The Sun Continues to Shine

BD6F80CC-A35E-4BE8-8C29-AF3A3FC1D8E8Jennifer, over at Paperkutz, has kindly nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. As you probably know by now, I don’t follow most of the rules for blog awards. I don’t pose my own new questions. I don’t nominate other bloggers. But I do really appreciate being nominated and I do thank the blogger who nominated me, so thank you Jennifer. And I do answer the questions. So here goes.

1. Do you have a nice blog or do you have different types of posts?

I think my blog is a very nice blog, but I think the question being asked is whether I have a niche blog. And the answer is no, I have no specific niche, although some readers might think my blog’s niche is to complain about Donald Trump. That’s not the case. I blog about this, that, and the other, or whatever strikes my fancy.

2. If you have a niche blog what is your niche?

See above.

3. How long have you been blogging?

I started my very first blog in October 2005. I started this blog in May 2017.

4. Is your blogging still a passion or has it become a chore?

I really enjoy blogging, so it’s closer to being a a passion than a chore. But I’ll admit that there are rare times when It feels a bit like a chore.

5. When choosing to let another blogger know you are interested in their blog do you just hit like or do you leave a comment?


6. How often do you post and respond to other blogs?

I post multiple times a day and I try to read other bloggers’ posts every day as well.

7. What is your usual blogging routine?

I don’t really have a set routine for writing posts. I write when I get inspired, and because I use my iPhone, I don’t need to be near a  computer to write and post to my blog. As to reading and responding to other bloggers’ posts, I usually do that either first thing in the morning or at night when I’m in bed before I go to sleep.

8. If you live outside the United States, are you having the same riots that are occurring in the US?

I live in the U.S. and I wouldn’t characterize what’s going on here as “riots.” They are mostly peaceful protests and demonstrations.

9. Where is your favorite place to work on your blog?

Again, because I use my iPhone, my favorite place is anywhere I happen to be.

10. If you still have younger children when do you find flogging time?

Oh my! I assume Jennifer means “blogging” and not “flogging”! I’ve never flogged my kids! Since my kids are all grown up, I can blog (or flog) any time I want to.

11. Have you ever had the feeling that blogging was becoming overwhelming and considered ending your blogging?

In April of 2015 I stopped blogging for a little over two years because I had some personal matters to attend to and felt I couldn’t attend to those matters and continue to blog at the same time. It wasn’t a matter of feeling overwhelmed as much as it was setting and managing priorities.

Failure to Communicate

4263CDAC-9748-4D99-B12D-6F85FDBF41AB“I need you to strive to achieve new heights, Ken,” my boss said to me. “I need you to soar.”

“You mean soar in the virtual sense, right?” I said.

My boss shook his head. “Yes, I don’t mean you need to literally soar, but I do expect you to rise to the occasion. Do you understand what I’m saying, Ken?”

I chuckled. “Yes, boss, my wife always says that when we’re having sex.”

“Oh my God, Ken,” my boss said. “You need to focus. Your job is on the line. It’s sink or swim time, my boy.”

“But sir,” I said, “I don’t know how to swim.”

My boss threw his hands up into the air. “I’ve tried, Ken, I really have,” he said. “But I can no longer make excuses for you and I won’t be culpable for your failure to perform in this role. I have to let you go.”

“Oh please sir, give me another chance,” I pleaded. “I promise I’ll be much more culpable in the future.”

“Get out of my sight!” He shouted, pointing to the door to his office.

Written for these daily prompts: Jibber Jabber (soar), Word of the Day Challenge (virtual), The Daily Spur (sink), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (culpable).

FFfPP/3TC — A Special Project

FEA2633E-A07C-48F5-84B2-485265F58610“I’ve got a special project for you, son,” Billy’s father said.

Billy rolled his eyes. “Oh yeah?” he said. “What thankless task is that you want me to do for you this time?”

“I want to offer you the opportunity to scrape off all of the old paint from the fence in the backyard, sand it down, and put on a fresh coat of stain,” his father responded.

“Wait,” Billy said. “You want me to scrape, sand, and stain the whole fence by the end of the day today? That’s a tall order, Dad.”

“Come on, son,” his father said, “I know you’re up to it. Then you can put the second coat of stain on it tomorrow, which will give it time to dry before the rain comes over the weekend.”

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner from Roger Shipp. Photo credit: Also written for today’s Three Things Challenge from Di over at Pensitivity101. The three things are offer, tall, and special.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #77

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

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 is about justice.E567C17C-6A1B-448C-929E-4650B83AE7CFNo doubt you are familiar with the representation of justice as a Greek goddess draped in robes, holding beam balance scales in one hand, a sword in her other hand, and wearing a blindfold. This depiction is referred to as “Lady Justice.” She is, according to Wikipedia, “an allegorical personification of the moral force in judicial systems.”

Her beam balance scales represent the weighing of evidence, and the lack of a foundation for the scales signifies that evidence should stand on its own.

Her sword is a throwback to ancient times and conveys the idea that justice can be swift and final.

The blindfold she is wearing represents impartiality, the ideal that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power, or other status. It is from the depiction of Lady Justice wearing a blindfold over her eyes that we get the expression “justice is blind.”

My provocative question for this week is this:

Do you believe, with respect to the judicial system (or systems) in place where you live, that justice is, indeed, blind? Why do you feel that way?

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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.