It appears I have been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award. When I started this blog, it was not with the intention of winning anything, but just to be an outlet for my writing.
I felt it would be better to put it somewhere, and maybe others might like to read it, and, for better or worse, either like it or hate it or be somewhere in between. MY hope is always that people might get some enjoyment out of the short, long, and serialized stories.
Of course, that expanded into an irreverent look at certain words with many meanings, adding to the confusion that is the English language, bits of my attempts to write, observations of the sometimes crazy world around me, and lately the adventures of being owned by a cantankerous cat.
I guess a lot of us writers have similar owners.
That said, I must thank Debby Winter for nominating me, and at some point, I will nominate another 11 bloggers whom I believe also deserve the award.
I note that the Sunshine Blogger Award isn’t an official award, but it’s a fun way of spreading motivation and inspiration.
If you read this and like to get involved (and why wouldn’t you?) don’t be shy and consider yourself nominated!!
As for the questions
1) Are you familiar with SEO strategies? Have you optimized your site yourself? Did you do off-site or on-site SEO for your blog or website and are you happy with the results?
The answer to this question is that I have no idea what SEO is, well, I do know a little about it, but not enough to do anything meaningful, especially with my own blog. I doubt that WordPress will allow me to make whatever modifications that would make it better, unless, of course, I pay them wads of money for the privilege. So, not being blessed with millions, I’m happy to remain in obscurity.
2) What is the most embarrassing clothing item you have ever worn?
I can’t say that I have anything I’d call embarrassing, but then it has been said that most of my clothes would fit into that category, depending on who you meet. Everyone seems to have a judgemental streak in them, and I dare anyone to say they haven’t judged someone based on their clothes. I know I have.
3) Have you ever intentionally broken the law? When? Where? and how?
This is a tricky one. We often break the law, but whether it’s intentionally or otherwise is a moot point. I speak of speeding, going through stops signs without stopping, and running traffic lights as they go from yellow to red. But straight out intentionally? The thing is, very few of us intentionally break the law. That’s the way we’re taught, both from our family and from both the church and educational institutions.
4) If you were given $750 to spend on anything you wanted, what would you buy?
To someone who has spent most of their lives struggling to make ends meet, $750 is a lot of money. We were not exactly poor, but we managed. There never seemed to be a time when we had a spare $750 because as soon as we managed to get ahead, something would go wrong. What would I do with it? Put it aside and wait for the next ‘problem’.
5) If you had enough money that you never needed to work again, what would you do with your time?
Work tirelessly to get people to read. People who read have less time to get into mischief.
6) If you could start over your life and change one thing, what would you change?
That’s a tricky one, and if we could defy the time/space continuum I’d have to say, my parents. And, yes, I know, if I changed them, I wouldn’t exist to be asked this question. It’s the very definition of being on a merry-go-round.
7) What do you consider your greatest strength, your greatest weakness?
Greatest strength: Being there for my children and grandchildren, even when they say they don’t need me.
Greatest weakness: Having psioratic arthritis. With the COVID-19 virus, my odds of surviving it are low.
I know stating your weakness means something else, like drinking too much, or smoking, or easily losing your temper, but those are stress-related and are common weaknesses. We all have those.
8) What have you tried lately that is new and exciting?
Define lately! In the life and times of a pandemic, perhaps what is new, but not necessarily for some, exciting, is just staying home. You either get to reacquaint yourself with your family, or you begin to hate them. What’s that old saying, familiarity breeds contempt, and children.
If this was not a pandemic, going somewhere I’ve not been before and trying some food that I’ve not tried before. So far in all my travel experiences, that was a week spent in Tuscany, in Italy.
9) What was the greatest adventure in your life so far?
Taking my grandchildren overseas to see how the other half of the world lives, and seeing their eyes opened to the fact they live in one of the best countries in the world, Australia. Of course, the rest of the world will disagree with me, but then, we’re all parochial in one way or another.
10) What makes you happiest and when you think about it you cannot help but smile?
That’s probably the most difficult question to ask anyone because there are very few who can say they are ‘happy’ or ‘content’ with their lives. I don’t think anyone can say there’s been a sustained period where they’ve been happy, but, there may be times when we reflectively smile at an event, like seeing your child being born, the day you bring a puppy home and your children’s faces light up, but, then, as the years, pass, life gets in the way, and those events become distant memories.
Some people will disagree, and I’m glad they can for their sakes.
11) Are some people’s lives worth more than others? Why or why not?
Isn’t that the same as ‘playing God’?
Here’s the thing, no one’s life is more important or less important than another because the moment we start making choices, where does it end? Like Germany in the 1930s and 1940s?
Watch the movie ‘Soylent Green’, or ‘Logan’s Run’, and then think about whose life you believe is less important.
* Introduce yourself
* Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their site –> https://aloysius5.com/
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* Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
* List all rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.
* Nominate 11 new bloggers and their blogs. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the reward and ask your nominees 11 questions.
Oh, yes, and the 11 questions are:
1) What do you do for work, and what would you rather be doing, if you were given the opportunity?
2) Do you read constantly or sporadically, and what is your favourite genre
3) Boring, I know, but what is your favourite television show, and why?
4) If you could be anywhere in the world rather than where you are, where would that be and why?
5) What is the most annoying thing about people you dislike?
6) How many people can you count on as ‘real’ friends, if your situation turned to the worst-case scenario?
7) If you are young, where would you like to be in, say, 30 years time, and if you are older, what is one thing you would have done differently?
8) Do you prefer to travel by car, bus, train, or aeroplane, and why?
9) If you could retire tomorrow, where would that be, and why?
10) Is having having wealth or health more important to you?
11) and the doozie for the last question, if you have a current partner, do you think this is the ‘one’ or do you think the ‘one’ might still be out there?
(You do not need to answer this, but in my case, I have found the ‘one’ and we’ve been together nearly 45 years.)