Three Line Tales — The Eclipse

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Darlene said.

“You’ve never seen a total eclipse of the sun before?” Mick asked.

Staring at the sky in wonder, Darlene said, “I’ve never seen one where the light from the sun forms a perfect circle around the moon.”

Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales prompt. Photo credit: Nathan Watson via Unsplash.

You’ll Have To Pry My Cellphone From My Cold, Dead Hands

Rory has another one of his 24-hour questions and in this edition he asks, “How lost would you be without your cellphone/mobile phone?”

My short answer is “totally and completely.” The only time these days that I’m not using my cellphone is when I’m sleeping or driving. Otherwise, my iPhone is with me and always on.

I’m writing, reviewing, editing, and posting from my phone. I’m reading my newsfeeds, writing, reading, and responding to emails and text messages, ordering everything from food, meals, tools, clothing, shoes, electronics, toys, and sundries from my phone.

I watch YouTube videos and listen to music on iTunes. I read books on my Kindle app. I check the weather on my weather app. I use my phone to take and store all my photos. I also play games (mostly solitaire) on my iPhone.

On rare occasions I will even answer an incoming call or make an outgoing call.

So, yeah, Rory, I admit that I’d be lost without my cellphone. But thanks to the satellite maps app on my iPhone, I never get lost anymore.

It’s Not What You Think It Is

My son and daughter-in-law recently celebrated their wedding anniversary and my wife wanted to give them a really nice card. Since she’s avoiding going out to any indoor public places unless it’s absolutely necessary, she does most of her shopping online, and she spent a lot of time looking for the perfect anniversary card for them.

She saw one card and loved the pre-printed message on the inside of the card.

So she ordered the card and once the card arrived, she spent a long time thinking about what she wanted to write on the card as a personal message to our son and his wife. After she finished writing that personal message on the card, she handed it to me and asked me to add my signature.

I opened the card, read the pre-printed message, plus the personal message that she’d handwritten, which I thought was really beautiful, and added my John Hancock next to her signature.

Then I looked at the front of the card for the first time and said, “We can’t send this card. It’s not right for them.”

“What are you talking about?” she asked. “I spent hours online searching for the perfect card for their anniversary. And I spent another chunk of time thinking about and writing that personal message. You didn’t do diddly squat other than signing your name on the card. And now you’re telling me it’s not right for them? Why the fuck not?”

I said, “Look carefully at the front of the card.”

Still angry, she grabbed the card from my hand, looked at the front of the card, and then looked back at me. “Oh,” was all she said.

FOWC with Fandango — Imbibe


Welcome to November 18, 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 “imbibe.”

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.