08/01

The stress is bringing me down. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to get things off of my #plate.

I need an assistant…

#whistpr

08/02

“A little concoction to #quench your thirst, my beauty?”

“I prefer ‘slake,’ James,” she purred in response. “That word has so many more…possibilities…”

#whistpr

08/03

Today, I borrow from the great Tom Lehrer:

“Oh, soon we’ll be out amid the cold world’s strife Soon we’ll be sliding down the #razor blade of life”

“Bright College Days,” 1959

#whistpr

08/04

“Fancy #spaceship you have here, guv!” he jokingly said to the man in the silver suit.

“I prefer to call it a #starship – it will travel amongst the stars!”

Even though he was drunk, Eamon knew how unlikely that would be.

He smiled and said, “Do you need a drink?”

#whistpr

08/05

He had dreams of happily ever after. Alas, he would never be more than a #thorn in her side.

You have to admire his persistence…

#whistpr

08/06

A quiet morning in a war-torn city. People going about their business as best they can. Their lives, and the course of history, are about to change forever.

Look #up…

#whistpr

08/07

The strike was quick and painless. I barely knew I had been hit.

The #venom moved quickly from my neck to my heart, and then throughout my body. I had no time to say goodbye.

#whistpr

08/08

He is a peaceful man, sleepy in appearance. Then, the music starts.

Surprise is his #weapon of choice.

(One of the top ten music videos ever made)

#whistpr

08/09

Never meet a wave head on – avoid it.

Many people think that to #yield is to show weakness. Consider the water meeting the rock in the river. The water avoids confrontation, but ultimately wears the rock down, vanquishing it.

Weakness can be strength.

#whistpr

08/10

A drink on the patio. The laughter of good friends. The #aria of a soprano wafts toward me in the summer evening air.

If this isn’t heaven, I’m certainly looking forward to it.

#whistpr

08/11

The tolling of the church #bell let everyone know that it was time. The long-awaited day was here.

So rude of reality to shatter the illusion.

#whistpr

08/12

“What’s your record about?”

“It’s about how we build a #cage around ourselves for protection, and how we get out of it when it becomes too constricting.”

“How do you get out?”

“If I told you, you wouldn’t listen.”

#whistpr

08/13

“I can get those by the #dozen.”

“That may be true, but can you use them effectively?”

#whistpr

08/14

“But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the #east, and Juliet is the sun.”

Bobby looked at him quizzically. “I know they name stars, but I’m pretty sure that one isn’t named ‘Juliet’.”

“It is when you have enough money, buddy.”

#whistpr

08/15

When I first flew to the East Coast, I looked out the window on final approach to Atlanta and saw entire neighborhoods without one #fence. I was confused.

I thought to myself, “Don’t these people have dogs?”

#whistpr

08/16

The hopeful and the forceful portray the world as black and white, good and evil. The analysis invariably falls flat.

Complex beings are we, defined by shades of #grey.

#whistpr

08/17

The screeching head came through on all channels, bellowing the message of hate and distrust. The population was watched by armed vigilantes, ensuring compliance. Bow down before the one you serve…

Head like a #hole…

#whistpr

08/18

“I heard there is a workshop that just opened in town where strange sounds emanate. And there’s always a red glow coming from the windows!”

“Interesting. What’s it called?”

“#Idle Hands.”

#whistpr

08/19

My back is sore. I’m tired. I really want to regain fitness, but I can start tomorrow.

The #journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

#whistpr

08/20

“Aye! Look yonder! A #kelpie, or my name isn’t Ewan!!”

Bronson put down his rod and reel. “Maybe lay off the spicy haggis before bedtime, mate…”

#whistpr

08/21

“I’m #large and in charge!!!” bellowed the professional wrestler.

“Well, today you’re substituting in a pre-school. You might want to try something else.”

#whistpr

08/22

“There have been a lot of scary prompts about #monsters lately.”

“Yes. I fear for her dreams.”

“Nah. She’s probably dreaming about lush green fields…”

#whistpr

08/23

“Oh, man, here she comes again!”

“I know dude. Hide!”

No luck. “Hi Eddie! I made you a necklace of onions and petunias!”

“Get the #net!”

#whistpr

08/24

The room was dark and silent. None of them had a flashlight, or even a cell phone. All they could go on was a distinct #odor of rotting flesh.

Suddenly, the window blind flapped open. Their worst fears were confirmed.

#whistpr

08/25

“This is the greatest invention since sliced bread!!”

“Can I have a #peek behind the curtain,” the little boy said.

The huckster answered in a low voice. “Go get your parents, kid. Tell them to bring money.”

#whistpr

08/26

“You spend a lot of time reciting #quotes from others. Don’t you have any original thoughts?”

“Yes, I do,” he replied. “No one understands them. I give them something to relate to.”

“Try me.”

“OK – the ripe persimmon spreads its seeds in the parking lot.”

“Oh…”

#whistpr

08/27

The nascent writer sat at the desk, pen in hand.

“#Remember #remember the twenty-seventh of August…”

More volume in the litter bin…

#whistpr

08/28

Perfect grammar is not always necessary.

I has a #sad.

#whistpr

08/29

The King ascends to his #throne for the third time today. His body stiff, he falls forward as he dies.

His handlers find him there, in his final position, gone well before his time.

#whistpr

08/30

The successful pop songwriter “borrows” from that which came before, so the song sounds familiar in a subconscious way, but has some special elements.

Do you really want to hear something #unique?

#whistpr

08/31

As time went on, the fire chief could no longer scale a ladder, due to an advancing case of #vertigo.

Likely caused by increased focus on a certain area.

#whistpr