Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt # 43

Glen is the host of LTPP

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 you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Our Week 43 picture is a grouping of stone landmarks know as “inukshuks” or singular an “inukshuk”. They are stone landmarks or cairns built by First Nations)FN) people of the northern Canada and used originally as navigation elements that would stand out on a frozen landscape. They are also to mark sacred locations of FN peoples.

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What is this? Scott said as he was looking through the pictures his friend had taken on his trip to Canada.

What do you think it is? Asked Phil

“I don’t know buddy, to me, it looks like a get-together of people, who turned into stone!”

“Look the big guy in the middle looks like he is their boss and the little ones all around him are the minions. No disrespect intended!”

Scott was amused by Phil’s flight of fantasy.

“These are stone structures made by the native people as landmarks. We were amazed by them as many are very very old”

“That’s great then, you got a lot of cultural education on this trip of your to Canada and its historic locations!” Said Phil.

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Eugi’s Weekly Prompt- Playful

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Your Weekly Prompt  Playful– April 8, 2021

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Why so serious!

A little mischief, a bit of playfulness

Lightens the mood, lifts the spirits

Take that frown off your face

Replace it with a smile

Let that twinkle in the eye shine

Break out your dancing shoes

Show us a step or two

Why so serious,

Let the joy take over

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – I

For Letter I, I have chosen an introduction to my religion, Islam

Islam, is the most inspiring factor in my life.

Most people have heard of Islam and Muslims but unfortunately in a negative tone. I want to dispel the notion that Islam is in any way connected to terrorism.

The word “Islam” means peace.

We believe in God, and in spreading goodness through good deeds, like kindness and charity.

Living in peace and harmony with our fellow humans is our aim. Islam urges us to develop a strong connection with our creator and to have firm faith.

All through my life, I have taken strength from my faith. In hard times it has made me strong and in good times, it has made me humble.

Our holy book, Quran is the source of guidance for us. It is the word of God, revealed to our prophet, Muhammad ( peace be upon him).

It is an essential part of my daily routine to read from Quran. It helps me navigate through the path of life.

As a Muslim, I believe in all prophets and all religions. And want to exist in peaceful harmony with everyone.

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday- Difference

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “difference.” Whatever the word “difference” conjures first in your mind, write about it. Enjoy!

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What’s the difference? You ask

Between an idiot and an imbecile

Between a sharp person and a clever one

I’d say it’s all in how you look!

What’s the difference between being cautious and being fearful

What’s the difference between being brave and being foolhardy

I’d say it lies in the degrees

What’s the difference between naughty and playful

What’s the difference between a keen reader and a bookworm

I’d say they’re one and the same!

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Milestones

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge

PROMPT #180

So, here we go with our prompt word for this week

Write about what milestones mean to you, ones already achieved, and the ones you would like to reach.

Write about a journey you can’t forget.

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As a family, we are always celebrating milestones. Birthdays, anniversaries, special days all are remembered and celebrated. This year, or rather 2020 was different. Many milestones had to be celebrated alone or online!

The first birthdays of both the younger grandchildren had to be celebrated with just parents present and the rest of the family joining on Zoom. That said, it didn’t lessen the joy of the family and we thought that the next year will be different, better. But here we are in the fourth month of 2021 and still socially distancing and being extra careful as the third wave of covid is more deadly than the previous two.

My eldest daughter’s Ph.D. defense was online. I, the proud mother could not attend because it was for faculty only. No matter, we thought, we will attend the degree awarding ceremony. They send her a Doctorate degree by mail all the way to Pakistan from Seattle.

No dinner out on the 35th wedding anniversary as I was stuck in the USA and my husband was in Pakistan.

But these milestones matter. They mark achievements and celebrating them in any way we can, we acknowledge the occasion and its importance.

So maybe next year will be different, maybe we will be able to throw a party for my sixtieth birthday or my grandkids third birthdays.

May be…….

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12 Bloggerz – April Edition

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Would you want to be a millionaire and if so why and if not why not?

Has anyone said no to this question?

I wouldn’t refuse millions, it would give me the means to help others around me. Make an effort to improve the lives of those less blessed.

Do you listen more to the voice in your head or your gut when making difficult decisions?

Mostly it’s my head that I listen to, but I am respectful to my gut feelings too. Sometimes the gut knows stuff the mind hasn’t caught on to yet.

Should we be afraid of our nightmares or see them as a sign of improvement?

The good thing is that I seldom remember any of my dreams, or nightmares ( if I have them). If I recall any scary dream, I don’t pay much heed to it anyway.

Are you a fan of cult movies and if so which ones and why?

Cult movie?

Like a specific genre?

I like marvel’s movies so I like superheroes cult, I reckon. There is a lot of stress and tension in real life that’s why fantasy movies are so popular. It’s a way to get out of humdrum daily lives and escape into a universe where everything is possible.

What a comedy film you could watch over and over?

Perhaps I can watch a new comedy movie a couple of times but over and over again is beyond me. It stops being funny the third time for me!

How often can you listen to your favorite music for more than an hour in a day or a week without interruptions?

I can if I am given the chance. Like walking with no one beside me talking. Also when I blog at night, I put on music and listen to my favorites.

What is in your opinion the best way to make an omelet?

By cracking eggs!

A very important first step, otherwise there won’t be any omelets cooking.

When was the last time you were completely naughty?

In med school. In a very innocent way. 😜

What’s the secret to making someone laugh hard?

Tickle their funny bone!

How forgetful are you and why does the word look so silly when written?

Very in some respects and not at all in others. I guess if it’s important, I’ll remember it. Otherwise, it’s going to fly away from my mind till after it was supposed to be done.

Hmmm….. yes, it looks a bit funny!

What advice did your parents give you about LIFE that you too have passed on to your own children or friends?

My father used to tell me to “wait till I come to the bridge before I think about crossing it”

I found it very useful in dealing with anxieties of what will happens regarding something in the future.

I gave this advice to my kids.

I wasn’t received in the same spirit!!!

How often do you surf for something on the internet but end up hours later looking at something else … why does it happen to you, what causes you to stray?

Previously, lots of time I lost track of what I was looking for and ended up buying something else. Now, not so much. I go, I look up and I exit!

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – H

For Letter H, I have chosen Anthony Hopkins

Facts about Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins is 83 years old
Born: December 31, 1937
Birthplace: Port Talbot, Wales
Best known as: Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs
     

Anthony Hopkins Biography

An enduring star of stage and screen, Anthony Hopkins remains best known as the creepy and manipulative serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.

Anthony Hopkins attended the Welsh College of Music and Drama and spent three years in the Royal Artillery of the British Army. He then went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1963. After first making a name for himself as a stage actor in England, Anthony Hopkins made his big-screen debut in the 1968 film The Lion in Winter (co-starring Katharine Hepburn).

He worked in television and movies throughout the 1970s and ’80s, including film Magic (1978) and David Lynch‘s The Elephant Man (1980), scary killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Hopkins won an Oscar for the role.

In 1993 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

His other roles have included playing writer C. S. Lewis in 1993’s Shadowlands and Richard Nixon in Oliver Stone‘s Nixon (1995). Hopkins played Lecter again in Hannibal(2001) and Red Dragon (2002, starring Ralph Fiennes). His other films include The Edge (1997, opposite Alec Baldwin), The Human Stain (2003, with Nicole Kidman) and Bobby(2006, with William H. Macy). He played King Hrothgar in Beowulf (2006), director Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock(2012), and Pope Benedict XVI in The Two Popes (2019, with Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis I).

(Source; Who2.com)

Sir Anthony Hopkins is such a versatile and graceful actor. He has impressed me in every role he has played. He gives his all to make his characters come alive. The gruesome Hannibal Lector was totally creepy and as Odin, he was the magnificent king of Asgard. Mundane or superhero stuff, all are his forte.

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WritePhoto – Newborns

KL Caley is the host of WritePhoto

Welcome to the weekly #writephoto prompt!

Sticking with the springtime photos. I captured this little guy along with his mother in a pen alongside some very expecting mothers. Is spring an inspiring time for you? I hope so, I can’t wait to read your entries.

The New Arrivals – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a group of mother sheep about to give birth, with one newly arrived lamb visible.

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One little lamb already here, how many left to go?

Too many moms-to-be waiting for the joyful event

The farmer and his wife tired with black circles around their eyes

Spring is a time for joy and new birth

But bringing newborns into the world is no easy task

Everyone will be rejoicing when all the lambs are present and accounted for!

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Fandango’s Provocative Question #17 Revisited

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This week’s provocative question came to mind when my son asked me a question. He wanted to know where we lived when I sold my motorcycle, and I couldn’t remember whether it was in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. I tried and tried, but came up empty. I couldn’t even recall the last time I rode it.

So, I decided to ask a question about human memory, which has been shown to be incredibly unreliable. With that in mind, here is this week’s provocative question:

“How do you know which of your memories are genuine and which have been altered over time or even made up?”

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I have checked and it seems that I missed this question when it was originally asked.

I have a very dodgy memory.

There are some periods in my past where I don’t have much recollection of day-to-day life. The reason was the onset of my thyroid disease. It’s one of the side effects of hypothyroidism that there is severe memory loss.

If my kids say that this incident happened during those years, I accept it. Though I don’t recall anything like that happening. But I trust them and I am confident that they aren’t gaslighting me. If two out of three are verifying it then it is a sure thing.

As far as memory recollection goes, I think we all have a different version of the same incident. We all look at it from our point of view. So one incident could have affected all the people involved in different ways and would live in the minds of them with different implications.

It never pays to argue about the memories of a given event with someone. They will accuse you of trying to gaslight them.

The end conclusion is that though memories can be manipulated, it is better to let them be as they are. I do trust my recollection of the things that are clear in my mind. Other than that I don’t worry much!

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