E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — This or That?

It’s time once again for E.M. Kingston’s The Sunday Ramble. Her prompt is based upon a certain topic about which she asks five questions. We are invited to ramble on about that topic however we wish. Today’s topic is “Would You Rather?”

1. Would you rather be the hero that saved the girl or the villain that took over the world?

People always tell me that I’m a good person, a nice guy. So I think, for a change, it’s time for me to be a badass. I’m going with the villain who takes over the world.

2. Would you rather have a skin that changes color based on your emotions or tattoos that appear all over your body whenever you are dishonest?

How about “c. none of the above”?

3. Would you rather have unlimited pizza for life or unlimited tacos for life?

Pizza for sure.

4. Would you rather own a key that can open any door for you or be able to visit any place you want?

Unless you’re talking metaphorically about keys and doors, I’m going with being able to visit any place I want.

5. Would you rather wake up in a dark forest or wake up on a deserted beach?

Unless it’s a nude beach, I choose a dark forest.

The Runaway

He thought of himself as some kind of maven,
Living high on the hog in his opulent haven.
He was always the object of much acclamation
And we were all looking forward with much anticipation
For him to arrive at the destination
Once he had complete his final task,
When, in all the glory he could bask.
But when it came to this particular topic
Our aficionado was extremely myopic
When at the ceremony he said
He was running away with the maid

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (maven), E.M.’sRandom Word Prompt (acclamation), My Vivid Blog (anticipation), Word of the Day Challenge (task), Ragtag Daily Prompt (myopic), and The Daily Spur (maid).

Who Won the Week — 02/06/2022

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week, the Who Won the Week winner is Brandon Dahl, a 2-year-old toddler, who walked into the bedroom of his sleeping parents, Nathan and Kayla Dahl, with a warning. Brandon tugged on his mother’s foot and utter two of the few words he’d learned. “Mama, hot. Mama, hot.”

Brandon’s mother opened her eyes, turned around, and saw flames in the doorway. None of the home’s smoke detectors went off, and the parents, who were recovering from COVID-19, hadn’t smelled the smoke. Volunteer firefighters got Brandon and his four siblings to safety before the house was completely consumed by the fire.

The toddler is being credited by his family with saving their lives from a fire that destroyed the family’s home. Little Brandon doesn’t quite understand what he did, his mother said, but he enjoys the attention he gets when strangers recognize him and say, “You’re a hero!”

So congratulations Brandon. You won the week this week.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — Space Oddity

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams is leveraging a suggestion from Di, at Pensitivity101, to use the words Space, Planets, or Aliens as our theme. I decided to run with David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”

“Space Oddity” was written and recorded by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It was first released on 11 July 1969 as a single, and then as the opening track of his second studio album, David Bowie. Its release was timed to coincide with the moon landing, but while the song received critical praise when it was first released, it sold poorly in the U.K. and found a very small audience in America. But following the commercial breakthrough of Ziggy Stardust in 1972, RCA Records reissued “Space Oddity” as a single in the U.S., where it peaked at number 15, becoming Bowie’s first U.S. hit.

Bowie wrote this after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. “Space Oddity” is a play on the phrase “Space Odyssey,” although the title does not appear in the lyrics. Bowie said that he was very stoned when he went to see it, and it was really a revelation to him. It got the song flowing.

The song tells the story a fictional astronaut named Major Tom, who is informed by Ground Control that a malfunction has occurred in his spacecraft. But Major Tom does not get the message because he either misses it or is in such awe of outer space that he does not hear it. Eventually, Major Tom, cuts off communication with Earth and floats into space.

Some Bowie followers have claimed that Bowie’s Major Tom, floating helplessly in outer space, represented a Sixties counterculture hopelessness about political reform (“Planet Earth is blue / And there’s nothing I can do”). Others have suggested that the song was reflective of Bowie’s loneliness and heartache following his break-up with his girlfriend, Hermione Farthingale, which deeply affected him.

Here are the lyrics to “Space Oddity.”

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

Ground Control
To Major Tom
(Eight, seven, six)
Commencing countdown
Engines on
(Four, three, two)
Check ignition
And may God’s love
Be with you

This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much
She knows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you he—

Here am I floating ’round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

FOWC with Fandango — Maven


It’s February 6, 2022. Welcome 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 “maven.”

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.