Couples Therapy

“My name is Martha and I’m here to help you both during these couples therapy sessions together,” the therapist said. “The purpose of this first session is to allow the two of you to get in touch with your feelings and to be able to voice them to each other without negative consequences. So let’s forgo any formalities and get right down to it, shall we?”

“Yes,” Maggie said enthusiastically.

James stared at the therapist, arms across his chest. “Yeah, fine.”

“When a marriage seems to be falling apart,” Martha said, “it’s not a venial sin, so I suggest that we keep these sessions casual and maybe even a bit playful.”

“Good,” Maggie said. “I like being playful.”

“And what about you, James?” Martha asked.

“Sure, that sounds fine.” And then under his breath he uttered, “If you like walking barefoot on narrow shards of glass.”

“Alrighty then,” Martha said, “we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (touch), My Vivid Blog (voice), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (forgo), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (venial), Word of the Day Challenge (playful), Ragtag Daily Prompt (narrow), and Your Daily Word Prompt (shard).

W is for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”

“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” was a 1971 American musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart. It was an adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The film and starred Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, and Peter Ostrum.

In 1972, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score, and Wilder was nominated for a Golden for Globe as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. Although the movie received generally positive reviews, it remained in relative obscurity until the 1980s, where it gained a cult-like following and became highly popular due to repeated television airings and home video sales. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

The movie follows five children who find the handful of golden tickets hidden across the globe by famed and reclusive candy tycoon Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder). Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But thanks to his Grandpa Joe (Jack Albertson), Charlie gets the prize of his dreams! Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory, led by Wonka himself, who shows them fantastical rooms and unbelievable inventions. Wonka guides the children through the facility, glibly leading the party as the naughty children get picked off the tour one-by-one.

I really enjoyed the movie when I first saw it and each time I’ve seen it since then. I thought Gene Wilder was outstanding and the movie was fun and imaginative.

In an interesting factoid, Dahl was credited with writing the film’s screenplay. However, David Seltzer was brought in to do an uncredited rewrite. Against Dahl’s wishes, changes were made to the story and other decisions made by the director led Dahl to disown the film.

There was a 2005 remake of the movie, titled “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” from director Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. I did not see that remake, but while some claimed it was more true to Dahl’s book, the film met with mixed reviews. If any of you saw both the original with Gene Wilder in the title role and the remake with Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, please share your thoughts in the comments.

Previous A2Z 2022 posts: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Fandango’s Provocative Question #106 Revisited


Note: Because I am participating in the A to Z blogging challenge this month, I will not be posting any new provocative question until May. Instead, I will be revisiting some previous provocative questions that you might have missed. This one was originally posted on January 27, 2021 and can be found here. Please feel free to respond to it if you haven’t already.

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.

Blogging is a medium of words. All of us who blog are wordsmiths. We use words almost exclusively to express ourselves, to tell our stories, to weave our tales, to write our poems, to help others to understand and possibly even appreciate our perspectives.

In the real world, words can take on different meanings depending on context, inflection, facial expressions, body language, and other countless factors. But in blogging, such visual cues are, for the most part, absent. Thus, the challenge of conveying your intended tone and the underlying meaning of what you write can be daunting. It gets down to the age old writer’s dilemma. Is the content what matters, or how the content is portrayed or presented?

So, as we are all writers who use words to paint pictures, my provocative question is simply this:

In the context of blogging and writing, what do you think is more important: what you say or how you say it?

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 — Forgo


It’s April 27, 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 “forgo.”

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. Show them some love.