MLMM Photo Challenge — Up Close and Personal


This week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge asks us to do “something different.” We are asked to share our own portrait and to write something about ourselves.

Okay. Well, when you blog anonymously, it’s sort of antithetical to share your actual portrait and to write about yourself, is it not?

Most of what I am willing to share with you, my readers, is already stated in my “About” page. If you haven’t read it yet, click here.

But in the spirit of this challenge, I have posted a self-portrait. Well, a close-up of my mustache, lips, and beard-covered chin. And those are my actual eyes shown on the header image of this blog. So if you put the header image of my eyes together with the image at the top of this post of my mustache, mouth, and chin, you can let your imagination fill in the gaps to know what I look like in real life.

As to writing something about myself that I haven’t previously revealed in the 965 posts I’ve posted so far on this blog, that’s going to be hard.

So here’s what I propose. In the comments section of this post, ask me anything you want to know about me. I’ll pick five or so questions and write a post answering them.

And if I don’t get any questions in the comments, I’m going to have to assume that you either already know everything you want to know about me and that you have absolutely zero interest in finding out something about new me that you don’t know.

Or that maybe you simply couldn’t care less. Ouch, that hurts.

I Stand Corrected

AA7BD683-988A-47C5-B659-8BDE8CF14FE6I sincerely and humbly apologize. I am guilty of having passed fake news on to all who read this post of mine yesterday.

In that post, I wrote that televangelist Jim Bakker claimed that the reason Donald Trump was in a hotel room all alone with Stormy Daniels was because he was sharing with her how Jesus Christ had changed his life and how Jesus could also save her from her sins as a porn star.

Last night, I was in bed and couldn’t stop thinking about that story and how it truly seemed to be beyond belief. Well, it turns out that it was, indeed, beyond belief. I went to the website and learned, much to my chagrin, that the story was a complete fabrication.

My source for that “news” that I posted about was an article in The Babylon Bee. I have since discovered that The Babylon Bee is a satirical evangelical Christian website that is known (although not by me) for its over-the-top fake stories about pastors, politicians, and celebrities.

And now I feel awful about having posted what turned out to be total bullshit.

I do hope that my credibility with you, my readers, hasn’t been completely destroyed and I am asking — no begging — for your forgiveness for having uncritically passed on what I should have recognized as satire.

SoCS — Opposing Forces

2CBAC3D6-C8AF-4DE2-AFCA-2035E8D61FB0Passive aggressive
Manic depressive
Ups and downs
Rounds and rounds
Either or
Neither nor
Fast and slow
Stop and go
High and low
Rain and snow
Dark or light
Flee or fight
This or that
Tit for tat
Text or call
Stand or fall
Bottom or top
Go or stop
Air or rail
Succeed or fail
Night and day
Leave or stay
Together or alone
Away or at home

Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linnda G. Hill. The challenge is to use the words “passive” and/or “aggressive” in the post.

Image credit: K-I-A-R-A at DeviantArt.

SoCS — Going Green

7998E60E-5111-459C-AF4D-8145EC8B661AGreen is an interesting and versatile word. First and foremost, it’s a color. It falls between blue and yellow on the visible spectrum.

Lots of things are green. Leaves, grass, frogs, avocados, green vegetables, Granny Smith apples, grapes, pea soup, jade, and emeralds.

It can also mean not ripe, like in green bananas. Or inexperienced, as in a green rookie. It can mean looking pale or sickly, as in he’s looking kind of green, like he’s about to throw up.

It can mean jealous, as in the ugly green monster. Or envious, as in green with envy. Seas can be green, as can eyes.

Green is a slang term for money, as in “Hey man, got any green?”

There are green comic book super heroes like the Incredible Hulk, the Green Lantern, the Green Hornet, and the Green Arrow. And don’t forget about the Grinch.

Green can refer to acting in an environmentally conscious way, as in going green, or to products that are energy efficient.

And Green is not an uncommon last name. There’s crooner Al Green, Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green, and my best friend from second grade, Dennis Green.

I wonder what ever happened to Dennis Green.

And speaking about going green, Happy St. Patrick’s Day.8459A3B0-8BD4-4E7A-809F-59A2859B4A51

Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Image at the top from

What Ever Happened To Dungarees?

07F437D8-8C94-42A8-88A6-A5F0357806BEI walked into a department store a few days ago and asked the sales clerk if she could direct me to the department that sold dungarees. A wrinkle appeared on her forehead and she said, “Dungar what?”

Okay, that didn’t really happen. I wrote that as an excuse to use the word “wrinkle” for today’s one-word prompt.

But seriously, folks, are you familiar with dungarees? No, it’s not the native language of the people who live in the country of Dungar.

When I was a kid I wore blue jeans at home (we weren’t allowed to wear jeans at school), and when the knees in the jeans became threadbare, my mom would always say, “Time to get you a new pair of dungarees.”

Back then, dungarees referred to pants and overalls. The word is a relic of the British colonial presence in India. “Dungri” is the name of a particular type of thick, durable cotton cloth exported from India to England in the 18th century. It was originally used to make sails and tents. Eventually “dungri” cloth was used to make work clothes. Somewhere along the way, an extra syllable was added to its name, and became “dungarees.”

These days, dungarees is simply an antiquated term for what we call “jeans,” casual trousers made of denim, most often blue in color.

The term “jeans” is allegedly an altered form of the name “Genoa,” the Italian city that was once an important source of the cloth. Similarly, “denim” is a mutation of “serge de Nimes,” referring to Nimes, France, also an early source of the fabric.

The more you know….C473F332-E1A5-43BB-9744-A13BF9B5FC51