You Say You Want a Revolution

“We’re going to hold our observance at sunrise on the 18th,” the leader of the rebellion told her loyal followers. “The fertile soil of revolution should be at its peak on that day, a day we’ve been yearning for with ardor. Clearly, our time has finally come.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (observance), My Vivid Blog (sunrise), The Daily Spur (soil), R.M.’s Random Word Prompt (yearning), Word of the Day Challenge (ardor), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (clearly).

Sadje’s Sunday Poser — Writing

For her Sunday Poser this week, Sadje wants to know…

What do you like most about your own writing?

At the risk of sounding full of myself, I love everything about my writing. I enjoy writing whatever comes to mind, whether it’s something I read about, saw, heard, did, or imagined. I enjoy responding to prompts, — word, photo, music, whatever. I enjoy exercising my brain, tapping into my creativity, and flexing my imagination.

In my writing I can be anyone I want to be. Any age, any gender. I can be in or from anywhere. I can be an old fart, a young man, a beautiful woman, a detective, a lawyer, a daredevil, a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick maker.

I believe writing helps me keep my mind sharp and it keeps me occupied and challenged in my retirement. And I also believe I’m a reasonably good writer. Well, prose anyway. My feeble attempts at poetry suck.

And I am thankful that there is a community of others who love to write as much as I do and who are happy to share that love as much as I do.

E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Habits

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 “Habits and Routines.”

1. Do you have a daily routine that you are used to, or do you just go with the flow of the new day?

As a retiree, I pretty much go with the flow, although there are routine tasks that I have to deal with, like daily hygiene, fixing and eating meals, walking the dog, and reading the newspaper. My latest routines that I’m trying to turn into habits are putting on my recently acquired hearing aids each morning and remembering to charge them each night, and remembering to floss each night to address my “deep pockets.”

2. Do you do anything in your life habitually that you wish you could stop?

Nope. I’m good with my habits and routines. I don’t smoke, I drink only a beer or two upon occasion, and I don’t do drugs, except for the occasional cannabis-infused marshmallow. Otherwise I consider all of my habits to be good ones.

3. If habit was the acronym H.A.B.I.T, what would it be short for?

Have A Blast In Time

4. Are we born with our bad habits? Or do we acquire them from the environment surrounding us?

I don’t believe babies are born sinners or have any bad habits. I think almost all of our habits — good and bad — are learned.

5. Are you a night owl, early bird, or something else when it comes to sleeping routines?

Back in the day I would have said that I’m a night owl. But like most people my age (i.e., old farts), I would have to say that I’m an early bird. These days it’s lights out by 10:30 or 11:00 and I wake up most days between 6:00 and 7:00.

Who Won The Week — 04/17/22

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.

This week’s Who Won the Week Winner is a man who won a $217 million lottery jackpot in France and has given away much of his win to charity.

After winning the second largest-ever amount on France’s EuroMillions, the man, a retiree living in the south of France who has remained anonymous but has been given the nickname of “Guy,” has donated most of the sum to set up a charitable foundation promoting global environmental protection. The foundation he created, called Anyama, is named after an Ivory Coast city, for the purpose of protecting the planet.

He said he never had an interest in acquiring “boats, castles, or sports cars.” The donor was influenced by his experience living in Ivory Coast, where he frequently witnessed a “ballet of trucks” hauling off heaps of lumber from forests. “Giving,” said Guy, “transforms indignation into concrete and useful action.” He added, “Above all, it is the expression of a conviction that I want to share with as many people as possible.”

So congratulations to “Guy,” who put his money where his mouth is when it comes to taking concrete action in the fight to combat climate change.

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.

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

Song Lyric Sunday — Surfer Girl

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, the theme is songs that mention beach, surf, or swimming, as suggested by Amy Braun. The first song that popped into my head was “Surfer Girl” by The Beach Boys.

“Surfer Girl” was a song by the American west coast band, The Beach Boys. The band specialized in songs about surfing, cars, and teenage angst. But unlike most of their previous songs, “Surfer Girl” was their first slow song and their first love song. It was a track from their 1963 album Surfer Girl. The song was written and sung by Brian Wilson, and it was released as a single, backed with “Little Deuce Coupe,” on July 22, 1963. “Surfer Girl” peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Wilson frequently referred to “Surfer Girl” as his first original composition. The lyrics were inspired by Judy Bowles, Wilson’s first serious girlfriend, whom he had dated for three and a half years. “Surfer Girl” is a love song, with the singer professing his devotion to his little surfer girl, and imagining a life of oceanside joy together.

The line, “In my woody I would take you everywhere I go,” refers to a wood-paneled vehicle popular with surfers for transporting their surf boards and surfer babes.

The song owes a debt to “When You Wish Upon A Star,” the 1940 classic from the Disney movie “Pinocchio.” In 1960, Dion & The Belmonts released a popular version of that song, which was around the time Wilson wrote “Surfer Girl.” Wilson song had the same 32-bar form, also known as the AABA song form, as The Dion & The Belmonts song had.

Here are the lyrics to “Surfer Girl.”

Little surfer little one
Made my heart come all undone
Do you love me, do you surfer girl
Surfer girl my little surfer girl

I have watched you on the shore
Standing by the ocean's roar
Do you love me do you surfer girl
Surfer girl surfer girl

We could ride the surf together
While our love would grow
In my Woody I would take you everywhere I go
So I say from me to you
I will make your dreams come true
Do you love me do you surfer girl
Surfer girl my little surfer girl
Girl surfer girl my little surfer girl
Girl surfer girl my little surfer girl
Girl surfer girl my little surfer girl