Share Your World — 04/25/2022

Melanie is the host of Share Your World: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.wordpress.com/2022/04/25/share-your-world-and-be-kind-to-the-earth-4-25-2022/

QUESTIONS

In your opinion, how are we affecting our planet? I think many of us are ruining it when we don’t need to be. I don’t think it is all optional though. For example, we are getting our kitchen redone (even though I just fired the contractor!). Each cabinet came with cardboard on top, on bottom, around the sides…The one around the sides is line with plastic so I roll it and use it for drop clothes when I paint, but the rest I just break down and put out for the town guys to get. I don’t even know if it is recycled or put in the trash! Anyhow, I understand that it is shipped that way to avoid damage but imagine if a truck just came and dropped off the cabinets? I mean in the end the company might break even when they don’t have to pay for the production and use of all that cardboard. Another huge example, that makes me so angry, is junk mail. In the “junk mail” category I regrettably include mail from charitable sponsors. I mean, if the Disable Vets of America stopped sending me envelopes, with the postage, and then calendars and labels, book marks, etc. wouldn’t they have more money for the cause? They really even aren’t that bad. My father who has Alzheimer’s is still receiving mailing labels for his old address from a few organizations. Now, firstly, when I started living with him I sent each one back with a note saying he had Alzheimers so take him off the mailing list. Secondly, it’s his old address! My stepmother who has now been gone for over a year is still getting mailing labels and other various gifts even though I sent all of them back for a while with the word DECEASED written on the front. That is so much paper and I haven’t even gotten to the advertisements or the local flyers for supermarkets. Must I go on? Don’t get me going on packaging and plastics…Or food containers…

What solutions would you offer to stem the multiple problems we face vis a vis the destruction of our planet home? I think the best thing is to try and reuse as much as possible. I know there is not always an option. Then you have the plastics that they say if you reuse them there are chemicals that go into whatever you put in them. I also think we need to come up with more efficient ways of recycling. I have learned that most of our recycling has always gone to China. According to my source, China recycles more because they don’t have the EPA standards on air emissions like the US. I don’t know if this is true or not, and I don’t care to have an argument about it, but with what is going on in our world, China isn’t taking our products anymore. One way that I think is a really good idea is reusing the land that is used for landfills as public properties that don’t rely on ground water. For example, football fields and stadiums. Pipe in the water for drinking but that is a lot of surface area that can be saved and used more affectively. Disclaimer: these are only my ideas and not backed by any research. I’m just saying these things ’cause I think of them!

Do you think it’s already too late and we could just do exactly as we’re doing now and things would turn out the very same? I don’t think it is ever too late overall. I mean, yes we have animals that are extinct as well as plants and so on, but many of them can be saved. Also, now that we have the means, take DNA of things in danger, just in case. The saddest part of all this is the people who rely on things like poaching to survive. I do NOT agree with poaching and I DO believe it should be illegal but how do you stop the people from selling Ivory if that is the only way they make their money? Maybe we need more of an educational program for the world, and not just the advanced countries.

Do you participate in things like “Arbor Day” (a U.S. Holiday dedicated to planting new trees) or Earth Day or Earth Month? I don’t because for a few reasons. First, I really never remember about it until it is here or gone and then I think it is too late. Second, I haven’t always had a place to plant a new tree. I also don’t cut down any trees so that sort of counts, I think.

Is any of it important in the ‘Big Picture’? Yes, of course! If we don’t all join together to change some of the things affecting the earth, then we might as well just keep hoping and holding off the inevitable. You can’t change just some of it. Yes, some is better than nothing, but if we all don’t care the same it won’t be the same. I think we have just gotten so advanced that people care about different things. Maybe with technology some of the products we used to buy will decrease and that might help. I know that some things are necessary and some things are produced for good reason. It is the mindless stuff, like all the junk mail, that aggravates me the most.

GRATITUDE SECTION

What can you personally do to participate in the “Clean Earth” movement? I don’t litter and I pick up my dog poop. Dog poop doesn’t necessarily hurt the earth, but it hurts people’s shoes and livelihoods. I also use rainwater and water from the condenser, to cut down on fresh water use. I try to limit the amount of plastic I buy, especially if it is the kind that cannot be recycled.

I do have an idea, that is taken off of another that is already done, but…take all those plastic bottles that are littering the worlds’ waters and fill them with sand from areas that need to be cleared. Use them to build homes for either the homeless or for those living in areas of such poverty. Also, teach people in disadvantaged countries more ways to help themselves. I don’t think there are any immediate things, per say, but I think every bit will help.

Share Your World April 4, 2022

Melanie hosts Share Your World. Like Cindy’s post (https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/83083476/posts/8989) it is nice to learn more about our blogging friends and I welcome the conversations things like this brings. Check out Melanie’s page https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.wordpress.com/2022/04/04/share-your-world-4-4-2022/

QUESTIONS

Are you more productive at night or in the morning? Do you think it’s possible to change and get used to another schedule? Typically in the morning because I feel like I have plenty of time to get everything I want to do, done. I like that mid-day feel that I am “free” for the rest of the day because all of my chores are done. That being said, if I am home alone, morning or night, I get more done. I tend to get distracted when David is around. I find things I “have to” ask him and then get side tracked. Not his fault at all, just me!

What’s the biggest vehicle you’ve driven?  If you don’t drive, what’s the biggest vehicle you’ve ridden in? I don’t know which is bigger, per se, as they are both big in their own way but at one time I drove a Chevy Astrovan which I loved. It fit both kids and carseats, usually my niece, nephew, their carseats, and my sister. Or it fit the family with carseats, strollers, dog, husband, and everything else for a day out or short trip. I also drove a Ford F150 pickup extended cab. That was bigger in height I suppose. I liked driving it except it wasn’t the best when getting groceries. The back wasn’t covered so if I did put groceries back there all the bags had to be tied lest I lose items on the way home. Or everything would be spread out throughout the truck bed by the time I got home. On rainy days I loaded groceries in the front seat and packed around the kids in the back seat.

What songs would be played on a loop in hell?  (Suspend disbelief for this one, it’s cool not to believe in Hell, but let’s use our imaginations to answer.  Of course one can always skip the questions they find odd too.  And yes, I took into account that individual tastes will influence individual choices.) I’m not sure if I have a specific song but I do know that those “knock-off” versions of good songs, redone by lousy artists, would definitely be on the playlist. I get so aggravated when I look for a song I really like and listen to it, only to realize it sounds really different. Well, that’s because someone decided to turn on their home microphone and think they knew how to sing like a professional. This happens a lot with Disco. Yes, I love Disco music but I can’t stand “new” versions.

(Deep and chewy philosophical question):     What does it mean to be a person?  What constitutes “personhood?” (there may be some diverse opinions, but we’re all mature adults in here, so be respectful of others please). I almost think that being able to answer a question like this means you are a person. If someone has such narrow views of the world and who is right and who is wrong for whatever reason, then maybe they aren’t a real person through and through. I get that there is right and wrong but let me give you an example. I do pottery now and the owner of the studio tells all new members and students that her studio is one open to inclusion and there is no tolerance for non-acceptance. There are two members that I know of that want to be addressed as “they” and other’s who you honestly just don’t know. For me, I don’t care what you do to yourself or call yourself. If it makes you happy that is great. Your decisions don’t really effect me.


GRATITUDE SECTION (Always Optional)

How were your spirits (mood) over the past week? Generally happy with one small dark cloud of my son that lingers close by. I don’t think that cloud will ever go away but I do have blue skies above me today.

SHARE YOUR WORLD 3-28-2022

Melanie posts these questions each week and I love to share all that gunk in my mind! Lol. Find it here

QUESTIONS

What fictional family would you like to be part of?  (think TV shows, cartoon or books or some fictional family that you admire) Definitely the Brady Bunch. I love their house and would love to have all those siblings.

Which band or artist would you like to play at your funeral or memorial service? (the artist can have passed on too) I would love Freddy Mercury to play at my funeral. Since he can’t I think I would like Andy Grammar or Soja!

Preference.   Popcorn, M&Ms or other.   Choose something you love snacking on. Ice cream. Any flavor, any time, any day, any meal….

If you could be any supernatural (fantasy) character, what would you be?  (Think Elves, fairies, dragons or whatever) I would want to be one of the Wonder Twins….I would want to be the one that turns into animals and other things, not water or anything fluid.

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always OPTIONAL)

Please share the best advice you’ve ever gotten which you feel ought to be shared with everyone.


My mom always said:
Only you can make you happy, don’t rely on someone else for your own happiness.

SHARE YOUR WORLD 2-28-2022

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Questions

Is any one person’s life worth more than another’s? Why or why not? I think it all depends on what is at stake. My daughter is more valuable to me than other girls her age, especially ones I don’t know. No one deserves to die or be killed, unless God decides. But, as I have learned the hard way, any one person can be gone in a flash and it isn’t until this time that we can see 100% of the value.

Can a good person do evil things and remain a good person? Under what circumstances? What is evil? I mean it is evil to kill another person but when Osama Bin Laden was killed it was to keep people safe. Are killers evil? Sure, most of them I presume. But what about the spouse that kills the other spouse after being abused? It is an evil gesture but they aren’t an evil person. People who rob other people are doing something evil, taking what is not theirs, but what about the person who hasn’t had food in a few days and without thinking saw an opportunity? They aren’t necessarily evil, they are probably not in their right mind being so impoverished. I think a lot of it is intention. What you did, was in intended to hurt someone purposely? Is that person in their right mind to even know?

Is somebody morally culpable if they take a morally wrong action at the orders of a superior? What if their life is at stake? I think it would only be if their life is immediately at risk and there are no other options then something may have to happen. Is it right? no. If someone was holding a gun to me and said I had to kill someone or be killed I think I would let them kill me. I don’t want to kill someone. I guess it also depends on what the action is. Is it something that can be repaired? Is it something that can never be taken back? If you are told to rob a bank or be killed, I’d rob the bank, but the only thing that would be physically hurt is the cash. I don’t know….there are so many parameters to consider. I would hope and pray I would never be put in a situation like that.

People had widely mixed opinions about illegal bananas, so let’s take that a step further this week:    What would be the worst thing for a government to make illegal? Water.

SHARE YOUR WORLD 2-21-2022

Melanie hosts this weekly bout of questions…https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.wordpress.com/2022/02/21/share-your-world-2-21-2022/

  • Questions
  • What’s the most useful thing you know? How to read directions! I put all the stuff I purchase together. I have often thought about doing it as a side job…I’ve seen that advertised before. I’m very good at any type of directions
  • What impact do you think it would have on the world if bananas were illegal? I don’t think people would care. I think people would just find something else to use in its place. The world seems like it is like that. I would miss them.
  • What social stigma does society need to just get over? Race…Good Lord! How many pieces of evidence do we need to show that the human body is the human body no matter what color it comes in!
  • Do you prefer the moral viewpoint of consequentialism*, which focuses on the consequences of actions, or deontology,*  which focuses on the innate rightness or wrongness of the actions themselves?  I think both because it starts with deontology and then if people pick the wrong thing to do they deal with consequentialism.
  • con·se·quen·tial·ism
  • /ˌkänsəˈkwen(t)SHəlizəm/
  • noun
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • noun: consequentialism
  • * the doctrine that the morality of an action is to be judged solely by its consequences.
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  • de·on·tol·o·gy /ˌdēänˈtäləjē/ noun
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • * the study of the nature of duty and obligation.

GRATITUDE SECTION (As always optional)

Please feel free to share something good that happened to you in the past week.

I am thankful that I have enough time to do some of the things I enjoy the most like crafting, building miniatures, crocheting…etc.

Share Your World 2-14-2022

Melanie is the host of Share your world. Find her here

Questions

Which traditional Valentine’s Day  gift would you rather receive: chocolates, flowers, or a card with a personal message? I love chocolate so it is a nice treat, even though I buy it so often that I almost ruin the “treat” part. Flowers are beautiful and always ping my heart. This year I asked for an orchid, which David got for me. I asked him to pick out a color for me and it is so beautiful. Cards are awesome because you can save “the words”. But…..Like I said, I buy chocolate a lot. Flowers not so much for myself. Cards are a bit pricy so I do feel guilt with that. So….If I had to pick one…I’d say surprise me, I’m not picky and I love them all if they are from someone who loves me.

Do you like romantic movies? It depends on if it is part of a good story. Pretty Woman for example. It is romantic but it is also funny and has a good story. I remember one of the first “romantic” movies I think I saw was On Golden Pond. I cried then and now that my father has alzheimer’s it has even more meaning. I haven’t seen the movie in so many years but I remember loving it.
https://youtu.be/ii8DeyoWisU

Is Valentine’s Day only about romantic love? Or is it a good occasion to celebrate friendship as well? I don’t think of love as only romantic love. I think friendship falls under the occasion as does the feeling to celebrate children and family. I don’t really save my feelings for this day though so it seems like it is a day that I am reminded that it is the “social norm” to be about a lover.

How do you deal with unwanted romantic attention? I can’t recall this happening much. I’m trying to think back and the only time I can think of that this happened, maybe, is in college, but that would have been during parties and drinking so it sort of doesn’t count.

GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional)

Share one or two of your favorite memories of your special loved one if you’d like.

I am so thankful for David and all his love for me.
I am so thankful for my daughter and hope even though she lives so far away that she still feels my support.
I am so thankful for the close friends I have, and they know who they are.
I am also thankful for all I have. I am lucky. I am not rich but I don’t have to worry like so many people do nowadays. When I think of things “I need” I feel foolish sometimes. I think about little kids being hungry.

SHARE YOUR WORLD 1-24-2022

It’s Monday and Melanie is in the hosting chair for our weekly Share Your World.
You can join in https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.wordpress.com/2022/01/24/share-your-world-1-24-2022/.

Questions From Fabulous Bloggers

12-17-2021  Cyranny  “What’s the worst day of the week for you?”  Why? I think the worst day of the week for me is Thursday. I say this because it is at this point that I realize the week is over and I have to wonder if I accomplished all I had set out to.

1-3-2022   Mrs. A (Jazzocracy)   Mrs A proposes a question for a future SYW. “Would you ever consider posing naked or semi-naked for the camera or a live audience (acting in a play)?” I have thought about this before and I think to myself, “if I ever needed the money to help someone and I couldn’t get it anywhere else”. But to me this is a big no because I am making the parameter so far fetched that it wouldn’t happen. So, nope.

1-10-2022  Di    With the recent energy crisis here in the UK, would you prefer electric, gas, oil or some other means of heating your home? Everything seems super expensive right now. I would say no to oil, those prices were so high when I lived up north. Gas maybe since I think that can be produced easily, but I think the process is what causes all the carbon in the air. Electric is probably the way to go if you can hook it up to solar. Now, living in the south, I cannot understand why there isn’t solar on every possible building. I understand the maintenance but I think the benefits far outweigh the problem of that.

1-10-2022  Marilyn  When this pops up later tonight, I MIGHT have thought of a few questions. Like: In your household, who takes care of the bills, taxes, and other financial stuff? Is one person responsible or is it a shared chore? And this has made me notice that my phone is missing. Oops. I have always taken care of the paying the bills and all that. I think because I am so OCD about paying on time and knowing what has to paid and when. I’m not always perfect at it, especially now with the new house, new city, new utilities. David has no problem with me taking care of it.

1-10-2022  Yinglan  Not sure if this question was asked before. It’s a bit of a silly one: If you can have any one job (real or fiction) in the galaxy (yes, the galaxy, I’m widening the search radius, imagining relocation to other planets possible), what is that job? I would want to be a successful psychiatrist that works with, treats, and researches mental disorders that are perplexing to the world. I want to talk to the really crazy people and just see what their minds are telling them. I want to know why they do what they do and why they think its okay and why we can’t find a way to treat this or somehow “cure” it.


I hope you all enjoy answering these ‘other blogger questions’.   You may wish to pop over to their site and say hello.  They’re ALL awesome!  

GRATITUDE SECTION  (as always optional)

Who are you grateful for? I am so thankful for my family, friends, and my health. I don’t have everything but I am lucky to have what I do have!

Share Your World: 10/04/2021

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QUESTIONS

(Some just ‘off the cuff’ ones today)

How do you feel about sharing your computer or phone password with your partner? I don’t really mind but it doesn’t really ever come up. Sometimes I like to think it is nice to have a “place” to go that no one else can go to but if David asked I would tell him.

What is the greatest struggle you’ve overcome? (This isn’t meant to be invasive, just use general terms if you’d like.  Or if not, feel free to pass on the question.  That’s allowed too). Losing my son and being able to be happy again.

If heaven is real and you died tomorrow, do you think you would get in?  Why or why not?  (this is purely speculation, no bias if you don’t believe) Definitely get in. I have done a few naughty things in my life but nothing bad enough to warrant me going anywhere else!

What makes you feel like you really need to be alone? Being really tired! When I am tired I am irritable which then makes me get annoyed easily. I have a few sensory issues so if I am really tired I get agitated easy.


GRATITUDE SECTION  (as always, optional)

Do you have any traditions around this time of year? not anymore…time to make new ones I suppose!

Share Your World 9/20

Melanie gives us  Share Your World  questions every Monday. Today the questions come  from blogger Evil Squirrel.

1) If you were to be cast as part of a comedy double act, which part would you play: the straight man or the funny one, and why? I would probably start of as the straight woman but then end up being the funny one once I got into it. Once I get on a roll I’m good…

2) If you were to be reincarnated on Earth as any non-living/inanimate object of your choosing, what would you come back as and why?  Hmmm….I guess maybe I would like to be a freezer…people like to put things in there to save and a lot of times they fill it with good stuff like ice cream. Who doesn’t like a little extra freezer space?

3) We all know how dogs mark their territory. How do you mark your territory? I make miniature things that are very detailed. People have come to see miniature things and think of me.

4) If you were on a trivia show and had to correctly answer ten questions in one subject to win a million dollars (or whatever currency is used in your locale), what would you hope the category would be? Potpourri – a little of everything

5) In democratic societies, do you believe that the right to vote is merely a privilege or a duty for all citizens? This should not be thought of as an “Americans only” question. ANY ONE is welcome to answer. I think it is sort of both. I think that it is a privilege that can be lost, like if you commit a crime but I also think it a duty so that the system works properly. The way the government seems to want to make new rules about voting so I don’t really believe in its truth-aspect. I mean, if you vote but the decision is based on a bunch of other factors, what’s the point?

Share Your World — 7/26/2021

QUESTIONS

Do you believe in second chances? I think second chances are okay if both parties genuinely want a different outcome than the first. The question is, why do you need a second chance? Is it that you didn’t really try the first time? I think it needs to be looked at closely to see if a second chance is really a worthy endeavor.

Is your glass half full or half empty? Almost always half full. I think that if you think of the negative then you get the negative. If you focus on the positive points then you see things brighter and more positive.

Would you rather someone be honest and hurt your feelings or lie to protect them? If I had to pick I would say, just be honest. I mean if they see something about me or feel a way about me then chances are someone else is out there that will feel the same or see things the same as they do. In the end, if you don’t care even after they tell the truth then no one is hurt by it.

When have you felt your biggest adrenaline rush? When I get on a roller coaster.


GRATITUDE SECTION

What are you grateful for? I’m grateful I have a place to come home to and to have a roof over my head. I am not completely happy where I am right now but I am safe and healthy here so I hate to complain. I can’t even imagine how many people in the world would kill to have a crammed apartment, just to have a place to live.