Fibbing Friday — Fireworks

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Di’s turn to host and she want to know…

1. Where did Fireworks originate?

The depths or Mordor, the realm of the evil Sauron.

2. What gives fireworks their color?

Easter egg dye.

3. What does PGI stand for?

Peninsula Geriatric Institute.

4. What is the difference between a Firework and a Firecracker?

One is the name of someone who works with fire. The other is a jalapeño-flavored cracker.

5. Which country uses fireworks on August 20th to mark it National Celebration Day?


6. What is a sparkler?

A firestarter.

7. Who is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world?


8. To what does baozhang refer?

A type of massage therapy.

9. Who composed Music for The Royal Fireworks?

Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

10. What is a Chocolate Bomb?

A euphemism for severe diarrhea.

Thursday Inspiration

I had stayed home, mostly in bed, for the past week and a half because I was feeling under the weather. I did manage to have a Zoom call with my three offsprings, one of whom advised me to drink at least eight glasses of water in order to flush my system of germs. Another suggested that anyone with all of the pent up, repressed anger I was bottling up inside was bound to get sick. A third me to be more open to natural remedies and holistic therapies.

But today I was finally feeling better and being that it was a beautiful autumn day, I went out to the park with a large bottle of natural spring water, spread a blanket, and let the light, refreshing winds wash over me. I was unburdening my spirit of negativity as I watched, in what seemed like slow motion, the breeze pick up the individual seeds of the young dandelion and float them through the air.

It was therapeutic and mesmerizing until my allergies took hold and I couldn’t stop sneezing.

Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, inspired by the photo above and by the word “breeze.”

Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (stay), Ragtag Daily Prompt (under the weather), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (offspring), Word of the Day Challenge (flush), Your Daily Word Prompt (repress), and My Vivid Blog (open).

Friday Fictioneers — Mister Whiskers

It had been a long, tiring day and Madison decided to treat herself to a glass of Pinot Noir before preparing dinner for herself and her six-year-old daughter, Natalie, who was in her room working on an art project for school.

Madison had just sat down on the sofa with her glass of wine when she heard Natalie scream. Madison ran to Natalie’s room to find her daughter hysterically crying. “Sweetie, what’s wrong?” Madison asked.

With tears streaming down her cheeks, Natalie pointed at her art project on the floor and said, “Mister Whiskers just pooped on my art project.”

(100 words)

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Jennifer Pendergast

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — November 5th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 5th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on my old blog all the way back on November 5, 2005

The End of Evolution

The so called “Monkey Trials” of 1925 captured the interest and imagination of the public and contributed to the growing chasm between men of science and men of faith. But men of science won that round and evolution has since prevailed over creationism as the accepted theory for the origin of the species.

Yet those who shun Darwin’s theories of evolution and natural selection and consider it to be an affront to the bible, to faith, and to religiosity have not been silently sitting around taking it on the chin for all these years. They have continued to espouse their belief that evolution is nothing more than a flawed theory and has no basis in fact.

Until recently, this argument against decades, if not centuries, of exhaustive scholarly research and overwhelming scientific evidence was accepted only by the far religious right. But more recently there has been an all-out assault on the science of evolution by Christian evangelicals and even some religious mainstreamers through the aggressive promotion of creationism in sheep’s clothing. It goes by the name of “intelligent design,” or “ID.”

In their effort to remove religion and to avoid overtones of theocracy in this new wave of creationism, proponents of intelligent design are carefully crafting their messaging in secular terms and are going to great lengths to avoid mentioning the identity of the “designer.” The belief of this movement is that the use of secular terms, cultivation of ambiguity around the “designer,” and dialog that avoids religious overtones are necessary to reintroduce the religious notion of God as the designer. The idea is to get the bible out of the discussion and to put this “scientific theory” on an even footing with evolution.

Charles Krauthammer, in an article that appeared in the August 1, 2005 issue of Time Magazine, observed that intelligent design is nothing more than a “new and gratuitous attempt to invade science, and most particularly evolution, with religion.” He continued to note that “evolution is one of the most powerful and elegant theories in all of human science and the bedrock of all modern biology.” But those who support ID focus on only one word in that observation: “theory,” and attempt to fill what they perceive to be gaps in the theory of evolution with the notion of an intelligent designer — and a divine one, at that.

Intelligent design is a fine curriculum for Sunday school and religious schools. Let’s keep it out of our public, academic schools’ science curriculums.

Note: The Doonesbury (©️Garry Trudeau) strip above was not included on the original post.

FOWC with Fandango — Solid


Welcome to November 5, 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 “solid.”

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.