Fandango Provocative Question # 121 – 3 Wishes

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

For this week’s provocative question I’m going with more fun than provocative.

Let’s say you found a fancy bottle, rubbed it, and a wish-granting genie was released. This week’s provocative question is this:

What three wishes would you ask the genie to grant you?


It is always fun to imagine “what if” scenarios!

If I find a fancy bottle.....
If I opened it.....
Or rubbed it......
And if a genie appeared.....
And asked me to wish for three things!

The question here is not what I’ll wish for, the question should be will I wish for something or say thank you but no thank you?

Wishing on magic lamps or bottles never solved the problems we are facing, as individuals or community or the world at large. Even in the fantasy tale, it didn’t solve any of Aladdin’s troubles. In fact he landed in more of a mess because of the wishes. At the end, he was saved by his courage and by telling the truth.

So if I ever came across a genie, willing to grant me three wishes, I would politely decline and tell him to find some other occupation in life!

I know it’s a boring answer, but I’m being honest here.




MLMM-Photo Challenge # 369

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Use above image as inspiration for a poem or short story.


They said global warming is a hoax

Now can you see what the melting of polar icecaps is doing

The low lying area near the oceans all over the world

Are getting immersed in under many feet of water

Making the lives of people living there miserable

Do you still say that global warming is a hoax?




Sunday Writing Prompt, June 6/2021 – Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys

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Welcome back to, Sunday Writing Prompt!

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“Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys”, is a phrase I’ve personally repeated whenever I felt thrust into other’s squabbles, and is today’s Sunday Writing Prompt 🙂


Don’t jump into the fray
And don’t fight battles that aren’t yours
It takes a toll on your nerves
When you fight for something not your concern
These are the words of wisdom often spoken to me

But I’m of the kind that always has an opinion
And cannot stay quiet when things are going downhill
Telling someone you care about that they are making a mistake
Has often landed me in more trouble than them

Is there a middle way that I can tread
Where I don’t sit aloof and see something going wrong
Or get broken-hearted because I cared too much
I do feel that it IS my circus, and these are my monkeys




Share Your World June 6th, 2021

Melanie is the host of SYW


What’s the worst commercial you’ve recently seen (or heard)? Why was it so bad?

I really don’t watch tv and avoid the ads specially. But the ones I dislike the most are those from the law firms, telling people that they can make a lot of money if they have been injured in an accident. It’s wrong on so many levels.

What takes a lot of time but is totally worth it?

Studying, learning a trade, building a career, all are very lengthy processes but they are worth every minute of it. Many people regret not doing this when they had the chance.

Have you ever smiled at a stranger and then wished you hadn’t? Why or why not?

I try to smile at strangers when I’m out and about, some smiles back while others often ignore it. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But I still did. Now however, it doesn’t matter because few people can tell if someone is smiling under the mask!

What do you think is the nastiest tasting food? (This one might be a recycled question. It’s familiar to me anyhow)

Everyone has different tastes and preferences. I dislike red meat and wouldn’t eat it at all. So for me, that is a nasty taste. For someone else maybe the veggies I love may taste nasty.

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional)Are you at peace with yourself?   Your world?   Please share, whether you said “yay” or “nay”! 

Yes, thankfully, I am at peace with myself. As for the world around me, not so much because I know we can do much better. But my theory is that instead of being dissatisfied with everything around us, we should try and do our part in improving it. It could be a small thing but each and every thing counts.

Otherwise, living becomes a difficult chore!



Blogging Insights- Blogosphere Inspo

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Is the blogosphere a source of writing inspiration for you? How?

My answer to this question is, indeed, and undoubtedly I derive my inspiration from the blogging community around me.

Like a lot of bloggers, I do follow many prompts. Words, sentences, situations, and images all serve to prod my imagination and give me the inspiration to write.

My fellow bloggers also inspire me to write when I read their posts, comments, or follow a conversation on my or their posts. Often I would derive inspiration from an idea or a concept when I have a conversation with a friend on the blogging family.

Though inspiration can come from anywhere, the kind bloggers who post daily or weekly prompts are a great source of inspiration for us all. I really appreciate their constant effort because it does take a lot of thinking and effort to post a daily prompt.

Then we see our very dedicated bloggers who remind us about the special days which are celebrated throughout the year and inspire us to not only think and write about these issues but also to act upon them. Days like world environment day, world health day, international women’s day etc.

So yes, the blogosphere provides a lot of inspiration to me, writing-wise, and also enriches my knowledge and gives new ideas for me to live my life accordingly.

Many thanks to Tanya for her weekly questions about blogging.



Fandango Provocative Question # News

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

In my formative years and through the late twentieth century, I got most of my news from primarily from four sources: radio, local and national broadcast TV news stations, newspapers, and news magazines (e.g., TimeNewsweek).

I considered these news sources, perhaps somewhat naively in hindsight, to be relatively reliable purveyors of objective truths and facts. Today, however, thanks to the internet, there are myriad “news” sources (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, cable news channels, right-leaning websites, left-leaning websites, blogs) and truths and facts seem to have become quite subjective.

My provocative question this week is simply this:

Where do you get most of your news from? Do you consider your primary news source (or sources) to be objective purveyors of truths and facts?


This is my view about news. I stopped watching the news, reading newspapers, and listening to it on the radio. I’ve also stopped getting any news from social media!

Why? You may ask.

News depresses me. All of it is a mixture of false, trivial, and half-truths. Half truths are equivalent to lies in my mind when it comes to reporting news.

Most channels have their vested interests. They show us what they think we should be shown and informed. The rest is binned because it doesn’t suits them or their bosses.

I used to trust CNN for international coverage but that also omits a lot of newsworthy items because……. yes it doesn’t suit their big boss. Same is the case with BBC, once it was a reliable source of news but not anymore.

How I get my news, you may wonder?

I ask my husband the relevant questions and get straight answers. He watched all sorts of news channels and talk shows where they discuss the news to death. He knows I don’t like the mega dose of negativity that comes daily via the news cast, so he just sticks to the facts.

I ask him the current covid numbers in my country and city. Or if the in-person schooling is going to start soon. Or about the stores opening on the weekends. This is all I’m interested in these days.

All the rest I leave to those who have a strong stomach to digest this crap!




12 Bloggerz- June edition

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12 Questions

Have you learned anything during the pandemic and especially the lockdowns that has changed your outlook on you, your life and or your personality that is truly significant?

One thing that I’ve learned during this time is that we don’t need a lot. We can do with fewer things and fewer possessions. I’ve also realized how important family and friends are to us. When we couldn’t meet them as usual, we realized their importance in our lives.

In your ideal world or lifestyle, how much sleep do you think you really need to function at your most optimum level and more importantly – do you get your desired amount daily?

I need around 7 hours of sleep at night. I try to sleep early and get up early. This is the minimum amount of sleep that I need to function properly and optimally during my day. And yes I do get this daily.

Are you a thinker, a deep thinker or an active overthinker and if so what do you think about the most and for how long do you need to ‘think’ on a problem before you reach a satisfactory resolve or what steps do you undertake to not think as much?

Not an over thinker, most of the time. I do think about life deeply when I am perturbed about something. I usually find a way to resolve my issues, because I believe in grappling with the problem right away instead of sitting on it. Mostly I turn to my faith in God, and ask His help in solving my issues, if they are beyond me.

What are you most terrified of today?

Terrified is perhaps too strong a word. I’d say worried that the stupid and careless people are going to prolong this epidemic more than it should.

What do you do for fun or excitement to fill your day/days or week?

I blog, I watch movies with my grandson and I play with our new Kitty, Dinky.

Dinky, atop our indoor plant.

What is one of the most important features people should know about you?

People who know me, know that I like to go out of my way to help them. Especially if they need advice on medical issues, I can be relied upon to give sensible advice because of my medical background. I also like to help family and friends in any way I can.

Whilst in recent times much of life has appeared gloomy and doomed – in the last 15 months or so, what have been 3 really good things to happen in your life?

My older daughter earned her doctorate last year

• She and my grandson have come back to Pakistan and have settled well. It’s great to have all my family around me again.

• I am my husband have been vaccinated for covid.

How often do you watch old television series and if you do, what makes for a good viewing on older content in your eyes and do you find that time relaxing?

Hmm…. Almost never. Can’t find the time.

How often do you use herbs in your cooking and which ones are your most favourited and why?

In our way of cooking, we use lots of herbs like parsley, mint, and bay leaves. If I cook Italian food, I use oregano, thyme and basil. I love them all, when used in a proper manner.

How confident are you about taking a vacation/holiday to another destination that would involve air travel?

Not right now but perhaps next year, I’d love to take a vacation, maybe visit Turkey.

Are you a tidy or a messy or somewhere inbetween type of person?

More tidy than messy.

What is the most useless product you have ever bought unwittingly or accidentally thinking it was more practical than it actually was?

A few months back I bought a steamer thinking it would be so useful if I wanted a quick decreasing. But it was a cheap brand and didn’t work at all! It’s still sitting somewhere, reminding me of the money I wasted.

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Tuesday Writing Prompt -Key to becoming a good blogger

Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda are currently hosting the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge.

Today’s prompt: Write a poem that ends with the word “key


What in your opinion is the key to being a successful blogger?

In my opinion, blogging is all about connecting with your reader.

If you have a niche, the reader/ follower would know that and they would read your latest post to get updated about it.

If you’re a writer of stories or poetry, interested people will be logging in to read them. Whatever you write, the people who feel a connection will be there to read your posts.

How to develop this connection?

There are many ways to connect to your reader;

• Write genuine content, something that is original and comes straight from you. Even a researched post should have that special touch that only you can give it.

• Get to know your readers/ followers. Read their comments, respond to them, and appreciate their interest and effort. Do visit their blogs and even if you don’t follow them, read a post and if you like, comment as well. Getting to know the person behind the blog is important as it develops a rapport with them.

•Content is the key! Never take it lightly. Put effort into creating your content and make sure it is free of mistakes, spelling errors, or grammatical ones.

Remember that it will take time! Nothing will happen overnight, or even in a few months. So have realistic expectations and don’t get despondent if you don’t see instant results.

Don’t compare your blog to any one else’s! Comparison just creates unreal expectations or disappointments.

These are a few points that have helped me in my blogging journey.

Here’s another post of mine about writing, that you may find helpful.

Thanks for visiting and reading.



Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt # 51 – An ever growing pile

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Art(including pictures and images)should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in youwhat emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

We seem to have a theme going on here. Our Week 51 picture was also taken at the local salvage yard not far from the “old homestead.” The photograph pretty much is as it shows, although it has been edited heavily in terms of colour and texture.


We live in a disposable world
Don’t need anything, throw it out
Piles of rubbish are growing higher every day
We buy new tech and get rid of older models
The need to acquire new things blind us
To the piles of rubbish that are growing higher
The value of item lessens as the are replaced
And without a thought we toss them aside, unwanted
Beware, the pile of rubbish is growing higher every day
And we have to be careful, it doesn’t drown us under it

Share Your World- 31st May, 2021

Melanie is the host of SYW

Welcome to Share Your World!


What activity instantly calms you?

It Walking and meditating calms me the most. But if the time is not right for walking, playing a game on my phone does it too.

What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve done lately?

Last Saturday I went and got my hair treated to a keratin treatment. It makes them super flat for a few weeks and then they look nice. The reason for this sudden decision was that I couldn’t take their supper curly plus frizzy condition anymore. So I took a plunge to splurged on them. Now I don’t have to do anything to them. It’s wash and go.

If people receive a purple heart for bravery, what would other color hearts represent? (Example yellow heart = cowardice)

A blue heart for those who conserve water 💙

A green heart for those who work for forest conservation 💚

A red heart for those who show their love of humanity by working on its unity ❤️

A yellow heart for sunny temperament who spreads cheer 💛

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done or witnessed someone else do?

I have seen my older daughter raise her son as a single parent, look after her home, study for her Ph.D. degree and survive all that life threw at her in the five years she was in the USA.

GRATITUDE SECTION (Always optional)

How do you show gratitude to the people you respect?

I am grateful for people who are deserving of my respect, in my life. For those who have passed away, I honor them by following their legacy. Those who are alive, I try to support them in whatever way I can. Being kind is I think the best way to show respect.

Lovely Memorial Day share questions Melanie. Thanks