Simply 6 Minutes — The Tree

“What’s wrong with your father?” Alison asked Tim. “He seems in a particularly ornery mood tonight. And he’s had an awful lot to drink.”

“Oh pay him no mind,” Tim said. “He’s just pissed about the Christmas tree. He thinks it’s disrespectful.”

“Disrespectful?” Alison said. “I never knew your father was that religious.”

“Oh, it has nothing to do with religion,” Tim said. “He’s upset that we wasted all those roles of toilet paper and face masks.”

“Why does that bother him so much?”

“He’s still pissed about the toilet paper shortage in 2020 when he had to use newspapers to wipe his ass. Plus there was the face mask shortage that exposed him to COVID. He’s worried about those shortages recurring and thinks we’re being frivolous by using those materials for our Christmas tree.”

“Do you think he has a point?”

“No, he’s just being a grumpy old man, especially when he’s had too much eggnog. He’s only happy when he has something to complain about.”

Written for Simply 6 Minutes from Christine Bialczak.

One-Liner Wednesday — Mass Identity

“Writing is a form of personal freedom that frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. ”

Don DeLillo, American novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenwriter, and essayist.

When Dr. Tanya notified us on Monday that she would not be posting her Blogging Insights post that day, I was disappointed. I was actually thinking about going rogue and posting my own Blogging Insights prompt, especially when I came across Don DeLillo’s quote about writing. But then I thought better of it. It’s Tanya’s prompt and I had no business jumping in uninvited and posting her prompt on my own.

However, I thought DeLillo’s quote was a good one, so I decided to feature it today in my response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

As Tanya does with her Blogging Insights prompt, I do invite anyone who cares to express an opinion about this quote to do so in the comments or in your own post.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #195


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.

The former U.S. president, Donald Trump, announced last week an online store to sell $99 digital trading cards of himself as a superhero, an astronaut, an Old West sheriff, and a series of other fantastical figures. He made his pitch in a brief, direct-to-camera video in which he audaciously declared that his four years in the White House were “better than Lincoln, better than Washington.”

These digital trading cards, which Trump says are similar to baseball cards, are actually nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, that effectively allow a person to claim ownership of a digital file. They’re to baseball cards what Bitcoins are to paper money. Revenue from the sale of these cards will go to Trump personally under a licensing deal. None of the proceeds will be provided to his 2024 presidential campaign.

So my question to you is simply this:

What do you think of Trump’s digital trading cards? Do you think it reflects a sound business and/or political strategy? Do you think it’s ridiculous and is something undignified for a former U.S. President (and 2024 presidential candidate) to do? Or do you have no opinion one way or the other?

Just so you know, Trump’s “limited edition” collection of digital trading cards sold out in less than a day, generating $4.5 million in sales for him. Did any of you, by any chance, buy one?

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 — Paragon


It’s December 21, 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 “paragon.”

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.