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Daily scribbles on writing and living. On How to get rid of cobwebs in my brain.

I am over the moon with joy this morning, as I got an anonymous gift from a co-writer on WdC. I can set up a blog for the coming three months since someone paid for an upgrade. If you ever read this Anonymous One, thank you so much!

Many thanks to "Request An Upgrade From RAOK [E] I got an upgrade for two more months. That will enable me to write and review some more in order to earn my keep after that. *BigSmile*

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I have to think about this for a moment. Don't want to rush it, don't want to solely vent or underestimate the value of a daily blog for my writing. So I will carefully try to explore what it will bring me.

“All my life, my heart has sought a thing I cannot name. Remembered line from a long-forgotten poem”
― Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

When I was a teenager, my little brother stole my journal out of my bedroom and read it. I was so disappointed and mad about his action, I destroyed my writing and have been struggling with the concept of conveying my inner thoughts ever since.

So, I will send my daily scribbles to the world. On How to get rid of cobwebs in my brain. To let in some air and rejoice.

For another clumsy attempt at writing, check out "All fingers and thumbs [18+].
For everything related to *StarY* Rising Star *StarY* Program 2016-2017, check out "Where bamboos spire [13+].
A new challenge: 100 columns in 100 days, check out "Stretching before and after [18+]

Virginia Woolf quote

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October 2, 2017 at 7:11am
October 2, 2017 at 7:11am
Today I start a new daily blog because this one is almost full.

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September 14, 2017 at 5:53am
September 14, 2017 at 5:53am
That was a scare last night!!

I suddenly experienced pain in the chest, pressure on the chest bone. It wasn’t severe but I thought I had to stay safe so I laid down and the pain went away within 5 minutes, no big deal. The pressure returned half an hour later so I wasn’t reassured and called the emergency doctor’s phone.

They wanted to send an ambulance nonetheless and do a heart film. Within 10 minutes they arrived: two men in full gear and they examined me carefully. The heart film turned out okay, blood pressure was fine and sugar level was fine.
But they thought I had to make an appointment with my doctor the following morning so I did. I made an appointment for next week to see if another ECG is in order.

My mother had Angina Pectoris when she was 45 and my father was a heart patient who died of an aneurysm so I have a family history of heart and vein issues. I myself am overweight, am a smoker and suffer from Diabetes type 2, so I am a candidate for heart and vein issues.

It scared me a bit, although I was reassured by the result of the heart film.

It probably is also a bit stress related, I am not good with stress but I have to rule out physical problems first. So next week I go to my doctor to do some more tests. Fingers crossed!

August 7, 2017 at 9:10am
August 7, 2017 at 9:10am
Write a 300-500 word blog entry on a renewable energy source. Send the link to me by Wednesday, August 9 @11:59 PM WDC time. Blogging Circle Of Friends.

The only renewable energy source I can come up with in this time of my life is LOVE. I know I could write about solar panels, wind energy or the like, but I prefer to write about LOVE this time. It’s the energy of the heart and of the soul that is renewed here.

LOVE is tangible and non-tangible alike. It’s warm and fuzzy, it’s hot and passionate, it’s feeling, emotion and thought, physical and non-physical. It’s an event, a state of mind and body, of well-being and grace. It’s what you give and what you receive. With LOVE the chain is endless and it never wears out or let you down. It is pure energy.

In my particular case the object of my affection, the subject of my LOVE, is my new found soul mate. But LOVE acts beyond the one person, it’s merely a vehicle if you fall into LOVE. The whole world and almost every person or animal or plant or object can be a source of LOVE. If you LOVE one person, you love all of them. As a matter of speaking, of course, I am not falling in LOVE with everybody for real, but I do feel more connected with others and the world in which I live. It has that bearing on me.

So, it’s an endless bliss to be able to LOVE, to explore this new terrain of being.

I suspect LOVE has nothing to do with possession, with obsession, with images of what you expect, nothing to do with holding on or clinging to a feeling, but in a sense letting go and free the mind, the body, the thoughts of all that is contaminating this pure energy source.

LOVE is endless and is utterly joyful and gracious.

I hope I am worthy of this new state of being and I am doing my best to enjoy every minute of it. To receive and give back, that’s the purpose of LOVE for me.

July 31, 2017 at 3:50am
July 31, 2017 at 3:50am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
The Sunday News! This week, US President Donald Trump encouraged police to use more aggression with people they arrest; many police departments are speaking out against this rhetoric. How much force is really necessary when arresting the average criminal?

I think it’s outrageous! Force is not necessary in most cases I think if you do your work properly as a policeman. I know there can be dangerous situations for the police when dealing with sick people or people who are extremely aggressive but force should be used at a minimum. There are far too many killings when dealing with the police. I think it’s bad that a President of a civilized country is saying such a thing!

Petra & Arie

July 31, 2017 at 3:48am
July 31, 2017 at 3:48am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Creation Saturday! Come up with a 10-step (minimum) process for a simple household chore.

Cleaning the toilet.
1. Entering the toilet
2. Putting on the light
3. Get rid of everything on the floor
4. Putting up the lid
5. Taking out the brush
6. Putting in the soap
7. Cleaning the toilet
8. Flushing the toilet
9. Cleaning the brim
10. Putting back everything as you found it

Petra & Arie

July 31, 2017 at 3:47am
July 31, 2017 at 3:47am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Fun Fact Friday! On this day in 1973, Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett were married. Who is your favorite (past or present) celebrity couple?

I am not that familiar with VIPs so the first couple that comes to mind is Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. But I think they split up already?

Petra & Arie

July 27, 2017 at 5:07am
July 27, 2017 at 5:07am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Would you want the ability to read people's minds? Why or why not?

No. I certainly wouldn’t want to be able to read people’s minds. I think what you think is first of all, private and if you choose to keep it a secret you must be able to do so, second…thoughts are overrated. Not every thought is something you should pay attention to. They are no more true than what you choose to say or do for that matter. Furthermore, it would be very annoying to constantly read people’s mind so I don’t want to be bothered with it. People choose or don’t choose to share thoughts with one and other, that’s their freedom. I wouldn’t want to mess with that. And I certainly wouldn’t want others to read my mind. My mind is full of odd stuff, not very interesting to others. Sometimes I can’t even be bothered with what I think. *BigSmile*

Petra & Arie

July 26, 2017 at 4:06am
July 26, 2017 at 4:06am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Tell us about one major change in you or something different about you between now and this time last year.

I found love this year and that is changing me. My main priority in life is not me, myself and I any longer but there is a human being in my life I care deeply about. It changed the way I perceive myself and my life because it made my personality nicer. I think this relationship is bringing the best out of me. I have to take care of myself and him like a flower that is in bloom. Watering it, giving it nourishment, let it be surrounded by good, deep, affectionate thoughts and actions. I am no longer alone and by myself but there is another in my life. That hasn’t been the case in a very long time so I am enjoying this change tremendously. It has opened my soul and made a connection with others in general. I find myself more grounded in the world now there is a connection with one, there is a connection with others.

At the surface nothing really changed, I am still me doing my work as a writer, living my life with my dog, doing the day-to-day chores. But if you take a closer look everything has shifted and there is a new light that shines. I love this change and am hoping to learn more from this beautiful experience of loving and learning from another human being. This was the part that was lacking in my life and I am so grateful I have the chance to experience this immense joy.

I try to take responsibility and look after my lover and myself in order to fulfill another purpose in life: to love! I always regretted not being able to experience this part of my life before he came along. Now it’s there for the taking. I hope I don’t squander it! I have no intention to do so.

Petra & Arie

July 25, 2017 at 2:10pm
July 25, 2017 at 2:10pm
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Talk Tuesday! Tell us about a store or restaurant you refuse to go to because of poor service.

When I was younger my folks and I wanted to have dinner in a VanderValk restaurant, a Dutch chain of road restaurants in the Netherlands. We came in their dining room, which was poorly lit and shabby looking and had to wait more than half an hour before a waitress recognized us as customers. That was the limit for us, so we left, never to return for years in those restaurants. In recent years the service has gone up, and is significantly better nowadays.

Petra & Arie

July 25, 2017 at 2:03pm
July 25, 2017 at 2:03pm
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Motivational Monday! Actress Ruth Buzzi , born on this day in 1936, once said "Life has all sorts of hills and valleys, and sometimes you don't end up doing what you had your heart set out on, but sometimes that's even better!" When has something like this happened to you?

I was trained for a career in Theoretical Psychology but due to violent circumstances I quit my career and became, after years of struggling, a writer. I changed for the better I think and live a good and fulfilling life now, not as an academic but as a poet and a writer. I love my life now, but I could not have said that 10 years ago.

Petra & Arie

July 25, 2017 at 1:58pm
July 25, 2017 at 1:58pm
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
The Sunday News! Recently, the popular and long-running British television show Doctor Who announced that a woman would be taking over the main character's role for the first time in its history, and naturally men are upset about this decision (this particular article doesn't come right out and say it, but there are some pretty vile and vulgar responses out there...trust me ). When are men gonna finally understand that everything isn't about them, and that they have to share things and realize women are just as capable as they are...especially when it comes to acting?

I was a feminist in my younger years when it was good to take action to laws and regulations only profitable to men. A lot has changed for the better since. But a lot is still in progress. Men and women have a choice nowadays, to live a life of equality or choose one side…it’s up to them. Of course, I am talking of the Western world, in a lot of parts of the globe there is still misogyny or hatred towards women, or fear, I am not sure which is which. Things always change slowly. It’s a normal progression in life. I am still not worried although a lot still has to change for the better for women AND men!

Petra & Arie

July 22, 2017 at 5:59am
July 22, 2017 at 5:59am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Creation Saturday! This is the cover of your next book. What's the title, who are the main characters, and what's it about? Don't forget to give us a little inside-back-jacket blurb of the author!

The title is: Meanderings to Rumi. It's a blog about my experience with the mystic Rumi (12th century mystic and poet).I just started reading an exiting book The Soul of Rumi, translations by Coleman Barks. A new collection of ecstatic poems. I am on a journey with this poet and this book is a reflection on that.

Wies Blaize is a Dutch writer and poet. She is blogging about her life and the reads she encounters. Join her in her travels.

Petra & Arie
July 22, 2017 at 3:38am
July 22, 2017 at 3:38am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Fun Fact Friday! On this day in 2007, the seventh book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released. Ok guys...let's hear all about your Potter fandom . And if for some reason you're like me and never got into the series, tell us why.

I have seen a great deal of the series, and liked them. They were great movies. I tried to read the Dutch translation of book 1 but it was apparently a bad translation because I didn't like it at all. That changed when I read the original version. They are good, well written. I am not a fan though, but that's my jalousy speaking, I guess. I wished I wrote a bestseller like this. *BigSmile*

Petra & Arie
July 20, 2017 at 3:36am
July 20, 2017 at 3:36am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Tell us about a toy or memento from your childhood that you still have (or have the fondest memories of).

I still have my first made booklet from when I was very, very young. It’s a carton booklet of 10 by 10 cm with paper colored items in it. My parents have saved this and when my father passed away my stepmom gave it to me. It’s my first book, without letters, but still, my very first. I have it in my living room as a dear memento from my early childhood.

Petra & Arie

July 19, 2017 at 5:31am
July 19, 2017 at 5:31am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
How do you effectively make a change in your life or in anything you do? (i.e. a habit, a routine, a system, etc)

First of all I think a lot about it, do research if it’s a change of housing, jobs that kind of thing. Then I simmer a lot on it. I work on it internally, probably talk some with others about it. But then suddenly, out of the blue I make the change. The actual point of making the change is always somewhat abrupt.

For instance, because I was busy in my mind thinking about my sister and her ex-boyfriend, I suddenly thought about my own circumstances and decided, out of the blue, that I didn’t want to be alone for the rest of my life. So on a Sunday afternoon I suddenly subscribed to an online dating site. Monday morning M. reacted, and the rest is history. I found my true love. The actual point of changing something dramatically in my life was made in minutes.

Petra & Arie

July 18, 2017 at 8:58am
July 18, 2017 at 8:58am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Talk Tuesday! I'm going to a writing workshop at my local library this Tuesday. Tell us about some of your writing experiences outside of WDC. Have you ever attended a workshop or taken a writing class? Have you ever participated in a writing group, or read to an audience? What was it like? Anything you can tell people who haven't done it before (or haven't done it in a long time)?

I took writing courses outside WdC. One was an online course in short stories, but I didn’t finish it because this Summer I write less. The other was a one day workshop on memoir writing. I liked doing both, I learned a few things that helped me with my writing.

I performed once as a poet on stage with a poem of mine. It was in a nice little bar with an audience of 15 people. I wasn’t nervous as I thought I should be. I liked doing this, it gave me a boost as a poet. I would like to do it again, given the chance. Just try it for yourself and cherish the experience, you would be surprised!

*Right*As you plug your cell phone in to charge it, you are surprised by ... (BCoFs)

I am surprised by a text message from Louise my American cousin who died two days ago.
I never knew her well, she was a bit of a loner I heard and didn’t have much contact with the family the last couple of years. This April she was in a car accident. Apparently, she had an emboli in her brain which caused her to have an accident. In which she broke her neck. She was taken to the hospital and had several surgeries. When she was conscious again they told her that she had to learn everything again: learning how to speak, to eat, to walk, to function properly and that she would be dependent on other people while doing so. She answered she would not want that for a life and the treatment had to stop. She then was taken to a hospice where she died a few days later. Fortunately, she was in no pain.

The text message was: I am in heaven now! Love Louise.

*Right*Prompt: Do you think being oneself can be a brave act? Under what kinds of circumstances would we be afraid to be ourselves? (BC)

We should never be afraid to be ourselves. But in a fascist dictatorship, you probably would be afraid to be yourself while risking jail, torture or worse.

Petra & Arie
July 17, 2017 at 3:15am
July 17, 2017 at 3:15am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Motivational Monday! Late comedienne Phyllis Diller , who was born on this day back in 1917, once said "I wanted to become me, totally me. The more me, the better. I instinctively knew this and I was right." With what piece of writing do you think you've achieved (or come the closest to) becoming you?

I wrote a piece about my struggle to become myself again after a long period of feeling less. "Learning curve of a basket case [E]. It’s all in the past now and I am doing more than great. But this piece of writing is a reminder of where I came from personally.

Petra & Arie

July 17, 2017 at 3:13am
July 17, 2017 at 3:13am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
What would you do with 200 pounds of confetti ?

I would ask Cliniclowns in hospitals to use the confetti in their acts to brighten the days of sick kids in hospitals. I think they would love the confetti and use it in hospital rooms for kids to have something to smile about.

Petra & Arie

July 17, 2017 at 3:12am
July 17, 2017 at 3:12am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Creation Saturday! You're a famous author...how would you go about furnishing the perfect houseboat to live on while you continue your career? Money isn't an object, but you can only leave the boat once every three months.

In Amsterdam there are a lot of canals with houseboats to live on. I would choose a nice boat and strip it all the way, then build it up again with the help of an architect. The floor would be wood, and the furniture would be light and airy, probably by Ikea, because that’s not that expensive and it’s the way I would like to furnish a boat. A living room area, sleeping quarters with shower and toilet and a nice deck on top where you can sit and hang out with friends. A few pots and plants outside and it would be finished. I would like to keep it as simple as possible.

Petra & Arie

July 14, 2017 at 2:08am
July 14, 2017 at 2:08am
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
Fun Fact Friday! On this day in 1946, Dr. Benjamin Spock’s The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care was first published. How useful really, in your opinion (whether you have kids or not), are parenting books? And (I'm not judgin' anyone, but...) what does it say about the person who is reading from anything sporting a title beginning with "The Common Sense Book..."?

Dr. Spock’s book was very famous back in the years. There really was a market for it and a lot of parents read it, or parts of it. A lot of professionals took this book as their bible in parenting. I don’t have kids of my own but I worked a lot with troubled youth and families. It always appalled me that you have to have a license for everything these days, except for parenting which is probably the most difficult and most challenging of all activities. I do believe it’s important for parents to read about parenting. It can give them tips and tricks and it will guide them in this so difficult task of upbringing your kids. It is not holy of course, but it will give parents a frame to work with. I think that is really necessary because too many parents just fool around (with the best intentions no doubt) and do a crappy job. Having said that, there is, of course, no one way of parenting. It’s all a mix of everything. But reading about psychological and educational insights can be very helpful.

*Right* I'm Gonna Make A Change, For Once In My Life, It's Gonna Feel Real Good, Gonna Make A Difference, Gonna Make It Right . . .- Michael Jackson, Man In The Mirror. Discuss the song quote or something about Michael Jackson. (BCoFs)

I think Michael Jackson was important in pop culture and has influenced a lot of people with his music, his appearances and his moves, like the Moonwalk. Not me though. I only remember him for his nose job, his white skin (a disease) and the awful way he held his young kid over the balcony while photographers shot this horrible picture of child abuse. And of course his love of kids, which turned out into criminal lawsuits of people who took advantage of the situation. He was a troubled soul I think. But that’s not what people remember him by I hope.

So let’s watch him in his finest hour and listen!

*Right*Let's have some fun take each letter in your first name and choose a word with the same letter. Like for instance mine is Lyn. lovely young naive... now once you have the letters create a poem, story or just discuss something in your blog for fun using those words like this (ex: There was a lovely, young naive woman who loved to chase the boys around town.) There's a merit badge for the most interesting blog entry, so have fun! (BC)

My name is PETRA: so Petrified extraterrestrial tantrum, radio-active.
He was an alien out of space, with a petrified extraterrestrial tantrum, radio-active at best, but green and slimy at worse. The Gods of the Universe had cast him out of their realm in the sky and send him to Earth where he spent his days in complete solitude. People knew him by the name of Mr. Flying Saucer and he was seen frequently while holding a supermarket trolley carrying his belongings. After years of living rough, he looked just like any other old has-been that lived on the streets. When he died nobody mourned for him. Just a star in the sky flickered as a reminder of where he came from. But nobody noticed.

Petra & Arie

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