Share Your World — Truth and Joy

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and Melanie is once again asking us to Share Our World with each other. She has posed some intriguing questions for us this week, so let’s just hop to it.

What is truth?

Now this is a question I wish I would have thought of to ask on my weekly provocative question prompt. Technically speaking, truth is something that conforms with facts and reality. Unfortunately, in today’s world, we have “alternative facts” when the actual facts are in conflict with what someone chooses to believe. And we have “fake news” when the real news (i.e., reality) is not consistent with what someone chooses to accept as actual reality. Furthering the blurring of truth, we have Photoshopped images and deepfake videos that effectively “alter” facts and reality. Bottom line, we are living in a post-truth age and I’m not sure that the notion of truth even exists anymore. Any that’s the truth.

What’s one thing people would never know about you just by looking at you?

That I’m a stable genius. Oh wait. That’s the one thing people would never think about Donald Trump.

Do loud noises bother you?

Unfortunately, with my left ear being totally blocked, every noise I hear gets trapped inside my head and bothers me. Hopefully, after my surgery at the end of this month, that will be corrected.

If you were guaranteed the correct answer to just one question, what would you ask?

Seriously? You asked in the first question, “What is truth?” and my answer was that we live in a post-truth age. So is there really such a thing as a “correct answer” anymore? I guess that would depend upon who you ask.

What fills YOUR heart with joy?

Right now, not much. But seeing Trump impeached (likely) and removed from office (unlikely) would fill my heart with unbridled joy.

There’s the Sunshine

F8E3889A-538A-4A7C-BAF0-BAA3C0400043Beckie, over at Beckie’s Mental Mess, was nominated for the coveted Sunshine Blogger Award and nominated eleven other bloggers, including me. I think she nominated me because it’s sunny out today where I live for the first time in over a week!

Mine is an award-free blog, but not a question-free blog. So I’m going to congratulate and thank Beckie and answer her questions.

1. Do you search for difficult words in your writing like I do? I have to search for meaning.

I don’t go out of my way to find “difficult” words to use in my posts. I try to use words that are in most people’s everyday vocabulary so that readers don’t need to look them up to understand what I’m talking about.

2. What do you prefer tea or coffee? For any specific flavor, please mention the same.

I’m a coffee man and I don’t like flavored coffee. I take mine black with one packet of Splenda.

3. Most of the time, I am found writing while walking to and fro in my room, on my phone’s notepad. Do you like writing on phones or tablets or laptops?

I blog almost exclusively on my iPhone.

4. Where would you like to live, if not the current country?

New Zealand I think. I’ve never been there but it looks beautiful.

5. How many books do you have in your own library?

I have around 100 books on my Kindle library stored on my iPhone. I took all of my old, physical books — at least a few hundred — and donated them to the library when we moved across country and downsized a decade ago.

6. Have you participated in any protests for any social cause? Which one and why?

Many. When I was a young man, many of the protests I participated in were about the Vietnam War or about civil rights. Once I got married and had kids, I thought my protesting days were over. Then Trump somehow became president and I’ve been participating in at least four or five protests a year since he was sworn in.E7E1149A-DEAA-4146-8801-CCF3AEBF380F

7. A motivating line of your own, if this was an award given to you on stage.

If you’re still looking for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror.

8. What genre do you prefer in movies?

Comedies, mysteries, or thrillers.

9. Are you a bathroom singer?

No, I’m a bathroom stinker.

10. How do you spend your Sunday?

I’m retired. I spend Sunday the same way I spend Monday through Saturday.

11. Do you like watching TV? What do you prefer watching?

Yes, I enjoy watching TV. We watch a lot of HGTV, cable news, and a few TV dramas. I also like watching some sports when my wife lets me.

Image credit at the top of this post: kristiangallagher.

Who Is the Real Me?

The Real MeRory has this habit of asking a lot of questions. But that’s to be expected, given that his answer to his own question about his most useful personality trait was “I would have to say it’s my curiosity.”

In order to satisfy his insatiable curiosity, every week Rory poses three questions so that we can answer them and tell him (and whoever reads our responses) who we really are.

So let’s get to this week’s questions.

What is the silliest thing you have heard people say about you?

I try not to listen to what people say about me. If it’s something negative, it makes me feel bad about myself. And if it’s something positive, I don’t believe it. That said, probably the silliest thing anyone ever said about me is that I look like Kris Kristofferson. That’s nonsense. Seriously, do you see any resemblance?0D1547AF-B5E4-4F00-9597-FCE6A67F1671Grim fandango cropped

Which of your personality traits has been the most useful?

Is having a sense of humor a personality trait? If so, that’s my answer. If not, then I have no clue…or maybe no personality.

Are you a early bird or a night owl?

Back in the day I used to be a night owl and a world class sleeper once I finally hit the sheets. Now that I’m an old fart and can’t make it through most nights without having to get up and pee at least once, I’m more of an early bird. I’m usually up and out of bed no later 6:30 or 7:00 every morning. That said, early to bed and early to rise hasn’t made me any healthier, wealthier, or wiser, dammit.

Blogging Insights and More

Blogging insightsDr. Tanya, at Salted Caramel, published another one of her Blogging Insights posts in which she poses one or more questions about blogging.  In this case, she asked three questions about feeling grateful about our blogs.

And yesterday, Cyranny, the Cyranny who resides at Cyranny’s Cove, announced that she and her blog had been awarded the Sunshine Blogger Award. Congratulations Cyranny!

As part of her response, she asked eleven questions, all about blogging, and then she wrote, “If you are reading this, I pass the award to you! If you should accept it, please make sure to link me into your post, so I’ll notice your reply!!”

Since Tanya’s three questions and Cyranny’s eleven questions are all about blogging, I’m going to double up and respond to each of their questions in this post.

Let me start with Dr. Tanya’s three questions:

1. Are you grateful for your blog?

I am grateful that the technology exists that enables me to share what I write with a large community of bloggers from around the globe.

2. How do you express your gratitude?

By reading, liking, and commenting on the posts of the bloggers I follow and by thanking and interacting with those who comment on my posts.

3. Has blogging added value to your life?

Without a doubt. I’m retired and blogging has allowed me to exercise my mind, to flex my creativity, and to interact with a host of other bloggers. Plus, it keeps me busy and out of my wife’s hair, which has probably saved my marriage.

And now for Cyranny’s questions:

1. How long have you been blogging?

I started my first blog in July 2005. I started this, my current blog, in May 2017.

2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name or theme?

My blog’s name is This, That, and The Other. My blog has no particular theme or genre. It’s basically about whatever occurs to me. In other words, it’s about this, that, and the other.

3. Do your friends and family know about your blog?

My family does, as do a few of my very close friends. And, of course, the friends from around the world that I’ve met on WordPress know about my blog.

4. What do non-blogging people around you think about you being a blogger?

I have no idea and I haven’t asked, but I’d guess that most of them think it’s a waste of time.

5. Have you ever met fellow bloggers, face to face? If so, how did that go?

No. And I probably never will.

6. What would you miss the most, if you couldn’t blog anymore?

The community of bloggers with whom I interact on a daily basis. It’s an incredible group of creative, imaginative, and articulate people.

7. How much time do you spend on your blog, weekly?

I spend three to five or more hours a day, seven days a week, so I estimate between 20 and 40 hours a week.

8. Are there things you thought about trying on your blog, but you still hesitate? (different writing style, adding audio, or video content)

No, not really. I’m happy with my blog the way it is.

9. Who’s a blogger you feel everybody should know?

There is a fantastic blogger that everyone should read and follow. The blogger’s name is Fandango. You should check out his blog here.

10. What’s a post you are especially proud of, and that any new reader should visit?

Why don’t you just ask me which of my children I’m most proud of? I’ve written more than 3800 posts on this blog and I’m proud of each and every one. So if you start now and read each of my posts, you should finish by around the end of the year.

11. What brought you to The Cove today?

I follow your blog, Cyranny, so your posts show up in my reader and I pretty much read them all. You’re welcome!

Share Your World — Easy Peasy

Share Your WorldTo quote Melanie, “It’s Thanksgiving … in the U.S.A. and so lots of folks will be ultra busy. I thought some general questions that are relatively easy to answer might be in order” for this week’s Share Your World edition. So here are my easy answers to Melanie’s easy questions.

What did you have for dinner last night?

We’re going to the grocery store today to pick up our Thanksgiving haul. Our cupboards were bare last night so I went out to a local Vietnamese restaurant and brought home a couple of rice plates for us to have for dinner. I had lemongrass pork chops and my wife had lemongrass steak. Yum!

Would you rather go out on a Saturday night or stay in?

Sometimes we go out on Saturday night if there’s something going on. But more often than not, we stay at home. At this point in my life — I’m an old fuddy-duddy — I’d just as soon stay home as go out.

How are you, truthfully?

Aside from my ear situation, which will require surgery at the end of December, I’m good. I assume that’s what the question is asking, and it’s not asking me how I am when it comes to being truthful. Truthfully speaking, I’m truthful most of the time.

What’s the best topping/ice cream combination?

When it comes to ice cream, I’m a purist. I generally don’t put any toppings on my ice cream. That’s because I rarely have plain vanilla or chocolate ice cream. That said, if I’m having a slice of apple pie, I love to warm it up and put a scoop of ice cream on top of the slice for some pie a la mode.

For gratitude, Melanie suggests that we share our gratitude with a thought (quote), a picture or a short paragraph.

Here we go:53F68952-1F34-4F2F-8675-615D5514D5A4