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May my opinions gather wind under their wings and fly, perchance to soar.

These are my opinions. The good, the very bad, the really really ugly.

Pinions are the flight feathers of birds. Without them they remain as grounded as we do. With them they soar.

As "Joy gives us wings" so anger and irrational feelings and thoughts ground us too. It is my hope that not all of my opinions are negative, that some may gain flight (or at least flop around. *Rolleyes*)

Knees of the trees, a fountain, a rainbow, Muscogee, OK in 2004.

During the Azalea Fest the larch's knees approach the fronds.
The fountain's on and soft green feathers brush the surface.
In the mirror of the pond see by what I choose to share
(there... by the golden knees of old larch trees)
what lies beneath my surface.

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To run a WDC contest or not.
August 25, 2022 at 8:44pm
Contests at WDC 25.august.2022 To huser:glarg1675 re a new flash fiction contest: "If you do, seriously look at the current daily one that's been around for years and how it's done, maybe ask huser:arakun what she thinks. Trope-based? Ask huser:soledad_moon. Genre based? There are plenty to choose from but folks here don't always leave their comfort zone. You'll have to decide on word limits, 300, 500? Prompts that are too strict are confining. At times, I ... [Read more]
Suffering isn't necessary, but it helps with authenticity.
August 15, 2022 at 9:58pm
Blog City Prompt: “If you have no suffering, you have no story to tell.” ~ E.J.Koh, The Magical Language of Others To Jessica: Agree and disagree with quote. I think there are plenty of non-suffering stories to be shared. I think of Erma Bombek... There are great stories without tragedy. That said, much comes out of suffering. It's hard to have empathy otherwise. When I spoke of homelessness, I wrote in present tense from my own experiences. I'm not convinced that assump... [Read more]
Education opinion for BCoF [13+]
August 5, 2022 at 9:59pm
I learned long ago that I will learn what I want to learn when I'm ready; or what I'm forced to learn whether I'm ready or not. I find exterior discipline annoying but useful. I learn incredible stuff on-line but one-on-one in a classroom setting is best. Mentoring, maybe hands-on multi-sensual apprenticeship works best... for me. There are many learning styles. In spite of reading books and articles, most of what I learn by traveling is experential. Will buildings and institu... [Read more]
March 30, 2022 at 9:53pm
Can't remember context but it may never have posted (MidMarch?): Yes... I get your point. I've been upset by many Christians who believe "it's MY way, or..." In the 70's in the US, people would ask "are you saved?" I never felt that I needed to be 'saved', loved? Yeah, I needed that. As a Baha'i I have to be more careful how I word things. The Baha'i Faith is much more inclusive than most followers who may have been raised differently. We ha... [Read more]
We are at War
March 9, 2022 at 2:34pm
: Should the US and Western Europe intervene to help the International Red Cross by protecting humanitarian corridors for refugees (including women and children) to escape from the Invasion of Ukraine? 1. It's a sexist question. It assumes that all men are warmongerers and expendable and that all women and children are innocent! 2. It assumes an us versus them dichotomy as if the rest of the world isn't involved. The Russians are saving the Ukrainians from a puppet government u... [Read more]
Not everyone's reality is the same
March 7, 2022 at 12:14pm
DeAnn Brown, Holly Jahangiri on spacedbuik: My mother is 99. In a nursing home. No inheritance to speak of. Plus, we 3 are in our 60s. No complaints. We're okay. However, my social security gives me an increase due to cost-of-living... AFTER the fact based on middle-aged-middle-class (not a reality for seniors), and the poorest get almost nothing. Good point about generational wealth. And consider those who bought homes years ago in an area where prices now boom. Compare Seattle to ... [Read more]
Christian Nationalism?
February 21, 2022 at 2:02pm
"Trump remains the favorite of the evangelicals not because any commitment to Christ or the Christian way of life — since he has none — but because of the widespread desire among evangelicals to take back control over their lives, and their wives. One of the major ways this has been expressed lately is through the ideology known as Christian nationalism." Nathaniel Manderson (Salon) I would ask the Christian women here at WDC but so many won't read anything above 13+.... [Read more]
Is he/she being too picky?
February 8, 2022 at 10:26pm
A comment to a blog by Stik about an on-line discussion. I agree with Robert about 'picky'. Obviously not thinking out of the box. Does she want a 'perfect' intellectual/financial/political relationship or a marriage? Children? All she needs is a fun fuckbuddy to get pregnant and a gay security-guard/servant to marry and protect her. He can take care of the child while she has her intellectual/spiritual/sexual needs taken care of elsewhere. He can be dumb-as-fuck... doesn&... [Read more]
Thoughts on truckers
February 14, 2022 at 1:40am
8 febrero 22: I learned as a traveler that you obey the laws of the country you are visiting. So... if any of these truckers are from the U.S. they should be warned that they will be arrested, deported and refused reentry. Companies should be warned that trucks will be seized and confiscated. End of problem. Also... Texans and other Americans should be warned that they will be declared persona-non-grata. That includes the former president if he continues to interfere in Canadian affairs. 14 ... [Read more]
Response to Stik
January 7, 2022 at 4:17am
A response to Stik I found interesting but overwhelming in one reading. (January 2nd) 1. Men's Groups? As in heterosexual men's groups? Because I don't feel safe in Men's groups or in any restricted group. 2. Self-introspection has limits. Suicide comes to mind if there's no support group and even counselors need to be careful if they are dealing with trauma. 3. Much of what is written in English seems to come from British and British colonial points-of-view. In the ... [Read more]
Those who stood up to tyrants
November 11, 2021 at 7:06pm
On this Veterans Day I will honor those who stood up to tyrants: The Russians who repulsed the Nazis from their Motherland and then pinchered them as Zhukov and Konev defeated Hitler in the final Battle of Berlin. (23 April 1945) The Japanese Americans who fought in WWII while their families sat imprisoned in Concentration Camps in the wastelands of Wyoming run by those they fought for. (1942-1945) The Vietnamese who routed first the French, then the Americans, in their quest for freedo... [Read more]
The Well-Spoken Crow Spoke. [13+]
October 27, 2021 at 5:49pm
This is a response [edited] to 's well thought out entry in his notebook on 10/27 that starts "As The Crow Ponders Sometimes I Wonder": Very well worded. Before FB there was a more diverse blogging community. We sure didn't agree with each other! We had members from Aus, Zim, England, Scotland, NZ... we bounced off each other. But FB... was an easier social media for short updates and thoughts and especially photos. Open Salon enticed the essayists. Then FB became meme... [Read more]
No, I see no need for guns in a peaceful society [13+]
October 8, 2021 at 11:15pm
“Law enforcement exists to ensure the safety of the public, but if the public are primitive enough to think that all they need to ensure their safety is a personal firearm, then we better destroy all things civilized and head back to the jungle, because a society where anybody can own a gun is not a society, but a jungle anyways.” ― Abhijit Naskar I think the quote confuses the issue and it's not very rational. Let me be clear on where I stand personally: I see no need fo... [Read more]
Death becomes us
September 7, 2021 at 12:36am
Death becomes us? Just a quickie tonight... yeah, I'm pushing it. I just want to say that I need to be reminded of this from time to time to time (repeat). 1. ignore the weather. Did I ever mention how I went outside while a tornado was passing overhead. Stupid me. Which is why I don't talk about it. Ah... Kansas. I do miss you. Four years ago I didn't realize how much smoke was in the air. Ash should've given me a clue! I left for Northern Norway where the air c... [Read more]
Mansplaining: You do not own your body.
August 25, 2021 at 3:48pm
"Who owns my body? I do." So said a female in 2020. A man explains: No you don't. Your country owns your body. We have been faced with many wars. In the USA we love war. Once there was an involuntary Draft for men. And as a woman we needed you to produce sacrificial soldiers. We still do. We own you and your baby. Your church owns your body. If you leave or try to leave then you will be shunned. Stoning is frowned upon these days but we can get around th... [Read more]
I grew up in a non-politically-correct place and time.
August 18, 2021 at 1:53am
I wrote a 'review' but I didn't pull punches. It triggered how unrealistic some of the writing is here. Folks write about things they've never experienced in polite terms that never applied. So if you don't like how I responded and the language I used I understand. But read what wrote. It feels authentic. The language used feels appropriate. In my opinion it is not necessary to whitewsh reality. My response is lightly edited. > Comments regarding : > > Fi... [Read more]
Not very nice of me, but I would ban T****p
August 8, 2021 at 4:02pm
You've been given the opportunity to start a new civilisation off-planet. Who is banned from joining you and why? What rules will you put in place? When I was 12 I envisioned a building surrounded by gardens down a long drive overhung by arching elm trees. I did not envision poison ivy, venomous snakes or hidden quicksand. I did not imagine a palace run by Emperor Don the T****p. I started gardening at age 9. I would collect unwanted plants in the empty lot. I planted seeds in ... [Read more]
D/C... May as well consider it a blog entry...
August 4, 2021 at 3:14pm
This was my response to QotD today: opened Pandora's Box so here goes... My 3 August blog posts do not have any swear words : This one includes the word "damn". I hope that's not too much for some folks here. It's a non-fiction auto-biographical essay that was very difficult to write because I can't use names or other details even though it's been over a decade. You need to grow up among vengeful people to understand why. This comes under th... [Read more]
So you think you own your son's virginity.
July 29, 2021 at 9:47pm
In some cultures parents own their children. Who they choose as friends or lovers is subject to parental approval. To the point of death. We read about honor killings where a brother or cousin will kill his deflowered sister who dared to marry outside of caste, class or religion. They kill rather than have the family bear the shame. But it's not only women at risk. Men compose about 7% of those fleeing from honor killings. And it's not only Pakistan (Sindh) that is b... [Read more]
D/C versus E or Difficult/Controversial versus Nicey-nice
July 26, 2021 at 2:44am
It is amazing how many of us live real lives and aren't just caught in daydreaming. Me? I'm a daydreamer; but, I also have to live with real situations: depression and anxiety, failing health, loneliness and my own inability to face reality and deal with it. I write poems, stories, mostly fiction. When I blog however I want to scream about covidiots like did today in . Thankfully outlined in how those of us who wish to have real discussions about difficult/controversial iss... [Read more]
The Price We Tokens Pay
July 22, 2021 at 8:04pm
Neva makes it very clear that when she quotes Baha'i Scripture in her spirituality blog that she does so as an individual. Be happy you know her. It's sad that so few here have Baha'i friends In Real Life to understand that. She's your personal TOKEN Baha'i writer. It may come as a surprise that Neva and I don't agree 100%. Baha'is don't have to. We don't argue over Scripture or focus on how many angels can fit on the head of a pin. We leave that for certai... [Read more]
Science isn't evil
July 19, 2021 at 7:14pm
There's a difference between ignorance and willful ignorance. What reality do you wish people would face? Science is an attempt to understand the universe by reasoning without relying upon myth or magic. Myths can be based on truths; but not all myths are true as handed down. Magic is an easy out, explaining the unknown instead of investigating it. There is an anti-science movement in the USA. Folks will say, "cover you mouth when you sneeze" but refuse to wear a mas... [Read more]
About characters... who aren't you...
July 7, 2021 at 1:03pm
About characters... who aren't you... 7.juli.2021 The WDC newsfeed asked about growing old. Some responded by mentioning they are old. And mentioned how she is becoming her mother. Yep. Seen that. As the layers of youth peel away they reveal the old-soul underneath. However I think that makes a valid point. "You mean how you gone perceive yourself, or...HOW FOLKS PROJECT THEIR THINKING/RESULTS ONTO OTHERS AND ASSUME EVERYBODY GONE HAVE THE SAME OUTCOME? ...J... [Read more]
Abstractions, dear Bard
June 27, 2021 at 11:36pm
prompt for DAY 3145: Use these words in your prompt today: theory, anticipated, road, motion, and celebration. Abstractions Supposedly abstractions are a higher level of intelligence... until your water pipe bursts and you need to hire a plumber. These words are mostly abstract. Road however can be quite 'concrete', but be wary of the potholes. Roads make good prompts for writers. Lots of metaphors. Lots of rhymes. Simple word learned by a 4 year old, as in "D... [Read more]
Dear Bard, No blog for men?
June 20, 2021 at 12:16am
No blog for men 19.juni.2021 lamented that men are not volunteering to judge the for July. I responded a bit strongly; but, believe me, not as strongly as I truly feel. "Very few areas, if any, are male dominated at WdC. Poetry is prolly 2:1 female. Blogs? Even more lopsided. When the prompts are geared towards suburban American female hetero-normative Christian reality (because that's who's participating and WdC demographics support it) do not expect applause or... [Read more]

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