The Magistrate’s Robe

At a ceremony in front of the town fountain, the mayor of the small city bestowed upon me the title of “Town Magistrate.” He then handed me a black robe, the official garb of the honorific position. “It would be very pleasing to me if you’d put the robe on and say a few words,” the mayor said.

I leaned over to the mayor and whispered, “If it’s all the same to you, Mr. Mayor, I’d rather not. I fear that donning that black robe makes me look rather like a corpse. With my thin bearing and my pale complexion, all you’d need to do is give me a scythe and I’d look like the Grim Reaper, you know what I’m saying?”

“I do,” said the mayor. “What could be better than a visit from the Grim Reaper for the town’s Halloween celebration?”

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (fountain), The Daily Spur (city), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (title), Your Daily Word Prompt (garb), Word of the Day Challenge (pleasing), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (corpse).

Fandango’s Provocative Question #141


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.

An article that popped up on my iPhone’s newsfeed this past week suggested that human suffering is important and even beneficial. It alleged that suffering can make us more resilient, better able to endure hardships, and that when we suffer we develop endurance, which shapes our characters. It also said that suffering — from aging and death to heartbreak and disappointment — is an inevitable part of life.

So my question to you this week has to do with suffering.

“Suffering” by Paula Heffel at

Do you agree that human suffering can be beneficial and that suffering is a necessary part of the human condition? Why or why not?

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 — Title


Welcome to October 27, 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 “title.”

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.