WDP — Superstitious

Are you superstitious?

The short answer is no. Now for the longer answer.

Being superstitious means believing in things that are not real or possible (i.e., superstitions). And what are superstitions? Superstitions are an attempt to explain events or phenomena that cannot be explained by science or logic. They are not based on reason or knowledge. They are often widely held but unjustified beliefs in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such beliefs.

Why am I not superstitious? I think of myself as a logical, rational, and reasonable person. I am not ruled by emotions but by facts, observations, and evidence. My beliefs are based upon reason and knowledge.

I don’t have anything against people who are superstitious. Hey, whatever floats your boat, right? Just don’t try to force your superstitions down my throat. And by all means, don’t attempt to legislate your superstitions into law.

One-Liner Wednesday — What We All Believe

“The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers.”

Dave Barry, American author and humor columnist

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

Fandango’s Provocative Question #205


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.

My provocative question today is simple, although it’s a multi-parter. As you probably know, for many bloggers, April is the month of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. The official badge for this year is below.

There are 26 letters in the English language and 30 days in April, so each year the A to Z promoters try to sign up as many bloggers as possible to register at the official A to Z Challenge site, to pick a theme for the challenge, and to post A to Z Challenge entries every day during the month (except Sundays). The idea is to go through the alphabet, starting with the letter A on April 1st and ending with the letter Z on April 30th. Here’s the calendar for 2023:

For the record, I have formally and officially participated in the A to Z Challenges from 2018 through 2022. I am participating again this year, but I’m going rogue, so to speak, as are a few other bloggers I’m aware of. Essentially, I am not registering on the official A to Z site, but I am planning to post A to Z posts just I’ve done in the past when I had officially registered. Blogger Paula Light even created a special A to Z “Rebels” badge for folks like us.

So this week’s multi-part provocative question is:

Are you planning to formally and officially register for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge, pick a theme, and participate? Why or why not?

Or, are you planning to informally and unofficially participate in this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge on an ad hoc basis?

Or, are you going to skip the A to Z Challenge altogether?

Note: I encourage everyone who wishes to participate in this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge to join the official, main group and to sign up on the officially sanctioned list! More information on how to do so can be found here.

If you choose to participate in Fandango’s Provocative Question, you may respond with a comment or write your own post in 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 — Dialect


It’s March 15, 2023. 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 “dialect.”

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.