The Good Old Days of Sanity

D257B441-014C-49BC-9511-18DEC2BCFEAAI have to admit that watching the Democratic candidates debates last night and tonight, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia. I was overcome with an adoration for the good old days of relative sanity before Donald Trump came on the political scene.

Between the human rights atrocities that are happening at our southern border courtesy of Trump, the climate change doubters in the Republican Party, tax breaks for the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle class, and an attempt to take healthcare away from most Americans, Donald Trump and his sycophants in Congress are destroying all of the characteristics that have made America great.

Personally, I would be overjoyed if we, as citizens of our country, can come together and oust Donald Trump and his corrupt, unpatriotic cronies from our government. Because if Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the other spineless, unscrupulous Republicans get re-elected in 2020, I fear that the America we have known and loved will disappear. And should that be the case, I might actually have to abjure my American citizenship and find someplace else in the world to call home.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (Nostalgia), Word of the Day Challenge (adoration), The Daily Spur (border), Weekly Prompts (doubters), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (overjoyed), Daily Addictions (together), and Nova’s Daily Random Word (abjure).

In Other Words — Daily Prompts

2E12834B-7223-427A-8FD9-CD66284699EDEach and every day, a handful of bloggers post daily word prompts.

And each and every day I look at the four to eight daily prompt words and try to weave them all into a coherent and cohesive post.

For example, today’s eight daily prompt are resolute, blind, explicate, tag, unrequited, extravaganza, variable, and idle chatter.

It’s not always easy, and sometimes it’s quite challenging, to come up with a post that successfully leverages many or all of those prompts words.

There’s only one way that I can figure out how to fit all eight of today’s daily word prompts into a single post — and that is to improvise.

In other wordsWritten for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the words “improvise.” Image credit: Tumisu from Pixabay. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (resolute), The Daily Spur (blind), Your Daily Word Prompt (explicate), Daily Addictions (tag), Word of the Day Challenge (unrequited), Ragtag Daily Prompt (extravaganza), Nova’s Daily Random Word (variable), and Weekly Prompts (idle chatter).

Weekend Writing Prompt — The Ministry

B57457F0-0D59-4BC6-8591-F006EEFA8157“What’s your angle?” Bill asked.

“I don’t have an angle.” Joe said. “I’m an ordained minister and the leader of my own church.”

“Yeah, ordained via some bogus website,” Bill said.

“It’s not bogus. My ministry is totally legit,” Joe insisted.

“Look at you, Joe, acting so pious, as if we should all be grateful to be in the presence of a man of the cloth. It’s all a deception, a tax dodge,” Bill said.

“Who are you to judge me?” Joe angrily asked. “God alone will judge me.”

“And the judge at your fraud trial.”

(Exactly 95 words)

C371206B-B37A-4AD8-9318-DC9CE05C48FAWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “judge” in exactly 95 words. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (angle), The Daily Spur (leader), Word of the Day Challenge (pious), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (grateful), and Weekly Prompts (deception).

An Intervention

769E7C38-D56E-463E-A146-7C3016329218“Oh jeez, it’s raining again,” Marcie said. “That makes like five rainy days in a row. And yet there you sit in front of your laptop with a big shit-eating grin on your face. How can you be so jolly in this miserable weather that we’ve been having all week?”

“Are you kidding me? Look at my stats, for crissake,” Danny said, turning the screen on his laptop in Marcie’s direction for her to see.”

“Okay,” Marcie said, “What, exactly, are you showing me?”

“It’s an Excel spreadsheet I put together to track my blog’s stats,” Danny explained. “Look at this,” he said with an orgulous smile on his face. “They are going through the roof! My blog is going viral!”

Marcie stared at her husband with a look that could only be described as mocking horror. “Are you serious, Danny?” she said. “I’m going stir crazy because of this incessant rain and you’re going all orgasmic over you freakin’ blog stats?”

“But honey, aren’t you proud of me?” Danny asked. “I’m averaging more than 400 views a day. And look at all these likes and comments.”

“That’s it,” Marcie said. “I’m calling your brother and giving him the activation code.”

“The activation code? What the hell are you talking about?”

“It’s a code that I give to a member of your family telling them to rush over here because it’s time for an intervention. You’ve got a serious addiction, Danny,” Marcie said. “There’s more to life than losing yourself in your blog.”

Written for these daily prompts: Weekly Prompts (rainy days), Word of the Day Challenge (jolly), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (stats), Ragtag Daily Prompt (orgulous), The Daily Spur (horror), and Your Daily Word Prompt (activation).

Distract and Divert

CDA0C567-5CE6-4FA8-804D-E244EF22033CI was thinking about writing a political post today about how Donald Trump is turning tomorrow’s 4th of July celebration in the District of Columbia (Washington, DC), which for many decades has been a celebration of democracy and a family-friendly event that transcends ideology and partisanship, into a cult-of-personality political rally in honor of Trump.

But I am not going to do that. I don’t want to think about how he’s going to make a partisan, self-serving, campaign-like speech. In fact, thinking about how Trump wants to turn a celebration of America into an abject vanity celebration about himself would just piss me off.

Instead, I decided to keep myself busy by taking advantage of a beautiful sunny day and going to the beach, taking off my shoes, and watching some people play beach volleyball relaxing.

Yes, watching some bikini-clad young beauties bouncing around on the warm sand was definitely enough to distract me and divert my attention, even for just an afternoon, from thinking about Donald Trump.

Oh shit. I just saw this headline come across my newsfeed:e9ca372a-63b3-4f6b-971e-67c3c17f8a06.jpegI fucking hate Donald Trump, the Tweeter-in-Chief.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (district), The Daily Spur (speech), Your Daily Word Prompt (abject), Weekly Prompts (busy), Ragtag Daily Prompt (shoe), and Word of the Day Challenge (volley).