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Helpless

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Helpless.”

Helpless…

more days than not

driving a car that is on auto-pilot

giving advice to people through one-sided glass

all they see is their reflection

all they hear is what they want to hear

trapped

unable to see the path through all the fog

grieving deep inside my shell

dreams floating high out of my reach

world crumbling around me

unable to see how I can help fix

not sure I have the glue to help rebuild

glue isn’t working on me

helpless…

yet not hopeless

I may not see the end of the rainbow

but at least I see colors

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Lingering in the moment…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Linger.” Have you ever had a moment that you wished could never end? Sometimes you get that feeling while you Sometimes you get that feeling while you’re in that moment. The company is great. You feel amazing and happy. Maybe you are alone but actually at peace… Continue reading Lingering in the moment…

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Don’t be foolish…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fool Me Once.”

This prompt made me chuckle.

I absolutely hate the whole notion of April Fool’s Day. I am not a fan of pranks.

Don’t get me wrong. I have pulled a few pranks in my time, most of them when I was a kid.

Although I had a co-worker who loved to pull pranks on people and no on could seem to get him back. On my second to last day at work I emptied his entire cubicle, made it look like no one worked in that spot.

So I do have a sense of humor.

However, I guess what bugs me are the mean-spirited pranks. I don’t like it when people laugh at other people’s pain. I don’t like when people make jokes out of things that are serious (like lying about someone’s death). I’ve seen pranks when people get hurt.

I guess it depends on your sense of humor.

It is not funny to tease or bully someone. You can’t do that and say it was an April Fool’s Prank.

It is not funny to cause someone emotional pain and then say it was a joke.

It is not okay to be deceptive just because it is the first day of April.

I don’t want to “gently deceive” my readers because I want my readers to trust what I put into my blog.

If you are going to prank don’t be a fool about it. Also, don’t get mad if the person doesn’t get the joke or take it as a joke.

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Ghostwriting my biography: The Dream Team

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ghostwriter.”

This is an exciting thought since the whole notion of writing a memoir gives me the chills.

I would love to have Maya Angelou write my biography. She would add some soul and depth to my life. The tale would seem more like a dance, even through the hard to swallow parts.

I would love to have Shakespeare come along and embellish the facts to add much needed dramatic flair.

Perhaps if J. K. Rowling writes it I will be able to fly in real life as I do in many of my dreams. That would be awesome.

Those are my top three choices. I’m sure if I thought about it for a little longer I could come up with a longer list. LOL.

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Dear Baltimore… if I were mayor…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “We Built This City.”

I truly do love my city. I love the good and the bad about this place. You can’t really say you love a place (or anyone or anything for that matter) if you don’t take the bad as well as the good.

We have great sports teams here in Birdland. I love my Baltimore Ravens and I love my Baltimore Orioles. We have a soccer team that I love just because it exists.

I love the Inner Harbor. I love all the neighborhoods we have. This truly a city of distinct neighborhoods.

That being said, I do see a bunch of areas that we can improve.

If I were the mayor for a day I would start by cleaning house. The city government is so inefficiently run. Take the time to weed out the slackers and get people in who care about positive outcomes for the whole city and not just their friends.

I would revamp the school system. Get new people in at headquarters. Get experienced principals in the schools. Upgrade buildings. Offer gym and art as regular everyday curriculum and not just an every so often class.

I would rebuild the recreation center system. There is a problem with kids starting fights and committing crimes because they don’t have much else to do. Open those places back up and offer programs that will help the kids make better decisions. Expose them to positive things. Piggyback on what they are learning in school.

I would claim every vacant house in the city. If the owner cared they would have done something with it. Tear down what needs to be torn down. Sell what can be rebuilt. Create as much affordable housing as possible.

I would offer ticket fee amnesty for a week. Then I would abolish the system that allows your parking tickets to grow from a $32 ticket to owing thousands of dollars. City can’t make any money if people don’t pay because there are too many fees.

I would probably start all of that in my first week. If my fellow politicians didn’t have me impeached by the end of the week I would start on a new list of things.

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Picking my flavor: When twitter & daily blog prompts collide

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “32 Flavors.”

This is a funny prompt because one of my Twitter friends just asked what everyone’s favorite flavor of Talenti is.

I am lactose intolerant so me eating ice cream is like dancing with the devil.

That being said… the devil and I do dance occasionally.

Hell I had a doctor try to scare me about my cholesterol and he told me I was going to die if I kept eating what was then my favorite flavor of ice cream. I told him to start filling out the death certificate.

Now, I have never had Talenti. Everyone raves about it which means I will probably never try it because I am very contrary that way.

I do absolutely adore Turkey Hill Neapolitan Ice Cream. I will only share it with my grandfather. No one else. I always have some in my freezer. I have developed a tolerance for it so that it doesn’t bother me when I eat it.

I grew up loving strawberry ice cream. Then I was on this vanilla kick and would cover it in chocolate syrup. I crave chocolate ice cream periodically. Neapolitan allows me not to have to choose.

I have never been a fan of other flavors. I’ll eat some sherbert every now and again. The other flavors get too wild. I like simplicity with my ice cream.

I have been to Coldstone and love the ice cream. It does not love me as much though. I will get strawberry with strawberries and a bit of fudge mixed in.

I am an active member of the “Chase Down The Ice Cream Truck Crew”. I like a good soft serve swirl cone.

A spoonful of Haagen Dazs Chocolate is just good for your soul every now and again.

Okay, let me stop talking about ice cream before I get up from this desk and go to the grocery store. I haven’t even finished my breakfast.