Fandango’s Friday Flashback — May 31

Time for something new…for me, anyway. Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year. I’ve had this blog for two years, so I have only 2017 and 2018 to draw from.

If you’d like to reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year, please write a comment with a link to that post. If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 31st) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

Be sure to tag your post #FFF.


I originally posted this one on May 31, 2017 and it was the first time that I responded to one of Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompts.

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“Each president gripped the other’s hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening.”

Philip Rucker, a reporter for the Washington Post, was in the room for the now somewhat infamous handshake between French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump at last week’s NATO meeting in Brussels. The sentence at the top of this post is how Rucker described that handshake.

I suppose it could have been worse. Instead of competing with an intense handshake, these two world leaders could have had an actual pissing contest!

One-Liner Wednesday — Women’s Rights

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Anonymous

This quote, from whoever made it, seems particularly relevant these days as state after state, including Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Dakota, have passed laws that make it illegal for a woman to have a legal abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually when a fetus is about six weeks old and before many women even know they are pregnant.

Just yesterday, the Alabama State Senate just passed a near-total abortion ban, that provides no exceptions for rape or incest. The bill now heads to Republican Governor, Kay Ivey. If she signs it, which is likely, the bill will become law. Further, the Alabama law would criminalize the procedure, reclassifying abortion as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors.

And this Alabama law, if signed by the governor, comes hot on the heels Georgia’s new law prohibiting abortions after six weeks and granting full legal personhood to fetuses. The Georgia law goes so far as to hold a woman who travels out of state to obtain a legal abortion to be subject to arrest and prosecution for conspiracy to commit murder, which is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Welcome to America, the land of the real life Handmaid’s Tale.


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

One-Liner Wednesday — Our Stories

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“We get so used to the stories we tell about ourselves that sometimes we need to find ourselves in the stories of others.”

American novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison

We all tell stories about what’s happening in our lives. Some stories are about ourselves or about other people. We construct our stories based on our experiences, our perspectives on the world around us, and our interpretation of facts as we see them.

The more interesting stories, though, might just be those that others tell about us.


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