Negative Space – Changing Skyscapes

Nice to see a rainbow. It’s been awhile.
Love the sepia tones here.
And more clouds.

For Lens-Artists Photo Challange 114: Negative Space

First time to try this challenge and first post from a new phone and via WordPress Mobile from one of my workations. No filter or editing here. Not quite sure all the photos fit the theme.

Truthful Tuesday – On Books and The Love of Reading

This week Pcguyiv asks:

Do you have a favorite author? If so, who and why? If not, why not?

I can’t say I have a favorite. Growing up, I read just about anything I can lay my hands on, mostly my brother’s collection of comic books (Archie, Marvel), mystery/horror/crime novels (Anne Rice, Sidney Sheldon), military/legal/psychological/techno thrillers and sci-fi (Scott Turow, John Grisham, Michael Crichton, James Patterson, Tom Clancy). I even read some of my aunt’s Danielle Steel romance novels before I had books of my own other than school textbooks.

Later on when I had my own money to buy my own books, I started enjoying books on psychology (M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Traveled and The Road Less Traveled and Beyond), biographies and reference books. I still enjoyed fiction particularly those with incredible world-building (C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, some Tolkien and later on The Harry Potter series) but noticed that I’m more willing to purchase non-fiction.

What was the first book you remember enjoying reading?

I remember thoroughly enjoying Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. It was probably the first series of books I ever read. I was about the same age as the main character Anne Shirley and she brought me places with her on her adventures.

What three books best sum up your taste in literature?

I’ve developed a very eclectic taste in literature, too broad spectrum and all over the board to pick just three.


Share Your World – On Luck and Happiness

This week’s Share Your World X Harry Potter 2-part series by Melanie and Roger Shipp includes a set of questions that are related to/inspired by the Half-Blood Prince.

For the HP questions:

You have just been gifted a magic wand that specializes in completing household chores. You can request the completion of only two household chores. Which chores would you assign your wand to complete?

Washing the dishes and doing the laundry or wiping down grocery items/any delivery.

At the local Wizards-R-Us store there was a sale on handshake shockers, instant darkness pellets, and levitation pills. Which of these ‘party thrillers’ are you more likely to purchase?

Levitations pills for sure. Handshakes are pretty much obsolete, and I don’t care much for the shadows, instant or not.

In the alley behind Wizards-R-Us, there was a tradesman selling a Love Potion. The sales pitch was too much for you and you yielded and purchased one vial. What do you do with it?

Save it as Christmas present for someone who needs it by then (wink) or as a white elephant gift exchange.

You are the Great Clearinghouse Winner of a new ‘good luck’ potion – Felix Felicis. It has to be used within the next thirty days or its potency becomes diminished. Do you use it? Do you give it to a friend in need?

I’ll use it on several occasions within 30 days and on those days, do all sorts of things requiring luck i.e. buy lottery/raffle tickets, sell high-ticket items, apply for visas, emigrate/immigrate etc. That’d be an interesting experiment, see how effective it is.

For the muggle/mundane questions:

If everyone spoke their mind, would this world be a better or worse place?  Why?

For some reason, this made me think of a Twitter-dominated world and that’s not a pretty picture for me. But in an ideal world where people are not given into anti-intellectualism/anti-education or at least word vomit/verbal diarrhea, and actually use their voice to discuss important/relevant issues/causes or contribute to the conversation towards reaching a better understanding of things, what a bright world that would be.. 🎼

Can achieving nothing make a person happy?

This makes me think Dolce Far Niente. There’s joy in that, in moderation. But if that’s a life goal (to not achieve anything) then I suppose it’s possible.

How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them?

When the idea of being with that person for life or at least a long time feels right or good and not repulsive at all (lol). And what’s out there no longer (or not at all) changes your mind about it.


Yes Fibbing

Here we go with alternative definitions to the ff. words. Head over at Pensitivity101 for the rules.

1. ‘She had the biggest aspidistra in the world.’ But what is an aspidistra? A plant from the Iron Islands (GoT)
2. What is the main ingredient in Beef Wellington? Uh, beef
3. Who was Tufty? A very jealous squirrel
4. What is a Port Folio? A collection of port wine
5. What is a bootee? A bootlike garment made from goatee
6. What is meant by ‘You have been tangoed’? Defeated in a tango competition
7. What is a blue bottle? Bottle made/sold in Avatar.
8. How do you make shortbread? By skimping on all ingredients to make bread
9. What colour is cotton candy? #ffbcd9 hex color
10. What are cowslips and snap dragons? Cowslips are underslips for cows, snap dragons are flowers endemic to Jurassic World

Need of the Hour (WSPD 2020)

World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 (Sept. 10) aims to raise awareness that suicide is preventable. This year’s theme and for the 3rd consecutive year now is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide“, emphasizing the crucial role collaboration plays in suicide prevention.

It’s never too late to learn more about this issue. Here are some suicide facts.

Other readings:

World Suicide Prevention Day 2020: History, Significance, And Why It’s The Need of Hour

Risks, warning signs and where to get help.

What you can do to help/support.

IASP: Take a Minute.

A Look at Suicide Attempt Survivors.

World Suicide Prevention Day - Take a Minute #WSPD2020


Reblog: Excavating the Dark Side of the Shitpile — Healing Through Connection

Who’s ready to get off this roller coaster? Bazinga, no dice! We are strapped in like fat toddlers to professionally installed car seats and this hellish ride ain’t stopping anytime soon. What am I talking about? COVID? Racial unrest? The economy? Politics? Riots and looting? Wildfires? Square dancing hurricanes? Climate change? Well, all of it, of course. We are in it, my friends. Oh. Yeah.

Excavating the Dark Side of the Shitpile — Healing Through Connection