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About trentpmcd

Trent P. McDonald Musician, composer, author, photographer, general creative.

The Weekly Smile for the 21st of June, 2020 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Happy Summer for those in the Northern Hemisphere, or Winter for those of you in the Southern. Yesterday was the big day, or at least the longest day up north. And I am having a bit of a summer vacation! I unexpectedly had Friday off and I am off today. I just got back from a long walk on my favorite beach. I’ve been swimming, hiking and kayaking. Yes, I am on Cape Cod.

My biggest smile was yesterday’s kayak paddle. It was my longest of the year up to this point and one of my longest in the last few years. I stayed at a constant fast rate, pulling in behind a motor boat and following it for the first four miles, passing it on occasion. OK, there is a speed limit on the river, and I paddle faster than that 6 mph posted limit.

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 6/14 – 6/20/2020 #weeklysmile

Hello all! Another interesting week as we move into summer up here in the Northern Hemisphere. There were a lot of pluses and minuses, but I think some people came up with some great smiles. If you need something to smile about, look no farther and click a few links below!

Trent’s World
Lady Lee Manila
Nut House Central
The Hidden Edge
Ruth Scribbles aka RuthEK
Superlative Deviation: Life with Meaning, Life with Joy
Tessa Dean – Author
Natasha Musing
Ruth Blogs Here
Touring My Backyard

Some great smiles!

I will post this week’s smile in about an hour, maybe a little longer. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 19th of June, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Happy Juneteenth, the newest US Federal holiday. It is a gorgeous day. Come on over and sit here in the shade. Can you see a little of the cove back through the trees, maybe some sparkles of the blue water? I’ll get you a nice strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. Were are we? Although it is a new photo, some of you may know that we are on Cape Cod today.

I drove down here to “The Cape” on Thursday evening. It was been about three weeks, so I was shocked at how much my yard resembled a jungle. Anyway, I unexpectedly got Friday (yesterday) off of work, which was perfect. I spent a big chunk of the day on yard work. I also did a nice paddle – it was perfect conditions. In the afternoon I took a long walk in the woods. This morning I went to my favorite beach for a long beach walk.

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The Fisherman #writephoto

The Fisherman – Image by KL Caley

I came to the top of the little bluff and froze for a second before instinct kicked in.  Had I been seen?  I allowed myself a quick peak at the fisherman.  He was concentrating on his fly and hadn’t turned my direction, not even flinched. I was sure I hadn’t been noticed.

It had been months since there had been any pursuit.  Even the dogs were worthless when I didn’t want to be found. 

On the other hand, just because there was no active search didn’t mean they weren’t still looking for me.  My guess is that I’d either have to figure out how to resurface with a completely new identity or spend the rest of my life out here, on the run.

I loved the wilderness, so no hurry in finding that identity.

And I loved this little patch of relatively still water, a hidden spot far from the casual person’s eyes, the perfect little private trout “pond”.

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Apocalypse When?

PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas

We were lost and tired. 

The cockpit crew died when our transport was shot down over the empty jungle. They were the only ones who knew where we were and which way we needed to go.

But we had to move.

Have you ever walked for days in a sticky oven with no food?  How about knowing a sniper could be in any tree, a boobytrap on any path?

We approached the ratty house, arms drawn. 

No luck.

It had been empty for decades.  Not a scrap to eat.

But we found a sign – Ashtabula.  

Port Cleveland wasn’t too far!


word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Alicia Jamtaas . Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “Linky“.


Ashtabula is a town in Ohio, a bit east of Cleveland. I wanted to say “Akron”, but the punchline would have been softened. I like the sound of “Ashtabula” better – it was used in A Bob Dylan song, “You’ll Make Me Lonely When You Go”. With the title and jungle warfare, I wanted people to think Vietnam, not Ohio ;)


I was super busy last week and didn’t read many FF posts. Hopefully I’ll get to more this week.

Pull of the Moon #tanka #ekphrastic

Image Credit: Kerfe Roig

lines drawn star to star
plastered up there in the sky
a map where birds fly
ancient navigator’s hand
leads my paper crane heart home


This was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. This week’s challenge was an ekphrastic using the picture at the top of the page. I chose to write a tanka.

Final Thoughts on Little Dorrit

Charles Dickens at his Desk in 1858 – This was from Wikimedia and I make no claim to ownership

OK, confession time – I did not finish Little Dorrit until last night.  I have a lot of excuses (other reading, a huge amount of writing, etc.) but for the most part they are just that, excuses. 

Anyway, when I was about three-quarters of the way through, I drew up a list of talking points.  Well, after finishing, I have some other things to say…. I will mention these talking points, I just won’t spend as much time with them as planned.  Still, maybe I will spend too much time on them ;) (long post warning…)

One thing that I noticed when I was deep into the book was that Dickens had spent the first 100 pages or so (my copy had 787 pages) just introducing characters and planting a few seeds of plot and subplot.  When I started reading, I only did a few pages at a time, usually before going to bed.  The problem was that there was no plot or substance to get my teeth into at first and so it was a real chore getting through the first 200 pages – I spent almost 4 months on those pages and less than 4 days on the other 587 pages!

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The Weekly Smile for the 14th of June, 2021 #weeklysmile

For the most part, last week was a pretty good week with a lot of smiles, but there is one that I want to bring out.

On Tuesday our local Lions Club had our annual “end of year” meeting. In ways the club follows a school year with the summer having a minimum number of more social meetings. In September we will start our working meetings with new officers in place. Actually, the officers were put in place on Tuesday, so after two years, I am no longer the local club’s president.

Besides the smile about no longer being president, the meeting itself was a big smile. I think our last face-to-face meeting was back in February 2020 and had maybe 8 people attend. So we had a face-to-face meeting with 13 people. Not a huge number, but it was nice. We had it at a local restaurant. We reserved a room overlooking the river and had a buffet diner. It was very good. This was the first time I sat down in a restaurant since late February, 2020.

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The Weekly Smile Recap 6/7 – 6/13/2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all! I think last week was a pretty good week for most, though, of course, in such a large world, it is impossible to be good for all! If you didn’t have the greatest of weeks, perhaps you can read one of the smiles below, or two or three… Even if you had a good week, what’s wrong with having another smile :)

Trent’s World
Light Motifs II
Sillyfrog’s Blog
Therapy Bits
A Multitude of Musing
Lady Lee Manila
Tesa Dean – Author
Change is Hard
Touring My Backyard
Thistles and Kiwis

Quite a few great smiles :) In past weeks I have missed a few links, so if you did join the June 7th Smile and don’t see a link, let me know and I’ll add it.

I’ll put up this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile?

Note – I will not be able to do a Smile post or recap on the 5th of July.