3-2-1 Quote Me! — It’s All About Attitude

296C282F-10A7-431D-A3CC-393AFA804C28Li, over at Tao Talk, tagged me for one of Rory’s 3-2-1 Quote Me! games. This time the topic is “attitude,” and Li tagged me because she says I have one! Oh snap! 😱

Well, it turns out that I do, in fact, have attitude, and I searched the world — well, the World Wide Web, anyway — to find some appropriate quotes that reflect my attitude about attitude. Here we go….

“I think that life is difficult. People have challenges. Family members get sick, people get older, you don’t always get the job or the promotion that you want. You have conflicts in your life. And really, life is about your resilience and your ability to go through your life and all of the ups and downs with a positive attitude.”

Jennifer Hyman, CEO and cofounder of Rent The Runway

“I don’t go by or change my attitude based on what people say. At the end of the day, they, too, are judging me from their perspective. I would rather be myself and let people accept me for what I am than be somebody who I am not, just because I want people’s approval.”

Karan Patel, Indian television actor

So now I’m supposed to tag three other bloggers with attitude. But since it’s my belief that all bloggers have attitude — and you know you do — I’m going to invite any blogger who wants to share his or her attitude about attitude, to jump in and do their own 3-2-1 Quote Me! post.

Go for it!

The Prime Directive

15B1941F-4ADD-4479-9952-ED542AE34B57The small shuttle craft touched down on the planet after having transported the small crew to the planet’s surface from the mothership.

As the team prepared to exit the space ferry, the captain reminded the crew of their prime directive. “If we come across any alien life forms, remember that each sentient species has the right to live in accordance with its normal cultural evolution,” he said. “We must not interfere with the healthy development of alien life and culture.” The crew nodded their consent to abide by the directive.

The astrogeologist on the crew, Dr. Burnside, said, “Our mission is to search for and collect diamond-like minerals that are supposed to be abundant on this planet.”

“And our subsidiary task is to observe any sentient life-forms we might encounter while participating in the primary mission,” the captain said. “But remember, we’ll  be on the surface for just an hour, so finding any living beings is like butterscotch sauce on vanilla ice cream. It’s secondary to collecting the minerals.”

An hour later, the crew was preparing to head back to the space ferry. Each crew member was carrying two containers of minerals when one of them saw something moving out of the corner of his eye. He let his containers drop, pulled out his weapon, and shot the moving target.

The others looked on in horror. “What have you done?” the captain shouted. “You disobeyed the prime directive!”

“Captain,” crew member, Derek Forsyth, said, pointing to the carcass of the giant, lynx-like creature he shot, “that beast was about to pounce on Ensign Smythe. I had no choice.”

“Our body-cams will be submitted for review once we return to the mothership, Forsyth,” the captain said. “The tribunal will then determine if any disciplinary action should be taken.”

Written for today’s Three Things Challenge fro Paula Light, where the three things are sauce, diamond, and lynx. Also for these daily prompts:  Word of the Day Challenge (ferry), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (prime), Your Daily Word Prompt (subsidiary), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (drop).

N is for New Age Music

0566B9C7-EBE2-4B93-AEBC-1EFFB020856CThe genre of music I listen to most these days is classic rock. But it wasn’t that long ago, maybe 15-20 years ago, that my music genre of choice was new age.

New age music is a combination of mostly instrumental pieces creating sounds of a soothing, romantic, mood-elevating, and sometimes sensual nature. It’s broadly defined as relaxing, even “meditative,” music. Unlike relaxing forms of classical music, new age music makes greater use of electronic sounds and non-Western instrumentation. I used to describe new age music as a fusion of classical, jazz, and rock.

The large percentage of musical sounds described as new age is instrumental and electronic, although vocal arrangements, while less common, are part of the genre.  Enya, for example, won a Grammy for her new age music. She has an ethereal, almost other-worldly, sound and sings in a variety of languages, including Latin and her native Irish and Celtic.

Some of my favorite new age musicians include Yanni (or as my kids used to call him, “Yawni”), the aforementioned Enya, David Lanz, Susan Ciani, and Kitarō.

And here are a few of my favorite new age songs.

Previous A to Z Challenge 2019 posts:

Twittering Tales — Relic

A64D06CA-A3DD-4DCA-9E85-A3EF1F1BD379“Why are you stopping the car?” Ana asked.

Luis pointed to a tall, narrow glass enclosure. “That’s a phone booth,” he said.

“A phone booth?” Ana said. “I didn’t know they still had phone booths in the city.”

“Exactly,” Luis said. “That’s why I need to stop and take a picture of it.”

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Luis Quintero on Unsplash.com.

FOWC with Fandango — Prime

FOWCWelcome to April 16, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “prime.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.