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About trentpmcd

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

Portal #writephoto

Portal – Image by Rebecca M. Douglass

“Look Mommy, the world is split open!”

“No dear, that’s just a puddle.  It rained last night and there are puddles all around.  See?”

“But there’s trees and things in there…”

“No, Danny, you are just seeing the reflections of the trees around us.  Look down into the puddle and then up above you.  It’s the same.  See?”

“But I saw someone move down there.”

“No, that was just us; we’re reflected, like the trees.  When I wave, that reflection of me waves too.  See?”

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Perhaps It’s Time


We made the list again, Mr. Mayor.

We finally broke the top 10 best city for a new business?

No, we are still in bottom five of bicycle accessible cities.  Perhaps it’s time…

I will not inconvenience a single car for those wing-nuts.

The economist all say…

I don’t care.

The protests are getting bigger.

Tell the police chief I want him to start shooting those eco-terrorists.

Tell him yourself – he’s leading the protests and is outside your window.


On a bike…

On the twelfth floor?

If they can’t ride on the roads…

Any allies?


Perhaps it’s time…


word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Brenda Cox. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.

The Weekly Smile for the 23rd of August, 2021 #weeklysmile

Now this week’s smile is an odd one in that I wasn’t really expecting it, but… OK, I know, it has been a tough week. Floods, like the one in Tennessee, hurricanes and tropical storms, fires, countries falling to extremists, etc. , but let’s try to find to smile about.

On Saturday afternoon I was only thinking of animals in takign care of Grace and Alexander 9the two cats) and the puppies, Fiyero and Idina, who were going to be home soon. When I called to see where they were, I heard the word “kitten”.

It was pouring rain on Sunday morning. Henri had made landfall. We drove almost an hour to a humane society located in Swanzey, NH. It was a very nice facility. There we looked at a little kitten named “James”. He was a tiny thing, most likely the runt of the litter. He had come up from Georgia.

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The Weekly Smile Recap 8/16 – 8/22/2021 #weeklysmile

Hi All. We are still in summer mode with most people out doing things that hopefully bring smiles instead of writing about them. We did still have a few good smiles:) Why don’t you click on one or two below?

Trent’s World
Tessa Dean – Author
Lady Lee Manila
Lorraine’s frilly freudian slip
Change is Hard
Touring My Backyard

Not many, so it would be super easy to read all of them :)

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

If We Were Having Coffee on the 21st of August, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and grab a seat! I’ll get you a nice dark roast or a cuppa, but let me know if you want something cooler – it is a bit steamy today. It has been very humid most of the week and will get worse as Henri makes his way up the coast. Where are we? Some may recognize the photo as being from New Hampshire

I left Cape Cod early Sunday, even if there was still family visiting. They are my wife’s family, and she was (is) still there, so not a problem. I brought Alexander back with me, but the dogs stayed on the Cape.

Work has been busy over the last week. I mean, it is usually busy, but it does fluctuate, and this was a busy part.

I did some work around the house, exercised and ran three times. I have been getting out of the routine, so it was a little difficult, but with a run last Friday (not included in the three), I have been pretty consistent for a week. I hope to keep it up… I walked, but not as much as usual – for one thing, Thursday was a washout. I also didn’t have as much time as I’d like. And the cat demanded on being out a lot ;) He was mad at me on Sunday when we got back, and actually tantrumed when I tried to bring him back into the house after our first couple of “walks”! After a day of getting used to NH again (read, sharing the house with Grace, who he hates), he was much better and quickly returned to normal. I also played a bit of music, keeping my synths on most of the day so I could play as I walked by, plus doing finger exercises at least once a day on the (real) piano. I did a little editing, but decided to let it sit for a couple of weeks so I can look at it with fresh eyes when I return to editing.

Today looks like it will be a nice day, so I need to get outside and move before the wet, tropical weather hits on Sunday – this will be a hot, humid week after the storm pulls that tropical air up here!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit :) If you have a coffee share, I will try to stop in, but, as usual, no promises (maybe on Sunday, when I will most likely be stuck inside). Hope you are having a great weekend!

Natalie the Explorer is now the host of the weekend coffee share and she is doing a wonderful job. Stop in at this week’s main share page or go to the InLinkzlinkup to see all of the other shares!

Born to Be Wild?


The used Harley cost a pretty penny and didn’t look anything like “Captain America’s” chopper, but I had to taste the wild wind and the freedom of the open road.  I was off to discover America some 50 years after Peter and Dennis.

Giving up the Interstates was difficult.  Too easy.

But the “real” America wasn’t much more difficult. 

I stopped in some town in the middle of Missouri.  Or was it Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania or New York?

Same truck stop, same conversation, same culture.

Checking my phone for the 50th time that day, had I really found freedom?


word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Lisa Fox. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.

I’m still in vacation mode, but will try to visit more stories than the last two weeks…

The Weekly Smile for the 16th of August, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi All! Last week was a very busy week, but mostly busy in a good way. I did work for most of the week (well, a little over half), and it was super busy at work. I also did a lot of work around my Cape Cod house. But I also had some fun :) I had a nephew and a niece visit.

Many of the things I did were pretty close to “normal”, such as long walks in the woods or on the beach and kayaking. But there was also stuff with the kids. I went to the beach and swam on my own, which was fine, but it was different swimming with the kids. I kayaked by myself, which is always at an almost racing pace, and also kayaked while my niece was on the stand up paddle board. that is much, much slower, but it is sometimes nice to just enjoy the water, the views, etc. and not paddle like a maniac ;)

i did have a lot of time alone since the kids had surfing lessons at a beach 45 minutes away. They did a lot with my wife (they are actual her family). But that is fine.

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The Weekly Smile Recap 8/9 – 8/15/2021 #weeklysmile

Hi everyone! I had a pretty busy week and didn’t have time to read many blog posts, but I did take time to read every smile that came my way :) You should too! Check out a few of the smiles below:

Trent’s World
Nut House Central
The Hidden Edge
Tessa Dean – Author
Lorraine’s frilly freudian slip
Natasha Musing
Touring my Backyard

Not many this week, since i think everyone (in the northern hemisphere) is out summering, but still a nice collection.

And, as always, please let me know ASAP if I missed yours! Maybe the pingback didn’t work or, well, it is Monday morning, and…

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

If We Were Havign Coffee on the 14th of August, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get a nice mug of super strong dark roast or a.. hmm, maybe something cool! It is now afternoon and is hot and muggy. It has been a warm week and hot the last few days, but super humid all week. Out here in the backyard it is a little cooler and there is a breeze, but it is still a bit steamy. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize that photo at the top as being on Cape Cod.

So I had a nephew and a niece down all week. I did some stuff with them, but they had surfing lessons and I worked most of the week. I had some time off, though. Work was tough…

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Stop the Machine-men!


Gramps thinks the machine-men are going to take over the world.  Said he saw his first one in the battle of Heartbreak Ridge.  That’s why he won’t buy Chinese or Korean goods – he thinks the Chinese started it.  But now he is convinced the US made their own machine-men.

Last night he ran out of the house, blasting away with his shotgun, shouting about machine-men.

Craig was working his 4-wheeler and the engine was in pieces.  In the morning Gramps pointed to the parts spread over the yard to prove he hit a machine-man.

Mom is looking into nursing homes….


word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Ted Strutz. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.

I haven’t been keeping up with my blog in the last couple of weeks. Sorry if I didn’t read your FF post last week (I hit a few…) and just a warning that I might not read many this week.