Goodbye Forever

I am truly flabbergasted that you thought you could pull the wool over my eyes so easily.

With your velvet tones and witty quips, you thought it was all just harmless fun, but your behavior was pernicious.

We had a golden opportunity to make something special together, but you burned our love to ashes.

So now I must seek other people in other places to share my life with in my search for real happiness.

Goodbye for now.
Goodbye forever.

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (flabbergast), Ragtag Daily Prompt (wool), The Daily Spur (velvet), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (quip), Word of the Day Challenge (pernicious), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (golden), My Vivid Blog (ashes), and Scott’s Daily Prompt (places).

Reblog: Are you Annoyed?

I read this post from Mary J. Melange (aka bikerchick57) and her message really resonated with me and it makes so much sense. We mustn’t take our democracy for granted and use “freedom” as a buzzword for voicing our petty annoyances. Please take a few minutes to read her post.

“We need to give serious consideration to the fragility of democracy and less to our annoyances (like gas prices and masks).” ~Pam, on Facebook~ I …

Are you Annoyed?

One-Liner Wednesday — I Love My Cigar

“I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while.”

Groucho Marx, American comedian, actor, writer, stage, film, radio, and television star.

Let me put this quote in context. From 1947 through 1961, Grouch was the host of a television/radio game show called “You Bet Your Life.” It started on radio, but soon became a TV show and ran for 14 seasons. While the show was a quiz show, it was Groucho’s comedic interplay with contestants and often with his announcer, George Fenneman, that made the show so popular.

There was one exchange that Groucho had with a female contestant that never made it on the air because the NBC network censors thought it was too risqué. But the exchange went something like this.

The woman told Groucho that she and her husband had 17 children. Groucho responded, “Why do you have so many children? That’s a big responsibility and a big burden.”

The woman said, “Well, because I love my children and I think that’s our purpose here on Earth, and I love my husband.”

To which Groucho replied, “I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #159


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

I have a vague memory of my father sitting me down and saying, “Son, I want you to remember that there are only three things in life that truly matter.” Unfortunately, while I remember him making that statement, I can’t for the life of me remember what he said those three things were.

So I thought it might be interesting to pose this question to all of you this week.

If there are only three things in life that truly matter, what do you think they are and why did you choose those three?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Quip


It’s March 2, 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 “quip.”

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.