Share Your World — Coffee and Climate


Time for another series of Share Your World questions from Melanie. Here goes:

If you drink coffee, how do you like it best? Hot, cold, iced, with cream, with sugar or black as black?

I do, indeed, drink coffee. Only hot coffee, only black coffee sweetened with one packet of Splenda.91AC3DFE-3D90-4FA1-A8D3-84E94D02B5D9

In your opinion, what’s the greatest invention of our age?

I’m using it to respond to Melanie’s SYW questions: the iPhone.94C25DF7-A8B9-4F49-8EBA-4B671FB8D0AE

Global warming? Reality or myth?

Global warming (aka, climate change) is reality. The Bible is myth.Once upon a time

Are you an explorer or more a home body?

I used to be an explorer back in the day. Now that I’m retired (and old), I’ve become more of a home body.DB8ADFC3-4E20-4196-96B8-FA8D97D53972

What were you grateful for this week?

Hmm. Other than I’m still alive and well (as are my wife, kids, and pets), I can’t honestly think of anything else. But maybe that’s enough.C0CAC0E9-781C-4507-8991-576E84794DFD

37 thoughts on “Share Your World — Coffee and Climate

  1. Melanie B Cee September 24, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Simply excellent answers! 😀 Thanks for participating in SYW this week…and now there’s two ‘votes’ for the cell phone….you and Trent. Hmmm do I sense a trend? 😉

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  2. JT Twissel September 24, 2018 / 11:40 am

    I’m a tea drinker – strong and black; I took a course in Bible as Literature and that’s what it is; I used to be an explorer but like you, have slowed down. (being a writer as meant less travel – also having a cat)

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    • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 3:17 pm

      I have a cat and a dog, and having pets does add a level of logistical difficulty to travel planning.


    • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      Yes, those blue teeth sure to make ‘lectronic communimacations a whole lot easier, don’t they.


  3. Marleen September 24, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    I like coffee. I like it with sugar or honey or agave nectar or whatever they use at starbucks (syrup) and the like. But it also has to have cream and frothy milk (for hot) — or I think they just use milk at starbucks (for iced). I’m a fan.

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    • Marleen September 24, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      I tend to think global warming is true, but my approach has more to do with keeping things clean and keeping nature alive and supporting native populations than with the most common supposed solutions. I don’t think carbon taxes and offsets will help much if at all (and I think they would be economically harmful to those who are less than rich and anyone who wants to see competition ). I’m in favor of clear rules on clean water, clean air, and so on.

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      • Marleen September 24, 2018 / 12:26 pm

        I can’t decide between internet and cell phone.

        But I also like land line phones.

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        • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 3:24 pm

          I haven’t used a landline phone in at least eight or so years. No need, so why pay for it if I always have my cellphone with me?


          • Marleen September 24, 2018 / 6:41 pm

            When I moved into the house I’m in now, I could have kept a land line with my number (from the previous location) for like two dollars a month. That’s not a lot… particularly since there are at least a couple things it would be good for. Sometimes, if the cell phone dies (and don’t forget the silly iPhone programming that made it run down faster), you can still have that available. (Same if you misplace or lose your phone.) And why not have a different sort of phone? What if the tower(s) were to be down? I could think of more reasons.

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            • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 6:52 pm

              Two dollars a month for a landline? A few years back I contacted AT&T, the monopoly phone company in my area and the cheapest monthly rate (without long distance, without caller ID, without voicemail, call waiting, or much of anything but local service, was around $35/month. Plus I’d have to buy my own telephone.


          • Marleen September 24, 2018 / 7:01 pm

            Well, yeah, I wasn’t dealing with AT&T or a monopoly.


      • Marleen September 24, 2018 / 1:44 pm

        To be a little more clear, I don’t think small businesses should be exempt from the rules (by which I mean laws, not trusting self-regulation). But what I also mean is big companies or rich people can’t buy exemptions (that little guys can’t afford).

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  4. Donné September 24, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    You are after all entitled to your own opinion as is everyone else. Remember too that our choices have consequences… the good, bad or ugly. #justsaying

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    • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 3:26 pm

      I agree. But can you be more specific about which of my opinions I express in this post you are referring to. #justcurious.


      • Donné September 24, 2018 / 7:47 pm

        You see…. believing that The Bible is a myth is your opinion. Christians are entitled to believe it isnt. What have we got to lose? If we are .. its our present that is affected by people who mock and scorn BUT if we are right and the Bible is real its (y)our eternity that is affected so why take a dig at Christians and our beliefs? #ThreatenedMuch?

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        • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 8:20 pm

          You’re right. I was expressing my opinion. The nature of the Share Your World prompt is to get people to share their opinions. And yes, Christians are entitled to believe whatever they want to believe. It was not my intention to mock and scorn. My philosophy is “whatever floats your boat,” and I wasn’t taking a dig at your beliefs as much as I was expressing my own, personal opinion in a post on my blog that the stories in the Bible are mythology. If you choose to believe in and accept that mythology as your religious truth, go for it.


            • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 8:36 pm

              Who’s Mike? Or did you mean “#micdropped,” as in dropping a microphone?


            • Donné September 24, 2018 / 8:37 pm

              Ag jinne mamma… night night. #ntsnt


    • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      But it asked for the greatest invention “of our age.” Paper was invented around 100 BC in China. That’s not what I would call an invention “of our age.”

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        • Fandango September 24, 2018 / 9:33 pm

          Yep. I guess I responded to your initial comment at about the same time you were making your second comment.

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  5. James September 25, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Q: Global warming? Reality or myth?

    A: Global warming (aka, climate change) is reality. The Bible is myth.

    Interesting that you brought the (Christian) Bible into the mix since the question had absolutely nothing to do with it. I can only assume that you deliberately were taking a shot a Christians just because you could.

    Now I would never try to convince you regarding my belief system. You’re not interested, it would take too long, and adopting a faith in an all-powerful Creator is as much a metaphysical experience as it is anything else.

    However, you probably didn’t think through the ramifications of your statement. I mentioned the “Christian” Bible before, but the first two-thirds of it, what Christians call the Old Testament, make up the Jewish Bible.

    The writings in the Jewish Bible are the very basis for the existence of Israel and the Jewish people. I know liberal, secular Jews who would disagree with me, but given that my wife is Jewish and I’ve had extensive experience in both some churches and some synagogues (I know you might not believe this, but not all Christians and not all Jews are the same, and in fact, there are churches and synagogues, even here in red state Idaho, that are highly progressive), so my opinions are not entirely uninformed.

    So in calling the Bible a myth (and that’s your right), you may well be invalidating every single observant Jewish person in the present and for the past 3500 years, as well as the Jewish people as a whole. I know you didn’t consider the implications of all this, but the Holocaust tried to do the same thing (and I’m absolutely not accusing you of being anti-semitic or a Holocaust denier).

    Yes, I’m going to extremes but to make a point. Whether you believe in something or not (speaking of Colin Kaepernick), it doesn’t mean those who do are invalid. The Bible, once you study it (and Bible studies are complicated) is an incredibly nuanced and complex document, and I’m the first to admit that most churches don’t even know how to study it (I’ve argued endlessly with many Christians on this point).

    I am curious about your opinion of the Koran (it’s transliterated from Arabic, so it can be spelled different ways in English). Is it myth as well? Would you stay that on your blog if you know Muslims were reading it?

    I know you made the comment casually, but words have power. As writers, we should be aware of that.

    Oh, I take my coffee black, nothing else in it.

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    • Marleen September 25, 2018 / 5:53 am

      If I drink coffee black, it makes me sleepy.

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      • Fandango September 25, 2018 / 8:09 am

        That’s strange. It’s supposed to wake you up!


        • Marleen September 25, 2018 / 9:57 am

          When I combine coffee and sugar, I am energized; neither one on its own works that way though.

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    • Fandango September 25, 2018 / 7:43 am

      Whether the Bible (Old or New Testaments), the Koran, or any other religious text, they are all, in my opinion, myths. I assume at least some Muslims have stumbles across my blog, but perhaps not. So while I used the Bible as an illustration, I was not intending to limit my belief that all religions are base in mythology to Christianity.

      Why did I bring it up at all? Just to offer a contrast between those who deny climate change and those who eagerly embrace religious mythology. I also don’t think you need to be religious in order to believe that the Holocaust happened and to be embarrassed by the inhumanity that humans perpetuate against one another in the name of their favorite god, for “ethnic cleansing,” or for the whatever religious beliefs to which they adhere. Is all that part of GOD’s infallible plan? That millions of people — his children — shall be killed and persecuted in his name?

      I am not a religious person in any way and I believe that all religions are based on made-up bullshit. But I don’t deny that there is much to be learned by reading religious tracts and that if it helps people make it through their lives, then who am I to be critical of them? But that doesn’t make me believe that the Bible is any more true than Tolkien’s Middle Earth, for example,
      or other fantasy tales. It’s great literature, but it’s mythology at its finest.

      Okay, enough of this meandering response to your comment.


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