Blogging Insights — Brighter and More Pleasant

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week Tanya has, once again, quoted Stephen King…

“Writing did not save my life, but it has continued to do what it always has done. It makes my life a brighter and more pleasant place.”

When Tanya quoted Stephen King in last week’s edition of Blogging Insights, I didn’t totally agree with the King quote she offered up. But this week I am 100% with him. Writing — or, specifically for me, blogging — does make my life brighter and more pleasant.

I enjoy writing and expressing my thoughts, perspectives, and opinions in my posts. I also enjoy exercising my imagination by creating short, flash fiction posts. And I love hearing from those of you who read, like, and comment on my posts.

So yes. Most definitely brighter and more pleasant.

Thursday Inspiration — On the Brighter Side

“I bought the place because I want to keep it simple. I want to create a Bed & Breakfast that would offer real country comfort, you know what I’m saying?” Ted said.

“That sounds nice,” Ted’s cousin Mike said. “Do you believe you have the talent, though, to pull it off?”

“At the risk of sounding bellicose,” Ted said, “I will stop at nothing to pull it off.”

“Interesting,” Mike said. “By the way, I looked at the town inspection report on the property and there are some flagrant code violations, including a leak in the septic system that could be harmful to the ground water.”

“Yeah, yeah, that’s going to be a major expense,” Ted admitted, “but on the brighter side, once all of those code violations are resolved, I’m going to have the best B&B in the state.”

Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the word “brighter,” and the image above, are the prompts. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (simple), Ragtag Daily Prompt (country comfort), Word of the Day Challenge (talent), Your Daily Word Prompt (bellicose), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (flagrant), and MMA Storytime (harmful).

Let There Be Light

CB5223E1-7B15-483E-882E-11B6EAFFC818When I walk my dog first thing in the morning and right before I go to bed at night, it’s dark. It’s no big deal because I live in the city and there are streetlights strategically placed along the way.

But a month or so ago, I received a notice from the electric company that it will be replacing all of the existing streetlights in my part of town. The old high-pressure-sodium-vapor (HPSV) lights will be replaced with what the electric company called “efficient, long-lasting light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.”

These new LED streetlights are supposed to last a lot longer than the old HPSV lights and they also use a lot less energy, so the cost of lighting up the city at night will be reduced. (And yet my local taxes continue to go up.)

But what is more important is that LEDs provide a brighter, whiter, more natural-looking and evenly distributed light compared with the older streetlights, which cast a dull, yellowish glow.

278926C3-1E9F-429D-80E7-E95ED37DA1FBSo just last week, the electric company finished the job in my neighborhood. And the good news is that, with the new lights, all the streets are very well lighted, much more so than with the older streetlights.

But there is one downside to the new LED streetlights. Because they focus a brighter, whiter, more intense light across a wider area with fewer dark spots, they also darken the night sky visibility above the streetlights. When I walk my dog at night, I used to be able to see a sky full of stars when I looked up. Now, with the LEDs, I can still see the moon when I look up, but not many stars.

I miss seeing the stars at night when I walk my dog.