Share Your World — Magic, Messy, Truthful Art

I’m late with this post. I intended to post it yesterday because yesterday was Monday and you know what Monday means, right? It’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. So, since I’m a day late, without further ado….

What’s the closest thing you’ve experienced to real magic?

At the risk of sounding schmaltzy, I can name four times I felt “the magic.” The night I met my future wife, the day we got married, the day my daughter was born, and the day my son was born.

Who is the messiest person you know? And why? 

Me. Some people think I’m meticulous, but the truth is, when it comes to keeping things like my desk and my office neat, I’m lazy. Hence, despite my attention to detail, my work area is always a mess.

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?

What’s it all about?

What benefits does art provide society? Does art hurt society in any way?

Art is an artistic expression of creativity and the world would be a dull and boring place we’re it not for various forms of artistic endeavors. Does art hurt society? No. What hurts society is when people attempt to censor or ban artistic expression.

What’s something positive you’d like to share? Can be a smile, a joke, or music…anything that gave you a lift this week!

The New England Patriots won the AFC championship game Sunday night in an exciting overtime victory and will be playing in the Super Bowl for the third consecutive year! Go Pats!E6A88387-60B8-4150-B039-6058135B1840.jpeg

Share Your World — Grounded

Another Monday and that means it’s time for another of Melanie’s Share Your World thingies. This time Melanie got her questions from Seth at ManTelligence. So here are her (or his) questions.

You’re walking in a forest and you find a black suitcase.  Inside it is one millions dollars and a piece of paper, stained in blood and bearing the single word “Don’t!”  Would you take the suitcase home or leave it?

I’d take the million bucks out of the suitcase and stuff it into my backpack, toss the note and the suitcase, and not look back.

Imagine you lapsed and cheated on your partner. You feel horrible and you know you’ll never do it again, because the feeling is so awful. Would you confess?

I would have to. The guilt would be too much to bear. I’d have to face the consequences of my choice.

Would you live your life differently if nobody ever judged you for anything you did?

I have reached the age where I no longer give a shit what other people think me or of how they judge me.2ee19140-fe38-4b50-96e4-baa6c1a2cf44

Would a fly without wings be called a walk? No? What would you call it?


This question really bugs me. Reminds me of: why do they call a place where you park your car a driveway and a place where you drive your car a parkway?

What’s something that brought joy and lightness of being to you this past week?

Sadly, not a goddam thing.

Share Your World — Oops

Ugh. I was in the middle of drafting this post and before I even started answering Melanie’s Share Your World questions, the damn draft somehow got published. Yikes. So before that happens again, let’s get to it.

Did you have to help out with chores when you were growing up?  If so, what were you assigned to do?

Of course. I wasn’t a spoiled brat. I had to keep my room clean, make my bed every day, wash the dinner dishes, mow the lawn in the summer, and shovel the snow in the winter.

Have you ever researched your family tree?   What do you know about your family’s roots? 

No, not formally. I’m a first generation American, so everything I know about my family’s roots came from my parents. Unfortunately, they didn’t share too much of their families’ histories with me, so my knowledge of my family tree only goes back to my grandparents.

What’s your cure for hiccups?

The good news is that I rarely get them. And when I do, I hold my breath for as long as I can, and when I do that, my hiccups stop.4476f726-8609-4a3a-a780-2e6e84570b5a

What makes you roll your eyes every time you hear it?  Either figuratively or literally?

Donald Trump. Figuratively and literally.

Share a gratitude or positive moment or experience from 2019 so far.

I’m positive that something good will happen this year. Like Trump’s impeachment, indictment, arrest, and conviction. But, hey, we’re only seven days into 2019.

Share Your World — The Year’s End

It’s her final Share Your World post for 2018, so this, too, will be my final Share Your World response of the year to Melanie’s final Share Your World post of the year.

For the parents in the crowd:  What would be the absolute worst name you might give your child? If you’re not a parent (I’m not), then what’s the worst name you could give your pet?

Any name that other kids will have a tendency to make fun of or to create a mean nickname.

What mildly annoying curse might you wish you could curse annoying people with?

Are you asking about a curse as in a spell, or a curse as in a “dirty” word? In the case of the former, I am neither a witch nor a wizard, so I lack the ability to cast a curse. In the case of the latter, if someone was annoying me, I might tell that person to “F-off,” but I’m not sure how “mild” a curse that would be. Maybe I’d just tell them to “go suck an egg.”

What’s the weirdest thing you did as a child?

I would purposely drop ice cream on the sidewalk in front of my house, wait for it to melt and for the ants to come find it. When enough ants got there, I’d grab a hammer from my father’s tool chest and start smashing all of the poor ants with it. Of course, this was way before violent video games existed. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

Do you believe things happen for a reason or are random?


And finally, in the spirit of New Year’s: What’s a resolution (if you make them, I don’t) you’re making for the New Year?   How confident are you in keeping it a reasonable amount of time?

Sorry, but I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I’m confident that I won’t keep them.

Share Your World — Bah Humbug

This week’s Share Your World prompt, from Melanie at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, has a distinct Christmas theme. I suppose that’s understandable for this time of year, just a week before Christmas.

I’m not a big Christmas guy, so if you’re not ready to read bah humbug answers to today’s SYW questions, move along.

What traditional Christmas decoration is actually a parasitic plant?

I read somewhere that poinsettia berries are poisonous and if you have a cat, you should keep them away from poinsettias. But as to parasitic, I think that would be mistletoe.88423188-481D-4611-8E3B-9456BB8E103C

Name something about this holiday season (whatever version you may celebrate) that most people like, but you dislike?

Christmas music. It’s inescapable at this time of year.E2C1618C-71D8-4E92-8A8F-E895C16E9CB5

What’s your favorite – or least favorite –  song sung traditionally at this time of year?

My favorite holiday song is none. I could easily live out the rest of my life never having to hear another “traditional” holiday song.

In the song “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” what “incriminating” evidence was found on Grandma’s back?

I have no idea, as I’ve never heard that song. But maybe a broken red nose?

What would you like to share with the world, if time or cost were no object?

The arrest and conviction of Donald J. Trump and his three adult kids. That would bring joy to the world in this holiday season.5F3BBDAF-45BD-4CA7-979E-EC3C86EA6901