WordPress Daily Prompt / Eulogize Yourself / What Would You Say?

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The Daily Prompt today is to write a eulogy for oneself. And the blogger, in all good conscience, cannot resist such a grave challenge. All that is required to “get started” is to look out the window at the snow and notice that the jet stream has managed to bring the arctic to our backyard. It is cold as death not five feet away.

It is cold as hell. A contradictory notion. And so we begin.

The blogger has left us dear friends. But he was not too bummed out about going somewhere else. He was happy, for example, to now have the opportunity to haunt his ex-wife whenever he feels the urge. He also told me that he wanted to buzz a few UFO’s, scare the crap out of them the way they terrified him from time to time. And, of course, he is looking forward to meeting God and asking him a few questions. For instance, he would like to know why God allowed Bill Buckner to play first base for the Boston Red Sox during the 1986 World Series. And, if there is time, he would also ask Him why he didn’t make the human brain explode whenever someone says, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you”.

Our friend could be generous at times. Most of you probably did not know that he donated his body to science long ago. There was a biology student back in his college days who was really hot. He also spent years working with those in need and actually gave some of them shelter for several nights.

He was always an optimist. Because, he said, he had a choice and it would be really dumb to go the other way. I imagine that, right now, he’s enjoying the fact that he has actually been freed from himself; the near-sighted, fumbling, wrinkled body, and the introverted, forgetful mind. He’s more free to love, laugh and learn as he greets those he has missed for a long time, including his grandparents and his dear mother.

He’s exploring the vistas of many astral worlds made of light and music. And he’s waiting to welcome the rest of his family and friends home. Let’s have a party.

(This is an example of the posts I will be writing in my new blog, Daily Promptness, a response to the WordPress Daily Prompts at WordPress.com.)


Daily Prompt: Eat To Live or Live to Eat?

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Some folks eat to live and others live to eat, what about you? This is the question posed on the Daily Word Prompt at WordPress.  And that’s fine.  I feel a need, however, to shy away from the second part of the prompt.  Because it steers the reader in a certain direction.  It asks, “How far would you travel for the best meal of your life?”

I suppose that if you needed to eat in order to live you might travel a very great distance!  Let’s say you were lost in the woods in the middle of winter.  You would go as far as your legs would take you!  And a drink of water along the way would not hurt either.  If it took several days to reach food you would probably feel it was the best meal you had eaten in awhile!

I must be in the “eat to live”  camp because “living to eat” is not really my thing.  I don’t sit around imaging a roast duck  dripping with fat and calling out my name.  Eating is a necessary process in order to have the energy to do more interesting things than eating.

But what is a good meal, really?  What is food, for that matter?  Lately I have been reading about gluten and the negative effects it can have on the body.   Refined sugar can also be a problem.  There are educated people who consider it to be a poison!  Lists of foods have been created based on their ability to create inflammatory processes in the body.  Sardines are +400 (good!) and mayonnaise is -400 (bad!).  I’m starting to think they should have medical clinics along the back wall of each supermarket in town since they are so interdependent.

How far would I go for healthy food, an actual meal?  Very far.  Literally and figuratively! (see prior word prompt).  Or I would, in fact, stay home and peal some vegetables grown in the back yard that made me feel well.   I’m tired of feeling wired after eating manufactured food.

I bought some gluten free cookies the other day only to discover they contained refined sugar after eating several of them.  So one needs to study the small print on the side of the package before leaving the store.  It requires time and a bit of patience to sort these things out.   As Dr. Oz points out on his website, “Many processed gluten-free foods and gluten-free junk foods not only contain almost twice the calories as their traditional counterparts, but they can also be double the price”

Many diseases common in our day were basically unknown until a couple hundred years ago.  That is 2.5 million years of evolution without a diabetes epidemic.  Galen, the Roman physician, stated that he had seen one or two cases in his career.  When you get to be my age, the gradual accumulation of toxins in the body, will start to cause serious problems.  We all know about the C word.  But there are many other nasty little diseases that may come along.  So let us get some exercise.  Walk the miles every day and find a good meal when we are done.  There really isn’t any other choice if we want to feel well.  Literally.







Plead The Fifth / Daily Prompts WordPress

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What questions do you hate to be asked? Why?

This is the Daily Prompt from WordPress.  And today we have a question (see above).  Being married makes it a lot easier to answer this question.  You don’t have to spend a lot of time going through the old memory banks. Although my lovely wife doesn’t ask me uncomfortable questions very often.  But, I suppose, once or twice she has said something like this, “You said you were going to walk every day, lose weight, and get some exercise.” There’s a question in there, believe me.  It’s not stated in that form but it’s there.  The unspoken questions are often the most difficult ones to accept.  “WHEN are you GOING to DO it?”  She didn’t say this and I love her for not saying it. Because she is a gentle person. And my advise (not that you asked for it) is to always marry a gentle person.

In fact, her philosophy is that you cannot change another person.  You cannot really make them change.  You can accept them, love them and hope they will change.

And so, after a few years, I did begin to walk and lose weight.  I am now no longer obese.  I don’t need to go into details because they are all over this blog.  But we have moved on to stage two:  Diet and supplements.

As far as other folks go I can’t really think of any questions I’ve been asked that I “hated”.  It’s fun talking to people.  They do say strange things sometimes.  But so do I!  It’s a wash.  I don’t take most of it seriously.

It would not be fun to be stopped by a policeman and asked “Did you see that stop sign?”.   I would hate that.  We have a policeman living in our neighborhood and he was out in his front yard recently talking to someone (in his uniform).   I came to a stop (a very brief stop) at the stop sign on the other side of the street and noticed him looking at me (intently).  It was over in a second but I said (to myself), ” You know, if you had rolled through that stop sign you would be getting a ticket now”.   He might have asked me why I was breaking the law in front of his house.  I would have hated that!!


So there you go.  Always stop, however briefly, at stop signs.  You never know when uncomfortable questions may be around the next corner. 


stop sign

Photo Friday / Men

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I’ve been doing a few photo memes lately. They are always fun and don’t take a lot of creative energy (I’m wiped after the horrific events of the past few days up in New England). This photo is of a man and his son (I presume) doing some climbing with a rope (what’s that called?) near the Appalachian Trail here in Virginia. Watching him teach his son I was impressed by how dangerous this can be if you don’t pay attention to details. You have to be focused.

But these are the things that men, and women, enjoy doing. I can see trying it sometime (with some expert advisers nearby!). But I would have a difficult time because I would be thinking about the equipment. Stuff breaks, after all! I’ve seen it break! And I would not be aware of the history of the equipment that was keeping me from plunging onto the rocks below. I would have to TRUST the people who took care of the equipment (who I probably wouldn’t know very well). And that would be difficult.

So it might be awhile before something like this happens. . .

But I’m still hiking and enjoying nature. And, to a lesser degree, you have to trust the folks you take with you into the woods. And trust the hunters (out there) won’t mistake you for a deer (hopefully). And yourself (pay attention!).






Good Thinking! / Photo Theme for Thursday

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I’ve gotten away from the photo memes lately so it’s time to do one or two. The theme is “Good (anything you think is good)” over at Photo Theme For Thursday. And when I think of Albert Einstein the phrase “good thinking!” comes to mind. Also, here are some quotes reportedly from the great man that may give us some insight into him and his brilliant mind.


If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. ~Albert Einstein

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. ~Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. ~Albert Einstein


WordPress Photo Challenge / Near And Far

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We are working with perspective this week and ways to draw the viewer into the photo.  I think we have done this here with clouds that are angled towards the distant view in the center of the photo.

Wordpress offers a weekly photo challenge that is very helpful for those of us who need a little direction. They steer us one way or another just as this photo (hopefully) does.

I need to start taking more photos again and, hopefully, the cooler weather and brilliant colors nature usually throws at us (soon!) will motivate me to do this. Anyway, my wife, who is beyond good in so many ways, wants me to do something now. So, I must cut this short, which is not a problem, because I have nothing more to say about this subject.

Photo Theme For Thursday / Tough / JFK / Alexis de Tocqueville

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The Photo Theme for Thursday is “TOUGH” (Strong, Durable, Difficult, Conditioned, Mighty, Hard,…). And I thought this photo might be appropriate along with some quotes about a strong nation… For some reason I find it easier to take the daily dosage of crazy thoughts poured out through different media outlets after reading a selection of these quotes. Here are some of them but there are many more. . .

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis

We cannot reform the world…. Uncle Sugar is as dangerous a role for us to play as Uncle Shylock. ~John F. Kennedy


Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom. ~Alexis de Tocqueville


America is a mistake, a giant mistake. ~Sigmund Freud


I love America more than any other country in this world; and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. ~James Baldwin



Purple And Pliny / WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge /

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The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is the color purple. The Color Purple, of course, is a book published in 1982 written by Alice Walker about a Black woman, Celie, who writes letters to God. Writing, or talking to God for that matter, on a regular basis is a wonderful exercise.

I believe some of the color in this photo is purple. There are other colors too. It wasn’t easy finding a photo in my collection with this color. There doesn’t seem to be much purple around here. It’s a shame it is associated with rage. “He turned purple with anger!”. It’s really a very nice, peaceful color. Purple flowers are very nice.

Purple is a combination of the primary colors, red and blue. Here are some examples. I think it is safe to say that purple is a dramatic color. Perhaps this is one reason why it served so well in the title of a fine, dramatic movie. It is also one of the colors present in the opal.
There is in them a softer fire than the ruby, there is the brilliant purple of the amethyst, and the sea green of the emerald – all shining together in incredible union. Some by their splendor rival the colors of the painters, others the flame of burning sulphur or of fire quickened by oil. ~Pliny, about the opal


I may have to spend more time thinking about colors today. It is a peaceful exercise as well.

The Countryside / Cyril Connolly / Sydney Smith / Leonardo da Vinci / John Adams

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It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book. ~Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave, 1945
I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave. ~Sydney Smith

I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. ~Leonardo da Vinci

As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children. ~John Adams

Scenic Sunday

Photo Theme For Thursday / Symmetry / Balanced, Harmonious Living

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You’re always in either first or fifth, but you know there’s a lot of great gears in between. ~Tony to Angela on Who’s The Boss

All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much. ~George Harrison

They are sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing. ~William Shakespeare

World now has ‘more people dying from obesity than malnutrition’