Share Your World 5-20-19

Melanie of Sparks from a Combustible Mind has asked her questions for this week’s share Your World

Some Silly Questions:

Is it better to suspect something (bad or hurtful) and not know or to have your worst fears confirmed by sure knowledge?

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I would be happy not knowing for sure. Suspicion is also not desirable, but if I suspect something, I would rather give them the benefit of doubt.

What makes you laugh aloud?   Crack up?   Laugh until your sides split?   When was the last time you had a great big belly laugh?

Little things make me laugh and smile. Some old comedies, movie clips or antics of children make me laugh out loud. I am not a big belly laugher but I laugh till my eyes water.

Do you suppose Noah had woodpeckers in the ark?  If he did, where did he keep them?   Apologies to the Darwinians in the crowd…this is merely for fun, okay?

The birds would have followed the ship in air! Otherwise they might have been eaten by other animals.

Why is “Charlie” short for “Charles when they are the same number of letters?

Because Charlie has just two syllables and Charles has three!

Thankful, Joyful, Grateful

What  happened in your world this past week that made you feel thankful, joyful or grateful?

I am grateful that we all are healthy, the babies are growing up gradually and the weather is kind. What else could one want.

And I am going to Seattle to spend time with my elder daughter and her son!

Written in response to;

Share your world 5-20-19

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321 Quote Me— Expression

I have been tagged by Beckie of Beckie’s Mentalmess. Thanks a lot Beckie!

A challenge Created by Rory with these rules;

321 Quote Me Created by A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

Once a week, l will pick a random topic, post two quotes on that topic and nominate 3 bloggers, who in turn will post 2 quotes on the topic and nominate 3 bloggers of their own.

Guidelines: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

Please Note l will be reblogging your responses unless you wish for me to NOT do so.

My choice;

“Everyone has their own ways of expression. I believe we all have a lot to say, but finding ways to say it is more than half the battle.” 
 Criss Jami

Find your way to express what you want to say and say it loud and clear.

“What a gulf between impression and expression! That’s our ironic fate—to have Shakespearean feelings and (unless by some billion-to-one chance we happen to be Shakespeare) to talk about them like automobile salesmen or teen-agers or college professors. We practice alchemy in reverse—touch gold and it turns into lead; touch the pure lyrics of experience, and they turn into the verbal equivalents of tripe and hogwash.” 
 Aldous Huxley

While there are people among us who are so very talented as to put across their feelings and emotions with clarity and beauty, the rest of us do it in our own humble way.

My nominees;

Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel

Li of Tao- Talk

Gary of Bereaved Single Dad

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Sunday Photo Fiction May 19-2019

Dark ominous clouds were gathering on the horizon. They thought that is was the usual passing storm. Sally in the back seat wanted something to eat but the adults were in a hurry to get home before the rain started.

“Hey mom, can’t we go in there? I am so very hungry”

“But sweetheart we will be home in no time and we can have dinner then” mom tried to reason with her.

Just then huge drops of rain started to fall, with a loud clash oof thunder which literally lit up the sky.

Dad said in a resigned tone” we better wait this out out at the dinner, it looks like something unusual “

Sally squeaked with joy.

*****

Welcome to 2019 and Sunday Photo Fiction! Each week I will post a new photograph, taken either by myself or donated by a member of the community. The challenge is to write a story using 200 words or less based, on the prompt. When you are done, post your story and the photo prompt on your blog. Make sure you give proper credit when using the photo. 

It’s a bit dark and stormy here in Oklahoma City, much like the photo below. Thanks to first-time contributor Terri Smeigh for today’s prompt.

 

In response to;

A prompt by Susan

Sunday Photo Fiction May 19

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#spf

A blustery day

It is rather a blustery day

The wind is so strong and forceful

Like a fervent speech from a leader

But Winnie and his friends are safe

Be it windy or foggy they keep an eye on friends

Looking after each other and providing support

There is nothing disingenuous about their friendship

In hundred acres wood they all care for each other

In response to the following prompts;

Your daily word prompt;

Fervent

FOWC;

Disingenuous

RDP;

Blustery

Word of the day challenge;

Fog

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Question Fun # Adventuring

Another installment of Question Fun from Rory, aka Bloke

Today’s topic is ………….. Adventuring, Exploration and Travel/ling

What are five [in your eyes only] top quality Adventure films?

1. Raiders of the lost ark. The first three definitely are top of my list.The best thing about these movies, except the last one was Indiana Jones!

2. Star Wars. The first three movies of the series ( which in the chronological order are 4-6 ) are the best. And now the latest series are good too. Not great, mind you. Do I need to say why! I thing every one knows why they were the most interesting adventure movies.

3. Lord of the rings. Most unique and interesting story ever. All the characters from all the stories we have read but so wonderfully written and then produced as a series of movies.

Together these make around fifteen movies.

[Please provide links and say why you think they are]

What would be your ideal Adventure [not holiday – Adventure]

Going shopping in holiday season!

If you were planning your Adventure of a Lifetime which is the best season for you to go?

Summer would be better if I am going to climb Mount Everest.

What kind of activities do you enjoy doing and what would you never do?

I am good at sitting and watching. I am not too keen on climbing mountains because of my knees. Hunting is a thing I would never do. I would shoot only with a camera.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year out of the answers below, where would you choose?

In a Castle

Under the Sea

In a Forest

In a Dungeon

On an Alien Planet

On the side of an Active Volcano

In a castle. The rest of the options don’t feel like they would be comfortable.

What are three great adventure quotes?

1. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

-Helen Keller

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain

“‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

-J.R.R Tolkien

America is named after?

History tells us, and has done for years, that the name of America came from one Amerigo Vespucci, a Florentine transatlantic explorer who was a navigator with Christopher Columbus in 1499, and the first geographer to realise that the Americas were separate continents.

Broome’s book Terra Incognita – The True Story of How America Got Its Name presents the argument that America was named after wealthy Bristol merchant Richard Amerike, who was an overseas trader living just outside the city in Long Ashton.

Who reached North America first out of the following people’s?

Spanish, British, Vikings, Portuguese

Vikings, but some say that the Chinese came even before that.

What was Christopher Columbus’s aim of  his second voyage to the New world?

To colonize and conquer.

What happened to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan?

It fell in ruins with time and The new Mexico City is built over its ruins.

What was the most exciting Adventure you have ever been on?

My trip to Istanbul with a couple of my friends.

Where in the world have you had the most fun exploring as an adult?

The most fun I can and have had was in my imagination. No place like it on the earth.

When in Rome, one does as the Roman’s do, however When on a Sandy Beach,  one does ……….. ?

Play in the waves. Make sand castle and don’t get sunburned!

Whilst out and about exploring on an adventure, what is the most scariest thing that has happened to you?

Lost my way, and didn’t know the language.

Of the following choices which would you prefer to explore?

A sunken city

A lost city

A forgotten city

An uninhabited island

A lost city.

Why did you pick your option above, what appealed?

Because it was lost. The charm of finding something and then exploring it!

Would you rather swim with sharks or dolphins?

I am a tame person, so I would prefer sharks!

What’s the worst piece of travel advice you have ever received?

Don’t try the local cuisine!

What’s the best piece of travel advice you have ever received?

Take all your meds with you. You may not be able to get any from where you are going.

What is on the top of your bucket list?

Conquering Mount Everest!

Best musical track you can think of for each of the following: exploration, adventuring or travelling? [Please provide links]

Any music that I am in mood for.

How many countries [or States/Counties] have you visited – please list.

Too many!

Three items you simply could not travel without?

My meds, my clothes and MONEY!

In response to:

Question Fun #Adventuring

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge #14–The break in

Nobody heard anything during the night. But when they got up in the morning, the window was broken in in the guest bed. The room was in a disarray. The cupboard stood open and everything inside was thrown haphazardly on the bed or the floor.

We checked if anything was missing. It took a while because it was the spare room and anything we didn’t need got stored here. At the end of a couple of hours, we reached the conclusion that whoever came to rob us, went away without anything. But why……

We traced our movements from last night and my husband recalled that he had gotten up at midnight to get something from the fridge. That must have spooked the would be thief! He/ she must have fled when they realized that someone was up and moving about in the house. It made many things clear.

a. It is good to snack at midnight. It scares the house- breakers.

b. They weren’t hardy criminals. Easily scared into abandoning their mission made them seem amateurs.

c. We should have more security for the house.

Though this is written in response to this photo prompt, it actually happened to us a long time ago. We had a lucky break and nothing was taken and nobody was harmed. The sequence of events was very much the same as I described.

In response to ;

Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge #14

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Finish the story #11 -The recruit

Rules:

1. post the story as you receive it

2. add to the story (or finish it, up to the writer)

3. tag another person to continue the story (unless you finished it)

4. Have fun!

The Recruit

As started by Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith

Adam was like any other eighteen-year-old boy and soon found himself standing in the middle of the training bay being subjected to the drill instructor’s ridicule. It wasn’t his fault the quarter didn’t flip on the old mattress, but he accepted his punishment anyway. He didn’t have another choice.

Ever since the revolution began, more and more troops were needed. There were even whispered rumors of lowering the age to thirteen if you were from a poor family. The government paid dearly for your life. That money could help support the family.

After completing fifty push-ups and parading around the bay in his underwear, Adam and the other recruits headed outside for training. The morning was dedicated to basic weapons and enemy language skills. Many of the recruits were already fluent, but the training was the same. Adam excelled and only realized his mistake when he was called into the Commander’s office that afternoon.

“Take a seat,” Commander Flint said, pointing toward a chair in the corner of the room.

Adam did as he was told and caught his breath as two governmental agents entered Flint’s office. One look from them and Adam knew he was in danger.

“That him?”

“That is Private Adam Ripple, yes.”

“Come with us,” an agent ordered, flashing his sidearm and a warning glance.

Adam stood. “What is this all about?”

The agents stared at him. The one nearest him replied, “…….

Part Two – By Kristian

“You’re a bit of an anomaly, you know?”

Adam couldn’t help feeling a bit cynical. He knew he wasn’t anything special. He was just a kid from the wrong side of the tracks, sent into the army to get him off the streets and to help fight this war that many now felt was unwinnable.

“Me? Apart from an ability to get myself into trouble, I can’t see what makes me any different from any other shmo around here. I’m pretty ordinary.” Adam laughed nervously.

One of the agents bent down and pushed the dark glasses down his nose, fixing Adam with an Icy blue stare. “There’s many a true word spoken in jest, lad. Two things mark you out. Your ability with languages which is by far the best we’ve seen in some time, and the fact that you could blend in anywhere. You’ve finished at this prestigious military academy” he paused to glance out of the window at the makeshift camp, to emphasise the sarcasm in his words. “You graduate as of today. Tomorrow you’re going underground.”

The agents grabbed an arm each and practically dragged him out of the commander’s office and into the back of a black van.

Before he knew it he was……

Part Three — by Li, of Tao-Talk

…hooded with a dark opaque fabric.  Adam gasped for breath and had to gather his calm or he would suffocate in the hood.  They drove for about a half hour then he was led along by two to what sounded like a helicopter.  The ‘copter lifted up and started forward.  Just as he was about to relax for a minute he smelled ether and lost consciousness.

Adam woke up with a splitting headache, lying on a cot in a small, spartan room. It had the feel of a hospital about it, and every so often he thought he could hear a voice over an intercom. The air seemed fresh. Filtered. When the government agent said he was going underground, did he mean it literally? There were no windows and no other sounds except the intermittent intercom echoes.

After what seemed like hours, but he wasn’t sure, the door opened and a woman who looked to be about forty came into his room. Her dark hair was in a granny bun, and she was wearing a white lab coat. She was startlingly ugly, with pasty white skin that looked like it hadn’t seen daylight in a long time. She smiled at Adam and he was surprised again to see that her teeth were pure white and even. Her smile brightened her face and was her best feature.

“Hello, Private Adam Ripple. I’m Dr. Bluebell. You’re probably wondering why you’ve been nabbed from basic training, thrown into a van, drugged, and are now being held against your wishes in a small spartan room. I’m going to be frank with you and tell you that the government needs your help. The fate of the planet is hanging in the balance.”

Adam rubbed his ears, then slapped his face over and over again. He did this in dreams when he wanted to wake up, and it worked every time. When nothing happened, Adam knew this was real.

His eyes met Dr. Bluebell’s, who had been watching him. “OK, Doc, I’m no hero, but I’m no coward either. If Earth needs me…”

Part Four By Crushed Caramel;

Dr Bluebell flashed that same becoming smile that improved her face and passed Adam a large folders she had been clutching. ” Here is your assignment Private Ripple, please familiarize yourself with it” With that Dr Bluebell spun around and departed the room leaving Adam alone.

Mel passed the baton to Cheryl, The bag lady

Part Five By Cheryl AkA The bag lady

As she left the room, Adam opened the folder to see what he hoped would be there, an overseas assignment. He hadn’t traveled the earth much and if it was all going to hell, he wanted to see as much of it as he could. Adam thought he would make a good spy if that’s what it took, after all, he had seen all the James Bond movies, all the others he could find, but kept the fantasies to himself. Basic training was hardly a picnic, but if he could endure that and still be chosen for a special assignment, he was excited.

There were forms to fill out, many contract clauses calling for complete secrecy for any mission he completed. Adam signed quickly, felt no need to view “the fine print”. It was his naïveté and abilities that made him the perfect candidate. After filling out every paper, Adam returned to Doctor Bluebell’s office. “Right, then” as she took the folder, “now it’s time to meet the big guy.” Adam was wondering who the “big guy” was, thinking it was a Major or Colonel, and then laughed to himself as “M” came to mind. A huge door slowly cranked open and there he was…

My contribution;

Staring at an unbelievably handsome, and young man. He felt his jaw dropped to the floor. He felt that something was not right here. It seemed that young man was too perfect. He started to observe him more closely. The “big guy” as he was referred to, was definitely not a human. His movements were jerky and mechanical. His voice was clipped and sounded a bit like recording.

“Private Adam, I am talking to you”

Adam focused his attention to what was being said to him.

” This is a very dangerous assignment. Your skill at languages is going to be very useful for us. We will be sending you to the enemy territory as a undercover spy. Your job is to glean as much information as you can about their attack plans. At no time you should try to get in touch with us. We will contact you ourselves.

Adam took all this in with mixed amount of excitement and apprehension.

He was really going to be a spy!

He was told to go to the barrack. On the way back, Adam addressed Dr Bluebell,

“Excuse me ma’am I couldn’t help notice something different about our commander” he couldn’t help but say ……..

I will ask Di, of Pensitivity to take the story further.

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The Sunday Whirl

Wordle 404

“Please show mercy on a poor man” the tin can was being held by the man sitting on the cement walkway. He was in no mood to stop and listen to a heart breaking story. He kept on walking, not bothering to look back at the man. The gate to the apartment building was just right ahead and he was about to enter when to his surprise he felt something soft touch his cheek. He felt with his had and saw that it was a flower petal, from the overhanging rose bush. He stopped for a moment. This was a strange coincidence as it reminded him of a song he loved to sing. The song was about giving hope to someone facing the trails and hardships of life. He felt ashamed of his callous behavior and turned around to ask the man to join him for a meal in the nearby cafe. Sitting in the booth he listened to the sad story of the poor man and promised him to help find him a job suitable to his qualifications.

In response to;

Wordle 404

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Thursday Inspiration #4

Photo credit: Daniel Borker

The sound of the rain falling was pleasing and soothing

The flowers were swaying in the light wind as if dancing

I felt like going out there and get all drenched in the rain

Just like we used to do when we were younger and not bothered

Now we think way too much and the consequences are a deterrent

Let go out and enjoy the rain, sing and frolic splash and dance

The prompt;

This week’s theme is rain and the picture is below. Here is the song snippet from “Drops of Jupiter” by Train:

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there’s time to change

In response to;

Thursday Inspiration #4

A prompt by Paula

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#p0eticlicence

Three Lines Tales week 172

photo by Form via Unsplash 

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Standing here on the rooftop of her apartment building, she could see the view for miles around her.

She stretched her arms towards the sky, connecting with the nature and disciplined her body and mind to obey her will.

An hour spend doing yoga every day worked wonders for releasing all the stress in her life and she felt rejuvenated after each session.

*****

The prompt;

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

• Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).

• Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).

• Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).

• Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.

• Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

In response to;

Three Lines Tales week 172

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