Reena Saxena Reena’s Exploration Challenge # 100

1,2,3…… and here we reach 100..


The limitation this week is 100 words, though there is no restriction on the format. It can be prose, poetry, essay, reflections, reminiscences, anecdotes or anything you deem worth sharing.

What does this image invoke in you?

The picture shows the number One, followed by the Infinity Symbol.

Let the creativity flow. I await with baited breath.


It may take an infinity…..

That’s a long long time to wait.

Yet I am ready as long as I am sure that I will get there at the end.

It is the result that matters at the end even if the struggle takes out more out of you then you were prepare to give in the beginning.

It tests the faith with which you start and the determination which takes you forward on this journey.

Unless you are sure of yourself, don’t take that first step.

And when you are perfectly certain then don’t stop till you get there.


Word count: 100

In response to:

Reena’s Exploration Challenge # 100



Antagonizing Words

I am very disappointed, she says

At this un-civilized tone of your speech

Acerbic and argumentative words never help

When you are trying to win someone over

Why not use authentic logic to put your point across

Instead of drowning in the quagmire of endless clichés

In response to the following prompts;

Your daily word Prompt;






Word of the day Challenge;





Thursday Photo Prompt – Journey


Welcome to this week’s writephoto prompt.

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a green hill against a misty, grey sky. Across the top of the hill strides a strangely proportioned figure. His head is bowed and he is carrying a staff.

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Man on the hill

They had built the statue on the top of the hill so that everyone who came could see it from a distance.

The villagers were so familiar with it that they hardly glanced at it during their daily life. It was only when a newcomer or a tourist came and asked about it that they would look at it while they related the story of the man on the hill.

Long ago there was a fierce battle for the possession of the village. The army of the king had defended. The intruders were repulsed but at a heavy cost. After the battle they buried their dead and grieved for the parents who had lost their sons in a senseless war. A couple of months later a man came to the village to look for his sons. His two sons who had died in the war! He searched for their graves and when he found them, he spent the rest of his life, sitting near the graves, looking at them. The villagers tried to console him but he was heartbroken. They were last of his family and after their death he was all alone in the world. He died after a few years and the villagers were left with an overwhelming desire to commemorate his devotion to his sons. They commissioned an artist to built an oversized statue of the father on the top of the hill. It would serve as a reminder of the futility of war.

In response to;

Thursday Photo Prompt-Journey

A Prompt by;

Sue Vincent



In other words- Topsy Turvey


In Other Words, topsy-turvey…

Image by Garak01 from Pixabay

Topsy turvey may seem a bit odd to watch

But hanging upside down I can see something you can’t

A different perspective and a different angle

Can totally change how things and situations look

Try to see the things with a new look to notice the change

The Prompt;

Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less
Use the picture and/or the word topsy-turvey  as inspiration
Link back to this post

In response to;

In other words- Topsy Turvey

A Prompt by Patricia’s Place



Fandango’s Provocative Question #36


FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

For this week’s provocative question, I am asking about means and ends. I have often heard people say that “the end justifies the means.” Conversely, I’ve heard others say that “the means justifies the end.” So what about you?

Do you think the end or the means is more important? Explain.

My answer;

In an ideal world the means would be totally moral and justifiable. In this world, however they usually aren’t always so.

The law is twisted around to suit the purpose daily. We want results which are sometimes not achievable in a short space of time and so the rules are bent to get to the end quickly.

Is this good?

Not to my mind. It has set a precedent that law, and rules are a commodity to play with. This breeds a frame of mind which gradually overcomes our moral hesitation about breaking the law and we are drifting towards anarchy.

As Paula mentioned in her answer that breaking the door by the firemen to save life and property is permitted but to do so for personal gain is not. So in extreme conditions the rules can be bent or broken even but not as a routine practice. As an aside, the firemen are authorized by law to break down the doors!

A point in reference;

Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour … If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
In conclusion, I would say that the law should be respected as much as possible. Shortcuts and detours are not going to take us to our destination quickly. They will send us to the wrong destination. A quagmire of moral dilemmas!

Fandango Provocative Question#36



One Liner Wednesday August 14- 2019

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

This quote is by a woman who was a pioneer in her time. But we all can identify with this feeling. I do! How about you?

In response to;

One Liner Wednesday August 14- 2019

A Prompt by Linda G Hill

Rory Asks; Habitually Speaking

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Habitually Speaking  – 

What are three of your negative habits that you wish you could or are trying to lose or at least change for the better? 

Equally, what three positive habits could you introduce to your life to enhance it?

Over time, I have gotten rid of a lot of things that I didn’t like about my personality.

My negative habits;

1. I was and am still quite over sensitive. But with effort the intensity is decreasing. Being sensitive is good, because you can feel empathy with others. But have too much of it means that you get hurt easily. It is a curse for oneself and others. To not be the person around whom people have to be careful with what they say. So I am trying getting there.

2. I am not very active. Not the friend who is going to invite you to go on a long walk or a hike. I like sitting more than doing something physical. Though after my knee replacement surgery, I make sure to walk an hour daily, it still hasn’t become my instinctive go to habit.

3. I love eating. Food is my idea of a good time. Eating more than cooking it. This leads to problems with my weight and health. I am trying to teach myself to eat for living and not live for eating.

My positive habits;

1.I am a born optimist. I am programmed to look at the bright side of things than the negative one.

2. I like to be helpful. But sometimes I help people without asking. That is a negative in a few people‘s minds. I give advice, though trying not to give unsolicited advice nowadays.

3.I am knowledgeable about a lot of things. My primary subject was Medicine so I still have a lot of basic knowledge retained somewhere in my mind. I can diagnose and treat minor conditions. And know when the condition is minor and when it’s serious. I also like to read and gain knowledge on various fields of science.

In response to;

Habitually Speaking

A tag by ; Rory AKA Bloke



BrewNSpew Café August 12-2019


The nightmares are not hiding behind the closed eyelids

They are there out in the open, wearing the garb of daymayers

We think that things we fear are those which we imagine and not see

But what is the most frightening aspect is that we don’t recognize

The dangers which are starting us in the face right in front of us

( I have written this because of the enormity of the climate change which is gradually destroying our environment and we have collectively closed our eyes and conscious towards it)

The Prompt;

“There are many who don’t wish to sleep for fear of nightmares. Sadly, there are many who don’t wish to wake for the same fear.”
 Richelle Goodrich, Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher

Presenting the week’s challenge – You may use the words and/or the image for this week’s prompt.

daymare – (noun) –  A terrifying experience, having the characteristics of a nightmare, during wakefulness.

nightmare – (noun) – An oppressed state during sleep, accompanied by a feeling of intense fear, horror, or anxiety, or of inability to escape from some threatened danger or from pursuing phantoms or monsters. Also, called incubus.


prompt  image – August 12, 2019

In response to:

BrewNSpew Café August 12-2019



Share Your World 8-12-19



As promised this week’s Share Your World is far more light hearted than last week’s.    Effusive thanks to Mel of “Crushed Caramel..” for the graphic.   I snagged it off her SYW post from last week.   

I will post four or five different questions each week for you to answer.  There are two ways which you can participate.

  1. Create a SYW post.  Then post the link to your blog in my comment box or leave your answers in the comments box of my blog.
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  5. There are sometimes two sets of questions…one with images and one without (same questions).  This is for ease of copy and pasting.


What makes you laugh?

I have a quirky sense of humor. I laugh at myself most of all, my silly mistakes and blunders. It takes little to make me smile and be happy. But one thing that I don’t enjoy is the discomfort of others. That’s why the funny videos of people falling or getting hurt doing crazy things is not going to make me laugh.

What’s the world coming to?  (Credit to Mel of Crushed Caramel…)

We started civilization in caves. Maybe we are going back to that. Trying to destroy each other, hate on basis of someone being different are are signs of primitive thinking.

In one sentence sum up the Internet.

Don’t take what you read on the internet as the gospel truth.

If over time you replace parts on a car, at what point does it stop being the same car you bought? How many parts do you need to replace to make it a new car?

A new body and engine. If the seatbelts are from the previous car, it’s okay.

Gratitude is an attitude.   Yea or nay?   Explain your viewpoint please!  

I liked how Fandango differentiated between gratitude and attitude. I agree. We can have an attitude of gratitude and it is a blessing to have it. But plain attitude is just a pain, if you’re getting my drift. There is a need to teach people to be grateful and mindful of all the blessings of life. It will also change our attitude and make us happier and more contented.

In response to;

Share Your World 8-12-19

A tag created by; Melanie of Sparks from a Combustible Mind.



Blogging— Is liking enough?

When I started to blog and got my very first like on a blog post, can you imagine how thrilled I was!

So after that there were many likes, and then comments too. I started to get to know the blogger I was interacting with and then they became friends.

And new people kept on coming into our world. They would sometimes stop by for a brief chitchat or sometimes for a longer visit. I love all that entails in the interaction between the blogger. Because let’s get this straight, mostly these are bloggers on WordPress who are the ones visiting, liking and commenting on each other’s post. For some reason, it is very hard for a person who in not on WordPress to even like a post. In a way we are all dependent upon the support we give to each other.

And this brings me to the reason of writing this post;

Is liking enough? Or is it just an empty gesture?

I have read views of other bloggers about this phenomenon. And I want to add my own. I think that in ideal situation we should read and comment on a post, like or not. But if I am trying to read 30-40 posts from the blogger I follow, it becomes almost an impossible task. Specially when there are some like me who have more than one post per day. It can be done when you are dealing with the posts as they are published. But say you look at your reader after a gap of 6-7 hours, as you get to your blog in the morning. Now there maybe 60-70 notifications on your app or account. Can you read all of them and comment on them or you skip over them, reading some and just liking others, hoping to have time later to revisit and comment?

So I do that. I like their posts to let them know that I have visited, as a calling card. And if time permits I would go back and read the whole post and comment. And I really don’t mind when people just like my posts. Sometimes liking a whole bunch of them within a minute or two. Why would I not like that someone is liking my posts? Why would I be bothered that they didn’t read all of my twenty posts before liking them! See here is the equation: Would you rather that people just not show an interest in your blog or do so by hitting the like button without reading all of the post!

I would go with the second option because it does show a degree of interest. And if this ploy is meant to make me reciprocate, then I will do so. Because it’s a place where we support each other, or should.

And how do you view this phenomenon?

Do you dislike when people just like your post without leaving a comment?

Please share your thoughts and feedback in your comments.




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