There’s a New Sheriff in Town

His top advisors warned him to handle things with kid gloves when he first assumed office, but almost immediately after they cut the proverbial ribbon on his administration, he started signing executive orders, the first of which was to rescind a long standing doctrine of international diplomatic relations with one of the country’s staunches allies.

When faced with criticism from the opposition party and the press, especially given that his executive order was executed on the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the agreement, he was less than gracious when he called the doctrine a rusty relic of the past and, as the new sheriff in town, he was going to shake things up, for better or for worse.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (glove/international), My Visual Blog (ribbon/anniversary), Your Daily Word Prompt (rescind), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (doctrine), Word of the Day Challenge (gracious ), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (rusty relic).

MLMM Photo Challenge — Street Art

Robert soon learned that the best laid plans can quickly go awry. He had trained in classic art and over the years had honed his own skills as an urban mural artist. He contacted the landlord of an inner-city building and proposed to beautify the area by painting a mural in the alleyway between two buildings. He persuaded the landlord to permit him to paint a long mural on the side of the building.

Once Robert got the go ahead from the landlord, he figured he’d recruit a few of his artist friends to add to his mural. The team of painters closed off the alley and put a tarp around the access points so no one else could see their work in progress, as they wanted to surprise the landlord and the local citizens.

About a month after they began, Robert scheduled the big unveiling. He and his artist friends admired their work and considered it to be a thing of beauty to behold. He invited the landlord, of course, along with local dignitaries, and the press to the debut.

A large crowd had gathered on the big day. Robert gave a speech and then, after much anticipation, he instructed his team to drop the tarp that had been hiding the wall’s new mural.

The crowd of people let out a collective gasp. After the initial shock wore off, some observers laughed, others smirked, and some were appalled, including the landlord. He walked over to Robert, his face red with rage, and said, “What have you done? This is not a work of art. This is a wall full of graffiti. It’s awful and now I’m going to have to pay someone to whitewash the wall.”

“But this is art,” Robert protested. “It speaks to the people of this neighborhood. It reflects who they are, their suffering, their hopes, dreams, and ambitions.”

“It’s garbage. It’s trash. I should never have commissioned you,” the landlord said.

“Well,” Robert said, “as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Pobble365. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (awry), Ragtag, Daily Prompt train), Your Daily Word Prompt (hone), and Word of the Day Challenge (figure).

FOWC with Fandango — Doctrine

FOWCWelcome to August 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 “doctrine.”

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.