The Elephant in the Room

Suzanne was both a vibrant and well-grounded woman. A force to be reckoned with. She was the consummate professional, and she took pride in managing every aspect of her job, down to the finest detail.

So no one was sure of what could have possessed her on this particular day. Everyone could sense the elephant in the room. It certainly left her co-workers with an indelible impression. They all attempted to act as normally as possible under the circumstances and Suzanne ran the meeting in her usual inimitable manner.

Unfortunately, in this case, the elephant in the room wasn’t a metaphorical one. For some inexplicable reason, Suzanne invited a real elephant to the meeting, so there was, literally speaking, an elephant in the room.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (vibrant), My Vivid Blog (grounded), The Daily Spur (pride), Your Daily Word Prompt (possess), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (elephant), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (indelible), and Word of the Day Challenge (inimitable).

WDYS — My Cold, Dead Hands

I’ll give you my iPhone when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

If this sounds familiar, let me put it into context. “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands” was a slogan popularized by the National Rifle Association (NRA) on a series of bumper stickers. The phrase gained even greater popularity following the 129th NRA convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 20, 2000, when actor and then-president of the NRA, Charlton Heston, ended a fiery speech with, “So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: From my cold, dead hands!”

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: 8machine@ Unsplash.

Share Your World — 02/21/22

Melanie has graced us with another edition of Share Your World. She has posed some interesting questions this week. Let’s see if I can do them Justice with my answers.

What’s the most useful thing you know?

When to change batteries in the smoke detectors before the alarms go off, usually at 3 in the morning. The second most useful thing is to always have on hand a supply of fresh batteries for the smoke detectors.

What impact do you think it would have on the world if bananas were illegal?

I don’t know what impact it would have on the world, but my breakfast cereal wouldn’t be as tasty. Plus, what would you call a banana split? Just a “split”? And no doubt, the price of black market bananas would go through the roof.

What social stigma does society need to just get over?

According to Wikipedia, a social stigma is “The disapproval of, or discrimination against, an individual or group based on perceivable social characteristics that serve to distinguish them from other members of a society.” So, I believe that society need so get over all social stigmas and everyone should embrace my philosophy of whatever floats your boat.

Do you prefer the moral viewpoint of consequentialism, which focuses on the consequences of actions, or deontology, which focuses on the innate rightness or wrongness of the actions themselves?

Well, let’s see. First, there is the theory of unintended consequences, where the outcome of an action is not intended or foreseen. And then there’s that old saying about the road to hell being paved with good intentions, which means that it is not enough to simply mean to do well, one must take action to do well. And then there is the old argument about whether or not the end justifies the means.

Have I used enough words yet to respond to the question without having answered it? No? Okay, let me continue. I think there’s a little of both involved in my philosophy, but the more important question, in my opinion, is, in today’s post-fact, post-truth society, who determines the innate rightness and wrongness of any action? And who decides whether the result of an action is good or bad?

For example, are mask mandates and vaccinations innately right or wrong? That depends upon whether one is a conservative Republican or a liberal Democrat. And are the consequences of wearing or not wearing a mask or getting or not getting vaccinated good or bad? I know how I feel about that, but many would argue that I’m wrong.

So the answer to the question is yes…or no, depending on who’s asking and why.

Blogging Insights — A Great Blog

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 is from Brian Clark. I tried to Google Brian Clark, but do you know how many Brian Clarks there are in this world? Of all of the Brian Clarks, maybe this Brian Clark, whose quote Dr. Tanya has offered up, is the founder and CEO of Anyway, here’s what Brian Clark, whoever he is, had to say:

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.”

Brian’s quote, to me, is like saying to a chef, “Don’t focus on cooking a great meal, focus on preparing a meal that is great for your diners.” I mean, yeah, isn’t that kind of obvious.

At the end of the day, a great blog, by definition, is one that produces something that is great for its readers. That’s sort of the defining characteristic of a great blog, isn’t it?

So, Brian Clark, if you are, in fact, the founder and CEO of, and if this quote is illustrative of the kind of advice a blogger might find at your site, I think I’ll take a hard pass.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #157

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 photograph below is from timbri97 @

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a group of people standing at the end of mountain trail looking out at a scenic view of a lake and other mountains.

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.