TLT — This Magic Moment

I’m the practical, pragmatic sort, and the idea of pursuing, much less experiencing, magic was totally foreign to me.

And then it happened, this serendipitous moment when I stepped into the elevator and saw you standing there, the only other passenger in the car.

It took me by surprise, this feeling that suddenly came over me, when I looked at you and watched your face shift from expressionless to a warm, demure smile as our eyes locked, and I knew that you were pure magic.

Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales prompt. Photo credit: Karly Santiago.

Head in the Cloulds

I pride myself on being a down to earth, realistic man, but there are times when I wish were more idealistic. But that would probably be a terrible idea. I’m afraid that if I gave up my pragmatic ways, some bad juju might head my way. And the last thing I need right now in my life is chaos and controversy. So I think I’ll get my head out of the clouds, throw in the towel on this whole idealism shtick, zipper my lips, and stick with my practical pragmatism.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (terrible), Ragtag Daily Prompt (pragmatic), Your Daily Word Prompt (juju), Word of the Day Challenge (controversy), The Daily Spur (towel), and MMA Storytime (zipper).

To Mask or Not to Mask

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, asked today:

1] Are you currently wearing face masks when you go out into public wherever you are in the world?

Before I answer this questions, Rory wrote, “…the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation, or better known as those born between the years of 1946 – 1964, are ‘appalled’ at the prospect of wearing a mask despite it protecting others and themselves.”

I’m a Baby Boomer and, yes, I wear a mask whenever I leave my home. And quite honestly, almost everyone of my generation that I personally know, anyway, also wears a mask when they go anywhere because, as older folks, we happen to fall into a higher risk group than those who are younger than us. In fact, I’ve found that age is not as much of a critical factor in terms of mask wearing as political ideology is. It’s more likely that Republicans (conservatives) of all ages in the U.S. are the ones who seem appalled at the notion of wearing face masks.

2] What type of masks (as in practical or stylish) are you wearing?

Very practical. Nothing stylish about the masks I wear.81A6E190-B316-4D98-BA68-68273250FC963] How do you feel about the wearing of masks? Do you see it as a protection or an infringement on your civil rights?

Wearing face masks helps to protect me and helps to protect others that I may come in contact with. Wearing a mask is the safe and sensible thing to do in the face (no pun intended) of a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus. Anyone who believes wearing a face mask is an infringement on their civil rights is a selfish, ignorant asshole. Period. Full stop. End of story.

The Caramel Crunch — A New Prompt

6321AADB-0312-4BC3-9BBB-87C6ADD84880Mel, over at Crushed Caramel, has decided to start a new prompt. She’s calling it “The Crushed Caramel” and in it, Mel will be posing a question related to a crucial point or situation that generally involves a decision with weighty consequences. The idea is to answer the question, “What would you do?” in that situation. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

For the first challenge, Mel asks us, “Are you a great romantic? Or are you more practical in your outlook? Does family come before your love life? Or when love comes along, do you cling to the person you have fallen in love with?”

I’m going to split Mel’s questions into two items and answer them separately. First, to answer her “Are you a great romantic? Or are you more practical in your outlook?” the best way for me to answer is to give you a link to my very first post on this blog, which I posted on May 14, 2017. I titled it “Practical Pragmatist,” which is a dead giveaway to how I would answer her question.

As to “Does family come before your love life? Or when love comes along, do you cling to the person you have fallen in love with?” Since I’ve been married to my wife for 40½ years, I think my answer to that question is also obvious. I’d say I’ve clung to my wife for everything I’m worth.

So there you have it. Go check out Mel’s Caramel Crunch and give it a shot.

P is for Pragmatist

25487965-BD7E-41FE-8860-576F5C95D157I am a pragmatist. So what, exactly, is a pragmatist? A pragmatist is a person who is guided more by practical considerations than by ideals and who takes a realistic approach to addressing problems and finding solutions. A pragmatist is an adherent of pragmatism, which is an approach that assesses the truth of meanings, of theories, or of beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application.

Pragmatists stress action over doctrine. Pragmatists embrace the notion that ideas base their meanings from their consequences and that the best way to evaluate the practicality of ideas, policies, and proposals is through their workability and usefulness.

I describe myself as a logical, rational, and reasonable person. I am not ruled by emotions but by facts, observations, and evidence.

But that doesn’t mean that I am devoid of emotions. I am empathetic and have been known to shed a tear or two when I encounter the pain or suffering of others. I may not feel as intensely as some others feel, but I feel nonetheless.

So, as a self-identified practical pragmatist, my perspectives — in my posts on this blog and in my life — are borne out of practicality and pragmatism.

And that works for me.

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