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

Masks Part 2 – They’re not Political!


(See Part One)

(Quick edit – Most of the Republicans I know wear a mask and most of the Democrats I know wear a mask for the right reason, but there are so many out there…)

A couple of weeks ago I was in a team meeting.  My manager was talking about new policy for reopening facilities and ended by saying (paraphrased), “I still want you all to telecommute full time unless there is an emergency that demands your on-site attention.  Your health, and your families’ health, are more import than a job.  And I don’t care about your personal politics, wear a mask!” It was a very nice statement, but a little strange that he had to say anything about politics.

A couple of days later I had to go into a gas station.  Even though I was the only customer in there, I put on my mask before entering.  A minute later a few other people came in, and by the time I left there were maybe six others.  Not a one had a mask.  Several gave me dirty looks.  One stared at me with complete hatred.  I tried to ignore him, but prepared myself for violence.  He followed me around with clenched fists and gritted teeth. This person wasn’t just refusing to wear a mask for political reasons, he was taking me wearing a mask as a personal attack.

This is just such odd behavior, like nothing I have experienced in my life.

Why is a safety device a political statement? Continue reading

Delayed Green


PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehudah

Whoa, hotrod, cool that engine!  Yeah, I know it’s been a while and you’re feeling frisky, but we don’t want an accident here, do we? Live in the moment, and see the now, not the destination, OK? Good things come to those who wait, as they say.  No reason to rush it. No hurry. Let’s just enjoy idling here for a moment as we wait for the light to change and ease into it when the time is right.  No stress. Yeah, that’s it, we’ll find the rhythm and… Wait, what just happened?  What?  You popped the clutch and stalled?


Word count = 100

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


Yeah, the leaves are turning red, so the green is delayed ;)

More seriously, there are a few intersections around here were people accelerate on yellow (very common) and people start moving as the other direction turns red, causing at least one fatal accident a year.  “Delayed Green” helps, but the cars running the red lights figure it out and so trust their luck even more, and the accidents still happen…

Hike Along the Cliff’s Edge #haibun


Photo by Frank J. Tassone

Hike Along the Cliff’s Edge

I walk along the razor’s edge. A misstep would throw me into the deep abyss, or so it would seem.  The choices before me are so important! I walk the narrow path, projecting the unexplored territory ahead in my mind. Will the trail dictate my action or my action dictate my path? 

Ledge in the forest
Rising before men arrived
Here when we are gone


This was written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge.  This week she asked us to write a Haibun and use the photo at the top, which was provided by Frank J. Tassone.

The Weekly Smile for the 29th of June, 2020 #weeklysmile


Sorry I am posting this so late.  I had last week off of work and to say I am super far behind would be a huge understatement.  I am taking a couple of minutes while I eat lunch to put something down.

After reading that last paragraph, can you guess my smile for the week?  Hint – it is not coming back to work with almost 1000 emails in my inbox ;)

That is correct – I am smiling because I had a vacation lats week! Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Recap for 6/22 – 6/28/2020


Some great smiles this week!

Trent’s World
Natalie the Explorer
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Ruth Blogs Here
Does Writing Excuse Watching?
Tessa Dean – Author
Heart to Heart
Picture Retirement
Change is Hard

And, as always, some people leave their smiles on the original post.

I will be back in an hour or so to post this week’s smile :)\

What made you smile?

Eggs in a Row



Gramp nodded at the assorted tools and materials.

“Looks good, Timmy, but go over the list and directions one more time, just to be sure.”

“But Grandpa, I’ve done it a million times.”

Grandpa smiled. Nothing is as impatient as a 10-year-old boy.

“I know, but remember, measure twice, cut once – we need to be sure you have all your eggs in a row.”

“Don’t you mean ducks?”

Grandpa frowned.

“Nope, eggs.  The project is in the embryo stage.”

Timmy just stared.

Grandpa laughed.

“In other words, don’t go counting your ducks before they hatch.” Grandpa winked.  “Let’s get started.”


Word count = 100

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

The Weekly Smile for 6/22/2020 #weeklysmile

Hi all.  I’m a little late posting this because I just got back from a very long walk on the beach.  I waded in the water a bit, watched crabs and other aquatic life.  Ah, summer.

Saturday was the first day of summer.  I walked on the beach Saturday, went running along a different beach, kayaked, had a fire in the fire pit in the evening and other summery things.  It was a hot day, but nice. Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Recap 6/15 – 6/21/2020

There were a lot of great smiles this week :)

Trent’s World
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
A Day in the Life
Lady Lee Manila
Natalie the Explorer
Does writing excuse watching?
Tessa Dean – Author
Ruth Blogs Here
Light Motifs II
Heart to Heart
Change is Hard

And, as always, some people left smiles in the comments of the original.

I will be back in an hour or so to post this week’s smile :)\

What made you smile?

If We Were Havign Coffee on the First of Summer, 2020 ;)

Coffee on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome! Let’s go out and sit down in the shade in the back yard.  There is a nice breeze.  I think it is fragrant, but you may get a bit too much of the saltwater marsh smell there ;)  It is warm and sunny, a beautiful start to summer!  And where are we?  Some of you may recognize the scene in the photo at the top as being on Cape Cod.

I drove down here Thursday night.  I had to work yesterday, but went kayaking after I was done.  I went running by the beach this morning.  It was already warm and humid.  I have a million things I want to do today, and am not sure where I will start.  OK, I will start with this post ;) Continue reading

This Old House


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“I’m sorry, I’m busy all day today.  After mowing and trimming, I have to clean the gutters.  There’s supposed to be a wicked storm this week and you know I told about the mess last time it rained.”

“This week the gutters, last week putting out mulch, the week before fixing your kitchen sink, the week before that…”

“I know, I know.  Sigh.  I’ll eventually have a free day.”

“That old house sure keeps you busy.  It’s been months, years, since you’ve had any time…”

“Tell me about it.”

“Why did you buy it, anyway?”

“For the freedom it affords.”


Word count = 100

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