If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.
Blogger and author Rachel Wolchin
I saw this quote last week after we had physically moved from the city to the suburbs and I was feeling somewhat overwhelmed. I was tired to the point of exhaustion at what seemed like the daunting task of turning our new house into our new home and I thought about how nice it would be to be rooted to something permanently.
But I think we are over the hump and things are finally starting to settle down and life is beginning to become normal again. Different, yes, but normal nonetheless.
And I’m happy that I do have feet and not roots.
Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Drawing by Peresmeh at Getty Images.
Simeon Levine, over at The Levine Lowdown, gifted me with the Sunshine Blogger Award a week ago, but I’ve been so busy with this move to a new house, that I’m just getting around to acknowledging and responding to his generous gift.
Mine is an award-free blog, but I do appreciate the recognition another blogger bestows upon me and my blog. And it’s my pleasure to answer 11 his questions. But I won’t be tagging 11 other bloggers nor will I be posing my own questions. That said, I invite anyone who cares to take a shot at answering Simeon’s questions to feel free to do so.
Here we go.
1. Why did you start you blog?
Because I feel like I have something to say and no one would listen to me when I talked.
2. What is your favorite part about blogging?
The interactions with other members of the blogging community.
3. What is one of your goals for 2020?
To acclimate to living in the suburbs after having spent the last three decades being an urbanite.
4. If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
5. What is your favorite sport?
To watch: American football. To play: ping pong (table tennis) or pool (billiards).
6. If you could go back in the past to any year, which year would you go back to?
My philosophy is to never look back. Only to live in the present and look forward to the future. Thus, I would not want to go back to any year in my past.
7. What is one country that you would love to travel to?
I’ve always had a hankering to visit New Zealand.
8. What is one thing that not many people know about you?
I’m an open book, so there’s not much that people don’t know about me. Except, that is, who I really am, since I blog anonymously.
9. What has been the scariest moment of your life?
When my son had open heart surgery to repair a defective aorta valve.
10. When does bread become toast?
When it turns brown and becomes crispy. Duh!
11. What is your favorite song of all time?
This is tough because there are so many great songs. But if push comes to shove…oh forget it. Any song by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Chicago, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Brown, Eric Clapton, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Elton John, and, well, I could go on and on, but you get the drift, right?
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Each day during the month of February, at around 6 am Pacific Time, I will be posting an old adage, an old saying, a familiar expression that we’ve all heard and have probably used during our lifetimes. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, will be to post a story, a poem, an image, an interpretation of what the expression means to you, or to do whatever it is that you want to do based upon the daily adage.
Please tag your post with #FFE and create a pingback to this post or include your link in a comment on each day’s post.
Have fun and be sure to read what others have posted in response to this prompt.
I promise that today’s provocative question will be the last repeat and that next week I’ll be back to posting some new questions for your consideration. While the residual tasks from our move last week are still there, things are beginning to settle down a bit. So I should start being able to spend a little more time on WordPress than I have for the past couple of weeks.
Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
This week’s provocative question came up while I was watching “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” a few weeks ago. Colbert was talking with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and mentioned that in college he was taking a philosophy course and the final exam consisted of just one question:
“Is it better to know or is it better to not know?”
If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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 most important, have fun.