Simply 6 Minutes: I Knew Him When

Thank you John for participating in Simply 6! You bring up a very thought provoking view of memory and how it affects us!

The Sound of One Hand Typing

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Back in the days when Saturday Night Live was actually funny, they did a sketch which I think was called “Dork, Geek, or Spaz?” It was a panel of high school students who would watch as various misfits would come out on stage, then they would decide whether the misfit was a dork, a geek, or a spaz. Kind of like the old TV show What’s My Line? where Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, and Bennett Cerf were replaced by high school snobs. The last contestant to come out was (I think) played by Emilio Estevez, who was a new kid in the school and to all outward appearances was a pretty cool guy. Then, of course, the moderator (if you’re keeping score, John Charles Daly) pulls out the yearbook from his old school and reveals that the kid was the…

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Walking through the day  

Without a care in the world  

Drifting like a moth  

Dancing before mingling flames  

With no need to stay or go 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Truthful Tuesday

When it comes to giving money, do you view it as a thoughtful gift, or as a sign that the giver didn’t care enough to think about a “real” gift?

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My answer:

When it comes to “money gifts” I think it depends on who it is from and what occasion. There are definitely people one would like to buy for but have no idea what would be a suitable gift. That being said, I don’t think all gifts have to be what someone wants. A gift is a gesture. I worked with someone once who during Secret Santa time told everyone, “Do not buy me candles or any sort of knick-knack. I don’t want candy or food either.” She told people that scratch-offs were good.

I think giving money is okay if you know the person receiving it wants to spend it on something special. To just always give money,…well why bother?

As far as gift cards go, again depends on who and what for. Gift cards are a great way to not feel like you are wasting money on something someone doesn’t want anyhow. Well, in this day and age, people just buy whatever they want whenever they want so if they don’t want something nice, then that is their issue, not yours.

As far as I go, when I get gift cards I use them and when I get money I try to find something that I really wanted but didn’t want to just pay outright for.

©2020 CBialczak

Just to Belittle You

Thank you Jim for participating and adding your contribution to Simply 6!

A Unique Title For Me

The statement today is, “People only bring up your past when they are intimidated by you present”, which just doesn’t read right with me.  Those three words together “by you present” are God awful English and I get that some people actually talk that way, because this phrase is all over Pinterest, but it does not work for me.  Before I say something, I try to sound it out and this phrase should not fly.  You have to be able to distinguish the meaning of the words that you use and not just spout things out of your mouth.  I think it should be “intimidated by your presence”, or “intimidated by you in the present”.  Anyways, I understand the meaning behind this saying, which to me would be said by an insecure close-minded person that wants to hurt you and they do this by attacking something that is in your past.

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Simply 6 Minutes—Welcome To The Challenge: 12/8/2020

Welcome to the 6 minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

Famous Quote

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*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!