Weekend Writing Prompt — Make It Stop!

Thankfully tomorrow
The inescapable din
Of continuous Christmas music
Will be over until next year
Starting again before Thanksgiving

(Exactly 19 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “din.”

Photo credit: skynesher/Getty Images/iStockphoto.

Merry Christmas 2021

I timed this post to be published at 6 am Pacific Time on Christmas Day.

I simply want to wish all of my fellow bloggers, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, pagan, atheist, agnostic, sectarian, nonsectarian, liberal, conservative, Democrat, or yes, even Republican, a very merry (or happy) Christmas.

I sincerely hope that each and every one of you has a wonderful day shared with family and close friends.

(If this post looks familiar, this has been my annual Christmas Day post since I started this blog. Last year, I optimistically wrote, “Let’s hope that by next Christmas [2021], we’ll once again share our holidays — live and in person — with those we love.” I thought for sure that, with vaccines and boosters, the pandemic would be behind us by this Christmas. But along came to omicron. Well, maybe by Christmas 2022.)

Image credit: monicore @ Pixabay.

SoCS — Yum!

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has given us the word “yum” and asked us to use it any way we’d like.

The first thing I thought about was “Yummy Yummy Yummy,” a dreadful bit of bubblegum music from 1968 recorded by a group called Ohio Express.

I’m sorry that you had to listen to that. With that unpleasantness out of the way, let’s move on.

The formal definition of the word “yum” is that it’s an utterance “used to express pleasure at eating, or at the prospect of eating, a particular food.” And that made me think about Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream, my favorite flavor of ice cream.

Unfortunately, the sad truth is that, since I had ear surgery to remove a growth in my middle ear back at the end of 2019, I have lost my sense of taste. So these days, with literally no sense of taste, I’m not deriving much pleasure from eating food. Because without a sense of taste, everything I eat — and eat I must in order to stay alive — is fairly tasteless. Hence, I don’t often say — or feel — “yum” anymore.

FOWC with Fandango — Memento


Welcome to December 25, 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 “memento.”

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.