TOOBA #2

88E9710D-C9FE-441B-9EE2-654E0009B2DESandmanJazz was awarded the coveted The Original Outstanding Blogger Award and was kind enough to nominate me, along with five other bloggers for this award. This is actually my second TOOBA nomination, so thank you SandmanJazz.

The rules for this award are:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. Here is the link.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

I’m not going to create seven unique questions. Nor am I going to nominate ten other bloggers. But I will answer the questions SandmanJazz posed. Here goes.

1. What is your position on school uniforms?

I believe that school uniforms should be positioned on the outside of the body just over underwear.

2. Do you prefer paper books or a Kindle, and why?

I prefer the Kindle app on my iPhone because I can essentially carry a full library of books with me on my iPhone at all times. I’ve found that way more convenient than lugging my bookshelves with me wherever I go.

3. If you were if charge of your country, what would be your first act in office? (Resignation is not an option)

Arrest Donald Trump and Bill Barr, reinstate all of Obama’s environmental laws that Trump rescinded, tear down Trump’s wall, return all detained migrant children to their parents, remove all federal court justices nominated by Donald Trump and approved by the Senate under Mitch McConnell since Donald Trump took office, and rescind all pardons and clemency orders issued by Donald Trump.

4. Who would you get to play you in a film of your life and why?

This is a tough one. I would need at least three actors, one to play the young Fandango, one to play the prime of my life Fandango, and one to play the old, senior citizen Fandango. I think the young Fandango might be Haley Joel Osment from the movie “The Sixth Sense.” Not because I see dead people, though. I just liked that movie and his role in it. The prime of my life Fandango might be played by Paul Newman because he was handsome (like me?), had amazing blue eyes (like me!), and was a great actor (unlike me, although at one time I thought I wanted to be a great actor). As far as the old Fandango, I’d probably go with Wilford Brimley. Not because I look or am anything like him, but because, you know, like Oatmeal, it’s the right thing to do.FFD5684E-CC22-4A8E-A80E-2A09CECBB5D6

5. Do think it is a good or bad idea for a writer to use a pen name for different genres/styles of book?

I use a pen name for my blog, so I think it’s a fine idea.

6. Do you enjoy spicy food?

Mildly spicy. If food is very spicy, it makes the top of my head sweat.

7. What would you want your Epitaph to say?

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If any of you want to take a shot at these same questions, go for it.

I’m An Inspiration!

F68E54F8-7523-4FF4-B127-BEB75E540323It’s always nice to learn that someone appreciates you and what you do. Sadje, herself an inspiring blogger, has gifted me with The Inspiration Award. This award was created by John, The Eclectic Contrarian.

Sadje wrote, “The Inspiration Award is a token of appreciation to blog authors who have inspired you, your blog, artistic influence, and writing.”

And when she gifted me, and a handful of other bloggers, with this award, Sadje wrote, “I want to gift this award to the following bloggers for their positive role in inspiring us all in our part of blogosphere. I admire their dedication towards promoting the community spirit. And their exceptional talent and creativity.”

Aw, I’m blushing. 😊

I generally don’t pay these award nominations/gifts forward by naming other specific bloggers, since I’m inspired by all of you. But I’ve recently discovered two bloggers whose posts have inspired and informed me. So I am going to gift The Inspiration Award to:

Jill Dennison at Filosofa’s Word, and

Paula B at The Temenos Journal.

Please take a look at their blogs.

It’s Nice To Be Recognized

257375C6-FCEF-4801-AAE4-079944910BE2Melanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, gave me a shoutout in a post she wrote responding to a nomination she received for the Blogger Recognition Award. So first, congratulations Melanie.

Truth be told, Melanie didn’t nominate my blog for this award. She’s really not into this whole nomination thing. But what she did was to list my blog among “some blogs worth a look, which deserve recognition, but which I’m NOT NOMINATING.”

So second, thanks for including my blog in your shoutout list!

I think what I’m supposed to do now is to publish a post on my blog about having been mentioned in Melanie’s Blogger Recognition Award post. In that post, I’m supposed to give a brief story of how my blog started. And I’m also supposed to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

How My Blog Started

I’ve been blogging for 13½ years. I actually wrote about that here in a post about the thirteenth anniversary of my first blog. I started that blog because I liked to write and I wanted to share my writing with others. But no one noticed. Oh well.

I went through a couple of blog iterations until I started this blog in May 2017 after a two year absence from blogging. I decided to get back into blogging because I needed an outlet to vent about the lunacy of Donald Trump and, through prompts and flash fiction, to divert my attention from what Trump and his Republican sycophants are doing to our country and the world.

Advice to New Bloggers

  1. Blogging is addictive, so be prepared to devote yourself to blogging and to risk your job, your family, and your real world relationships.
  2. You will “meet” some interesting, creative, fascinating people while blogging and you’ll likely develop some real friendships with other bloggers from all around the world. Interacting with these other bloggers, reading their posts, and commenting is as important and as rewarding as publishing your own posts.

Okay. If any of you want to share how you started your blog and/or to offer advice to new bloggers, now is the time to it.

One-Liner Wednesday — Fighting Cannibalism

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“The difference between liberals and cannibals is that cannibals only eat their enemies.”

Former United States President Lyndon B. Johnson

There are now twenty Democrats competing for the Democratic nomination to run against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Well, 19 Democrats and Bernie Sanders, who is technically an Independent.

But the big question is whether the Democrats, who range from socialists to progressives to moderates and from pro-impeachment to no-impeachment, will not tear one another apart in their efforts to differentiate themselves from each other in order to prevail through next year’s primaries and to secure the Democratic nomination.

Personally, I don’t care that much about which one of the twenty rises to the top. I would vote for any one of them over Trump.


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

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.