Time To Move

By all measures, the bus terminal in this podunk town is insignificant. Of course, I’m used to taking the bus on the commute to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan for my job from our home in suburban New Jersey. But even though I am at the bus terminal every day during the week, I admit that it can be easy to get lost there, to meander around the vast building, looking for a gate or even for an exit to the streets of the city. It can be perplexing even to a seasoned traveler visiting New York City.

But here, literally in the middle of flyover country, the small bus station I’m standing in front of is at the opposite end of the spectrum. No concrete jungle infused by the suffocating fumes of hundreds of busses coming and going into a building inhabited by commuters and the homeless. Just a small building with weathered wood siding surrounded on three sides by a field covered by yellow dandelions, orange tiger lilies, and green shrubs. A single ticket window and a bulletin board with bus arrival and departure times posted on it. No lines, few people, and remarkably fresh air.

You know, living in a rural community like this might be a nice change of pace. We could probably buy a house here at a quarter of what our home in Jersey is worth. Escaping the hustle bustle of the big city might be a change for the better. I think I’ll call my wife and see if she’d be up for a move. She tends to overthink things, but I can be quite persuasive. After all, I’m a hugely successful salesman.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (terminal), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (insignificant), E.M.’s Random word Prompt meander), Word of the Day Challenge (perplex), My Vivid Blog (dandelion), Ragtag Daily Prompt (tiger), and Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge (overthink). Photo credit: Shutterstock/Resul Muslu

One-Liner Wednesday — The Past and the Future

For this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill, I’m unabashedly stealing a quote that Marla, at Marla’s World, posted this past Friday. Why? Because it resonated with me.

Here’s the quote Marla posted. It’s from American writer James Meredith.

“Nothing is a bigger waste of time than regretting the past and worrying about the future.”

I also found this very similar quote from another American author, Roy T. Bennett:

“No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future.”

Truthful Tuesday — Change

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. Frank is changing things up a bit on this Truthful Tuesday prompt. Instead of asking us specific questions, he is giving us a topic and asking us to discuss it. This week’s topic is “change.” But interestingly enough, after explaining that he wants to make this prompt a bit more fluid, he ultimately ended up asking some pretty specific questions. Frank wants to know…

If you run a prompt, how much have you tweaked and modified your prompt from what it initially started as?

If you don’t run a prompt, what deliberate changes have you made to your blog since you first started blogging?

In either case, have there been any unintentional changes that just sort of happened on their own?

I host a handful of prompts. When I started this blog, I never intended to write prompts for other bloggers, but I enjoyed responding to the WordPress Daily Prompt. Then WordPress announced that it was no longer going to be posting a daily prompt and I decided to try to fill that void with Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (“FOWC With Fandango”). That prompt hasn’t changed since I started it in June 2018.

As to the other prompts, I tend toward consistency and unless I find a compelling reason to change things up with any of my prompts — and I haven’t yet found a compelling reason to do so — I’m leaving well enough alone.

I don’t believe in change for the sake of change. Hence, with respect to the part of the question about deliberate changes to my blog, I’d say there have been none. My blog has no specific niche, so I write and post about whatever occurs to me. I write a lot of flash fiction in respond to prompts and I express my opinions and perspectives about what’s going on in my life and in the world around me.

So, from the perspective of changes to my blog over time, it’s pretty much the same as it’s always been.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #143


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.

Think back to the year 2001 when you were twenty years younger than you are today. Are you a very different person today than you were back then? That’s what this week’s provocative question is about.

How much have you and your priorities changed over the past twenty years? If you’re on the younger side, answer from the perspective of the past ten years or even five years.

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.