FFfPP — Are You Sure?

“Has anybody here seen my pussy?” Eleanor asked the group of seniors sitting around the community room at the senior center. Several of the men in the room started to chuckle. “Shut up you old fools,” Eleanor chided. “My cat. I’m asking about my cat. She’s white with green eyes and a pink nose.”

Marge raised her hand. “Eleanor, I saw you kitty a few minutes ago. She was peering at me from the stone wall next to the rear driveway.”

“Are you sure it was Princess?” Eleanor asked.

“Sure as you were born, “Marge said.

Eleanor ran out of the room and headed out to the rear driveway. A few minutes later Eleanor reentered the community room with her Princess in her arms. Eleanor had a wry smile on her face. She looked at the old men who were chuckling earlier and said, “Now do any one of you old fools want to pet my pussy?”

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: Anton Atanasov on Unsplash. Also for E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (anybody), and for Jim Adams’ Wednesday Thoughts, where the prompt is, “Sure as you’re born.”

It Was Not His Destiny

The enterprising young man, his head in the clouds, set about to achieve great accomplishments.

But in the end, his primary antagonist, was intent on bursting the young man’s bubble, denigrating his achievements, and foreshadowing an embarrassing and dismal failure.

It was not in the young man’s destiny to succeed.

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (enterprise), My Vivid Blog (accomplishment), Word of the Day Challenge (antagonist), The Daily Spur (burst), Ragtag Daily Prompt (achievement), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (foreshadow).

One-Liner Wednesday — Believe It or Not

“Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.”

George Carlin, American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #169


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.

This past Saturday I wrote a post about recycling empty toothpaste tubes. While I’m pretty diligent about recycling items that I know are recyclable, I’d never thought about doing so with empty toothpaste tubes. I went to my local recycling company’s website and found out that toothpaste tubes are, in fact recyclable. But the website’s instructions for recycling them said to “use warm water and soap to rinse out the rest of the toothpaste.”

I was actually surprised that most who commented on that post said that they do, in fact, recycle their toothpaste tubes. But several commenters pointed out that washing out items that are to be recycled uses a lot of water.

Willowdot21 wrote, “I do all the recycling bits too, but I do begrudge using water to clean them out. I do but it seems so wastefull when so many do not have enough water.”

And Jim Adams wrote, “Each time I wash out a can, bottle, or plastic container, I feel like I am wasting over half a gallon of water. In California where water is more precious, 37 million people can easily waste 37 million gallons of water daily.”

In response to Willowdot’s comment, I wrote, “We are in a drought [in California], so that’s a consideration. And to Jim’s comment I wrote, “I’m not sure if thoroughly washing those items to be recycled is more environmentally smart than just tossing items like used toothpaste tubes in the regular trash and saving all that water.”

And then Jim commented, “This might make a nice Provocative Question for you to ask.”

So here we are and my question is about choices we make.

Most recycling programs instruct us to thoroughly wash and dry the items (other than paper or cardboard) before putting them in the recycling bin. If you lived in an area that is suffering from a severe drought (as I do), would you choose to waste the water necessary to comply with those instructions, would you ignore them and throw unwashed items in the recycling bin, or would you put recyclable but unwashed items in the trash (landfill) bin?

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 — Foreshadow


It’s June 15, 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 “foreshadow.”

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.