Category Archives: Writing

RagTag Daily Prompt: Foreboding

A response in starting over with a new daily avoidance (or non-avoidance, as the case may be), here with the Ragtag Daily Prompt , today is  Foreboding.

I have no picture for you regarding this topic.  Only foreboding.

Today at work, three weeks since I was forced to return to an in-person office even though all my work is virtual, and four days since everyone came back to face to face learning at my institution (because, you know, EVERYONE needs to be back…), there was an all staff meeting of our large work-group.  Some of us chose to come in through Teams (our local “Zoom”), but in the in-person room we could see people without masks.  And when I commented at one point on the lack of masks, I was told (by an upper administrator) that it was ok because it is not a “public” space.

I wish I had been brave enough to type into the chat “I don’t get the distinction, and I doubt COVID will either.” But I didn’t.

Now, all I have is a stronger sense of foreboding around how much longer before it all falls apart again.

Three Line Tales – 288

This challenge comes from Sonya at Only100Words , and here are the rules:

“Write three lines to go with the weekly photo prompt (the photos I use are either royalty-free or I’ve been given permission by the photographer to use them; please credit where appropriate) – sideways interpretation is encouraged. The photo is the launch point – take us wherever you fancy.”

photo by Science in HD via Unsplash

Yeah Bob?
Three guesses which one is mama bear’s…

2021 Daily Writing Challenge: August 4

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2021 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 4!

A new month, a new try, a new kick at the can for writing here every day.

So, I wrote this piece for a writing class last fall, and thought I would revise it for here in an attempt to jumpstart some writing on this here blog.  Plus, this is hitting me again as COVID numbers start to rise here yet again in our province, and as that country south of us is getting completely out of control yet again.  Will we ever figure this out?  NOTE:  If you are an anti-masker, you will NOT want to read this piece as it will undoubtedly insult you.

Look, don’t touch.

The other day at the grocery store, I saw a man picking up mushrooms out of a bin, peering at each one closely, and then either putting it in a bag, or placing it back in the bin.  Under normal circumstances, I might not have noticed.  He wanted the best mushrooms, just as all of us, standing and watching  him rummage through the mushrooms for ten or more minutes, did.  No, not a notable moment, except that this occurred in the middle of a pandemic.  That’s right.  A time when grocery stores are marking aisles as one way only, limiting how many people can enter the store, and hanging signs asking  people not to fondle the produce.

This must seem benign to some, even in these strange times.  One man, one store, touching all the mushrooms,  several people staring in amazement at him, waiting for mushrooms, but not wanting to get closer, respecting social distancing measures.  I finally gave up, partly because I was tired of waiting, but mostly because I didn’t want to touch mushrooms this man had already touched, and he had touched all of them by the time he was done.  You may tell me I am overreacting by relating this story and the horror it struck me with.  You would be wrong.  Why can’t people understand that these are not normal times?  Why can’t you be kind and polite, think of others, follow the new rules and, you know, don’t touch all the mushrooms?  Oh, and while you’re at it, maybe also wear a mask.

I confess I don’t understand the controversy surrounding mask wearing.  People complain that it violates their civil liberties and puts the government in control of their body (my body, my life).  Except that it is, of course, not just about your life.  It’s about saving someone else’s life.  Aside from my beef with these anti-maskers while I think are some of  the same folks who tell women they can’t get abortions (whose body is it again?), what is the big deal?  We wear seatbelts, we take off our shoes at airport security, we drive the speed limit.  We follow rules and obey laws because we know they are not only good for us but for others.  Why can’t you just wear a mask when you go out?  You say you’re not afraid of getting sick, that you will get over it.  Well, it’s not just about you.  What about your spouse, or your parents, or your elderly neighbour, or your kid’s friend who has asthma?  And don’t tell me the flu kills more people a year.  Blah blah blah.  Maybe read something for a change?  Do your own research?  Just because you feel something is true doesn’t make it so.  Wearing a mask protects others, so you should feel honored I am wearing mine around you.  And maybe I would not worry so much about you walking the wrong way down the clearly marked aisle if you were wearing a mask too.

All these new protocols in stores seem hard for some people.  My husband’s optometry clinic is in an optical store.  In order to keep track of which pairs of frames are being handled, the store is open by appointment only, meaning you can’t just walk in and try on scads of glasses at your leisure.  You will be served directly by an optician.  Now,I think the personal shopper thing is great.  Who doesn’t want to have someone work with them one on one to pick out fashionable frames?  Apparently, lots of people, one of whom wrote a scathing review of my husband’s clinic, which but the way does not have anything to do with the store, because he wasn’t allowed to just come in and shop for frames the way he usually does.  Irony?  This person works in the health-care profession.  I guess even when you work in health, you don’t necessarily understand it.

Why am I writing all this?  To tell you to take a pill.  Chill out.  Relax.  Take your time.  Take a moment to think: is this really such a big deal?  And if your answer is still yes, maybe try to answer the question why?  Is it really about your civil liberties, or are you just a selfish ass who doesn’t like to be told what to do?  Maybe try wearing a mask to see how it feels.  You can get them in all colors and so many amazing designs, I am sure you can find one to show us who you are.

But remember, wearing a mask doesn’t mean you can touch all the mushrooms.


Share Your World – July 26, 2021

And now for this week’s Share Your World

Do you believe in second chances?

For whom?

Is your glass half full or half empty?

Depends on what’s in it…

Would you rather someone be honest and hurt your feelings or lie to protect them?


When have you felt your biggest adrenaline rush?

Well, if I’m honest, today is one ’cause I’m going out for lunch for the first time since February 2020.  What do I wear?  How do I act?  It’s all a mystery to me now…

Share Your World – July 5, 2021

And now for this week’s Share Your World

Is there inherent order in nature or is it all chaos and chance?

Yes indeed!

What is infinity?

The number of times I will post kitten pictures on this blog.

Does observation alter an event?

Depends on if you have your phone out (or if you are a Republican senator…)

Do you like balloons?   

Only if they don’t come with clowns…

RagTag Daily Prompt: Carousel

A response in starting over with a new daily avoidance (or non-avoidance, as the case may be), here with the Ragtag Daily Prompt , today is  Carousel.

Share Your World – May 24, 2021

And now for this week’s Share Your World

What are you most proud of in the last year?

That I made it to this year…

If you see a puddle on the ground, do you walk around it or give in to the child within and splash about?

I take a picture, of course.

Do you feel free? Why or why not?

Actually, I feel quite expensive.

What life skills are rarely taught but are extremely useful?

All of them.

Share Your World – May 3, 2021

And now for this week’s Share Your World

Would you rather be a super nice person and be depressed all your life, or be happy and a total *sshole?  (Credit goes to Cyranny for this question, aired on one of her “Cyranny’s Quickies” posts.)

Yes!  (Come on, you knew I was going to say that…)

Have you ever made someone cry?


Are you a dreamer or a go-getter?

In my dreams, I am a go-getter….

If you were in a band, what instrument would you play?

Been there, done that.  Let’s look at a kitten!

Share Your World – April 26, 2021

And now for this week’s Share Your World

Which would you rather throw away: Love or Money?

It’s a trap!

Do you believe you should do one thing a day that scares you?

You mean you don’t have to?

What’s the last thing you do at night?

What is your definition of “night”?

If you could own a mythical creature (unicorn, phoenix, etc.), which one would you pick? (A nod to the soon ending 2021 A-Z Blogging Challenge, my topic this year “Mythical Creatures”) 

Share Your World – April 12, 2021

And now for this week’s Share Your World

What would be the worst “buy one get one free” sale of all time?

The past year.

Have you ever gotten a really bad haircut?  Do share! 


Isn’t Disney Land and Disney World (and all the variants) just a people trap operated by a mouse?

Goofy is the real behind the scenes genius…but you didn’t hear that from me.

What if Batman got bitten by a vampire?   What would happen? 

A better movie than The Justice League.

What do you want your final words to be if you could choose?

So long and thanks for all the fish…you know what I mean!