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November 18, 2019 at 6:14am
November 18, 2019 at 6:14am
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Prompt: The most exciting things about the winter holidays are .... Finish the sentence and tell us why.

The most exciting things about the winter holidays are the joy brought to my two daughters. I enjoy the music and magic of the holidays, but, unfortunately, money plays a big part and sometimes ends in disappointments. I try not to make the holiday about money or things, but it's difficult when I have one daughter who doesn't believe in Jesus Christ, so she doesn't "celebrate" for the same reason I do. But, it's also exciting to buy and decorate our tree and the china cabinet in our dining room.

My daughters, obviously, don't believe in Santa Claus anymore and I miss that excitement. It was always fun to see their faces light up in the morning when they check out what Santa brought them. But we still put stuff out at night after they've gone to bed. We wrap some stuff and leave other stuff out for them.

It's fun just being with family, with or without gifts. I enjoy spending time with them all ... my family as well as my inlaws.

Well, it's time for me to get running. I hope you all have a lovely day.

November 16, 2019 at 6:59am
November 16, 2019 at 6:59am
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Why do you blog?

Good question. I have a couple of different answers. First, it keeps me writing every day, even if it's just a little bit, I write ... every day. Second, I kind of feel like we're a family and it's one way of communicating with each other. We all comment on each other's blogs and it's kind of nice to be able to have those conversations. My problem is that I don't often have a lot to write about. I find myself at a loss for words frequently, so it's important that I blog every day. I did skip one day this week because I was so tired, I couldn't concentrate. I should have stayed in bed, but I wouldn't have had an opportunity to blog if I didn't get up early like I normally do.

Take today for instance. It's Saturday but I set my alarm for 5:30 so I could have time for myself to write. I'm always excited and then I get to the couch and put my computer on my lap and suddenly all thought disappears. Drives me a little crazy sometimes. But on Sundays, I turn my alarm off and sleep until I wake up, which is usually no later than 6:30.

I've had a lot of work going on for the publishing company I work with, so I have been really busy with that. I've been trying to get a competency done for school, but I can't find anyone with excel expertise to help me. I have to set up some formulas and I don't know where to do that. I mean, I have a template to use, but where in the template do I use the functions? That's where I'm at. I've tried online help, but their schedule is really far out. I think I'm going to set this competency aside and start work on a different one.

Well, that's why I blog. I'm looking forward to reading about why you blog.

Have a remarkable Saturday!

November 14, 2019 at 6:19am
November 14, 2019 at 6:19am
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Do you look for the best in a situation or prepare for the worst?

I am one of those people who look for the best in situations, unlike my husband who prepares for the worst.

“There is good in everything, if only we look for it.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder

I think life is more enjoyable when we think positively, even in unfortunate situations.

Extremely short today. I'm pretty tired and absolutely nothing is coming to mind.

Have a fabulous day!
November 13, 2019 at 6:10am
November 13, 2019 at 6:10am
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Prompt: Use these words in your blog entry: confidence, peace, thrill.

Confidence brings a kind of peace to us. It's always a thrill to see when people are confident. My sense of confidence is sometimes low. But at work, I'm confident I can do what the job entails. And of course, I'm confident at home, but send me out into situations of which I'm unfamiliar, I might not be so confident.

I like Psychology Today's definition of confidence.

Confidence can be described as a belief in oneself, that one has the ability to meet life's challenges and to succeed—and acting in a way that conveys that belief. Being confident requires having a realistic sense of one’s capabilities and feeling secure in that knowledge.

Not a definition but something that was stated on the webpage:

Confidence that’s based firmly on what one knows may not only be a better guide than exaggerated certainty; studies suggest it’s also more likely to earn the faith of others.

Confidence takes time to build given that we need experiences to help build it up.

Of course, there's the other side of confidence - cockiness (when one has too much confidence). Those kinds of people are difficult to be around, in my opinion.

This website was interesting, especially number 13.

13. Increase competence. How do you feel more competent? By becoming more competent. And how do you do that? By studying and practicing. Just do small bits at a time. If you want to be a more competent writer, for example, don’t try to tackle the entire profession of writing all at once. Just begin to write more. Journal, blog, write short stories, do some freelance writing. The more you write, the better you’ll be. Set aside 30 minutes a day to write (for example), and the practice will increase your competence.

I have to say that I think age has a lot to do with confidence simply because of our experiences along the way, and you build up that confidence every day.

I hope you have a great, confident day!
November 11, 2019 at 6:13am
November 11, 2019 at 6:13am
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Prompt: Veterans Day.

I hate to say this, but the only time I really ever attended any Veteran's Day events was when I was a Girl Scout Leader (of which I wasn't very good). It saddens me that I haven't taken the time to go and acknowledge what's been done for my freedom. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly admire, appreciate, and respect all veterans. I think it's a brave thing to do to serve our country. It's something I couldn't do. I'm much too chicken. Not that these veterans didn't do it afraid. But they did it and nothing can ever compare to what they've done.

The town we live in typically has a Veteran's Day parade, but this year's parade has been canceled due to the temperature expected today. The high is only supposed to be 31 degrees. Unfortunately, Veteran's Day is not a holiday where I don't have to work. I would have to take the day off to participate in the events which are held during the day.

So, if you are a veteran, I stand and say, Thank you. Thank you for everything you've done and the sacrifices you've made. I hope that others show you great respect today and always.
November 9, 2019 at 6:26am
November 9, 2019 at 6:26am
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Prompt: November 9 to November 14 is the International Week of Science and Peace . How do you think technology affect international peace?

I think technology increases our communication with one another. Having discussions, in my opinion, keeps everyone talking and not fighting. It's amazing how easy it is now to communicate with others in different countries. We have that here on WDC. Look at how easy it is for us to communicate with one another because of technology. We're just an email away from one another.

“The fundamentals of peacebuilding are dialogue, facilitation, and mediation—enabling people to use their words to solve differences before they become violent,” said USIP President Nancy Lindborg.


“If you’re going to avoid conflict or resolve it … you need to deal with underlying tensions that provide a grievance ground that results in conflict. Today’s technology provides the tools with which to do that,” said Hadley.

On the flip side of technology are those who use technology for bad or evil.

Outside of government, social media platforms have been used from the United States to Kenya to spread hate speech and fake news. While technology has driven enormous progress, its emergence has had decidedly mixed results.

“Peace is a problem that you need to solve from the bottom up, the top down and the inside out. Everyone has to play in this,” said Hadley.

So, like everything else, something that's used for good is always turned around and used for bad. It's just the way people work, I think. There always has to be at least one to cause problems, and we are such followers. It's interesting how "big" people feel when behind a computer screen than they tend to be face-to-face.

We’re more connected to each other than ever before, and technology has given us more power as individuals than at any other time in recorded history.


Because when the world is connected, it can give us the insight to make informed choices.

So, I think technology can effect International Peace both ways, good and bad. It depends on the person's/people's intent. I'd like to think it's used more for good than bad.

November 7, 2019 at 5:42am
November 7, 2019 at 5:42am
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What are you #SorryNotSorry about today?

I'm #SorryNotSorry about deleting unread emails today. The emails are comments that I just don't have time to sit and read, no matter how much I might enjoy reading them. I want to be interactive with everyone, but I don't get a lot of time to try and be creative. But, then I enjoy it when other people read my comments. So, I guess I'm going to cut this short and hop on over to my email and get reading.

I hope you all have a glorious day!
November 6, 2019 at 5:54am
November 6, 2019 at 5:54am
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Was there a time you wanted (or needed) to say something, but kept quiet?

No specific time comes to mind but I know there have been many times I've kept quiet about things when I probably should have said something. Other times, it's probably a good thing that I did keep my mouth shut! *Ha*

It's interesting to think about. What if keeping quiet was detrimental? Like what if you were supposed to say something to someone to keep them from doing something stupid or dangerous.

The one thing that comes to mind is abuse. I don't know why, but I know sometimes people are quiet about it when they should definitely speak up.

Another thing I thought of was secrets. You should usually not say anything when it comes to secrets. That's why they call them secrets, so they're not voiced.

Will Rogers once said, "Never miss a good chance to shut up." Maybe it's a good thing, sometimes, to not say anything. It may keep the peace.

As the following article states, "silence is golden when you don't know what to say."

I really liked this article and thought I'd share.


I hope you have a fantastic day! Enjoy.

November 5, 2019 at 5:43am
November 5, 2019 at 5:43am
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Prompt: Use these words in your entry : herald, dawn, pivotal, light, and shadows.

The light and shadows of the stormy night played havoc on my senses. Tonight I was overly sensitive and somewhat scared by the thundering. It was extremely loud and rumbled on forever. And it was definitely a lightning show out there. I suppose dawn would be here soon enough, but it seemed endless at this point. It would be a pivotal moment for me. Maybe I could herald some sleep by then.

Well, that's all I can come up with right now. It was fun.

Thanks for reading. Have a phenomenal day!

November 4, 2019 at 6:32am
November 4, 2019 at 6:32am
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Prompt: What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen in November?

Oh, my goodness. Definitely, the first part of November is most beautiful. I have to say that the latter part of November isn't always so pretty, in my opinion. I love the 'turning of the leaves' but most of that happens in October. However, there's still plenty of leaves that turn in November, enough to keep the fall foliage beautiful to see. The latter part of November typically brings lots of rain and gray days, and the leaves are knocked off the trees.

My daughter told us at dinner last night that she wants to go hiking. So, we're going to take her to the park next weekend and hike. I don't think my husband will go, but I plan to go with her. She'll just have to wait up for me. *Ha* It will be fun to walk through the fallen leaves on the trails.

So, let's see ... the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in November. I have to say, my daughters. Truly the most beautiful things I've seen in November. We used to go hunting/camping every November and it was so fun watching them play in the leaves that we'd gather up to jump in. Now the girls are older and we haven't been camping while my husband is hunting for an extremely long time. We just couldn't take them out of school for that long (three days).

Now, they're grown and I'm watching them turn into beautiful young women.

As for other things, my sister-in-law always has a beautiful Thanksgiving with the whole table setup. It really is pretty. Not to mention she has a huge, gorgeous house that she decorates for every little holiday and season. It always feels so nice hanging out at her house.

But, I think just nature, in general, is beautiful, no matter if it's wet and gray. I've always felt calm and serene out in nature. It's one of God's gifts to us and I love basking in it.

I hope you have a beautiful Monday!

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