Link: “Just Poem It!”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

poemJust Poem It!, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 18 April 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

It’s National Poetry month.  Check out the prompt and share a poem or a story about a poemized well-known saying.

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Link: “The Tide Is High”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

Archipelago (2014) by Digital BlasphemyThe Tide Is High, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 4 April 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

What happened here?  High tide?  Flood?  Float on over and share a story about how the ground became covered by the sea.

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Link: “Thaw Her Soul”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

Thaw Her SoulThaw Her Soul, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 7 March 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

What caused her frozen heart?  More importantly, how does one thaw it?  Head on over and share the tale.

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Link: “Contemplation”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

ContemplationContemplation, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 28 February 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

Take a few minutes to observe the scene then click on over and share a little story about what you feel or about what may have inspired the artist.

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Music Monday – It’s [likely] the End of These Posts as We Know It

I’ve been making my weekly Music Monday posts for over a year and a half now.  In that time, some of them were hours to a number of days late, but it was very rare that I missed a post completely.  My interest in music hasn’t waned a bit, but my “free” time in the evenings to write these posts is getting less.  I understand that most of the posts aren’t chock full of ground-breaking information that anyone interested couldn’t find on their own, and I’ve enjoyed putting them together, but I rarely get comments or likes on them.  According to Word Press, I have followers…but maybe no one reads these posts.

So, here’s the deal:  If I get any comments back about how much emptier your lives will be without Music Monday, about how much you love the videos I embed, or about how you simply enjoy the weekly posts, I’ll continue on with Music Monday.  I have to be honest, though, and mention that it may become a bi-weekly posting.

 

It’s The End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M

(released 1987; peaked #69 US Hot 100, #16 US Mainstream Rock, #22 Ireland, #39 UK)

It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

Cool, jammin’, rappish song.

 

“Please don’t help people,” says the Humanist…or my beef with the anti-religious

This is the kind of crap that bugs the Hell out of me:  the atheists or humanists (or whatever you or they want to call them/themselves) who are so afraid that if a child is exposed to religion, they might fall down on their knees and become devout Believers on the spot, that they try to insert themselves into any instance where of school/church contact in the wrong way.

American Humanist Association demands students stop feeding starving kids

In this article/editorial, the Humanists are making an issue of a school that has partnered with a church to have the students help prepare “food boxes” for starving people in Haiti.  Apparently, one parent complained about this “service project” last year, and then complained again this year.  It does not say what the school system said or did in response to the complaint.

In this instance, my beef with the Humanists, who claim, as the anti-religion folks so frequently do, that this violates the State-church separation portion of the first amendment to the Constitution is this:  They say they don’t have a problem with the children doing a service project or that the service project is feeding starving people.  Their supposed issue is that it’s done at a church.  If that’s really the issue, maybe they should pony up some money and start up a service project that’s non-religious that accomplishes the same goal.  Unless and until there is a similar non-religious project for the schools to partner with, they need to shut the Hell up and leave the school alone.  Other than using religious terms for what they call the food boxes and symbols of their religion being seen by the children in the church, they are not being preached to or proselytized (based on the article).  If that is happening, then there is a valid complaint by the Humanists.  If not, get out of the way of kids learning to help others.

 

Music Monday – No Valentines

No Love for Valentines

Everybody wants a box of chocolates
and a long stem rose.
Everybody knows.
–from “Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen

It’s nearing Valentine’s Day.  No pressure on those in love, right?  Every Kiss Begins with Kay.  Diamonds are a girls best friend.  A dozen long-stemmed roses at two or three times the normal price.  If you love her, you’ll buy her a Lexus, or maybe that’s just at Christmas.  And these are just the examples of what commercialization dumps on those in love, and maybe lust, too.  Who knows what kinds of pressure the loved ones are really putting on each other.  But not everyone has someone at this time of year.  For those who’ve never found love or who’ve had it (once, twice, three times a…) and lost it, or even worse, lost a loved one, Valentine’s Day is a reminder that they (generally) are missing something.  The pressure the commercialization of this “holiday” puts on people, both in and out of love, can be daunting.  With this in mind, this year’s Valentine’s Day Music Monday is about/for those having trouble finding love.
No Valentines by Elton John
(released 1996 on the Love Songs album, not as a single)

But keep my Valentine
I’ll keep my bleeding heart
Just let me out of here
Before that sentimental music starts
And your regrets
Fall like empty lines
Like the lies we write on Valentines

Specifically written for his ‘Love songs’ album, it was never released as a single.  It probably wouldn’t have been a huge hit.  It’s not got the catchy chorus or uplifting message or chipper beat…but I like it…and it fits this post.

Mixed Emotions by The Rolling Stones
(released 1988; #1 US Mainstream Rock, #5 US Hot 100, #9 Netherlands, #20 Germany, #24 Switzerland, #25 Australia)

You’re not the only one
With mixed emotions
You’re not the only ship
Adrift on this ocean
You’re not the only one
That’s feeling lonesome
You’re not the only one
With mixed emotions

From their ‘Steel Wheels’ album, Mixed Emotions is certainly not their biggest hit, but it still has a good sound and it fits this weeks theme.  I almost titled this post “Mixed Emotions.”

Under Pressure by Queen
(released 1981; peaked #1 UK & Netherlands, #2 Ireland, #5 France, #6 Australia & New Zealand, #10 Austria & Switzerland)

Insanity laughs under pressure we’re cracking
Can’t we give ourselves one more chance?
Why can’t we give love that one more chance?
Why can’t we give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love?..

‘Cause love’s such an old-fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure
Under pressure
Pressure

One of my favorite Queen songs.  The video begins with Freddie doing a bit of call and response with the audience before moving into the song.  The album version with David Bowie is great.

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