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Theses are my thoughts and ramblings as I forge my way through this thing they call life.
These are my thoughts and ramblings as I forge my way through this thing they call Life.

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July 25, 2020 at 7:01am
July 25, 2020 at 7:01am
30 Day Blogging Challenge

PROMPT July 25th
Reflect on your week. What was challenging? What did you do that made you feel successful? What made you smile?

This has been a harder week. Monday was relatively productive, but Tuesday was a blue day. I was great in the morning, but by mid-afternoon I had lost any interest in making the day interesting. I thought about walking downtown, but the idea of going somewhere that may or may not have washrooms held me back. I don't want to walk for half an hour, then have a coffee and have to walk home without being able to wander and explore. Not being able to find a bathroom also makes me a little anxious.

It was also too warm to walk too far.

I considered driving to another little town, but again... the washroom conundrum holds me back.

Deflated, I lumped myself in front of the TV and ate copious amount of junk.

Wednesday was a bit better.

Thursday I worked with my client - first time since before the confinement. The highlight of my week. We couldn't do anything exciting, but we did 'picnic' in my car port and sit at the back patio to colour before taking a walk down to the lake. Thank goodness it stopped raining. I usually take him swimming in the summer, but I am not inclined to take him to a pool. I also don't want to venture to a mall. Outside venues are where it's at for now, anyway. I was tired that night, probably from stressing out about how it was going to go.

Our neighbours are also refixing their retaining wall and the big machinery has been going since early morning the last two days - yesterday it was 7:25 am! I had to go out to find some peace.
We'll see what the weekend holds.
July 25, 2020 at 6:39am
July 25, 2020 at 6:39am
30 Day Blogging Challenge

PROMPT July 24th
If you could switch places with one other person, who would it be and why? What in particular would you do?

I have no desire to do this. Each of us has our life history and we have built a place for ourselves; switching with that does not feel right. Now switching houses for a vacation might be interesting. Kind of like The Holiday with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz.

It would be cool to live in a castle for a couple of weeks.... or each a shack on the beach.

I am curious what other people wrote.
July 23, 2020 at 8:47pm
July 23, 2020 at 8:47pm
30 Day Blogging Challenge

PROMPT July 23rd
You've been given a full budget and creative license to bring a book you read to film. What book would you pick and who would you cast as the characters? If you choose a book with an existing movie adaptation, what changes would you make?

I would love to do the book I am currently reading - The Ten Thousand Doors of January, but I am not finished reading it yet. I love this book and its message - that doors open to world and allow for change. The bad guys are the white establishment that wants to close the doors and keep this world unchanged. They want to hold on to their privilege and status. They want the beautiful, priceless things of the other worlds, but they do not want any of the change that might leak in through the doors.

Other worlds are very different - one allows a black girl child to escape the colonization of the area she was born to... the one that steals her family's land and reduces them to the 'help'. She escapes to a world where she is among Amazonian Women who have wives and husbands. Where she is a warrior. Her name is Jane and she follows January's father back to his world and her door is destroyed trapping her back in this world. January's father hires her to protect his daughter.

January is a cinnamon child with a Black father (from the world of Nin where he is a scholar) and wheat haired mother with freckles. Who is one of Mr. Locke's 'priceless' items.... until she becomes too old to be seen and not heard.

Who would I chose - strong Black actors. Dayo Okeniyi as Julian (January's father) and Amandla Stenberg as January.
For Jane - Latarsha Rose
January's mother could be... could I use creative license and use a younger Jane Seymour?
January's boyhood friend, Samuel, who runs away with them would be... Davide Giordano
And some pastey white guys like Woody Harrelson with long hair as Havermeyer and Donald Sutherland as Mr. Locke.

July 22, 2020 at 10:46am
July 22, 2020 at 10:46am
30 Day Blogging Challenge

PROMPT July 22nd
Make a list of the top five most important virtues and why.

I am not putting these in any particular order:

Respect. I think this is a baseline or foundational virtue, in that all others branch from it. Respect is for yourself and for others. It is living the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. The importance of stopping to think 'how would I react if someone did... such and such." Taking a moment to consider that helps you maintain a level of respect for all involved.

Can I group Love/Kindness/Caring together? These are also foundational virtues... particularly LOVE. It may be more foundational than Respect. And like respect, it is towards yourself and towards others. The idea that you must love yourself before you can love others has merit. Coming from a place of love highlights all the other virtues... and I could also include Compassion into this mix.

Trust and Honesty also come into play. Not only do you have to trust yourself and your abilities, you have to be honest with yourself about things. It starts with you, before it moves out to others. Trust must be earned.... when I was younger, I trusted more readily, but with age, I have come to find that not everyone is so trustworthy. Still, I try not to judge a person. I try to stay aware of my own prejudices and stay open so that those prejudices don't colour the experience. A person needs to be taken as a person first, not strapped with judgments that are probably not accurate. I am honest with myself about those thoughts... and make a conscious effort to stay open and not close done with judgement.

These are my six top virtues. They are foundational to living in a world where people are people and not a caricature of prejudices.

July 22, 2020 at 10:44am
July 22, 2020 at 10:44am
30 Day Blogging Challenge

PROMPT July 21st
Write a letter to your fifteen-year-old self.

Didn't we write a letter to our 14 year old self earlier this month? No, maybe it was just the letter to our parents on July 1.
15 years old. Grade 9 and 10. The beginning of the high school years. A time of growth and change. Family life was okay. Friendship groups were in a state of flux with adjustments. My friends from a year behind me (with one girl - Michelle - I had known since I was 9 and she was 7), were entering high school and they were not part of the group of friends I had developed in grade 9 (which were a new group - as my friends from the year before had gone their separate ways). I straddled both groups. But I also made friends with Debbie in my drama class. My other two groups of friends did not like Debbie.
Both my grade 9 and grade 10 friends were strongly academic groups. Most were on the honor roll, but Debbie was not one of those. She was the type of person that would head to the library to skip class to write an essay (that was due third period) after playing cards until the nine am bell.
I took that drama class to try to overcome my extreme shyness. It helped immensely. Debbie was a new transfer. She'd come from the Catholic School system and though she was older than me, she didn't seem so. In fact, school was not Debbie's forte. By the time I graduated from high school (grade 13), she was behind me in Michelle's grade... and then she dropped out six weeks before the end of the school year. Impulsive, a tad. But she's a good soul.
The fact that I had friends across several groups is true even today. I have various cohorts of friends and I am able to fit in with each group easily. School/work friends, Writing friends, long-time friends... a real mix of people. Debbie and I are still friends... she was in my wedding party, as was Michelle. It took time, but these two eventually became friends and are still friends today.

I apologize for the jumbled nature of this blog, it represents my mind today. Unfocused and buzzing everywhere. It was like that yesterday too, which it why this post is late. Now as I read the prompt again, I realize this was supposed to be a letter....
Dear me,
Hang, the hell, on!
Future Self
July 20, 2020 at 8:44pm
July 20, 2020 at 8:44pm
30 Day Blogging Challenge

PROMPT July 20th
In 1969, Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon. Afterward, people commonly complained, “If they can put a man on the moon, why can’t they ______.” How would you finish that statement today?

My mind is swimming in not so good thoughts today... much has to do with Covid stupidity and the concept of inequality. Both too heavy topics to want to delve into... so I sit here with a dazed face considering my options.

It just might be better not to answer the prompt... I don't feel like offending anyone.

So... I did watch the first episode of Canada Reads tonight. They are choosing the best book to represent Canada for 2020. Each day five people debate the merits of 5 books and each day one is eliminated until only one remains. The books are:
The contenders and their chosen books and their defenders are:
Alayna Fender defending Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles
Akil Augustine defending Radicalized by Cory Doctorow
Amanda Brugel defending We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
Kaniehtiio Horn defending Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
George Canyon defending From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
Not sure which one I would pick, but Radicalized was eliminated tonight and I am glad about that. It was not all that representative of Canadian lives and tended to be more male based.
July 20, 2020 at 2:00pm
July 20, 2020 at 2:00pm
30 Day Blogging Challenge

PROMPT July 19th
Besides writing, tell us about a hobby you have. How did you discover it? How long have you been doing it?

I like to draw. I have taken a few workshops to play at sketching and watercolour.

When I was a kid, my mom and I would hike out along the trails, take a picnic and our sketch books and draw in some nice little meadow area. I liked the quietness and peace of it. It was also something fun to do with my mother. My mother is pretty good. We have also taken pottery and watercolour classes together.

I find when I go out for the day, particularly in the summer I like to take my notebook, my sketchbook and my computer. That way I can read or draw, depending on my mood.

I have also a sketched student who used to fall asleep on me. She had Rett's Syndrome. I often shared the drawings with her family. That young lady has since passed away, but I still have those wonderful memories of her and my drawings.
July 18, 2020 at 9:29pm
July 18, 2020 at 9:29pm
30 Day Blogging Challenge

PROMPT July 18th
Have you ever boycotted a company or product? If so, tell us the story. If not, what would a company have to do for you to boycott its products?

Nestle is selling their water company out of Canada. It is being bought by a Canadian company. It was taking Aberfoyle water and bottling to sell. Not something we wanted here and it is leaving.

After years of criticism from environmental groups, Swiss-based consumer products giant Nestle is selling its Canadian bottled water business.

The company announced Thursday it’s selling its Nestle Pure Life business in Canada to Shelburne-based Ice River Springs. Might as well keep the money in Canada.

I find it funny that they are claiming that this decision is not based on public outcry... but I find that hard to believe.

Our household tries very hard to buy Canadian. We want to support our local foods and services.
July 17, 2020 at 12:55pm
July 17, 2020 at 12:55pm
30 Day Blogging Challenge

PROMPT July 17th
How important is the role of music in your life and in your creative process? Do you write to music? If so, what kind and why do you think it helps?

I love music. I love to listen to a wide variety of styles. I like to sing along to the music I know... so that makes writing while listening to music to difficult to do. I can do Classical as long as their are no words. Having been in choir I have learned many of the words to some of the pieces making me focus on the words to much to do other things.

Listening to music while I draw or paint is easier. I find the tone of the piece prompts me into creativity.
I have written pieces with music as the prompt. I am trying to do that now with the Rhythms & Writing contest -
Rhythms & Writing: Official WDC Contest  (E)
Use the music provided to inspire your writing!
#2002964 by Writing.Com Support

I also love doing the Soundtrack of my Life Challenges.
July 17, 2020 at 12:52pm
July 17, 2020 at 12:52pm
30 Day Blogging Challenge

PROMPT July 16th
NEOWISE comet: “Enjoy it while you can. The frozen ball of ice won’t return to the inner solar system for 6,800 years.” Talk about it! https://www.nytimes.com/article/neowise-comet.html

“Things are really tough right now for lots of people,” Dr. Mainzer said. “But this is a chance to look up and reconnect with the big picture stuff.”

It kind of puts things into perspective. The natural world seems to be gong on as it always has. Covid-19 does not seem to be effected by it at all. There are no little squirrels running around with face masks... though they have always managed to keep their physical distance. Canada geese stay to their family bubbles and defend their space. I always give them a healthy distance when I pass them. Rain lands where it wants and tends to keep us confined, unless we are unlucky enough to get caught out in a downpour. Full sun also has us hurrying for the shade.

If God keeps his eye on the sparrow, then I expect, if we abide by the guidelines and practice healthy love and respect for others, we will get through this too.

I is supposed to be easier to see around the 23rd of the month.... so I may start watching the sky to catch a glimpse. I saved a few photos from the website onto my computer so I would know what to look for.

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