One-Minute Fiction — In Commemoration of Darker Times

“Why are those giant-sized bullets here on the plaza, Mom?” Brian asked his mother.

“It’s in commemoration of a horrific event that took place right on this site nearly fifty years ago,” Renee said.

“What event?” Brian asked.

“It was around this time, in early June of 2022. The five conservative Supreme Court justice decided to overturn Roe v Wade, thus making abortions in the United States illegal, even in the case of rape or incest,” Renee explained. “As a result of that decision, there was a huge women’s march in the city, even larger than the rally women held after the election of Donald Trump in 2016.”

“But why the bullets, Mom?”

Renee sighed and her eyes started tearing up. “Because an ultra right-wing group of half a dozen men opened fire on the marchers with high-powered assault rifles, killing hundreds of the marchers, mostly women. It was a massacre.”

“I remember reading something about that in school,” Brian said. “That must have been awful.”

“Yes, it was,” Renee said, “but something good came out of it. Congress enacted laws banning the sale of semiautomatic weapons and Congress passed the Women’s Reproductive Rights Act, guaranteeing that all women across the country would have the right to have abortions if they so chose. Those bullets are there to remind us of those darker times.”


Written for Cyranny’s One-Minute Fiction prompt, although I confess that it took me more than a minute to write this post. Way more. Photo credit. Cyranny.

What I Learned in College

When I was in college, I was often asked what I was studying. Being somewhat of a wiseass, I would occasionally respond with, “Underwater basket weaving.”

I was really shocked when some girl I said that to commented, “Really, that’s so interesting. How do you actually do that?” she asked.

I decided to run with it. “Well,” I said, “I take thin, narrow strips of wood and interlace them, or weave them, in order to construct a basket.”

“And you do that underwater?” she asked.

“Yes,” I said, trying to keep a straight face. “That makes the strips of wood more pliant so they are less likely to snap or chip.”

“That’s amazing,” she said. “How much time does it take to weave a whole basket?”

I reached over to a rattan basket for my bicycle that my sister gave me for Christmas this past year. “This took me about a week,” I said.

“So can you actually make a living at underwater basket weaving?”

Correct,” I said. I couldn’t believe she was buying this bullshit. “So far my baskets have gotten a great reception in the marketplace.”

“I’m so impressed,” she said. “I never even knew that someone could major in underwater basket weaving.”

“As the eponymous founder of the American Underwater Weaving Association, Walter Weaver, said, ‘There’s no weaving like underwater weaving,’ which has become the official liturgy of the AUWA.”

“That makes me so hot,” she said. “Let’s go have sex.”

And that’s when I knew that I’d have a great career as a politician.


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (interlace), The Daily Spur (chip), My Vivid Blog (time), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (correct), Word of the Day Challenge (reception), Your Daily Word Prompt (eponym), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (liturgy).

X is for Xanadu

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 “Xanadu.”

“Xanadu” is the only movie, of all 26 I will have highlighted in this series, that I’ve never seen. When it comes to movies, X is not an easy letter. Unless you go with one of the many “X-Men“ films or the movie that was based upon the TV show, “The X-Files,” there ain’t a whole lot to choose from. Anyway, let us proceed.

“Xanadu” was a 1980 American musical fantasy film written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel, and directed by Robert Greenwald. It starred Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, and Gene Kelly in his final film role.

“Xanadu” was a major box office disappointment, and earned scorching negative critical reviews. For example, when the movie first came out, film critic Roger Ebert wasn’t a fan. He said that, “‘Xanadu’ is a mushy and limp musical fantasy, so insubstantial it keeps evaporating before our eyes.” According to Wikipedia, the movie was an inspiration for the creation of the Golden Raspberry Awards to recognize the worst films of the year.

But where the film was a bust, the soundtrack album became a huge commercial success around the world. It was certified double platinum in the United States. The song “Magic” was a U.S. number one hit for Newton-John, and the title track (by Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra) reached number one in the United Kingdom and several other countries around the world.

Olivia Newton-John stars as Kira, one of the nine muses of Ancient Greece. Kira is sent to Earth (via an outdoor mural depicting the mythological sisters) to inspire Sonny Malone (Michael Beck). Sonny is a talented but discouraged freelance artist. Unable to make a go of it on his own, Sonny reluctantly returns to a record company, where he feels trapped painting album covers. Sonny cannot find enthusiasm for anything anymore, especially his work. But he became instantly attracted to Kira, an anonymous woman randomly photographed in the background of one of his assignments. Kira is also on the scene to motivate Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly), an aging, well-to-do entrepreneur who she might have possibly inspired decades ago when he was a Big Band musician. After his heart was broken, Danny hung up his clarinet and became comfortable managing his family’s construction business. With Kira’s help (and much dancing, singing, and roller-skating along the way), Sonny and Danny befriend one another and decide to partner up and construct “Xanadu,” a disco/roller-skating club.

Interestingly, the movie has apparently become a bit of a cult classic for the way it mixes the storyline from an old-fashioned 1940s fantasy with modern aesthetics featuring late 1970s and early 1980s rock and pop music on the soundtrack.


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

FOWC with Fandango — Correct

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It’s April 28, 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 “correct.”

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.

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