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November 24, 2013 at 9:56am
November 24, 2013 at 9:56am
The Sunday Review! The November 24, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
Blog. Tell us about your week. Include your favorite blog entry from your fellow challengers from the preceding week and, most importantly, why.

After a bit of a struggle, I managed to complete most of my goals for last week - "Invalid Entry.
I attended the Feast of Qawl (Speech) on the evening of Friday, November 22 and as a results I wrote the following poem.

Nine candle lit
The midnight darkness
Ignited the flames of love

Each candle burned
For a thousand years
Until the smoke of dogma
Smothered its flame

Each candle was lit
By the love of God
Each illuminated the world
For a thousand years

Let Your Heart Burn with Loving Kindness

Blog Entries of Interest

Last week was an interesting week, but sometimes I could do with a few less interesting day in an interesting week. Here are the blog entries that I liked
Sunday, November 17: "Nov. 17th 30 Day BC Day 17 Yay!
Monday, November 18: "Invalid Entry
Tuesday, November 19: "Invalid Entry
Wednesday, November 20: "Invalid Entry
Thursday, November 21: "Invalid Entry
Friday, November 22: "Invalid Entry
Saturday, November 23: "November 23rd. BCOF Day 370 & 30 DAY BC Day 23
November 23, 2013 at 3:04pm
November 23, 2013 at 3:04pm
It's Creation Saturday! The November 23, 2013 prompt for for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
Write about your greatest fear from the point of view of your fear.


On Creation Saturday,
what fears may come
rising out of the depths of memory,
of imagination,
of fantasy
to curtail story,
stop a poem,
or cut short a blog entry?

Is writer's block a fear
slipping into an author's mind,
as a result of
too much sleep,
lack of sleep,
a drunken binge,
an orgy of eating,
or a period starvation and thirst.


Writer's Block: I am your worst fear,
rising out of the ocean
of your negative self-talk.

I am the blank page terror whispering...
"I can't write!"
"I don't know what to say!"
"I don't have any new ideas!"
...to your worried mind.

I am the ego's fear of failure,
I am the terror of success,
repeating clichés,
rewriting in mid-sentence
your literary classic,
misspelling simple words,
and casting doubt
across the pages of your talent.

I am writer's block
I cannot be overcome by inaction,
my nemesis
is the written word.
the completed poem,
the edited novel,
or the posted blog entry.

Thought of the Day: “The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist.” - Steven Pressfield

November 23, 2013 at 10:35am
November 23, 2013 at 10:35am
The November 23, 2013 prompt for "Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum is
In the United States, Ben Franklin wanted the turkey not the bald eagle for our country's symbol. Which would you choose if you had been able to vote?
Or would you have chosen a totally different animal? Why?
If you don't live in the US, does your country have a symbol of a animal or something different? Enlighten us.

The Turkey is a symbol of abundance, thanksgiving, and fertility.1 The Bald Eagle or American Bald Eagle has many symbolic meanings, which are opportunity, protection, guardianship, masculinity, dominance, control, freedom, community, command, action, authority, skill, focus, determination, vision, power, liberation, inspiration, ruler, and judgment.2 After considering the history of American and what is going on in the country today, I think the American Bald Eagle is probably the best symbol for the United Sates of America.

I have several questions about America's symbol. Did the choice of symbols have an affect on America's culture? Would our history have been different if instead of the Bald Eagle we chose the Turkey as a symbol? If the turkey were the symbol of America would we be eating Bald Eagle for Thanksgiving instead of Turkey? Did the choice of symbol have an affect on America's history? If we changed symbols from the Bald Eagle to the Turkey would we change American culture or the country's future?

1  http://www.whats-your-sign.com/animal-symbolism-turkey.html
2  http://www.whats-your-sign.com/symbolic-eagle-meaning.html

November 22, 2013 at 1:02pm
November 22, 2013 at 1:02pm
It's Funny Friday! The November 22, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
Today's prompt will be a challenge for many of you. Today, you are NOT ALLOWED to grammatically edit your entry! The judges will disregard any spelling and grammar mistakes, so feel free to let it all out. This is a free writing exercise. Think about the fruit of your choice and then write anything that comes to your mind. If you start talking about something else, go with it! See where it takes you! Write like this for 10 minutes at least and see where you end up *Smile* Have fun! *Bigsmile*

The only fruit I can think of on this raining Friday morning is Bananas. Bananas are yellow and most of the time look delicious. They certainly are not like my malaadeptive Daydreams. I begin realize that was the problem after reading an article in Scientific America and then checking the issues out on line. I found two website that seem to have information on this problem. I have know something is wrong, I have known that I have a problem for sometime because I would rather live in a fantasy world where I am in control rather then reality. Up until recently, I thought I was the only human being on earth with this problem, but I should have know better.

Maladeptive daydreaming is not officially recognized as yet, but give the medical community time and they will recognize it. I know why or perhaps I think I know why I would rather living in a fantasy world then in the real world. On the bright side, it is an indication of creativity; however, sometime the daydreams interfere with my creativity. I have considered writing the daydreams down and putting them in a book, but up until now I did not want to take the chance that people would think I am weird. All right, I will admit to being weird, but I thought that the daydream thing was weirder then anything else. However, I have found a commonity of people with the same problem. Perhaps I do some more blog entries on this subject and on Bananas.

I like bananas. Bananas are one of my favorite fruits. You can eat bananas without teeth. Bananas have never figured in my daydreams yet but given time I think they will., One of the foods that has figured in my daydreams is honey bread and do not ask me how to make it because I have not made it in my daydreams all though I think I do have a recipe book in my daydreams that gives every recipe that my daydreams self knows. Maybe I need to interview her.
November 21, 2013 at 11:24am
November 21, 2013 at 11:24am
It's Opinion Thursday! The November 21, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
Give your opinion on what the correct or "moral" course of action should be if an authority figure uses their power unconstitutionally
or in a way that brings unnecessary harm to an innocent. Give an example from the media if your opinion deserves it.

Give this scenario I think the best course of action would be through the legal system following the guideline of the Constitution and other legal procedures established by Congress and the Court System.

Thought of the Day: "We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." - Abraham Lincoln

The prompt for "Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum is
I just realized that we let BCOF's year-long anniversary go by without celebrating! We've been going for a year now, we've had a lot of fun and a lot of blog entries.
We've grown a lot in the past year. So, I'd like to know: what was the best year of your life?

In my humble or unhumble opinion, I have not experienced the best year of my life because I am still alive. I think the best is yest to come (at least most of the time), so I still have my best year to experience. Up to now, I have had good years, bad years, and years that fall somewhere in between. It is true that I have had some very good years, but none of them could be considered the best year of my life.

November 20, 2013 at 11:13am
November 20, 2013 at 11:13am
It's War Chest Wednesday! The November 20, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
What was the longest amount of time you spent waiting in line for something? What was it, and was it worth the wait?

According to http://wiki.answers.com the average American spends about one hour each day waiting in line, which add up to a lifetime of "2 to 3 years" waiting in line.3 The longest I can remember waiting in line for something was two hours and I was waiting in line at Lutheran Social Service for food. Yes, it was worth the wait, but then I consider waiting for food, coffee, and autographs from actors in science fiction or fantasy films worth the wait. These are things I will stand in line for, but other things are not worth the wait unless I can sit down while I am waiting.

Midweek Reflections on Waiting in Line

A lifetime spent in waiting lines
sitting at the doctor's office,
standing at the Department of Motor Vehicles,
or ordering a morning cup of Hot Joe;
is the wait worth it
when you consider
that on the day of your death
you will also
have to wait for the undertaker
to transport you
to the morgue.

Thought of the Day: "Do not hold grain waiting for higher prices when people are hungry" - Zoroaster

3  http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_long_does_the_average_American_spend_in_their_life...

November 19, 2013 at 11:36am
November 19, 2013 at 11:36am
It's Wildcard Tuesday! The November 19, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
Growing up, what career goals did you have or what dreams did you hope to accomplish? Did any of them come to be?
How many did you abandon or revise along the way?

We never outgrow our dreams,
as we mature
they become memories
of ancient desires
haunting our midnight hours.

When I was growing up, I wanted what every young girl of the fifties wanted. I wanted a husband, children, a white house with a white picket fence, and I wanted to be a working mother (all right most girls growing up in the 1950s probably did not want this). I wanted to be like my mother, who (in my eyes was super Mom) worked outside the home and kept a clean house as well. Mom worked as a waitress (food server) at Bob's Grill in Blackwell, Oklahoma. My grandparents helped, but at the time it was Mom who I thought did everything.

We never abandon our dreams,
they conceal themselves in our souls,
where they either
fester as unhealed wounds
or fuel
creativity's fires.

I am not sure when I gave up on that dream, but I know it was sometime between leaving grade school and graduating from high school. Suddenly that dream, that career, did not seem as important as it once was. Most of my friends, after I left grade school, were from broken homes and had encountered the divorce monster. I begin to think that blinded or one parent families were the norm and not the exception. One thing I am thankful for today, was that the dreams of my childhood never came true because it was an idealistic and unrealistic dream. If that dream had come true, my spiritual growth would have been curtails and my creativity atrophied.

The dreams of our long lost youth
either push us toward success
or become
failure's stumbling blocks;
we are the ones who decide
the type
of encouragement
our long lost dreams provide.

Thought of the Day: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain
November 18, 2013 at 9:38am
November 18, 2013 at 9:38am
It's Wildcard Monday! The November 18, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge
Did you ever have your own 'special place' as a child? A secret hiding spot perhaps?

The only secret place I can remember having was a doghouse. My grandparents had a black pure bred cocker spaniel (I'm not sure if he was the English or American variety) when I was growing up. His doghouse was built into the garage, which made it warmer in Oklahoma winters. Skeezicks, which is what Grandpa Frank named the dog, was Patties' (she belonged to my mother) only pure bred pup.

When I went to my grandparents' house, my secret place was Skeezicks' doghouse, at least until Grandma wonder where I was getting the fleas. After a little investigation, which determined that I only got the fleas on the weekends (when I stayed overnight at my grandparents) she figured out I was hiding in Skeezicks' doghouse. Grandma and Grandpa put a stop to that, all though, from the smile I remember on Grandpa's face when he found out, I suspect he found the incident amusing if not funny. After they put a stop to me hiding in Skeezicks' doghouse I never had a flea problem again.

I always wondered where Grandpa got the name for the dog and this is what I found out:

*Dog1* According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary "skeezicks" means "rascal".4
*Dog2* Skeezicks was a character in the Uncle Wiggily stories by Howard R. Garis.5
*Dog1* Skeezicks was a cartoon character in Gasoline Alley.6
*Cat* Skeezix was a cat.7
*Cat2* Skeezix the cat had a blog.8

Thought of the Day: "If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas" - Proverb

4  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skeezicks
5  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Wiggily
6  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasoline_Alley
7  http://skeezixthecat.com/
8  http://skeezixthecat.com/blog-2/

November 17, 2013 at 8:39am
November 17, 2013 at 8:39am
The Sunday Review! The November 17, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
Blog. Tell us about your week. Include your favorite blog entry from your fellow challengers from the preceding week and, most importantly, why.

How was my week? Tiring! Painful! I cannot stand up for more then five minutes at a time, which means, that since I cannot use the dishwasher, I have to wash my dishes in shifts. This also applies to folding and putting away or packing clothes. This means that I cannot stand up in line for more then five minutes, so I am putting a folding chair in the car for those times I have to wait in long lines.

I am behind on "Midnight in Suburbia because when I came home last night I was too tired to think. This is my own fault for not working on the novel earlier in the day, so today I have to endeavor to catch up with my NaNoWriMo word count. I did not print off my "To Do List" at all last week, which does not have anything to do with being behind an NaNoWriMo; it does, however, explain why I had more then one attack of Can't Rember Shit last week and this affliction resulted in several senior moments. This week, I am attempting, to print my daily to do list off everyday. I printed today's list off last night before laying down on the couch and attempting to get some sleep.

This morning
I stare at the screen,
I ask "What was I going to do?"
I pick up my empty coffee cup,
I decide I need to nuke
another cup of yesterday's leftover brew.

I liked "Nov. 16th BCOF Day 363 and 30 Day BC Day 16 by Witchy woman because of the the cooking story.

I did not meet yesterday's NaNoWriMo word count because I procrastinated, therefore, I am behind. I am closing this entry with a thought on procrastination.

Thought of the day: “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” - Pablo Picasso
November 16, 2013 at 12:41am
November 16, 2013 at 12:41am
It's Creation Saturday! The November 16, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
Make up your own stories for the origin of common expressions like "keep your fingers crossed," "shooting fish in a barrel," etc.

The term "Watch your P's and Q's" is a shortened version of the term "Watch your Peacocks and Quails". This term was coined by the infamous French Chef Adolphe Bastien Cuisine. Chef Cuisine specialized in creating exotic fowl dishes and the more exotic the bird the better because the more creative he became. One day, Chef Cuisine was challenged to a cook-off by the equally infamous American Chef Caleb Damian Gastronomy. Chef Gastronomy specialized in creating game fowl dishes and the more common the game bird the more creative he became.

In this cooking competition each chef was given two birds, which each one had to prepare using the same recipe for each bird. Chef Cuisine was allowed to chose one bird while Chef Gastronomy could chose the other. Chef Cuisine chose a peacock because it was his favorite exotic bird and Chef Gastronomy chose a quail because it was his favorite game bird. Chef Gastronomy took two birds, which he assumed was a quail and a peacock and went to one kitchen, while Chef Cuisine took the remaining birds to another kitchen. They were locked in their respective kitchens for three hours preparing their birds. At the end of three hours, the smoke alarms in each kitchen went off and, after the ceiling fans cleared the smoke, the chefs came carrying their culinary creations.

Chef Cuisine placed his birds on the judges table and waited for them to taste his creative effort. All the judges ate, smiled, and ask "Chef Cuisine, how did you get the peacock to have the same sweet and nutty flavor as the quail." He was a bit confused by that remark because, as everyone knows peacocks (no matter how their cooked) have a ducky chicken flavor, but he decided to hold his tongue until the judges tasted Chef Gastronomy's creations.

The judges tasted Chef Gastronomy's birds and ask "Please, tell us Gastronomy how you got the quail to have the chicken and duck flavor of a peacock." Gastronomy only shrugged.

"I think I can solve the mystery," growled Cuisine. "Unless I'm very much mistaken when Chef Gastronomy pick up the dressed birds he picked up both peacocks, which left me with the common quail."

"So," said Gastronomy, "there's nothing we can do about it now."

"We can repeat this challenge," Cuisine said with a great big grin, "but this time we need to watch our peacocks and our quails!"

November 15, 2013 at 12:08pm
November 15, 2013 at 12:08pm
It's Funny Friday! The November 15, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
What was the last thing you laughed about? Make us laugh about it as well *Wink*

When was the last time I laughed,
was it at a giraffe?

I can remember the last time I cried,
but now that my tears have dried,
I want to remember the last time I laughed.

Was it at a frightened cat,
they can certainly make me laugh
especially when they get wet
by accident
or do something else
that is clumsy cat funny.

When was the last time I laughed,
I do not think it was at a giraffe?
I could have laughed at cats playing with dogs
or even frogs sitting on logs.

I cannot remember the last time I laughed,
so I guess I will post some funny animal videos
and bring this entry to a close.

November 14, 2013 at 9:48am
November 14, 2013 at 9:48am
It's Opinion Thursday! The November 14, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
What do you think are the most significant events from the past ten years which will make it into the history books in the future?
Make your case for at least 3 events.

1. The launch of the Kelper Mission in 2009.
2. The Rise of Social Media
3. The United States government Shutdown of 2013

Of the top "Top 10 Major Events that Occurred in the Month of March (2003-2013)"9 the event that I believe will make the history books of the future because it will have the most impact on humanity and human culture are is the launch of NASA;s Kelper Mission in 2009. This photometer was launched on March 7, 2009 to search the MIlky Way galaxy for extrasolar planets. This mission has discovered 1235 possible planets orbiting 997 stars. The discovery of planets around other stars means that human beings will have to take an new look at what it means to be human.

Of the five events listed in the article "What happened on the last 10 years (2003-2013) that will go down in History?"10 I believe the event that will go into the history books because it will have an impact on human culture is "The Rise of Social Media". Social media allows individuals all over the planet to learn about the lives and struggles of other individuals on Earth. It shows us that despite the obvious differences we human beings are the grass root component of a single species. Once we learn how similar we are then our differences become inconsequential.

The third event I think will make it into the history books of the future is the "United States federal government shutdown of 2013"11 because it showed how selfish and close minded some partisan politicians are and how disruptive partisan politics can be. While the politicians and party leaders may not have learned anything from this disaster, many of their constituents have because they were the ones most effected by the shutdown. This will have a profound effect on the way these people will vote in future elections.

Quote of the Day: “The first duty of a man is to think for himself” - José Martí

9  http://www.omgtoplists.com/history/top-10-major-events-that-occurred-in-the-mont...
10  http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130220171914AAsth6K
11  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_government_shutdown_of_2013

November 13, 2013 at 6:31pm
November 13, 2013 at 6:31pm
It's War Cheat Wednesday! The November 13, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
Lifelong Learning. Does learning ever stop? Is there a point at which humans can no longer learn something new, or is the capacity to learn infinite?
What is something you learned today? How about yesterday?

Does learning ever stop? No! Learning is innate in human beings. If we did not continue to learn something new about ourselves, our world, or the universe, the human soul and mind would atrophy. They would die because of lack of exercise.

Is there a point at which humans can no longer learn something new, or is the capacity to learn infinite? The human capacity to learn is infinite, but it is dependent upon desire and encouragement. We need to learn to exercise our minds and souls; however, if a person does not want to learn something new then learning is impossible.

What is something you learned today? Today I learned that the only reason for a sane or insane writer to get up at 4:00 am is to write. I also learned that sanding in line for one or two hour and then sitting in a hard chair for another two or three hours causes my back to hurt and depression to raise its ugly head. It also makes me tired and discourages me from doing anything that I have to do. I have to force myself to accomplish my goals when I am tired, but since I am not sleepy I cannot lay down and go to sleep.

How about yesterday? That no matter how long or short the day the sun eventually descends behind Mount Charleston or whatever the name of the beautiful snow capped peak in the west that first comes between Las Vegas and the sun. I have to confess that I am not sure if the western range of the Muddy Mountains, which I think are called the Spring Mountains, have snow or not. I have not bother to look in that direction for several days and, while I did have to drive west on East Charleston this morning, I was too busy watching the traffic around me to look at the mountains. I did not get a chance or take the time to look in that direction yesterday either.

Quote of the Day: “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” - Henry Ford
November 12, 2013 at 9:07am
November 12, 2013 at 9:07am
It's War Chest Tuesday! The November 12, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
What kind of role or impact has blogging had on you, or what differences in your day-to-day activities have you noticed since you started blogging
(compared to before you began blogging)?

To quote several other bloggers (I'm not sure who first paraphrased René Descartes12) "I Blog Therefore I Am at least in cyberspace. Blogging gives me existence on the Internet, people can look up my name, find my blogs, and learn something about me. Their probably learning more about me then I really want strangers or acquaintances to know, but that's the nature of the beast. At least people know that I'm alive or rather they think that I'm living breathing human being rather then a robot, an alien from another planet, or a creature from another dimension. Of course, I could be a cat, dog, or some other animal writing the blog, but human beings assume that blogs, even those purported to be authored by animals, are written by other humans.

What kind of impact has blogging had on me? It's improved my sense of humor and made me either more cynical less cynical. I suppose that depends on a person's point of view. It also depends on whether the person met me before or after I started blogging. It's made me somewhat happier, given me a place to rant when I want to rant, and I have a place to give my opinion when I want to give my opinion in writing. I know blogging must have had other impacts on my life, but at this time I'm not sure what they could be.

I blog
therefor I exist.

What difference in my day-to-day activities have I noticed since I started blogging? I look forward to getting up on cold autumn and winter mornings instead of remaining in bed under the warm covers. Sitting at the keyboard composing a blog entry warms my hands, as a result the warmed blood flows through my arteries and veins warming the rest of my body. It gives me something to do while I'm sipping my first hot cup of coffee, which also helps warm up my body.

I inhale
the pure essence of cyberspace,
as I blog.

Before and After Blogging: Is there a difference in my life? I'm sure there is a difference in my life and activities since I started blogging. One of those is confidence in my own talents. Other then that I haven't noticed much of a difference; however, I'm sure there are other differences I haven't noticed.

I listen
to the music of the words
flowing though my mind,
as I blog.

Thought of the Day: “The bottom line is that blogging is like sex. You can’t fake it. You can’t fake passion. You can’t fake wanting to engage with the public. If you do, it will ultimately be an unsatisfying experience for both the blogger and their readers.” - Kevin Anderson

12  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogito_ergo_sum

November 11, 2013 at 11:35am
November 11, 2013 at 11:35am
It's Wildcard Monday! The November 11, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
What are your thoughts on libraries? Do you still use your local library even though books are so easy to get electronically nowadays?
What is your favorite section in the library?

What are my thoughts on libraries?

Libraries are one of Earth's priceless treasures.
They are the measure
of the intelligence
of the population of a nation.

Do I still use my local library even though books are so easy to get electronically?

I still use my library, not as much as I would like, but I do still go just to walk around and inhale the fragrance of the books. In Las Vegas, the libraries display the efforts of local artist for everyone to see. Some of the libraries have little theaters where plays and poetry readings are performed. Even if I'm not looking for a book, I go to see the art and book displays.

Before writing this checked the website http://www.lvccld.org/ to see what the libraries had to offer. The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is involved with the community and it encourages people to read. Yes, the local library is still a good resource for a writer and anyone else who wants to use it because it is involved with the community.

What is my favorite section in the library?

My favorite sections are the poetry, novel, and new releases.

Thought of the Day: "I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves - you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories." - Ray Bradbury
November 10, 2013 at 9:41am
November 10, 2013 at 9:41am
The Sunday Review! The November 10, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
Blog. Tell us about your week. Include your favorite blog entry from your fellow challengers from the preceding week and, most importantly, why.

Merriam-Websters online dictionary defines Interesting as "attracting your attention and making you want to learn more about something or to be involved in something : not dull or boring".13 I didn't think this week would be as interesting as last week, but I suspect that assumption is wrong. The reason I suspect that concern the load of laundry I put in the washer this morning.

I put the dirty clothes in the washer, turned on the water, put in the liquid detergent, and remember a shirt I hadn't put in with the other clothes. I left the lid open, went into the bathroom to get the shirt, put the shirt in with the other clothes, and thought I closed the lid to the washer. I didn't realize I left the lid open until I heard the washer going into the spin cycle. I closed the lid and the the washer do it thing. I didn't take the clothes out after the rinse cycle, but instead put them through again so that they would be clean when I put them in the dryer.

Last week was interesting as well. While using the other computer, I encountered the blue screen of death twice. This means I have to figure out which driver is causing the problem and download it. My firewall, on that computer, also needs updating; on Monday I will download the update to the firewall and see if that is the driver that caused the computer to blue screen. If it still blue screeens after that then I will check the driver to my printer. I hope and pray that the problem is caused by one of those drivers because after that the only other driver I can check, without calling technical assistance to my home, is the driver to the barcode scanner and for that I have to call the National Consumer Panel14 tech support or customer service.

Then, after dealing with the other computer's problems, my cable modem decided it wasn't speaking to my service provider's computer. I had to manually reboot the modem, which entails unplugging it from the power source and plugging it back in. This is a problem I've encounter before (at least once a week for the past four weeks), so it is something I can handle. It's also something that could be extremely irritating if it happens too often and when I'm in the middle of something important. My service provider is Cox Communications and they will assist me in moving my modem and stuff when I move. I'll ask the tech that comes to do that about this problem when I move.

Interesting Blog entries for the week of November 3-9, 2013

Sunday, November 3: "November 3rd Day 3 by Witchy woman - Because of the recipe
Monday, November 4:"Invalid Entry by ANN Counselor, Lesbian & Happy - Because of the suggestions for dealing with writer's block.
Tuesday, November 5: "Nov. 5th 30 Day Day 5 & BCOF Day 352 by Witchy woman - Because of the perfect vacation.
Wednesday, November 6: "Invalid Entry by Angela Death - Because of seeing the soul leaving the body.
Thursday, November 7: "Invalid Entry by Angela Death - Because of discussing the news.
Friday, November 8: "Invalid Entry by Airplane1285 - Because of the comic relief characters.
Saturday, November 9: "Invalid Entry by groovygirl - Because of the week holiday.

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November 9, 2013 at 9:28am
November 9, 2013 at 9:28am
It's Creation Saturday! The November 9, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
Create a ridiculous holiday to celebrate. You can use your holiday to rant about holidays in general,
or go the opposite direction and create a silly holiday for something that you can't live without.

There aren't enough holidays or days of celebration in the world. Every country, every cultural, and every religion has their own holidays, holy days, and days of celebration, but their are aren't enough of these because we need one day when the entire planet celebrates humanity, when every human being on the planet celebrates the joy of being human and shares one aspect of his or her culture or background that makes being human and celebrating holidays enjoyable. We celebrate everything except holidays and days of celebration and, I know from experience, that every individual on this planet has a favorite holiday, holy day, or day of celebration.

On this Holiday Celebrating Holidays, a person could work or not depending on his or her feelings about work. There are many people in this world that, despite popular opinion, enjoy working either because they have jobs or careers that they like or they consider work as a means of worshiping the Creator. People who consider work as worship normally have specific holy days on which work, for them, is suspended. The people who enjoy working because their job or career is a part of their world view or their view of themselves normally have specific days of the week that they take off for one reason or another.

A Holiday Celebrating Holidays is one that merchants and industry would like because those business can make it as commercial as they please without offending anyone because after all part of celebrating a holiday is giving gifts to family, friends, loved ones, and total strangers. Gifts would be encouraged and expected on this holiday without any worries about the holiday being too commercialized, the gift being too expensive, inexpensive, or not in good taste. If the giver thought the gift was not in good taste then he or she could purchase special wrapping paper with this message "This gift was purchased especially for the Holiday Celebrating Holidays so please do not take offense. I am giving you this gift as a joke or a statement about what I think about the commercialization of holidays. Have a Happy Holiday Celebrating Holidays.

Since this is a world wide celebration it would begin and end at the international date line. This holiday is intended to be celebration longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and it would follow the sun east from the international date line. The celebration would last for twenty-four hours and in the southern hemisphere fires would be lit or lights turned on to encourage nighttime celebrations. The only thing that would be suspended and forbidden on this day would be the deliberate killing or abuse other human beings or animals to celebrate the Holiday Celebrating Holidays.

Quote of the Day: "Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!" - Amanda Bradley
November 8, 2013 at 8:38am
November 8, 2013 at 8:38am
It's Funny Friday! The November 8, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
Pick one of the funniest movies you've watched or the funniest books you've read and tell us about it. What made the humor effective?
Do you use the same techniques in your own writing?

What was one of the funniest movies I've watched? I haven't watched very many of the most recent funny movies, which means it's probably time I watched a funny movie or a video. I remember watching Blazing Saddles that, at the time, I thought was funny. I also found Battlestar Galactica somewhat amusing, but that was a television series and not a movie. I've always enjoy watching the Lucilla Ball comedy movies, as well as I Love Lucy. I'm a child of the 1950s and raised on television.

The funniest books I've read was God Loves Laughter (which I think is out of print) by William Sears. The second funniest book is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Sections of each of those books cause me to laugh for at least fifteen minutes, but I've never incorporated any of the techniques into my writing. The humor in God Loves Laughter. effective because Mr. Sears incorporated incidents from his own life and described in such a way that they were funny. I found The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy funny because the characters were authentic and the incidents which happened to them revealed truths about human nature. I've never consciously attempted to incorporate any of those techniques into my writing.

The prompt for "Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum is
Third Wheel.

Sometimes I feel like a third wheel,
a bicycle out of balance
waiting to fall.

Sometimes I feel safe,
like I'm cradled in a warp in space,
outside of time,
but then I begin to question
my state of mind
or perhaps my sanity.

Sometimes I feel confused,
tired, and over used
like a bath towel
fraying at the edges.

Sometimes I feel out of touch
with reality
as if something is going on,
but nobody's telling me.

Thought of the Day: “All through my life I've had this strange unaccountable feeling that something was going on in the world, something big, even sinister, and no one would tell me what it was."
"No," said the old man, "that's just perfectly normal paranoia. Everyone in the Universe has that.”
- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
November 7, 2013 at 1:46pm
November 7, 2013 at 1:46pm
It's Opinion Thursday! The November 7, 2013 prompt for "30-Day Blogging Challenge is
How do you think we should protect young persons from seeing/learning the evils of life? Is it even something we should do? Is it even possible?

Vigilance is necessary when attempting to protect young people from the evils of life, but I believe it's impossible to completely protect them from learning about or witnessing the evil caused by the actions of human being. I don't think it's a good idea to deliberately let them witness these evils, but neither do I think you can protect them completely from learning about those evils or witnessing them.

Parents need to keep the lines of communication open because otherwise a parent isn't going to know what the child believes about the evil acts the see or hear about. Without communication, a parent may not even know if the child knows about an evil action of another person. Face to face dialogue is the key to communication because no matter how much a parent text a child during the day, some things can't be expressed in 140 characters. If the parent's job takes him or her away from home, then technology can be used to keep face to face (or rather camera to camera) dialogue going because the expression on a person face conveys messages that young people often don't know how to or want to convey in words.

Parents have to remember that they are preparing their children for a future unlike anything humanity has experienced in the past or the present. In order for today's young people to thrive and prosper in that would they need to learn to communicate and see evil as the results of the actions of human beings. There will never be an end to evil because without evil we, as human beings, could not determine what is good. A parent's job is to prepare the child for the future and keep the lines of communications open.

Thought of the Day: "We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
November 7, 2013 at 1:06pm
November 7, 2013 at 1:06pm
The Thursday, November 7, 2013 prompt for "Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum is
Do you listen to music when you write? What kind do you prefer? What would happen to your writing if you switched it up, tell us about it?
If you don't tell us why?

Normally I don't listen to music when I write, but this morning I decided to make an exception. I'm listening to Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven. I have the volume control up as loud as possible because I also have the washing machine running. Usually the only noise in the house is the washer or the dryer. I don't have the television on because the talking is too distracting. However, the singing on the recording of b}Ode to Joy isn't distracting. This morning, I find the music and vocals relaxing. It could be that, after returning from the bank and grocery shopping, the music and vocals are relaxing because I'm tired

I chose b}Ode to Joy because it was mention at my grief counseling meeting last night. I can't remember why it was mentioned because we were discussing the pot luck for the meeting on November 20. I wrote the title down because I thought it would be a good title for a poem. When I returned home, and after I finished my NaNoWriMo goal, I decided to search the intent for the title. I didn't remember it was a piece by Beethoven or I didn't consciously remember it was Symphony No. 9.

I'll have to listen to music more often while I'm writing. I know that YouTube must have more recording of classical music. At this point, I think I prefer to listen to classical music when I write, but since I haven't listened to jazz or ambient music while writing I can't be sure just yet. I'll have to log into Songza.com and check my play list to see what music I have there to listen to while I write. Listening to music while writing is a completely new experience because when I was a teenager I didn't listen to music while I studied or read.

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