Holy Barnabas!

656DCFC8-F002-4A5E-B7BD-6FAE62D8DB73Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, was kind enough to gift me with the Barnabas Award, an award that is given to those bloggers who encourage and inspire their readers.

As a recipient of this award, I’m supposed to:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and share their blog.
  • Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them.
  • List five things about yourself.
  • Ask your nominees five questions.

I will thank Sadje — thank you, Sadje. I will also reveal five things about myself. I will also answer Sadje’s five questions. But I will not nominate five bloggers. Instead, I will nominate any and all bloggers and encourage them to participate, which I hope will inspire them to do so.

Okay, ready, set, go:

Five things about me:

  1. I blog anonymously
  2. I am male
  3. I am a baby boomer
  4. I am retired
  5. I am amazing

And now for my answers to Sadje’s questions:

How important it is to reinforce self belief in oneself and others?

I am of the opinion that we each should believe in ourselves, and that must come from within, not from anyone else. It’s not my role to reinforce self-belief in others.

What inspires you on a daily basis?

Right now, I’m inspired by the potential impeachment of Donald Trump, which is becoming more and more likely on a daily basis.

How can we inspire our young generation to do the right thing for our planet?

Simple. Stop telling them that climate change is a hoax, is not real, and that the future of our planet — and their futures — is not at stake. Tell them to listen to what 97% of climate scientists say about climate change instead of listening to know-nothing climate change deniers (i.e., conservative Republicans).

What do you think about teaching moral and ethical values to our children in schools?

I think it’s fine to make kids in school aware of what it means to behave ethically and responsibly. As to teaching morals, though, that’s a different story. The teaching of morals generally has a religious aspect to it, and I think it’s a parent’s role, not a school’s role  — at least not a public school’s role — to teach their children moral values.

What is more important in life, intelligence or hard work?

I would say that this shouldn’t be an “or” question, as both are important. Some people are very intelligent and work very hard. Others can be very intelligent and lazy as shit. And some people might not be that intelligent, but work very hard. And then there are those, like Donald Trump, who are dumb as shit and don’t work very hard.

So has this post inspired and encouraged you, or what?

Lost Nomination

Visualization of poof sound with big fluffy cloudA kind blogger nominated me this morning for some blog award, but it went right to my spam folder and I accidentally permanently deleted it while cleaning out my spam. Poof, it’s gone.

If it was you, and you still think, after I deleted your nomination, that I deserve it, please resend your nomination.

Sorry about that.

Five Questions

B9EA338B-FCE7-46B9-B463-B26ECE73F00BSo Marilyn, over at one of my favorite blogs, Serendipity, was nominated for a blog award. The Mystery Blogger Award, I think. Anyway, she wrote a post about it and in that post she asked five interesting questions and suggested to any of her followers who are so inclined to answer her questions. And I thought, “why not.”

Here are her five questions and my five answers.

1. Why did you begin blogging? What got you started? What keeps you doing it?

I actually started my first blog in 2005 and have been blogging on and off ever since. I started because I enjoy expressing myself in writing. I started this blog last May after a nearly three year hiatus. I had retired at the end of 2016 and my wife told me that my hanging around the house all day with nothing to do was driving her nuts. So she suggested that I start a new blog to occupy my time and to get me out of her hair.

2. What — if anything — do you hope to gain from blogging? If you think you are going to get rich, I might not stop laughing until sometime next week.

I don’t have any particular blogging goals in mind (other than to keep me busy and out of my wife’s hair). Sure, it would be nice if someone wanted to throw wheelbarrows full of money in my direction so that I’d keep on blogging, but the odds of that happening are even lower than the odds of my winning the Powerball lottery. And yet, I still buy a pick-six ticket twice a week.

3. What do you do in the blog world that makes you feel the most proud?

I am especially proud when I go back and read some of my older posts and see that I don’t have any typos, misspellings, or grammar and/or punctuation errors.  

4. What makes you follow a blog?

I enjoy following bloggers who consistently post informative, entertaining, witty, well-reasoned, well-written, and provocative posts. I also enjoy creative and imaginative flash fiction posts.

5. Do you regard the people you meet online as real (not-virtual) friends?

This is a most interesting question. I blog anonymously. I have no interest whatsoever in meeting other bloggers face-to-face in the real world. On the other hand, behind every blog is a real person. When you read what others are saying, thinking, feeling, and doing on a regular basis, and when you interact through comments, it’s nearly impossible not to forge some kind of bond. While I would be unlikely to invite the people I meet online over to my house for drinks and dinner, I do enjoy and cherish the community of bloggers I have met here. However, unlike non-virtual friends, bloggers sometime just stop blogging. They suddenly disappear and when that happens, I find that I miss them and their absence saddens me. I’m not sure if this answers Marilyn’s question, but I’d like to think that there’s something very real going on here. 

It’s an Honor to be Nominated

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Cheryl over at The Bag Lady decided to include me in her list of recipients she chose to pass on the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’m honored, of course, although given the political nature of many of my posts lately, I’m not sure I’ve offered much in the way of sunshine into anyone’s life.

As with most things in life, there are rules. For this “award,” they are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate new bloggers to receive the award and compose new questions for them to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post or on your blog.

Here are the questions Cheryl asked:

Why did you start blogging?

One of the reasons I started this blog is because I’m retired, which affords me the discretionary time to write that I didn’t have when I was working full time. I now have time on my hands to exercise my writing skills, such as they are. I have opinions and I like to express myself. And I tend to be able to do so better in writing than verbally. So blogging is the perfect medium for me to use to share my observations, express my opinions, exercise my mind, and demonstrate my creativity.

What’s your favorite type of blog to read?

I enjoy reading posts that demonstrate wit, imagination, and intelligence. I also like reading posts from bloggers who know how to tell compelling stories.

What did you first expect from starting a blog and is it any different at the present time?

My initial expectations for this blog were to post, as my tag line says, “random musings on life, society, and politics.” I didn’t expect that I’d be posting as much flash fiction in response to prompts as I have been. But I really enjoy using my imagination to come up with stories triggered from pictures and words. That’s been a lot of fun.

Okay, I’ve now complied with rules 1, 2, and 4. But when it comes to rule #3, I have a problem. There are simply too many worthy bloggers who bring a little bit of sunshine into my life each day to come up with a select few to nominate for this award. So, I am officially declaring each and every one of you who is reading this post — and you know who you are — to be a nominee for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Should you choose to accept this nomination, be sure to follow the rules, including, if you wish to, answering the same three questions I was asked by Cheryl:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What’s your favorite type of blog to read?
  3. What did you first expect from starting a blog and is it any different at the present time?

Bathroom Humor

CCC6AE0E-BCD3-482B-AB2F-86CAFC0F6BFFI found out a few hours ago that my fellow blogger, Suze, from over at Suziland Too or Obsolete Child, has bestowed upon me the prestigious Triple P Award. Apparently I had written a post that caused her to have to quickly run to the bathroom. I hope she’s okay.

To be honest, I’ve never heard of the Triple P Award. And I have been racking my brain since receiving this award to figure out what the three P’s in the award stand for.

Had it been the Triple S Award, having something to do with what happens in a bathroom, I would have immediately related the three S’s to shit, shower, and shave.

But Triple P? What could that be? Pee, poop, and pandemonium? And then there’s the image of an orange slice. What’s up with that? Maybe it should’ve been called the Vitamin C Award.

All that said, I want to thank Suze for honoring my post, which caused her to have to rush to the bathroom (and I sincerely hope she made it in time), by awarding me this coveted prize.

And the good news is that, unlike most other blog awards, I don’t have to do anything. I don’t have to answer any questions, select a bunch of other bloggers to “pay it forward,” or make up questions to pose to other bloggers.

So thank you, Suze, for this award. And I do hope that everything came out okay on your run to the bathroom.