Share Your World ~ 3/1/22

Melanie sets us up with somber and serious questions except for the last question. Let’s roll …

Questions

Is any one person’s life worth more than another’s? Why or why not? First we need to define worth? I for one can’t do that. I know what is valuable to me but I’m not judge and jury for anyone else. This moral dilemma is a tale as old as time. Women and children first … or survival of the fittest. And many variations of the same.

Can a good person do evil things and remain a good person? Under what circumstances? Yes, one act does not define you forever. I believe in redemption even if I do so foolishly. I think my moral compass might have some deal breakers from which there is no crawling back but examples of such are horrific.

Is somebody morally culpable if they take a morally wrong action at the orders of a superior? What if their life is at stake? You can’t handle the truth! I can’t either 😦

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? Well nothing since illegal bananas are the worst.


GRATITUDE SECTION  (Always optional).Given global events right now, do you have words of comfort or an uplifting thought that you’d like to share with the world? I wish I did. I sit here wondering, circling the drain if you will, trying to make sense of why? just why? does this bad stuff happen? I watch in horror but also a bit distanced, like this can’t be real and surely someone with some sense and smarts will step in and get humanity back on track. Oh but you said uplifting so here you go …

“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.”― Mizuta Masahide (17th century Japanese poet and samurai)

As always, more to come.

Share Your World ~ 2/22/22

Today we should all play the lottery!!! Almost as good as hitting the numbers is Melanie’s #SYW. She sets up the questions and I give her my two cents worth 1/2 a penny.

  • What’s the most useful thing you know? Hmmm well useful to me is being able to read. I was once told if you can read you can do anything!! Well not exactly true, I could never play center in the NBA. But you get the drift. Oh one more, I have a knack for bringing levity to tense situations. That’s been pretty useful over the years.
  • What impact do you think it would have on the world if bananas were illegal? There would be a shortage of potassium. And what kind of bread would we have baked during 2020 lockdowns? Zucchini is a fine substitute but bananas are also very yummy. And if I get serious for a minute, several someones would be out of work. The whole production thing. I have to ask is there some going on in the banana industry?
  • What social stigma does society need to just get over? Ah, there are sooooooooooooo many. Almost too many to name. If I pick one that means the rest aren’t as worthy. So generally speaking, let’s all stay out of others people’s bidness. If it … whatever it may be doesn’t directly impact you, then move along … nothing to see here. That doesn’t mean we get a pass on being a community but ask first, don’t presume.
  • 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? Now this is a puzzler. I think consequentialism can sort of be like the end justify the means which I’ve never cared for but I’m also not sure. This is some weighty stuff. I don’t really believe in the innate rightness or wrongness of actions because humans mess that up. There goes deontology. Hey Melanie what’s behind door number three? Just kidding. I think perhaps a combo or all of the above. I’ve gotta love/hate relationship with philosophy.

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

Well not to beat a dead horse because ya know the horse is dead but I’m presenting a mission moment at our upcoming town hall. I have posted about this goodness twice already. Three is the charm or somebody stop me. This past Friday I had my virtual dry run. This week we’ve got another 15 minutes to fine tune. Then next Tuesday is dress rehearsal … ya really, we do that and then 3/2/22 is the BIG day.

Share Your World ~ 2/15/22

I’m a day late and a dollar short. Melanie had some Valentine’s themed questions for us. As I kid, I so loved the paper Valentines exchange. Always made sure to have enough to give one to everybody. These days, for B and I, everyday is Valentines Day. Not that we’re all that mushy. In fact, we’re quite the opposite. Now onto the questions.

Questions

Which traditional Valentine’s Day  gift would you rather receive: chocolates, flowers, or a card with a personal message? Chocolates, always chocolates.

Do you like romantic movies? Not really. I don’t like romance novels much either.

Is Valentine’s Day only about romantic love? Or is it a good occasion to celebrate friendship as well? I’ve heard from Galentine’s Day. I like that idea. I think Valentine’s Day should be celebrated by everyone. As good an excuse as any to eat MORE chocolate. Or just spend time together.

How do you deal with unwanted romantic attention? No idea, I’ve never had any.

GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional)

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

For some reason my memories are blocked right now. But I’m forever grateful that B takes good care of me. And I’m a handful if you haven’t figured that out yet. lol

As always, more to come.

Share Your World ~ 2/8/22

We are back at it again, thanks to Melanie. I’m always a day late and a dollar short but that’s a-okay. Time to get after it.

Questions

What would be the most surprising scientific discovery imaginable? That Bigfoot is real. JK, but along those lines, I’d be surprised if any of the fringe theories were in fact realities.


If aliens landed on earth tomorrow and offered to take you home with them, would you go? Hell no. I hate to fly as it is, definitely not going in their spaceship. Now if they could beam me up Scotty, perhaps I’d go. Of course they’d have to be friendlies but that’s a given.


What breed of dog would you be?  If you’re more a cat person – what breed of cat? I love both but since I have two dogs at the moment, I’ll go with their breed with is red heeler/labrador mix. I sure want to know what they’re talking about for real. Not just what I assume they’re saying.


Bubble gum?  Yay or nay? Nay, chewing bubble gum gives me a headache. I used to enjoy it as a kid though, practicing til I could blow bubbles that covered my face, then pop. What a weird thing to do but I think we all did it.
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GRATITUDE SECTION  (As always, optional)

Feel free (no pressure) to share some gratitude from January of this year. I’ve much to be grateful for that choosing is hard. I guess I’ll go with being gainfully employed. Pinch me I must be dreaming.

FIN for now. See you fine folks next week. Boy that’s a bunch of f’s in my closing.

As always, more to come.

Share Your World 🌎 ~ 2/1/22

Melanie serves up the questions with some explanations to get us going. Here’s my two cents worth 1/2 a penny. Which btw used to exist. Cool 😎 man. Ah-mazing.

What is one topic you love to talk about? I can’t narrow down to just one topic. I enjoy 😊 shooting the breeze about tons of stuff. Weird facts like how in our currency we once had 1/2 a penny. I can jaw your ear off on just about anything.

Suppose there was a magical wizard standing right in front of you and you could turn your life into anything you wanted, what would you do? Faint from the shock of seeing a magical 🧙‍♂️ wizard. I know I’m supposed to suspend belief but I’m a realist. And truth be told. I like my life. Even with all the insanity. I laugh a lot and joke that having this much fun should be a sin. I love 💕 my family. I didn’t choose my job, it chose me and I’m pretty good at it.

Could you adjust to life without any internet? Nope. Not anymore. Especially with the pandemic 😷 keeping me home. And I couldn’t work remotely without the Internet. How would I make a living? I’ve said this before and here I go again, the Internet is no longer a luxury. It’s a necessity. Plus, I’d miss you all way too much.

What do you think is unique about the human ‘animal’ (homo sapiens)? Everything and not a damn thing. Just who do we think we are? A little humility might do us good.

GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional) Share some encouraging words that you’d say to someone who was feeling down. After B’s accident, he went to therapy for PTSD. The therapist told him to say ‘eff’ to everything he can’t control. That’s all it took and he was cured. Well I’ve adopted that mindset and I encourage you to do the same. Say Yippee kiya to all the mofos. With every profanity, I’ve never felt better.

As always more to come.

Share Your World ~ 1/25/22

Thanks for facilitating our share Melanie. Here’s my two cents worth 1/2 a penny. Thanks to the Fabulous Bloggers too!

12-17-2021 Cyranny “What’s the worst day of the week for you?” Why? Everyday has a chance to be the worst. All depends on what life/fate/karma throws my way. Lol. Used to be Mondays but now that I work from home, Mondays aren’t bad. No commute. Yay!

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)?” Hmm. Why the hell not? Doh!

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? Right now we have propane. I’m not sure where it fits in for efficiency. I’m game to change it up if that conserves energy. We’re pretty conservative already. Keep our thermostat a 65 in the winter and 78 in the summer. We’ve gotten a few estimates for solar to supplement.

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. Me because I love it. In another life I might have become an accountant.

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 want to be a space cowboy or a gangster of love or Maurice. #ambitions.


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? My family – B, Pony, and Lulu. They keep me sane.

Share Your World 🌎 ~ 1/18/22

Thanks Melanie for the set ups aka questions. Time to knock ✊ em down. Help me Jesus, life is topsy turvey right now.

Questions Fill in: ‘If I were really completely honest, I would say that …’ This is a question for ‘radical honesty’. What are the things you wouldn’t normally say? Things you would otherwise actually hide? What’s on your mind? What would you really like to be able to say? I wish I could release the hounds and tell you but if I’m completely honest, I avoid conflict at all costs. Good little girls don’t complain or make their opinions known. The few times I’ve tried to speak my piece haven’t turned out well. And quite frankly most people aren’t interested in my two cents.

Have you ever broken anything? What about rules? I’ve broken hearts 💔 yep a real Casanova. JK. I married my childhood sweetheart. My only boyfriend despite a multitude of crushes. As for rules, they’re made to be broken. 😂

Are you also afraid of spiders? What is your biggest fear, other than spiders? (if you’re not afraid of spiders, use your biggest phobia instead). Spiders are good. Well most 🕷 are good. They keep things in balance. Gardener in da house. My biggest phobia is of needles. Not shots though. Intravenous blood draw 🩸. I got past my fear to donate but it is always with risk of fainting before I’m done.

Do you think time goes faster as you get older? Time is a construct of man. It’s neither fast or slow. It’s hard to explain my point. I guess all I’m saying is I’ve referred to time as whipping by way too fast for most of my life. I feel time moving quickly because of how I mark time.

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional) Please share something that really inspired you from this last week or month. I’m grateful for my family support. We’re stronger together and we’ve had a few rough patches this week taking care of MoMo. We couldn’t do it alone. Thank goodness 😅 we have each other ❤️‍🩹

Share Your World ~ 1/11/22

Melanie serves up the questions and I reply with my two cents. Let’s get on with the show.

Questions

Who do you think is an example of a successful person? Step one define success. In my version of the word, money is not part of the equation. I think of success as someone who realizes they live in a world larger than themselves and they make an impact in that larger space in kindness to others. That makes my answer, my daddy, God rest his soul.

Why are you doing what you’re currently doing?   (take this in any context you like, either as a “what you’re doing RIGHT NOW THIS SECOND” or “what you’re doing in your life at this point” or any other way that occurs to you.  The question is a bit ambiguous..) Ooh options! Well as of this moment I am responding to Melanie’s SYW challenge because I get a kick out of it and I enjoy reading the other responses. I usually learn a thing or two which is nice. This is free therapy for me. As far as why am I at this point in my life? I am here because of random choices made along the way some with or without much thought. Yes I worked for what I have but I’m here now because of pure luck, fate, or chance. No one truly plans to grow up to become an insurance advisor. Most of us fell into this gig while we were waiting for life to happen elsewhere.

What is your personal theme song? the Love Boat … exciting and new … Or really I pick Cheers! Silly me.

My runner up theme song is Peter Gunn cuz ya know, how hip is that …

What do you think about tofu? Not a damn thing. LOL. Tofu is a vehicle that picks up flavors from other stuff it is paired with I believe. Or not. Either way, I am not a fan of anything soy and I will not google it lest I find tofu is in everything.

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GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional)

Where did you find bliss this past week? In my mind because my body said no way, not today. I can always escape with a good book or into my dreams and when I really hit a wall, I take a single pill that knocks me out. All on the up and up with doctor’s RX and used for emergencies only.

As always, more to come.

Share Your World ~ 1/4/22

Melanie our host with the most has given us some questions from Evil Squirrel (ES). She is SAD as this is ES’s last hurrah on #SYW. As a person who is scared of squirrels, I say they are evil too though truth be told, this one is more fun than evil from what I can tell. Now here we go …

QUESTIONS  (NEWEST AND FINAL  E.S. BATCH FROM DECEMBER 2021)

Ricky “The Pious” Raccoon asks a two parter:    (12-2-2021)

What frivolous, but annoying thing that people do be considered a sin (crime)?  

Oh lordy, who am I to judge that? Stay in your lane as you do you AND as long as you don’t impact me or my family, happying sinning 🙂
And how should violators be made to repent (be punished) for it?   
Punishment by flogging … always by flogging. Ahoy matey! Shiver me timbers.

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Mary “The Poster Lamb For Cute” (12-9-2021) asks

Imagination IN and impracticality and logic aside, if you could pick one animal to have as an exotic pet based solely on how cute and adorable it is, what would it be? Hmm, I don’t want exoitc, I just want my doggies. But if forced to pick, I’ll take Teagan’s Tatu Pinkerton aka Fang. HERE is the episode where she used the three things I suggested. Read ’em all though, you’ll be intrigued.

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The Sponkies (the result of an unusual pairing of a donkey and a sparkle pony)  12-16-2021

Do you have any siblings?  Yes

If so, where do you rank in birth order?  Depends on who you ask … lol – I’m a boss baby 🙂

And do you think either of these facts contributed to the person you became? I think so … siblings or no siblings, oldest, middle, or youngest, create varied experiences that make us who we are BUT it’s only one part of a much more complicated system. I’m also my friends and yes I would jump off the same bridge they did … if they did … because I’m a follower. I also have teachers/mentors/etc… all of whom I modeled to become the best me!

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12-23-2021   ZAC (short for Prozac because his somewhat maniacal grinning face is rather creepy)…

We all have things that make us happy, but what makes you deliriously, giddily, tail wagging-ly happy? Getting a good night’s sleep and waking up refreshed and fully rested.

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 Evil Squirrel (and the final question from E.S. “Nest” o’ fun!)   12-30-2021 

If you had an alter ego, who or what would it be?  Describe some fun or interesting things about them! Well, you’ve no idea but my social experiment had me create an alt account. It’s a thing y’all. I’m by no means the first to figure this out but as I’m still in the middle of a sticky wicket, tis all I can say. This question reminds of the Alter Ego game show – singers compete with Avatars that were revealed in person if they didn’t get picked to stay on the diamond. People really do judge a book by their covers. For shame ….

GRATITUDE SECTION  (ALWAYS OPTIONAL)

What are some hopes or accomplishments you’d like to see happen in 2022? Survive until 2023. So far this is looking promising for me … god willing and the creek don’t rise or the vid don’t get me first. Yet another friend caught it, his 2nd bout but this time mild symptoms whereas last time six days of hard times. And he was vaccinated which as I’m told only means, you have less chance of dying or being hospitalized but the jab is not guaranteed immunity.

I have convinced myself, I will get the vid … no longer IF but WHEN. So many cases and no one saying specifically how/when/where. Contract tracing … huh? what? Example, B’s aunt, uncle, cousin, et al from a Christmas Eve Party (they think) having confirmed by at home test, one of the last few on the shelves. Everyone in the fam is positive except little brother who was also immune late time this virus ripped through the house. Ya see, another example of twice to our not yet. But I’m not a doctor, I only play one on TV. <cough, cough> my throat is scratchy. But I kid, I kid … even though this isn’t funny. RIP Brenda, Angie, John …

As always, more to come.

Share Your World ~ 12/28/21

Here are Melanie’s questions. If you’d like to join in, click on the link. The following are my two cents worth 1/2 a penny due to inflation.

WORLD QUESTIONS 2022 Is bearing down on the world.   In my opinion 2021 was 100% better than 2020, but it hasn’t been without its own set of problems and fresh worries.  I’m hopeful that 2022 will somehow see a return to ‘life before Covid’ , but I also realize that’s a foolish hope.   At 12 a.m. on December 31st/Jan 1st, what will you be doing?  (use your own time zone please) Sleeping. I quit trying to stay up for the NYE ball drop many years ago. If I happen to be awake, it is usually because I’m reading a good book that I can’t quite put down. I always miss the striking of the hour any way. I’m a self proclaimed fuddy duddy. The weather is typically nasty. I’ve usually eaten my weight in desserts and in need of a detox. Not sure what all the hype is about. After all, NYE is just another day, like all the rest of them. We shouldn’t have to wait for a holiday to be happy and celebrate. We can make every day the special gift that it is … insert eye roll. That’s sarcasm folks. Haha & hehe.

Is there a tradition you have for New Year’s Eve? As a kid yes. Mom and dad left us to fend for ourselves as they went to Martinez Social Club for the big NYE dance. Dad would make black-eyed peas and take them to the dance in thermos where they all partook of a teaspoon full shortly after midnight. They left us at home with good provisions. We could drink cokes and had all sorts of delicious goodies. There was also unsupervised fireworks a time or two. Yeah buddy!!

Do you have any hope or reason you find that next year will be better? Well it can’t get worse. Or can it? Only the shadow knows. Bwahahahaha!!! Better or worse is relative actually. I will continue to live in my deep deep denial that everything is sunshine and roses until I keel over one day. All I can control is my emotion.

What’s the biggest personal lesson you learned during 2021? Take a pause for your own personal healing. And if you don’t want to do something then don’t!

GRATITUDE SECTION Describe in 1-3 words how you feel going into 2022 Exhausted but grateful.