Confessions of Feelings

“I wasn’t expecting this at all,” Sara said. “You don’t exactly typify the type man who would otherwise trigger such strong emotions in me.”

“Oh?” the man said. “Could you elucidate on that just a bit?”

Sara blushed a little. “Well, I can usually hold my emotions in check,” she said, “but I have to admit that my pulse is racing and I can actually hear the volume of my beating heart in my ears. It’s like nothing I’ve ever felt before.”

“You have a reservoir of deep feelings that you’ve kept bottled up inside of you, my dear,” the man said. “Sometimes the best thing you can do is to just let it flow.”

“But these feelings,” Sara said, “they’re not right. They’re not proper.”

“It is not uncommon, child,” the man said, “to have such feelings toward an authority figure. Be not recalcitrant when obedience to your desires is called for.”

“So how should I handle this?” Sara asked. “What counsel can you offer me?”

There was a moment of silence. The man said, “You must leave immediately and in thirty minutes meet me in my chambers, where we can get deeper into what you’re experiencing.”

“Yes, Father,” Sara said obediently as she left the confessional.”


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (typify), Ragtag Daily Prompt (elucidate), My Vivid Blog (hold), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pulse), The Daily Spur (volume), Word of the Day Challenge (reservoir), and E.M’a Random Word Prompt (recalcitrant).

Who Won The Week — 04/03/22

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’s Who (or in the case, What) Won the Week Winner is letting ‘em rip. It seems that the inability to release gas (i.e., farts) is a medical condition called “trapped farts” (or “trapped gas”). It occurs when methane does not move through one’s intestines normally, causing sufferers “sharp pain or discomfort in their abdomen.” The condition is generally caused by certain foods and underlying medical conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome, rather than abstaining from cutting the cheese.

However, an article came to my attention this week about Brazilian singer-songwriter Viviane de Queiroz Pereira, who had to be hospitalized after her reluctance to fart in front of her significant other resulted in a dangerous gas buildup. She refused to let ‘em rip because she wasn’t on “farting terms” with her boyfriend. She said that she heeded advice from a TikTok thread that told her to ignore the “stomach pains,” which eventually resulted in her having to report to the doctor with an “accumulation of trapped farts.”

Fortunately, doctors were able to relieve Pereira of her natural gas reserves. “Girls, don’t be ashamed to fart in front of your guy, because what’s really embarrassing is not letting your guy sleep because you’re in discomfort, going to hospital with your guy, and the diagnosis being ‘trapped farts,’” said Pereira. “From now on, I’m letting them rip, guys.”

So here’s to you, Viviane de Queiroz Pereira, and for just letting ‘em rip.

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

WordPress Speaks with Forked Tongue

I’m really getting confused and frustrated with WordPress. I was delighted this morning when I read Jim Adams’ post, in which he wrote that he had contacted WordPress about the alleged elimination of the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCommerce plans. Jim said, “They wrote back to me and said that the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCom plans are not being discontinued. The Pro plan has been introduced in addition to these plans and is currently only available for the FREE sites.”

Great news, huh?

But wait. Yesterday I opened a help ticket asking if the rumors circulating about the plan changes were true. I got this response below just a few minutes ago.

Huh? So which is it, WordPress? Talk about mixed messages and contradictory information. Which is it? Is it what you told Jim Adams or what you told me?

E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Vacations

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 “Vacations and Travel.”

Now that I’m retired, it’s been a long while since I last took what one might call a traditional vacation. Most of my vacations recently have been more like “staycations,” long weekend getaways, or day trips. But back in the day, I used to vacation with the best of them!

1. When at the ocean, do you want to be in it, on it, or just look at it?

Yes.

2. Have you ever surfed or gone snorkeling?

Yes.

3. When traveling, do you experiment with the local dining experience or pack a picnic/cook for yourself and anyone with you?

Yes.

Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the one-word answers. When camping, we used to do picnics and grill meals at our campsites. When going on vacations that involved more traditional vacation accommodations (i.e., hotels or motels), we definitely would take advantage of the local cuisine.

4. What is your biggest pet peeve when traveling?

Other travelers, particularly rude, obnoxious tourists.

5. Are you someone who takes a lot of photos on vacation? If so, you can share your favorite vacation photos.

Since I always have my iPhone with me, yes, I take a lot of photos, but way too many to pick just a few to post here. I used to use services that would create hard-covered photo books to share with family and friends as mementos of those vacations.

Below is an example of one such book that I made for an Alaskan cruise our family took in 2007. I’ve blurred out our faces because we’re so damn ugly and I didn’t want to scare anyone to maintain our anonymity.

Much Ado About Nothing?

Yesterday there were some posts going around, including mine, suggesting that WordPress was consolidating down to two plans: a scaled-back free plan, and a professional blogger-level Pro plan at $180 a year. This created quite the brouhaha among us casual, hobby bloggers.

I opened up a help ticket on WordPress asking if this were true, but as of this morning, I have not received a response. But my blogging buddy Jim Adams, who must have more clout with WordPress than I do, contacted WordPress, and he was told that “that the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCom plans are not being discontinued. The Pro plan has been introduced in addition to these plans and is currently only available for the FREE sites.”

So it seems that we were all up in arms over something that won’t adversely affect most of us. Thank you, Jim, for giving us the real skinny on this matter. What a relief.

I contacted WordPress because there was a lot of chatter going on yesterday about WordPress canceling the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCommerce …

Renewed My Subscription