Weekend Writing Prompt — Paradox

“Today’s Weekend Writing Prompt from Sammi Cox is ‘paradox.’ That’s the same word I used for my one-word challenge yesterday,” I told my wife.

“That’s a paradox,” she said.

“No,” I said. “A paradox is a self-contradictory statement.”

“Okay,” she said, “Then it’s plagiarism. She copied you.”

“No, it’s just a coincidence,” I said.

“But you keep telling me you don’t believe in coincidences,” she said.

“Whatever,” I said.

(71 words)

Window Treatments

A9F1206C-B9B5-4D53-8232-C6EC3C07170BYou may recall my mentioning in this post from February 11th that we have no window treatments in the house we moved into at the beginning of the month. And while most of our windows are on the sides and back of the house, where no neighbors can see in, we do have four windows facing the street. So, yes, not having any window treatments gives me the feeling, especially at night when the lights are on, that I’m living in a fishbowl and am on display for any passersby to see.

My Fandango’s One-World Challenge for today, which I scheduled to post today nearly two weeks ago, is “treatment.”

Interestingly, first thing this morning, I got a call from the place where we ordered the window treatments for our new place telling me that they’re in and that they want to come over today to install them.

So is it merely a coincidence that my word prompt for today, which I scheduled to post about two weeks ago, was published on the very day my window treatments are being installed? Or was I uncannily prescient two weeks ago when I scheduled the word “treatment” to post today?

120F28E1-148A-4D6D-972E-458179E054D4Or is this new, idyllic, suburban neighborhood my wife and I moved into more than what it seems to be? Are there forces at work that are not visible to the naked eye? Have my wife and I crossed over into the The Twilight Zone? You tell me what’s at play here.

In any event, I’ll be very happy to have shades to pull down tonight when the sun sets!

Fandango’s Friday Flashback — September 27

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember?

Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 27th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on September 27, 2017 in response to a Daily Prompt word from WordPress. Remember them?


Image result for coincidenceI generally don’t believe in coincidences. But then I saw a comment on one of my recent posts by my blogger friend, Jim Adams. He wrote, “I just Googled ‘money is almost always a restriction’ and the first thing that came up was your post. That is so awesome.”

So I tried it and, sure enough, there was my post at the very top of the list of responses!

28AEBF20-18FD-4024-A505-E46D163EE791So, was it just a coincidence that Jim looked up that line from my post in Google and saw that it topped the list? Or was it preordained that someday some post that I wrote would be in the top spot on a Google search (albeit, a very specific search)?

Something like this could make one reevaluate his whole system of beliefs!

#FOWC — Mirth and Melancholy


Sometimes things just work out. For my One-Word Challenge today, I selected the word “melancholy.” It means “a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression; a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.”

I know the cause of my melancholy, but I promised myself I wouldn’t mention Donald Trump today. Oh wait. I just did. Dammit.

But back to my point. Another daily one-word challenge selected the word “mirth.” Mirth means “gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter.”

So, the two daily word prompts today used words that essentially are the exact opposite, one meaning sad and depressed and the other meaning happiness and laughter. I believe, in the nearly two months since those of us who have stepped into the gap left by demise of the WordPress Daily Prompt, this may be a first. Coincidence or serendipity?

Hmm. I wonder if tomorrow’s words might be “coincidental” (occurring or existing at the same time) and “serendipitous” (occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way).

Written for today’s Word of the Day Challenge, “mirth,” and for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “melancholy.”

#FOWC — Black Widow

5F0CB650-29F5-4B84-9321-162467E4A4E1Charlotte’s long blonde hair falling over her shoulders formed a stark contrast with the dark blouse she was wearing when she was brought in for questioning after her husband, Gregory, was found dead of an apparent suicide.

Detectives Jim Morrisey and Ron Hayden were assigned to look into the case when Gregory’s children from a prior marriage refused to believe that their father would have taken his own life.

The detectives’ investigation had uncovered that Gregory Dalton was not the first of Charlotte’s husbands who had died mysteriously. In fact, he was the third in a string of older men who had met untimely ends.

Was it coincidence, bad luck, or was there something so much more sinister involved? Morrisey suspected the latter, but Hayden was having a hard time imagining that such a young and attractive woman, barely more than a child, could have been behind the deaths.

In each of the two previous situations, Charlotte was the recipient of substantial inheritances after the deaths of her wealthy husbands. And she could have been the beneficiary of a small fortune from Gregory’s estate as well.

But Morrisey felt it in his bones, despite his partner’s misgivings, that Charlotte’s wholesome, innocent look belied what lies beneath — a beautiful black widow.

Written for today’s Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “stark.”