Where The Skies Are Not Cloudy

RDP Monday: IMPETUOUS

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I’ve seen it in the comment sections of blogs, I’ve seen it on FB, I’ve heard it on the train and on the buses.

” Why are people making such a big deal out of racism now? It’s always been around. Obviously it’s all politics. But it has to stop. People have to tone it down. It’s just so negative.”

I’ve actually got an answer for that.

People have been passionate about it, people have been beat and shot and not hired for jobs or fired from jobs because of it and they cried out for justice and relief from it literally from day one.

They’ve NEVER not talked about it because people have been living it.

And maybe you missed it because you weren’t listening.

Or maybe did hear it and just didn’t care.

At any rate, no you don’t get to tell anyone to tone it down or not be so loud or to stop protesting.

Whatever bubble you were in before, may you find it and float away to your happy place:

Where seldom is heard
A discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day

 

Mine Smell Like Posies

RDP Thursday – FLATUS

I learned some interesting things when I looked up the definition for Flatus ( today’s RDP prompt )

I learned that a fart can kill you. Well maybe not murder you outright but holding it in can seriously mess you up.

People have googled ‘Can you get coronavirus from a fart ” and I want to know one thing….what the hell? How did this even become a question?

And

Boys don’t fart more then girls- which is bull because I raised three boys and they are Fart factories. I don’t care what science or Google say. It’s also a fact that girl farts smell like posies. I can say that because when girls fart we say so and given that guys seem to like Farts so much they agree. Also, they seem to enjoy it when we toot them out and pretty much give you a standing ovation-

Especially if it’s loud.

People write poems about Farts- but they stink. So I’m not posting them here.

Now here is a song that comes as close to explaining gas in the human body- actually it’s about bacteria but I love this song so I’m going to post it.

Wouldn’t want to hold it- doing that kind of thing can really hurt you.

It’s science look it up Here

Murder Hornets

RDP Tuesday: EXPLAIN

One of these days we’re going to have to explain this world we’re living in now and this is how I think it will go for me:

” Where did Murder Hornets come from? ” I imagine my Granddaughter asking me one day. ” Did you ever see one? What’s it like to be stung by one? Do they really sound like hummingbirds when they fly?”

” I saw a bunch of them try to carry off one cat and then they carried off another. It was pretty awful. “

” No you did not ” my Granddaughter will say.

” Yes I did. Don’t you ever wonder why you never see any cats around here?”

” I thought it was because you’re allergic”

” Murder Hornets ” I will say darkly.

” Lola,” my Grandaughter will ask me one day ” Was there really a sandstorm that circled the world? Did it really start in the Sahara Desert? Did it really dump sand in Texas? Did you see that? Did it dump sand in Washington too?

” Do you know what it was called? I will tell her, ” It was called, “The Godzilla Sandstorm

My Grandaughter, whose name is Jemma will roll her eyes up into her head. ” Lola that is the biggest pile of baloney you’ve ever stacked. “

” It’s true. Ask the internet-“

” Internet ” Jemma will snort ” Nobody calls it that Lola.”

” Okay, I’ll tell you the truth. It was a curse. One day someone in the Cairo Museum accidently damaged a mummy and the next thing you know…womp. What can I say, one of those Curses was bound to be real and it was bound to pay off and boy did it.”

Jemma will look at me and say, ” I knew it.”

And then one day Jemma will ask me about the Virus that swept the world when she was two years old and she will ask me if I had it and did I know anyone who died and what was it like to not be able to go to the movies or to concerts or parties and what did we do all day?

I will remember the times that I rode the train with “Fever Boy.” he was the guy who coughed and hacked and sneezed and finally he started to wear a mask- but he only wore it when he was waiting for the train. He took it off when he got on.

And then there was Crazy Cooter- he was the guy who only wore his mask over his mouth and when he was reading he would flip it on the top of his head, the way you do with your glasses when you don’t need them. Anyway, he would read quietly, out loud to himself.

He used to sneeze a lot.

The streets and trains were full of people like Fever Boy and Crazy Cooter. They made a lot of people sick. Lots and lots of people. It should have been a crime.

” Well, when we were under stay at home orders I started a new hobby.”

” What was your new hobby?”

” Head hunting. “

” Oh Lola! ” Jemma will laugh. ” That’s so silly. Everyone knows you didn’t head hunt.’

My Son will join in at this point, ” Come on Mom. Tell her the truth. You didn’t hunt for heads.”

I will look down modestly and then I will admit, ” I took up sewing again so I made-“

” Masks?” Jeamma will guess.

” Voodoo dolls. ” I will tell her.

” Best dang Voodoo Dolls in the entire state of Washington.” My son will say proudly. ” Those things really worked. But that was at the end of the pandemic when you started to make them, right?” my Son will say with a wink over his daughter’s head.

” Yeah. At the end” I will tell her.

And my son will try to laugh so that Jemma will know we we’re only kidding around.

But it won’t be a very convincing laugh.

The Sweet And The Salty

RDP Monday: SALTY

I was going through this phase where I didn’t write about the things I ususally write about- the macabre, death, curses and hexes, demons and devils and monsters.

There didn’t seem to be a place for it right now.

At least, that was the message I got from my FB newsfeed- people were asking each other to not be so dark.

I thought that maybe this wasn’t the time to make a dark world just a little darker so I toned it down.

But then…ah yes BUT THEN

it occurred to me that I was making the world a sunny, happy place for people who were telling me what to think and how to feel and what to see and say.

Who does that?

When my dog barks, I let him get a few good woofs in because that’s what dogs do- they bark.

So guess what.

How about you let me bark and I’ll let you shine.

Deal?

What am I saying.

No deal.

Let’s just be who we are.

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Mr. Motormouth

RDP Friday – Enough!

He rides my train with three other guys from the construction crew he works with and when he does the air around us is filled with the sounds of his voice- and his voice alone.

He hasn’t a clue or he doesn’t care that when he spouts off his co-workers really never add to what he’s saying, or he doesn’t care.

Like, during the protests he was telling everyone what kind of guns he was going to put into his car, ‘ just in case he had to defend himself’.

He brags what a nice car he has and how his girlfriend has not so reliable car and that when she asked for a ride to work, he told her to call for a Lyft or a cab.

He wasn’t going to let her, ‘ mooch off of him ‘. he loudly and proudly announced.

That was the only time I ever heard the guys with him expand on what he said. One said if his wife wanted a car, he’d get her one.

The other guy said Mr Motormouth was an asshole and the third guy pretended to be asleep.

So what a big surprise, Mr. Motormouth who is required to wear a mask at work has decided anyone who wears one out in public or as required by ordinances are ignorant of the law.

Yesterday he told everyone ( he was out of the 10 people in my car, one of the three not wearing a mask ) that the Governor’s law was illegal because it discriminated against people who didn’t wear masks.

Plus he said, it’s not enforceable.

So ha ha on everyone wearing a mask.

He said over and over again, the Governor can’t make or enforce laws that discriminate against people. Plus, there are people with health conditions that will suffocate and die if they wear a mask and what about them?

Mr. Motormouth.

Patriot,Legal Scholar, defender of people with disabilities- shooting his big mouth off and spraying his germs all over everyone sitting around him, or walking by him.

I wonder if he would wear a mask if we told him he could make everyone in the car sick and then who would he have to Motor his Mouth off at for 40 minutes a day?

I bet he’d glue that mask to his face.

That’s what I would put money on.

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From The American Lung Association:

Myth #3:

If you have asthma, you should wear a disposable mask when in public areas to help limit COVID-19 exposure.

FACT:

Current guidance from the CDC says that commercially-available masks – like N-95s and surgical masks – should be reserved for people who are already sick and healthcare workers that interact with those patients.  

But up to one in four individuals infected with COVID-19 might have no symptoms or very mild symptoms, and may be unknowingly spreading the virus.  The use of a cloth face covering – whether that is a handmade cloth mask, bandana or scarf – can help slow the spread of COVID-19.  These types of masks are not intended to protect the wearer, but to protect against the unintended transmission – in case you are an asymptomatic carrier of the coronavirus. If you have respiratory symptoms (e.g., fever, sneezing, cough, shortness of breath), you should stay home unless directed by your healthcare provider to see medical care and then you should wear a mask to prevent spreading your droplets to others.

Debunking myths about wearing masks:

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WCBD) – There are many myths about masks and it is safer to understand what types of masks are okay for your safety.

The Director of Critical Care at Grand Strand Health says that cloth masks are adequate and recommended for the general public to use.

There has been speculation that wearing one can make you sick by breathing freshly exhaled carbon dioxide.

“It’s just not really the case,” said Dr. Thad Golden, Director of Critical Care at Grand Strand Health. “In other words it doesn’t restrict your breathing enough to create a problem for most people. For the general population the take home message is they are safe to use and important to use especially now during this flare.”

Dr. Golden says that people with severe respiratory illnesses may have trouble breathing with a mask on and should speak with their doctor.

Burnin’

Ragtag Daily Prompt Thursday: Fire in the Sky

Have you ever wondered what the sky looked like on Mars? Pluto? Maybe even Uranus ( lol, had to do that ).

Well, inspired by today’s prompt I found some portraits done by the great Space Artist, Ron Miller who answered the question- What does the Sun look like from different worlds?

I hope you enjoy these pictures, they are really great and I think they’re inspiring too.

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” Mercury ” by Ron Miller
” Venus ” Ron Miller
” Mars ” Ron Miller
” Jupiter ” Ron Miller
” Saturn ” Ron Miller
” Uranus ” Ron Miller
” Neptune ” Ron Miller
” Pluto ” Ron Miller
Ron Miller

Sleeping Ripples

RDP Sunday–RIPPLES

I want to be where the sun is shining and the water moves lazy and sleepy half awake and half in dreams to the shore one little ripple at a time.

I want to be where the sun is shining and the water gurgles and turns, acting as innocent as silver, delicate droplets of rain falling into a lake, one quiet ripple at a time.

I want to be where the sun is shining and the water wakes up from it’s dreams of solitude and quiet and races to the shore in one viscous ripple after another.

The Winds of Neptune

RDP SATURDAY: CLOISTERED

It might sound strange, but at this exact moment in time if I had the chance I would pack up my dog and my laptop and head for the most remote, silent and slightly spooky monastery I could find.

Why?

You would think that with everyone feeling cloistered against their will that the world would be quiet but it’s not.

There is enough moaning and groaning and wails of despair to drown out the sounds of the most powerful hurricane force winds in the solar system- which happen to be tearing around Neptune at over 750 miles an hour

Neptune, the eighth and farthest planet from the sun, has the strongest winds in the solar system. At high altitudes speeds can exceed 1,100 mph. That is 1.5 times faster than the speed of sound

In other words, it’s just to noisy and I would like just a minute, just a second to be able to take a breath- instead of feeling like the air is being sucked out of my lungs.

I used to think that I could write under any condition like people walking in and out of my work area, or ringing phones and pinging microwave ovens and maybe I still can.

But I think the problem is, there is so much emotion out there and fear and anger- which I write about- that it feels like white noise and I’m having trouble filtering in all out to maybe capturing one or two experiences.

I’d like to take in some atmosphere, taste the world, experience it instead of feeling like I’m being squeezed out of it like toothpaste being forced through the tube.

Four Walls Wilderness, USA

RDP SATURDAY: WILDERNESS

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

I remember it, like it was only just a few months ago

that I could hop in my car

catch a plane

buy a ticket on a train and a ride across the country

without a second thought.

I just packed up and went into the wilderness without a care in the world.

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

Has it been forever

since I’ve been lost in the wilderness

between these four walls

where it’s always midnight

and the Red Plague

has held sway over us all?