Category Archives: My Life

Tiger Tale

I read that Chile has banished Tony the Tiger as part of their campaign to change the dietary habits of their country. I grew up with Tony the Tiger, Frosted Flakes, and other too sweet cereals myself. I can’t blame Tony for any bad eating habits I have acquired over the years.

Tony the Tiger via giphy.com

There were so many choices when I was growing up: Sugar Pops, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs. But I wasn’t “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs”,

via giphy.com

or even for Lucky Charms and the Leprechaun.

But the ads probably do influence kids. I remember the commercials were shown during the times when kids shows were on, like Saturday morning cartoons. I do think I miss Tony the Tiger saying “Frosted Flakes are GRRRREAT!!!! And that’s the end of my tale.

Did you have any favorite, too sugarly, cereals when you were a kid or even now?


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt words: tail/tale. Use one or both. Featured image ‘tiger meme’ by Meme Binge on Flickr. Gifs via giphy.com

Fast and Slow Motion

Even though I can appear stationary, I have been racing around inside. A restlessness because of feeling at loose ends. I think it is related to my moving into a new stage of life. I have been transitioning away from having a work life. And now that I don’t have a lot of stuff I have to do,  to distract me, I have to come face to face with myself. I have decided that is what this part of my journey is about. Taking stock of what my life has been and now setting off on a new adventure… the exploration of this new, unknown territory. But I think I am ready to begin. There are no guideposts, maps, or operating instructions. You have to figure it out for yourself. So I am taking it one step at a time.

Spider Meadows, Glacier Peak by Andy Porter


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today ‘movement’ However, don’t use the word “movement.” Choose some sort of movement, and base your post on that. Enjoy!

Featured image “Lipan Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park” by Adam Schallau US Dept of the Interior on Flickr. Spider Meadows Image from US Dept of State on Flickr. Both images part of National Wilderness Month Album from 9/2017.

 

A Life’s Worth

I came across a beautiful post in the New York Times column Disability: Essays, art and opinion exploring the lives of people living with disabilities, about a man who found himself chronically ill and lost in the Healthcare maze of diagnosis and health insurance and despite all that discovered new meaning and insight into the value of all people, including those ill or disabled who are often shunned, In My Chronic Illness, I Found A Deeper Meaning, by Elliot Kukla.I have been thinking a lot about our obsession with having to show how strong, busy, and productive we are. How in charge of our fates we are,when the truth is we often don’t have that much control over what happens in life. Maybe it’s really not important if we do not shake up the world but if we can say that we did some small good acts, shared our love and kindness with the people we met, then that is enough.


Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt word ,’contemplation’, suggested by Cheryl of the blog The Bag Lady. Featured image, ‘Contemplation’ by Maurice Fillonneau

Out Of Context

Recently read a post by Calvin Trillin in the New York Times, When ‘All Thumbs’ Becomes a Compliment,thanks to a mention in Ronni Bennett’s blog Time Goes By.He was referring to the common idiom about someone being ‘all thumbs’ or clumsy with hands and that it may no longer apply in current times as when he was “watching a teenager text” with their thumbs at lightening speed on the subway. This got me thinking about common expressions and idioms, that I still use all the time, and how they fit or not with modern times. Here goes:

“Hold your horses” meaning slow down,wait. ( used to refer to reigning in a horse or team of horses). I once said this to my daughter when she was little and she replied, ” I don’t have any horses!!”

“Spill the beans” (reveal a secret, sometimes prematurely).

 

“Mull it over” (ponder, think carefully about).

Ponder via Flickr.com

These next two may require prior knowledge of poultry farming:

” Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” ( don’t put all you resources into one thing) I usually use this to mean don’t put all your hopes on one venture, try, or possibility.

“Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched” ( Don’t assume something that has not happened yet)

Chicks via Pixabay.com

“Don’t sell yourself short” ( Don’t underestimate yourself. Probably used to refer to the selling stock for less than what it would be worth in the long run.)

“Go the extra mile” ( Going above and beyond to make an effort to do something. May go out of style if we all go to metric system)

Photo by Davyd Betchkal NPS Denali National Park

“Won’t give an inch” ( stubborn, unwilling to compromise) This is similar to “Stick To Your Guns”

Shooting Jane Russell GIF via giphy.com

” Not playing with a full deck” ( Cognitively impaired, not functioning well. Like playing cards without a full deck of cards)

“Lose Your Marbles” ( mentally impaired, lose your wits)

Marbles by Joe Mabel

“Sharp as a tack” (very intelligent, bright. Used to refer to sharp cutting edge. A tack is a small sharp pointed nail.

” Hit the nail on the head” (precisely, correct) Like hitting a nail head with a hammer.

via giphy.com

“In a nutshell” ( concisely, in summary) “alludes to the Roman writer Pliny’s description of Homer’s Iliad being copied in so tiny a hand that it could fit in a nutshell,” Idioms by The Free Dictionary.

Nuts via Pixabay.com

“Close, but no cigar” ( almost the right answer or close to winning, but not quite) may be referring to old time carnival game stalls where the prize was a cigar.

photo by Ted Allan via wikimedia.org

Groucho Marx ‘A Day at the Races’

Do you have any favorites? Do they still work today?


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is to look to the publication (book, newspaper, permission slip from your kid’s teacher, whatever you find) closest to you, and base your post on the sixth, seventh, and eighth word from the beginning of the page.

Featured image of ‘Young people texting’ by Tomwsulcer via wikimedia.org, homer simpson moe GIF via giphy.com, ‘Ponder’ image via Hobvias Sudonelghm on Flickr.com, Chicks and Nut images via Pixabay.com

 

Appointment To Write

“Most of what is best in writing isn’t done deliberately.”― Madeleine L’Engle

One Liner Wednesday is hosted by Linda G Hill.

 

 

 

 


 

The first Wednesday of the month is time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. This month’s (optional) question is:

What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

I am glad this is optional because my answer would be pretty brief. I have been taking a break or mini sabbatical from regular writing, a period of rest or leave. Resolved to not have a schedule at this time. In a bit of flux about where my writing is going. I have made an effort to write Flash Fiction for the Write…Edit…Publish WEP Blogfest. Just finished one for the December Challenge, Redwood. And it did take effort to sit down and write that piece. I had an idea I wanted to explore in the beginning and once I got it started it took on a life of its own in that new ideas did come to me as I wrote it. I am proud of my story. It takes courage to write creatively in that I am putting a part of me out there, making that effort.  I do think that Flash Fiction is an interesting form of writing. Another scheduled writing I have been pretty consistent with is Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Seems like I do have a bit of a schedule in place after all. To write my blog at least once a week and participate in WEP.

“In the final exam in the Chaucer course we were asked why he used certain verbal devices, certain adjectives, why he had certain characters behave in certain ways. And I wrote, ‘I don’t think Chaucer had any idea why he did any of these things. That isn’t the way people write.’

I believe this as strongly now as I did then. Most of what is best in writing isn’t done deliberately.”
Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet


Insecure Writer’s Support Group, #IWSG, is co-hosted this month by: Tyrean Martinson, The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Rachna Chhabria, and Jennifer Lane. Featured image ‘A girl writes with a quill at a portable writing-desk’ from Instruction and Amusement for the Young, 1830 via wikimedia.org

Yuletide

Yule starts with the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. For many of us it is time to gather for holiday celebrations. We just celebrated Hanukkah last week with part of the family. The best gatherings are with family and close friends. We might enjoy some eggnog or mulled wine and special meals like roast turkey. My daughter wants to make something different, paella. I look forward to being together with my daughter and my son and his family. Have a cold this week and grateful for online shopping. My little grandson is sick and had to go into the hospital yesterday. He is doing better and should be home soon. It has been a tough year for many people with all the hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and wild fires. I hope everyone can be with their families and friends and have Happy Holidays!

Wassail pronounced like waffle but with /s/ sound can mean drinking to your health, like a special holiday punch, or caroling ( singing Christmas songs). Here’s to all of our good health and Happy New Year!


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt words for today are you’ll, Yule, Yul. Featured image of ‘Snowing Snow Lantern Red Little Girl Winter’ via Max Pixel.

Wild Fires

” When you’re evacuating from a wild fire it’s hard to decide what to take with you.”

My ability to write provides a path for expression about my life experiences. I am often moved to write when my feelings about a thing run high. Maybe a part of being a writer is the need to chronicle your life.

I thought we had been lucky and avoided the fire season in our section of Southern California. But as it often happens, the fires have their own secret plans. We were evacuated from our home a little over 10 years ago in the middle of the night so this time we decided not to wait until the evacuation order to get packed. Experiencing an evacuation does that to you. You know it can come suddenly, with little warning, and you must go. There had been no evacuation orders yet but we were busy gathering a few mementos and family photos, our wedding album, videos of our kids growing up and my son’s bar mitzvah, a small photo album of my son’s wedding, a few precious notes from my daughter, our kid’s baby shoes…It’s hard to decide and remember what to take with you. My son and daughter in law had to pack up all the equipment in their car for my little baby grandson, just in case. It’s not just the fires but the threat of power outages. Some medical equipment he needs requires electricity. We talked about them coming to our house or her parents depending on who loses power. If all of us lose power they may have to go into West LA to other family. We can see the smoke in the air and hope the Santa Ana winds die out soon.


This post is for One Liner Wednesday hosted by Linda G Hill and the monthly post for the Insecure Writers Support Group, #IWSG , Co-Hosts: Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!