SoCS — Colors of the Sky

When I saw that Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt asked us to use “color” as a noun, a verb, or to pick a color and write about it, I decided to post a few photos I took to show the colors of the sky around my home on different days and at different times.

And I’m going to try to use the newly introduced “carousel” feature to display the photos. Are you ready? Wish me luck.

All photos taken with my iPhone 12 Pro Max. Click on individual photos to enlarge and swipe right or left to move between photos.

SoCS — Tainted Word

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, we are asked to write a post about our least favorite word.

Up until about six years ago, I didn’t have strong feelings one way or the other about what is now my least favorite word. It’s actually a pretty innocuous word. It’s a word that has three primary definitions.

The first definition is associated with several card games, where it refers to a playing card of the suit chosen to rank above the others, which can win a trick where a card of a different suit has been led.

The second definition is associated with beating someone or something by saying or doing something better.

The third definition is a dependable and exemplary person.

Have you figured out the word I’m referring to yet, the word that I now consider to be my least favorite word? Of course you have. You are very bright people, so you know that the word I’m thinking of is…


Today the word “trump” conjures up a very negative feeling in me. The word is not a powerful card, or something or someone that beats something or someone else. And it’s certainly not a dependable or exemplary person.

No, in my mind, thanks to Donald J. Trump, synonyms for the word “trump” are incompetent, arrogant, idiotic, egotistical, ignorant, racist, sexist, narcissistic, liar, conman, and asshole. Donald Trump has single-handedly redefined the meaning of the word and turned it into my least favorite word. Whenever I hear or see the word “trump” today, it makes me sick to my stomach.

SoCS — Lost Hope

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, we are asked to use the word “hope.”

I’ve lost hope in America, the country of my birth, the country on the behalf of which I served in the military, and the country I have lived in my entire life. I used to be very hopeful about America, but now I’m feeling rather hopeless.

What has caused me to lose hope in America? Well, let’s see. I have lost hope due to the fact that Americans own more guns than there are men, women, and children combined in America. Or the fact that there are more gun homicides and mass shootings in America than there are in any other country on the planet. And the fact that there is one particular political party that has no interest in addressing gun violence or even in enacting common sense gun laws.

I have lost hope because systemic racism and white supremacism still exists in this country — and is, in fact, on the rise — and there is one political party that won’t acknowledge that or is even willing to talk about it.

I have lost hope because one political party is doing everything it can to suppress the fundamental right of Americans to vote because the members of that party claim that there is massive voter fraud (despite no evidence to support that claim) and that political party’s voter suppression efforts are aimed directly at minority voters.

I have lost hope because eight months after Joe Biden decisively won the presidential election, there is one political party that has embraced Donald Trump’s Big Lie and is doing everything it can at the local, state, and federal levels to cast doubts upon the outcome of the American electoral process and the legitimacy of the duly elected president.

I have lost hope when I see members of one political party refusing to investigate an attempted insurrection in Washington, DC on January 6th and is coming up with all kinds of nonsensical reasons to claim that the first ever attempt to breach the U.S. Capitol Building in American history was no big deal.

I have lost hope because there is one political party, which claims to represent individual rights, and members of that party decided to make wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing, and getting vaccinated during a deadly pandemic a divisive political issue. And yet, when it comes to the individual rights of women to control their own reproductive health care, that same political party is promoting and enacting restrictive laws that make it nearly impossible for women to legally have an abortion.

I have lost hope because there is one political party that denies that climate change is a man-made “thing” that threatens the very existence of the future of human life and mocks the idea of going green into order to preserve our home for future generations.

And I have lost hope that, because of one political party, the America I have known and loved will soon no longer continue to exist.

Photo Credit: Derek R. Audette at

P.S. I have also lost hope that I caught all of the typos, misspellings, and grammatically incorrect sentences in this post because it’s midnight as I’m writing this and I’m dead tired and when I try to proofread this post, my eyes are getting all blurry. Oh well. It is stream of consciousness, right?

SoCS — Oh What a Night

We had quite a fright last night. My wife and I were in the backyard getting high. The moonlight was so bright and she was wearing a skimpy little nightie that didn’t leave much to the imagination. Things were starting, much to my delight, to get quite amorous when my wife abruptly stopped. She whispered that something came into sight that didn’t seem right, and then she screamed with all her might. I said to her, “Hey, baby, are you alright?”

She said, “I think I saw our neighbor standing by the fence. It wasn’t very light, but I could see him and his beady eyes staring at us.”

I said, “Don’t worry, I’ll go set him straight.” I grabbed my flashlight and ran over to the fence like a freight train and shined it in his face. I was prepared for a fight, but the voyeur took flight before I could say a word to him.

I went back to where my wife was sitting and sighed. I told her I scared him off and she thanked me for taking that weight from her shoulders. “You’re my knight in shining armor,” she said. “It’s almost midnight. Let’s go inside, have a nightcap, and then pick up where we left off before that guy frightened me.”

I grabbed her hand and said, “That sounds delightful,” and we went back into house. I must admit that in hindsight, it turned out to be a downright wonderful night.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Linda asked us to find words that contain the letters “igh” in that order, and use them in our posts.

And just for fun…

SoCS — Roller Coaster

Up or down
Some days
My stats are up
Other days
My stats are down
Like a roller coaster
Back Up
Back down again

I don’t know why
I can’t explain it
Stats are like life
One day you’re up
The next day you’re down

Please read and like
Please comment
On this post
So my stats
Will go up
Not down

Until tomorrow
When probably
One way
Or the other
They will go back
Up or down

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the prompt is “up/down,” and we are asked to use one or use them both, but try to put one in the first sentence. Linda is offering bonus points if we use the other in the last sentence. Hmm. How about both in each? Double bonus, maybe?