Share Your World —Autumn 2019

Share Your WorldI’m still hosting my guests from out of town, but I’m going to squeeze in a few minutes to post my answers to the latest edition of Share Your World from Melanie at Sparks From a Combustible Mind.

Why do we have such trouble telling our loved ones that we love them? Do you have that kind of communication issue with your loved ones?

As the old song goes, “you always hurt the one you love, the one you shouldn’t hurt at all.” I don’t know if this answers the question, but some say that familiarity breeds contempt. It also seems that the more time you spend with someone, the more you tend to take them for granted. I have to make an effort to make sure I tell my wife how much she means to me.

Decorations for holidays? Spirit lifters or pain in the butt? Or a mix?  

Pain in the butt. I’m not big into holiday decorations since my kids grew up and moved out.

Do you donate to charities? Of your time, do you feel money is the only true gift, or other?

I give to a few charities, but only in modest amounts, since I’m retired and have no regular income other than my Social Security and 401(k). As to volunteering my own time? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Are you too superstitious or have you ever played with a Ouija Board?

I am not at all superstitious. I played with a Ouija Board once in a fascinating game of strip Ouija.4B280B4F-7CDA-4282-AE11-21E203B71585


This week please share a photo or image of what ‘harvest’ and “Autumn” mean to you!


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Share Your World — About Character and Social Media

Share Your WorldMondays are when Melanie (Sparks From a Combustible Mind) does her Share Your World thing. And today, being a Monday, is no exception. So, away we go….

Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) a good thing, a bad thing or a mixture of both?

6ECFB9AB-37E3-4807-B3F6-8E14A45D867AThe only “social media” platform I’m active on is WordPress. I don’t have a Twitter or a Snapchat account and while I do have Facebook and Instagram accounts, I don’t post anything on them. I use them only to keep up up with what my adult kids are up to. As to whether I think social media is a good thing or a bad thing, I suppose my answer is that it depends. If used in moderation, I suppose it’s not a bad thing. If one is addicted to it and it is the primary means of communicating with the outside world, then it’s not such a good thing. But I’m dealing from the perspective of a Baby Boomer, and when I was growing up, social media consisted of hanging out with friends in the real world. Perhaps if I grew up having an iPhone as an electronic appendage to my human body, I might feel differently.

Are you camera shy or do you pose for the camera with confidence?

I’m not camera shy, per se, but I prefer to be the person holding the camera and taking pictures or videos of others rather than being the subject of pictures and videos.

Is there anything you’ve kept from younger years for sentimental reasons alone?

Not really. I’ve moved around so much over my lifetime that most of my possessions from my youth are long gone. And when I was away at college, my father threw away my vast comic book and baseball card collections, something for which I never forgave him.

Do you like to decorate for different holidays?

Bah humbug.

Do you feel you’re a strong person character-wise?

I like to think so, but there have been occasions on which my strong character has failed me.

Share Your World — Deep Thoughts and Whatnots

Share Your WorldMelanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, Is going deep and provocative on us this week with one of her Share Your World questions. So let’s give it a go.

If confronted with a violent crime against a single individual in progress (severe beating, rape, assault) do you try to do something about it (phone authorities or confront the criminal, stop the crime) or do you figure it’s none of your business and walk or drive on by? Or would you merely record the crime for social media use without doing anything else?

At the very least I would call 9-1-1 (emergency). If there was a way for me to safely intervene to stop the attack I would. If not, after calling 9-1-1, I would take pictures or videos of the attack to give to the authorities once they arrived on scene.

Okay now we got the heavy stuff out of the way, let’s get to some less stressful questions.

If someone asked to be your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would you teach them?

I’d teach them that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. In other words, leave well enough alone. Having recently been burned when it comes to operating system and app upgrades, this is the best advise I can think of at the moment.

First think of a product. Now, what would be the absolute worst brand name for one of those products?

Product: Adult Diapers; Brand Name: Shit Skivvies.

What ridiculous and untrue, yet slightly plausible, theories can you come up with for the cause of common ailments like headaches or cavities?

Headaches — Spending too much uninterrupted time blogging on you computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Cavities — Brushing your teeth too vigorously. It wears off the enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to cavities.

Share Your World — I Hear You, But Am I Listening?

Share Your WorldThis week, Melanie is stealing borrowing questions posed by other bloggers for her Share Your World prompt.

Are we losing the art of listening in comparison to simply hearing?

F80CF77A-297B-4312-A206-4C9F1E5C1745I’m sorry, I didn’t hear your question. Either that or I wasn’t listening. I do remember something my debate teacher told me in high school. He said “Listen for understanding, not for rebuttal.” This has nothing to do with the question, but I like the message. Do you hear me? Are you listening?

How often do you openly discuss with friends or here in WP with your readership topics that make you feel uncomfortable or may be taboo or stigma laden?

I don’t shy away from discussing controversial topics, either in real life or on WordPress. As to taboo and/or stigma laden, well, I’m not sure how to draw the line between controversial and taboo/stigma-laden.

Do you think that these discussions should be freely discussed and written about more?

I think discussions of controversial topics such as religion and politics should be encouraged. As to taboo or stigma-laden subjects, until I know what that really means, I can’t really answer this question.

Did you have a nickname as a child and if so, what was [or what is it now]?

I was tall and skinny as a kid, and my best friend’s father used to call me “string bean” and “scarecrow.” I’m no longer exceptionally tall nor am I skinny.

Why is there still ‘stuff’ we simply just don’t understand despite our progressive world?

There will always be “stuff” that we don’t fully understand. That’s why we invented gods.

Would you rather double your height or lose half your weight?

So would I rather be almost 12 feet tall or weigh 85 pounds? Seriously?

What is your most essential kitchen tool?

My coffee maker.

Who is one blogger you really admire and why?

I admire a lot of bloggers, so it’s difficult (and unnecessary) for me to try to pick just one. Sorry, Melanie.

Share Your World — Lottery, Style, and Weight

Share Your WorldMonday means it’s time for Melanie to post her Share Your World questions and for me to post my responses.

What’s the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery or came into a huge fortune?

First, I’d quit my job. Oh wait, I’m retired. Never mind. Okay, let’s start over. I’d sell our house in the city and buy a house near the ocean where I can hear the sound of the waves breaking against the shore day in and day out. Oh yeah.

Which decade do you think had the best sense of style?

I was never particularly style conscious, but I would say that, in the late 60s and early 70s, my sense of style would have been hippie chic (or is it chique?).

Would you rather be half your height or double your weight?

Can I say neither? If I were half my height I’d be three feet tall and if I were double my weight I’d be morbidly obese. Just shoot me.

If you wanted to get away from everyone totally, where would you hide?

I would hide inside my own head, which I often do.

What do you do that you love?

What I’m doing right now: blogging.