A Muddle Over Spuddle

The word is “spuddle,” is a word unfamiliar to me. Perhaps it’s an anomaly, or an anagram of “puddles.“

Upon further examination, my findings are unsubstantiated, as the only reference I could find is to an obsolete, Southern England expression meaning “to make a lot of fuss about trivial things as if they are important.”

Well, I’m not going to make a fuss about an unimportant word like “spuddle.” Instead, I will throw caution to the wind and will be postponing by a day responding to any word prompts until tomorrow.

Because “spuddle” has turned my brain into muddle.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (spuddle), Your Daily Word Prompt (anomaly), The Daily Spur (examination), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (unsubstantiated), My Vivid Blog (wind), and Word of the Day (postponing).

Who Won the Week — 10/24/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

I was really looking forward to this week’s edition of Who Won the Week. My plan was to name the Boston Red Sox as the winner of the American League (baseball) championship, who would be playing in the World Series against the National League champs, the San Francisco Giants.

Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The Giants were eliminated early on by losing the National League divisional playoff to the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the Red Sox prevailed in their series against the Tampa Bay Rays to live another day. But the Sox were eliminated by losing the AL championship series to the Houston Astros and the Dodgers were shocked by the surprising Atlanta Braves in the NL championship series.

So my winners this week are the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves, who will face each other in Major League Baseball’s World Series starting this coming Friday.

Who am I going to be rooting for to win the World Series? Quite honestly, with the Red Sox and the Giants out of it, I couldn’t care less.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — I Am an Island

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams took Kristian’s (Tales from the Mind of Kristian ) suggestions of Atoll, Island, Key, Lagoon, Peninsula, Reef, and Tropical as the themes. While I’m pretty sure most of my fellow bloggers will chose lovely, upbeat, romantic songs about these idyllic locales, I chose a rather cold and dark song for my pick: Simon & Garfunkel’s “I Am a Rock.”

“I Am a Rock” was written by Paul Simon. It was initially performed by Simon alone as the opening track on his album The Paul Simon Songbook, which he originally recorded and released in only in the UK in August 1965. He and Art Garfunkel re-recorded it in December 1965 and included as the final track on their album Sounds of Silence, which they released in January 1966.

“I Am a Rock” was released as a single in the late spring of 1966, and the song reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It was the third single by Simon & Garfunkel to reach the top 5 (after “The Sound of Silence” and “Homeward Bound”).

The song deals with isolation and emotional detachment. It’s written from the perspective of a recluse locking himself away from the world. When the singer says, “I am a rock, I am an island,” he means he wants to be away from everything and everyone. According to Simon, the song wasn’t at all autobiographical. He was just doing his best to write a hit song at the time, and didn’t write it either for or about himself.

Here are the lyrics to “I Am a Rock.”

A winter’s day, in a deep and dark December
I am alone
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow
I am a rock, I am an island

I’ve built walls
A fortress deep and mighty
That none may penetrate
I have no need of friendship
Friendship causes pain
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain
I am a rock, I am an island

Don’t talk of love
But I’ve heard the words before
It’s sleeping in my memory
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died
If I never loved I never would have cried

I am a rock, I am an island
I have my books
And my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armor
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb
I touch no one and no one touches me

I am a rock, I am an island
And a rock feels no pain
And an island never cries

In case you’re interested, here’s Paul Simon’s original solo release of “I Am a Rock.”

FOWC with Fandango — Unsubstantiated


Welcome to October 24, 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 “unsubstantiated.”

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.