A Force of Nature

Nanette was the epitome of a clubwoman, enthusiastic in her pursuit of women’s social, civic, and political issues of her time at the several women’s clubs she ran.

Some felt that her pulchritude, which took focus away from her noble causes, would be a distraction that could lead to her ultimate downfall, but their attitudes and petty jealousies were archaic. Nanette’s allure was magnetic and her degree in behavioral psychology, so unusual for women at the time, allowed her to kibitz with anyone, up and down the social scale, without offense. She was a force of nature.

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (clubwoman), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (enthusiastic), Word of the Day Challenge (pulchritude), The Daily Spur (fall), Your Daily Word Prompt (archaic), Ragtag Daily Prompt (behavioral), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (kibitz).

Truthful Tuesday — Ice Breaker

Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is still filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie wants to know…

What is your honest opinion about people who chew ice?

My honest opinion about people who chew ice is colored by the fact that I am one of those people who chews ice. I’ve been doing it all my life and I’m going to be chewing ice for however long I am still around.

I like to drink all of my cold beverages “on the rocks.” Be it soda, iced tea, or a mixed drink, it must be served with ice. And when I’ve finished most of the liquid, I will tip the glass so that I can get an ice cube in my mouth and crunch down on it.

Just to be clear, the only cold beverages I don’t drink over ice are beer and milkshakes. But when it comes to all other cold beverages, they must be served in a glass with plenty of ice.

Did you know that there’s actually a medical name for the activity of chewing ice? It’s called ice pica or pagophagia. Pica is a “disorder” that causes people to crave and eat items that are not food or have no nutritional value. Such as ice.

But in my case, it’s not a craving or a compulsion to chew ice. It’s just something I frequently do with the ice in my cold drinks.

Melanie noted that some people find it disgusting when they see (or hear) others chewing on ice. I haven’t noticed anyone giving me dirty looks when I crunch down on a cube of ice in my mouth, but my wife often says I’m oblivious, so maybe some people do get annoyed by my ice chewing.

But from my perspective, what happens in the privacy of my own mouth is nobody’s business but mine. So I will continue to chew my ice without guilt or remorse.

#WDYS — The Wreckage

I was so hurt, so angry
When you broke up with me
I didn’t mean to
Hit you so hard
But I did

I left in a hurry
Got in my car
Drove to the bar
To drown my sorrows
In alcohol

I had a lot to drink
The bartender offered
To call me a cab
But I refused
Said I was fine to drive
I wasn’t

I was so tired
So drunk
I lost control
Hit a tree
Mangled metal
Broken glass

I should be dead
I’m just badly broken
From the wreckage
That is my life

I pick up a shard of glass
Hold it up
See my reflection
I don’t like
What I see

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Amine M’Siouri @ Pexels.

Fandango’s Story Starter #46

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

I was having dinner with a few of my closest friends when I suddenly realized that…

If you care to write and post a story built from this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with their stories.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Enthusiastic


It’s May 17, 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 “enthusiastic.”

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.