Another Liebster Award

87603A45-78E7-4350-815B-28FE3392A3B0A relatively new blogger, Zamadlomo Mkhabela, who blogs at My Soul In a Piece of Paper, graciously nominated my blog for the Liebster Award. So let me first thank her for her kindness. Thank you Zamadlomo.

Mine is an award-free blog, but I appreciate the recognition and I love to answer questions. So here are the questions that Zamadlomo asked the eleven bloggers she nominated:

What is your favorite food?

Having lost my sense of taste after having middle ear surgery late last year, my favorite food is anything that I can taste, and for some reason, one of the very few foods I can taste right now is lasagna. So by process of elimination, it’s lasagna. And, oh yeah, Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream.E60412E4-FC64-415F-B766-F146B8C254BE

What are your hobbies?

Blogging, reading, and watching TV. I’m a real man of action, I am!

Juice or soda?

I know I should say juice, but my honest answer is soda.

Coffee or tea?


Books or movies?

Books. No, movies. No, books. Both?

Poem or prose?


What inspires you?

These days, not much.

Who is your role model?

My late father-in-law inspired me. Well, except for his politics. He was a Republican. However, I’m fairly certain that if he were still alive today, he would be appalled by what has become of the Republican Party.

3 words that describe you.

Male, old, cranky.

What is your take on fourth industrial revolution?

I think it was better than the third but not as good as the fifth.

If I could turn back the hands of time…

I’d go back to nine months before Donald Trump was born and insist that his father, Fred, wear a condom before having sex with his wife.

Anyone else want to take a shot at answering these questions? Go ahead and take a shot.

TOOBA for Two

8A1D5474-B12D-4807-8A0C-26516F6A84EEI have been honored by being tagged for not one, but two TOOBAs, aka The Original Outstanding Blogger Award. One tag is from Sadje at Keep It Alive and the other is from Rory at A Guy Called Bloke.

As with any blog award there are rules. I’m supposed to

    1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post.
    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.

Alrighty then. Before I follow those rules, I want to thank Sadje and Rory for thinking of me and my blog and tagging me. I’ll also link to the creator of this award’s original post. And I will answer Sadje’s and Rory’s questions. But I will not create seven of my own questions, nor will I nominate ten other bloggers. I will nominate every other blogger to answer Sadje’s and Rory’s questions.

And with that, let’s get to the Q&A. Here are Sadje’s questions.

Which is your favorite dish to cook?

Whatever dish my wife cooks.

What new skills you have acquired in last three months?

Finding shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime to binge-watch.06FE6256-FF78-4D7E-A3E5-0DBA9F2CC44D

What scares you the most, (person or thing)?

It’s a tie. (1) Donald Trump, and (2) everyone who enables and supports him.

Are you able to fix technical problems on you devices?

Sure. Turn them off and back on again and hope for the best.

What is your preferred way of traveling?

Reading historic fiction or science fiction.

If you are asked to donate one of your five senses, which one would you choose?

It seems that I have inadvertently and unintentionally “donated” my sense of taste, which is not anything I’d recommend giving up. So since I only have four senses left, my job here is done.

How do you like to dress, trendy or comfy?

Comfy, duh!

And here are Rory’s questions.

Did you live an adventurous young adult life as in between your later teens to you early thirties and if you did what was your life style like? If you didn’t, what was your lifestyle like?

I have always been a rather easy-going soul, but I have to admit that between my late teens and early thirties, I did sew a lot of wild oats. And then I met and married my wife, who quickly pruned whatever wild oats I had left.

What was the riskiest date you ever went on and why?

When I went asked out a girl who was dating the leader of a motorcycle gang. Suffice it to say, it didn’t turn out well for me.

How big a child are you still?

I consider myself to be the Peter Pan of the Medicare generation.

What will you simply not do for money OR is that question easier to answer favorably reflective upon the sum of actual money offered?

As Meatloaf once sang, I would do anything for money, but I won’t do that!E3294F59-588A-47AE-A240-5AA103813D57

Share Your World — Crime, Change, Birds, and Clothing

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and that means that Melanie has posted another edition of Share Your World. Today’s SYW questions are a rather eclectic bunch.

Is it ever okay to commit a crime? Please explain.

Okay, according to Wikipedia, “The term ‘crime’ does not, in modern criminal law, have any simple and universally accepted definition.” There are crimes that are “unlawful acts punishable by a state or other authority,” and there are those that are shameful, such as, “It’s a crime that the United States has an inept buffoon and an outright moron who thinks only of himself and lacks any degree of empathy as its president.”

Generally speaking, it’s not okay to commit a crime. That said, from a personal perspective, I am guilty of criminal behavior. Before marijuana for recreational use was legalized in my state, I used it.  I often drive above the posted speed limits on highways. I sometimes tell little white lies, either to protect myself or to spare another’s feelings (“No, sweetie, those jeans don’t make you look fat.”). But I’ve never committed a felonious crime. At least not that I know of.

Do you deal with change well? (Not money, because I know some wit out there is thinking how bulky coins are. Well I did any how. O_o )

Generally, yes, I deal well with change. But I have to say that as I’ve gotten older, I don’t embrace change solely for the sake of change. If it ain’t broke, I say, don’t fix it. I wish the folks at WordPress would spend more time fixing the things that are broke instead of rolling out “new and improved” and often totally unnecessary changes.

Do you like birds? The sound of bird song in the morning, taking pictures of them, as food?

Sure. What’s not to like about birds? They’re delicious.

What’s the least used item of clothing you own?

Now that I’m retired, it’s my suits, ties, and dress shoes.

If you care to share, what are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for waking up this morning, the day WordPress was to have retired its Classic editor in favor of the “new and improved” Block editor, and finding that the Classic editor is still there and that I could use it to create this post.

One More Award

F11C06FE-8ACD-4647-9F15-6D3D4ACFD86EThis is a new one for me. I’ve heard of the Kennedy Center Honors, an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. I’ve heard of various awards of excellence. But I’ve never before heard of the Kennedy Award of Excellence.

And yet the blogger at Itsthebiblophile has bestowed this award upon me! Yay and thank you, Biblophile! I went to the source of the award, Parneet Sachsen, who blogs at Timeless Mind, and learned that the award is intended for blogs that…

Through [their] writing, presentation, and objectives, foster human values; promoting intellectual, emotional, and moral growth of peers.

Sweet! The catch is that mine is an award-free blog, but I do love to answer questions from other bloggers, so to that end, here are the questions posed along with my answers.

1. What lessons did you learn in Corona?

It’s best to squeeze the lime just a bit before stuffing it down the neck of the bottle.E04D6D9E-495B-48C7-8C19-B0095295F994

2. What values drive you?

“Live and let live” and “Whatever floats your boat.”

3. Which is your favorite movie?

The 1956 SciFi classic starring Robby the Robot, “Forbidden Planet.”0950A58A-3CF3-4D0F-BD79-98C043B538EE

4. Whom have you ever loved from your heart?

My children.

5. Your dreams in life?

To stay alive until I die.

Irresistible Questions

666C3AA8-C747-4D5E-B367-E871996F7E09Leigha Robbins was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award and she dutifully thanks the blogger who nominated her, answered the questions that blogger posed, and then created her own set of questions. But instead of nominating 12 other bloggers, she nominated all of her followers “cause you are all pretty neato and this will be fun to do!”

Since I am one of her followers, I am going to take her up on her challenge. Here goes:

1. Ok, you write a blog, so do you also play word games of any kind?

By word games, do you mean games like Scrabble? Crossword puzzles? Jumble? I’d say my wife is more into that than I am. The only word games I play are word prompts on WordPress.

2. Do you have any other type of creative outlet besides writing? Art, sewing, photography, jewelry making, etc.?

Nope. I’m not exactly a Renaissance man.

3. Do you listen to anything while you write or does it need to be quiet?

Sometimes music, sometimes the TV, and sometimes just the sounds of nature while writing in my backyard.

4. Are you an avid book reader?

I used to be, but not so much anymore. I probably read 6 to 8 books a year these days.

5. Name a country you would love to visit if the world wasn’t shut down because of the virus.

I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand.

6. Have you ever written a poem about someone and gave it to them?

Not if I wanted to keep them as a friend!

7. Is there an author (living or dead) that you would love to sit down and talk to for an hour?

Stephen King.

8. Have you ever met a fellow blogger or interacted off WordPress?


9. Cake or pie?

Either one will do.

10. Coffee or tea?

My mother gave me tea with honey whenever I was sick. So for me, it’s definitely coffee.

11. What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

I’ll reiterate my answer to Melanie’s question in her last Share Your World post about the most unsettling movie I’ve ever seen: “The Human Centipede.”