Intro: I’m not sure this writing prompt exercise is going to be just the ticket for me; 60 seconds is pretty much a blink of the eye. But here goes with the One-Minute Writer Prompt for June 28, 2016. I’ll give this daily writing exercise a week and re-evaluate. This is Day Two.
Topic: Write about a time someone tried to convince you of something or change your mind about something.
My write-up: I’ve had people I love try to convince me that I should return to the Christian faith. It troubles me that they all seem to speak from the same script and don’t understand why I am an apostate after years of thought on this. Whether they use Pascal’s Wager or the “atheists are so angry” gambit or even triumphantly try the “If we came from monkeys why are there still monkeys?” argument, it just falls flat. I hate to shut the door on any conversation, but I’m tired of rehashing this. I think I’m eventually going to put a “Stuff I Don’t Want to Explain Again” tab on my blog and redirect them to it.
My thoughts after today’s writing prompt: I’m reminded that I’ve thought for a *long* time about putting just such a tab on my website. I need to move that from “mental note” to “actually on my to-do list.”
Intro: I’m not sure this writing prompt exercise is going to be just the ticket for me; 60 seconds is pretty much a blink of the eye. But here goes with the One-Minute Writer Prompt for June 27, 2016. I’ll give this daily writing exercise a week and re-evaluate. This is Day One.
Topic: So, imagine someone has written your biography. Now take your One Minute and write the inner-flap blurb for YOUR dust jacket. A short summary of your life. What would your biography be entitled? Is it mostly fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, romance, drama or horror? Who might be your author?
My writeup: Carolyn Gaddy Bahm is the only child of a Depression-era mother, and she’s also the literal “farmer’s daughter.” Her truck-crop-farmer dad died when she was six, and she grew up in a blended family. Her mom remarried when Carolyn was nine to an amiable weak man with a fondness for vodka. I’d like to think that Stephen King would write my bio, but I think then it would be a lot more about things like how I enjoy watching Russian dashcam videos of crashes and road rage.
My thoughts after the writing prompt: Funny how I felt compelled to start at that point in my life. It’s like I never got past those traumas of early childhood. Hmm! Wonder why I didn’t start with the six preceding years, or where I am today. Edited this to add the reference to who might write the bio on me.
This is a spoof of a sign, but our lax gun laws might as well say something like this. Source: Flickr.com; some rights reserved. The Flickr photographer obtained this from StopGunViolence.org.
People who know me now wouldn’t recognize my politics back in the day. I used to vote as a Republican. Now I’m about as liberal as it gets. I also come from rural Mississippi and have deep roots in conservatism, country, and Southern culture, so I’m the odd man out when it comes to most residents in my native state or where I live now (Tennessee). My personal political arc may explain to you why a dedicated liberal like me somehow has so many conservative friends and family members who violently disagree with my views. They haven’t changed, but I have.
One of the things we knock heads about is gun control. It’s a bleeding-edge news topic every freaking week in our gun-happy country, but they’re just all shrugs and “More guns!” about it. (They totally want to say, “Thaaaaaaaanks, Obama,” too.)
Our country is seeing too many mass killings. Our cities (like nearby Memphis, Tenn.) are overrun with individual shootings and murders. The weekly police and sheriff reports I edit for my small newspaper almost always have a few cases of someone being robbed or threatened while looking down the barrel of a gun. We are fearful but complacent. But numbness and denial won’t protect us.
Enough is enough.
I stand 100% for stricter gun control laws. I stand with the 100+ organizations that are members of the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence. If I had my druthers, here’s what gun sales and ownership would look like in the U.S.:
- Forbidding people on the terrorism watch list from buying or owning guns.
- Required gun safety and maintenance training before guns can be purchased.
- Required gun liability insurance before guns can be purchased and before permits can be renewed. Even the freakin’ National Rifle Association (NRA) recommends buying this kind of insurance; see their endorsed policies here. I think it should be mandatory. Here’s what the NRA-endorsed policies would charge you as of June 22, 2016. It’s not that expensive, folks. Less than $17/month if you want their MOST expensive policy.
- Stricter scrutiny of applicants seeking to buy guns. I just read the Senate version of the “Fix Gun Checks Act of 2016” (SB2934) and see that there’s a mile-wide list of exceptions that should make gun fans feel relieved. How can anyone with a conscience oppose this?
- Commonsense restrictions on open carry practices. I feel less safe, not more, with armed knuckleheads and their itchy trigger fingers busily patrolling the aisles of stores. (Business owners: When I’m in your store and I see a weapon on someone other than a trained law enforcement officer in uniform, I leave without making a purchase.)