This Is Me--2019 A to Z Theme

The Challenge of 2019 was the 10th! Since this was kind of a milestone year for A to Z my theme was a retrospective of sorts, looking at my 10 years as a blogger as well as ruminations about my life as it is and as I hope it yet can be. I've got places to be and people to see along the way. Hope you'll join me for this part of my journey...

Always a work in progress--welcome to my blog.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Imaginary Road Trip ( #AtoZChallenge )

  I stare at a map tracing my finger along the road--a road which I have traveled before. Now, that journey is in my mind, in the depths of imagination and memory.  In my dreams I travel roads of my memory; in my memory I dream of my travels.



Imaginary Road Trip

           Imaginary road trips make for some of the most economical of traveling experiences.  You don't have to worry about gas or wear and tear on a vehicle.  You never have to leave the comfort of your own home.  It's a lazy way to travel.  You don't get the same impact either.  But when it's what you have at the moment and enjoy putting your mind to work then imagination can take you wherever you want to go.

         Not only where but when as well.  The mind is the only real time travel device that I know of.  Slip inside and you can relive travels of your past.  Look at the map.  Do you remember that place?  Or that place?

        The road has been my addiction.  If I'm not on it, rolling down some expanse of roadway, I start to feel that lure--that attraction that draws me to travel.  Or to dream of travel.  Or to escape on an imaginary road trip.

        I'm not sure where that road might be going in the more immediate sense.  But I'm in this life for the long run.  Or at least the longest run that this life will let me have.

       In the meantime, it's up to me to make the most of the journey. 

 
        Do you ever take an imaginary road trip?  What stirs your thoughts to dreams of travel?   Do you keep photo albums or scrapbooks of past travel experiences?   











Thursday, April 9, 2020

High Roads ( #AtoZChallenge )


         High roads are pretty great  until you lose yourself in a sudden curve to tumble down the mountainside and pray that you'll survive.  Falling from grace is bound to happen now and then in ones life journey...


       Heck, say anything about roads and you've gotten my attention.  My dreams are often dreams about roads.  Thinking about roads can make me smile.   Those thoughts can send me into a reverie.

         But really it's mostly metaphorical, that is my perception of a concept of meaning of life.  I see my life as this continuing journey. Sure it might seem like a cliche, but it's what makes the most sense.  To me at least.

        Traveling down that metaphorical road means sometime you're going to get somewhere and then continue on to the next place, on and on.  When I can travel the highest road then I am at my best.  I am grateful for the many in my life who encouraged me or lifted me in some way.  I am saddened by others.  But then my thoughts swirl back into a sense that it's all just what it is and I am where I am as are we all.

         And in my mind I see passing road signs:

Hope can elevate the spirit.
  Help can raise morale.
  Hate can destroy everything...

        Then the journey continues on to my next post...



         Are you the kind of traveler who likes to take time to see the scenery?    Or do you just want to get to your destination quickly?    What trope might you use to describe your life story?








Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Get Going ( #AtoZChallenge & #BOTB Results )

Great things can happen when we set our minds to the mission at hand and get going!  Bad things can happen as well, but who the heck sets out for that to happen.  We only fail if we have not tried and if we don't try we can never win...





Get Going

       Getting the momentum when you've gotten a good start is a matter of physics even when it's a metaphorical movement.  Starting can be difficult when motivation is not strong or we are overcome with the perceived obstacles that we think lie ahead.  Obstacles be damned!  If we're going to get anything done then we have to just jump in and do what needs to be done.

         I'm not advocating reckless behavior or making not well-thought out decisions, but once the pros and cons and the things that might stand in the way of success have been calculated and weighed out then we should take steps to move forward.  The first plan of any action is to get going.

         It's true that I've been a dreamer all my life, but often I've been a dreamer with no action or drive to accomplish what I've dreamed.  I probably need a good swift kick sometimes while at other times I just need the support that will help me reach my destination.

           Gotta get going!  You, me, and all of us.  Without a move we ain't going nowhere.




  Battle of the Band Results

          Though not an absolute disaster this Battle outcome was very lopsided with the majority in agreement with me that The Ramones are not the best rock and roll band around.  I'd probably never buy one of their albums and like most of the voters in this round I preferred the cleaner less raucous sound of Ola and the Janglers.

           Thank you to all who voted.  A to Z always gives my contests a boost in votes--especially when the Battle falls on the same day as opening day of A to Z plus another posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group.  Perfect blogging storms can have a fruitful outcome.

Final Vote Tally

The Ramones                      6

Ola and the Janglers         18


Next Battle on Wednesday April 15th!

        Until then there are posts every day (except Sundays).  Stay with me for more A to Z posts.  I'm trying to keep them short for the most part both for your reading comfort and to accommodate my own laziness.  Now time to rest a while.


  What typically motivates you to act on a dream?   Do you think failure is mainly a result of faulty planning or adverse circumstances or something else?    Where would you like to go in the year to come?









Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Future Is Now ( #AtoZChallenge )


Future is a destination.  It's a destination that once we've reached it, it's gone.  But then there is the future that lies after that, and after that, always coming toward us to only pass us by continually...





Future Is Now

       From now on my past is behind me, not to be forgotten, but to be celebrated when the time to do so is proper.  The future has always held a draw for me.  Maybe it's something to do with a will to survive.  I'm always interested to know what lies around the next corner, what I will find in the next mile.  The future calls to me.

       I'm listening...


       How big are your plans for the future?  Does your future seem bleak?    What is a big thing you expect or hope to find around some future corner? 


Monday, April 6, 2020

Eastward Focus ( #AtoZChallenge )


California seemed like a good idea to me once many years ago, but now my focus is again on the eastern United States.  I guess it's a matter of roots...





Eastward Focus

       Eventually I'd like to move back east.  Since I'm married it has to be either a mutual decision or a matter of me just going on my own.  The latter doesn't seem to be a particularly good idea since I do love my wife and her happiness is maybe more important than my own.

       I tend to find a contentment wherever I am.  This might be a matter of a transient state during childhood--we moved a few times from one extreme to another so that I've learned to adapt.  And there are a number of aspects in Los Angeles that appeal to me.

        Maybe I should have stated at the outset that I currently live in the Los Angeles area--have lived here for 29 years now.   Moving here was a choice that I made in what almost seems like another life.  At the time it seemed like the best thing that I could do, but years have passed and my situations have changed.  In this stage of my life now, living in a state like Virginia or Tennessee seems like a nice place to settle in for retirement.

         Nearly always, my thoughts, my focus is in the eastern part of the United States.  All of my kids are in New Jersey or Virginia.  Living back there would make it much easier to see them, my grandchildren, and other family and friends.  So I dream of being there, perhaps living in a house on a nice parcel of land, away from the bustle of the urban area like that in which I currently dwell. At my age I don't need a lot of things to do or places to shop.  Small town life would suit me just fine, but I don't know if my wife would like it.  Besides, she's got family here in California so that is her main draw.

        So here I am, not in so much of a dilemma, but in a state of longing for a dream that perhaps could be mine.  Maybe, one day, or maybe not.  The scales are balanced as far as weighing out benefits of either outcome.  I'll be okay here in L.A. as long as things remain pretty much as they have been in recent years. 

          Of course, nothing ever really stays the same.  Nor should it.  For now I'll deal with it.  I'll let tomorrow be a surprise.  Hopefully a pleasant one.

           Is there somewhere other than where you are now that you'd like to settle?   Do you prefer a city or a rural life?    For you, is the grass usually greener on the other side?







       

     

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Destination Somewhere ( #AtoZChallenge )


Don't know exactly where I'm going, but the destination is really a cumulative collection of destinations with each one leading to another...






Destination Somewhere

        When I started formulating my A to Z theme I tossed out something about future goals or maybe where I am now as opposed to where I want to be someday.   Sounds a bit pretentious perhaps for someone on the cusp of seventy years old.   Really?  Seventy?   That's a destination in itself, but I don't want to be stopping there.  If I had stopped anywhere in time maybe it would have been when I was thirty--or maybe ten.

         But it's not in my purview regarding this theme of future or goals or destinations.   My past is always with me somehow, but the future becomes questionable, even complicated.  How can we say what we are going to definitely do tomorrow let alone next year or ten years from now?   Most of us know that saying about the journey being better than getting to wherever you're going.  Or at least something to that effect.  That journey is the main thing.

          "Quo Vadis?" or "Where are you going?" is the famous question that Peter asked Jesus according to Christian tradition.  Likewise it is the question that I have often asked myself and continue to do so.   It's a logical question for any of us to ask ourselves whether it be in a practical short term sense or the more esoteric future sense.

           I am not afraid or concerned about my journey to come.   After all it's the similar travel decision that we all face even though it might entail never leaving home.  We are all going somewhere.  Where are you heading my dear reader?

          How much do you plan out your future with the absolute expectation that the outcome will be as you envisioned?   When have your past plans been sidetracked?   Where do you hope to find yourself in ten years?








 







Friday, April 3, 2020

Crime Against Corona ( #AtoZChallenge )


Next time I order a beer when I'm in a restaurant I'll probably be a bit careful.  Saying "I'll have a Corona" -- might not sound right...





Me savoring a Corona beer in 2009



Crime Against Corona

        Let's face it--I'm not much of a beer drinker.  Never have been in the past and even more so now.  For me, having a beer is akin to celebrating something special.  It's like when I buy a six pack of some kind of Irish beer to have with my traditional corned beef and cabbage meal on St. Patrick's Day.  This year I still had one of those beers left over from last St. Patrick's Day.  It tasted fine. 

        My point is that I don't drink much beer anymore and mostly never did.  Not like some of my friends or family do or did.  I like beer okay with certain kinds of foods, but it's rare that I'll just drink a beer to be drinking one.  It's probably been a couple years since I did that.

        When I do order a beer, if the place doesn't have some especially good brew on tap, I'll typically order a Corona.  I've been doing that since the eighties.  Same thing if I buy beer at the store.  Four out of five times I'll buy Corona.  Now I buy the six pack since if I buy the dozen bottle case it would last several months if I'm the only one drinking it.  And at my rate that six pack will probably last a long time.

          Perhaps in the future when I'm tempted to tell a waitperson, "Bring me a Corona" I'll think twice.  Yeah, it's the brand that I like, but should I say it out loud.  It's an easy call if they have local or in-house brewed beer because I'll go for that.  Or I could go for some kind of dark beer or ale or whatever it is.   Obviously I'm no beer connoisseur.  But I kind of like Corona if it's beer I'm drinking--especially in a Mexican restaurant.  Drinking a cold bottle of Corona with a chimichanga just seems like the way it should be for me.  Which reminds me--I haven't had a chimichanga in years--many years.

           What it all comes down to is labels.   Why did they have to call it Corona Virus?  Why not Budweiser virus or some other brand?   Will Corona beer have the stigma of this malady attached to it for all time to come?   Maybe they'll have to change the name.  Seems like a crime to me.  Corona is kind of a cool name for a Mexican beer. 

          Who comes up with these disease names anyway?   In this case it probably wasn't a fan of Corona beer..  Pandemics aren't fair anyway.  But lots of things aren't and that's just the way the world operates. 

           Do you have a favorite brand of beer?   Are you a special occasion drinker?   What would have been a better name for the Corona virus?  






       

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Blogging Blues ( #AtoZChallenge )


I got those blogging every day in the A to Z April blogging blues...

Dang!  And we just started!







Blogging Blues

         My blogging blues have nothing to do with this year's Challenge.  My blog really started singing the blues five years ago.  Maybe even more.  Still I've blogged on since those blogging blues cast a pall on my online activities.  Perhaps it's partly my own fault, but expressing my opinions was part of my reason for getting into this blogging thing.

          Even the name of my blog, Tossing It Out, refers to the concept of tossing out ideas and opinions to anyone who will read.   Sometimes my opinions have annoyed--even pissed off--some readers.   Well, that's life I'd say.  I don't always like everything I hear either.  Thank goodness no one is around to hear me talking back to some of the idiots I see on the television.  Of course, my wife hears me sometimes, but now she's seen the light about so much of the stupidity being expressed on the airwaves and she's saying the same things I'm saying.   It's a matter of logic the way I see it.

         But blogging should be different.  Somehow I see the written word as a vehicle of somewhat passive provocation.  Reading a point of view and writing a response should entail reflection and reasoning.  Sadly this has become discarded only to be replaced by name-calling and linguistic vulgarities.  I sometimes wonder if opinionated writing is more a thing of emotionally driven venting with no reasoning behind it all.

         So should I blame the bloggers with whom I have interacted in the past or in some cases continue to interact with?   Or should I blame the media outlets that are disseminating skewed propaganda and outright lies?  What is truth anyway?

          Blogging doesn't have to be true if it is a matter of opinion.  And that's one of my opinions.


         Do you ever respond rudely when disagree with another blogger?   Have you ever tried to present a logical argument to another blogger only to receive a rude rebuttal?    If everyone kept their opinions to themselves do you think society would make more progress?








Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Activate A to Z and Let's Dance! ( #AtoZChallenge #BOTB #IWSG )

This post is like the perfect storm of blogging.   Not really in a bad way, but in a busy way.  I'll try to keep this as brief as I can considering all that is about to happen.  Hope you can hang in for the ride!

Activate A to Z!

       So here we are again for another month of fun and frenzy as I embark on my 11th annual Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.  And I am joined by several hundred other bloggers who can be found in our master A to Z list.    I hope you will show support by visiting as many of those bloggers who are participating and egg them on support their efforts.   

        This year I have a kind of a loose and random theme that will be related to some of my future goals, current interests, and whatever random stuff I might come up with.  In other words I'll be blogging like I typically do except I'll be posting nearly every day in April instead of just four or so posts per month.  Gosh, it sounds like that first year when I started blogging and blogging was kind of fresh and fun. 

         That's what I'm going to be doing in April.  Hope you can visit (and comment) often.  I'll be trying to do the same.  See you round and about!


   
       


The Insecure Writer's Support Group


Join us on the first Wednesday of each month in Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group--a forum of writers who gather to talk about writing and the writer's life. For a complete list of participants visit Alex's Blog


The co-hosts for the April 1 posting of the IWSG are Diane Burton, JH Moncrieff, Anna @ Emaginette, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!



April 1 question -The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?

         For now things are fine in my world.  If this pandemic stuff had to happen then this is probably the best time for me.  I don't have to worry about a lost job or getting a paycheck since I'm retired. So pandemic life for me is not much different than other times other than some of the absurd shortages in the stores.  Hopefully I'll be staying well throughout.

          I've got plenty to keep me busy this month with the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge--maybe I'll focus more on that than I have in the past few years.  Other than that I can always find things to do to occupy my time.  Ironically, despite being retired, it seems there is never enough time for me to do all that I'd like to do.  Funny how that works.

           Hope you are well.   Remember--if it ain't one thing, it's another.  So keep on truckin'  (How's that for a dated expression?).


Battle of the Bands


        Battle of the Bands is the blogging event started by Far Away Series and now hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands.   This event happens each month on the 15th and on some there is also a Battle on the 1st of the month.  My blog is one of those with a second Battle excepting over these summer months.   The premise is simple:  Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it.  Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this post for more Battle action.



Let's Dance

          So as we get this A to Z party started let's get into the spirit with a couple of lively dance videos.   The song "Let's Dance" is a popular hit single that was originally released by Chris Montez in 1962.  Many covers of the song have appeared over the years.   For this Battle I've chosen two slightly contrasting versions with fun dance videos to go with them. Enjoy!


The Ramones   "Let's Dance"   (1976)

         Punk rock band The Ramones deliver a rollicking live version of the song recorded at the County Jail in Boston (that's what the video clip says at least).  No, the group in the video is not the Ramones, but the dancing is sure a lot of fun to watch.  Let's dance...








 Ola and the Janglers   "Let's Dance" (1968)

          Ola and the Janglers were a garage band from Sweden in the 1960's.  They present a more polished version of "Let's Dance" with visuals from an assortment of movies from the sixties.  A bit of eye candy for those who watch the video. But we're here for the song performance.  What do you think of this version?






Time to Vote!

         Did this song get you dancing?   Which song version do you prefer?   Hopefully you have an opinion of some kind.  You don't have to know about music to have an opinion since it all comes down to your own personal taste.

        Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the version you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours.



Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:

 StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands

 ‘Storms and Stardust’ 

  'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS'

'Curious as a Cathy'

Sound of One Hand Typing

The Doglady's Den 

Angel's Bark  

Jingle, Jangle, Jungle 


Cherdo on the Flipside 

A I Love Music


Winner of this Battle Announced on Wednesday April 8th

         Of course lots more happening between then and now so I'll be here every day except Sunday with some kind of a post about some subject or such.  Yeah, that's what I'm doing.  How about you?













Monday, March 23, 2020

Don't Worry ( #BOTB Results )



Anxiety weighs down the heart,  but a kind word cheers it up.    

Proverbs 12:25 New International Version (NIV)

Pondering the Colorado River in Austin Texas

Pandemic Days

        There's so much for people to worry about these days that it's difficult to know where to start.  Maybe it's best to start by not worrying.  Jesus said not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34) and if you don't take any stock in what Jesus had to say then just use common sense.  How are you going to make things better by worrying? 

          If you find yourself consumed by worry then maybe you need to take some action to take your mind off of that worry.  After all, worry is essentially an act of selfishness if no action is taken to find ways to remedy that which is worrying you.  Worry is wasted effort which culminates in no positive result.  If all you do is worry then you aren't working towards personal wellness and your worry can become more contagious than the worst disease.

         Would you rather be spreading the negative energy of worry or the positive energy of hope, concern for others, and the mindset that things will get better? 

        Sometimes children know best.  Here's a story that my daughter Ada Z shared recently about my dear granddaughter, Grace, who is seven years old:

My daughter, Grace, had a dream the other night. She said,
“We were sitting around the campfire as a family and God came down to sit with us. He started singing a song about the world. Then he ate a marshmallow. Everything is going to be ok”
I asked her how she knew that it was God. She said, “It was definitely God”.
The smile that she had on her face and the twinkle in her eye gave me so much hope and it has truly gotten me through the last few days.

         Thank you for that sweet story, Ada, and bless the wisdom of my granddaughter, Gracie.  She put into words with elegant simplicity the advice I've been trying to live by over the past decade or so.  Eat marshmallows and sing happy songs.  Everything will turn out just fine--or at least the way it's supposed to work out.


Battle of the Bands Results




My Martyr Battle

         My most recent Battle saw "Joan of Arc" by Jennifer Warnes go up against "The Martyr" by prog rock group Wally.  As some of you might have guessed, my favorite was the song by Wally.   However either of the albums that these songs came from are big favorites of mine.  The voting ran close at the beginning of the race, but then Wally broke out ahead to capture the win.


   Final Vote Tally

Jennifer Warnes     5 votes

Wally                       9 votes


Next Battle on Wednesday April 1st

        This is going to be a big day in blogging since this will also be the start of Blogging from A to Z April Challenge for 2020.   So far nearly 300 blogs are signed up to the official list, but many more will be participating through social media sites like Facebook.  If you're basically locked down for the current pandemic then why not join us in A to Z.  This seems like the year to do it.

       And wait!  There's more!   April 1st will also be the posting date for Insecure Writer's Support Group.  So it's gonna be a whopper of a blogging day.  I've pulled all these together in one post in previous years so I guess I can do it again.

        Please be well.  And don't be afraid.






Sunday, March 15, 2020

Joan of Arc / The Martyr ( #BOTB )


We've got our corned beef brisket ready to cook on St. Pat's Day but I'll still need to run to the store on Monday to get some cabbage and potatoes to round out the dinner.  I hope I can get in the store.  All this shopping frenzy and panic is kind of weird.  Maybe people should stop paying so much attention to the news.  You'd think it's the end of the world...


Image result for lines waiting at costco
Queuing up for panic buying at Costco (Washington Post)

        I've been to the grocery store a couple times this week, not for those items in heavy demand like toilet paper and water, but just for stuff we wanted though not necessarily needed.  Certain shelves were emptied and the store traffic was higher than normal for the time that I visited.  I've heard rumors and seen news reports about the crazy lines and panic buying, but haven't seen much first hand that was too extreme.  Still, what's going on does seem a bit wacky.

         We typically have a goodly supply of necessities and we had already stocked up from Costco before all this craziness started, so we are in fine shape for now.  And I'm not overly concerned about this pandemic mania.  I guess if it's not political nuttiness or climate change extremism or whatever, then somebody somewhere will concoct some other needless fear.  Not to say we shouldn't be concerned, but we shouldn't drive ourselves crazy with worry.

          What, me worry? Alfred E. Newman said it best for me...


Battle of the Bands


        Battle of the Bands is the blogging event started by Far Away Series and now hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands.   This event happens each month on the 15th and on some there is also a Battle on the 1st of the month.  My blog is one of those with a second Battle excepting over these summer months.   The premise is simple:  Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it.  Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this post for more Battle action.


Saints Be Praised!

         This week it's all about St. Patrick and all things Irish.  I guess I'll avoid this general theme for my Battle of the Bands and instead give tribute to another saint--Joan of Arc.  There are a number of songs that pay homage to St. Joan.  For this Battle I've chose two that are personal favorites...




Jennifer Warnes    "Joan of Arc"  (1987)

        Though there were a few Leonard Cohen songs that had caught my attention over the years, I wasn't much of a fan until Jennifer Warnes came out with her Famous Blue Raincoat album in 1986. I don't know what made me buy the cassette of her album, but I did and I liked it a great deal and as a consequence became more interested in Cohen's albums, eventually buying several of them to add to my music collection.

        In her rendition of "Joan of Arc", Warnes is joined by the composer himself, Leonard Cohen.  The recording is somewhat long so listening to the first couple of minutes will provide the gist of the song, but you might just like it so well that you will want to keep listening.  Give it a try...








Wally   "The Martyr"  (1974)

         Wally is a mostly forgotten and underrated prog rock band from the 1970's.  I first heard their song "The Martyr" in early 1975 on a radio station broadcasting from Johnson City TN.  The song immediately attracted me with the stately classically tinged violin solo that repeats throughout and then culminates into a dramatic prog rock closing. 
       
         Though I was living in a cabin in the mountains at the time (we had electricity so I could listen to music), first chance I had to drive down to Knoxville I went to a record store to purchase the vinyl LP which I still have to this day.

          As with the previous song, "The Martyr" is probably a bit long for some of you so you might want to just sample some of it.  If you don't feel compelled to listen to the entire track then get a sample of the beginning and then run forward to about 4:40 where they start rocking out a bit more.  Give it chance and see what you think...






Time to Vote!

         You don't have to be a martyr about this, but I hope you'll indulge us in listening to these two songs.   Which song version do you prefer?   Hopefully you have an opinion of some kind.  You don't have to know about music to have an opinion since it all comes down to your own personal taste.

        Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the version you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours.




Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:

 StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands

 ‘Storms and Stardust’ 

  'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS'

'Curious as a Cathy'

Sound of One Hand Typing

The Doglady's Den 

Angel's Bark  

Jingle, Jangle, Jungle 


Cherdo on the Flipside 

A I Love Music


Winner of this Battle Announced on Monday March 23rd

          For those interested in Blogging from A to Z, don't forget that the Theme Reveal will be happening on Monday March 16th.  I'm not doing any special post for this as my theme is still kind of in the works.  In other words, I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing.  On the sign up sheet I stated my theme as "Life Goals", but that might not be exactly right--kind of right, maybe, but maybe not exactly.   I might actually be winging it this year.  Kind of like I did the first year.  Still there should be a lot of A to Z participants who will have something to say for Theme Reveal Day.









Monday, March 9, 2020

The Truth about my Most Recent Battle of the Bands ( #BOTB Results )


I always hate it when I lose an hour, but seem to think little when I throw away hours upon hours in ultimately useless pursuits...

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         Last week was like going through a time warp.  Come to think of it my whole life seems to be going that way.  But it seems like life has always gone that way from the beginning except when I was younger everything seemed new and for me it really was. 

         Sometimes I think the progress of the world is moving too fast. Would we want or expect it any other way?

Battle of the Bands Results




          My most recent Battle was between young up-and-comer Dawnelle Elizabeth and rock-and-roll legend Dion.  I wasn't sure how this match would turn out, but I knew that Dion was my pick.  I've liked Dion's work in Christian music since I first came across it back in the eighties.  There's also something about the melody of Dion's song--a haunting quality that particularly appeals to me.

          Dawnelle's song is a rousing upbeat tune, but I usually go for the more introspective music.  I would have thought she'd have gotten more votes, but the tally tells the story...

Final Vote Tally

Dawnelle Elizabeth           3

Dion Dimucci                  11




 Next Battle on Sunday March 15th

         This Battle will be another kind of religious theme.  I'll be featuring two different songs about the same historical martyr.  And the Battle will have nothing to do with St. Patrick, but this saint will be a worthy companion...



Blogging from A to Z April Challenge


#AtoZChallenge 2020 badge     Sign ups for this year's Challenge at now open at the A to Z Blog.   You don't have to sign up in order to participate, but it does help us keep track of who is participating and makes it easier for others to find blogs that are a part of the 2020 Challenge.  So far nearly 200 blogs have signed on to this year's Challenge.  Why don't you become a part of the Challenge in 2020?   







Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Insecure? Write Like It's Going Out of Style ( #IWSG & #AtoZChallenge )


Are you a writer?  Do you feel a bit insecure about your writing?   Maybe you need some writing practice and inspiration...


The Insecure Writer's Support Group

Join us on the first Wednesday of each month in Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group--a forum of writers who gather to talk about writing and the writer's life. For a complete list of participants visit Alex's Blog


The co-hosts for the March 4 posting of the IWSG are Jacqui Murray, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence.


       
March 4 question - Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?


       A Tradition is Returning!

        I've got nothing in regard to this month's question, but coming soon there is what has become an annual tradition for writers who blog:  The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge!   

         Most of you probably know about the Challenge which involves blogging for 26 days of the month with the daily theme matching that day's letter of the alphabet.  This will be my eleventh year of doing this and many others have likewise done it for many seasons.  That's why it's become a tradition I guess.

        The sign up sheet is now open at the A to Z Blog site. 











Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Truth Will Set You Free (#BOTB)




These days we get bombarded by so much in the name of truth that sometimes it's difficult to say what really is true.  What we often hope to be true is rarely what is true in the end...


Where'd That Come From?

         This past week, just as it seemed my computer was bouncing back from its previously cantankerous behavior, my body decided to pack me a wallop.  Amid a barrage of news reporting about a Coronavirus pandemic, I was knocked out for the first three days of last week with some weird malady that had me in bed much of the time.  Now I seem to be bouncing back just in time for the March 1st edition of Battle of the Bands...



Battle of the Bands


        Battle of the Bands is the blogging event started by Far Away Series and now hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands.   This event happens each month on the 15th and on some there is also a Battle on the 1st of the month.  My blog is one of those with a second Battle excepting over these summer months.   The premise is simple:  Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it.  Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this post for more Battle action.


The Truth Will Set You Free

          In this Battle I'll be presenting two very different songs that have the same name and the same theme.  The first comes from Dawnelle Elizabeth, an up-and-coming young Christian singer from Southern California.  The second from a rock legend who's been making music and charting hits for many decades--Dion Dimucci, or just "Dion" as most of you probably know him.

          Take a listen to each and then cast your vote for the song performance that you like best...


Dawnelle Elizabeth   "The Truth Will Set You Free"  (2014)






Dion     "The Truth Will Set You Free"  (1980)







Time to Vote!

         Did one of these songs set you free more than the other?  Or did you just like one better than the other?   I hope you'll play along with us.   Which song version do you prefer?   Hopefully you have an opinion of some kind.  You don't have to know about music to have an opinion since it all comes down to your own personal taste.

        Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the version you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours.



Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:

 StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands

 ‘Storms and Stardust’ 

  'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS'

'Curious as a Cathy'

Sound of One Hand Typing

The Doglady's Den 

Angel's Bark  

Jingle, Jangle, Jungle 


Cherdo on the Flipside 

A I Love Music


Winner of this Battle Announced on Monday March 9th

        But wait!  There's more!  I'll have my entry to the March edition of Insecure Writer's Support Group coming on Wednesday March 4th.  Oh, and don't forget to be checking the A to Z Blog if you are interested in signing up for the 2020 April Challenge which is coming very soon!
        


Blogging from A to Z April Challenge