100WW — Frame Up

601776C1-8CC2-4451-8EAC-2BAD6CCC8554“Randy,” his mother said, “turn the phone on its side. If you take the picture in landscape mode, you can fit more into the frame.”

“Ma, this is my phone and I want to take the picture my way,” Randy said. “I know that you’re a professional photographer, but I just want to take a snapshot that I can post on Instagram, not to create a work of art.”

“But don’t you want to impress your friends back home with all the photocomposition skills that I taught you?” Randy’s mother asked.

“Ma, don’t you know my friends by now?”

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Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: Sebastien Gabriel.

Wishful Thinking


“Wishful thinking is not the answer,” Britney said to her husband.

“I didn’t mean just wishful thinking,” Ethan said. “I’m merely saying that we need to maintain a positive attitude.”

“Wishful thinking, positive attitude,” Britney said. Neither is the panacea you think it is.”

“Well, maybe we should try praying. I don’t know what else we can do,” Ethan said. “We’ve been going at this for the past 18 months and still nothing.”

“Praying? Really?” Britney laughed sarcastically. “Like that works.”

“So what do you suggest?” Ethan asked.

“My friend Amanda and her husband were having trouble conceiving and they went to see a fertility specialist,” Britney said. “They both got tested and it turned out that his sperm count was low, so the doctor started giving him testosterone treatments and within six months she was pregnant.”

“Oh,” Ethan said. “So you think it’s my fault. You think I’m shooting blanks, is that it?”

“We don’t know if it’s your fault or my fault,” Britney said. “Maybe there’s nothing physically wrong with either of us. But it can’t hurt to get a professional’s opinion.”

“Fine,” Ethan acquiesced. And then with a wicked smile, he reached out, grabbed his wife, and said, “In the meantime, though, let’s keep trying. Making love with you is my own, personal panacea.”

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “panacea.”

One Space or Two?

Proportional versus Monospace font

In his post yesterday, my blogger friend Jim Adams wrote, “If you have ever read any of my posts you may have noticed that I always skip two spaces after every period and before I start a new sentence. I guess that this would qualify me as being anal.”

No, Jim, not anal. Just a throwback to the dark ages. You see, way back when I was in high school (aka, the dark ages), before personal computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones, I took a typing class. On a typewriter. A manual typewriter.

In that class we were taught to always put two spaces after periods at the end of sentences. It turns out, though, that the “two space rule” I was taught in 10th grade typing class is an archaic rule.

Most typewriters back then had only the courier font, a monospaced font where each letter took up the same amount of space. The skinny “i” and wider “w” occupied the same amount of space on the printed page. To make the text more readable, two spaces were used after the period in order to give the eyes a break between sentences.

When typing on a computer, however, most fonts are proportional fonts, which means that characters are not all the same widths. That skinny “i” referred to earlier takes up much less space than that fat “w.” Hence, putting an extra space between sentences doesn’t do anything to improve readability.

It was difficult for me, at first, to break a decades old habit of putting two spaces after each sentence-ending period. But when I started carefully reading printed documents and emails for work, I noticed that when I used only one space after the periods versus two, they looked better, more professional. And I also noticed that my blog posts looked more professional as well.

So I moved into the 21st century and embraced the “one-space rule.” But this is certainly not a life and death matter, Jim. If you wish to continue to practice the archaic “two-space rule” in your posts, well hey, it’s your blog and you can do as you please. I won’t think any less of you.

Of course, if you do choose to continue to skip two spaces after every period and before you start a new sentence, I’m afraid I’m going to have to rescind my nomination of you for the Unique Blogger Award.

Where Is Autocorrect When You Need It?


Said he was a professional tattoo artist for fifty years. Looked like a trustworthy grandfather. Who knew he couldn’t spell nothing?


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This post is my entry for this week’s Twittering Tales challenge from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: favoritesunfl at Pixabay.com