Daily Prompt

All in

via Daily Prompt: Commit

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Whatever your endeavors, it seems like it would be better to be fully engaged than just partly.

Even when you commit a faux pas, you should do it with a whole heart, since it is always better to commit to something than to be wishy-washy.

Don’t dip a toe, just go all in.


Daily Prompt

Glass objects

Opaque or transparent?

via Daily Prompt: Bottle

Wine, water, soda and all sorts of liquids find their home in a bottle. This glass object makes for a versatile container. It is fascinating to think that there are artisans who put sailing ships inside a bottle, as well.

These days when we say “bottle,” we might refer to one made not of blown glass but from plastic, which is far more common than the glass variety. It makes sense that this is so, since plastic won’t shatter when dropped from the ledge in your refrigerator. I contend that most drinks taste better when sipped from glass, however; if you have a bottle of seltzer, enjoy it by pouring it into a glass.

Daily Prompt · point of view · riff

Daily Prompt: Relieved

via Daily Prompt: Relieved

A lightening rod of relief.

So the heat breaks, even briefly, and you are relieved.  It may be temporary, but you feel it as if it were a reprieve from troubled times.

The truth is like the old saw about the dog’s tail– if you step on it and then get off, the dog is so delighted, he’ll even wag his tail for his tormenter.

We suffer, and the slightest amnesty feels life-changing. We are similarly relieved when our government sounds normal for even a moment in time, but that is grist for another riff. I have to admit I am relieved that I don’t have to expand on it.


America · New York City · point of view · riff

It’s the 4th of July: Who are you?

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Many of us are, or are descendents of those who have come from far away to be in America. The place we were born and the one in which we landed conspire to make our identity. We say we are Italian-Americans, or Americans of German ancestry. Some brought the homeland with them, for instance, naming a place in Maine after Denmark and another after Poland. Those of us lucky enough to be from my city mostly just say we’re New Yorkers.

As citizens of the United States, however, we are always recognized by our distinctive Americanness. Who are you? I am an American.

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What does that mean? I am an American. It means I honor the hard-won rights, liberties, and responsibilities of all those singular and distinguished Americans who forged this “more perfect union.” Some of us continue to struggle to keep the ideals of our Constitution (and its amendments) intact. We are united in the laws of our land. We are one under a flag that represents American values. Nothing should divide us, although many things do.

Sometimes it’s our background, or place of origin that keeps us from acknowledging that we are all one people. Sometimes, it’s our ethnic heritage or religious beliefs that we hold above being an American. Sometimes it’s the ethnicity (or choice of worship) of our fellow Americans that we disparage, showing disrespect not only to our compatriots but also to our way of life. We allow differences in political orientation to distract us from who we truly are. We are not Republicans or Democrats. As denizens of a democratic republic, we are in truth both. We need to celebrate and esteem our “nation, indivisible” and recognize the unity that is  these UNITED STATES of America.

Happy 4th of July!