#AtoZChallenge 2015: WHAT I LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR

The sign up list for this year’s A to Z April Blogging Challenge opened today. I’m in! Are you?
Click HERE to read all about it and add your blog, if you haven’t already. Only 65 days to go….

#AtoZChallenge 2015

It’s daunting to publish 26 posts in 26 days, plus interact with others.
Last year was my first time [view entries HERE] and I learned a few things to make it easier.  

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ON A WALK – PHOTO FRIDAY

Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

camera photo friday

The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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ON A WALK:

As a life-long dog person and self-employed “Canine Caregiver”, this week’s photo prompt is the perfect fit!

The dogs love going on a walk. As you can see, my sidekick gets the “fun” job

Always remember to SCOOP THAT POOP! 
(If there was a market for it, I’d be rich by now ;) )

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THE CHILDFREE LIFE

This was inspired by Sid Balachandran’s post, “So, You Want Kids?”

with child or childfree?

Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

He has wholeheartedly embraced the role of “Stay-at-home Dad”, but laments that society refuses to mind its own business about couples having children. I can attest to this. There is still a stigma attached to those of us who consciously choose to be childfree. We get quizzical glances that imply there is something wrong with us or, worse yet, pitying glances. If we have pets, people often assume they are substitutes for the “real thing”. This may be true for some, but certainly not all. 

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WORDS AND MUSIC – #MicroblogMondays 21 #MondayMusings

Starting a couple of new, semi-regular traditions here at The Den,
called “Microblog Mondays” and “Monday Musings”.
See below for details – but please, read the post first. 

This website has been on hiatus for several months, so I’m eager to get it going again.
Here’s an idea of what’s on the agenda:

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NEW YEAR, NEW CREATIONS

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!

Yes, I have returned to the Blogosphere. Please, don’t everybody applaud at once. ;)

Seems I lost my blogging mojo awhile back (last September!), but that creative urge has now returned.
What’s been going on in the meantime? Well…..

A few years ago, I wrote a short memoir (approx. 4600 words), about my year in a Swiss boarding school.
It received many favourable comments and people suggested I should publish it. Last fall seemed like a good time, but of course it needed editing. My perfectionist self still isn’t happy with it and I won’t submit anything sub par. The other hurdle was, I knew absolutely nothing about the mechanics of self-publishing, so embarked on an intensive quest to learn all I could in the shortest time possible. As usual, I went a little crazy and completely overwhelmed myself, so a step back and a deep breath is what’s needed at this point. :P

woe is me

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BLOGGING HIATUS CONTINUES, FOR NOW

Dear Friends;

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2015!


This website’s hiatus has been extended for awhile longer.
Automated Twitter and Facebook page posts will continue.

Thank you all for your interest and support.

I shall return to entertain you again.

In the meantime, you might enjoy these.  Click on images to bring up the archives.

travel & culture a-zmusical musings

creative writing

laughing smiley (2)camera and photos

 

See also
PAGES
(at the top)
and
CATEGORIES
(sidebar on home page,
footer on post page)

 

Cheers!

Debbie

Coming soon in book form:
“CONFESSIONS OF A BOARDING SCHOOL INMATE”
(formerly “Internat Adventures”)

Chapter Excerpts and Soundtrack ►►



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HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR

May you all enjoy the holiday season and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!

Thank you for your support. ♥  I shall return to regular activities in 2015

christmas fireplace

happy holidays  

new years partyholiday feasts

 

◄Click on images for some festive posts►

 

 

 

More fun stuff here:

travel & culture a-zmusical musings

creative writing

laughing smiley (2)camera and photos

 

See also

PAGES

(at the top)

and

CATEGORIES

(sidebar on home page,

footer on post page)

Cheers!

Debbie

red christmas tree

Coming soon in book form:

“CONFESSIONS OF A BOARDING SCHOOL INMATE”

(formerly “Internat Adventures”)

Chapter Excerpts and Soundtrack ►►

Fireplace scene courtesy of picgifs.com         Cartoon courtesy of Bitstrips Facebook app


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TIME FOR A BLOGGING HIATUS

Dear Friends;

I’m temporarily stepping away from this website,  to get a few other things organized.

(Comments will still be answered as time permits.)

Thank you all for your interest and support.

I shall return to entertain you again.

In the meantime, you might enjoy these.  Click on images to bring up the archives.

travel & culture a-zmusical musings

creative writing

laughing smiley (2)camera and photos

 

See also
PAGES
(at the top)
and
CATEGORIES
(sidebar on home page,
footer on post page)

 

Cheers!

Debbie

Coming soon in book form:
“CONFESSIONS OF A BOARDING SCHOOL INMATE”
(formerly “Internat Adventures”)

Chapter Excerpts and Soundtrack ►►




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“C’EST LA VIE” SAY THE OLD FOLKS

But I never thought I’d actually BE one of them!

old folks are shocked that they're old!

I was watching a 33 year old movie recently (Victory), starring Michael Caine and noticed how young and handsome he looked, (and thinking the movie was way more recent than that). Then it hit me – and not for the first time! I’m well over the hill and on the downward slide. All I can say is “What happened?” “Where did the time go?” and all those other tired clichés. 

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HOME – PHOTO FRIDAY

Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

camera photo friday

The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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HOME:

According to the old saying, “Home is where you hang your hat”.  
My hat has hung in many places, but these are the ones with the fondest memories:

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THE HORROR OF SUICIDE #SuicidePrevention

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day

Have you personally known someone who committed suicide?  I have……

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NIGHTFALL – PHOTO FRIDAY

 Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

Photo Friday

The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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NIGHTFALL:

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PERSONAL SPACE

A little off-the-cuff rhyme for today:

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WRITING ABOUT WRITING

writing womanI’m accepting this invitation from MICHELE TRUHLIK to participate in a Blog Tagging Event about writing. To become a writer was my childhood dream and I tried to make it happen for several years in the 1970s. Discouraged by constant rejection, the need for a steady pay cheque and the challenges of life in general, my muse got buried, deeper and deeper as time wore on and I turned into a corporate workaholic instead. Now, thanks to the internet and the blogging world, the muse has returned.

Michele and I first met during last April’s A to Z BLOGGING CHALLENGE. We have much in common, including our love of dogs, classic rock, writing and the night.  We’re even in the same business! She’s also an animal advocate and will be ordained as an Animal Chaplain/Pet Shaman in 2015. ANGELS BARK is the name of Michele’s fabulous blog and you can read her “Writing about Writing” entry HERE.  

Thank you, Michele!

What exactly is a “Blog Tagging Event”? The tagged person has a week (flexible), to write a post answering the same 4 questions as shown in red, below, linking back to the one who chose them.  In this post, they will then tag 2 or 3 (or more) people to carry on the following week. And so on…

Here we go:

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PROCRASTINATION! BLAME IT ON THE COMPUTER

SUNG TO THE TUNE OF ROD STEWART’S “INFATUATION”

Here’s the original video, to give you the melody: 

heavy workload; paper nightmare

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ARCHITECTURE – PHOTO FRIDAY

 Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

Photo Friday

The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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ARCHITECTURE:

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SAVING LIVES WITH ORGAN TRANSPLANTS

My dear friend Tony suffered from liver failure and desperately needed an organ transplant.  He had slipped into a coma for the third time and we all thought it was over.  Finally, at the last moment, a suitable liver was found and Tony was blessed with 10 extra years of life.  After he died, his organs were donated to save someone else.

 ♥ Ode  to Tony

There are far more people in need of organ transplants than people willing to donate.  This can be attributed to fear, ignorance, religious objections, apathy, etc.  

The world-renowned Mayo Clinic in the U.S. addresses some myths and misconceptions:
[Please note:  Costs mentioned in the article are applicable to the U.S.A. only.]

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MOODY – PHOTO FRIDAY

 Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

Photo Friday

The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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MOODY:

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#MusicMonday: THE MOODY BLUES

Welcome to

♫ Music Monday ♫

animated band gif I’m on a concert high once again, having just attended The Moody Blues 50th Anniversary tour, “Timeless Flight”.

This band is indeed timeless, and sounds as good now, as in the past.  It was a magical night!

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FROM NATURE – PHOTO FRIDAY

 Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

camera photo friday

The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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FROM NATURE:

Mother Nature offers splendid vistas all over the world.  These are a few I experienced in Greece.

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