Good Fences

“What do you mean you’ve got a bone to pick with me?” Jack asked his neighbor. “What is it this time?”

Nick stood on his side of the five-foot tall privacy fence. “You know how you’re always talking about good fences and good neighbors? Well, look at this fence you put up. You call this good?”

“What’s wrong with it? What are you trying to imply? Jack asked.

“I’m not trying to imply anything,” Nick said. “I have a question for you, though. Have you ever installed a fence before?”

“This is my first fence,” Jack admitted. “Pretty sweet, huh?”

“Are you serious?” Nick asked as he grabbed the top of the fence and started shaking it. “Look at how this thing jiggles. One big windstorm and this piece of shit fence you put up is going to blow over.”

“You’re pretty brave standing there, secure on the other side of my fence, insulting me like that,” Jack said. “I dare you to step around and say that to my face.”

“I don’t need to step around,” Nick said, pushing the fence toward Jack, which caused the whole fence to collapse.


Meanwhile, Mindy, Jack’s wife, and Diane, Nick’s wife, were sitting on the back porch of Diane’s house. “The boys are at it again, Mindy said. Should we break it up?”

“Nah,” Diane said. “Those two old coots will tucker themselves out before they hurt one another. I’ll go pull a couple beer out of the fridge for when those two old fools are exhausted.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (bone), Your Daily Word Prompt (imply), Word of the Day Challenge (question) My Vivid Blog (sweet), Ragtag Daily Prompt (jiggle), and The Daily Spur (brave).

5 Things — Italian Foods

It’s been a while since I last participated in one of Dr. Tanya’s 5 Things prompts. In this edition, she asks us to list our five favorite Italian dishes.

Veal Marsala — A classic Italian dish made with thinly sliced veal scaloppine prepared in a Marsala reduction sauce with sliced mushrooms. Mmm.

Linguine with white wine clam sauce — Do I need to say more?

Pizza — …with you favorite toppings. Mine are pepperoni and mushrooms or barbecue chicken.

Lasagna — I like it with beef.

Tiramisu — There’s no better way to finish off a nice Italian meal than with a piece of tiramisu.

One-Liner Wednesday — Writer or Waiter

“If you wait to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.”

Dan Poynter, American author, consultant, and self-publishing pioneer

Okay, what are you waiting for? Either start writing or bring me my breakfast.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #129


Welcome 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’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Nobody’s perfect.” We all make mistakes occasionally. We say wrong things. We do wrong things. We fail. We fall. Hopefully we get up, dust ourselves off, and learn from our mistakes so that we can move on with our lives.

With that in mind, I was thinking about things, both big and small, that people can do to be better. And that leads me to today’s provocative question, which is this…

What is the one thing you would like to change about yourself? What would it be and why?

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 — Bone

FOWCWelcome to August 4, 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 “bone.”

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.