AZQCueU2 — Society

4CD32C7C-2AD4-41CF-8DB9-801F1BE25E90I have been tagged by Punam, at Paeansunpluggedblog, for this game on quotes started by Rory, A Guy Called Bloke. The topic is SOCIETY. It is being played alphabetically. Each person has to post a quote on society by a person whose surname (last name) begins with the letter assigned to them. You can check out more details here.

Rory took the letter A

Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self too.” — Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

Paula took B

“The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” — James Baldwin

King Ben’s Grandma took C

“To me, the progress of society consists in nothing more than in bringing out the individual, in giving him a consciousness of his own being, and in quickening him to strengthen and elevate his own mind.” — William E. Channing

Beckie took D

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” — Frederick Douglass

Sadje took E

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” — Albert Einstein

Li took F

“It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.”— Gillian Flynn

Jim took G

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” — Galileo

Punam took H

“Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.” — Alex Haley

And Fandango (that’s me) took the letter I

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.”  — Lee Iacocca

I tag Jerry Brotherton (aka, The Backyard Poet) for the letter J.

Battery Boost

F45E8A07-0361-4B68-BC57-A157667DF79CAccording to my iPhone’s Screen Time tracker, I average between 9-10 hours a day looking at my iPhone’s screen. You might think that’s a lot, but while I do have a laptop, I hardly ever use it. And I don’t have an iPad. So I use my iPhone for everything connected, including WordPress.

In fact, about two-thirds of my screen time is spent on my blog — writing posts, responding to comments, and reading and commenting on the posts of others. When not on WordPress, I am checking my newsfeed, using Google to search the internet, sending and receiving emails and text messages, checking the weather, reading books on my Kindle app, and playing solitaire while watching the news on TV.

My iPhone, an 8 Plus, is almost two years old and its battery life ain’t what it used to be. Most days, by around three or four in the afternoon, the battery icon in the upper right corner of my screen turns red, a sign that my battery is down to the last 20% of its charge. But I’ve still got another 6-7 hours of awake time. I don’t want to put my iPhone down for two of those hours while it’s charging.

So I bought a battery charging case for my iPhone. Not only does it protect my iPhone, like any other case will do, but if I press a tiny little button on the back of the case, it starts charging my iPhone without it leaving my hand or me having to be near an electrical outlet to plug it in to get the battery charged. The charging case doubles my iPhone’s battery life. And it only cost $35 on Amazon!

Yeah! Now I can spend even more uninterrupted time with my eyes glued to my iPhone’s screen. Life is great, no?

One-Liner Wednesday — Time To Do Nothing


“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing that you want.”

Retired cartoonist and Calvin and Hobbes creator,
Bill Watterson

Even though I, too, am retired, I can relate to Bill Watterson’s quote. I somehow manage to often find myself too busy to just relax and do nothing.

Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday promo from Linda G. Hill.

Share Your World — About Life, Death, Beauty, Morality, and Perfection

SYWMonday means Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. Today our host has become quite philosophical in her questions. She wants us to talk about the living and the dead, about beauty and morality, about technology and emotions, and about perfection and gratitude. A tall order, indeed!

Anyway, let’s do this!

Why do we seem to respect the dead more than the living?

I don’t respect the dead more than the living. I respect what people accomplish (or accomplished) and the manner in which they live (or lived) their lives, living or dead.10F97ABA-FC27-4699-9CD7-4A7C3A826D3A

Why is beauty associated with morality?  Or not?   (a few weeks back I asked a similar question, but the key word was MORTALITY, not MORALITY).

I hate to be argumentative today, but I don’t associate beauty with morality. Physical beauty has more to do with appearance than with positive actions or good deeds. In fact, so-called “beautiful people” often have advantages in life not available to those whose appearances are less attractive and, therefore, may be less empathetic. So, in my opinion, beauty and morality are unrelated. 

Have gadgets and apps taken away emotions?

Huh? What do gadgets have to do with emotions? As to apps, I think that social media apps, especially Twitter, have intensified emotions, as people who use those apps tend to feel freer to express strong, especially negative, emotions as they hide behind the anonymity and the distance those types of apps provide. These social media apps have also reduced face-to-face human interactions to a great extent.48F6CE61-0B8C-4D5D-8A7E-A5DD7F646B01

Is there a perfect life? What’s your version of a perfect life if you care to share?

For something to be perfect it must be free from flaws or faults. Life doesn’t work that way. No person is perfect; no life is perfect. True perfection is an unrealistic goal and attempting to achieve a perfect life can only set one up for disappointment and frustration.

If you’d like, please share something uplifting or for which you are grateful.

I’m grateful for this perfect life that I am leading. 😏

Question Fun — Who’s Counting?

B9DE059A-BD43-4BFF-86F3-03EFCD7C36B8Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has a new game of questions. This one is all about numbers and counting. There are 21 questions relating to the topic. They can be visual, musical, personal, professional, topical, serious, thought provoking, fun, weird, and even wacky.

So let’s see who’s counting on the numbers.

I am an odd number. Take away one letter and I become even. What number am I?

You are an odd number, and this is an odd question, even for you.

Using only addition, how do you add eight 8’s and get the number 1000?

888 + 88 + 8+ 8+ the dog 8 my homework.

Sally is 54 years old and her mother is 80, how many years ago was Sally’s mother three times her age?

Sally’s mother has never been three times her age. Nor two times her age. Sally’s mother always has been, and always will be, her own age.

At a party, everyone shook hands with everybody else. There were 66 handshakes. How many people were at the party?

Too many for all of them to fit comfortably into the kitchen at the same time.

It’s dark. You have ten grey socks and ten blue socks you want to put into pairs. All socks are exactly the same except for their color. How many socks would you need to take with you to ensure you had at least a pair?

I’m colorblind and can’t distinguish between dark gray and dark blue, even in broad daylight, so I’d only need two socks and who cares if they’re not the same color? But logically, if you only have socks of two colors, all you would need is three.

My grandson is about as many days as my daughter in weeks, and my grandson is as many months as I am in years. My grandson, my daughter, and I together are 120 years. Can you tell me my age in years ?

Age is just a number, so who cares?99964B19-32A8-443A-92CB-89C10E0D76ED

2 Fathers and two sons go out hunting, each manage to down a bird and yet only three birds come home with them – how come?

They cooked one and ate it before leaving for home.

Provide two quotes that are about numbers please.

There is strength in numbers.

There is safety in numbers.

Provide the title of one song that is exclusively about quantities.

“25 or 6 to 4”

Add me to myself and multiply by 4. Divide me by 8 and you will have me once more. What number am I?

Okay, take any number and double it, then multiply by four and divide it by eight and you’re right back where you started. Even I know that. Duh!

How many 9’s are there between 1 and 100?

Let’s see: 9, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59, 69, 79, 89, and 90 thru 99, so 20 nines. Booyah!

Four years ago, Jenny was twice as old as Robert. Four years from now, Robert will be 3/4 of Jenny’s. How old is Jenny?

Old enough to stop playing stupid number games.

Why did six cry?

Because seven ate nine. 😱

Which number Apollo mission was the spaceflight that landed the first two men on the Moon?

Apollo 11, baby!

Who were the actors that starred in Apollo 13 and what year was it released?

Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, and Ed Harris. 1995.

Can you name 10 films with numbers in their titles?

  1. Twelve Monkeys
  2. The Fifth Element
  3. 1984
  4. Se7en
  5. 18 Again
  6. 27 Dresses
  7. Three Amigos
  8. The Sixth Sense
  9. The Magnificent Seven
  10. 12 Angry Men

A Baker’s dozen is how many?


How many sculpted lions by Sir Edwin Landseer sit at the base of Trafalgar Square?

Just the right number, and I’m not lion to you.

What is ‘nine tenths of the law’?


The Crazy 88 feature in which film?

Kill Bill

Who was the 35th President of the United States?