TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN :

Are you into letter writing?  Snail mail?

I am not sure if you would get an answer form any of these famous landmarks, nor am I sure WHO might answer, but here are some very famous addresses if you want to sharpen your pencil…

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The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC

This is the White House: the residence of The President of the United States


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11 Wall Street New York, NY

For those you are blessed with knowledge of The Stock Exchange, this is where the money is made.


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221 B Baker St, London, England

This is the residence of Sherlock Holmes. (For those steeped in the basics of literature, Holmes is a fictitious detective.)


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350 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10118

This was once the tallest building in the world: the Empire State Building.


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Discover Wlks

Tour Eiffel Champ de Mars, Paris

This is the Number One attraction in France: The Eiffel Tower.


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Visit London

Buckingham Palace, London, England

This is the residence of the royal family of the United Kingdom: Buckingham Palace.


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Trip Savvy

Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island New York, NY 10004

I’m not sure that Lady Liberty actually receives mail, but if she did … This is her home.


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GodWeb

Manager Square, Bethlehem, West Bank

The Church of the Nativity … The place where it is believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus.


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The Independent

His Holiness, Pope Francis, Apostolic Palace, 00120 Vatican City

This is the Vatican: the residence of The Pope.


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Local Dubai Tours

The Burj Khalifa,  Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  The Burj Khalifa is presently the tallest building in the world.

I’m not sure who would receive a letter written to an occupant in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, but it might be fun to find out?



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE WORD CHALLENGES: ADDRESS. 

LIVE THEATER CAN’T BE BEAT


If I had a choice of a movie night at home with popcorn and candies complete with Mountain Dew …

Or a night at the theater with the same production …

LIVE THEATER CAN’T BE BEAT! 



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE WORD CHALLENGE: LIVE.

MY NEW CULINARY INDULGENCE

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I still mourn the closing of Golden Corral. But I have found a place worthy of my hillbilly culinary delights: THE WOOD GRILL.

While I suspect at sometime in the near future I will have to converse with the cooks about more  Appalachian twist to thier vegetable offerings. Yes, I know that in doing this the vegetables might not be as healthy … but they will taste a great deal better.

But THE WOOD GRILL in #1 for thier scrumptious selections of meats!



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE WORD CHALLENGE: INDULGE. 

PUMP IT UP

Finally, basketball season for college basketball is here.

DUKE, possibly the most hated college basketball team in the NCAA, is once again ranked in the top ten.

One reason… thier team:  great coach and outstanding recruits.

Another reason… THE FANS!



The Cameron Crazies rarely sit during a basketball game. And they are rarely quiet. They are almost as much fun to watch as the team!!!

Good luck to any commentator who dares to go court-side to bring an update. They won’t be heard.



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: VOLUME. 

A DERAILMENT NEARBY

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You never know what you are going to see on a nearby drive …

… Where’s the camera when you need one?

FYI: No one was hurt.



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: DERAIL and  DAILY ADDICTIONS: DRIVE.

PET PEEVES

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PET PEEVES



I am in far too  happy a mood to be irate today, but thanks to FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE, I need a little time to reflect on my bad days.

I don’t know if I can even come up with a PRESENT-DAY TOP TEN …

… But I’ll try.

My favorite brand of food item being discontinued at my local grocer

Drivers that sit-and-look at a green light (as if they are waiting for another color preference?)

Typing wiht and teh instead of with and the. (Curses on you dyslexic fingers.)

My love-affair with Mountain Dew products. (Yes, I know water is sooooo much better for you!)

Why is jazz music so hard for me to keep both hands playing the proper rhythms … ? (Practice is helping, but I am on this one song for closing out the second month!)

The closing of GOLDEN CORRAL!  (May the bird-of-paradise find the landowner’s car and make direct daily deposits for at least the next six weeks.)

My TOP SIX is as good as I can do.



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: IRATE

 

A TOTAL OF TWO

beta-readersWOW!

I am I a blessed writer.

While completing my research on my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) plans, I have stumbled across to specialists interested in the topic of my future novel.

BOTH OF THEM have already agreed to be beta readers.

I felt my head slowly rising to the clouds as each of them agreed to read the first draft of my novel.

One is VERY well-versed in the historical context of my book.

The other, an amateur sleuth of history, has a passion for historic stories- especially for children adn young adults.

Am I a lucky man!

Now, to get the first words typed!!!



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: TOTAL. 

 

 

FOR THE LOVE OF SCHOOL

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FOR THE LOVE OF SCHOOL



It was always assumed that I loved school.

That was not true.

There were years that I truly enjoyed ‘school’ …

… but there were years that I abhorred!

It was not school that I liked … it was the learning of new things.

I loved the new things I could learn in first grade … I hated first grade!

My teachers in second and third grade let me take tests ahead of time, and get with the librarian to learn things I wanted to know.

In fourth grade, I came to the room for checkers at homeroom times, and to take scheduled tests. I could not take tests ahead of time. I lived in the library. (except for recess and music classes). I was allowed to read every new book ordered for our library- and make a poster advertising the ones I liked- BEFORE the books went on the shelf! I even won a bet that I could not read the encyclopedia A-Z cover-to-cover.

In fifth and sixth grade I had a group table in the back of the room. I pretended to pay attention to class, but I had alternate readings to do and projects to draw to scale to get OK’d so I could construct them at home. I created wooden castles and exploding volcanoes and manufactured invisible ink and wrote entire reports in a secret spy code and created a nine-foot-tall T-Rex named Lucy. (I am sure there are more projects that I have forgotten.)

Junior high and high school were atrocious for schooling. You learned what was in front of you and that was that. I remember being sent from the classroom numbers-upon-numbers of times for off-task questions. (It was true, my questions rarely had to do with the true subject  matter being taught. They were questions I had because of the subject matter being taught.) Math classes  and Science classes were OK, but you better have the ‘true’ theme the teacher wanted you to get from every literature assignment.

I admit, I loved disagreeing with what ‘the espoused truth-of-the-day’ happened to be. Most of my teachers did not appreciate my debating skills.

My senior year was great! I had a principal that got tired of me running discipline laps for the last three years with the physical education instructors and allowed to to pretest my classes. (I had to go to math class. I was not able to pass the pretests. But then, I did not find math classes boring?)

Life was good, again.

I think the idea of schooling-as-a-one-size-fits-all is a abomination to learning.

There are constants that are necessary to learn. Every course is allowed its syllabus. Tell the kid what they are- let him go for a pass- and then guide him in learning about what truly makes his world go round!

(There is a pause here as I step off of my soapbox.)



 

Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: SCHOOL.