I’m a Really Neat Blogger

I must be. Otherwise Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, would never have nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award. Right?164a489f-b149-4085-a50f-98b1def1cb23.pngThe rules for the real neat blog award are:

  • Display the award logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate seven to ten bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions.

So, the award logo is above and I want to thank Sadje for the nomination.

Here are the questions she asked her nominees to answer:

Where does blogging fits in your daily life?

Blogging is a big part of my daily life. I am retired, so I have time on my hands. Writing posts for my blog allows me to exercise my brain, hone my creativity, and sharpen my sense of humor. And reading the blog posts of others enables me to expand my horizons and interact with bloggers from around the globe. Honestly, were it not for blogging, I’d probably be bored to death. Literally!

Have you ever tried to do:
a) Paragliding?
b) Horse riding?
c) Deep-sea diving?

No, yes, and no.

Do you celebrate your birthday?

Only once a year.

If you have free time at hand, would you go for a walk or a long drive?

A long walk. It’s healthier for me and better for the environment than going on a long drive.

Your best friend calls in the middle of the night and asks you to meet them at a deserted place. Will you go? BTW, this friend has known to pull pranks!

Not without a really good explanation — and a feasible one — for wanting me to meet him at a deserted place in the middle of the night. (By the way, I turn off my cell phone at night and we don’t have a landline, so it’s highly unlikely that I’d ever receive, much less respond to, such a call.)

I’m going to skip the last two rules and, instead, I invite anyone who reads this to answer the same questions that Sadje asked me.

Have fun!

Abuse of Power

Trump bubble Is the Trump bubble in jeopardy of bursting? A lot of questionable conduct and even illegal actions have been ascribed to him, and it looks as if there are some cracks appearing in the wall that members of the political right have built around him to excuse and protect him.

As I look ahead toward the the political horizon, I have the urge to scream at those who still buy into his lies and who continue to stick their heads in the sand and ignore his blatantly impeachable actions.

The House Democrats are preparing articles of impeachment under the banner of Abuse of Power, a sound strategy that has a good chance, even with the Republican majority in the Senate, to lead to Trump’s removal from office.

And wouldn’t that be brilliant?

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (bubble), Your Daily Word Prompt (ascribe), Daily Addictions (right), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ahead, horizon), Ragtag Daily Prompt (scream), and The Daily Spur (brilliant).

Share Your World — Mind Over Matter

Share Your WorldMonday means it’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World challenge. This week she gave us one Halloween-oriented questions, but the rest of the questions are rather tongue-in-cheek.

1. Had any good conversations with yourself lately? Did you listen to yourself?And how’d that work out for you?

I talk to myself all the time, but I rarely listen to my inner voice. It doesn’t know what it’s talking about. After all, I live in the real world and my inner voice lives within the confines of my head, which can be a pretty strange place at times.

2. What is gravity and how does it work?

Gravity is that invisible force that keeps us grounded.4C8D0AE4-7ACC-4910-B47D-F10BA6E74444

3. What is more real – Mind or Matter?

In my mind, it doesn’t really matter.

4. Should a vegetarian (or vegan) eat animal crackers?

Only if the crackers are gluten-free, whatever gluten is.A853EB3C-1040-4E8B-BFD6-C4ED9E8A64BB

Halloween question

Name (describe) something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark and deserted wood or alley. Politicians are a given, so skip those please.

Personally, I don’t think I’d want to run into anything or anyone in a dark and deserted wood or alley.

Weekly Song Challenge — Geography Lesson

E0991E6D-778C-4B4C-93B3-ACA5BAFA8848For this week’s Weekly Song Challenge, Laura has asked us to post videos of States, cities/towns, and countries or continents.

Her rules are:

  • Copy the rules and add them to our own post, pinging back to Laura’s post.
  • Post music videos for our answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people anyone who wants to participate!

So here goes.

1. Post a song that has either in title or lyrics the name of a state in the US.

2. Post a song that either in the title or lyrics the name of a town.

3. Post a song that either in title or lyrics has the name of a country or continent.

Okay, your turn.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #37

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has participated in these challenges so far. Your posts have been very creative. I hope this week’s image will also generate some great posts as well.

So now it’s time for this week’s Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from Fandango at fivedotoh.com.0B949F8E-3C42-46FC-BD5A-24AD44E43351 For visually challenged writers, the image shows the silhouette of a man standing on a bridge reflected on the concrete below.

If this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

Please take a few minutes to read some of the other responses to this photo challenge.