Everyone Loves Him

I know I’ve said it many times before
I don’t mean to be redundant
You should draw your own conclusion
You need feel no obligation to agree with me
But the stats will bear me out
That despite his ogreish appearance
His popularity remains durable

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (redundant), The Daily Spur (draw), Fandango’s One Word Challenge (obligation), Word of the Day Challenge (stay), Ragtag Daily Prompt (ogreish), and Your Daily Word Prompt (durable).

Rich Dead Celebrities

I had no idea how much money dead celebrities earn. But according to an article in Forbes Magazine, being dead doesn’t necessarily turn off the cash flow spigot.

So here, in case you’re interested, are the top ten dead celebrities who earned the most money in 2022:

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “Lord of the Rings,” who died at 81 on September 2, 1973, earned $500 million in 2022.
  2. Kobe Bryant, NBA basketball star, who died at 41 on January 26, 2020, earned $400 million.
  3. David Bowie, musician, who died at 69 on January 10, 2016, earned $250 million.
  4. Elvis Presley, singer, who died at 42 on August 16, 1977, earned $110 million.
  5. James Brown, singer, who died at 73 on December 25, 2006, earned $100 million.
  6. Michael Jackson, singer, who died at 50 on June 25, 2009, earned $75 million.
  7. Leonard Cohen, singer/songwriter, who died at 82 on November 7, 2016, earned $55 million.
  8. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), children’s books author, who died at 87 on September 24, 1991, earned $32 million.
  9. Jeff Porcaro, drummer (Toto) and songwriter, who died at 38 on August 5, 1992, earned $25 million.
  10. Charles Schulz, cartoonist (Peanuts), who dies at 77 on February 12, 2000, earned $24 million.

The two dead Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison, were the number 12 and number 13, respectively, celebrity earners in 2022. John Lennon, who died at 40 on December 8, 1980, earned $16 million. George Harrison, who died at 58 on November 29, 2001, earned $12 million.

Interestingly, during my entire working career I don’t think I earned anywhere near what these dead guys earned just this year. Sheesh!

Image credit: Forbes.

#WDYS — What Have I Got To Lose?

Hey man, are you praying?

Yeah, I’m praying.

I didn’t think you were into that.

I’m not. Not really.

Then why are you praying?

I’m praying for my momma. She’s dying.

I’m sorry to hear that, man. But do you think praying for her is going to do any good? Do you really think some magical being in the sky is going to hear your prayer and keep your momma from dying?


Then why are you praying?

The doctors said there’s nothing more they can do. They said it’s in God’s hands now. So I’m praying to God that she doesn’t die. Not yet, anyway.

When have your prayers ever been answered? I think you need to prepare for your momma’s death.

I know my prayers won’t make a difference, but it makes me feel better. It makes me feel like I’m doing something. Besides, what have I got to lose?

You’re right, what have you got to lose? I’m going to sit next to you and pray with you, if that’s okay.


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Pavel Danilyuk@Pexels.

Fandango’s Story Starter #72

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 a “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that 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:

Anthony advised her to forget what had happened and warned her to not say anything to anyone.

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 — Obligation


It’s November 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 “obligation.”

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.