To the Conqueror Go the Spoils

March 20th… The First Day of Spring


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So many flowers have already blessed us with the colors of spring.

But, of course, with every blessing, comes the interlopers.


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My gravel driveway has grown hair.


It seems to do this at regular intervals every year.

But this year, three seems to be an incredible vengeance to its presence!

I do not want to admit defeat and nuke the world… but I am running out of ideas.

I WANT TO BE THE CONQUEROR this year! HELP!!!!



Written for The Daily Post: ConquerI have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

The Founding Fathers of Rock-n-Roll

 

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Every massive, passionate movement has it Founding Fathers… and this is true of Rock-n-Roll. To argue which of these amazing musicians should be considered the best, I believe, is a disservice to all of them.

If any one of them would be removed from the birth of Rock-n-Roll, it would be a travesty.


Let the quarreling cease:

The Five Founding Fathers of Rock-n-Roll

Chuck Berry

Elvis Presley

Buddy Holly

Bill Haley and His Comets

Little Richard



Today, we lost the last of the living legends.

To honor Chuck Berry and his Co-Founders of Rock-n-Roll, sit back and enjoy a few of my favorites.


Chuck Berry with Roll over Beethoven



Elvis Presley with Heartbreak Hotel 



Buddy Holly with That’ll Be the Day



Buddy Holly with Peggy Sue



Bill Haley and His Comets with Rock Around the Clock 



Little Richard with Tutti Frutti 

 



Written for The Daily Post: Controversy  I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

The “Power” of Luck

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“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

Being a novice- even though I am approaching my three-year anniversary in blogging- I believe that there is so much I have yet to learn.

It seems many of the most important things I have learned about blogging have happened by accident. I sense something and then try it. Suddenly my likes and comments light-up that others found it to be fascinating as well.

How much of being a success is perhaps mere luck?

The moments I tend to remember the most seem to have been grounded in happenstance.

But when I take a pause, I soon realize that the mere happenchance of that moment was birthed because of many attempts at success and monumental flops of successes. (I do not believe in the word failure.)

I think I am a firm believer in the line of Mr. Jefferson… “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”



Written for The Daily Post: Luck.  I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.  

A Noble, Necessary Occupation

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The bell rang.

Each student stepped to designations.

“Begin. Page 17. Future Career Possibilities. ”

Never a “Good Morning” or a “Nice to see you.”

“All life was castrated.” Dad whispered that once… as we lay in bed awaiting the proper sleep.

At night, alone… Oh, the stories. Of giants and beanstalks. Of trolls and elves. Once Dad drew on our sheets. “Daisy,” he said.

No more. Not since little Sarah passed. That night, dad hummed. Music.

It made me cry.

“Alfred. Are you with us?”

“Yes, Sir.” I stood at my desk. Alert.

“Erasers. A noble, necessary occupation.”



Written for Carrot Ranch Communications: Flash Fiction Challenge.   Requirements: March 16, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) go down the rabbit hole to a place where art is not allowed. It could be a small story or a dystopian vision. Is there a power struggle over art? Would the general public miss it? Is the end of art a natural evolution? Go where the prompt leads.

5K in Three Days

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5K in Three Days



What a time for Mother Nature to lose her cool… or keep her cool.

For the previous two weeks, walking has been awesome. Fifty-seven degrees (plus) and all is well. Spring seemed to have decided to appear almost a month early.

But, NO!

For the last week, the temperature has been at freezing or below. And this last weekend… TEN INCHES of snow!

Reasons to Do a 5K when the Temperature Is in the Thirties:

  • Yes, I want to continue walking.
  • Yes, it would be a great way to meet new people now that the nest is empty.
  • Yes, I know it is good for my health.
  • Yes, I do sleep great each night after two or miles are logged.
  • Yes, I know it is a great way to relieve stress.
  • Yes, being one with nature is a plus!

More Sane Reasons:

  • Yes, I want to continue walking. I have a true desire to walk. I have nothing to prove by freezing off my behind.
  • Yes, it would be a great way to meet new people now that the nest is empty. Personally, I prefer an empty nest with a fireplace!
  • Yes, I know it is good for my health. Catching pneumonia is not healthy.
  • Yes, I do sleep great each night after two or miles are logged. I would need several quilts to warm my frozen old bones.
  • Yes, I know it is a great way to relieve stress. Should I shake from stress or shake from a low-core body temperature…DuH!
  • Yes, being one with nature is a plus! Winter looks better on a Christmas card!

What I Plan to Do: Follow My Instincts! 

The temperature is supposed to return to more humane conditions by noon on Saturday. I think that I will sign-in for my packet… Give thanks to the brave sponsors… And walk my 5K after the sun warms the world.

Yes, my instincts tell me that this sounds like a grand plan!



Written for The Daily Post: InstinctI have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.  

Immerse Yourself in the Past

One of my extracurricular loves, aside from teaching, is my love of archaeology.

At this moment in time, these are my three favorite places to dig deep and delve for nibbits of information so that I can understand the beginnings of another’s life and culture:

The Igbo People at the 1700 West African Farm at the Frontier Culture Museum. This is a living-history exhibit. The guides are VERY knowledgeable and always have answers for my questions or they can refer me to the sources to find each answer.

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The 1700 Ganatastwi Eastern Woodland Indians of the Blue Ridge Mountains.This living history exhibit is also at the Frontier Culture Museum.

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Monticello: The Paradoxes of Liberty

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When I have a Saturday/ Sunday free, you will find me preparing my new research questions, packing a day-lunch for a hike, and driving to one of these places.

To immerse myself for four or five hours in the culture and times of another people is both intriguing and inspiring.



Written for The Daily Post: ImmerseI have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.  

Share Your World- March 13, 2017

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Share Your World

March 13, 2017 



  • Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
  • Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)
  • Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.
  • If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert? 



Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

Guilty as charged. When I am waiting for an elevator, I probably push the button every 15 seconds. (Of course it makes the elevator come to me faster… Why do you think I do it?)

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

I am a man with a plan. My last small trip was to the Frontier Culture Museum in Virginia. (If you ever get to Virginia, near Staunton, go there!) I had each of the exhibits labeled on my paper, the number of pictures I wanted to take, and the questions that I wanted to have answered that I had thought about since my last visit. (I go six or seven times a year, maybe more. It is a great place to walk a 5K and enjoy the sites!) (Shame on you, name-calling is not allowed on Share Your World!)

Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.

  • Adventurous (Any new task can light up my life)
  • Bold (I don’t care that it hasn’t been done before.)
  • Compassionate (You gotta shoulder when you need one)
  • Disciplined (There is a pattern to life… Follow it!)
  • Energized (If you can’t enjoy it, why do it!)
  • Flexible (Mistakes happen… All the time)
  • Grounded (I know who I am)
  • Humorous (Trash-talking …It should be an Olympic sport!)
  • Intellectual (If you don’t have the knowledge, go to someone who does!)
  • Just (Fair is fair… Where you come from or who your parents are don’t count.)
  • Kind-Hearted (Forgiveness is a virtue)
  • Logical (If there is a volcano at the end of the path, take a detour, stupid!) (It’s OK to peep first, if you’ve never seen a volcano!)
  • Motivational (Don’t you hear the Superman theme song beginning to play?)
  • Persevering (Never, never, never give up!)
  • Quirky (Yes, I still like corny jokes and one-liners)
  • Resourceful (Construction paper and the laminator are your friends)
  • Steadfast (I got your back!) (Then later, I might kick you in the butt for stupidity!)
  • Tenacious (I’m a bulldog after the last biscuit if it’s something I believe in)
  • Unflappable (Hit me with your best shot)
  • Vivacious (At least seven hours of sleep a night and life is good!)
  • Wise (Well beyond my years)
  • Xenophile (A lover of exploring the lives and cultures of other though archaeology) (It took a while to find that one!)
  • Yearning for the good-ole days is a waste of time! Find more
  • Zest in your life and make new memories!

No, I did not leave out the “O”… I am using it last…

  • Overachiever! (That goes without saying!)

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert? 

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Written for Share Your World – March 13, 2017. Requirements: Answer the four questions.