Share Your World – Questions for June 9, 2020

This is my first time participating in SYW, but I have always enjoyed reading the answers of other bloggers I follow. Thanks to Melanie (Sparks From a Combustible Mind) for the questions. I look forward to participating.

And now for the questions:

How comfortable are you speaking in front of large groups of people?

Public speaking has always been a bit of an out-of-body experience for me. It is literally like I am sitting back watching someone else. So, I can speak to a room or even a small auditorium of people with no problem. I have never spoken to groups larger than that so I am not sure how that would go. People always come and congratulate me after — telling me how well I did which I find bizarre. The one thing I know, however, is I must speak from the heart. Reading from pre-prepared notes is more challenging. I am not sure how well I could deliver something someone else wrote for me.

What would be the best thing you could reasonably expect to find in a cave?

Cave drawings amaze me. I find them fascinating and such a find would be my best case discovery. I can do without the normal cast of characters like bobcats, bears, snakes, and bats, but seeing the marks left by early people tells me of their desire to communicate and leave something behind. I think that is the hope of all writers. What we leave in this world might be as important as how we lived in this world.

What did you think was going to be amazing but turned out to be horrible?

I took a job as a Social Media Specialist for a fulfillment company. I learned after I was hired, that twice in the company’s history, the president had come in and fired everyone. It was toxic. I did not last long before I was laid off. My boss was a female attorney and she was more toxic than the environment which was hard to imagine.

What’s the silliest thing you’ve observed someone get upset about?

Where I grew up, the guys loved to drink, especially on the weekend. This event was silly but tragic. Two life-long friends got in a row because one of their children threw a ball in the creek that belonged to his friend’s child. They were drinking. One pulled out a gun and shot the other. He lost his life that day.

That was dark, so let’s leave on something positive.


Please feel free to share something that gave you an uplifted spirit during this past week. 


Awakening The Butterfly: Personal Transformation During A Global Pandemic


Turning the corner during these difficult times is not easy. I struggle and I am fortunate. I do not have the struggles so many people like my daughter must face. I am so proud of her for taking positive steps and for being brave enough to reimagine a new version of herself when the pandemic is behind us. I know she appreciates your reads, comments and follows. She is a tough cookie. ❤️

Two Moms And A Toddler

“The Caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity”

~ George Carlin

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It was Valentines’ Day in 1989. I was walking to the bus stop to catch my ride to school. We had just moved to Yarmouth, Maine from Anchorage, Alaska a few months prior and I was not adjusting well to the change. It was snowing that day and I remember someone telling me as I neared the bus stop that school was canceled. A snow day! I remember scoffing at the idea of it. In Alaska, a “snow” day rarely happened. You slapped chains on the wheels of the bus and off you’d go. I remember looking at it as a sign of weakness for some reason which gave me even greater cause to hate the recent move and resist settling in.

Being a latch-key kid in the ’80s, I…

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