Call In the Experts

Nothing takes the place of experience when it come to dealing with a crisis.” Edward said. “There’s always the temptation to search for easy answers, but in order to triumph in the face of a crisis, one needs to be thoughtful, deliberate, and leverage the collective wisdom of experts.”

“You’re absolutely right,” Billy, Edwards younger brother, hardily agreed.

“Good,” Edward said, “So hop on your bike and ride to the fire department and tell them to send out their hook and ladder truck to retrieve our cat, who is stuck up in a tree.A33EDBE7-B8A0-4AFB-811F-AA413AE14D00Written for today’s JusJoJan prompt from Linda G. Hill, where the word, suggested by Dan at No Facilities, is “experience.” Also written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompts (nothing), Fandango’s One-Word Prompt (crisis), Word of the Day (temptation), The Daily Spur (answers), Your Daily Word Prompt (triumph), and Daily Addictions (bike).

JusJoJan — Pressing Matters

E0A5F2C7-FC2F-40F4-99C6-483AE5232AF6I didn’t publish many posts today.

Why not? Because I had other pressing matters to attend to.

Like what? Like the final walkthrough of the new house we’re buying, which is pictured above (in my wildest fantasies).

How long did it take? About five hours altogether. One hour driving each way and three hours turning over every stone (figuratively speaking, not literally speaking, of course). And then another hour creating a Word document using my handwritten notes.

I’m tired and hungry — it’s dinner time in my neck of the woods, so no more posts for today. Hopefully, I’ll be back to my more regular schedule tomorrow.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s JusJoJan prompt, “publish,” and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (Press).

JusJoJan — Magazines

I used to subscribe to a lot of magazines. Time, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, PC Magazine, InfoWorld, Sports Illustrated, People, and, yes, I admit that, way back when, I had a subscription to Playboy.

I also have had home delivery of the local daily newspaper for as long as I can remember. I’ve always enjoyed starting my day reading the paper while sipping my first cup of coffee before starting whatever activities and adventures awaited me as the day unfolded.

But that was the way it used to be. Today, I get most of my news on my iPhone’s newsfeed or on cable news shows. Yes, I still get the morning newspaper, primarily for the sports and business sections for me and the crossword and Sudoku puzzles for my wife. But I no longer subscribe to any magazine except for one: The Week.76D5E807-9DEE-4D19-904B-2AA2CB53F29CAs its tagline suggest, The Week provides “All you need to know about everything that matters.” And it does so concisely. The current issue has only 42 pages and can be fully digested in a single day!

The Week is also nonpartisan. It generally provides all sides of the news in an objective way. So Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, there’s something for everyone. I recommend the magazine to everyone.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s JusJoJan prompt, where the word, contributed by Willow, is “subscribe.” Also for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (paper).

Weekend Writing Prompt/JusJoJan —Climate Change

7A3FC3C3-ED57-4D20-BD77-3F87CE8C4178“What is it about the gravity of the situation that you can’t seem to grasp?” Janice asked. “Don’t brush me off with your usual argument that climate change is just a hoax.”

“I don’t believe climate change is a hoax,” Richard said. “I just don’t think it’s going to devour all life as we know it on our planet by, what’s the date, 2030 or something?”

“So you don’t believe 97% of climate scientists who are saying we’ve got only about a decade before there is irrevocable damage to the planet?” Janet asked.

“I just have an easygoing temperament,” Richard said. “I don’t go crazy over things I can’t control.”

(108 words)


68F3F1B9-0E27-4B85-A534-73734CB5DDCEWritten for Linda G. Hill’s JusJoJan prompt word, “gravity,” and for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “devour” in exactly 108 words. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (brush), Daily Addictions (date), and Your Daily Word Prompt (temperament).

And for what it’s worth, I personally don’t agree with Richard on this topic.

#JusJoJan — The Secret Ingredient

8ce71ec8-1f40-47a7-a973-1f657ccb84ae.jpeg“Okay,” Danny said. “Tomorrow’s the day, so we need to check to make sure we have everything we need.” Danny glanced at his list. “Jack, did you bring you SodaStream carbonater?”

“Check,” Jack said. “It should work fine to aerate the concoction.”

“Sammy, did you go to the zoo and get the secret ingredient??” Danny asked.

“Check,” Sammy said, laughing. “It was a dirty job but someone had to do it.”

“Okay, good. I’ve got the chocolate, so we’ll meet at my house right after school, mix up a batch, and then bake it for 30 minutes,” Danny said.

“This is going to be scary when give each of the girls a brownie,” Jack said, a wicked grin on his face.

The next day, the boys invited their sisters to taste the brownies they had just baked. They served each girl a large brownie. Jack’s sister said, “Wow, these are surprisingly good.”

“Thanks,” Danny said. “It’s our secret ingredient.”

“These are delicious,” Sammy’s sister said. “What exactly is your secret ingredient?”

“Yes,” Danny’s sister said, “please gratify our curiosity.”

“Take my word for it, girls,” Danny said, while Jack ans Sammy were snickering, “you really don’t want to know.”


Written for Linda G. Hill’s JusJoJan prompt, where the word is “mix.” Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (tomorrow), Ragtag Daily Prompt (aerate), Word of the Day Challenge (zoo), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (scary), Daily Addictions (give), and Your Daily Word Prompt (gratify).