or in your current life, deciding your fate in future existences. That’s because I don’t believe in previous or future states of existence. Nor, as a pragmatist, do I believe in destiny or in fate. But I do believe in cause and effect, so, from the concept of karma as current actions having an impact on one’s future in this lifetime, yes, I will concede to that.


At this moment, what you are most grateful for?

I’m grateful that it seems that the worst of the pandemic appears to be behind us and that things are slowly returning to normal. Or at least to a “new normal.”

Blogging Insights — Reading Material

For this week’s Blogging Insights post, Dr. Tanya is back with another question about what inspires us. She wants to know…

Does what you read influence or inspire what you write?

The first thing I need to do to answer this question is to list what I read.

  • The daily San Francisco Chronicle newspaper
  • The Week, a weekly news digest magazine
  • The newsfeed on my iPhone
  • Emails and texts on my iPhone
  • Apple News and Google News on my iPhone
  • Other bloggers’ posts that show up in my WordPress Reader
  • An occasional novel

Is what I write influenced or inspired by any of these reading sources? Yes, all of them, and very much so. Especially when my posts cover current events, politics, and what’s going on in the world around us. How could it not be?

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #123

Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The painting below is by artist Chin H. Shin.For the visually challenged writer, the painting is of three women walking on an urban street holding umbrellas on a rainy night.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

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