Fandango’s Provocative Question #112

FPQWelcome 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.

This week’s provocative question is going to be an easy one…if you watched Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Harry and Meghan the other night.The question is simply this:

What did you think?

Some of you have already posted your thoughts about the interview and the parties involved on your own blogs. If so, please feel free to include a link to your post in the comments below.

If you didn’t watch the interview but have some thoughts on the matter at hand, please share them, either in the comments below or on your own blog.

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.

MLMM Photo Challenge — Prime Suspect

The uniformed officer met detectives Fred Morrisey and Ron Hayden when they arrived on the scene. “This is the way we found her, detectives,” the officer said. “The body hasn’t been touched and the ME should be arriving any minute now.”

“Who found the body?” Hayden asked.

“A man was walking his dog about an hour ago,” the detective answered. “He said that his dog was attracted to something, and he went to investigate. That’s when he said he saw the girl and called 9-1-1 on his cell.”

Morrisey leaned over to get a closer look at the body. “She seems to be naked except for some flowers in her hair and around her neck. And the way her body is situated beneath the underbrush that is spread on top of and all around her, it suggests to me that the scene might have been deliberately staged.”

“She has such a peaceful look, as if she’s just sleeping,” Hayden said. “Do you think the killing involves some sort of ritual?”

“Possibly,” Morrisey said, “or perhaps it’s an indication of compassion or remorse on the part of the killer, but it’s too early to say one way or the other.” He directed Hayden to re-interview the man who found the body and waited for the ME to show up, which she did a few minutes later. Morrisey shook her hand as she got to the scene. “Hell of a way to start the day, Doc,” Morrisey said to Sharon Albright, the medical examiner.

Dr. Albright knelt by the body. “She’s got good color. Her death must have been within the past hour or two,” she said. Then the ME touched the body. “And she’s still warm.” The ME cleared away the underbrush, uncovering the girl’s nakedness, and inserted a rectal thermometer into the body. After reading the body’s temperature, and making a few calculations, the ME looked up at Morrisey and confirmed that the time of death was likely no more than ninety minutes earlier.

Morrisey walked over to the uniformed officer and instructed him to go over to where detective Hayden was interviewing the man who found the body and called 9-1-1. “He’s now our prime suspect, “Morrisey said. “Handcuff him and read him his rights.”

Written for the Mindlovemisery Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: AlexandriaSophie at DeviantArt. And for The Daily Spur (scene).

Thursday Inspiration — Spellbinding

Craig knocked on Elaine’s office door. “Come in,” Elaine said.

“Hey boss, I just finished conducting an in-depth interview with the Belinda, the applicant,” Craig said. “I carefully reviewed her resumé, gathered all of her pertinent information, and I give her my highest recommendation to manage the conversion of that large, empty room behind the old warehouse annex into a state-of-the-art data center.”

“Did she talk about her specific plans for the design, how she would go about it, and how long it would take?” Elaine asked.

“Not specifically,” Craig admitted, “but she said one of her strengths is improvising should any aspect of the project go awry.”

“Improvising!” Elaine said. “You’re joking, right?”

“No, not really,” Craig admitted. “You should meet her, Elaine. She’s absolutely spellbinding.”

“Craig, she must have cast a spell on you,” Elaine said, unable to hide her disdain. “We need an experienced data center project manager, not a witch. Now get your ass in gear and find me a qualified applicant or you’ll soon find yourself out on the streets needing a witch to cast her spell.”

Written for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the theme is “witch.”Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pertinent), The Daily Spur (recommendation), Ragtag Daily Prompt (empty room), Your Daily Word Prompt (annex), and Word of the Day Challenge (improvising). Top photo credit: Cottonbro at

Who Won The Week? 08/09/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’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.

This week I am designating Jonathan Swan, an Australian journalist who works as a political reporter for Axios, as the winner of Who Won the Week. This past week “Axios on HBO” aired Swan’s interview with Donald Trump. It was eye opening.

Whether you’re a Trump fan or a Trump foe, you should watch this interview. Here’s the whole thing. It’s truly a remarkable thing to behold.

If you don’t have 37 minutes to spare today, here are just a few of the “highlights.”

Congratulations to Jonathan Swan for showing us who the real Donald Trump is…and isn’t.

Now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?