Re-share; Fandango Provocative Question #15

This week’s Fandango is reposting FPQ # 15, and I’m sharing my response to it again with some modifications ;

This week’s provocative question is based upon a quote by Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, essayist, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate. Anyway, Russell, who died in 1970, suggested that…

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that, in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubts.”

Do you concur with Mr. Russell’s perspective? Why or why not?


Absolutely right. What seems sad to me is the fact that this statement is more than fifty years old and things are not the same, they have deteriorated much beyond this point. Almost all the people (well, mostly all) who are in a position where others can and do listen to them, are very sure of themselves. But are they saying something intelligent, wise, or even rational? No, not at all, or perhaps a very few of them are.

As I see it, a foolish person doesn’t think ahead to see what will be the consequences of what they say or do. So they go ahead without fear and don’t have a thought to spare for the consequences of their deeds or words. They would believe anything they read on social media, or whispered in their ears without verification and spread it around. They would base their actions on unfounded information, with this faith that it is 100% accurate.

A wise person will think, weigh and rethink what they are going to say or do. The results of their actions are important to them so they will hesitate to take any. And here lies the problem. They’d waste too much time in measuring the wisdom of their actions, that the time of action passes and it’s often too late.

If you are interested in answering Fandango’s Provocative Question, you can do so at his blog, Fandango of This, That, and the Other.

Written in response to;

FPQ # 15



Keeping the spark alive ❤️‍🔥

Love is mostly romanticized as an emotion that suddenly strikes us, stimulating both our hearts and minds and we fall (or rise) in love as sparks fly and there is definite chemistry between the two people.

But love can also be a slow ignition, that, like the crescendo of a symphony builds up gradually till it reaches its apex, the blossoming of true love.

Whatever way you love, one thing is certain, falling out of love is easy too, and unlike the fairytales we grew up reading and watching, it is not always a happily ever after ending and the true test of love is when there are tough circumstances; either financial, physical, or mental.

Sometimes people grow apart as they grow older, their interests change and so do their preferences, where to live, and how to live, they start to differ on all major decisions in life and the bond weakens.

So is love just a fairy dream of youth that dissolves as we grow older?

I think the way we love should change with time and age, the passion should be mixed with wisdom and understanding so that the natural process of growth, accommodates all the ways we differ from each other in our older selves to keep the spark alive!


Written for Six Sentences Story- Spark, hosted by Denise of Girlie on the edge’s blog



Broken arm

September 26, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a broken arm. What happened? Is there a cause and effect because of the broken arm? Was the injury faked? Why? Go where the prompt leads!


My 3.5 year old granddaughter has just started play school a month ago. Last week they played “doctors” in their class. Mending broken arms and legs of dolls provided by their teacher. The small kids were excited, wearing plastic stethoscopes, putting bandages on the “injured” dolls, and testing their reflexes with plastic hammers.

At home, she demanded a set of doctor’s instruments from us. Her mom got her a toy set and she is running around with a stethoscope and injection. Treating us all and making us “better”.

I wonder if she’ll retain this desire when she grows up?


Word count: 99

Written for 99 Word Story, hosted by Charli Mills of Carrot Ranch



One Liner- Waiting for the master

Photo by Max Zhang on Unsplash

My master left me here to wait for him, it been some time and though I’m hungry and need to go too, I will wait for him patiently because I have full faith that he’ll come back for me!


Though this is no quote or one Liner ( it is just one sentence story) I was moved by the sweet expression of this puppy and it’s patient stance. If a dog can have faith and trust in his/her owner, why we, the creations of such a Kind and Generous Creator don’t have in God Almighty? God never disappoints us.

Written for Linda’s One Liner Wednesday

Also included, Flash fiction for the purposeful writer # 40, hosted by Roger Shipp



The value of a good headline/ title for your post


“On the average five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.” — David Ogilvy


I think it was almost a year ago that Mason of Mason’s Menagerie, a blogging friend gave me very good advice. He remarked that when I titled my post with the name of the blogging challenge/ prompt I was writing for, it looked like I was reblogging that post and not an original response from me.

That got me thinking about how I chose a title/ heading for my post. I changed my habit of using the name of the challenge in my header and instead would use an interesting phrase for my title. Believe me, it changed my stats and more people started reading my posts.

I agree with this statement that an eye/ attention grabbing headline/ title to the blog post is more likely to attract readers. Just make sure that the headline should not be misleading.

So yes, it makes a great difference when you use an interesting title/ header for your posts. Make it intriguing, interesting, or catchy. It always should reflect the content of your posts but don’t go for ordinary!

Written for; Blogging Insights NF # 55 — Headlines, hosted by Tanya



Sharing My World- 26 September’22

Welcome back Melanie, our gracious host for SYW


Would you rather have no nose, or no arms? (apologies to Fandango, who is olfactory challenged)..

If I had no nose, I’d look like Lord Voldemort! Though it would be a great look to frighten my enemies, it would mar my looks. On the other hand, having no arms would be highly inconvenient. But perhaps Melanie meant firearms, and in that case, I’d gladly pick this option to be without any firearms.

What is your spirit animal? (Mine –> 🐺 Lone of course 😉 )

I absolutely have no idea what is a spirit animal! I just took the quiz and guess what…

I am a snake!

This is rather disconcerting!

Do you think cavemen had nightmares about cavewomen? 🥍 💪🏼😱

I think they had other frightening things to have nightmares about. Perhaps the women had nightmares about the cavemen.

Where did the name Pina Colada come from?

Pina from pineapple

Colada from coconut (?)

That’s what I put in my pina colada. No alcohol for us, though I believe the original drink has a generous measure of it.


How thankful are you for good health, should you enjoy such a state of being?

Now this question has very interesting timing. Just yesterday ( Monday) I was at the end of my patience because since Friday I’ve had stabbing sharp pain in my operated foot when I put it at a certain angle while walking or just standing. I was so upset at this new development and saw the doctor on Monday. He was very sympathetic and offered to give me an injection in my heel where the pain was originating. After the injection, I can walk normally without fear of pain. I’m very grateful for this improvement in my health. I hope the pain is gone for good. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

Beautiful red petunias

So glad to have to back Melanie. Thanks for these fun questions.



One letter a week- Z- Zeus the Zonkey

Place – Zoo

Emotion – zeal

Adjective – zippy

Verb – zing

My animal – Zonkey

Zeus was born in the zoo. His dad was a zebra and his mom was a donkey. He was very cute and attracted the crowds, especially children because of his zippy zeal.

One day he was zipping around in his zing and somehow of the other went out of his enclosure.

The warden was quite upset that his prized exhibit was missing. He zoned the zoo into areas and deployed many assistants to look for Zeus the Zonkey. Finally one vigilant employee found him in the enclosure of the zebras, hiding among the grownups.


Written for Deb of Nopes, not Pam’s One letter per week challenge- Z



Friday Faithfuls – Writing for multiple prompts

This week Jim asks our opinion about writing a post using Multiple prompts;

“The whole purpose of a writing prompt is to inspire bloggers to write and be original and resourceful. If you write posts where you respond to multiple prompts, I would love to hear your thoughts on this


When I started to blog and discovered the daily prompts, I really enjoyed using as many of them as I could in one post/ poem. It challenged my imagination and often the results were admired by my readers.

Sometimes the prompts were so divergent that they wouldn’t go together no matter what I did so I’d leave the ones which didn’t fit in. Same challenge was faced when I used to do the wordle, that was posted twice on the weekend.

By doing these multi-prompt posts, I learned a lot about writing. I learned to use my imagination to think out ways to fit in all these prompts. But when one does daily prompts, it can be stressful as some of the prompts came in very late for me ( I live in a different time zone) and gradually I stopped doing them. Another reason was that I cut down my daily posts from 4 to 2.

These days I do weekly, monthly or bi-weekly prompts and usually pre-schedule my post the day before. That way I make my writing stress free. At times I use two images in the same post if they fit together. Or one of the prompt image with my Wednesday quote post. The reason for this is that I don’t want to post more than twice a day. I sometimes do post more but it’s not my regular schedule.

Another interesting,g point that Jim brought up was that do I feel obligated to respond to prompts hosted by those bloggers who are regular participants in my 2 challenges ( WDYS and Sunday Poser)? Yes that is a consideration at times. It’s sort of a courtesy that many bloggers show each other.

So that is my take on handling multiple prompts. What about you? Do you write in response to challenge or prompts?


Written for Friday Faithfuls- Multiple prompts, hosted by Jim