SoCS — Opposing Forces

2CBAC3D6-C8AF-4DE2-AFCA-2035E8D61FB0Passive aggressive
Manic depressive
Ups and downs
Rounds and rounds
Either or
Neither nor
Fast and slow
Stop and go
High and low
Rain and snow
Dark or light
Flee or fight
This or that
Tit for tat
Text or call
Stand or fall
Bottom or top
Go or stop
Air or rail
Succeed or fail
Night and day
Leave or stay
Together or alone
Away or at home

Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linnda G. Hill. The challenge is to use the words “passive” and/or “aggressive” in the post.

Image credit: K-I-A-R-A at DeviantArt.

SoCS — Parenthood

My wife and I were bundled up one night last winter in our bungalow by the lake when she told me the news that she had a bun in the oven. Let me be abundently clear when I tell you that I was thrilled. Yes, my wife and I would shortly be bringing our first little bundle of joy into our family.

Of course, I admitted to my honeybuns that I was worried. This would be our first child and I was worried that I might bungle things, being a new dad and all. But she assured me that I was not a bungler and that I would handle the responsibilities of being a new father quite well. She was not at all concerned about me bungling things.

And with that, we bunched up next to one another and cuddled, as we sat there in front of the warmth of the fire savoring our future together with our new baby.

Written for the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. The challenge is to find a word that contains “bun” or use it as a word all by itself.

SoCS — Going Green

7998E60E-5111-459C-AF4D-8145EC8B661AGreen is an interesting and versatile word. First and foremost, it’s a color. It falls between blue and yellow on the visible spectrum.

Lots of things are green. Leaves, grass, frogs, avocados, green vegetables, Granny Smith apples, grapes, pea soup, jade, and emeralds.

It can also mean not ripe, like in green bananas. Or inexperienced, as in a green rookie. It can mean looking pale or sickly, as in he’s looking kind of green, like he’s about to throw up.

It can mean jealous, as in the ugly green monster. Or envious, as in green with envy. Seas can be green, as can eyes.

Green is a slang term for money, as in “Hey man, got any green?”

There are green comic book super heroes like the Incredible Hulk, the Green Lantern, the Green Hornet, and the Green Arrow. And don’t forget about the Grinch.

Green can refer to acting in an environmentally conscious way, as in going green, or to products that are energy efficient.

And Green is not an uncommon last name. There’s crooner Al Green, Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green, and my best friend from second grade, Dennis Green.

I wonder what ever happened to Dennis Green.

And speaking about going green, Happy St. Patrick’s Day.8459A3B0-8BD4-4E7A-809F-59A2859B4A51

Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Image at the top from

SoCS — So Far, So Good

7208460D-D05A-45AA-9D03-8342E099803E.jpegWhen I first read Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “so far,” I was simply going to post two music videos, both with songs titled “So Far Away.” One by Carole King and the other by Dire Straits.

But then I thought that posting two music videos is not exactly a stream of consciousness post, is it? Besides, the prompt is “so far,” not “so far away.”

So getting back on point, I’m a senior citizen who has many more years behind me than I have ahead of me. Some might say I’m in my twilight years, but there are times when it feels more like I’m in the Twilight Zone.

But I digress. Sometimes I think about how my life has been going so far. I’m retired now and I have somehow managed to squirrel away enough to not have to worry that much about outliving my retirement nest egg. Well, as long as I don’t live as long as Methuselah, that is.

My wife and I have no debt. Our house is all paid off, so there are no mortgage payments. No car payments either, and I’m not in the market for a new car. I think I can say with a fair degree of confidence that my wife and I still love one another. Or at least that we’re willing to put up with each other. So far, anyway.

And both of us are healthy. No major maladies or worrisome health issues so far. So that’s good.

We have two grown kids who are great and are doing well for themselves. So far we don’t have any grandkids, but we’re hoping that before too long we’ll have a few.

All things considered, life has been good so far. Sure, there have been ups and downs and bumps in the road. But who hasn’t experienced such things?

Bottom line, then, I’d say so far, so good.

And just for fun, here are those two aforementioned music videos.

SoCS — Don’t Worry I’m Fine

15942292-9F3E-43B2-A546-CEE8505A85DD“Are you okay?” the woman asked me as I was sprawled out, face down on the sidewalk.

“Yeah, I’m fine,” I said, although I actually wasn’t fine at all. I had been walking my dog Rufus and was just a few blocks from home when Rufus suddenly zigged when I expected him to zag. In order to avoid falling right on top of the dog, I maneuvered my body in such a way that resulted in my crash landing onto the cold, hard cement.

I tried to gather myself together, testing to make sure there were no broken bones. Satisfied, I stood up and saw that my jeans at both knees were torn and dark reddish stains were spreading across the denim material. “Damn,” I thought, “I just bought these jeans a few weeks ago.” And then I saw that a significant amount of skin had been scraped off the palms of both hands.

Fortunately, Rufus was fine, especially after I gave him a treat to apologize for almost tripping over him.

Rufus and I got back to the house a few minutes later and when we walked through the door, my wife, seeing all the blood on my hands and my jeans, screamed, “Omigod, what happened?”

I explained the incident to her while washing the blood off of my hands in the kitchen sink. “Oh Sweetie, are you all right?” I heard her say.

“Yeah, I’ll be fine once I get cleaned up,” I responded.

“I was talking to Rufus,” she said.

Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. The prompt is to create a post using the word “fine.”