Literally

Prompt: Saintly


Hello Wednesday!

Doesn’t it sometimes feel like the really good people have gone underground, and so we have to put up with the terribles in the news all the time?

News fit for television and Internet tends to be sensational, allegedly sexy, and catering, so they say, to the lowest common denominator. Who sets that bar except the people feeding us the news?

The news media is currently under fire from the current American administration, which, if you adhere to to the belief that “the enemies of my enemies are my friends” means that the media are our great allies. And some of them are.

The media shapes our outlook and our attitudes in profound ways. We are under the impression that daily life is more perilous than ever, when the opposite is true. We are well informed on the lives of celebrities, but wallow in ignorance about relevant issues at home and abroad.

I don’t think the media reservoir that spews out trivia and hysteria and the pricks of life masquerading as trends, will change until we demand more and better. It’s hard to demand more and better when you don’t even know what the options are, however.

May I present a couple of my favourite cartoons, tenuously related to today’s prompt, saintly, and one that is completely unrelated, yet seasonal and delicious?

cartoon bibilcal writings


cartoon son cooperating


cartoon don't need a tree


Until we meet again…

~~FP

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Drifting In and Out

Prompt: Enamored


Hello Wednesday,

And hello Jo! Jo is one of the visitors we hosted this past week, as she and others competed in a Multisport athletic challenge nearby– I invited Jo to visit this site, with all its diverse, dark, bright, and incoherent ramblings, hoping she wouldn’t be too horrified. As I said in an earlier post, I was a bit hesitant and pre-stressed about their stay, but it turned out to be a delightful and rewarding time.

Pre-stress. That is the inane experience of freaking out via unwarranted negative anticipation. Part of the stress is that of living up to expectations, part is dealing with the unknown, part is the feeling disorientation because a stream of visitors can impart the feeling of disconnecting you– however unintentionally– from the safety and comfort of “home”.

I am not enamored of this feeling, but I think it is interesting to consider the things that cause us such unnecessary stress. Or understandable stress:

cartoon sane desire


cartoon medical marijuana


cartoon health coverage


I would like to welcome any new visitors to Fluffy Pool. In the manner of blogs, the most recent posts are always at the top, but you might find that some of my stories rely on earlier entries to make sense. Here you will find quite a large community of characters, most interrelated, and sometimes the stories are challenging unless you’ve read what comes before. Ultimately it doesn’t matter since it’s all for fun and entertainment, and satisfies my personal cravings to write about what is on my mind.

Thank you for reading.

~~FP

Vegetables and Day 10

Prompt: Vegetal

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Don’t say yes to stress! How to have one day of peace!

I could have been a contender in the click-bait olympics, don’t you think?

Well, I’ve actually been fairly stressed-out this past while, what with NaNoWriMo and the elections and all that, and thought I would share yesterday’s diet and very simple routine that made me feel a LOT better, for at least a day and a half!

The routine: News-free day. No checking out websites for any kind of news, local or international. No newspapers. No TV news hour. No discussions except about how cute your dog looks when he sleeps on his back. Take a walk if you can. Pay attention to your breathing, and breathe in lots of cool, fresh air. Read something— a comic book or Mark Nepo or how about tinybuddha.com‘s Quote of the Day? Today it is:

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~Alan Watts

The diet: Avoid sugar, caffeine, and too much alcohol.

Breakfast: Avocado and Egg Toast for 2

2 pieces whole grain bread, toasted
1 ripe avocado, pitted and sliced
Squeeze of fresh lemon
2 poached or fried eggs
Lots of salt and pepper
Mush half the avocado on each piece of toast and squeeze lemon juice onto each. Top with an egg, season well and serve with a hot cup of tea with honey. Note: this is delicious.

Lunch: Peanut butter sandwich, a banana, and a tall glass of cold milk.

Dinner: Grilled Salmon, curried brown rice and spinach salad with goodies of choice like feta cheese, tomatoes, cuke, sprouts, etc. (or make salmon cakes from a can of salmon mixed with egg, bread crumbs, lemon zest, and cayenne pepper). Have some dark chocolate for dessert, with a cup of milky chai tea or your favourite warming spice tea (I like Bengal). Avoid drunkenness.

Binge-watch a mystery series on Netflix, or channel surf for sit-com reruns (remember, no news). Play with your dog. Read Jane Austen or Jack London before sleeping; no mobile devices. After lights out consciously relax every part of your body, concentrating on your jaw, neck and shoulders. Have peaceful dreams.

It worked for me.

What the Hell

Prompt: Depth


Dear Wednesday,

How deep is my love of New-Yorker style cartoons? So deep that I want to share a few of my favourites after a very busy week. The first one is a little “deep” for a cartoon. I have seriously cut back on watching and reading the news because it simply starts to weigh too heavily. Here’s what my dog thinks:

mans best friend cartoon


But you just have to laugh…

overseas-markets cartoon


And finally:

idiot cartoon


~~Fluffy

The 6 o’clock News

Prompt: Perfection

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Mark: In tonight’s news, local man acquitted in sexual assault trial; and, is there a spy among us?; some disturbing news about the city zoo and why it’s taking a hit; and, from Lydia the Travel Lady: are you paying too much for cruise excursions?

Marsha: In breaking news, the wife of Vincent Demarco, who was brutally cut down in the prime of his life last month, speaks out. Mark, the police have few leads and Demarco’s family and friends want closure. But even after extensive investigation, the killer remains on the loose!

Mark: That’s right Marsha. We’ll have an exclusive interview with Deborah Demarco, Vincent’s grieving wife, later on in the broadcast but first… did you say loose? Because you’ll want to wear some cool, loose clothing this weekend, Marsha– there’s a hot one ahead!

Marsha: Perfect barbecue weather, Mark! And Karen and Geoff have some summer grilling recipes that will knock your socks off!

Mark: There was some testimony at the Jenny X sexual assault trial, just leaked, that will also knock your socks off!

Marsha: It’s tragic, Mark. Also tragic: what unsuspecting tourists are paying for alleged antiques in cruise ship ports of call!

Mark: All this and more coming up after this message from Global Insurance…

Marsha: Remember: “Global is Local, and You Matter!”


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