Turning Over a New Leaf

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Turning Over a New Leaf



This is the second weekend in a row that I have successfully sat in front of my computer to write.

I do not- or cannot- or will not- at least so far, I have not- been able to find the time in the evenings to write.

At least a very small time slot is beginning to emerge in my schedule for habitual writing.

I know…

Everyone has the same number of hours in a day.

I know…

People find the time for the things that they teem important.

I also know, habits are hard to break!

So therefore, I am giving myself a blue ribbon for my triumphant return to my writer’s corner!

It takes time to turn over a new leaf.



Written for The Daily Post: Leaf. 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.

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Share Your World – September 11, 2017

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Share Your World

September 11, 2017



  • Would you want $200,000 right now or $250,000 in a year? It’s safe to assume all money is tax free.
  • Is it more important to love or be loved?
  • List things that represent abundance to you.
  • What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.


Would you want $200,000 right now or $250,000 in a year? It’s safe to assume all money is tax free.

GIVE ME THE MONEY!

Is it more important to love or be loved?

Yes.

List things that represent abundance to you.

  • A bushel full of freshly harvested clementines
  • Three true friends
  • A holiday meal
  • All five of the New York Times top-ten best-sellers on my nightstand awaiting to be read

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”   Doug Larson



Written for Share Your World- September 11, 2017. Requirements: Answer the four questions.

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  • Make the bed…
    • I am only going to get back in the thing in a few hours.
  • Do the dishes…
    • Paper or plastic could be the answer?
  • Wipe off the counter…
    • Is salmonella that serious?
  • Dust the knick-knacks …
    • Who thought that I needed seventeen bobble-head owls for each Christmas the last ten years?

Is there anyone who can save me?



Written for The Daily Post: Mighty. 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.

Share Your World – September 4, 2017

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Share Your World

September 4, 2017



  • What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?
  • What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)
  • List at least five favorite flowers or plants.
  • What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.


What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?

I am probably a ‘blue’ fellow. If I had my druthers, I would probably live my life in light blue t-shirts and dark denim jeans.

So, I became curious and googled what desiring to wear blues most of the time might mean:

LIGHT BLUE is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.

DARK BLUE represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.

Yep! I nailed it! That’s exactly me!!!

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

I would be an egregious pet owner not to say a coal, black Shih Tzu.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants.

  • Roses
  • Irises
  • Lilacs
  • Peonies
  • Ferns

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.”  Kinky Friedman (American songwriter and satirist)



Written for Share Your World- September 4. 2017. Requirements: Answer the four questions.

Follow the Crumbs

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Follow the Crumbs



Gimmicks…. Fads …. Rages …. Trends ….

Isn’t there anything under the sun that will really work?

Yes, I know what does work. I have to get off my lazy butt and walk more.

Raspberry ice cream (Three scoops please) is not a food selection for the good fruits group.

Eight glasses of water each day (Not eight cans of Mountain Dew).

Celebrating the loss of a half-a-pound does not mean I can eat a 16 oz. bag of Martin’s BBQ chips in one setting.

Sure, I know the basic rules; the give and take needed to succeed.

I know it’s hard work.

But why can’t there just be a pill for it?



Written for The Daily Post: Crumb. 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.

Share Your World – August 28, 2017

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Share Your World

August 28, 2017



  • What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
  • Complete this sentence: My favorite place in the whole world…..
  • Who was your best friend in elementary school (prior to age 12)?
  • What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.


What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

Meals out, a short day-trip to a local historical site, two new best-sellers to read for the evening, and an additional hour to play fetch with my roommate (my coal-black, nine-year-old Shih Tzu) before bed.

Complete this sentence: My favorite place in the whole world…..

My favorite place in the whole world is home.

Who was your best friend in elementary school (prior to age 12)?

At 12, I was a canary living-it-up in a tropical forest. I do not think I had any ‘best friends’.  (I had just started to enjoy the world of music, drama, and performance with a local high school. I was a sometimes=beloved’ little brother. Everyone was too old for friendship.)

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche


Written for Share Your World- August 28, 2017. Requirements: Answer the four questions. (A late entry- Just trying to catch up.) 

The Tentative Wallflower

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The Tentative Wallflower

I have been singing in public since I was five. My parents often told stories of our family attending gospel-sings and my young presence being requested on-stage. It am not sure if it was because of talent or because of exuberance. Mom would tell of me standing on the very back pew of the church and singing boldly along with almost every song that the local quartets would offer-up.

Now, I could never see me sharing in such an out-of-body experience.

I claim that my interest in new passions has remained untapped because of the time constraints of a more-than-nine-to-five job of teaching middle school. But I am not sure that is completely true.

I enjoy, and have no out-of-body fears, of teaching in my classroom. But I seem to enjoy the persona of a wallflower for all other experiences.

I have no desire to lead new groups… explore new cohorts… delve into new organizational people sets… or investigate new assemblies.

I have attended several meetings for these new passions, (a local archeological group, an astronomy group, and even two writing clusters) but I remain on the very outside.

While I relish the mastery of new knowledge, doing so by way of an organizational format is not me. Being a hand-shaker is not my forte.

I am the tentative wallflower.



Written for The Daily Post: Tentative. 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.