E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — My Blog

It’s time once again for E.M. Kingston’s The Sunday Ramble. Her prompt is based upon a certain topic about which she asks five questions. We are invited to ramble on about that topic however we wish. Today’s topic is “Your Blog.”

1. When did you start your blog?

My first blog was on Blogger, and I started that one in October 2005 and it lasted until I started my second blog on TypePad in January 2009. I moved to WordPress in 2013. Then I had a second, very short-lived blog on WordPress before taking a blogging hiatus in the spring of 2015. I return to blogging two-years later with this, my fifth blog. Hence: fivedotoh.com (aka This, That, and the Other).

2. Did you start with a theme, or did it come later on?

I’ve never had a theme or a niche for any of my blogs. They’ve all been rather eclectic. You know, about this, that, and the other.

3. What is my favorite post that I have ever written on my blog?

I’ve written a ton of posts, and I love them all. But if forced to choose just one, it might be this one.

4. Do you share your blog with friends and family, or do you keep your blogging world separate from them?

My immediate family knows about my blog, but I don’t think they bother reading it. Other than that, no one I know in the real world knows about my blog.

5. What is the best advice you could give someone who is new to blogging?

Who Won The Week — 05/08/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

Today is Mother’s Day, so naturally I’m dedicating this week’s Who Won the Week to all of the mothers around the world. Each and every one of us owes our lives to our mothers and they deserve to be celebrated, not just today, but every day, for bringing us into this world and for all the love and nurturing they’ve bestowed upon us.

I’ll be gone most of the day today because my wife, the mother of our children, and I will be loading our ebikes onto our bike rack and heading into San Francisco, where we will be meeting our daughter and her fiancé to bike through Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean. This evening we’ll be meeting our son and his wife for a Mother’s Day dinner.

So, I hope all of you will enjoy your Mother’s Day today (or, if it’s celebrated on a different day where you live, then I hope you enjoy your Sunday and give your mother a thought today anyway).

See you when I see you.

If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — On Your Feet!

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams once again looks to Paula Light (Light Motifs II) for inspiration. And Paula gave us Socks, Shoes, Boots, and Feet to work with. I decided to go with Paul Simon’s “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.”

“Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” was written and recorded by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the fourth single from his 1986 studio album, Graceland. The song features guest vocals from the South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Paul Simon traveled to South Africa in 1985 and recorded with various local musicians, gathering tracks that would be used on the Graceland album. While he was there, he met with the leader of a vocal group called Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and he flew them to London to record the song “Homeless.”

Simon and the group bonded at these sessions, and when Paul was finishing the album in New York, he brought them in to back him on his “Saturday Night Live” appearance on May 10, 1986.

Paul Simon said that the songs on the album Graceland, including this one were not at all political. He considered writing political songs for Graceland, but decided against it, since he wasn’t very good at it and the point of the project was to bring the sound of South Africa to the world, not its politics.

Simon said that he worked very hard to lace the lyrics around the tracks, which was tricky since there was so much going on in the rhythms. The result on this song was a lot of clever wordplay and an abstract story about a rich girl in New York City and her suitors. A clue that there might not be too deep a meaning here is in the line, “and I could say ‘ooo ooo ooo’ as if everybody knows what I’m talking about.”

Simon felt that this song was one of his best musical achievements. He said the song suited his voice very well.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing in Zulu on this song. Their refrain roughly translates to: “It’s not usual but in our days we see those things happen. They are women, they can take care of themselves.”

Here are the lyrics to Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.”

(A-wa) O kodwa you zo-nge li-sa namhlange 
(A-wa a-wa) Si-bona kwenze ka kanjani
(A-wa a-wa) Amanto mbazane ayeza
She's a rich girl
She don't try to hide it
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

He's a poor boy
Empty as a pocket
Empty as a pocket with nothing to lose
Sing Ta na na
Ta na na na

She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

People say she's crazy
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Well that's one way to lose these
Walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

She was physically forgotten
Then she slipped into my pocket
With my car keys
She said you've taken me for granted
Because I please you
Wearing these diamonds

And I could say Oo oo oo
As if everybody knows
What I'm talking about
As if everybody would know
Exactly what I was talking about
Talking about diamonds on the soles of her shoes

She makes the sign of a teaspoon
He makes the sign of a wave
The poor boy changes clothes
And puts on after-shave
To compensate for his ordinary shoes

And she said honey take me dancing
But they ended up by sleeping
In a doorway
By the bodegas and the lights on
Upper Broadway
Wearing diamonds on the soles of their shoes

And I could say Oo oo oo
As if everybody here would know
What I was talking about
I mean everybody here would know exactly
What I was talking about
Talking about diamonds

People say I'm crazy
I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes
Well that's one way to lose
These walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of our shoes

FOWC with Fandango — Heat


It’s May 8, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “heat.”

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. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.