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.

Fibbing Friday: January 28, 2022

Welcome to Fibbing Friday! Frank is hosting this week! To join in the fun, just answer the questions below in a post on your own blog. Just be sure your answers bend, stretch, break, or outright ignore the truth. Tag your post as “Fibbing Friday”, and link back here! Pingbacks are enabled or you can just leave a link in the comments below. Be sure to check out how other people answer the questions. Half the fun is seeing how different or similar your answers are to everyone else!

  1. What is Lizzie Borden known for? She owned the cow that is responsible for American Cheese
  2. What did the man known as D.B. Cooper do? He made tires
  3. What was the Enron scandal about? A sordid affair he had with his nanny
  4. What was Dante’s work, The Divine Comedy about? The funny parts of the bible that no one talks about
  5. What does Macbeth do to become king? Thanks his lucky stars he was born a prince
  6. Why is Capt. Ahab obsessed with finding Moby Dick? This is disgusting…..
  7. In Mary Poppins, what is Mr. Banks’ profession? Obviously a banker
  8. According to Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? We never find out because he bites the lollipop instead.
  9. According to folklore, what does a chupacabra eat? little children who lie to their parents
  10. Where do Yeti supposedly live? in their houses

Throwback Thursday #19 – Superstitions, Amulets, and Charms

Maggie is the host!

What makes you feel lucky? Is it a four leaf clover, a rabbit’s foot, or a lucky penny? I don’t think anything really brings luck except chance. I have had “lucky charms” over the years but nothing that ever lasted. I do love eating Lucky Charms! My favorite cereal!

What are you superstitious of? Will you walk under a ladder? What’s your lucky number? What if a black cat crosses your path? I am superstitious…I won’t pick up a “tails up” penny, I would walk under a ladder if I couldn’t go around it, I think black cats are mysterious but not scary. I am more of a believer of Karma rather than superstitions, if that is a comparative belief. I do think #2 is my lucky number but its more of an OCD thing than luck, I like things in two’s. Many years ago my late husband used to play his lucky numbers every week for the lottery. One week he didn’t get to it and yes, as you guessed, his numbers came up. I don’t think he would’ve been a millionaire but it was a big win. After that he never played the same numbers nor have I.

Where did you learn ideas concerning luck? Do you still have superstitions in your adult life? I don’t think I ever heard my parents talk about luck or superstitions. Most of my “knowledge” was regular kid stuff; lucky rabbits foot, 4 leaf clover…

Since this is the last week of the year I am curious – do you make resolutions, eat specific foods, or have traditions or superstitions to usher in the new year? I don’t make resolutions per say since they don’t stick. It isn’t that I won’t continue but honestly I forget. There have been times I would stop eating junk food, for example, then next thing you know I am buying chips and some ice cream, totally forgetting, but still feeling like it’s a fail. As a kid we used to run out at midnight banging pots and pans. As an adult we used to spend the night with my friends. I like the gatherings but not crazy about loud parties. Many years I have fallen asleep. I do like watching the ball drop in NYC, I think it looks like everyone is having a good time, even though I don’t want to be there!

The Friday Four

Rory hosts The Friday Four: https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2020/12/04/the-friday-four-23/

Before computers, Smartphones and so on what were you using when writing your stories and creating your literature? Just notebook paper or journal books. Mostly loose-leaf paper because it stays neat even if you have to lose a page.
What type of games do you enjoying playing online? Mostly Match-3 type games. I also play Rummikub. I was trying to see if anyone wanted to be on my team on Gardenscapes. Writers Unite is my team name and I only have 3 other members. You need at least five to participate in some of the challenges.
What age were you when you first started reading and what were you reading at that age? I don’t really remember but I do remember loving Dick and Jane books. I also remember my mom giving me “The Secret Garden”.
How do you prevent boredom entering into your life and are you able to list 6 effective ways in which others could introduce to stop it from entering theirs? I’m never bored. I have so many pastimes that I can’t even do them all. I think this is the best way to avoid boredom. You don’t have to be an expert at any of them but enjoy doing different things. To do things that don’t cost much, you can draw or repurpose objects.
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https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2020/12/04/the-friday-four-23/

Blogging Insights #44

TODAY’S QUESTIONS

How many drafts do you have in your ” Drafts Folder” right now?

Do you always complete a post that you draft?

Is it a good idea to leave your unfinished drafts hanging around or should you delete them after some time, if so, how long?

For Dr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/08/31/blogging-insights-44-drafts/

Right now I have 2 drafts in my Drafts folder. 1 is a link to a list of writing prompts and 1 is a poem that I wrote, free verse, but I submitted to a magazine and they didn’t want one that had been published on any sites so it is sitting there….If they don’t want it maybe my WP community will appreciate it!

I almost always complete a post that is drafted or I delete it.

I think the only thing about leaving drafts unfinished is that when you go back to it your mind is in a totally different place so sometimes the writing seems “artificial” or something.

Share Your World – 8-31-2020

Written for Melanie’s and Roger’s Prompts: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/08/31/share-your-world-8-31-2020/

Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions:

  1. Many local regions, especially rural areas where I live, have haunted houses. Have you ever spent the night in a house that was supposedly haunted? Anything ‘strange” happen? I have always wanted to stay in a local haunted place. I can’t get in legally and no one wants to “help”. Anyhow, the last time I was in Savannah, GA I stayed at the Foley Inn, which is supposed to be haunted. I didn’t hear or feel anything. In the morning, as I lay there, I talked to the spirit and told him he could come chat. He didn’t. I also said to my late husband and son, “Hey, will you guys give me some sort of sign that you are with me?” Nothing. Later, after checking out I went to Bonaventure Cemetery. It was nice. As I was ready to leave a bird flew by my head. It was a Pileated Woodpecker! I have been trying to see one for the last 13 years! It flew over to a tree near me. I wondered “Is that Bob or Joey?” All of a sudden a second Pileated woodpecker came out of the tree! The two flew over to another tree. They landed and then the two of them hopped together along one of the branches. After a few moments, they flew together back to the tree that they lived in. Well, whether you believe or not…That was my late husband Bob and my son Joey giving me a sign that they knew I would understand! I bawled my eyes out.
  2. The Quidditch Cup (riding broomsticks while chasing a small ball) was a huge sporting event in the land of Hogwarts. What is the largest sporting event (or concert, etc.) that you have ever attended? I think I would have to say Pink Floyd at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts where the New England Patriots play. Great concert!
  3. When you go for a swim, do you prefer an ocean, the seaside lakes, or a pool? I like the clear, salty water of the ocean. I love that there are no creatures in a pool. Lakes used to be a favorite but now that I know what lives under that water…Oh, hell no!
  4. Ron Weasley received a horrid robe to wear as formal wear to the Christmas dance at Hogwarts. Tell about the most ‘ghastly’ fashion statement that you have ever made. On purpose or thinking I looked good? The worst thing was going to work with one black shoe and one navy shoe, same style…

Muggle Questions (from Melanie):

What is the last song you sang along to? When I sing in the car I don’t really know what I am singing once it is turned off, I just sing everything. The last song I purposely sang was “My Church” by Maren Morris.

What was your scariest nightmare about? I have a lot of nightmares, usually about spiders that I can’t get rid of or that keep “showing up”. I’ve had those where someone is super creepy and trying to get me. When I am super stressed out I have nightmares about waitressing and all of the problems I have when working, making me wake up exhausted, “from working all night!”.

What food do you crave most often? Chocolate Ice Cream, Rice Crispy Treats, and many other things… (Buffalo Wings, Cheeseburgers with American Cheese, Mustard and Ketchup, and Mexican Food)

What’s your grossest bug story? When I was a kid we had a Gypsy Moth Caterpillar outbreak. We rode our bikes and watched them squish out greenish yellow guts. You could also hear them being squished. It was so gross but they covered every surface!

GRATITUDE SECTION 

I am grateful for David who is so supportive and encouraging. He hasn’t “blunk” an eye since I have been gone for three weeks with my father and step-mother. That is a big relief to not have a stressor like that!