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A Writing Challenge – Opposites

I am taking on this writing challenge this week. It has to do with articulating different perspectives. If you would like to join in, just save the picture and give it a shot.

The idea is to write a short fiction piece, poem, haiku, etc., that reflects the emotion or situation you feel the photo evokes.

Photo Courtesy of StockSnap on Pixabay

After you write the first piece, write a second piece exploring an emotion or situation opposite of what you first perceived. Different situation, different character traits, or different feelings.

In a week, I will share posts of anyone who decided to take on the challenge. Use the hashtag #OppEmo or link back here if you would like for me to share your post.


Waking up to a Quake

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Sunday is our day to sleep in. This morning as I was sleeping soundly, I was awakened by the house shaking. It took a few seconds for it to register it was an earthquake. The USGS reported a 5.1 quake near Sparta, NC, near the Virginia border. Our family in parts of South Carolina felt it, too.

When I lived in Alaska, earthquakes were not unusual. I would wake the kids and have them stand under the door frame. This one did not last long enough to even get that far.

The hits of 2020 just keep on playing!

I have been meaning to mention some WordPress oddities I have noticed. For self-hosted sites, I can often not like posts. I must return to the Reader for a like to be registered. Also, when commenting, if I hit the “W” to connect to WordPress so it picks up my WordPress credentials, it often just spins, never making the connection. Then it is back to the Reader to post comments.

Now I am going to have some pancakes then settle in to finally watch “Hamilton”.

I will complete my country store series tomorrow. Have a good Sunday everyone!


Song Lyric Sunday – Long Train Runnin’

Jim has given the most difficult prompt thus far for me. Not because I could not think of a song to feature, but because there were so many really worthy choices I had a hard time deciding. I think I changed my mind at least 10 times. The prompt instruction from Jim is: This week we have something totally different where you are supposed to find a song with a harmonica in it and hopefully this will fit for everyone.

My first marriage did not last very long, but I learned very quickly that we can always take away something good from a bad situation. In the case of my marriage, my positive takeaways were my daughter and my love for the Doobie Brothers. I do not think there is a Doobie Brothers song I do not have committed to memory.

The song I selected is “Long Train Runnin’ written by Doobie Brothers co-founder Tom Johnston. The song started out as a jam the band played at live shows, but it had no lyrics. It was a great ad-lib jam performance that often went on for half an hour during live shows. It had a few different names on the playlist for the band. ‘Parliament’ (a cigarette brand) and ‘Rosie Pig Mosley’ appeared among others.

Producer Ted Templeman finally pushed the band to record the song. According to Tom Johnston, the music always came first and easiest for him. Later the lyrics would be written to fit the music. When Templeman insisted they record it, Tom Johnson retreated to the bathroom in the Amigo Studios in North Hollywood where they were recording at the time to work out the lyrics. There is no particular meaning to the words and there is no mysterious Lucy in real life. According to Johnston, the tile in the bathroom provided great acoustics.

The song was finally finished and included on the 1973 album “The Captain and Me” and the song was the first (and a surprise first at that) from the album.

Tom Johnston plays lead guitar and sings lead vocals. He also plays the harmonica solo which was something they were not generally doing in live shows.

The Doobie Brothers had three eras. The Tom Johnston Era, the Michael MacDonald era (when Tom Johnston was ill and had to leave the group), and the reunion era. I loved the Tom Johnston Era most of all.

Long Train Runnin’
Lyrics from

Down around the corner, half a mile from here
See them long trains run, and you watch them disappear
Without love, where would you be now
Without lo-o-o-ove

You know I saw miss Lucy down along the tracks
She lost her home and her family and she won’t be coming back
Without love, where would you be right now
Without lo-o-o-ove

Well the Illinois Central
And the Southern Central Freight
Got to keep on pushin’ mama
You know they’re running late
Without love, where would you be now
Without lo-o-o-ve

Well the Illinois Central
And the Southern Central Freight
Got to keep on pushin’ mama
You know they’re running late
Without love, where would you be now
Without lo-o-o-ve

Well the pistons keep on turning
And the wheels go round and round
The steel rails are cold and hard
For the miles that they go down

Without love, where would you be right now
Without lo-o-o-ve ooh
Where would you be now

Mmm, got to get you, baby baby, won’t you move it down?
Won’t you move it down?
Baby, baby, baby, baby, won’t you move it down?
When the big train run
When the train is movin’ on I got to keep on movin’
Keep on movin’
Won’t you keep on movin’?
Gonna keep on movin’


Why not join in on this Sunday blogging ritual. If you want to “Listen to the Music” head over to Jim Adams’ blog to check out the rules and read some of the great responses to the weekly prompt.