Fandango’s Provocative Question #104

Today’s provocative question is about formal education. We all have our opinions on how best to educate and prepare our children to succeed in today’s highly complex world. So this begs the question:

What do you think is the one subject (or thing) that should be taught in school that isn’t?

To participate go to Fandango’s blog: https://fivedotoh.com/2021/01/13/fandangos-provocative-question-104/

I don’t know if I can limit my answer to only one thing…but there are two things that come to mind immediately. My idea comes from working with students in all grades, especially those in high school who are supposedly becoming adults when they leave.
1. Cursive: Most US schools no longer have cursive in their curriculum. Kids need to know how to sign their names. Isn’t that still the legal expectation? It not only provides this ability it also helps dexterity and fine motor skills that don’t include buttons.
2. Reality: Kids grow up having no clue what reality is. Many believe working is optional, learning is intrinsic, and whatever they think is correct. Kids need true doses of reality. No one is going to like you just because you look like someone likeable. No one is going to give you free things just because they want to. No one is obligated to take care of you when you are old enough to care for yourself. No one is obligated to treat you kindly if you are going to be a jerk. I could go on and on and on………

Franchise: FOWC with Fandango

I have thought about buying a franchise, but there are so many, too many to choose from. The biggest thing holding me back is having to be the one in charge when all the employees call in sick on the same day!

My Franchise

Maybe it’s a Taco Bell 
or Dairy Queen I’ll buy 
A Dollar Tree or Dollar General 
have always caught my eye. 
The little stores that we all need 
are right there at your hands 
I’d be the right kind of a boss 
to deal with all demands. 
But come the day that you call out 
at my Krispy Kreme 
I’ll curse you out and kick myself 
for following this dream.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Click here to have your hand at FOWC: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/12/10/my-plus-one/#comment-120909

Finagle – FOWC with Fandango

For Fandango’s Daily challenge: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/10/20/fowc-with-fandango-finagle/

verbINFORMAL•US

  1. obtain (something) by devious or dishonest means.”Ted attended all the football games he could finagle tickets for”
    • act in a devious or dishonest manner.”they wrangled and finagled over the fine points”

Good Acting

When we walked out to the mezzanine 

My eyes were filled with joy 

For there upon the stage below 

Was my own born baby boy. 

He had his hair brushed to the side 

As his father taught him how 

He had his tie done up real tight 

To stay tied while he took a bow. 

He knew that he was there to act 

And acting is what he did 

He didn’t have to finagle his crew 

They were proud of this young kid.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Fandango’s Friday Flashback — October 2

Here is my post from October 2, 2019
It’s sort of dumb…

https://christinebialczak.com/2019/10/02/what-about-poetry/

During my fairly short writing career I have come to love writing poetry. Yes, I know, yuck! Well, to tell you the truth I find my poetry silly and fun to read.

It seems that poetry is not a popular type of literature for children. I know that so many books that are published incorporate rhyming but the anthologies like I read when I was a kid. Have you read “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein? I think I read that anthology a hundred times, as well as his other works. He is my inspiration because without knowing his writing style I don’t think I would ever imagine myself writing poetry.

I hope to put out a Poem Anthology. What do you think? I would love feedback on whether this is a considered a good idea or not. I will still do whatever I eventually decide, but the feedback may help determine when and how I present it to a literary agent.

tag #whataboutpoetry in your response. I think that sends it back to me. I’m still learning how to blog and if you have any pointers on a way I can improve, and you know how to blog, please send your suggestions my way. Email me at stinewriting@gmail.com

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Fandango holds the Friday Flashback: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/10/02/fandangos-friday-flashback-october-2/#comment-113172

Your Blogging Space: Fandango’s Dog Days of Summer

Written for Fandango: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/08/13/fandangos-dog-days-of-august-13/

Where do you blog?

I blog in my family room. I sit in my big chair with my matching ottoman that we got from David’s brother’s girlfriend. My big comfy chair is situated right next to my guinea pig habitat so I can sit and watch them and talk to them while I am working. I can see out the slider, which looks out onto the deck and then a bit of yard then a lot of trees.

I am in front of the television but don’t watch TV until David comes home or Lindsay comes over and turns the TV on. I have a few favorite shows but don’t care to watch TV by myself.

I have my small table where I can put my drink. There is a mug with pens and pencils, a ruler, and scissors. There are a bunch of things like a small pencil sharpener, toggle for my mac, tissues, extra paper, all near me. If I didn’t want to move all day I could stay in my spot and survive for quite a long time.

Thanks for stopping by to see my blogging space.

Perfunctory: FOWC with Fandango

Written for: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/07/31/fowc-with-fandango-perfunctory/

Say Goodbye

It was just as we left and were saying good bye
with a perfunctory wave and a wink of her eye. 
We knew right then we would never see her again
and that kind of outlook is the best kind there’s been.
She is snide like a child, rude like some sort of brat 
Some call her a thief, what do you think about that?
The things that she does during her days and her nights
you’d be smart just to bid her farewell ‘fore she bites
The time that you spend with her is truly a waste
But it is good thing to learn as you got a small taste.

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Cranky – fowc with fandango

Thanks Fandango for hosting the challenge: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/25/fowc-with-fandango-cranky/

little Milly

When Milly comes up to the house 

We hear her all the way. 

She’s always whining to her mom 

We wish she’d walk away. 

Her cranky ways and teary eyes 

No longer make us sigh. 

We’d like to take her little butt 

And kick her to the sky! 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Fandango’s Provocative Question #68

Do you think it’s premature for states to be lifting the stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, and social distancing restrictions? Or do you believe that it’s about time they were rescinded? Once they are removed, how quickly are you likely to resume living your life as you did in the pre-pandemic days? https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/06/fandangos-provocative-question-68/

I think that people need to get out and about. I am worried about the people who are home alone, perhaps with increasing depression, not getting enough sunlight and fresh air. I think that there still has to be some precautions, like distancing, but I think it has to be open a bit. My fear with the fact that only some states are doing the openings it is going to draw people from far away to come because they want to be outside. It would be better for everyone if the entire country did the same thing. This way people are going in hoards to one place.

The other day on the news they showed everyone down in Washington in the mall watching the planes flying over. Well, it seems like everyone is in an uproar that so many people were there. Part of me thinks, hello, it is outside. If the virus is floating in the air you can get it just walking by. But does that mean no one even goes outside?

I think we should, as a country, open slowly, each state the same time, the same way, so that it can be followed more consistently. When this whole thing started I was in Florida and when I talked about the virus everyone said I was panicking out of control. At that time New York and Washington State were taking it seriously but Florida wasn’t. It was a couple of weeks until Florida took it seriously. We need to come together as a country, not fight about who is right and who is wrong.

My daughter has been living with her roommates and they have their friends over, They have the same group everyday. I think that her and her friends are probably building up an immunity that everyone who is staying isolated is not.

This is all my opinion.