#WDYS — Pick Your Battles

“The last time you and your son had this conversation, you totally bungled it, creating an almost unrepairable fissure between the two of you,” my wife chided me.

“I’m sorry, but I’ve reached my upper limit with that kid,” I said. “I have been very patient in my efforts at matching his needs and ours, but nothing seems to get through to him. I’m at my wits’ end.”

“Honey, you need to pick your battles,” my wife said. “He’s still a kid and you and he need to come to an understanding. One day he will learn how to share and won’t eat all of the doughnuts and not leave any for you.”

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Jovan Vasiljević. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (conversation), Your Daily Word Prompt (bungle), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (fissure), The Daily Spur (upper), Word of the Day Challenge (matching), and My Vivid Blog (understanding).

One Liner Wednesday — The Future of Humanity

“Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.”

Isaac Asimov, American writer and professor of biochemistry

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

Fandango’s Provocative Question #139


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 know people who appear to be very spontaneous. I know that I was much more spontaneous when I was younger than I am now, and I thought at the time that my spontaneity was a positive trait.

But some criticized me for being too impulsive and for not always thinking about the consequences of my actions or decisions. As I grew older, particularly after I became a parent, I tried to be more steadfast, more constant, more purposeful, more reliable.

This got me wondering about the character traits of spontaneity and stability. And that brings me to this week’s provocative question.

Do you consider yourself today to be more of a spontaneous person or more of a stable person? Which characteristic in others, spontaneity or stability, do you prefer? 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 — Fissure


Welcome to October 13, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “fissure.”

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.