Don’t Ease Me In

The wind cut into his skin and grey skies pressed down on the rotting town, but at least he was home.  The guy had been “all night long coming home”, so he probably did a lot of drinking with his friends and even though he is back home now, he is not ready to end the party.  On September 28, 1939, legendary jazz pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton played ‘Don’t You Leave Me Here’ for Alan Lomax, which is very similar to the Texas Ragtime song ‘Don’t Leave Me Here (Don’t Ease Me In)’ that was recorded by Henry Thomas in 1928.  On several songs, Thomas accompanied himself on guitar and on quills, a folk instrument fabricated from cane reeds.  The instrument is similar in sound to the zampoña, used by musicians in Peru and Bolivia.  His legacy is sustained by four songs. ‘Fishin’ Blues’ which was covered by Taj Mahal and The Lovin’ Spoonful.  ‘Bull Doze Blues’ which was recorded by Canned Heat with new lyrics, and retitled ‘Goin’ Up The Country’ and ‘Honey Won’t You Allow Me One More Chance’ which was covered by Bob Dylan as ‘Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance’.  His song ‘Don’t Ease Me In’ was covered by the Grateful Dead.  Henry Thomas made a series of recordings from 1927 to 1929, before he decided to retire from music.

Tracing the origins of old songs can get confusing and lead to chaos, as in the chorus of the Henry Thomas song, he sings “I’m Alabama bound”, which can be traced back to a 1910 instrumental single by Prince’s Orchestra that was written by John J. Puderer and Robert Hoffman.  Adding to the confusion, Trixie Smith recorded ‘Railroad Blues’ in 1925 and that song contains the lyrics “I’m Alabama bound”.  The song ‘Alabama Bound’ was a hit for Papa Charlie Jackson in the mid 20s, & in different forms found its way into the repertoire of such diverse artists as Jelly Roll Morton & Leadbelly.  In an interview with Alan Lomax, Jelly Roll Morton claimed to have written the song ‘Alabama Bound’ in 1905 which he recorded in 1939 as ‘Don’t You Leave Me Here’ claiming that he made the song up when he was in the Alabama barrel house circuit.  A bar where whiskey is served straight from the barrel is called a barrelhouse.  Add a piano and you’ve got yourself a party.  The barrelhouses of the rural South were rough wooden shacks where the African American laborer community gathered to drink and dance at the edge of small towns and levee camps.  I can’t dance.  No really, I can’t.  Please stop asking.  I am glad we got that settled.

What is this song about, do the lyrics have any significance?  To ease is to make milder or less severe, to relieve or assuage one’s grief or pain.  He “was standing at the corner Talking to Miss Brown” and when he “turned around, She was way cross town”, but she was probably not up to any type of treachery or involved in any conspiracy, she just knew how to jet away.  He is out with a dollar in his hand “looking for a woman”, even though he has one at home that is “sweet and true”.  Some people just can’t be trusted, as when you turn your back and they steal pickles and maybe this guy was the pickle thief from La La Land.  His girl brings him coffee and tea which are both wet and probably quenched his thirst after a long night of drinking.  I am sure that she would have given him a beet, if he asked for that, as they are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and plant compounds, some of which have medicinal properties, but maybe he did not like beets, thinking that they taste like tar.

Don’t ease, don’t ease
Don’t ease me in
I’ve been all night long coming home
Don’t ease me in
I was standing at the corner
Talking to Miss Brown
Well I turned around, sweet moma
She was way cross town
So I’m walking down the street
With a dollar in my hand
I’ve been looking for a woman, sweet moma
Ain’t got no man
The girl I love
She’s sweet and true
You know the dress she wears, sweet moma
It’s pink and blue
She brings me coffee
You know she brings me tea
She brings ‘bout every damn thing
But the jailhouse key

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Assuage, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Beet, for Normal Happenings Daily Inkling prompt – I Can’t Dance. No Really, I Can’t. Please Stop Asking, for the Daily Spur prompt – Significance, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan, for FOWC with Fandango – Conspiracy, for Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt – La La Land, for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January prompt – Chaos, for January Writing Prompts – The pickle thief, for Ragtag Community – Retire, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Wet Tar Jet and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Community.

You Can’t See Me

Twenty four year old Kate was playing with her three year old nice Kelly and she crossed her right arm over her eyes and said, “Na, na, na, na you can’t see me.”  Little Kelly replied, “Aunt Kate, just because you have covered up your eyes, saying that I can’t see you is not a valid point, because I can still see you.  It is not all that complicated, as you would have to cover my eyes for me not to be able to see you.  I don’t see your eyes, but just because you are out of sight, that doesn’t mean that you are out of mind, as I will always think of you and about that night when you were sleepless in the town of Harmony and you told me that you were having a baby and I would have a new cousin.”

Kate said, “Wow that was an impressive answer and I admire your accuracy and I am so proud that you will never be taken advantage of by any riff raff, or disreputable or undesirable people, because you have a functioning brain.  You will know when your glass is half empty and when it is half full, which wheel needs the grease and you will be able to determine which way the wind is blowing and know when there is trouble at the gate.  How about we watch a movie while I comb that scraggly hair of yours, but first we will need to go to Stage Clear and you have to pick up your toys.  While you are doing that, I will get us each some ice for our drinks.  I think I found a movie that we may both enjoy called Robin Hood Turns Over a New Leaf in Sherwood Forest, what do you think, will that work for you?”

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Accuracy, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Gate, for Normal Happenings Daily Inkling prompt – Stage Clear, for the Daily Spur prompt – Wind, for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Complicated, for FOWC with Fandango – Valid, for Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt – Grease, for Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda of Midwest Fantasy Tuesday Writing Prompt – “twenty four” and “ice”, for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January prompt – Scraggly, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie NEKNEERAJ’s Photo Challenge #299, for January Writing Prompts – Sleepless in the town of harmony, for Ragtag Community – Movie, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Glass Leaf Robin and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Riff.

Egregious Error

She was still holding a torch for him, even after they said their bittersweet goodbyes and promised to move on.  They would communicate on the internet and text each other, while they were going to different colleges on opposite coasts.  They dated all through High School and she liked his sense of humor, and she got a big laugh when he took her out one night and got a flat tire and he did not have a jack.  Being a boy scout, as a rule he was always prepared and when the jack was missing from his trunk, he thought someone was trying to conspire against him.  They would regulate their chatting time with each other, till one of them found another, which seemed like a perfectly civil way to end their relationship.  She thought that this was almost too civil, like taking tea and holding her pinky out and then taking a nap.  She felt it might be easier if they got down on a wrestling mat and went at it like crazed lovers should.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Regulate, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Rule, for the Daily Spur prompt – Internet, for FOWC with Fandango – Egregious, for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January prompt – Humor, for Randomness Inked Scribbling the Unspoken Let it Bleed Weekly Prompt – Conspire, for January Writing Prompts – Bittersweet goodbyes, for Ragtag Community – Torch, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Tea Nap Mat and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Jack.

Four Sisters

Bee Bee, Cee Cee, Di Di and Gi Gi all stepped into this gobbledygook on the way home from school one day.  Bee Bee who was the oldest of the quadruplets by 4 minutes over Cee Cee, by 8 minutes over Di Di and by 20 minutes over Gi Gi told her sisters to make sure that they wiped their feet before going into the house to prevent the gobbledygook from getting all over everything.  Their mother Anna was told that she was having triplets and Gi Gi was a real surprise, anyway the other girls said, “Bee Bee you are not our mother.”  Cee Cee, Di Di were happy with their names and they hoped that this turned into their bra sizes when they grew up, however Bee Bee was a little disappointed and Gi Gi always said, “No fucking way.”

The girls all struggled to get the gobbledygook off of their shoes, so they left them on the front steps and went inside their house barefoot.  Bee Bee went upstairs saying that she had to write a story for her Literature class and her sisters all said that thy knew she was just going to read some romance gobbledygook which she loved.  Cee Cee asked Di Di if she wanted to do their Math homework together, as she was having trouble understanding all of that gobbledygook involved in those quadratic equations.  Di Di laughed at her sister and said that since she was a quadruplet that she should not be having any problem with quadratic equations.  Gi Gi looked into the mirror and told herself, “Take a deep breath, just relax, there is no fucking way that is ever going to happen to me.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January prompt – gobbledygook.

Astigmatism

The scroll of the screen continued even after she closed her eyes.  The long and short arrows pointed left and right, up and down as the ophthalmologist measured the curvature of the front of her cornea by using a non-invasive medical imaging technique to map the surface curvature of the outer structure of her eye.  The test determined that her vision is blurred because her cornea (the clear front cover of her eye) is irregularly shaped, but she also had cataracts.  Jade was a popular blogger who wrote poetry and she also enjoyed the sound of music, participating in Song Lyric Sunday and the MM Music challenge every other Friday.  There was a vast wonderland out there and jade was missing some of it because of her vision, so she decided to schedule the surgery.

With the surgery and the new lenses implanted, she would be able to spot familiar faces again, drive her car with more confidence even if there was rain.  Jade had been making a lot of typos on her posts and after the operation, she hoped to cut down on these five finger fiascoes.  Jade wanted to dive into this new story about Mother Nature wanting to strike back against the fossil fuel companies who were ruining the Earth.  Jade knew that Global Warming was not false and she was embracing the impeachment process against Trump and she would shout, “Hurray”, when he was gone for good.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Vast, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Dive, for the Daily Spur prompt – Rain, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan prompt – The scroll of the screen continued even after she closed her eyes, for FOWC with Fandango – False, for Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt – The sound of music, for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January prompt – Jade, for January Writing Prompts – Five finger fiascoes, for Ragtag Community – Wonderland, for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #118 prompt, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Story Popular Strike and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Hurray.

Weird Dream

If all roads lead to Rome, then how did the Romans ever get anywhere?  This must have pissed them off if they started out heading for Athens and they ended up back in Rome and the imponderabilia of this situation which was always a vicious circle would boggle anyone.  I will just let that thought bake in your brain for a while I relate my dream from last night to you about this large brain that I met in the woods.  The brain had no voice, but we were able to communicate through telepathy.  The brain scarred me with twisted tales and torture devices and I was ready to say bye, bye birdie to the brain, when I heard the wind chime ring out and I realized that we were not alone.  I heard laughter and I did a search for the sound which began to scintillate my ears.

The brain started to mirror everything that I was doing and all I could think about was finding an axe and splitting it into two hemispheres.  I don’t normally subscribe to violence, but I knew that I was dreaming and I began to think of the brain as being nothing more than an unnecessary big empty text box that should be deleted, because it was just taking up space in my dream.  It became vital that I beat this brain at his own game.  The game was on like Donkey Kong and we were going to tangle, as I was going to test his metal and then rub his nose in it.  I had to maintain my poise and refrain from being shy, so I could destroy the brain and not leave any traces behind.  This was not the time to be negligent, but all I had was a beach towel and some paper and as daylight was running out, I needed a plan.  No matter how many winters had to pass, I needed to save the human race from this giant brain bug and I remembered that in Starship Troopers, that the brain was more afraid of us than we were of it.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Vital, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Bake, for the Daily Spur prompt – Test, for Normal Happenings Daily Inkling prompt – Big Empty Text Box, for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Laughter, for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #49 where the image is a large silver brain in a wooded area surrounded by trees, for FOWC with Fandango – Paper, for Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt – Bye Bye Birdie, for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January prompt – Subscribe, for Randomness Inked Scribbling the Unspoken Let it Bleed Weekly Prompt Challenge 34 prompt – Winters, for January Writing Prompts – Twisted tales and torture devices, for Ragtag Community – Daylight, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Beat Towel Shy, for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Boggle and for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle 163, hosted by Yves where the prompts are – Rub Tangle Scintillate Search Wind chime Alone Traces Poise Negligent Imponderabilia Mirror Everything.

Men of Gravity

Aristotle tried to explain gravity by saying that objects fall toward the ground, because they are moving toward their natural place, which is the Earth.  He was one of those Greeks that believed in the four elements that included Earth, water, air and fire and he felt that Earth sinks in water, water sinks in the air, and flames rise above air.  His big mistake was believing that objects fall at a speed that is proportional to their weight and stating that heavy objects fall faster than lighter objects, and that this happened in direct proportion to weight which meant that an object that was twice as heavy as another object would fall twice as fast.

Galileo conducted experiments rolling objects of different weights down inclined planes (not dropping them off the Tower of Pisa, despite what most people believe.  Galileo found that these objects fell with the same acceleration rate regardless of their weight.  Galileo reasoned that a projectile shot from a cannon is not influenced by just one motion, because it is composed of two, one being the motion that acts vertically which is called the force of gravity, and this motion pulls the projectile down toward the Earth by the times-squared law.  Since at the same time while gravity is pulling the object down, the projectile is also moving forward horizontally, Galileo stated that this horizontal motion was uniform and constant according to his principle of inertia.  Galileo determined that the force of the gunpowder was applied only at the instant of the explosion and as the result, it created a force that caused a consistent velocity on the ball.  As soon as the ball left the cannon, the force of gravity begun to cause the ball to accelerate toward the Earth at a constant rate.  Galileo determined that (in a vacuum) that the angle that would maximize the range of fire is 45°, and he also obtained the maximum heights that projectiles would reach when fired at various angles to the ground.  Galileo reasoned that a falling object had vertical motion due to the effect of gravity and it also retained any horizontal motion initially given to it which eventually led to the concept of inertia.

In 1638, Giovanni Battista Baliani an Italian mathematician, physicist and astronomer published his main work entitled (About the motion of bodies, fluids and solids), where he described the correct laws of gravity, movement on inclined planes and the movements of pendulums and he enunciated the law of acceleration of a body and to distinguish between mass and weight.  Evangelista Torricelli an Italian mathematician and physicist studied the parabolic paths of projectiles fired from a point with fixed initial speeds which had varying angles of elevation and in 1644, he published his work (Heavy Movement).  Torricelli was a strong supporter of the geometry of indivisibles, and he applied this geometry to the determination of the center of gravity of some bodies.  Torricelli said that, using the indivisibles, it is possible to determine a “universal theorem,” which would allow someone to find the center of gravity of any figure.  Torricelli studied projectile motion developing Galileo’s ideas on parabolic trajectory.

Christiaan Huygens a Dutch mathematician, astronomer, physicist and scientist formulated his theory of evolutes to help solve the problem of finding the tautochrone curve (a curve on which an object falling under gravity will reach the bottom in the same amount of time, no matter from where it starts), which in turn helped him to construct an isochronous pendulum.  In his book titled Optics, Huygens suggested important principles about gravity in a vacuum and many aspects of classical physics including centrifugal force.  He contributed to the understanding of mechanics by determining that collisions between bodies neither lose nor gain momentum within the system, because a single object may transfer its momentum to another object in a collision.  He proposed that the an object’s center of gravity moves in a straight line, and calculated the formula for centrifugal force, the outward-pushing force on a rotating body.  John Wallis an English mathematician and professor of geometry at Oxford suggested that the Earth and Moon should be viewed as one body with “one common center of gravity” and that this combined effect the Earth’s annual and diurnal movements, was the true cause of the daily tides.

Sir Isaac Newton, an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian, the man who sat under an apple tree and had his “eureka” moment concerning gravity, spent a lot of his time trying to figure out the slope of a curve that was constantly varying, however when he was formulating his Laws of Motion, there was no method available that would give him the exact slope at any one individual point on the curve and this caused him to develop a new form of mathematics that is known as calculus.  Newton wondered why the planets were in elliptic orbits, and he wanted to tie it in with his existing laws of motion and gravity.  Newton formed his laws of motion and said that chickens at rest usually stay at rest and chickens in motion tend to cross roads.  Newton thought that the power of gravity (which brought an apple from a tree to the ground) was not limited to a certain distance from Earth, but that this power must extend much further than was usually thought.  Why not as high as the Moon he thought and if so, that must influence her motion and perhaps retain her in her orbit, whereupon he began calculating what would be the effect of that superposition.  If it was the same force, then a connection would exist between the way objects fell and the motion of the Moon around Earth, that is, its distance and orbital period.  Newton went further and proposed that gravity was a “universal” force, and that the Sun’s gravity was what held planets in their orbits.

Blaise Pascal, Sir Christopher Wren, Jacob Bernoulli, Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss, Colin Maclaurin and James Clerk Maxwell all worked with gravity, but up to the beginning of the twentieth century, gravity was no more than an empty name for the phenomenon, a fact that everyone was well aware of, but nobody could explain.  They understood that if they were to jump up in the air, that gravity would pull them back down again, but nobody really understood how this mysterious force worked.

Einstein redefined gravity in his General Theory of relativity, which described the relationship between matter and motion through the basic explanation that objects with mass actually bend the very fabric of space and time (collectively called spacetime).  Einstein discovered that the usual concepts of physics embodied in Newton’s laws simply don’t work at very high speeds or under conditions of extreme gravity or in many other situations.  Newton’s laws do not hold true in all frames of references, so the laws of nature depend on whether you are moving and what system you are in.  The laws of nature depend on your point of view.  Einstein predicted that light should be bent by gravity.

Nikola Tesla a Serbian American physicist, inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and futurist said that he developed a dynamic theory of gravity, that explains the causes of this force and the motions of heavenly bodies under its influence so satisfactorily that it will put an end to idle speculation and false conceptions, as that of curved space.  People were intent on destroying Tesla, because he was talking about a way to make electricity free, so they suppressed his ideas as frivolous hearsay and misleading notions.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January prompt – gravity.

Shut Those Dogs Up

Jerry got his BB gun out and fired a shot that hit one of the dogs.  It yelped and then he shot the other dog and they finally settled down.  His wife Karen said, “I hope that you didn’t hurt them, but I am glad that you got them to quiet down.  I have to be at the hospital in another three hours and I am hoping to get another two more hours of sleep.”  Karen knew that Jerry did not hurt the dogs as he was an expert marksman, capable of shooting a flee off of the dogs, as he was raised in West Virginia and as a boy he spent his entire day hunting squirrels.  Jerry said that the only way he was going to be able to get back to sleep after all of that barking was if they made love.

Karen knew that Jerry was also getting up at the same time as her, so he could get to his job driving the bus and she figured a quickie might help both of them.  Jerry said, “I don’t have a rubber” and Karen responded by saying, “Just stick in in and get it over, so I can get back to sleep”, and then she wondered ‘Was that really me?’, as things were getting more and more frazzled and all the romance that they once shared, had all but disappeared.  They still shared superficial pleasantries, but most of their free time together was spent watching television.  Jerry finished and they both drifted off back to sleep, but Karen kept wondering about the nerve that her next-door neighbor had, to tie his dogs up outside and allow them to wake up the whole neighborhood every night.

Karen woke up before the alarm went off, because she realized that she still needed to iron a shirt for Jerry.  Karen made breakfast for her and Jerry, just cereal and coffee and she kissed Jerry goodbye and then she shut the front door and went to work.  There was unrest at the hospital, as a new administrator had just taken over the department that Karen worked in and he was starting a campaign to decrease spending.  The other ladies that worked with Karen felt that the hospital should be spending more money and improving customer satisfaction and this created a rivalry in her group.  The new administrator was kind of a quirk, as he went around singing show tunes all day and it was apparent that he must have just watched Guys and Dolls last night.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Quirk, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Shirt, for the Daily Spur prompt – Rivalry, for FOWC with Fandango – Rubber, for Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt – Guys and dolls, for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan prompt – Dogs, for January Writing Prompts – Superficial pleasantries, for Ragtag Community – Shut, for Reena’s Exploration Challenge prompt #117 – Was that really me?, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Television Nerve Unrest and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Campaign.

Astronomical Monuments

Standing stones are found all over the world, and most were erected in the Stone Age between 5000 and 2000 BC, although in Western Europe their major development occurred in the third millennium BC.  The monuments are set in stone so that they specifically to line up with the movements of the Sun and Moon, although scientists and historians continue to debate their purpose, construction, and meaning.  A lith is an indicating stone or rock like a megalith that is used to construct a structure or monument, either alone or together with other stones.  A menhir is a tall, vertically placed standing stone, whilst a dolmen is a table-like structure comprising a large slab laid horizontally on two smaller stone supports called orthostats, which are large thin slabs.  A cromlech is about the same thing as a dolmen and they were the first stone structures to be built in Wales and they even pre-date the pyramids in Egypt!  How were these enormously large structures built with those extremely heavy stones long before the creation of the wheel, let alone any other modern technology?

Sticks and stones may break my bones, and words may conflate to form a different meaning.  Aristotle and Galileo both observed swinging stones, and where Aristotle saw progress toward a state of rest was achieved, feeling that the sideways perturbations were accidental, while Galileo saw the swinging to be essential and the eventual cessation was accidental, caused by the phenomenon of friction, which was only first studied by Leonardo Da Vinci.  Some stone structures are thought to delineate a sacred space, perhaps leading people toward an area of worship, while a popular legend says that the wizard Merlin turned rows of people into stone.

Working with stone is regarded as a primitive skill and nobody really knows or understands the reasons why these complex structures were built.  It certainly took a lot of skill, and workmanship to accurately place and position these formations.  It is hard to resist thinking about how these great big stones were transported to the site where they were finally erected.  These ancient gregarious people certainly were full of zest, enthusiasm and energy and this must have been personal for them and they probably felt like a star is born, when they were completed.

Ancient people may have been just as smart as we are today and the Polynesians who built the stone statues on Easter Island were probably able to focus better than us, because they weren’t affected by the distractions that we have today.  The monuments will last for a long time, but they will eventually become spoilt by erosion.  In the photograph above, the stones appear to be dark and although their presence dominates the landscape, the absence of color exists in most of these structures.  I find them to be scrumptious, and I developed an appreciation for stone after I helped my father construct a stone barbecue pit for the backyard of our summer home up in the Poconos.  It incorporated a hand turned spit, which could easily accommodate a whole pig, but I would have to split a lot of wood to cook something that big.  A stone reading desk is very rare, but they do exist in some very old churches that were built in the thirteenth century.  Legend has it that a headless horseman rides by one of these churches at midnight and there is a pot of gold lying at the bottom of a dark pool guarded by an evil presence at another church, but you can’t believe everything that you read on the internet.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Conflate, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Desk, for the Daily Spur prompt – Resist, for FOWC with Fandango – Zest, for Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt – A star is born, for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan prompt – Scrumptious, for January Writing Prompts – The absence of color, for Ragtag Community – Gregarious, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Spit Split Spoilt, for Sue Vincent’s January 9, 2020 Thursday photo prompt – Presence where the image shows an old photograph of a pathway lined with standing stones leading through a flower-filled meadow and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Personal.

Aurora Borealis

I never knew that microscopic turmoil resulting in dynamic instability is what gives the northern lights their eerie glow.  The luminescent glow typical of auroras comes from light that’s emitted when high-energy particles that have been ejected from the sun and waylaid by earth’s magnetosphere collide with atoms and molecules in our upper atmosphere.  It is kind of scary that these lights are the result of energy from outer space and the different colors are a mix of red with green or blue.  Northern Lights is also a type of cannabis that grows best if you aerate the soil.  It is known to slam your body into a wonderfully numbing, lazy mode, taking away your desire to do anything but sit on the couch and listen to music while you indulge in munchies and tell yourself that everything can wait till tomorrow.

I know that some gentlemen prefer blondes, but my bucket list includes seeing this light show while smoking some Northern Lights as I also gratify myself by listening to Bob Dylan sing ‘Rainy Day Women’ at the same time.  I am not sure how this will compare to the time when I went camping along the Onofre river and I found those 7000 years old stone age etchings and hung out with the local tribe eating sugar cane, but I am going to give it a try, as nothing ventured, nothing gained.  It felt so good to be welcomed to the jungle and see wild animals that were not caged in a zoo.  Having the freedom to sniff the jungle air was like smelling the breath of God.  When I got back from this trip, I discovered the perfect styling product for my hair, Northern Lights Matte Paste, which comes in a jar and is made with quality plant-derived ingredients, so it is not full of harsh chemicals.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Gratify, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Give, for the Daily Spur prompt – Tomorrow, for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Luminescent, for FOWC with Fandango – Scary, for Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt – Gentlemen prefer blondes, for Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda of Midwest Fantasy Tuesday Writing Prompt – I never knew, for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan prompt – Mix, for January Writing Prompts – Along the Onofre river, for Ragtag Community – Aerate, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Sniff Paste Sugar and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Zoo.