A Snool in a Nacre Shell

I take some comfort in the fact that it’s December, the last month of the worst year that I have ever experienced in my more than seven decades in this world. Looking forward, I am poised to rejoice when, on January 20th of what I hope will be a better new year, the menace of a man, the mad would-be king, will be out of office.

My only regret on this crisp Tuesday morning is that words like “nacre” and “snool,” which mean, respectively, mother of pearl and someone who is a toady or a yes man, are two of today’s one-word prompts. It makes my blood boil when I see words like those that show up in the daily, one-word prompts because nobody — at least nobody I know — would use such esoteric words in everyday conversations. So how the hell am I supposed to fit rarely used and highly unusual words like those into a cohesive post that makes any sense? Kudos to those of you who can.

Okay, I exaggerated. While I do get a bit irritated when words like “nacre” and “snool” are used for word prompt posts, it doesn’t really make my blood boil. I just had to figure out how to fit the word “blood” into this post. I guess I could have said that Donald Trump makes my blood boil. Because he does. He and almost all of the Republicans in Congress make my blood boil.

By the way, the image at the top of this post is one that showed up when I Googled the word “snool.” It looks, to me, like a psychedelic snail in a nacre shell that I might have hallucinated while on an acid trip back in the 60s, but what do I know?


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (comfort), MMA Storytime (December), Your Daily Word Prompt (rejoice), Ragtag Daily Prompt (nacre), Word of the Day Challenge (snool), and The Daily Spur (blood).

I Shed a Few Tears

I’m normally not one who easily or readily shows his emotions. But I have to admit that yesterday, when Joe Biden introduced the some of the nominees for leadership positions in his new cabinet, my eyes welled up with tears. Tears of relief and tears of a restored pride in my country.

After the impertinence of Donald Trump to name relatives (e.g., his daughter and son-in-law), conservative media personalities from Fox News and other right wing “news” outlets, and Trump donors, loyalists, and ass-kissers who had no relevant experience or applicable knowledge for their roles in top cabinet-level positions, it was cathartic to see the dark clouds of the past four years being lifted and the light beginning to shine again.

Biden’s selection of a highly diverse group of men and women, all of whom have a preponderance of relevant experience and are extremely well qualified for the roles they are being asked to play in the Biden/Harris administration, gave me a sense of tranquility. I felt as if I was witnessing a rebirth of normalcy that we haven’t seen in four long years.

There is no doubt that Joe Biden and his team will have a long road to travel as they work to restore faith in the American democracy and the country’s stature both at home and around the globe. But it’s a road that more than 80 million American voters are excited to be on.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (impertinent), The Daily Spur (dark), Ragtag Daily Prompt (preponderance), Your Daily Word Prompt (tranquil), Word of the Day Challenge (birth), and MMA Storytime (travel).

Reblog: Open Letter To Republican Members Of Congress

Jill Dennison has written an open letter to the GOP members of Congress pleading with them to do the right thing and to press Donald Trump to concede the election.

I live in a blue state, where my senators are Democrats, as is the member of the House who represents my district. But Jill has invited those of you whose senators or congressional representatives are Republicans to feel free to adapt and use her letter to send to your members of Congress.

I’m also reblogging Jill’s post so that perhaps other conservative voices who read her letter will accept the reality that Donald Trump has lost the presidential election and that his divisive, destructive post-election words and actions are subverting America’s democratic processes and sabotaging the future of our nation.


Dear Senator/Representative, I write today out of extreme frustration as a citizen of the United States, a person who has paid taxes since 1964 when …

Open Letter To Republican Members Of Congress

Share Your World — Did You Ever?

Share Your WorldIt’s once again Monday and time for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. This week Melanie asks a series of weird, “did (or have) you ever” questions. And I must say that, given my advanced years, there are very few “did you ever” questions where my answer is “no I never.”

What is worse than a dentist with bad breath?

A proctologist with flatulence.

Have you ever been rejected by someone that you liked, or been told that you were not good enough for somebody else?

I have to admit that, back in the day, when I was a gawky, geeky, braces-wearing, pimply-faced teenager, there were a few girls who I attempted to pursue romantically, but who apparently weren’t as enamored with me as I was with them. So yeah, I experienced rejection. As to ever having been told I wasn’t good enough for someone else, no, not directly. But I suppose asking a girl for a date and having her decline my invitation is pretty much the same thing as being told that she didn’t think I was good enough for her.

Did you ever want to have toast for breakfast, only to find that all your bread was covered in green mold?

Yes, either green mold or lots of little white dots.

Did you ever sneeze so hard that your whole body hurt?

Yes, I’ve suffered from broken ribs several times, once as a result of a bad fall while skiing and once when I tripped while walking the dog, who zigged when I expected her to zag. If you’ve ever broken a rib, you know that the simple act of sneezing (or coughing or laughing) with a busted rib is excruciatingly painful. And it usually takes four to six weeks to fully recover.

Did you ever buy clothing on the internet that did not fit, but you wore them anyway, since you didn’t want to pay the $5 shipping charge to send them back?

Yes, I’ve bought clothing on the internet that did not fit as I had expected them to, but I always returned them because I am savvy enough to only buy things on the internet from vendors that offer free, no hassle returns.

Melanie has also asked us to share something that we are grateful for this November.

I am grateful that Donald Trump lost his bid to be re-elected. I’ll be even more grateful when he and his delusional GOP sycophants finally accept that he lost and we can get on with the transition of power to Joe Biden and to being trying to heal America.

Who Won the Week? 11/22/2020

FWWTWIt’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

As counterintuitive as it might seem, my Who Won the Week designee this week is Rudy Giuliani.Why would I declare Rudy Giuliani, who has transformed himself from America’s Mayor to America’s buffoon, this week’s winner? Quite simply because he epitomizes the hubris of Donald Trump as Trump intensifies his attempts to seize an election victory from the jaws of defeat.

Giuliani is Trump’s $20,000-a-day lawyer. But Rudy has lost every case he’s brought to challenge the outcome of an election that Joe Biden has resoundingly won. Giuliani’s performances, both before the court and before the press, have been an embarrassment to both himself and to Donald Trump, assuming that Trump even knows how to feel embarrassed. Even Fox News Trump apologist Geraldo Rivera said, “What I saw with Rudy Giuliani, who I’ve known for decades, was bizarre, was unfocused.”

So as Trump continues his efforts to undermine Americans’ faith in the democratic process in what can only be described as an American coup, Rudy Giuliani, with his recently applied dark hair dye running down his sweaty cheeks, held another insane, rambling, 90-minute news conference that further illustrated the absurdity of Trump’s quest to destroy America.

I take some measure of relief in the fact that Trump’s and Giuliani’s clown-car side show won’t work and that, on January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be America’s president. Thank you, Rudy Giuliani, for making that obvious.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?


In addition to my Who Won the Week post, I have incorporated these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (hubris), Your Daily Word Prompt (seize), and The Daily Spur (relief).