RDP Friday – Breathe

Hi everyone!  Now that the excitement (re: stress) of Christmas and New Year’s is behind us, we need to take a step back and breathe – and that’s today’s word:  Breathe.  I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretations in words, images, poems, videos, and whatever other creations you come up with…have fun!

Don’t forget to tag it “RDP” and “Ragtag Daily Prompt” (and whatever other tags work for your blog), and to create a pingback or copy/paste your post link in the comments. Then take a tour and enjoy the many interpretations of Breathe!


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FOWC with Fandango — Best


This, That, and the Other

FOWCWelcome to January 3, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “best.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to…

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Three Things Challenge #103


Hello and welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Every day I’ll give you three words that will hopefully trigger your creativity.
No need to use them all if you don’t want to, simply read the prompt and see what it brings to mind.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and I have a new logo for you this year.
There are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keep it family friendly.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave a link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly.
Bear in mind although the challenge will go out around 6.30am UK time, pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately if I’m late accessing my blog.
Above all, enjoy!

Your three words today are:

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Whittled Words – Strambotto Poem


Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:


Some of these forms are older than others, and the strambotto traces back to the 13th century. This Italian form known as ottava siciliana (Sicilian octave) or strambotto popolare was the preferred form in Southern Italy, while strambotto toscano was more popular in Tuscany [hat tip to Edward Hirsch’s A Poet’s Glossary]. Today strambotto toscano is known as ottava rima.

Here are the basic rules for strambotto:

  • Octave (8-line) poems or stanzas
  • Hendecasyllabic (or 11-syllable) lines
  • Rhyme scheme: abababab

Alternate version: There’s also a six-line variant form (still called strambotto) with hendecasyllabic lines and an ababab rhyme scheme.

Examples of Strambotto Poems:


by Candace


I found a yellow crocus blooming today
amid the detritus of a season…

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The United States Senate is in neutral on how to proceed with Trump’s impeachment trial — Archynetys


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Senate remained in a stalemate on Friday on how to proceed with the political trial of President Donald Trump, while chamber leaders discussed whether White House assistants will be called as witnesses and if The top Democrat appealed to a handful of Republicans who could help break the dead end.…

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Golden Globes: Security Plans Unchanged Despite Middle East War Fears — Variety


This year’s Golden Globes Awards takes place just three days after the United States air strike in Iraq that killed Gen. Qassem Suleimani, Iran’s top military leader. The move escalated tensions in the Middle East and led to the promise of retaliation by Iran, but for now there’s no credible threat to the L.A. region,…

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Mississippi Pot Roast in the Slow Cooker — cookingwithauntjuju.com


Beef pot roasts are a favorite winter dish and it’s nice to have a variety and even better when I can cook it in a slow cooker. My favorite is Guiness Beef Stew with lots of potatoes, carrots, onions and a wonderful sauce. A sister highly recommended this version of Mississippi Pot Roast (she has […]

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