Archive for November, 2013

Daily Prompt: A Bird, a Plane, You!

November 24, 2013

Daily Prompt: A Bird, a Plane, You!

 

You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice:

  • the ability to speak and understand any language
  • the ability to travel through time
  • the ability to make any two people agree with each other

 

I would choose the ability to travel through time.

Not so much to see the future, but to know what would happen if I make certain choices. Every choice one makes, snowballs and brings consequences that are unforeseen for many years to come.

I’d also like to travel back in time to know people, like my grandparents. All of my grandparents died before I was old enough to get to know them as people. They also died before I was old enough to appreciate what wisdom they had from the times they lived through.  I just think knowing family history would help make sense of current family dynamics. Also, without knowing history, one cannot improve the future.

To be able to travel time would also help to know truth form revised history. Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out so much of what we have been taught, and have taken as the gospel truth, is either so true or so off the mark.

Yes, to be able to travel time would be the absolute best!

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Daily Prompt: Fright Night

November 18, 2013

Daily Prompt: Fright Night

Do you like being scared by books, films, and surprises? Describe the sensation of being scared, and why you love it — or don’t.

 

I do like being scared by books and films!

It’s kind of fun having to think about ‘why’ I like being scared.

I think it’s the anticipation. I don’t have much anticipation in real life anymore and with good scary entertainment, I get that adrenaline rush. That build up of ‘uh, oh – what’s next?!’

It kind of makes me want to ramp things up in my life – the adrenaline build up – I miss that feeling.

Thanks for that!

 

 

Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement

November 18, 2013

Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement

For many of us the seasons are changing, bouncing unpredictably between cold and warm. Are you glad to be moving into a new season, or wishing for one more week of the old?

 

Good question. Every season has its pros and cons.

I love the Spring. Spring always makes me feel younger and more energetic, more awake.

I love to sweat in the summer.

The Fall is so beautiful and also has a newness about it.

Winter is one of my favorites because I like winter clothes – especially when I am too heavy. It’s easier to cover up those insecure spots with winter clothes.

Right now, going into the third week of November, I’d like the warm weather to stick around this year. I just have so much to do and I work better in the warmer weather.

Otherwise, I love all seasons and usually am ready by the time each turn of a season rolls around.

To Curse or Not to Curse: On Pottymouth Blogging

November 18, 2013

To Curse or Not to Curse: On Pottymouth Blogging

Blogs are all about voice — we respond to a blog when we connect to the person behind it. While tone, style, and formality vary depending on the blogger’s goals, most bloggers hope that their voice comes through clearly.

For some of us, being true to our voices means unleashing the occasional (or not-so-occasional) f-bomb, which can either draw readers in or shoot your blog in the figurative foot. Is there a place for pottymouths in the blogosphere, and how do you decide how much to let fly?

 

Once, I sent the first several pages of a screenplay I wrote to my professor where all of the cussing was blanked out in the middle of the word (i.e. f**k or s**t) because I can’t stand to see curse words written on the page.

My professor’s feedback correctly told me never to write something down I want to censor from the get-go.

Now, I can drop the f-bomb here and there when needed. And it feels good when I do. Sometimes a good, strong curse word is very therapeutic.

However, that being said, there is a power in the written word – it is there forever. That weighs on me. It also stays with me in my daily life and it helps me measure those times I do use foul language.

So, in my own writing life, I choose to convey my those stronger negative emotions in a more filtered way than in my vocal life.

Oddly, reading curse words in other’s writings – as long as it is appropriate – does not bother me in the least.

 

Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders

November 18, 2013

Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders

Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

 

I love Khalil Gibran and this is a great prompt!

Let’s see, my seven words would be:

1. Openness (to learning new & different things, people, opinions, etc.)

2. Directness (no games, no manipulation)

3. Forgiveness (for all of those human shortcomings)

4. Truth (always)

5. Honor (to strive for daily)

6. Yes (in attitude)

7. Love (in all things)

 

I only wish I could live up to each one of those words daily.

Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat

November 14, 2013

Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat

If bloggers had their own Halloween and could go from blog to blog collecting “treats,” what would your blog hand out?

 

My treat to hand out? The ability to get to the point.

I still live by Strunk & White’s number one rule & guideline: say it with the fewest words possible.

Get to the point.

Daily Prompt: Placebo Effect

November 14, 2013

Daily Prompt: Placebo Effect

If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?

 

This is an easy one for me: I would cure headaches.

All headaches.

Sinus headaches. Stress headaches. Lack-of-sleep headaches. Allergy headaches. And of course, migraines.

I have suffered from severe headaches – including full clown migraines – since the 8th grade. I am headache sensitive.  I am always amazed when I meet people that can’t remember the last time they had a headache – or even more astonished when someone says they’ve never had a headache!

Really?

EVERYTHING gives me a headache.

For the most part, I know how to function with headaches. I can function with headaches that would probably put other people in the fetal position.

However, there are many days of my life I have lost out on because the headache is so severe I literally cannot see, get up or function in any way.

There are headaches that all of the ibuprofen and/or Tylenol do no touch. Next to going through natural labor pains for over 17 hours without being able to deliver the baby – migraines are the worst pain imaginable.

Without a doubt, I would cure headaches. They have stolen enough time out of my life – I don’t want to lose anymore.

Daily Prompt: Food for the Soul (and the Stomach)

November 14, 2013

Daily Prompt: Food for the Soul (and the Stomach)

Tell us about your favorite meal, either to eat or to prepare. Does it just taste great, or does it have other associations?

 

I make a Chicken Alfredo that is truly amazing.

I’m not even a cook, but this dish, I make like a pro.

I make it with Penne, Spinach, Mushrooms, Heavy Whipping Cream, Parmesan Cheese & I use only garlic, pepper and a special Turkish spice that I don’t even know what it is.

It is truly amazing.

With that being said – I think I really love it because my son loves it so much. It’s the meal he asks for when I ask him what special dinner he would like. And he truly loves it – it’s not because its the only ‘gourmet’ like dinner I can make. He loves it because it is sooooo good.

I suppose these posts are making me realize that all I need to be happy is for my son to be happy.

That sounds about right.

Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio

November 14, 2013

Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio

On the interview show Inside the Actors’ Studio, host James Lipton asks each of his guests the same ten questions. What are your responses?

 

What is your favorite word? My son’s name, Gunnar. It means ‘Bold Warrior’ and it fits him. It took me two days to name him after he was born because I knew he had to have a strong name. My feelings were right on. He is the real deal. And he loves his name, Thomas Gunnar.

What is your least favorite word? That’s hard – like, in what context? As a derogatory word for women: the ‘c’ word. The derogatory for men: the ‘p’ word. And any derogatory racist word. But in an irritating context? When people say words wrong, such as ‘aks’ instead of ‘ask’. In a blasphemous sense? The Lord’s name in vain – and not only Gd, but also when they use JC or the Blessed Mother’s name or when they simply say +GOD+, instead of gosh.  I guess you could say I am word sensitive.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Music. Loud, upbeat music. Very loud.

What turns you off? Liars. Not only the lie itself – but that they think I’m stupid enough not to know the truth. Lie to me once, say goodbye forever.

What is your favorite curse word? F-bomb. By itself. With meaning. And with force.

What sound or noise do you love? Birds chirping.

What sound or noise do you hate? I won’t say the number one noise I hate – it would come across as disrespectful to someone – but it’s true. So, the next ‘noise’ that came to mind is: Ignorance on fire. When ignorant people spew opinions that are based in fallacy … I just want them to shut the f**k up.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Acting.

What profession would you not like to do? Politician. It implies having to ride the fence & talk out of both sides of your mouth. It goes against my very nature. It’s all bullshit.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Good job, you did your best.”  (Although, at this rate, I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen.)

 

Prompt: Come Fly with Me

November 14, 2013

Daily Prompt: Come Fly with Me

Share a story about the furthest you’ve ever traveled from home.

 

This is an easy one for me because I have only been out of the country once. In November 1998, I went to France by myself. I stayed in Paris the first week & traveled south of France the second week.

It was amazing. It turned into a kind of retreat for me. After visiting Notre Dame while I was in Paris, I was fascinated by the centuries old ‘churches’ (they all seemed like Cathedrals to me). So, every time I would see one, I would go in, light a candle, say a prayer and just sit still. If even for a few minutes. I ended up stumbling across a peace I had never felt before – and probably not since.

After Paris, I traveled through Versailles, Chartres, Toulouse and then went on to Lourdes. Lourdes is a Holy Site and it was wonderful. November is off-season, so it wasn’t crowded at all. I had planned to spend one day there, I stayed four. It was an amazing experience.

Besides my personal holy experience, my trip to France – by myself – was very liberating. I remember the street I was on the moment it hit me that I was thousands of miles away from everything and everyone I knew … and I was fine. It never even hit me to be scared or uncomfortable. I could figure it out as I went.

That revelation was important at that time because I had just gone through a divorce that year and was a newly single mother of a baby. I was frightened of what the future would be like as a single parent.

At the time I thought the trip at just kind of fallen into my lap – however, many times in the years following, I have looked back on those two weeks and realized +GOD+ knew what he was doing then also.

I left for France thinking I was finally doing something I had always wanted to do by traveling abroad, but the reality is +GOD+ sent me to France to help me realize I was OK. I was liberated. Even when I was literally by myself, I was not alone. Moreover, I would figure it out. And I did.

Thanks for the prompt – I didn’t know I needed to be taken back to those feelings and revelations – but I did.

Wow.