100 Word Wednesday: “Why Not With?”

100 Word Wednesday: Week 140

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Its Time again for the next installment of a weekly post 100 Word Wednesday. It’s a writing prompt meme by

100 Word Wednesday: Week 140

which invites others to share in the joys and creativity of micro fiction. Visit her blog for a full explaination of how to participate:

My entry for the week:

My dad used to say ‘sometimes you just have to say…’. Well, no. He didn’t actually say that, but he should have. He’d have said ‘Take a chance. Something’s going to happen with or without you. Why not With?’.

That’s what I thought of the day I saw your mom from across our local pool as I skimmed the leaves off of the surface. She wore a red two piece. I wore deck shoes and a maintenance hat. I took a chance.

Now it’s your turn, son. Let’s go find that preacher and get you married.
(98 words)


Now it’s your turn.


Ten Word Tuesday: “Lock the Doors”

“You’ll soon see these on your doorsteps. Lock the doors.”

Choose better Holidays
October doesn’t have to be know for Halloween. It’s also Vegetarian Awareness Month, also known as “Reverence for Life” month. Why not try to at least cut down on your intake of meat, dairy and other animal “products” in the month of October? It’s good for your health, the planet and environment and for your conscience. And the Animals will thank you for it too.

Now it’s your turn. -mike

The Web Of Life

The is no difference or separation between us. We are all part of the same Life. -mike


“The Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

-Chief Seattle

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Ten Word Tuesday: Winning and Losing it All

“Someone probably forgot to tell them, winning isn’t nearly everything.”

As a Kansas State Wildcats fan, it’s both a sad week for Kansas and an “I told you so” kind of week. It may not be said that “Cheaters never prosper”. But they don’t for long without getting caught.
Now it’s your turn. -mike

Twittering Tales #155: Life Goes On

This Week’s Twittering Tales #155 – 24 September 2019

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Welcome to this week’s Installment of my Twittering Tales participation for a weekly event from a fellow blogger at:



She does a 280 character challenge weekly where she posts a prompt pic and encourages creativity. Please VISIT her ste for an explaination of the rules. Please let her know if you’re participating also and if you could drop a line here too for us to follow, that would be fantastic. As for my entry… Here goes.


“It goes on”

Looking out over tomorrow, Seeing himself with her just last week, Daniel didn’t know if he could do it anymore without seeing her again. The memories would always be stronger than reality alone. She was gone but he knew every day would be another choice for him to stay. “Live”.
(270 characters)

September is Suicide Prevention Month
My entry this week is in honor of Suicide Prevention Month and all those help others and those who continue to make the choice to remain. It may seem to some the easiest choice in the world to keep living. But in the face of truly difficult times or great loss or traumatic experiences finding reasons to becomes almost excruciatingly painful. That’s where loved ones, family members and close friends come in. Be aware. Be empathetic. Be the bridge back to reality and hope that these people need to continue choosing life. 
***Now it’s your turn. -mike


WTFriday: You’re Fired, again!!

Dude… Dude, dude, dude…. DUDE!!!

You just couldn’t do it, could you? You just couldn’t stop F*king yourself up for two weeks. Actually, it was 1 day shy of two weeks of the Antonio Brown Show in Foxboro.

So… after taking the chance tosee if AB really wanted to ply football rather than just “be” a Star Player, the Pats with the NFL have spent the last two weeks investigating Civil allegations of sexual assault by Brown on two women reaching back to 2017. Mercy and Grace has been shown in not summarily taking him off the field, anyone can make acusations… The women should have pressed Criminal charges as well as Civil ones if they wanted to be believed that it isn’t JUST about getting money for the last two years from AB… but they didn’t, and now they can’t… statute of limitations and all.

The NFL, probably on the Clout of Bill Belicheck and Robert Kraft, even declined to place AB on the Exempt list in order to play last week… Pats Fans are very graeful BTW for that.

But then… THEN… AB send text messages to the accusers trying itimidate them intodropping their complaints??? How stupid can you be???

  • Tomlin may have put up with it…
  • “Chucky” Gruden was “chomping at the bit” to put up with whatever got AB playing…

But we aren’t talking about them. We’re talking about Belicheck and the Pats. And th last week since the allegations came out, true or not, press conferences in New England have been nothing but AB and off field questions. After yesterday when AB sent those text messages, which could be criminal in witness tampering and intimidation, the Pats had seen and heard enough. Done. You’re fired.

Flip burgers A-hole.


Sunday Currently Reading Update #2: Death and Hope in Moby Dick

Melville’s musings

In one of the first chapters of Moby Dick by Herman Melville, the classic novel I’m Currently Reading, his protagonist Ishmael visits the chapel of Father Mapple who mounts the picturesque pulpit that looks like the bow of a whaling ship, rope ladder and all, to give hope to some and comfort to others, all the while representing God to men, and as a former sailor himself… these men and their families to God. Mapple saw himself as a Pilot of the Living God, helping men arrive to their inevitable destination.

In the section I’ve captured above, Melville in the literary guise of Ishmael ponders the reality of the Soul that survives physical/earthly death. He describes his belief/hope that what some refer to shadow here on earth is our real identity, and that what we see now as who we are, is but the “lees” or left overs of what we really are.

I imagine seeing so much death at sea or at war, the difficulty of finding “closure” for the family when their loved ones are lost at sea or “Missing in Action” and presumed dead could have, as our “Ishmael” says earlier in the chapter, an effect of drawing one closer to God or the Eternal Hope. Expressing his comfort and preparedness, even yearning for the possibility of being Lost to the Nantuckett, and yet Found in that which waits Beyond.

And it’s just the first few chapters, both of the Novel of Moby Dick, but also of Life as we know it. I used to think I “Knew it All” on the subject too. I was once not only a passenger but a Pilot on the Ship of Faith. But my foundations have been rocked by waves and wind. My former Faith Tradition foundered on the shoals of Evidence, History, and Textural Criticism and lies with Davey Jones. But I still think I believe in the Eternal, the possibility of a Life that survives the last Breezes in these earthly Sails.

From tragedy and loss, I still Hope and Yearn even for the next Voyage when I’ve disembarked from this one. I no longer “Know it All”, but in a way… I still Hope and feel that there is, as one of my favorite Christian Artists sings, “More to this life, than living and dying. More than just trying to make it thru the day”.

I think this is what Melville is trying to say in these first few pages of a book most of us have never actually read and think is just about a White Whale and his obstinate hunter, Ahab. I’ll keep reading because there’s more than that here.