MLMM Photo Challenge — The Diagnosis

Carla was nervous. In her 19 years of existence she had never had an x-ray before, so when her doctor told her that, for diagnostic purposes, he wanted to get an x-ray, it sort of freaked her out.

“I want the x-ray just to rule out anything serious,” the doctor explained to her. “It will be painless and it will be over before you know it. All you need to do is stay perfectly still for a few seconds.”

“I guess I can do that, Dr. Hill,” Carla said. “I’m willing to do whatever you think is best if it will help you to figure out what is causing these strange sensations in my belly.”

With that, the doctor led Carla to a small room and had her stand in front of an intimidating looking machine. “You’ll hear a low humming sound for a second, Carla,” Dr. Hill said. “Remember to be perfectly still until I tell you it’s okay to move.”

It was all over within a few seconds and the procedure was, as Dr. Hill had promised, painless. “Go on back to the other room, Carla,” he said. “I’m going to take a quick look at the x-ray and then I’ll come in and let you know what, if anything, I see.”

Carla sat down in the examination room and anxiously waited for Dr. Hill to join her. When he finally walked back in, Carla asked him what the x-ray showed and if what she had was curable.

“Actually, Carla, your condition is not uncommon for a young woman your age,” he told her.

“What is it doctor?” she asked. “Can you give me something to help?”

“Well, Carla, there really are no drugs you can take for this condition,” he said. “And it’s something that you’re going to have to learn to manage.”

“Oh Dr. Hill,” Carla said, “is it really that serious? What’s the condition called?”

“Yes, Carla, it can be serious,” Dr. Hill said. “Here, Let me show you.” He tapped the keys on his computer’s keyboard and her x-ray appeared on the large computer screen.

Carla gasped when she saw it. “Oh my God, doctor, are those butterflies in my stomach?”“That’s correct, Carla,” Dr. Hill said. “You’re suffering from a severe case of first love, but the good news is that it’s almost never fatal and you’ll eventually get over it.”

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit:

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge — Grin

4FB3BD2C-BE16-4A37-816C-A41072528E3DI took this selfie of me this morning with a big grin on my face specifically for today’s Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge. The theme for the challenge is “grin.”

And you thought I was a serious guy. See, I can smile. I can clown around with the best of them. Just don’t get me started on politics or religion!

How about you? Let’s see that puss of yours with a big, fat, happy grin.

Malcolm in the Meddle


When I woke up this morning and saw today’s one-word prompt, “meddle,” I thought of two things. One was serious and the other was nonsensical.

Serious: Russia meddled in our election

Without a doubt, Russia did meddle in our presidential election last year. And I — along with many others — believe that Russia’s meddling affected the outcome, resulting in the election of the most incompetent person to ever assume the role of POTUS.

I also believe that the Russians, flush from their success last year, continue to meddle in our democratic processes. If we don’t — or can’t or won’t — do anything about that meddling, our democracy will never be the same.

Nonsensical: Malcolm in the Meddle

I know that the actual name of the 2000 – 2006 TV show was “Malcom in the Middle,” not “Malcolm in the Meddle.” But as I read the prompt shortly after waking, “Malcolm in the Meddle” was the first thing that popped into my head. Which is a strange thing to have occurred to me since I never watched that show. Never ever. Not even once.

The mind works in mysterious ways.