Share Your World — 11/8/2021

This week, Melanie is bringing us another Share Your World edition without any Evil Squirrels involved. Here we go.

How many pillows do you sleep with? If over one or two, is it because you sleep better ‘propped up’ a little?

I actually sleep with three pillows. I start out on my back with two pillows behind my head so I can read until I grow tired. Meanwhile I have one smaller pillow under my knees. When I’m ready to close my eyes and go to sleep, I turn on my side, flatten the two pillows under my head somewhat, and move the smaller pillow from under my knees to between my knees.

What would be the worst thing you could put in a piñata?

Donkey poop.

What noise annoys you the most?

The sounds of someone — anyone — whining.

If cartoon physics suddenly replaced real physics, what are some things you would want to try?

Please share something good that has happened to you over the past month.

The birth of my granddaughter two weeks ago

Mind the Gap

An article from the New York Times showed up on my newsfeed this morning. The headline of the article was…

Gee, what a shocker. Vaccines to protect people from getting COVID-19 or from getting as severely sick from the disease if they do get it, arrived in early 2020. But with the partisan attitudes toward them so different, a gap in Covid’s death toll quickly emerged. In brief, the gap in Covid’s death toll between red (Republican) and blue (Democratic) states in America has grown faster over the past month than at any previous point.

In October, 25 out of every 100,000 residents of heavily Trump counties died from Covid, more than three times higher than the rate in heavily Biden counties (7.8 per 100,000). October was the fifth consecutive month that the percentage gap between the death rates in Trump counties and Biden counties widened.

Counties where Trump received at least 70 percent of the vote have an even higher average Covid death toll than counties where Trump won at least 60 percent. As a result, Covid deaths have been concentrated in counties outside of major metropolitan areas. Many of these are in red states, while others are in red parts of blue or purple states, like Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Virginia, and even California.

The explanation for that growing gap is simple: the vaccines are remarkably effective at preventing severe Covid, and yet almost 40 percent of Republican adults remain unvaccinated, compared with about 10 percent of Democratic adults.

As the Times article points out, irrational fears about vaccine side effects have overwhelmed rational fears about a deadly virus. It stems from disinformation — promoted by right-wing media outlets, like Fox News, the Sinclair Broadcast Group, One America News Network, and online sources — that prey on distrust and fear mongering from those on the right, including Republican politicians.

The bottom line is that conservative Americans (Republicans) will probably continue to suffer an outsized amount of unnecessary illness and death.

Shouldn’t Donald Trump be held accountable?

Blogging Insights — The Equation

For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote seems to be a meme.

I agree with Tanya when she wrote, “If you were to turn the definition of blogging into a mathematical expression, it would probably look like the above quote.” Blogging is all of those things: sharing, connecting, creating, and inspiring.

That said, I’d change the order of the items listed in the quote. The first component of blogging is to create content. Next is to share what you’ve created with other bloggers in order to connect with them, which may inspire them to like the content you’ve created, to potentially comment on what you’ve posted, and perhaps even for them to create their own content in response.

So my equation would be:

To blog = To create + To share + To connect + To inspire

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #143

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from the Google Photo Frame.

For the visually challenged writer, the image shows a lush, green, tropical landscape in the foreground with a body of water and mountains rising above the surface in the distance. There is also a large, colorful bird flying overhead.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Commute

FOWC

Welcome to November 8, 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 “commute.”

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.