Share Your World – March 1st, 2021

C7D018A9-43FB-4E9D-B21D-A8E1035F7F25 It has been a while since I participated in Melanie’s Share Your World post. Thankfully, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind I feel comfortable popping in when the spirit moves me. Please be sure to check out her page for this feature and read how others have answered these probing questions.

Here are the questions:

Is every piece of truth worth telling?   (credit to the magnificent Cyranny for this one)

I think the truth is always worth telling if it is your own personal truth. Other peope’s truths are nunya business. That being said, I think lies trip us up and what we may try to avoid by telling one, usually comes back to haunt us. I am all for little white lies that protect people and spare them from unnecessary hurt.

Whom do you miss more Freddy Mercury or Prince?  (if you don’t know who those people are, just skip this question.  It’s cool).

I know who they are so I’m clear to answer. I have never been ‘attached’ to entertainers. I cannot miss someone I never knew. I feel sad at the loss, especially when the loss is tragic. I can miss their music or their impact on my life and the world. The music and the videos stay with us, even if the flame of life is extinguished. I might also miss the fact they cannot create new music.

If you could only email or text people for the rest of your life (no other form of communication), which would you chose?  

That would be horrible. I would kick and scream and throw tantrums, but if I had to choose, I would choose text. With text it is easy to send a quick video and see and hear the people I love. To see them and hear them would be divine. I would fear with email people would not take the time in this fast-paced tech life we lead to compose and send an email. That would be very lonely.

Would you prefer to work the midnight shift at a really creepy out of the way motel OR work alone for eternity?

Give me the creepy motel.

Bonus question because yes, these are a weird bunch this week:   What’s one secret you’re still keeping from your immediate family? (no details required.  You could say something like “The lost weekend in 1982”.  You can also answer “Why I NEVER keep secrets from my nearest and dearest!”).



GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)

Please feel free to share something uplifting that you’ve experienced so far in 2021.

Covid conversations, I have reconnected with old friends and even my children a little more. We are now having nice hour-long conversations (and more frequent ones) which helps lift the veil of this crazy pandemic isolation.


Share Your World – October 26, 2020

C7D018A9-43FB-4E9D-B21D-A8E1035F7F25Melanie has her neighborhood over at  Sparks of a Combustible Mind all decked out in Halloween decor. It was so festive I thought I would play along and Share My World today.

Here are the questions:

What’s the tallest building you’ve been to the top of?

First let me say I am not a fan of heights. Especially manmade heights. I trust Mother Nature a lot more than mankind. So, I suppose the tallest building was the Montreal Tower (574 ft) in the Olympic Village. The second highest would have been the Skylon Tower (520 ft) at Niagara Falls (it towers 764 ft above the base of the falls). I do not like heights so these were big steps for me.

What do you do to keep fit?

Normally I walk, but I have been lethargic and uninspired during Covid.

What’s your jack-o-lantern carved to look like?

Living WAY OUT in the country and in quarantine we have no jack-o-lantern. 🎃 But if I had one it would be a most traditional face – not a new age face.

Do you have hope or have you lost it?

I always have hope. I could not live without it. Hope has saved me so many times in my life.


Feel free to share something you’re grateful for!  Images and photos or poems, essays or free writing (stream of consciousness) pieces are all acceptable!  AND you don’t have to do this part, it’s always optional!

Please do not say you have nothing to be grateful for when a tree bursts with autumn color just outside your window.  Remember that friend you chatted with today? What a gift they are in these difficult times. Did you ever notice how constant the skies and the stars are? I still gaze at the same stars my mother saw when she was a little girl.

Today I am especially grateful for this blogging community.



Share Your World – September 28, 2020


Share Your World is presented by the lovely Melanie from Sparks of a Combustible Mind.

The questions this week:

Where do you feel most at home?  Please be more specific than “at home, doh” please. It could be a room in your home, a person, a location…  😝 😁 😇

I feel most at home surrounded by these mountains I am fortunate to live within. They are the connection I share with my ancestors. They are a small portion of the earth still somewhat intact. This place has the power to lower my blood pressure and calm my soul.

Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?  🐎  🚗 🚲

My preference would be to walk. With my knees starting to feel the effects of arthritis, bike riding is becoming less appealing. I have never actually ridden a horse so I cannot speak to that. I suppose that leaves me with driving a car.

What song would you sing on “Karoke Night” (if you were forced to do so)?  🎤 🎶 🎻🎷🎺🎸🎵🎹

”Black Velvet”. It is one of the few songs I can actually pull off. I am not a gifted singer by any stretch of the imagination.

University or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life?  🎓

I think they both prepare us in different ways. I grew up with some of the smartest people I ever knew who were never afforded a college education. Their life experience and knowledge of the natural world were all gained through experience and reading. They knew how to survive in even the worst of circumstances. University education hopefully gives access to a broader scope of the world and teaches discipline and the value of reading and research. Unfortunately, the cost makes it almost unreachable for many.

An Attitude of Gratitude

I am grateful for the sun peeking through the trees.
I am grateful for my family and our love for one another.
I am grateful for the scientists who persevere and persist.


Share Your World – July 21, 2020


Melanie, from Sparks of a Combustible Mind, poses these questions:

Where Do You Not Mind Waiting?

I am not as patient as I was once and my time is more valued as I get older. In today’s pandemic world I do not mind waiting, six feet apart for people just like me who are trying to survive.

What Is In Your Fridge Right Now (you’re not required to give a comprehensive list)

Milk, water, leftover spaghetti, fresh berries, cherries and lots of fresh veggies from my garden. And some cake I caved in and bought. Coconut for me, chocolate fudge for hubby.

If You Could Only Speak One Word Today, What Would It Be?


Would You Rather Be Trapped In An Elevator Full Of Men With BO Or Three Soaked Dogs?  (this is with the codicil that C-19 doesn’t exist)

Dogs of course. Please let them be puppies! 🐶 

An Attitude of Gratitude

My daughter, after being unemployed for 4 months after a pandemic layoff, found her dream job! 🙏🏼 

(I am also thankful I know HTML and CSS. 🤓 )


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.