Wednesday, October 26, 2016

31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes 2016 - 26: "Confront" - The Weekly Hodgepodge

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Besides your very own house, describe a place where you feel most 'at home'?
Whenever I'm playing a musical instrument.  Everything in my world could be going wrong, but all that stress and anxiety is meaningless as long as the beat is going. 
When did you last 'hit a home run' with something? Explain. 
The latest painting I completed. 
"Window Garden" - 16 x 20 inch acrylic on canvas. 
Though painting is not new to me, this particular type of painting was.  It was a fun challenge.  I'll write more about it later on my sister blog.
Tell us about something you love in your house or kitchen that is 'homemade.'
I can't think of anything, sorry.
'A man's home is his castle'...which of the world's ten most captivating castles (according to The Travel Channel) would you most like to visit and why- Mont Saint-Michel (France), Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany), Glamis Castle (Scotland), Windsor Castle (England), Chateu de Chambord (France), Hampton Court Palace (England), Prague Castle (Prague), St. Michael's Mount (England), Leeds Castle (England), and Swallow's Nest (Ukraine)
Oh definitely Edinburgh and Glamis Castle in Scotland.  Years ago, former (and should still be) host of the Late, Late Show, Craig Ferguson did shows from Scotland and included mini-documentaries on the castles (with humor thrown in of course). 
What's a recent or upcoming plan or project that's required you do a little homework before getting started? Did the homework cause you to abandon your plan or adjust it in some way?
Again, I've got nothing.
In your opinion, is homework an unnecessary evil or a valuable practice? Should schools be done with homework? Why or why not? 
You're asking a former teacher this question?  OK, to be fair, I taught preschool and don't have any kids, so I don't have a dog in the fight. BUT... I see homework like a musician's practice--if the homework reinforces a concept or sharpens a skill, then yes, it is necessary.  If it's simply busywork, forget it!   By the way, when I was in school, I don't remember homework taking so long.  Unless it was a major project like a research paper or a book to read, I had time for homework, band practice, dinner, and a little TV time, and still got to bed at a decent hour.  Not sure what's going on with today's schools.
Share a favorite memory of your childhood hometown. 
Being a college town with a top notch college marching band, Jacksonville, Alabama prides itself on hosting many band-related competitions and exhibitions.  Each year, Jacksonville State University and the Marching Southeners host a band day during a home football game.  Bands from all over the county show up for this event.  In 1990 when I played for the Marching Southerners, at the end of the band day game (which we won), the band lined up on the field and played several songs.  All of the band kids and their parents piled onto the field with us and had a blast watching and singing along to the songs that had words (the fight song, Quilting Party, etc).  That's one of the times I was proud to be from "JackVegas."
Insert your own random thought here. 
Today's 31 days word prompt is "Confront."


Is it possible to confront something or someone without being confrontational?  Probably not, but I thought I'd ask.


I don't really want to turn this into a big "need to confront my issues and fears" post (I'm sure y'all are tired of that), but that's the first thing that popped into my head.

**clock ticking**

Well...confront is such a strong negative word...

**clock still ticking**


**clock ticking even louder**

Oh, heck, I don't know!


Monday, October 24, 2016

31 Days of 5 Day Free Writes 2016 - 24: "Global"


My world is too small.

I need my vision to go global. 

I want the small things I do to grow and affect hurting people around the world.

Global thinking reminds of something my former Pastor said.  He said part of what Mark 16:15 means is to go into "every man's world" with the Gospel message of God's love and Christ's sacrifice.  We all have our own "worlds."  Those within that world need to know the truth, and know that someone cares deeply for them.  We also must enter into the "worlds" of others and share the Good News.

That is what going global is all about.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes 2016 - 23: "Blowout"

Blowout - Definition 6 (slang) a lavish party or entertainment.


I know I talk a lot about wanting my own house, but I think it's something most of us who've not yet experienced it long for.

The day the papers are signed and the closing is complete, Auntie is having a blowout (probably several).  I'm not waiting around for someone else to decide to throw me a housewarming party, I'm inviting over my friends and we're going to party like it's 1999.  I'm going to meet my new neighbors and throw the neighborhood a barbeque.  I'm talking jumpy castles for the kids and everything.

OK, maybe that's overkill, but you get the point.

I don't care if there's no furniture in my new house and the yard looks like an okra patch, I'm going to celebrate!