Megan’s Suggestion: Pros and Cons

Well, Megan, posted the idea of making a list of pros and cons about ourselves and to link back to her blog if you wanted to.  She said she would link hers back to mine in return.  Hm, I didn’t say that quite right, but I think you understand.  Anyway, I am game, so here we go, in no particular order:


1)  I have a lot of time to spend on things I consider important.

2)  I speak my mind much more often now.

3)  My self-esteem is quite high.

4)  I am now a published author.

5)  I have also self-published on Kindle.

6)  My relationship with God is strong and solid.

7)  I do not get sick very often.

8)  I have no debts, except my house.

9)  My children are successful and happy; they make me proud.

10) I have many more pros than I am writing here.


1)  I had a stroke that almost killed me (for good).

2)  My short-term memory is somewhat faulty now.

3)  I have to use a cane to walk more than a few dozen yards.

4)  I can’t play volley ball anymore.

5)  I don’t get to teach in school.

6)  Being disabled means low on money most of the time.

7)  My medications have some side-effects I don’t care for

8)  My temper is shorter now.

9)  I don’t feel as desirable anymore.

10)  Unfortunately, there are more cons I could write as well.


Kinda followed her rules.  The cons are things I don’t like, not necessarily things bad about me, but the thought is there!



Amazing! The Rebirth of Mozart?

*I have a feeling someone didn’t want anyone linking to this one, so I am telling you not to go there.  If you still want to view it try looking up “Mozart Reborn” or some such on Google and see what you get.  It’s a shame, but “That’s AAAAAAALLLLLLLL Folks!” :-(

Once again, I am to do my Flash Fiction, but this took the cake and “had” to be posted!  Only about 2 minutes and I guarantee you will be amazed…



March Madness where the Madness is mostly in the Universities! (Language)

I have to admit I really like John Oliver.  He may not be all 100% accurate 100% of the time, but I think he hits the nail on the head more times than not.  So, here in March in Indiana, I bring you John Oliver on March Madness:



Five Sentence Fiction -Engulf – “Lucky Day” – Pg13

Lillie brings us Five Sentence Fiction – One-word prompt of “Engulf” for this week.  Mine is below; the rest >Here<!


“Lucky Day”

By  Scott L Vannatter – March23, 2015

Unknown by Earth or its inhabitants, a large planetoid-sized particle was hurtling across the deep void of space on a direct collision course with our home planet.

It would take decades, perhaps centuries, but the speeding doom was inevitably on its way.

As it passed through one particular portion of the Universe, its trajectory brought it to within a few hundred thousand miles of a fairly large black hole.

The immense gravitation of the once-star engulfed the planetoid in its nearly infinite gravitational pull, jerking it from its original doom-ridden path and bringing it into its own doom in the darkness of the gravity.

Earth’s inhabitants went through their day, many cursing that it was raining so much this particular season.




Youth – Gotta Love ‘Em!

Source: Licensed for reuse. Click pic for page.

I saw that it was time for my next flash fiction or short fiction entry on this post.  However, I am always allowing myself to step away from that routine in order to bring to you what I consider a very important item.  This time, it’s about our youth.  I am reading a book by Neale Donald Walsh entitled “The New Revelations.”  In it, one of the main themes is about how we can change this messed up world of ours.  Part of the answer seems to be to quit teaching them the same old stuff.  I am not talking about Math, Reading, and so on.  I am talking about teaching them how to hate, dislike, to find differences in others as a reason to pick on them or ignore them.  I have been thinking a lot about that and how my life would have been changed had most of my world been aimed to help me love the world instead of to fear it and to be angry with it.  Something inside of me kept pushing back at that teaching; it still does today.  I meet so many people and organizations who, whether they know it or not, they keep pushing this agenda forward.

You know it’s easy to see this in something like ISIS or Concentration Camps or India’s treatment of women in so many parts.  It’s easy to see it when it’s far away and has little to do with you.  But look at your life right here.  Ask yourself some really tough questions and think about them and then answer them “honestly.”  It’s too easy to blow off with “yeah, a lot of them are like that.”  Here’s a couple of the really tough questions:

1)  Does your school teach boys and girls to be different in what they strive for? Do boys only have boy ideas and girls only have girl ideas?

2)  Does your church teach that there are those who are separate from you?  separate from the church?  separate from God?

3)  Does your job pay men and women the same?

4)  Do you think that women (or men) are inferior to you?  Do you think that others are inferior to you?  Do you think you are inferior to others?

There are many more questions.  I will let you ponder the ones above and start a dialogue if you wish.  My email is  Just make sure to put “Tough Questions” in the subject so I don’t delete it out of hand.

Read a couple of books “Conversations with God” (3 books), “The New Revelations” all by Neale Donald Walsh.  He isn’t the only person talking about all of this.  He is just who I am reading now.

To add to it here are 3 short videos about our youth, the ones who aren’t “listening” well…good for them:




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