Question Time Over Coffee-11-19-22

Have you ever been on an extended vacation/holiday road trip? If so, when and where and for how long?

My nuclear family took some vacations to the Atlantic Ocean when I was a kid. We lived (and I still live) in Western New England so the trips took about 4 hours from home to destination. I wouldn’t call that an extended road trip, but it surely felt LONG to this kid.
We didn’t have video games or movies to entertain us then and although I would have loved having them, I’m pleased now that we didn’t. My Mom would sometimes read out loud to us, sometimes we’d sing songs together or play ‘car bingo’ to entertain ourselves. I had my own game that I came up with too. It was called, “Never going to see THAT again”. As we traveled, I would look out my window and focus on a single leaf or bird. It was a way of embracing a moment in time that fate had made. I was there and something ordinary was there. There was no way I would ‘lay my eyes on’ those things ever again. It felt magical and eternal!
I get the same ‘thrill’ when I find fossils in crushed stone at our campsite. Possibly (probably) no other human being had ever looked at the small, fossilized relic EVER! Humbling doesn’t even cover that moment sufficiently.


When was the last time you visited an actual bookshop, and what, if any, new/old/secondhand titles did you buy?

We have a local Thrift Shop close to our summer place. This gal goes directly to the book section. While I was homeschooling my granddaughter, there was a wealth of obscure children’s material, as well as interesting titles for me. Book junkies can identify with the fact that there are many still on my shelf waiting to be rediscovered this winter.
Before the Thrift Shop, there was a Flea Market in the same town. “The Book Guy” (that’s what we called him) was always there. He had a large, well organized, display of books. Sadly, The Book Guy passed away a few years ago and the Flea Market has almost disappeared without his presence. I miss the man as much as his books.

How do you feel about the new WP Dashboard 7-day highlights Statistics?
I almost never look at those stats. I’m not writing in any way to compete with anyone or build a following.

How do you feel about all the Russian nuclear sabre rattling?
It seems a normal thing for competing powers to do. There’s no way-No Way- that I trust any media outlet to explain what is going on utilizing factual information. So, I cannot impact what’s going on, I have no way of knowing what’s really going on and can only hope that peace breaks out in spite of a handful evil actors seeking wealth and power.

If you could go back or travel to an age of your choice and live or relive a previous era for a day, what age would you pick and why?

There are many but since our Thanksgiving holiday is near, I would like to experience the first Thanksgiving witnessing the real-time attitudes and hopes. [Then I’d come back and separate myth from facts.]

Do you have a favourite coat? [Outdoor/Indoor/Business/Social] What makes it unique to you, OR is a coat just a coat?

Not anymore but during my 30s I had a long Peacoat that I adorned with pins. Some were favorite sports teams and American flags, but others were gifts that held personal meaning. Once I had a lapel full, my friends and family happily surprised me with more. I probably had 50 of them at the height of my collecting.

Do you enjoy learning something new every day or week?

Oh my! I live to learn. My email starts with curiousue for a reason.

Are you more comfortable in your skin today than you were in the youth of your yesterdays?
Why and how so?

Absolutely more each day. I was an odd kid in the way that I related to all kinds of people. I think about it now and believe that it was from a genuineness that I projected. To be genuine requires a level of self- confidence which comes from liking who you are. I suspect that ‘seed’ was always there.

Have you ever kept a hardback diary or a journal as opposed to an online digital one? When did you first start to journal your life?

No but my daughter has kept one for 17+ years.

How do you feel about Eggplant/Aubergine/Guinea Squash as a vegetable? Is it something you enjoy having in your meals?

I enjoy most every squash. Eggplant is not one I ever use but memories of my Italian immigrant grandmother making eggplant parmigiana are good ones.

What film could you watch over and over again and why?

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
This movie is extremely inspirational! A mother’s enduring love and commitment to wise choices…Self- reliance and imagination…and a guide to pursuing excellence. My day care kids watched it multiple times and always asked to go straight to the library after each viewing.

What concert, show, or event would you love tickets for if you could get them?

I don’t do crowds. Noise, standing in line, and (since 2020) pandemic nonsense are the reasons. It has nothing to do with fears or phobias. I do enjoy talking with people in general, though, but not in that venue.

Would your teenage self be impressed with who you are today and what you have achieved so far in your/their life?

I think so. I had many basic plans for my life even as a teen and I’ve accomplished the most important ones.

Which online behaviours do you find the most annoying in blogging?

I’m not easily or often annoyed. But when I interact with others and find them concerned with what I consider “nonsense”, I tend to move along.

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Where’s the Crisis?

There’s an awful lot of angst and money being invested in a perceived “Climate Crisis”. To be sure, the Earth’s climate is changing but calling it an ‘existential crisis’ seems a bit exaggerated.
A crisis basically is described as a ‘tipping point’ between survival and disaster. Something that requires action in order to curb an imminent threat.
The only crisis I can see is a self-imposed one. The rejection of the value of and reliance on “fossil fuels” is speedily heading us toward a ‘cliff’. Western governments are cutting off reliable, plentiful, affordable energy while experimenting with terribly unreliable forms of ‘renewable energy’ (that aren’t perfected yet) at the expense of human lives and national security. They’re trying to shut off all the ‘lights’ before we can locate ‘the candles and matches’!
Who actually are those geniuses who found and defined the Climate Change Crisis? I hope it wasn’t the same ones who promoted the ‘shutdowns’ during the spread of the Covid-19 virus! That brand-new ‘brilliant’ approach to pandemics was devastatingly destructive.

The climate ‘scare’ is directly coming from a reliance on hand-picked “expert” predictions -experts who are wealthy and secure enough not to feel the consequences of their ‘guesses’- and often stand to get wealthier and more powerful. They aren’t using their own wealth either. They’re investing your future and prosperity.


Let’s look at predictions. They’re done by using computer models. Whoa! Computers are even smarter than ‘experts’, right?
Um… no they aren’t. They only use the information ‘fed’ to them by the ‘experts’. Have you ever seen the computer models projecting the path of a hurricane using moment to moment numbers? They look like a toddler’s first attempt at coloring!

{Check out the diversity of Climate Change models sometime. They too are “all over the map”.}

Only a grandma would think the above picture suitable for hanging on the frig. As an example of “fact”, it’s useless. But predicting the End of the World must be easier, right? LOL
Give me a break.

So, I want to leave you with some advice:

Never litter.
Always be conscious of not wasting energy. {I’ve heard that about 47 private jets transported ‘big shots’ to the last Climate Crisis Conference. Many of them own beach front property too.}
Never waste water. (Potable H2O is far scarcer than petroleum and natural gas.)
Recycle when you’re able.
And examine everything that’s proposed by “experts” or government thoroughly.

Nature is not fragile, nor does it operate at the pleasure of humans. The most recent example of Nature over Human Intervention is evident in the large number of otherwise healthy people harmed (and yet to find out they’ve been harmed) by an experimental medicine, who likely would have been okay if they had relied on their “natural” immune systems and using common sense.

The call to a Crisis should always make you question everything. If censorship over any discussions or questioning of the “crisis” are revealed, double-down on your research! There’s always something “rotten” going on somewhere when people are silenced and it’s up to YOU to find out what it is.


PS… “Fact checkers” are full of manure… trust your own brain.



Question Time Over Coffee- 11-12-22

I normally don’t have time to answer questions, but I thought these questions were cool and wanted to play along.



1.You have 11 minutes free time, how do you spend it best with regards entertainment?

Frequently I use little segments of time to read and respond to other writers’ posts. I feel terribly guilty if I don’t get to respond to as many as possible.

2.Are you a fan of feet either yours or others or are you averse to feet?
Why and why?

I don’t have an opinion on feet. But I was that kid who went barefooted any chance I got. Once I started providing childcare when I was 19, I went the other way. I still put my shoes on first thing each day having been formally trained to by the frequency with which kids stepped on my feet! This is proof of how well negative reinforcement works.

3. When you are wrong and you know you are wrong do you admit to being wrong or try and find a right for your wrong?

I certainly will do that. I can’t say that I feel compelled to do that often, though. The reason that’s the case is not from feeling I’m always right but from constantly thinking about and researching ideas to the point that I find it hard to accept the “facts” that others offer conclusive enough as proof. So, if I do something ‘dumb’, I willingly admit I was wrong, but if we’re discussing a topic that I’ve researched and thought about, you may have your ‘hands full’ convincing me. I’m happy to acknowledge good points but unless those points are earth shaking and change the whole dynamic, I won’t be claiming I’m in error.

4. Are you more of a night owl or a morning lark?
I’m definitely at my best in the morning.

5.Do you listen to audiobooks and if so what is the appeal? How many do you get through every month?

I wholeheartedly prefer to hold a book in my hands! BUT recently I experienced an audio book from necessity. When I talk about the book, I can’t even use the term “read it” because it feels like I cheated. My need for audio was inspired by a lack of actual ‘sit down’ time. The audio book allowed me to work around my house as I consumed the content.

6. Do you bore quickly and if so why and how do you combat it and if not, how do you avoid that boredom?
I am never at a loss for a project or task while I’m alone. The situations that bore me are always in the company of others. Small talk and gossip ruin my day because “I’m not interested.” and all I do is daydream about finding my alone space again quickly.

7.What is one thing that you wish your readers knew about you and your blog?
If the readers haven’t taken a peek at my “About” page, they may not realize that I write primarily for myself and my granddaughters. I enjoy feedback of course but I’m not talking to the world, I’m talking to them.

8. What items do you have on the top shelf of your fridge right now, today?
By shelf, I assume this means inside of my fridge. A gallon of milk and assorted condiments take up that area.

9. Are you able to stand on one leg for 25 seconds?
Yes.

10. What are your favorited book titles from the following six categories?
[One item only per genre please – use alternative genre if first choice is not your style]

Comedy or Children’s literature– The Jungle Books (not just for kids)
Horror or Historical Fiction -Year of Wonders (Historical Fiction)
Mystery or MemoirHighest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters written by Chesley Sullenberger (memoir)
Thriller or Adventure Intensity- Dean Koontz (thriller)
Romance or Poetry
Collected Works of Robert Frost
Fantasy or Sci-Fi The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury (sci-fi)

11. What twelve items would you take to a deserted island if you were going to be stranded there for twelve months and why those items – how are they functional to your survival?
A gun with lots of ammo
A large amount of writing materials
Paint, brushes, and canvases
Fishing equipment
Lighters- lots of them
Several books
Nylon cord -100s of yards
12 months of potable water
Several Tarps
Canned meat and fruit
Machete
First aid supplies

12.Does the society of today need social media platforms? Are they dying – as is suggested – off or are people simply after something else that is socially oriented but more personable?

I think if they disappeared forever, we’d all be better off. “Social Media” is an oxymoron. There’s nothing ‘social’ in ‘media’. From what I’ve been witnessing lately, more reading, thinking, and personal human contact, would be of great benefit. Paying more attention to the people and things that really matter might do wonders.


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E.M.’s Sunday Ramble- 5-1-22

This week’s topic is:

“Random Questions to Trigger Imagination”

Here are the questions:

  1. If people get a purple heart for being wounded in war, what do the other colors of hearts mean? (Make up your own heart meanings and colors.)
  2. If you were given $5 Million to open a small museum, what kind of museum would you create?
  3. if you could build a themed hotel, what would the theme be and what would it look like?
  4. What would the adult version of an ice cream truck sell, look like, and play for its song?
  5. What animal would be the cutest if it was down-sized to the size of a cat?
  1. A yellow heart is given to people who are pure ‘sunshine’.
    A blue heart is given to people who love winter and brighten it with cheerfulness for those who don’t.
    A pink heart is given to people who are especially shy and humble… and oft overlooked. {They’d be mailed to them. 😉 }
    A red heart is for people who opt to adopt adult pets from shelters. (A gold star is added when the pet is a senior.) It takes a special person to do this.
    A green heart is reserved for people who are extra generous with their time and money in the realm of mentoring children.

    2. My museum would be a place for all local children to display their artwork. Children are marvelous natural artists and I’d make sure that they were encouraged and praised for using those gifts.
    [At my day care, we once put on an art show in my front yard. The kids dressed up and parents and grandparents came to appreciate our gallery. We played classical music on a radio to create a professional ambiance. Wine and cheese were served to the adults and each artist had a bio with their photo beside their creations. WHAT FUN WE HAD!]

    3. My themed hotel would be a retreat for people who love to read. I’d offer affordable weekly rates. All the hallways would be lined with books and special titles could be ordered or chosen from an expansive basement library.
    Some of the rooms would be decorated for specific genres. Cubbies with pillows and desks would be in every room. Special cubbies would be available for kids with ceilings of the heavens and walls with holograms of forests and castles. No internet or TV would be available. Headphones and devices for audio books would be everywhere too. Kids would get special attention and have crafting opportunities too. Board games and art supplies would also be available with organized tournaments and instruction if they choose. A separate activity building would hold the busy children’s activities as ‘quiet’ would be highly valued in the main building.

    4. During the hot summer months, a fresh bakery truck would be wonderful. It’s too hot and time consuming to bake in the summer. Freshly baked bread and treats would be so nice!
    Its song would be Sugar, Sugar by the Archies.

    5. Definitely an elephant! They’re such special creatures. How cute they would be!

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E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt #21

Here are the questions:

  1. What is at least one thing that makes you happy today?
  2. What is one thing that happened last week that made you feel positive and happy?
  3. What is your positive personal mantra? (Mantra means “a statement or slogan repeated frequently” via Oxford Dictionary.)
  4. What is the nicest act you secretly did for someone?
  5. What is one hobby you would like to try?
  6. Bonus Question: What is your go-to song to belt out in the shower?

    1. It’s Springtime. What’s not to feel happy about? My flowering quince is taking on a hue of “pinkness” signaling that an explosion of blooms is imminent.

    2. My granddaughter (age 9) and I have been writing a children’s story together. We’ve kept a journal that describes our characters, explains our story line, and keeps our notes as they pop into our heads. It’s been on and off with many of our imaginings taking place as we wait for the school bus. Last week was Spring vacation so we had a whole afternoon to work. I sketched our characters as we had imagined them, and she added some of her own touches, as well as, outline and color. It was one of those productive days that you don’t want to end. Her excitement was the most delightful part! Things are coming together. Her dedication to the project is heartwarming and she now realizes the work that goes into a creative project. We are ‘making memories’ and building skills.

3. My personal positive mantra is: “Yes we can!”

4. I can’t even begin to recall the nicest act that I’ve ‘secretly’ done for someone because I truly don’t remember. I don’t keep score or hang on to those things. They are “seeds” offered to hopefully ‘take root’. I would have to answer, “Whatever my next one is…”.

5. I’ve tried a lot of hobbies and jump from one thing to the other. I’d like to revisit turning clay pots on an old-fashioned potter’s wheel. That was fun! I haven’t done that for 48 years.

6. I never sing in the shower. Ha! Probably because I’m inclined to sing and dance throughout the day. My cellphone ringtone is Come and Get Your Love by Redbone. That song grabs me. I love breaking into to song when it goes off. Spam calls don’t bother me because I’m dancing and ignoring them all at once! LOL

E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt #20- 4/17/22

This week’s topic is:

“Habits and Routines “

Here are the questions:

  1. Do you have a daily routine that you are used to, or do you just go with the flow of the new day?
  2. Do you do anything in your life habitually that you wish you could stop?
  3. If habit was the acronym H.A.B.I.T, what would it be short for?
  4. Are we born with our bad habits? Or do we acquire them from the environment surrounding us?
  5. Are you a night owl, early bird, or something else when it comes to sleeping routines?

    1. I’m usually a ‘go with the flow’ person. I find unplanned vacations extremely fun. There’s just one thing I start the day with and that is prayer and gratitude. The rest of the day is an adventure.
    2. I procrastinate. That likely comes from zigging and zagging all day. It’s yet to be a big problem and, on occasion, it has been beneficial when a task I’d been putting off changes or isn’t necessary after all. I could use a little more self-discipline in accomplishing tasks so curbing my tendency to procrastinate would be a good thing.
    3. Heck, Any Burden Is Tough
    4. I think our basic natures promote or direct us to bad habits but essentially, we keep repeating what “works” for us, even if it’s ‘bad’. With little kids, they know biting others is wrong from the stern reaction they get from adults but it’s a hard habit to break. I’ve observed the act of biting as a contagious habit in a group of toddlers. It’s hard to break that cycle because they realize how powerful it is in its ability to end a disagreement no matter the consequences.
    5. In a perfect world, I’d be an early bird. I am at my most vigorous in the morning. Yes, I’m one of those annoying persons who is ready to dance as soon as my feet hit the floor. LOL
    But the schedules of others in my household impede my ability to follow my natural inclination… so I compromise to make life for all of us comfortable. 😉



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Share Your World 3-28-22

What fictional family would you like to be part of?  (think TV shows, cartoon or books or some fictional family that you admire)


The Waltons are the epitome of a close healthy family to me. It doesn’t get any better than a rural life with a multigenerational household.

Which band or artist would you like to play at your funeral or memorial service? (the artist can have passed on too)
Hands down, Smokey Robinson.
His performance in the movie The Temptations, touched me deeply.

Preference.   Popcorn, M&Ms or other.   Choose something you love snacking on.
I’m not a big snacker. But a salty and sweet experience of extra-sharp cheese, crackers, and fruit, would be hard to pass up.

If you could be any supernatural (fantasy) character, what would you be?  (Think Elves, fairies, dragons or whatever)


I’d choose a Phoenix.
To have the ability to rise from the ashes and be ‘reborn’ would have no rival, IMO.

Please share the best advice you’ve ever gotten which you feel ought to be shared with everyone.

Mind your own business and someday you may have a business of your own.