Like the Back of My Hand Challenge

When I read this post from Judy Dykstra-Brown this morning, which featured a picture of the back of a hand (hers? someone else’s?), I was inspired to take a picture of the back of my hand and post it.33E4D6E2-59B4-46F4-A59B-2B1FD4355F27And then I thought wouldn’t it be fun to challenge other bloggers to take a picture of the back of their own hands.

So take a picture of the back of your hand (or the front, or both) and create your own post featuring that picture. Go head, fellow bloggers, and show your hands.

Use the tag #myhand and link back to this post. Let’s see those hands of yours!

3-2-1 Quote Me! — Expression

864b976e-4b5c-4be4-a580-0fda871b62bc.pngTeresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, tagged me in Rory’s game of quotes. The rules are:

  1. Thank the blogger who tagged you: Thank you Teresa.
  2. Post two quotes for the dedicated topic of the day: Expression
  3. Tag three other bloggers to take part in “3-2-1 Quote Me!”

So here we go:

“Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world.”

Author Sharon Salzberg

“Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature, and to suppress truth.”

Chinese writer, human rights activist, and philosopher Liu Xiaobo

And now for my three tags:

Participation is optional, but I hope you’ll join in.

Share Your World — Getting Silly

SYWMelanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, decided to get a little silly with her questions for today’s Share Your World prompt. Well, silly questions demand silly (or maybe not so silly) answers.

Is it better to suspect something (bad or hurtful) and not know or to have your worst fears confirmed by sure knowledge?

Hmm. I’d say this question is more provocative than it is silly. In fact, I wish I’d thought of this question for my weekly provocative question prompt. Oh well. Anyway, my answer is to always opt for certainty. I’d rather know for sure, one way or the other, than speculate and agonize over something that might turn out to be nothing. And if my worst fears are confirmed, at least I have that information and can decide what to do about it.

What makes you laugh aloud? Crack up? Laugh until your sides split? When was the last time you had a great big belly laugh?

Usually it’s something that someone I know (e.g., a family member or close friend) does or says that cracks me up. I think the last time I had a really big, boisterous laugh was a few weeks ago when my daughter and her significant other came over to play Hearts. We all had some edibles and I was attempting to Shoot the Moon (capture all the hearts and the queen of spades), but because I was stoned, I couldn’t remember what my strategy for doing so was. Only I didn’t realize it (because I was stoned, duh), but everyone else did. We all ended up literally rolling on the floor laughing.

Do you suppose Noah had woodpeckers in the ark? If he did, where did he keep them? Apologies to the Darwinians in the crowd…this is merely for fun, okay?

If you believe that a 450 year old man built a large, wooden ark, gathered up pairs (one male and one female) of every living creature, and loaded them onto said ark, and then sailed around for 40 days and 40 nights while God flooded the planet and drowned every other living being who was not on the ark, then why not woodpeckers? (No offense to those who believe the Bible to be literally true.)

Why is “Charlie” short for “Charles” when they are the same number of letters?

Charlie isn’t short for Charles. Charlie is a nickname for Charles. Just like “moron” isn’t short for Trump even though they have the same number of letters. It’s an apt description.79B96BDA-EB89-413F-9C4A-9973142A1CD4

What  happened in your world this past week that made you feel thankful, joyful or grateful?

I am grateful to the intrepid journalists who, despite being called “the enemy of the American people” by the President of the United States, doggedly pursue and bring to light the acts and deeds of Donald Trump, his family, cronies, and sycophants. These heroic journalists are our only hope for recapturing our republic from the grip of a wannabe king. They dig for the truth and what they publish is genuine news, not fake news.33ADC84E-5D57-4A5D-BB4C-B74A7C82B0DB

High School Daze

Barbara, over at TeleportingWeena, wants to teleport us back to our high school days. She asked us to “think about your SENIOR year in High School. The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!”

Alrighty then. Since I graduated from high school before many of you were even born, this should tons of fun!

1. Did you know your current significant other?

No. I met her 14 years later.

2. Make and year of car?

I mostly drove my mother’s car, a bronze, 1961 Corsair Monza. It was a POS car that I nicknamed “the golden garbage can.”38BF893E-1D2C-4FA6-BCA1-FE74AF85F957

3. What kind of job?

I worked part time at a local Sears & Roebuck store.

4. Where did you live?

My parents’ home in a suburb of Washington, DC.

5. Were you popular?

I was tall, skinny, with braces and acne. What do you think?

6. Were you in choir?

No. I couldn’t carry a tune from one side of the room to the other.

7. Ever get suspended from school?

Yes. For smoking in the boys’ room.

8. If you could, would you go back?

Do I look like a masochist?

9. Still talk to the person that you went to prom with?

I don’t even remember her name. Oh wait. It was Christine.

10. Did you skip school?

Is the Pope Catholic? Does the bear shit in the woods?

11. Go to all the football games?

Most of them. Our team sucked.

12. Favorite subject?

History/social studies

13. Do you still have your yearbooks?

Probably somewhere in a box in the attic.

14. Did you follow the career path you planned?

What plan?

15. Did you have a class ring?

Yes, but it’s probably in the same box up in the attic where my yearbooks are.

16. Still close with your best friend?

No. I’ve lost touch with all of them.

17. Who was your favorite teacher?

Mr. Fowler, my art teacher. He was very encouraging.

18. What was your style?

High school casual. 

19. Favorite shoes?

Chuck Taylor high top All-Stars.D0E48EB6-0F7F-4E95-8772-97997E92D2A1

21. Favorite music?

Top 40

22. High school hair?

Think of the Fonz.4BD3C113-6281-4855-A989-862CE1C7AD82

23. What kind of cologne/perfume?

Canoe. What was I thinking?7344391F-C6C2-4269-94BA-0AF2FAECD6B5

24. How old when graduated?


25. Did you play a sport?

I tried out for the basketball team. I became the ball boy.

Your turn. Copy the questions and paste your answers.