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BOOK
L'aura del Campo  (18+)
Online journal capturing the moment and the memory of moments. A meadow meditation.
#982524 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
has over 1,200 entries and that's getting close to full. I don't want to trim it by deletion. I did that once, much to my dismay.

 
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Hoarfrosts from Hell  (GC)
Anything I'm not happy about or that I don't want in my main blog!
#997339 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
is still hidden from the public and will remain so. I don't post there often. It's more personal and full of angst.

BOOK
Enga mellom fjella  (18+)
Enga mellom fjella: where from across the meadow, poems sing from mountains and molehills.
#1317094 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
is full...

I'll be linking to
 
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On The Write Path  (18+)
ON THE WRITE PATH: travel journal for Around-the-World in 2015, 16, 18.
#2032403 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
as I need to post there about my travels.

 
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O Pinions!  (XGC)
May my opinions gather wind under their wings and fly, perchance to soar.
#1501776 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
is for my opinions. *Laugh*

 
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Nurture your Nature  (18+)
Look around. Let Nature nurture your Soul. I record images I sense and share them here.
#1439094 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
was set up for nature observations and musings.

 
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Watt's Gnus  (18+)
On topics and today's gnus. Definitely opinionated. Set to 18+ for a reason.
#1439092 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
come out of a need to share interesting stuff I come across. When I was young I did a small newsletter named as such. (or was it column in the newsletter? Been 30 years... I think.)

 
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Flash Fiction  (GC)
Short 300 word, more or less, "stories" .
#2190336 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
is where I put my flash fictions. Maybe someday I'll figure it out and have enough good ones to publish. Ratings vary and some are hidden from view.

I love to be prodded (poetically). I'll be trying on new forms to see whether they fit my portliness at The Ultimate Poetry Challenge and posting them in:
 
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Andy's Poetry Prompts 2019  (13+)
52 forms. What will they be?
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            PORTHOLE           



SPRING: 17 Baha 177 (5 April 2020)
Is there any Remover of Difficulty save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God!
All are his servants and abide by His bidding.
- The Báb


*Idea* MY THOUGHTS

Beyond my opinion of how you label yourself, I realize that those labels may be important to you. My world-view includes you, even if your view excludes me. I could be speaking of any number of social-economic-religious groups one finds on social media, in real life and here at WDC. Many fellow writers here have chosen to label themselves, while others don't. Some by their belief systems, avoid certain people, some exclude me. Oh ... not as a writer ... as a human being.

*Mountains* WEATHER

*Clouds* 12°. 2 p.m. in Missoula
*Sun* 22°. 4 p.m. in Fayetteville, NC
*Clouds* 14°. 9 p.m. in Porto. I still want to be there.
*Clouds* 20°. 10 p.m. in Harare, Zimbabwe where Sarah resides.

*Baretree* IMAGES

Yesterday's walk: gleaming yellow buttercups, subdued yellow biscuitroot, no yellowbells yet. (Spring is late.) Smell of crushed sage between my fingers, dogs but no prairie dogs, sun breaking through the haze. A dry stony irrigation canal, green sprigs poking through stubble, a bonfire on 4th?

*Chicken* POULTRY


Not exactly what I wanted: "April 5 poem--an elegy for someone or something

*Pig* PORK

Nope.

*Reading* READING

Stalled. "Guardian of the Veil" by Gregory Spencer.

*AsteriskBr* QUOTE

Nope.

*CoffeeO* MY LIFE

My neighbor Jacob is studying Irish. I should learn some:

Hello:          Dia dhuit
Good morning:          maidin mhaith
Have a good morning:          Bíodh maidin mhaith agat
Have a good evening:          Bíodh tráthnóna maith agat
Good evening:          tráthnóna maith
Good night:          Oíche mhaith

It's now 2:37 p.m. and I can't get moving. Lethargy has set in.

*Coffee* SENIOR CENTER and *CoffeeR* COFFEEHOUSE

Sunday but walked past both. Picked two grape hyacinths at the Senior Center. They have removed the outdoor benches at Bernice's Bakery.

*Angry* O PINIONS!

Plenty.

*Worry* WATT'S GNUS

There is a great need during a time of war, and imho this pandemic is war, for leaders to stand together. The attitude of these Churches Against Science and Reason puts the entire community at risk. My advice to Gov. Edwards? Arrest and put in jail, no bail, until Easter Monday. In the meantime padlock the doors, block the street and put a patrol enforcing the closure until the all-clear is given.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/louisiana-church-holds-services-defying-corona...

*Bigsmile* BLOGVILLE

"I will need to rethink how I respond to someone who is upset that they can't get or do something. Maybe by being helpful?

You: I went to six stores, wasted my whole day and can't find mace.
Me: If you can't find mace try nutmeg.

You: I can't find yeast to make my own bread.
Me: Fry bread uses baking powder but no yeast.
You: What's baking powder?
Me: Matzoh uses only flour and water.
You: I'm not Jewish.

You: Why can't people stop hoarding TP. I couldn't find my usual 24 pack.
Me: Use a reusable face towel.
You: For what?
Me: To wipe your ass.

So ... maybe I need some practice."

That was my response to "Hey, maybe stop telling people how to feel? by Char 🌈|Reviewing| for "JAFBG (A great place to rant, rated XGC).

I do need to work on realizing that there is real pain in not being able to do what you want, what you planned for, when you want and how you want to do it. My first response is "This isn't Burger King; you don't get to have it your way." Or: comparing one person's pain to another: "It's nice that a prepper like you gets to roam around your 5 acre ranchette with those two unruly brats and that poodle who missed his hair-clipping; BUT, my friends in Costa Rica have lost jobs and may not have any money left to eat. But of course, your pantry is half-full of the 120 rolls of TP your quiver-full needs, the freezer only has a side of beef and your son is moaning how he can't go buy another gun to add to the arsenal in your bunker. So, I feel your pain." NOT ... but maybe I should ...

For my blog "Nurture your Nature"


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            PORTHOLE           



SPRING: 16 Baha 177 (4 April 2020)
Thy name is my healing, O my God and remembrance of thee is my remedy.
- Bahá'u'lláh



*Idea* MY THOUGHTS

Not as depressed today. Spoke to man who's ill that's being refused testing because 'there are no kits'. Informed him that there were over 200 tests done yesterday. Just checked: 459. They are still seriously rationing testing here. Lawd help us po' folk. We discussed about me moving into a room with a bathroom. Well ... the difference in rent is $3,000/year. I didn't tell him that but I'll tell all y'all.

What dreams of yours will die this month?

1. I will lose someone to this pandemic; when was our last good-bye?
2. I can't travel or make travel plans. It may affect my travels for 2021.
3. At my age 'planning' to do anything other than die needs to be short-term.
4. It wasn't the lack of time to dust ... it was never the right time to dust.
5. Getting better. This event triggers traumas in odd ways. A lifetime isn't enough time.

*Grass* WEATHER

*Clouds* 6°. noon in Missoula
*Clouds* 7°. 2 p.m. in Buffalo
*Clouds* 30°. noon in Cartago, Costa Rica where my friend Bryan lives.
*Sun* 2°. 8 p.m. in Tallinn, Estonia where my "grand-daughter" Anna-Maria resides.

*Baretree* IMAGES

There's been some rays breaking through the haze! Inside: peanut butter-bologna sandwiches and coffee. It may be warm enough for me to go out later! Opened the window. One new purplish geranium in bloom. *FlowerP*

*Chicken* POULTRY


"This Death of Dreams" in "April 4 prompt: heartbreak

"Bob" in "April 3 poem: recall a person you did not know well

*Pig* PORK

Yesterday's non-winner: "Face on a stamp [177.17] (248 words) Yes, one could get a custom made stamp at one time. I still have the one (somewhere) that Fivesixer sent me.

*Reading* READING

"Guardian of the Veil" by Gregory Spencer, page 58. Surrealistic and strange.

*AsteriskBr* QUOTE

"One chapter ends and the next one takes up the bookification. ... Len and Bennu are page-flipping in their own way. We've got to get to the end y'see," Vida Bering Well in "Guardian of the Veil."

*CoffeeO* MY LIFE

I'm reading up on Portuguese every day but came across this about Norwegian:



*Coffee* SENIOR CENTER and *CoffeeR* COFFEEHOUSE

Not today. Only spoke to two neighbors.

*Angry* O PINIONS!

They aren't getting me anywhere so why should I have any?

*Worry* WATT'S GNUS

I found a site that shows the per capita positive infections/testing/deaths. USA is 'winning' with overall numbers but Italy, Spain and Switzerland have more per capita cases. And many countries are doing more testing. Iceland has tested 7% of it's population. USA is at 0.45%. I will need to write an entire article about what the statistics suggest at this point. I'm good with numbers and patterns.

*Bigsmile* BLOGVILLE DEUX

I responded to ♥hOOves♥ :

"Is chloroquine a medical miracle or snakeoil? Too early to tell.

Yes, NY and LA are self-absorbed. But who in Montana is actually reporting about anything? Our TV stations are owned by Sullivan and our newspapers are owned by Lee. And although the state publishes facts there's still no word as to whether people are adequately being tested.

We have someone ill in our building. Positive? Who knows whether he has been tested. Will they tell us?

Frustrating. I would've been better in Taiwan. Because? They are transparent, truthful and proactive."

June 11, 2008: snow over downtown Missoula, Montana


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            PORTHOLE           



SPRING: 15 Baha 177 (3 April 2020)
Thy name is my healing, O my God and remembrance of thee is my remedy.
- Bahá'u'lláh



*Idea* MY THOUGHTS

I'm worn out. I'm amazed at other people's talent. It's not safe to make comparisons.

*CloudSnow* WEATHER

*Cloudsnow* 2°. 11 a.m. in Missoula
*Cloudgrey* 7°. 1 p.m. in Buffalo
*Cloudgrey* -3°. 7 p.m. in Tromso
*Cloud* 7°. 1 a.m. in Taipei

*Baretree* IMAGES

Snow flurries, a veil across the mountains. Purple Grape hyacinth in bloom.

*Chicken* POULTRY


Nothing yet for the Dew Drop Inn.

*Pig* PORK

None so far today.

*Reading* READING

"Guardian of the Veil" by Gregory Spencer. Surrealistic and strange.

*AsteriskBr* QUOTE

What I posted on spacebook in response to three things I like that most people don't:

Patchouli, snow
and a quiet cemetery!
I do not fear the dead.
I fear the stinky living.

*CoffeeO* MY LIFE

I binged a bit watching Dimash Kudaibergen today. I choose this video because it's from Angola and in Portuguese.



*Coffee* SENIOR CENTER and *CoffeeR* COFFEEHOUSE

I saw Kathi, Ruth and Ben at the Senior Center when I picked up a free meal. Teriyaki chicken?

*Angry* O PINIONS!

My friends still post silly and false memes on spacebook. I'm tired of this.

*Worry* WATT'S GNUS

Taiwan has more people than New York. It is one of the most densely populated places on earth. Today it reports 348 positive cases of the Wuhan-virus (which is what they call it there) and 5 deaths. Fewer cases than Costa Rica. New York on the other hand has over 100,000 cases and within a couple days should pass both Spain and Italy. There is no good news about the pandemic today. *Sad*

*Bigsmile* BLOGVILLE DEUX

I responded to Robert Waltz today:

"I think knowing yourself is a good starting point to be able to accept yourself as is or change yourself.

Since you mention beer ... I never liked the taste nor smell of it. I liked wine! Deep red sweet luscious wine. Easy to accept that about myself. It was harder when I realized I shouldn't touch alcohol in any form. So I don't. But if I needed to drink beer to stay alive or needed to take a nightcap of deep red port (for my health of course...) would I be flexible enough to face that new reality?"

Reflection in Blodgett Creek, Montana. Photo by Hobie Hare of Missoula. Link to purchase.


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April 2, 2020 at 6:25pm
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            PORTHOLE           



SPRING: 14 Baha 177 (2 April 2020)
Thy name is my healing, O my God and remembrance of thee is my remedy.
- Bahá'u'lláh



*Idea* MY THOUGHTS

I worry too much. This viral insanity is creating lots of emotional problems for me and I haven't been feeling 100% due to other issues.

*CloudSnow* WEATHER

*Sun* 2°. 4 p.m. in Missoula
*Sun* 26°. 4 p.m. in Cartago, Costa Rica.
*Moon* 1°. 12 a.m. in Oslo under clear skies.
*Sun* 7°. 6 a.m. in Tokyo under the cherry blossoms.

*Baretree* IMAGES

Snowshine. It looks so pretty outside. I'm not fooled; it's cold!

*Chicken* POULTRY


Treasure State

Too many
Rich to
Eat.
Are we that eager to
Suck on golden spoons? Is
Utopia just another
Restaurant?
Enter the Treasure State with care.
Dining there isn’t just sapphires on silver plates.

© Kåre Enga [177.15] (2.april.2020)

I was going to enter this acrostic poem into
FORUM
Write from the Heart - Poetry Contest  (E)
Write a heartfelt poem based on the prompt and form provided.
#2093224 by PurplePrincess
then realized that it wasn't appropriate, PurplePrincess . *Laugh*

"Oval" for the DewDrop Inn: "April 2 prompt: a map of where you lived as a child

*Pig* PORK

None so far today ... except to eat.

*Reading* READING

Finished reading "The Girl on the Boat" by a local writer, Danielle Lincoln Hanna. On to "Guardian of the Veil" by Gregory Spencer.

*AsteriskBr* QUOTE

"I listen to people" Arlene in Smoke Signals responding to why her fry bread is so good.

A scene from "Smoke Signals" (1993):



*CoffeeO* MY LIFE

I made fry bread with herbs de provence. I need to keep making it until I get it right.

Last night I felt feverish. My temp was 99.0; since 97.5 is my normal I took an aspirin and tried to sleep. This morning it was 97.0. I've been having problems with my teeth.

*Coffee* SENIOR CENTER and *CoffeeR* COFFEEHOUSE

Got a call from Kathi checking in on me. She said I should come down to the Senior Center to pick up a meal (quiche) but I declined because I have pork patties at home that need to be eaten. Bless her heart. *Angel* I bought Folger's coffee yesterday not realizing it wasn't instant. Just threw it into a pot to brew then strained it.

*Angry* O PINIONS!

I'm royally pissed with people pointing fingers and shaming and blaming the rich as if they created this inconvenience just to annoy us. Next they will be blaming China or Russia or ... gasp ... Hillary. Instead of merely spreading the hate, accept that a serious virus is among all-of-us. Plead with those in power to get their heads out of their asses and DO something about it.

I went grocery shopping yesterday. I go once per week. Only one stockboy had a mask (pink-purple, one his girlfriend had made for herself, fit him better; interesting with his strawberry blond hair). No one else did. Taiwan upped it's production of masks by early February. By mid-month they had enough for the entire country of 24 million. The US has had two months to respond and can't even provide enough for medical personnel. *Angry*

*Worry* WATT'S GNUS

"The tenant in apartment ... is experiencing symptoms similar to that of the coronavirus. He has not been tested. He is self-quarantining for the next couple weeks. He has a private bathroom. We will be checking in on him periodically." Part of the note under my door today.

*Bigsmile* BLOGVILLE DEUX

I responded to 💞 Fabulous Judge Kissy 💞 yesterday:

"There's plenty of food and paper products in the US. They are just in everyone's pantry instead of on the store shelves. Borrow from a neighbor?

I've been following this situation since it became common knowledge in Taiwan in January. They were concerned because SARS in 2003 caused so much damage there.

Americans just ignored it. By early February I had masks, by mid-February I didn't go out without one. Different culture, different response.

The problem with hospital beds is the same as with consumer goods in the US. There's enough of both ... if life goes on as normal. People eat. People get sick. But normally they don't do it all-at-once. This virus is a lot of people getting sick all-at-once ... everywhere.

Montana is a bit behind the curve. 184 positive in a state of 1 million. 4 dead. But while some places have no verified positives, Bozeman is reeling with 69 cases. Plus they have been rationing testing kits. I have a friend who has been severely ill. Can't get tested. [update 227 positive, 5 dead; 85 in Bozeman]

So ... yeah ... a bit of panic during this calm before the storm."

Reflection in Blodgett Creek, Montana. Photo by Hobie Hare of Missoula. Link to purchase.


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SPRING: 13 Baha 177 (1 April 2020)
O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá



*Idea* MY THOUGHTS

Either too few or too many. Read blogs and commented. Wrote. Hope to finish a book today. Oh ... and I'm not into April Fool jokes ... like ever ...but especially not this year, not now.

*CloudSnow* WEATHER

*Snow3* 1°. midnight in Missoula
*Sun* -4°. 8 a.m. in Tromsø in far northern Norway.
*CloudGrey* 9°. in Fayetteville where my aunt lives.
*Rain* 14°. in Casablanca.

*Baretree* IMAGES

Snow mist sliding down the mountains this morning. Snow after noon. Shake-rattle-and-roll as my bed moved from the quake. One pink geranium in bloom.

*Chicken* POULTRY


"Unnamed boy in Memento Park" "April 1 prompt: historical object or theatrical prop

*Pig* PORK

One flash: "Star light, star bright (300 words).

*Reading* READING

Still reading "The Girl on the Boat" by a local writer, Danielle Lincoln Hanna.

*AsteriskBr* QUOTE

"She was an observer. She took in everything around her. The question was whether she ever let the things she knew back into the world again." Baron about Bailey.

*CoffeeO* MY LIFE

Ate bean bacon soup. Wrote. Will read. Talked to neighbors after the quake. (Yeah, see below.) Looked at Portuguese again. I need to review grammar and build vocabulary.

*Coffee* SENIOR CENTER and *CoffeeR* COFFEEHOUSE

Hanging at home. Instant with milk and brown sugar. Hot or cold. Doesn't matter to me! I also mixed up some tamarind with moringa and I'm drinking that. Trying to stay hydrated.

*Shock* O PINIONS!

I revised some of my prompts for Elle from yesterday. Still working on them.

*Shock* WATT'S GNUS

Headline: 'The floor was moving': 6.5 earthquake strikes in Idaho, largest in the state since 1983 Very strong tremors here in Missoula at 17:55. No damage that I know of but everyone felt it. This building was built in 1908 and the third floor definitely swayed.

*Bigsmile* BLOGVILLE DEUX

Three of my comments today:

Sorji is querying!:) : Ideas either nag the hell outta me or they fly on by, waving, when I don't have a pen.

SB Musing : I can social distance ... at a price. I need connections.
I can physical distance ... at a price. I want hugs.

Virtual on-line connections help, but for me it's not the real deal.

You reminded me how much I disliked school, how much I didn't want to be home, how much I withdrew.

Miranda Keening : Among all the sadness there is joy. Me? Even when I'm depressed I see beauty ... faded beauty ... ephemeral beauty ... but, hey ... beauty none-the-less.

April 19, 2009: magnolia blooms in Montana


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SPRING: 12 Baha 177 (31 March 2020)
O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá



*Idea* MY THOUGHTS

I'm going to try blogging every day using this new template I tweaked from previous blogs. I hope it will reflect me! That said, we'll see how it goes. I'm still struggling with anger, depression, despair ... as life is on hold. I was bored enough to read up on Portuguese verbs today. If I want to relearn Portuguese now is the time. *Smile*

*Moon* WEATHER

*Leaf2BR* 2°. midnight in Missoula
*Leaf2BR* 4°. 2 a.m. in Buffalo where my mother is imprisoned in assisted living. Talked to her today.
*Leaf2G* 7°. and rainy at 8 a.m. in Porto where I wanted to be!
*Leaf2G* 22°. overcast and holding in Taipei at 2 p.m. where it's safer than here.

*Baretree* IMAGES

Let's see: the streets were damp when I looked outside. Gasoline is $1.99/gallon. The westerly breeze brought rain and cooled down my rooms as I had the window open. Taste of rutabaga? My bed seems to be getting harder. Hushed sounds of neighbors in the hallway. Quiet day.

*Chicken* POULTRY


No poetry today!

*Pig* PORK

One flash: "Five Simple Steps [177.11] (298 words).

*Reading* READING

"The Girl on the Boat" by a local writer, Danielle Lincoln Hanna is a prequel novelette to the Mailboat series. It's YA or MG ... not sure which ... Each chapter is told in the first person by one of the characters. So far that's working for me.

*AsteriskBr* QUOTE

"If you acted all right people thought you were all right," Tommy, the captain of the mailboat.

*CoffeeO* MY LIFE

What life? I cooked fry bread for the first time in a long time. Simple recipe and it was edible but I need to work on it.

*Coffee* SENIOR CENTER

They have drive up meals but unless I'm interested I may pass. Standing outside is fine if the weather is good and I like what they're serving. It's a two block walk.

*CoffeeR* COFFEEHOUSE

Oh ... I wish! But everything is closed. No hanging out with friends for coffee.

*Shock* O PINIONS!

I came up with 14 prompts for Elle! and her "JAFBG". I'll revisit them and share with her and maybe even use the milder ones here. It's time to talk politics and religion and anything else that's taboo. If I write something GC or XGC I will put it elsewhere and link here.

*Frown* WATT'S GNUS

This is the headline at MSN: "CDC considering recommending general public wear face coverings in public". When I entered the market last Wednesday I put on my gloves and mask. I was the only one wearing one. This Wednesday (I only go to market once per week) I'll be looking to see whether anyone else is wearing one. I got mine in Taiwan when I was there. Everyone wears masks there when they are ill.

*Bigsmile* BLOGVILLE DEUX

The last round of blogging has ended. Met new people and I have all their blogs flagged as favorites. Quite interactive this time. I won't be joining in in April. My energies will be focused on the Dew Drop Inn and poetry.

Got a nice note from Cass--Spring Spirit :
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Thanks for all your comments on my blog, and thanks for reading! :)


Higgins Street Bridge, April 25th  2009, Missoula, Montana


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March 30, 2020 at 12:49am
March 30, 2020 at 12:49am
#979662
Congratulations on making it to the last day of the competition! What was your favorite prompt from the last month? What was the most rewarding aspect of participating in the competition?

It was a rough month and other prompts were more 'important' but the prompts from the 9-12th were easiest for me. They didn't add to my anxiety and they flowed out of me best. Like this one "Wild Strawberries ... perhaps (March 9: What is your first memory of being really excited?).

The most rewarding aspect is connecting and getting to know other writers. This month many of my fellow participants read my entries and commented. And I thank-you. I don't write just for myself. I have a hand-written journal for that.

For April I will reinvent this blog (figure out a format I can live with) and I will join the Dew Drop Inn for poetry. I need to catch up with travel photos and the writings they inspire. Like this one I wrote today:

 
STATIC
Mates [177.10] (20 lines)  (13+)
A bluesy 'war poem' inspired by the prompt: and that's the way we did it back then.
#2217404 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville


I added it to a new folder for this year's poems and writings.

I will read blogs as best I can. I have everyone's blog on my 'favorites' list so I'll be notified.
March 29, 2020 at 12:06am
March 29, 2020 at 12:06am
#979536
Do you write like you talk? Blogging is inherently personal and therefore leaves a lot of room for your unique voice. How do you show your reader your personality through your writing?

YOU TELL ME!


I used to have a template I followed so I wouldn't be bogged down in my sorry life. It was more 'eclectic' as am I. If any of you would friend me on spacebook you'd find a mix of photos (over 200 albums, over 8,000 photos?), writing and travel experiences, political opinions, et cetera. But there's no template. I really could use a web-site where things are sorted. That said, I have more than one blog here (that few read).

And there's the rub. Why bother if no one else bothers. But I'm used to caring about people in my personal life and not getting much back. As a child I learned to live on crumbs. So, I blog and my entries are read or not read. My first blog "L'aura del Campo has over 107 thousand hits; my second "Enga mellom fjella has 56k. At one time L'aura del Campo was the number 1 blog at WDC. This blog has only 1,756 views, less than 10 views/entry. Oh well, I'm thankful for those who have commented. This round has been more interactive than average.

As to how I show my personality? By my choice of words or point-of-view? I truly don't know. I don't analyze my writing that much. I just write. I was never good at essays at school and I hated editing, so I'm not as anal (disciplined is the politically correct word) as most professional writers.

My comment to an entry by Kit_Carmelite today is pertinent:

"I started my journal in 2003 as a letter to a friend. It was an unread lifeline.

In 2005 I started blogging here at WdC and was amazed that people would read what I had to say. A typical day was 10 comments when Blogville was doing well. I also was homeless so that gave people a window into a world they had never experienced. [but then] Some fled to Open Salon and most ended up at spacebook where we are still in touch.

By 2009 or so, spacebook was my connection to the world ... but blogging it ain't; Twatter is worse.

By 2011 I was seriously traveling and photos became my way to connect. I ended up with many international friends.

I blog because 1. I have to. 2. I want to most of the time. 3. I'm no longer consistent and blog less when I travel. 4. there are rules? 5. I'm a success if a reader leaves a comment."


I would add: to get readers and comments I read and comment.
March 28, 2020 at 12:38am
March 28, 2020 at 12:38am
#979385
Write about something positive. What is something good that’s happened in your world recently? Share a smile, share a laugh, share a success.

My neighbors are getting to know and help each other. We are not a very social building. So this is positive.

My world is two rooms. I managed to rearrange things a bit so I can watch movies. I have a collection of about 200 VHS tapes. I haven't watched any in over one year. I'm not in the mood to watch yet, but I'm set up for when I am.

I was given another bookcase owned by a friend who died last Saturday. That will help with my books.

I'm trying to re-establish routines of reading, writing and prayer.

There is no laughter, few smiles, no successes.
March 27, 2020 at 5:01pm
March 27, 2020 at 5:01pm
#979355
Someone shared the poem “The Trough” by Judy Brown with me today and I want to pass it on to you. I found it incredibly comforting during this time of global crisis. In your entry today, write about how the poem makes you feel, or write a poem of your own.

The poem has a beautiful flow ... like water.
The poem is inspirational. True.

But I'm terrified of water.

The metaphor will work for many people; however, I prefer green grass underneath me ... at all times. That's comforting; drowning isn't.

I'm not inspired at the moment to write an inspirational poem.
I'm not in the mood to play "happy, happy, happy". I'm pissed.

Pissed at deniers.
Pissed at leaders who cannot lead.
Pissed at Americans who care more about the almighty buck than they do about their neighbors.

Basically? I want to tell people to go fuck themselves.

With a broom handle.

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