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A lot has happened in my first year and a half at WdC. I am a preferred author now thus a yellow case. I am a published author & a Rising Star! A three times Quill Awards Nominee 2016 even. Not a newbie any longer I have to step up to the plate. Fast-forwarding three years, I am still blogging. It's my lifesaver! It's what I do, every day.

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October 30, 2020 at 12:03am
October 30, 2020 at 12:03am
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Today you can go to a gas station and find the cash register open and the toilets locked. They must think toilet paper is worth more than money. Joey Bishop


Toilet paper? Really?! How trivial can you get?

But, with all the American political turmoil and the new French terrorist beheading in Nice; toilet paper it is! To wipe our butts off 2020.

So, what’s there to know?

The average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year (over 20,000 sheets). The daily production of toilet paper is about 83,048,116 rolls per day. But… about four billion people don't use toilet paper. About 70% - 75 % of the world’s population does not use toilet paper.

An average tree weighs 1,000 pounds which would yield 450 pounds of bleached chemical pulp, assuming a 90% converting yield, approximately 810 rolls of toilet paper would be produced from a single tree.1

They recycle toilet paper nowadays.

The use of paper for hygiene has been recorded in China in the 6th century AD, with specifically manufactured toilet paper being mass-produced in the 14th century. Modern commercial toilet paper originated in the 19th century, with a patent for roll-based dispensers being made in 1883. (WP)

Why the rush on toilet paper with every lockdown? “This is getting loo-dicrous.”

The spread of the coronavirus has brought with it panic-buying of food and household essentials, despite the attempts of governments to discourage stockpiling. But no item has made more headlines than the humble toilet roll.

In a series of studies  , they noted that people are motivated to buy utilitarian, practical goods in situations where they don’t feel like they have much control over outside circumstances, like the coronavirus.

“The rush for toilet paper and other necessities in the face of COVID-19 is a natural behavioral response to the loss of psychological control.”

Next time you go to the toilet, relax and don’t worry about the paper. And if you come short or you feel guilty about those trees or the waste they produce? Just use water in a holder. It’s called mandying in Indo-European slang. In Indonesia, they do it for centuries, and it’s far more hygienic too.





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1  http://www.toiletpaperhistory.net/toilet-paper-facts/toilet-paper-fun-facts/

October 29, 2020 at 12:01am
October 29, 2020 at 12:01am
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"Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum [E]

I've been watching the virtual tours of Salem, Massachusetts, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. So many things I didn't know about. It was fun seeing and listening. Tell us about your home town. What's it famous for? Does it have great architecture? Restaurants? Museums? Famous Murders? Gardens? Celebrities?


My European hometown is The Hague, a city by the north sea, 40 minutes by train from Amsterdam, our capital, and 30 minutes from Rotterdam, our main port. Tucked away nicely near the dunes into what is called the Green Heart of the Netherlands, west of the country.2

I was born here, grew up here until I was eight years old, left, and came back 15 years ago. I like this city, the center is not that big, and it has everything from shopping amenities, to great historic and modern architecture, museums, parks, restaurants, and a lively vibrant atmosphere.3

You can sit in the sun on one of the many terraces sipping your beverage or enjoying the beer culture.4

The Parliament of The Netherlands is situated here, as is the International Court of Justice with its international war tribunals. In the city jail prominent convicted war criminals were indicted or prisoned, like Slobodan Milosovic, from Serbia, Charles Taylor from Liberia, and many more.

Watch the largest painting in the world, Panorama Mesdag, a painting with a 360 degrees view of Scheveningen, the city’s holiday hub by the ocean.5

One of the founding fathers of The Netherlands, Johan van Oldebarneveld was murdered here in 1619 and his statue is overlooking parliament and the city center.6

The philosopher Spinoza has a statue in one of the old neighborhoods and you can visit his tombstone in the center with the quote: "Terra hic Benedicti de Spinoza in Ecclesia Nova olim sepulti ossa tegit" which means "The earth here covers the bones of Benedict de Spinoza, long interred in the New Church". On the grave’s slab the Hebrew word "עַמך" (amcha) meaning "your people".7

All-in-all, an interesting city. You should visit one day. You're so very welcome!

October 28, 2020 at 12:01am
October 28, 2020 at 12:01am
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"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

Describe your favorite candy in great detail.

Licorice, a sweet, chewy, aromatic black substance   made by evaporation from the juice of a root and used as candy and in medicine. In The Netherlands, we call it black DROP, and it is delicious. We have dozens of flavors with or without sugar. Whenever we visit people in other countries, we have to bring bags of Dutch drops in as they don’t make them in that many sizes and flavors as in my home country.

Drops are a traditional small, round confectionery made from a mixture of boiled sugar and flavorings. They are "dropped" onto a pan or baking sheet to set. In the 1840s, drop roller machines came on the market. These machines took the hot, 120 °C, cooked sugar, and molded it into shapes between two hand-cranked brass rollers.

I really am fond of drop, but unfortunately, I only can have the ones without sugar. Too bad.

We don’t celebrate Halloween as other countries celebrate, so no trick-r-treating here. Drop would be the perfect candy for it. You could give each individual kid a handful. Or a small bag full of delicious black drop.

Where does the Trick-r-treating come from anyway?

Trick-or-treating is a traditional Halloween custom for children and adults in some countries. In the evening before All Saints' Day (1 November), children in costumes travel from house to house, asking for treats with the phrase "Trick or treat". The "treat" is usually some form of candy, although in some cultures money is given instead. The "trick" refers to a threat, usually idle, to perform mischief on the homeowner(s) or their property if no treat is given.

In Scotland and other parts of Britain and Ireland, the tradition of going house to house collecting food at Halloween goes back at least as far as the 16th century, as does the tradition of people wearing costumes at Halloween. In North America, trick-or-treating has been a Halloween tradition since the 1920s.

Since the Middle Ages, a tradition of mumming on a certain holiday has existed in parts of Britain and Ireland. It involved going door-to-door in costume, performing short scenes, or parts of plays in exchange for food or drink. The custom of trick-or-treating on Halloween may come from the belief that supernatural beings, or the souls of the dead, roamed the earth at this time and needed to be appeased. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick-or-treating

There are also stories of poisoned candy. What’s that all about?

Poisoned candy myths are urban legends about malevolent strangers hiding poisons or sharp objects such as razor blades, needles, or broken glass in candy and distributing the candy in order to harm random children, especially during Halloween trick-or-treating. These stories serve as modern cautionary tales to children and parents and repeat two themes that are common in urban legends: danger to children and contamination of food.

The deaths of five children were initially blamed on stranger poisoning. However, none of these claims were sustained upon investigation.

In 1970, Kevin Toston, a 5-year-old boy from the Detroit area, died after finding and eating his uncle's heroin. The family attempted to protect the uncle by claiming the drug had been sprinkled in the child's Halloween candy.

In 1978, Patrick Wiederhold, a two-year-old boy from Flint, Michigan died after eating Halloween candy. However, toxicology tests found no evidence of poison, and his death was determined to be due to natural causes.

In 1990, Ariel Katz, a seven-year-old girl in Santa Monica, California, died while trick-or-treating. Early press reports blamed poisoned candy, despite her parents telling the police that she had previously been diagnosed with a serious medical condition, an enlarged heart, which was the actual cause of death.

In 2001, a four-year-old girl in Vancouver, British Columbia died after eating some Halloween candy. However, there was no evidence of poisoned candy, and she actually died of a streptococcus infection.

In a 1974 case, an 8-year-old boy from Deer Park, Texas, died after eating a cyanide-laced package of Pixy Stix. A subsequent police investigation eventually determined that the poisoned candy had been planted in his trick-or-treat pile by the boy's father, Ronald Clark O'Bryan, who also gave out poisoned candy to other children in an attempt to cover up the murder, though no other children consumed the poisoned treats. The murderer, who had wanted to claim life insurance money, was executed in 1984. In this case, the distribution of poisoned candy is true, but no children other than the intended victim were harmed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisoned_candy_myths

Yikes, what a way to kill the harmless innocent story of trick-r-treating into a horror story fit for Halloween.

So, next time you go out there trick-r-treating expecting drops, watch yourselves and the kids.

October 27, 2020 at 2:00pm
October 27, 2020 at 2:00pm
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"Blogging Circle of Friends [E]

Prompt: “You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ― Maya Angelou. What do you think? Can you use up creativity?


https://www.huffpost.com/entry/creativity_b_4440941

Tapping into creativity, it’s in the air, the artist should be humble as Paul Klee, the painter described it. The artist is merely a channel.

So, the more you use it the more you have it. It can not be used up. It’s not a closed circuit but an open one. The reverse of a black hole in the universe where stars and planets are sucked into. Creativity is poured out of the matter and it won’t stop when you know how to tap into that stream.

For months now I am high on writing. My creativity is at the center of my being. It’s not so much that I write better than before but I feel more connected with my writing. It’s an almost divine process I am part of. It expands my own self and situation but it is a layer beyond the mundane. At least that’s how I come to understand it. In this writing realm, I feel connected with other writers.



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October 27, 2020 at 12:02am
October 27, 2020 at 12:02am
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Beethoven   and Bach  , the two greatest composers in Western clasical music.

Bach (1685-1750) lived in the Baroque period while Beethoven (1770-1825) was a crucial figure in the transition from the Classical to the Romantic era.

Both composers struggled with a disability; Bach became increasingly blind towards the end of his life while Beethoven began to lose his hearing when he was 26 and became completely deaf in the ensuing decade. https://www.diffen.com/difference/Bach_vs_Beethoven

In his later years, Johann Sebastian Bach developed severe cataracts and opted to find an eye surgeon to restore his sight. Unfortunately, he instead found a man named John Taylor. Taylor performed a primitive type of eye surgery called “couching,” which involved dislocating the lens of the eye and pushing it back. After the surgery, Bach reported extreme pain in his eyes and, a week later, was operated on by Taylor a second time. The second surgery left Bach completely blind and likely resulted in his death a couple of months later.

Ludwig Van Beethoven’s iconic 5th Symphony is sometimes known as the "Victory Symphony" due to its role in the Second World War. Because the distinctive four notes of the opening motif had the same “short-short-short-long” pattern as the Morse code for V, the Allied Powers used Beethoven's piece as a symbol for victory in the propaganda campaign V for Victory. https://list25.com/25-bizarre-facts-about-classical-music/

I love classical music, I have been taught by my dad. I especially love Bach and Beethoven. Their music relaxes me and it pimps up the slow Sunday or any other day of the week. I can hear and listen to it when I am reading. That’s special since I normally like to read in silence. Without music.

My younger brother gave me Beethoven’s complete work one Xmas, a CD box with 40 CDs. And the legacy of my late father was his 5 records-boxes of Bach’s work.

So, there is a lot of music to cover. Let's just drown in these chords surpassing all eternity.



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October 26, 2020 at 12:05am
October 26, 2020 at 12:05am
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"Welcome To My Reality Forum [E]

What do you like to do to relax and wind down?


I guess during COVID we are all more tense and anxious. I am afraid to get near people, I am afraid to catch Corona, get really, really sick, anxious to go to the intensive care at the breathing machine and die, or get invalid for life. I just am scared by this invisible enemy.

So, in the Before Time, I liked to swim to unwind. The soothing caresses of water on my body relaxed me. I haven’t done that in ages. I also took long-distance hikes in Nature, with or without my dog. The last time we did 15 kilometers on a bright day was in 2018. I loved to go to the beach for a walk and coffee. I have to go by bus, that’s out of the question now.

Driving a car was the number 1 thing I liked to do to relax. I have been always a happy chauffeur. Don’t own a car, so that’s no option. I frequently went to the movies with a friend. She took up going again last week, I declined. Corona has spoiled everything although I know they are taking measures for distancing etc. But no fun now to go out and socialize and have drinks with friends. I’m becoming a hermit.

Last but not least, traveling. I used to travel a lot when I was younger, not so much lately because I have a dog, but it’s totally stopped since COVID. I don’t dare to take public transport even, let alone a plane to go elsewhere. No, not going to happen!

What do I like to do now, during this pandemic to relax and unwind?

Since Corona, I’m an expert in navel-gazing to unwind. Just sitting in Zen, breathing in and out, thinking all sorts of shit, or just be in the moment thinking nothing at all. It relaxes me enormously in between my writing or Internet work.

Sleeping is one of my all-time favorite pastimes. I totally am out for a couple of hours, sit down at my computer in the middle of the night for 30 minutes, and go back into bed again. This can happen several times a night. But I do wake up rested, lucky me.

Watching DVDs; smoking; drinking gin and rosé or coffee and zero; writing; roaming WdC or the Internet; walking the dog; walking in the rain; buying stuff online; reading and listening to music are also things I like to do to relax.

I would have wanted to say sex relaxes me, but that’s no part of my life these last few years. So, just forget it.

I think I just about have summed up a list.

It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems. Thich Nhat Hanh





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October 25, 2020 at 1:07am
October 25, 2020 at 1:07am
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List the top twenty things that suck about getting older.

I was going to answer this prompt by telling my readers I don’t have a problem with aging right now. Right now I am still glowing under the influence of a video conference call, the WDC Zoomies event.

Miranda_TheScaryCookieWitch was there as well, complimenting me, jokingly, but I heard her say it, that she thought I was thirty years old. *Ha*.

Now there is a thought that can brighten my days for the coming weeks. It’s not true of course and it never again will ever be true, but it was nonetheless nice to hear her say it. Out loud, so that everybody present could hear it. And laugh about it, naturally.

But first of all, what is Zooming?

Once every fourteen days, writers of Writing.com have the opportunity to meet and watch and talk live with one and other. Check out "WDC Zoomies [GC] and join next time. Be sure to contact the hostess Charity Marie <3 WDC Zoomies! first, she will put you up with the details.

It was my first time and it was fun. I had a really enjoyable four hours of chatting, listening, and talking about everything, from writers' stuff to COVID to traveling to personal stuff. Really cool.

Back to the aging thing!

Aging isn’t really a problem until you hit forty, and fifty and beyond. Why? Because your body is changing. Suddenly you have these little aches in your knee or in your shoulder. Suddenly you have to do exercises because your body really needs to get into shape. Suddenly you have what they call old age diabetes, and you have to take medication for it, perhaps, oh horror, even shoot insulin. When that happens you know it’s all over. You are definitely middle-aged and to some folks, you are just plain old.

Okay, I can live with middle-aged and even old, if said nicely, but what I totally didn’t expect was the invisibility of aging. Our Western society is not built upon the gracefully aging of people. The place where they include elderly people because of their past and what they can teach in the present.

Older people have no future, that’s what some young folks think. So, we collectively treat elderly folks like shit. In the best-case scenario, elderly people are tolerated. But they surely don’t contribute any longer as significantly as younger people do. That’s the paradigm.

And as you grow older, you start to believe in it yourself. Getting older is no fun at all.

So, 20 things that suck about getting older.   Not necessarily in that order.

*SnailR*Forgetting people's names
*SnailR*Losing hair
*SnailR*Feeling stiff
*SnailR*Talking a lot about your joints/ailments
*SnailR*Groaning when you bend down
*SnailR*Not knowing any songs in the top ten
*SnailR*Misplacing your glasses/ bag/ car keys etc
*SnailR*Getting more hairy - ears, eyebrows, nose, face etc.
*SnailR*Avoid lifting heavy things due to back concerns
*SnailR*Saying 'in my day'
*SnailR*Finding it tricky to sit cross-legged on the floor
*SnailR*Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort rather than style
*SnailR*Thinking policemen/teachers/doctors look really young
*SnailR*Falling ill more often
*SnailR*Complaining about more things
*SnailR*Needing an afternoon nap
*SnailR*You like getting asked for ID
*SnailR*You struggle to lose weight easily
*SnailR*You know your alcohol limit
*SnailR*Not knowing or remembering the name of any modern bands

When I’m really, really old, in about 20 years, this lovely poem is reality. I am warned!

The Little Boy And The Old Man By Shel Silverstein

Said the little boy, sometimes I drop my spoon.
Said the little old man, I do that too.
The little boy whispered I wet my pants.
I do too, laughed the old man.
Said the little boy, I often cry.
The old man nodded. So do I.
But worst of all said the boy,
it seems grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
I know what you mean, said the little old man.



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October 24, 2020 at 12:40am
October 24, 2020 at 12:40am
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"Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum [E]

Prompt: “There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise.” Brené Brown, Rising Strong

What do you think, is Ms. Brown right? How do you rise strong?

Brené Brown is a professor in research journalism, gives Ted Talks, and is author and blogger.

I think she is right. For example, writers who have learned how to rise in a writing community know of the hard work quality brings with it. Hard work and time! It takes time to become a better writer and be successful.

If you allow yourself the time and persistence it takes to have success then it won’t happen overnight. You won’t be blind sighted by instant success. You rose strongly in the comfort and safety of a loving writing community where you could play freely without being afraid of nasty critics, cynics, or fear mongers. They are left at the gate of the community and can’t come in to judge you.

That’s how you rise strong!

You are willing to fall because you have learned that falling is not that scary in a writing life. You are willing to fall because you learned it’s no big a deal, you get up again and go on, do better next time. Within the community, there is a safety net.

Writing.com can do that and more for you.

October 24, 2020 at 12:01am
October 24, 2020 at 12:01am
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"Welcome To My Reality Forum [E]

What are the little things that make you happy?


In these troubled times with the COVID virus, social distancing, self-quarantining, and last but not least the beheading of a French history teacher by an 18-year old Islamist terrorist two weeks ago in Paris  , it’s time for some happy facts. To balance things out a little bit.

What are the little things that make me happy?

First and foremost, my dog Arie. He is a 15,5-year-old farmer’s fox-terrier with a small dementia problem. Notwithstanding the occasional peeing on the vinyl lately, the barking for no reason, and the hours sleeping he still is capable of letting me smile every single day. How I love him to bits!

That was the case when I bought him 14 years ago from the Internet, that is the case today and that will be so tomorrow.

He is furry, he is adorable looking, he is totally depending on me but goes his own doggy way and he is here 24/7. The ingredients to make you fall in love, feel responsible, and let you breathe while not being suffocated. Dogs show their love and affection in their behavior with such enthusiasm, it’s contagious.

Secondly, writing and WdC. Not such a little thing, actually it’s huge but it has also the small things incorporated. Such as the physical Merit Badges that I ordered a while back and that are slowly being delivered to my house. I now am officially a member of a club with this small token pinned on my sweater to show for.

Thirdly, my new Lewis Black navy-blue hoody with at the front the words: the joke’s on us tour and a very nice big hamsa sign at the back, a red and black patch. Within two or three days they delivered from the States to my place. So much for postal services. I still am waiting for that biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the deceased American supreme court judge and Fivesixer (Halloween version) ’s poetry booklet 100. I ordered that last one 5 months ago, still haven’t got it.

Fourthly, I am very happy with the latest books, ebooks, DVDs, my computer, computer-game Skyrim, and a record-player with Bach collection that helps me working and keeps me entertained during the pandemic. Without all that I surely would feel depressed!

And last but not least, the little pleasures of eating and drinking. I order a lot of takeouts and drink a fair amount of booze to cope with the isolation in the pandemic. And I don’t have to cook at the same time which is a plus.

It’s all trivial stuff, except for Arie, but of huge importance in keeping me sane. And that is what counts. To keep yourself busy and preoccupied in a time when you don’t have control over your life and what’s happening. The future will tell what lessons have to be learned and how that future will unfold. The main thing is to stay happy-like, focused, and never give in to despair.

Those little things bring me joy. And that’s a good thing!



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October 23, 2020 at 12:04am
October 23, 2020 at 12:04am
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This article, and by reference the Billy Porter-quote reflects on respect for humanity as the highest good.

We call it human dignity!

Most people recognize it as a critical part of justifying human rights and measuring what is just and moral. By nature of being human, all people are ensured certain rights that cannot be withheld based on characteristics that make them unique, such as gender, race, sexuality, and so on.

The word “dignity” comes from the Latin word Dignitas and the French Dignite. In their original meaning, these words referenced a person’s merit and not their inherent value as a human person.

“Human dignity is the highest good because humans (generally speaking only) have rational apprehension through the ability of language which allows us to self-reference. Our legislative wills allow us to regard ourselves as ends-in-themselves (sources of moral value).”

Respecting human dignity   matters because it ensures a just, fairer world where everyone can flourish.

Philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) made his point on autonomy and goodwill as the highest good of human dignity. We can learn from him to have a better understanding of today’s world and ourselves. That in itself will trigger hope for the future.

Hopefully!

Treat people as ends-in-themselves and never as a mere means – Kant



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October 22, 2020 at 12:05am
October 22, 2020 at 12:05am
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"Journalistic Intentions [18+]

The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could fit back into my Wonder Woman costume. WhiskeringDeath

I almost missed it.

It’s this month 80 year’s mark that fictional character Wonder Woman first appeared in All-Star Comics #8 in October 1941 with her first feature in Sensation Comics #1 in January 1942.

Years and years later with books, cartoons, features in other superhero movies, and independent films, there was in June of this year the release of Wonder Woman 1984. Due to you know what I didn’t have the chance to watch it yet. It’s on my bucket list.

Thought I dig into the woman as lovely as Aphrodite- as wise as Athena- with the speed of Mercury and the strength of Hercules - She is known only as Wonder Woman!, according to her creator American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston.

Who is Wonder woman?  

The character is an iconic figure in popular culture that has been adapted to various media. Yesterday, October 21 was Wonder Woman Day. I’ll be just in time to pay tribute to a very entertaining and poster child female for everything great. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Woman

Demeter, the goddess of agriculture and fertility, blessed WW with strength drawn from the Earth spirit Gaea, making her one of the physically strongest heroes in the DC Universe and the strongest female hero in the DC Universe.

Pallas Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war, granted WW great wisdom, intelligence, and military prowess.

Artemis, goddess of the hunt, animals, and the Moon graced WW with the Eyes of the Hunter and unity with beasts, meaning WW can communicate with all animals.

Hestia, the goddess of hearth and home, granted WW sisterhood with fire.

Hermes, the messenger god of speed, granted WW superhuman speed and the ability to fly.

Aphrodite, goddess of love, bestowed WW with stunning beauty, as well as a kind heart.

What’s there not to love and like?!

She is awesome, and I wouldn’t mind fitting into her costume at all. But I'll settle for the Wonder Woman facemasks. Just ordered two.





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October 21, 2020 at 12:05am
October 21, 2020 at 12:05am
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Thanks for sneaking in and participating in October's Unofficial Blogging Month! Kindest Regards, Lilli


"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]
What is your most important project right now?


I have several projects now, equally important to me. There is always the daily blogging with the prompts from "30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+], "Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum [E], "Blog City Prompt Forum [E], "Welcome To My Reality Forum [E] or "JAFBG [XGC]. I am addicted to blogging and have been doing it for almost four and a half years now. Gee, that long? Yes! I can fairly say that I am improving my craft. Little by little.

Do I want to make money blogging?   I am not ready yet, but I want to possibly try that in the future. You have to create a blog outside WdC. So, not for the present time.

Then there are my "WDC Writers University [ASR] classes "Paranormal Romance Writing Courses [ASR] and "House of Sensual Prose [18+] where I am in the middle of writing a paranormal romance with an erotic twist. One write for both classes, I hope that will suffice.

Writing romance is hard, everybody will tell you that. You wouldn’t know from the fast influx of stories that are out there though, but that’s also my problem. I don’t read them, and the ones I did read in the past I would not enjoy today. They are for the most part, superficial, very sexists, and boring. I just am not interested in reading stuff like “When Maria imagined "The One," it never occurred to her that her summertime Fair fling, Beau MacClogling, might fit the bill.” The heroines are always beautiful, with long wavy hair and dimples, and the hero is almost always dark, handsome, and rich. To make a romance work is something that scares me, but I’m willing to give it a try and learn something new.

In between, I have my outburst posts on Newsfeed, with a few lines and a gif. I love to do those. It’s not really a project, but it takes some time to fabricate something fun or interesting. It’s also an important place to be in touch with my fellow writers.

Then there is this month the poetry challenge "Resurrection Jukebox [E] with the question to create fifteen Blackout Poems. An unknown poetry form where you take existing texts, in this case, lyrics, and black outlines and words in order to craft something new.

Last but not least I have finished recently three chapters of my new fantasy. New…, new…, I started the damned thing three years ago but I was stuck. Lately, I picked it up again and I hope to have the inspiration to do two or three additional chapters in the coming months.

I have my job cut out for me. Busy, busy.

That is, if my equipment won’t fail me!

Last night my desktop screen was dead all of a sudden. After the initial shock, I thought Oh well, time to buy a new one after all. I was postponing that for months. But as I approached the computer store around the corner this morning, I knew there was something out of whack. It was not open!

The note on the door said: Due to COVID, I am closed till further notice. Aww, not good, not good at all...

So, I went home trying to come up with a solution to score a computer screen right away at this very minute. No chance of course. *Sad*
It took me some time to remember that I had stored my old computer screen in the basement. So much for hoarding stuff! *Bigsmile*

Would it still work?

Fortunately, it did. *Heart* I can go back to my projects again!

Or take a quick nap...

‘cause the mere thought of not having my computer up and running can be exhausting.



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October 20, 2020 at 2:05am
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"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+] and "Blog City Prompt Forum [E]
What is your definition of an adventure?


Study what you love, and you'll never have to work a day in your life. It'll be one great adventure. David Gerrold

Adventure (n): an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience, or activity. (v): engage in a hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.

Other related words:

escapade (any carefree episode), thriller (a suspenseful adventure, story, play, or movie), Odyssee (a long wandering and eventful journey), point of no return (a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment), foray (an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)), enterprise (readiness to embark on bold new ventures), expedition (a journey taken for pleasure), hot-blooded (prone to emotion), game (an amusement or pastime), and yearning for (prolonged unfulfilled desire or need).

I love adventures, although there are but a few in my life. The adventure of writing is at the moment the most prominent one.

I love it that an adventure can change your life completely, puts it upside down, and lifts you up, out of your mundane and quotidian existence.

Adventures are mindboggling, heartwarming, and cool. They expand boundaries, borders, and horizons, they open up new worlds, they provide tools for another dimension to life. In other words… "adventure is worthwhile", according to Aesop, the Greek storyteller from 2500 years ago.

The fable of The Two Frogs:

Two frogs dwelt in the same pool. The pool being dried up under the summer's heat, they left it and set out together to seek another home. As they went along they chanced to pass a deep well, amply supplied with water. One of the frogs said to the other, "Let us descend and make our abode in this well; it will furnish us with shelter and food." The other replied with greater caution; "But suppose the water should fail us, how can we get out again from so great a depth?"

Moral: Do nothing without some regard to the consequences.

In an adventure, you take calculated risks because you still want to have fun and be joyous. Plunging into something with your eyes and ears closed is not my definition of an adventurous lifestyle. But instead, you are ready for the new and the different with a clear conscience and an open mind and outlook!

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson.



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Indonesia was good - and crazy, too! It was a great experience to play there. I enjoyed the football. It wasn't easy. It's very hot.
- Michael Essien (Ghanaian Athlete)


Indonesia, the biggest Muslim country in the world today. Colonized by the Dutch for 400 years. Independent from 1949 onward. 8 Land of my ancestors because my late mother was Dutch - Indonesian.

12,142 kilometers away!

So, I went!

In 1998 for the first time and in 2004 for the second time. By myself, to feel my roots, to experience their beautiful Nature, and to meet the people. My family was born there, I always felt a strong Indo-European connection and I love Indonesian food and its cultural fairs.

I remember it all too well. I arrived at the isle of Sumatra by plane. Red tiled houses under a radiant sunny sky. When I descended the staircase of the plane and set foot on the land for the first time, I cried. Hot, humid, sandy winds and open space to the terminal. I felt right at home. My soul belonged there. The weirdest feeling!

I traveled as part of a group of four; two lovely co-workers from Shell, an oppressing Dutch guy, and me, for one and a half months. We traveled by minivan from Medan the capital of Sumatra, where my mother was born, overland to Padang, the harbor.

We visited Berestagi’s alligators, Lake Toba’s suite on the water, and Bukittingi’s Minangkabau's lodgings. It was magnificent with aggressive monkeys near the road, the occasional holy ox, lots of rice fields and forests and at night cultural performances with stunning local males, great food, and good company. I had a blast! My camera shot in overdrive.

And the color green! I never knew there were so many different shades of green.

We took the plane from Sumatra to Java, traveled the whole island from West to North, took the boat to Bali where I stayed, independently of the group now, on my own for a week.

Java was a cultural shock because of its crowds, Bali was paradise.

In 2004 tragedy struck Indonesia with the biggest tsunami in history and the loss of 227,000 people in 14 countries. I just came home from a Xmas holiday to Aurora, Denver area, Colorado when I heard the news. At 07:58:53 local time (UTC+7) on 26 December. I was devastated and watched CNN with live footage 24/7 for more than a month. Horror, disbelief, and painful, that’s my memory of that awful period.

I immediately felt the urge to do something, to assist in some way. To explore my possibilities as a Dutch aid worker for a small group, I went on a 10-day trip to Sumatra months later. Could I be of any assistance in setting up a children’s home in the province of Aceh, that part of the country where the disaster had struck the most?

As it turned out, I could not. I was of no use there because of a. I didn’t speak the language and b. I was a woman without a network. Turned out both were not the best of criteria to getting things done around there at that moment.

So, I left again. Sad this time because I knew the country was going to face years of devastation to heal and turn things economically. Aceh still didn’t recover from that period, almost 17 years later.

It was one of my most precious travels. Indonesia. In spite of facing corruption and other difficulties, it is the most beautiful country. I would never want to live there but I certainly would want to visit again, when this pandemic is over.

The scariest in my last visit?

A swim outside the hotel where I experienced my own, private tsunami feel in the strong waves of the ocean, and an earthquake of 6.2 later that week.

What I loved the most?

My first live soccer game ever was in Padang, Sumatra. I sat there to watch Jakarta versus Padang. Because my friends at home didn’t like soccer I never had the opportunity to see a live game before. Nighty minutes of shouting, yelling, and enjoying myself. Too good! Jakarta won by 2-0!

I performed a song on stage in the lobby of my hotel in Padang. Can’t remember the name of the jazzy song, accompanied by a pianist, but it was fun!

And I watched the most beautiful sunset on the beach.

So, Indonesia is really worth paying a visit. Birthplace of former President Barrack Obama and my mother both.

Also, it’s cheap. 100,000 rupiah is worth 6,77$. Which is nice!





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8  Their Declaration of Independence marked August 17, 1945, the beginning of their armed fight against the Netherlands and pro-Dutch civilians.

October 18, 2020 at 12:01am
October 18, 2020 at 12:01am
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If you were to run away where would you go?

Running away is something kids do, and I am an adult so, that shouldn't apply to me.

Unless…

my country was in a bloody war like Syria, Lybia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Kashmir (India-Pakistan), Venezuala, or Ukraine. If there were chaos and doom in my country the Netherlands, and I had to run, I would like to go to the States.

I’ve been there a few times before and I loved that country, fell in love with it so much I decided to explore my chances of immigrating to the States. I actually had material to see what it would take to become an American citizen. That was back in 2004, life got in the way and I never went through with it, it never happened.

As a citizen of Europe, I had a choice to go somewhere else to live, work, and play.

For as many as 11 to 14 million displaced people in 2020 (that’s 11-14,000,000 men, women, and children!!), it is not. 9 They don’t have another choice than to run, flee or just go elsewhere.  

That’s enormous, that’s huge, that’s a tragedy!10

In Europe, we have what they call a refugee problem. Now it’s not as much a problem as it was in 2015/16, but it’s there, it’s lurking at the borders of fort Europe. There is a migrant crisis in Europe   and adding the pandemic there is bound to be a catastrophe unfolding.  .

Imagine, thousands of people jammed up in one unhealthy place as for instance a Greek refugee camp, without proper hygiene, masks, or space to socially distance themselves from each other. Everybody can do the math  , that is beyond imaginable and cruel!

I won’t go into the arguments for or against letting refugees enter Europe   but you can see where this is going.

If The Netherlands would be that of an unsafe place for me, I would run.

Run like hell!

So, I would apply for a green card to The States and weigh my chances.

But, I am fortunate, I have a good life here, and if nothing changes I will remain here. In my apartment in the West of The Netherlands, near the sea.

Where they just delivered some plants I bought online. Hurray, my living room has another green spot again. Let’s find out how long it will take for me this time to miserably fail in taking care of my plants.

Luckily, I can always buy new ones.

How I love the Internet!!





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9  Western and Arab news differ on the exact numbers.
10  The IRC even comes up with a number of 65 million displaced persons worldwide!  

October 17, 2020 at 12:00am
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Discuss this quote: “I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I'd rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas.” ― Michael Moorcock.


Sorry, this is too much of an unrelatable quote, so I won’t discuss it. The first part is not me, so the second part doesn’t apply although I find it to be more appealing.

But I like the last name of this writer, LOL. So, I come up with another quote by Michael Moorcock. 11

By means of our myths and legends, we maintain a sense of what we are worth and who we are. Without them, we should undoubtedly go mad. - Michael Moorcock.

I love myths, folktales, and legends. The fantasy genre is however not an easy genre to write as a E Weatherwax is bizzzie pointed out in "Writing Fantasy: A Reader's Perspective [E]. There are bound to be a lot of beginner's mistakes such as shallow worldbuilding and character development. All important issues I would like to address in the fantasy I’m writing 12

A while ago I bought three big volumes on myths and legends. The Mythology bible (2009), The Mythical creatures bible (2008), and The Fairy bible (2008). There were already a few occasions I could use these bibles for my writing. Really, really great.

I have to thank The Ghost of Jayne's Lost Sock for giving me those titles to buy in October 2018. (Yes, I blogged about it back then). They are so awesome. With pictures, I might add. 1200 pages of pure references full of tales, stories, research, cultures, and fairytales. Magical!

Back to Michael Moorcock. He is apparently a brilliant author of complex science fiction and fantasy.  . After reading this article I want to read more by him. He goes by many pennames so, there should be much to chose from.

He is next on my to-buy list.

I am preparing for a really nasty indoors-kind-of-fall-and-winter-time with the second wave of Corona firmly in place. I have a stack of books and DVDs, an online streaming service, WdC, that one computer game, my music, newspaper, and my writing to tie me over to next year.

As if 2021 will be much different. I can’t see anything in my crystal ball, but I suspect 2021 will be as crappy as this year. Better come prepared for indoor’s time!

Take care everybody and stay safe!



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11  In 2008, The Times named Moorcock in its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
12  ("The meet at Ku-To-Yen-Pi [E]; "Sleepless Cenobites [E]; and "Approaching the hour [E]).

October 16, 2020 at 12:02am
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What are the top twenty changes you'd like to see happening in the next 20 years?


Okay, now, here is a rather difficult future related question.

These next twenty years are going to be crucial for me. They are the years of enjoying my life, myself, and my surroundings in a relatively normal fashion. I hope I’ll be still living independently of major care, still have my health and mobility and still am writing as I do now.

After those 20 years, things will all be evolving around the very last twenty years up until my death bed. That is, taking into consideration that I’ll live to be a hundred. Which is highly improbable but not unlikely. If and when the virus doesn’t grab me first!

So, from my 59th till my 79th I would like to see happening…

5 Corona related future events:
*FaceMask* That Corona will be under control as is the flu, HIV, malaria, etc. Hopefully, there will be a cure, but at any rate that there will be a reliable accessible vaccine.
*FaceMask* That we don’t have to practice social distancing and wearing masks any longer.
*FaceMask* That we can travel by plane like we used to. That traveling would be still affordable and safe with taking into account the care for climate change and fuel shortage.
*FaceMask* That the care system in my country, and worldwide is still existing with enough money, resources, staff, and means to enable the civilians to live longer lives. We are depending on the doctors, nurses, and other personnel to take care of health care. Corona has taught us that, at least.
*FaceMask* That people have learned important lessons during Corona time to better society and take care of each other.

5 world related future events:
*Globe* That there will be less war and strive once Corona is out of the way. Diplomacy, politics, and mediation will be of the utmost importance for the struggles in the Middle East and Africa, for example.
*Globe* That hunger is a thing of the past. We are able to feed every human being on this planet, but we have to redistribute resources and means in a more egalitarian way. Where the rich help the poor.
*Globe* That there will be enough food and water. Growing crops and distributing water is very important to help nations take care of their citizens.
*Globe* That Nature is preserved as much as possible in every country. That we found solutions on how to take care of our waste. For a green planet!
*Globe* That morals, ethics, research, technology, and the Internet are still worthy instruments in the future of mankind.

5 writing-related future events:
*Type* That my writing is still worth living for.
*Type* That Writing.com will still be here, evolving with time.
*Type* That I am able to write longer stories, even novels.
*Type* That my poetry will develop into something substantial.
*Type* That publication is an option again.

5 personal related future events:
*Geek* That my health will be good enough so it allows me to keep living an active life.
*Geek* That money will be a constant factor still, nothing fancy but enabling good living.
*Geek* That friends and good company will play a significant role.
*Geek* That I am learning how to love another.
*Geek* That I could still explore living in a deep, passionate relationship.

I think I covered all the major issues that I would like to see changing in the next twenty or so years.

That leaves nothing else except leaving on a high note:

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan Watts.





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October 15, 2020 at 9:48pm
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"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

List ten rules you've broken.

The 10 Commandments List in the bible, I’ve broken all of them in one way or the other. I don’t feel guilty about it, though!

1. You shall have no other gods before Me. I don't believe so that’s in violation of the very first rule. I’m an atheist bordering agnostic or vice versa.

2. You shall not make idols. I think it’s safe to say I made money an idol, like the rest of mankind. We work for money all the time, making it the most important of idols in our daily lives.

3. You shall not take the name of the LORD in vain. I’ve been known to swear sometimes.

4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. To me, Saturday is just another day of the week, the first day of the weekend at best, but no more holy than Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

5. Honor your father and your mother. In my youth, I frequently disobeyed their wishes and rules. I left home at 17 because I couldn’t bear to live with them any longer.

6. You shall not murder. As a writer of horror and thriller stories, I have had to murder in my mind. And I frequently kill my darlings, so to speak. In real life I have no intention of murdering anyone, I can assure you. But the mindset is there. I’ve even commit cannibalism in one of my stories. Not cool in real life of course!

7. You shall not commit adultery. The same with adultery. I’ve committed adultery in my mind as a writer in one of my stories.

8. You shall not steal. When I was in a bad period in my life and didn’t have any money to buy food, I have stolen groceries at a supermarket. Of course, I got caught, they send for the police and I got busted. A fine; and that was the end of it. It’s not pretty to be in that situation where you have to steal in order to survive.

9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (lying). Although I am an honest kind of person I have told the occasional ly in my time. And then there are the white lies, I know of those as well.

10. You shall not covet. (lust for). I lust frequently for food, drinks, or men. In my mind just innocent byplay.

I try, however, to live by the 3 stoic rules of Life by philosopher Marcus Aurelius (121 AD-180 AD), wisdom, justice, and courage.





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October 15, 2020 at 12:01am
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*Drbag* Dr. Brain or Dr. B. Rain?


This was supposed to turn out as a blog about Dr. Brain, the psychiatrist slash poet who tried to find his purpose meddling in the mental health system, but I found that utterly boring and predictable so instead, it’s the tale of young Dr. Bob Rain, B. Rain for short, who turned into a wise man, a druid, and a lover of rainy days purely by accident and who ultimately grew into the head of a modern-day cult.

You see, Bob never wanted to be someone with followers. He wanted to remain anonymous and spent his whole life proving that he couldn’t be bothered with other people’s lives. Too much fuss, too complicated, no fun in bonding with another human being because that would involve emotions, and as everybody knew, emotions could be messy. So, he stayed away from close friendships, or meaningful relationships with women and kids.

One of the reasons was of course that Bob was adopted at a very young age and being abandoned in early childhood made him avoiding ties with others on a deep level. Because people could not be trusted and they could walk out and leave little Bobby hanging out to dry. This was a notion he couldn’t shake his whole adult life and of course as self-fulfilling prophecies go Bob was indeed the victim of women who left him. Either intentionally or not, he proved his initial theory of being abandoned in life every time.

That would be the end of the story of lonely Bob, but it’s not...

Because although he proved himself correct, he was not a happy man. But others noticed Bob's charisma and cleverness so, they were attracted to him and women wanted to marry Dr. Bob, and crowds were fascinated by the sheer idiosyncrasy of Bob’s life and works.

Bob, the builder was working one afternoon in his garden, cleaning up the mess as he got a visit from a fairy. Being Bob, he was captivated by the little creature and asked a lot of questions about where she came from, what her specialties were magic-wise and he demanded proof of her spells. The water nymph named Pluck was more than happy to interact with this human and taught him a spell for success in Life.

“You need a red candle, a piece of ginger root and powder, a pin, a red pen, and some paper. Lit the candle, write your goal with the pin on the root; spread powder on a plate, and write your intentions with your fingertip as well and write your ambition on a piece of paper with the red pen too. Then ask the fire spirits to be present and burn the paper in the flame of the candle. Finally, take a small amount of ginger powder in your clothing when in want of success. “13

And Bob was a great success. He married his fairy out of love, build a city, and became one of the most famous druids promoting druidism   in the country.

Why, may you ask, haven't we all heard of Dr. Bob Rain then?

Because, as fairytales go, none of it is true. It’s just a figment of my imagination. Or is it?

But…

don’t you wish it to be true?





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13  The Fairy Bible (2008) by Theresa Moorey.

October 14, 2020 at 11:29pm
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"Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum [E]

Listen to the song or read the lyrics and discuss what you think the meaning of the song is.



I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight? Oh Lord, oh Lord
Well, if you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand
I've seen your face before, my friend, but I don't know if you know who I am
Well, I was there and I saw what you did, I saw it with my own two eyes
So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you've been
It's all been a pack of lies
And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well, I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well, I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well, I remember, I remember, don't worry, how could I ever forget?
It's the first time, the last time we ever met
But I know the reason why you keep your silence up, no, you don't fool me
Well, the hurt doesn't show, but the pain still grows
It's no stranger to you and me
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well, I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well, I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well, I've been waiting for this moment all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well, I've been waiting for this moment all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Phil Collins

Phil wrote the song during the grief he felt after divorcing his first wife Andrea Bertorelli in 1980. The divorce contributed to his 1979 hiatus from Genesis, until the band regrouped in October of that year to record the album Duke.

All of the original songs on the Face Value album, including follow-up hit 'I Missed Again', were intended to be "messages" to his first wife, in an attempt to lure her back to him.

Phil said in 2016: "I wrote the lyrics spontaneously. I'm not quite sure what the song is about, but there's a lot of anger, a lot of despair, and a lot of frustration." https://www.smoothradio.com/features/the-story-of/in-the-air-tonight-phil-collin...

I think he's drunk, talking to God, wanting his wife back!



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