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Revulsion

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”-Maya Angelou

Do we need to create another movement with slogans like Women’s Lives Matter or Women Own Their Bodies. So keep your paws off! Does it ever end? The recent incident has caused a welling up of stories from women who had been silenced by shame, fear, and intimidation. There is a sickening and grief that is shared with all of my gender all the way back to Eve.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. Prompt word is “well.” Featured Image via Pixabay.com

Playing It Safe

“If you choose to be fearless, then be fearlessly authentic not an imitation of someone you envy.”
― Shannon L. Alder via Write Tribe

Save your breath because you are not going to convince me to try any dare-devil stunts like bungee jumping off a high bridge or free solo climbing up the face of El Capitan. I do admire rock climbers but I know my limits. Limits are good. Limits are fine when you get to an older stage of your life. I do not think you need to prove something by jumping off bridges or out of planes. Well to be honest, I wouldn’t have wanted to do those things when I was young either. If I really want to push any boundaries it is in becoming a writer. I have been willing to take some risks with that and put some of my efforts out there. Sometimes it feels like jumping off a cliff, but with writing I don’t want to just play it safe.

Alex Honnold free-solo on Liberty Cap 2014 via Lwp Kommunlkaclo on Flickr.com


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted today by Joey of Joeyfully Stated. The prompt words for today save/safe. Featured image of Ordinance Sign via Pixabay.com

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Hot and Cold in Sunny LA

Hot it is not, cold it is neither, but 72 degrees is cool for Southern California at the end of Summer. Happy that on the first day of Fall it feels and looks a little like Fall here, with cooler weather, a few clouds, and some recent predictions of possible showers. My pyracantha has green berries which will turn red-orange as it gets closer to winter and some of the Heavenly Bamboo’s leaves are turning red and its berries are going from green to some tinges of red. Squirrels and birds like the pyracantha berries when they are ripe. The Brazilian Pepper trees leaves are barely starting to change colors. There are clusters of peppercorns on these trees and birds will eat them later in the year. It usually takes until winter for all of our trees to change colors and lose their leaves. The purple sage plant is doing really well. The hummingbirds really approve of it. We have had a couple of visiting rabbits who have nibbled a bit around the edges of the ground cover but the woolly thyme seems to be holding up in the front end of the garden. The African Fern Pines will not change color or drop all their leaves even when it’s cold.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt words for today are hot/cold and extra points for starting with one and ending with the other.  🙂  Rabbit photo via Pixabay.com Featured image of succulent in my front yard that is changing colors.

 

What’s The Motive

“There is always a pleasure in unravelling a mystery, in catching at the gossamer clue which will guide to certainty.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton

One of my favorite things is a mystery story. I have read many books in this genre from the US and many other countries. I love watching Masterpiece Mystery on PBS and we have whole DVD collections of Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Over this past slow summer, I confess to binge watching several different mystery series on Amazon and Netflix. Endeavour just returned to PBS here so I have a new subscription to Masterpiece on Amazon. I need to catch up with Longmire again on Netflix. I just googled it and saw a spoiler. I hate spoilers. I do not want to get a hint or be told what is going to happen before I watch something. What is the point of that? Drat!! OK back to mysteries. What I love about mysteries is trying to solve them and preferably before the end of the story. Who done it? And to solve them you need to figure out the motive. Which of the characters could have a motive for killing someone? There can be several twists and turns, with sub-plots and false leads, as you and the detectives try to solve the case. Sometimes the writer is able to keep the killer well hidden to the end.


Thinking of all the people who are in the path of the hurricane Irma and those still struggling with loss from Harvey and everyone who is living in the path of floods, wildfires, and earthquakes.

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Pyracantha blossoms


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today was “motive.” Featured image is from Wikipedia.

 

Guess What

A couple of random things for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday post. Today’s prompt word is “guess.”

You’ll never guess what I did today. You might think it is something exciting or extraordinary. It is something I would have not thought I would be doing. I am not into scrubbing, dusting, and polishing a lot around my house. But today I cleaned almost all the grout of our tile flooring throughout the house. Pretty exciting huh. I used this steamer cleaner and it works pretty well but I can feel that I was using muscles. I am tired and almost skipped writing.

You’ll never guess what else, I started drinking beer instead of wine. I have developed a taste for beer lately. We have some really good breweries in California. One that I am into now is Lagunitas IPA India Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. Oh yeah, I just said ale not beer didn’t I? This one makes me happy because it’s hoppy. I really like the stronger taste, hoppy-ness.  My son told me that in the old sailing ships they would add extra hops to the ale to preserve it on the long voyages to India. It turned out it gave the ale a great flavor. So this afternoon, after I finished my grout cleaning, and before I started making dinner, I decided to have a nice cold Lagunitas IPA India Pale Ale.

Now I am ready to go watch a good English mystery on Amazon. Lately, it’s been Inspector Gently.


This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt today is “guess.” Image of Lagunitas India Pale Ale by Matteo Doni on Flickr.

 

High Low

I was feeling very high when I found out I won the WEP June Challenge for my fiction piece “The Final Transition.” A wonderful surprise and the fantastic high you get from receiving recognition for something you wrote. I was not expecting to win first place. It is hard for me to judge my own writing. Many times I have written something and thought it mediocre and then gotten positive feedback. This has encouraged me to take the risk and put my ideas out there. Other times my writing is not given much notice. But you never know if someone is reading and enjoying a post. I have had a few people tell me how they have liked my writing and I did not know it. So as in life, with writing, we have to expect to experience the highs and the lows. Just don’t let the lows get you down.

Here is a great cartoon from one of favorites, Introvert Doodles by Marzi. It was originally posted on Facebook by Quiet Revolution on Thursday, August 3, 2017

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I think I could check off several things on that list and add a few more. A good way to survive the lows is to realize we are not alone, other people feel the same way.  🙂


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is “high/low.” Featured image of City Coaster by Henry Burrows on Flickr.

 

Limber

We are often told these days that we must exercise. I have tried to duck the questions about exercise I get anytime I have contact with a doctor’s office, ‘ Do you exercise? or How often do you exercise? or What type of exercise do you do? I do try to be creative in my answers but then my honesty gets in the way. I used to be able to say, ‘I do yoga.’ My warrior and cat poses were pretty good. But I quit doing that too. I’ve wasted a lot of money paying for gym and yoga studio memberships and then did not go to the classes after a while. I have decided to try some exercise classes at my local city recreation center in the Fall. They are closer to my house, are scheduled at a decent time, and are not overly expensive. And I don’t have to sign a contract. I am looking for gentle limbering up not high impact, weight-bearing, hot chakra yoga or some such thing. Not looking for a triathlon or Iditarod. Not even interested in Zumba Gold. Maybe a nice Qui Gong.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by the ever limber Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is ‘limb.’ Featured image of Contortionist via wikimedia.