SoCS : No Respect for that Sect

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ect.” Find a word with the letters “ect” in it, and base your post on that word. (Not to be confused with “et cetera,” which is “etc.”) Enjoy!


white and grey voting day sign
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I want to be direct 
But suspect
the affect
may produce objection.

So I’ll not inject
or project
but protect
my choice for election.

Whom with I connect
my vector
your specter
is MY selection.
Not subject to YOUR inspection.

Political correction insists on intellectual genuflection … no respect for that sect.


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Writing Prompt #SoCS “cheek” – Cheeky Saturday

It was my turn to visit great-grandma. She was facing away when I walked in and jumped at the sight of me.
“Taylor, why aren’t you at school? Geez Louise, you startled me!”
“It’s Saturday, Grammy. You left your door unlocked again. I could have been a robber!”
“Now, why would a robber visit me on Saturday when that’s your day?”, Grammy giggled. She always found a way to make light of things.
“I’ll pencil the robber in for Monday then. Don’t forget to leave the door open.” I squinted at her in a “gotcha last” fashion.
“Oh darlin’, make it Tuesday, I have a doctor’s appointment on Monday.”
She slapped me on the shoulder with one hand and pinched my cheek with the other. “Set, game, and match, young fella.”.
Saturdays are my favorite.

Broader Horizons: Brain Development in Kids

Early virtual world: Ultima Online
Early virtual world: Ultima Online (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It occurred to me, as I watched my day care friend (age 10) navigating through Minecraft this morning, that our kids are guinea pigs. For those of you who aren’t aware of Minecraft, it is an interactive, online world of adventure which is very popular with kids. My granddaughter (age 7) also plays this game.

As I watched, the 3-D images twisted and turned in a fascinating array of viewpoints in a virtual world. The 10-year-old was able to follow the images with amazing speed. I felt slightly dizzy. This made me wonder how this generation may bring new tools to viewing the real world from this early 3-D training. I am neither qualified, nor interested, in making a pro or con judgement.

I’m willing to bet, though, that the visual art world will definitely have some amazingly fresh, new expressions in the near future that will come from this early exposure.

My generation was the first group of kids who spent Saturday mornings watching TV. We experienced a new kind of visual stimulation and I believe it gave us a new way of processing our world. For better or worse, we learned a new perspective.

I frequently hear grandparents, and great-grandparents, exclaiming, “Kids are so much smarter today.” I don’t, for a second, accept that statement as true. What kids DO have is an earlier exposure to more information in unique formats. This does ultimately offer real “mind altering” potential.

Anyone who studies brain functions has this current generation of guinea pigs to study. There will be discoveries, both positive, and some negative, specifically pertaining to modern ways that children’s brains are wired from technological exposures during brain development.

Gosh, I find this a very interesting scientific field of study. I believe our newest generation will definitely, “Go where no man has gone before.”