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Reading List – Just for You

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I thought that, for tonight, I would try something a bit different.  Instead of trying to tout myself up or write something to totally intrigue you, I decided I would print a list of the top 20 blogs I follow and try to read.  I don’t always succeed (especially of late), but these people work very hard and are truly fascinating to read.  Many of them read each other, of course; however, not all do.  There will definitely be someone on here you don’t normally read.

I don’t ask that you choose one and follow; what I do ask is that, instead of reading my 1000 words or so, please choose one from the list below, read it and comment – either comment on it or comment on mine about which one you decided (or didn’t) to read.

List: (not in order)

1)  Carnival Day – Haibun Thinking  An Elephantcant

2) The Importance of Not Knowing  Adrianna’s Random

3) GirlBoner Solo Sex: 5 Masturbation Tips Worth Trying  August McLaughlin

4) I survived…  Behind the Mask of Abuse

5) The truth about myself: A story on self-hate  Boomie Bol

6) A Ya Novel and a Research Trip  Debra Kristie

7) A dog’s nose  Harvesting Hecate

8) “I always feel like somebody’s watching me”  hope the Happy Hugger

9) In which I discover that I’ve learned nothing for the past three years of college.  I Think in Comics

10) Friday Fictioneers-16 MAY 2014/ the Black Sheep Indira’s Blog

11) Miscellaneous May Musings — And WordPress Heard Us JMMcDowell

12) Free stuff is cool: last day  Mollie Player


14) Friday Fictioneers–Another World  This That and the Other Thing

15) Deadly Dreams  The Netherworld

16) Derby + beer + dress ups  The News with Nipples

17) Cat In A Box And A New Hairbrush  The War in My Brain

18) Wicked Nights Blog Hop  Theinnerwildkat

19) vulnerability Who is Bert

20) Texting After Dark  Rendezvous with Renee

Now, I usually have about 47 listed in my emails to read and I follow a little over twice that (so, very near 100).  I have said before that I can’t read them all and, now, I am actually working a lot and can’t read most of them.  Every week to two, though, I try to read, at least 15-20, commenting on several, liking all I read.

Just letting you know that some of you I follow because I don’t want to lose track of you.  I may pop in and read yours sometime.

Regardless, I hope you had fun.





Britain’s Got Talent on the X-Factor

Caption: Britain’s Got Talent Judges – get source by clicking on photo.

I did not sleep well last night.  That has been the case for the last several night, in fact.  This morning, after about 4 hours of sleep (in which I woke up at least twice), I got up and decided to do my morning routine and sleep later.  As usual, I got sidetracked and started watching YouTube.  X-Factor has always been big on my list as has BGT and AGT.  No, not for Simon, but if I can watch Amanda Holden for an hour, so be it!  Anyway, I ended up watching about 90 minutes of the best, according to someone.  I decided that, rather than spew at you for 1000 words, I would let a picture (well, a lot of pictures moving fast) tell the tale instead.

Sit back and relax…watch for a few minutes or the whole thing.  Let me know what you think.  I loved them all!




How to Get Lost and Enjoy It!

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Being bloggers, the majority of us spend a great deal of time online. I have a routine each morning which consists of:

Log on –

1)      Check my amazon accounts for sales

2)      Check my dating site (just in case)

3)      Check my email (usually about 40)

4)      Check my Blog site

I do these while eating breakfast at my computer. Now, that really doesn’t look like much, but there is a problem with number 4: my email. My email consists of moving things to different folders, reading them, or deleting them. It all depends on what they are. I usually save blog emails, family emails, friends emails (unless they are mult-sends), and those dealing with money. I get several news feed emails. In these, I look at the links to see if I would enjoy reading any of them. There are usually about 15 links. I, normally read about 6-10 of them.

This morning I went through my usual routine. When I finished, I looked at the clock and realized that I had been online for nearly 3 hours just to do my morning routine! This led to me realizing just how much time a person can spend online and not even know it. I have people who get upset (not sure why they get upset that I do this) that I spend so much time online. I mean, really, does it hurt them? Anyway, I hear people getting upset with children who spend so much time with online games. Being a gamer myself, I understand completely. I logged in last night to play just a bit of “Fallout 3”. I did my little bit and looked up to see that I had been playing for 2 hours! The time just went by and I truly did not know it.

All that has been said to prepare for tonight’s excitement. Here are ten things, with links when possible, of what I learned in the past 48 hours online:

1)      Even a teen should not fake that she’s a member of a terrorist organization and call the airlines! http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/218754/dutch-teenager-actually-arrested-for-tweeting-fake-terrorist-threat-to-american-airlines/

2)      There is a company that lived and died while I was blissfully unaware of the process. http://www.trippapparel.com/tag/clinckle

3)      There are several movies coming out in the next 6 months whose trailers really make you want to watch, but you can’t be certain if they will be any good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VccFcuDclhQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVt32qoyhi0

4)      There are some young ladies that should not be dated (due to their daddy)! http://www.upworthy.com/a-dad-gets-a-standing-ovation-for-what-he-says-to-boys-who-want-to-date-his-daughter-well-played?c=reccon1

5)      Airline safety is a laughing matter! http://www.ijreview.com/2014/04/129644-attendant-takes-flight-entertainment-new-level-hilarious/

6)      Graphene is going to be awesome! http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/bend-it-charge-it-dunk-it-graphene-the-material-of-tomorrow/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

7)      A person changes a lot in 4 minutes – if it covers 14 years. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/beautiful-timelapse-shows-dutch-girl-grow-baby-teenager-article-1.1755689

8)      Denzel Washington was almost known as a racist. http://www.upworthy.com/denzel-once-turned-down-a-movie-role-so-racist-he-thinks-it-could-have-changed-his-career?c=reccon1

9)      Ellen D. had a strange guest on her show to illustrate photoshop. http://www.upworthy.com/you-know-those-models-with-unrealistic-bodies-ellen-had-one-on-her-show-yep-totally-impossible

10)  Yes, I laughed too. Now, so many years later, I learn more of the truth about the McDonald’s coffee lawsuit. http://www.upworthy.com/ever-hear-about-the-lady-that-spilled-coffee-on-herself-at-mcdonalds-then-sued-for-millions?c=reccon1

This is, of course, only a small amount of what I covered, but it should show why I lost 2.5 hours in the mix.

How about you? Can you get lost on the net? What do you learn about? Is it a waste?




Happy, Happy, Happy!

Okay, as you can see by the title, I am happy!

What has me that way is not any big change in  life, but the addition of some things.

Those things are followers and readers for my blog!  In the last couple of weeks I have had quite a few people read my posts, both followers and readers.  They have made comments and/or liked the post.  This had allowed me to track them.  I want to thank them for their participation in my life.  And, I think I have figured out how to do that pretty well:

1)  I am going to produce a list of people who I don’t normally notice on my blog who have either commented and/or liked the last few posts.  I will, if possible, link their names back to their blogs (some may not have one).

2)  I would love it if you would click on 1 or 2 of them instead of reading my usual post today.  If you do, please be so kind as to mention that I got you there, so they know I am thanking them.

3) Have a great day.


Cayman Thorn – Thanks to 4am writer for the post info

Nitin Vaghela

Jonathan Hilton    not his first visit

tazeinmirzasaad  has been around a bit

zookyworld  graphic artist – shirts and such on blog, too!

the imaginator



Okay, that’s the last several posts.  It doesn’t show me all the likes so, if I missed you and you are new, I apologize.  Tell you what – mention that in a comment and give yourself a link!  It’s not tooting your own horn if I ask!

I also did stop at 8.  You have choices, but limited.

Enjoy.  Namaste,


I Would Like to Thank…

***OOOh!  Gotta say it!  My story (included in “The Dead Sea” anthology is now on Amazon.  It is or will be on Kindle very soon!) at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1478310596 . Okay, done.


I was given nomination for two awards by Ruby, for the Very Inspiring Blogger and the Versatile Blogger. I passed the torch on to the very lovely and talented Katrina Perkins who gave it to John W Howell.  He, then, gave it back to me.  No Problem!  I enjoy this very much.

The rules that need to be followed are:

  1. Display the Award Certificate on your website

  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award

  3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers

  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post

  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Since I have already been nominated for each of the awards, I will nominate as many new people as I can, but I may not hit the 15 mark. JMMcDowell mentioned that often combining awards is the way to go.  I can’t take any credit for that as Ruby sent the combination to me.  As for the wonderful pic of the “Dragon Loyalty Award” that needs some explaining.  I enjoy starting my posts with a pic.  I looked up awards on Google and enjoyed this one.  So, I just wanted to clarify that I really didn’t mean for it to become a new award!  However, let me give it fair credit as the pick came from:  Parajunkee  .  Now, if it is legal and all to continue passing the picture, I love it.  I would ask that you embed or give the credit mentioned above.  There, I think we have covered the basis.

Now for number 5 – the 7 more interesting things about me:

1)  On my European concert tour with Sounds of Hope in 1976, I was in England and they had dumpling balls of some sort.  I popped one in my mouth and bit, only to find that the center was almost boiling.  It put a large blister on the roof of my mouth!

2) I once was playing a round of golf and a worm deflected my ball on a long putt.  It was going to be in, too!

3)  My favorite colors used to be midnight blue, but in the last few years, it has changed to powder blue.  I also have gained an intense like for earth tones.

4) I was in the restroom at work once when the Halon (fire extinguishing equipment) was set off in our computer room.  The equipment was located in a space next to the bathroom.  The noise was so loud…well, I am glad I was already sitting.

5) Twice in my life, as a security guard at two different companies, I tripped and nearly fell off the roof of 8 story buildings.

6) One of my dreams growing up was to attend a John Denver concert.  Sadly, his death came before my dream was realized.

7) I was, once, instrumental in bringing a theft ring to justice.

The nominees for the two awards are: (loud drum roll with full orchestral accompaniment)

1) Rian at Truthandcake – Truth be told, Rian was one of the very first bloggers I followed.  I read her on “Freshly Pressed” and really liked what she had to say.

2) Soma  – Soma has been extremely busy lately, so I don’t know if she will be able to accept this, but I wanted to send it anyway as she has always been able to make me smile.

3) Mollie Player – Mollie has become, at least to me, one of my better friends here on WordPress.  Her devotion to her stories and books keep me reading and enjoying her blog.  We share a lot of beliefs in the positive and in visualization and creating what you choose in your life.

4) JMMcDowell – Whether it is through her character, Meghan Bode, and the in post mysteries she presents or through her up-and-coming books, JMMcDowell is a joy to read and to follow.

5) Susie Lindau –  Susie is a hoot!  I laugh repeatedly when I read her posts.

6) Magsx2 – Margaret is another blogger who I haven’t heard from in awhile.  I know she is busy, so she may not be able to accept this award either, but I had to try!

7) PFPT (Pretty Feet, Pop Toe) – This young lady has been a favorite of mine for quite awhile!  As you can see by the post I am directing you to here, she has quite a biting sense of humor.

8) Buckwheatsrisk – Zoe is a great blog-friend of mine.  We have hit it off very well and, often, hold short conversations in our comments.  Her blog is important as it covers the nature of parental abuse and the consequences on the children.

I know that I only did 8 of 15, but, to tell you the truth, I am to the point that I may be nominating people I have just nominated.  So, to give them a break (and me) I will stop.

If you aren’t in the list above, just know that I thought of all of you.

If you are, don’t feel obligated to accept.  If you have won before, so what?  I did, too.  If you don’t know 15 blogs to nominate, you have two choices – nominate who you do know, or follow some more.  The other 14 above would be good choices 🙂

Please visit the blogs that aren’t yours and enjoy.  Following them wouldn’t be a bad idea!



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