It’s Nice To Be Recognized

257375C6-FCEF-4801-AAE4-079944910BE2Melanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, gave me a shoutout in a post she wrote responding to a nomination she received for the Blogger Recognition Award. So first, congratulations Melanie.

Truth be told, Melanie didn’t nominate my blog for this award. She’s really not into this whole nomination thing. But what she did was to list my blog among “some blogs worth a look, which deserve recognition, but which I’m NOT NOMINATING.”

So second, thanks for including my blog in your shoutout list!

I think what I’m supposed to do now is to publish a post on my blog about having been mentioned in Melanie’s Blogger Recognition Award post. In that post, I’m supposed to give a brief story of how my blog started. And I’m also supposed to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

How My Blog Started

I’ve been blogging for 13½ years. I actually wrote about that here in a post about the thirteenth anniversary of my first blog. I started that blog because I liked to write and I wanted to share my writing with others. But no one noticed. Oh well.

I went through a couple of blog iterations until I started this blog in May 2017 after a two year absence from blogging. I decided to get back into blogging because I needed an outlet to vent about the lunacy of Donald Trump and, through prompts and flash fiction, to divert my attention from what Trump and his Republican sycophants are doing to our country and the world.

Advice to New Bloggers

  1. Blogging is addictive, so be prepared to devote yourself to blogging and to risk your job, your family, and your real world relationships.
  2. You will “meet” some interesting, creative, fascinating people while blogging and you’ll likely develop some real friendships with other bloggers from all around the world. Interacting with these other bloggers, reading their posts, and commenting is as important and as rewarding as publishing your own posts.

Okay. If any of you want to share how you started your blog and/or to offer advice to new bloggers, now is the time to it.

Another Clown Show


F1A2D0EE-B615-4D19-972B-97B1751FF7AB“He’s doing another rally somewhere tonight,” my wife complained. “It’s like he thinks he’s a rock star going on tour.”

“That’s exactly what he thinks,” I responded. “Just ask him. He’s not at all bashful when it comes to telling anyone who will listen how great he is, how he’s an ‘an extremely stable genius,’ and not merely a ‘stable genius.’ He’s a moron.”

“Yes, and then he starts reciting verbatim the things he heard Sean Hannity or Laura Ingraham on Fox News say,” my wife added, shaking her head.

“Right,” I said, “and as if following some sort of invisible prompt, the lemmings in the audience applaud whatever he says, no matter how incoherent, idiotic, inane, or uninformed it is.”

“I’ll turn on the TV, you go get the popcorn, and let’s watch him,” she said.

“Yeah, another one of his clown shows should be good for a few laughs,” I said.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (tour), Your Daily Word Prompt (bashful), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (verbatim), Ragtag Daily Prompt (prompt), and Word of the Day Challenge (applaud). Caricature by Niall O’Loughlin.

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.


“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!

No Wonder

60F00C78-DD72-4A79-930D-2E638D965902It’s no wonder that the people associated with Donald Trump are defying congressional subpoenas. I mean why not? They apparently are facing no penalties and no negative consequences for refusing to comply with those subpoenas.

But former Trump cronies, from Paul Manafort to Michael Flynn to Michael Cohen, are either in jail or will be going to jail for testifying before Congress. While those who are refusing to respond to subpoenas are walking around scot-free. They are being rewarded for not appearing.

It appears that Congress, the Legislative Branch of our federal government, which is supposed to be a co-equal branch of government (along with the Judicial Branch) and which is supposed to have oversight responsibility over the Executive Branch, is a toothless tiger. What can Congress do when the president, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department, and everyone else in the Trump administration chooses to ignore Congress? Write sternly-worded letters? Ooh!

Oh wait. I almost forgot that Donald Trump, Jr. has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Junior apparently got to dictate the terms of his appearance before the Republican controlled committee. He set the time limit to no more than two to four hours and is willing to address a limited number of questions focusing on just five or six specific topics.

That’s like a defendant in a murder trial agreeing to testify only if his appearance is limited to a few hours max and the prosecution cannot ask him any questions about the murder. Besides, Junior takes after his father and will just lie and lie. And why not? No consequences.

It’s time for Congress to impeach the bastard.