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About trentpmcd

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

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.

If We Were Having Coffee on the 12th of June, 2021 #weekend coffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Sit down and I’ll get you a nice, strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a little on the cool side and damp after a night of rain, but feels comfortable. After the heatwave we had, anything would be! 5 days of 90 – 98 F (33 – 37 C) was pretty bad, particularly since it was very humid a few of those days. We then had a warm Thursday (not hot) followed by an almost cold Friday! The next few days will be closer to normal. Oh, where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from new Hampshire.

The big news this week was the weather. It was pretty oppressive! But not totally terrible. I did get out for some shorter walks, though the dogs chose not to most of the time. I didn’t run,but did strength executrices (I ran last Saturday before it was too uncomfortable and then on Friday). I did some yard work over the weekend and had someone come in and do some yard work that is beyond me over the week. And I tried to stay cool :)

Work was busy, as always, but not bad.

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Little Dorrit Challenge Kick Off!

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

You may have seen that Yvette Prior and I are running a small Little Dorrit challenge.  The challenge runs from today, June 9 (Dickens passed away on June 9, 1870) and will run until Sunday, June 13.  You can join by writing a post about the book and linking to any of mine or Yvette’s posts about it.  Your posts can be about anything at all – what you though of the book, a review, talking about the writing style, about the characters, about humor, about satire, about what you liked, about what you hated or anything else that comes to mind.

This post is to get things started with a few facts about the book.

Little Dorrit was originally published in serial form between 1855 and 1857. The story is set in London in 1826 and features Amy Dorrit, aka “Little Dorrit”, the youngest child of her family, born and raised in the Marshalsea prison for debtors in London, the same place where Dickens’ father was imprisoned in real life. Arthur Clennam encounters her after returning home from a 20-year absence, ready to begin his life anew. (paraphrased from Wikipedia) In many ways Arthur is the real “main character”, not Little Dorrit, but she is the center of attention.

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The Return of Phythaux

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

“Well, there was this family of giants, see, and they loved to go to the beach and this is the old beachball, ya know, and…”

“Last time you said it was a dog’s ball.”

Harry was flustered for only a second before he started a new yarn combining the stories.

Truth be told, he loved the old novelty building, the giant red ball in the parking lot, and did a great business with his souvenir shop with its burger stand.

Harry stopped, his eyes huge.  “The dog wants his ball…”

We started to laugh until we heard the loud bark.


word count = 100

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


Note on the title, just in case you didn’t get it Phythaux – Ph (F) – y (i) – th (d) – aux (o) – (Fido) ;) I got this from a cousin when I was about 10 and he said he got it from Bill Cosby, but I never heard that skit.

Sunrise #haiku

first bird sings
dusky half-lit world
day arrives


This was written for Collen’s weekly poetry challenge. This week we were given two words to use, dawn and twilight, but only synonyms are allowed. I wrote a haiku.

Just a quick comment – I obviously thought of Cat Steven’s version of Morning Has Broken after I wrote this. Of course I always liked Rick Wakeman’s uncredited piano playing (He is my favorite rock keyboardist).

The Weekly Smile for the 7th of June, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi! This was a weird week. I did a lot but there is little to talk about. OK, let’s back up for a moment or two.

I am not a hot weather person. I live in New Hampshire instead of Texas or South Carolina (I’ve lived both places) for a reason! I could not survive in a place where air conditioning was mandatory.

We started our second heatwave of the year on Saturday. Typically we will have 90+ F (33+ C) for extended periods perhaps twice a season, usually in late July or early August. Some years are worse. Being on our second one weeks before the official start of summer? That is odd! And for a person who prefers cool temperatures?

And yet I haven’t minded it….yet – ask me On Thursday how I feel! In fact, it has been nice.

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The Weekly Smile Recap for May 31 – June 6, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi! How was your week? Good or bad, I’ll tell you what, if you want something to smile about this fine morning, why don’t you click on one of the links below:

Trent’s World
Natasha Musing
Light Motifs II
Sillyfrog’s Blog
The Hidden Edge
Susan Joy Clark
Tessa Dean – Author
Lady Lee Manila
Ruth Blogs Here
Change is Hard
Touring My Backyard
Ruth Scribbles

Sorry if the links seem odd – Word Press was acting strange when I was trying to create them.

Also, if you don’t see your post, please let me know! I could not find links to three posts on the original Smile post. One person provided the link, but the other two missed the linkup.

I will post this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile?

The Little Dorrit Challenge (Dickens)

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

Way back on the 7th of February, in honor of Charles Dickens’ birthday, Yvette Prior and myself decided to do a little challenge. We asked everyone to read the book “Little Dorrit” and do a post about it someplace around June 9, which is the other end of Dickens’ live, i.e., the day he passed away. We planned a drawing of a $25 Amazon gift card for people who took the challenge.

OK, OK, I have been remiss in this challenge! But it is still on. Yvette has recently posted about it. And yes, the $25 Amazon gift card is still being drawn!

All you have to do is read, attempt to read, try to read or skim or whatever Little Dorrit and write a post about it. Use the hashtag #Dickenschallenge and place a comemnt with the link on one of the Little Dorrit posts, such as this one, my original or any on Yvette’s blog (like this page).

You can start now, but the official challenge is from June 9 – June 13.

You can write anything at all about. Talk about the story. Talk about the politics. The humor. How long it is! How many words… The historical background. Anyway, here is a little bit copied from Yvette’s post:


  • If you want to read (or skim) the book Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, then share a post about it on or around June 9th, which is the date of Dickens’ death.  The last day to join in will be Sunday June 13th.
  • If you want a free e-copy of this book – go here to Gutenberg Press 
  • If you do “not” want to post about it, you can also join us by commenting on any of the Little Dorrit posts – like this post today or over at Trent’s master Dorrit post here.  
  • If you CAN join us – use the hashtag #Dickenschallenge and have your post out by June 13th.  
  • AfterJune 13th, 2021 – we will announce the gift card winner and Trent and I will both post about the challenge on our blogs. 

Hope you can join!

Note – if this is successful at all, we may try to do it every year. Show us that you want to continue by contributing!

If We Were Having Coffee on the 5th of June, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and take a seat. It feels great out here right now, even in shorts, but will get warm later. We are expecting a heat wave that will last until, I think, Thursday. But it is a beautiful morning, so let me get you a large mug of super dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. Oh, where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being New Hampshire.

I drove home from Cape Cod on Sunday morning. It was a rainy and cold weekend! It had been very hot, so the house stayed warm throughout, but still – the temps were flat-lined at 46 F/8 C and it rained almost continuously late Friday night through Monday morning. Yuck. But then Monday turned out pretty good. i took the day off of work on Tuesday, and it was a great day! I feel I got more done Tuesday that the entire weekend, including Monday.

Oh, we received our first batch of farm fresh produce from a local CSA (Customer Supported Agriculture) on Tuesday! It is all greens this early, but still great!

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The Beach #writephoto

At the Beach – Image by KL Caley

Yeah, you see those high fences with razor wire at the top they just put up?  Let me tell you about it…

You’ll know that they closed the beaches about a month ago.  They said “Red Tide” and all, you know those algae blooms that pretty much kill everything in their paths.  But why close the beach over that?

Yep, I wanted to find out too.

The other day me and my daughter Barb decided to check it out. We got her kids, little Tommy and Paul, and we all dressed up in the best protective gear we could find.  No stupid algae would ruin our day.

At first we saw nothing, no dead fish washed up, no nasty algae, nothing.

OK, “nothing” went pretty far, for there were no seagulls or anything else living or moving either.

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