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About trentpmcd

Trent P. McDonald Musician, composer, author, photographer, general creative.

Old World Vacation

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

I never liked garlic, and I certainly hated “garlic breath”.

The minute I walked into the tiny get-away cottage, I was overwhelmed by the garlic. Truthfully, the place reeked.

All of it went outside and the I opened the windows wide to freshen the place.  With just one whiff of dinner, I knew I was going to live on bread alone despite the hostess going on and on about immunity.

Late the next night I met the only local that didn’t have garlic breath.  Divine.

Awake once again, my aversion to garlic is worse.  And sunlight. I should have listened…


Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Dale Rogerson. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

The Night Sky #tanka

Milky Way above Dennisport

When fears come alive
The immense unknown spreads forth
Wonder fills the mind
From ancient times until now
Distant stars fill us with awe


This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week we were given a theme, The Night Sky. I chose to do a tanka using the theme, and also titled my poem with the theme :)

The Weekly Smile for September 21, 2020 #weeklysmile

Over the last year or so I have had several smiles based around the wild animals I saw. For instance, one week a seal came close to my kayak to investigate and I got a few photos. Or what about seeing a bear up close and personal? There were osprey and baby hummingbirds and even a bobcat. This week carries on the tradition.

I was on Cape Cod at the end of last week. Friday started off wet and rainy. I took a walk right after the rain ended, so it was still grey and damp. As I was walking down the road, a little “dog” was trotting up towards me. I almost instantly realized what it was and stopped. I put my hands on my hips, which may have been a mistake, since it suddenly noticed me. The coyote (did you guess?) stopped and stared for a second before running through the yard next to me and back into the woods. Funny thing, to get to the woods it actually crossed the road to get closer to me, so I got a very good view.

I knew there were coyotes around. You can hear them yipping and occasionally howling late at night. I’ve also seen coyotes on a few occasions in the past, but usually at a distance. This was as close to one as I have ever been.

As when I saw the bobcat, I was a little surprised at how small it was. But then, both of them (bobcat and coyote) were around 40 lbs (18 kg), so not huge animals. I think of a coyote as being bigger than my my boxer, but my boxer weighs almost twice as much, so, no.

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The Weekly Smile Recap 9/14 – 9/21/2020

Hello! We had another great week for the Weekly Smile! If you need something to smile about, just click on one of the links below. or two. Or all of them!

Trent’s World
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Natalie the Explorer
Nuthouse Central
Colline’s Blog
Natasha Musing
priorhouse blog
Change is Hard

Not as many as some weeks, but still all great smiles :)

I will post this week’s smiles in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Havign Coffee on the 19th of September, 2020

Coffee on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down. I’ll go grab you a large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a beautiful day, though somewhat breezy and slightly chilly. It is sunny though. And nice, after the heat of the summer. Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being on Cape Cod.

I have been down here since Wednesday night. Yes, I work from here since I telework full time. I did a nice kayak paddle on Thursday after work. I’ve had a few walks and I did a nice run this morning. It is so interesting running on the flat! My run in New Hampshire is super hilly, and yet I run a mile further (over 1.5 km). I do run faster here, so there is that. I could add on that mile at the end, but I think there is a psychological thing when I get to my house.

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No Longer Needed

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

I stared at the highchair mixed in with the rubbish.  It was as clean and as solid as it was the day it was made some 40 years ago.  Was that trendy company even still around?

Shaking my head, I walked on.  It had been a long time, and I was surprised at the emotions it brought back.

At the time some had laughed off the flu-like symptoms, ignoring the high death toll.  But the long-term effects were harder to ignore.

As “The Children-of-the-Plague” reached maturity, the full scale became apparent.

It would just be one lost generation, right?



Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Roger Bultot. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

Toadstool #haiku

Image credit: Unsplash, and the photographer is Wolfgang Hasselmann

A bit of fungus
A tower in fairyland
Both visions are true


Fungus rot
Fairyland tower
Point of view




This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week was a photo challenge. the photo at the top was provided by Lisa Thompson, a photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann found on Unsplash. This week I chose a haiku. I used the three different forms to say the same thing (6/7/6, 3/5/3 and 2/3/2).

The Weekly Smile for the 14th of September, 2020 #weeklysmile

Hi! There were a few things to smile about this week, but I am going to use a strange one – chili. OK, those of you who have been reading my blog for a while may have seen this one before.

First, for those who didn’t see the earlier post on it, I belong to a CSA. That is “Community Supported Agriculture”. What that means is that I buy a share in a local (organic) farm in the winter. The farmer uses all of the seed money from the members who buy shares to support themselves as they get the fields ready, etc. During the summer I receive a basket of local produce every week. After giving share holders the choice of that week’s crops, the farmer sells the rest at local farm markets, etc. It is a great way to support local agriculture.

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The Weekly Smile Roundup for 9/7 – 9/13/202

Some pretty good smiles last week. If you need something to smile about, just click a link or two, or three…

Trent’s World
Natalie the Explorer
Nut House Central
Lady Lee Manila
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Bern Musings
Heart to Heart
priorhouse blog
Natasha Musings
Change is Hard

See? I told you, some great smiles there!

This week’s smile post will go up in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 12th of September, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Sit down and enjoy the great view into the woods while I get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is more than a little nippy this AM, so you need something piping hot! I have on jeans for the first time since early-June! And real socks!! OK, Thursday it got to 85 F/29 C while last night it got down to 46 F/7 C, so it went from summer to fall pretty much over night! It is a beautiful day and will warm up a bit, though will feel like autumn. And where are we? Some of you may recognize that photo as being from New Hampshire.

I came back from Cape Cod on Sunday. Since Monday was a holiday and I left very early, the traffic was almost non-existent, though what was out there was ultra-aggressive. I spent a lot of time outside for the rest of the day on Sunday and did a long walk in nearby woods on Monday.

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