When was the last time you really stood out in a crowd? Are you comfortable in that position, or do you wish you could fade into the woodwork? Photographers, artists, poets: show us STANDOUT. I tried to make this guy stand out a bit! Standout Read More Outstanding Bloggers next page … Continue reading Standout: Egyptian Cat
Think of your blog as a mirror: what does it reveal? Consider your blog name, theme choice, design, bio, posts… what does every element tell you about yourself? Photographers, artists, poets: show us REFLECTIONS. Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall More Reflections next page … Continue reading Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Reflections
Can anything be funny, or are some things off limits? Photographers, artists, poets: show us FUNNY. Funny? My friend sent me this pic. I notice the place is closed. I wonder why? Too Funny? – Too Soon? I’m not sure what it means lol. I won’t be going there, that’s for sure! 🙂 Too Soon? Too Soon for others next page … Continue reading Too Soon? – For this Maybe!
You’re on a long flight, and a palm reader sitting next to you insists she reads your palm. You hesitate, but agree. What does she tell you? Photographers, artists, poets: show us HANDS. I spotted this at the Technion a few weeks ago. Life Line More Life Lines to Follow next page … Continue reading Life Line: Hands – The Whole Story
Is political correctness a useful concept, or does it stifle honest discussion? Photographers, artists, poets: show us USEFUL. When my husband called to say he was bringing me something for the kitchen this isn’t exactly what I was expecting … P.C. Other P.C. Bloggers next page … Continue reading P.C.: Unexpected Gift
Describe the last time you were moved to tears by something beautiful. Photographers, artists, poets: show us BEAUTY. The last time I was moved to tears was when I accidentally started the video of my husband & I exchanging our wedding vows. We stopped to watch a few seconds & ended up watching the whole video together. When it finished we looked at each other … Continue reading Moved to Tears: Video, Vows & Tears
Humans have very strong scent memory. Tell us about a smell that transports you. Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRANSPORTED. Smell You Later Smell More Bloggers Later next page … Continue reading Smell You Later: Transported to Another Time
What bores you? Photographers, artists, poets: show us DULL. Looking for a picture that says dull was a bit dull actually. I finally found this … It’s a mechanic climbing into the underside of a truck to see what’s wrong. That’s pretty dull isn’t it! ( YAWN ) More Yawns next page … Continue reading ( YAWN ): This was dull
Have you ever gone to a new place or tried a new experience and thought to yourself, “I’m never doing that again!” Tell us about it. Photographers, artists, poets: show us NEVER. The queues for tourist attractions can be very long in London. The London Dungeon is no exception. I think this guy must have died waiting & got added to the props. He doesn’t look … Continue reading Never Again: The London Dungeon
Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe this experience. Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRANSFORMATION. The picture I posted yesterday was a dream of the final result. It has been transformed into this … … Deity Everything Changes More Changing Bloggers next page … Continue reading Everything Changes: Deity
When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you? Are the two connected? Photographers, artists, poets: show us DREAMS. This is the background of my next design. I’m dreaming of the end result. Ballerina Fireman Astronaut Movie Star More Dreamers next page … Continue reading Ballerina Fireman Astronaut Movie Star: Dreams
Anachronism (noun): an error in chronology; a person or thing that’s chronologically out of place. Write a story in which a person or thing is out of place, or recount a time when you felt out of place. Photographers, artists, poets: show us ANACHRONISM. A photo collage especially for the occaision … 🙂 Back to the Future Other Time Travellers next page … Continue reading Back to the Future: Anachronism – Abstract
Write an anonymous letter to someone you’re jealous of. Photographers, artists, poets: show us GREEN. Yesterday my daughter found this little guy in her apartment. She’s none too keen on bugs. I tried to let him out but he was weak & frightened & kept jumping back on my hand. I decided to take him out & release him somewhere nice. I took a riverside … Continue reading Green-Eyed Monster: Green-Eyed Bug
Why did you start you blog? Is that will why you blog, or has your site gone in a different direction than you’d planned? Photographers, artists, poets: show us BEGINNINGS. Beginnings – The First Photo From My New Camera. One Of the reasons I love London is the parks. Origin Story More Origins next page … Continue reading Origin Story: First Pic
Pick a divisive issue currently in the news. Write a two-part post in which you take on two personas and approach the topic from both sides. Bonus points for a creative format (roundtable discussion, debate transcript, etc.). Photographers, artists, poets: show us DIVIDED. A House Divided More Divided Houses next page … Continue reading A House Divided: Ammonite
When was the last time your walked away from a discussion, only to think of The Perfect Comeback hours later? Recreate the scene for us, and use your winning line. Photographers, artists, poets: show us HEATED. Another Short Post Drawing a Blank More Blanks next page … Continue reading Drawing a Blank: Another Short Post
Write up a mid-year “State of My Year” post. Photographers, artists, poets: show us NOW. I am just starting my mid-year visit to London. I’m very happy to be with my kids & grandsons so my posts will stay, mostly, short. This is a shot of my garden here &, now. It is unusually dried out due to the hot weather. Still, I’m very happy … Continue reading State of Your Year: My Garden Here & Now
Your life without a computer: what does it look like? Photographers, artists, poets: show us WITHOUT. Sooo … My passport arrived at around 11:30 this morning & after some hysterics & failing to get my visa from the Ministry of the Interior,because it was closed, I finally arrived at the airport by 15:10. I managed to get through baggage check & drop off by 15:30, … Continue reading Life After Blogs: Passport, Flight & Elves???
Create a short story, piece of memoir, or epic poem that is 26 sentences long, in which the first sentence begins with “A” and each sentence thereafter begins with the next letter of the alphabet. Photographers, artists, poets: show us ORDERLY. As Val disembarked from the plane she was feeling a little nervous. Being in a new country surrounded by unknown words was strange at first. … Continue reading A to Z: A Love Story
If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be? Photographers, artists, poets: show us MASTERY. If I could go back to school it would definitely be to study ancient languages & civilizations. I have almost a life long interest in these two subjects and I would dearly love to be able to … Continue reading Back to School: Mastering Language
Finish this sentence: “My closest friend is…” Photographers, artists, poets: show us FRIENDSHIP. FRIENDSHIP My closest friend is definitely my husband. He’s there when I’m cracking up as well as when I’m laughing. He sits patiently listening to all my crazy stories, & all my rants about the world & it’s injustices. He views all my photos, poems, pictures & posts before I publish them & tells … Continue reading A Friend in Need: My Closest Friend
It’s the year 2113. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2013. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say? Photographers, artists, poets: show us RETROSPECTIVE. This is what I’ve been up to for the last week or so. It’s my entry for a chance to be included in the Society6 … Continue reading From the Collection of the Artist: Who’s Next?
If a restaurant were to name something after you, what would it be? Describe it. (Bonus points if you give us a recipe!) Photographers, artists, poets: show us DINNER. I think I’d have to go for the Zucchini Frittata. They could call it Zukhana Frittata. It’s one of the things I make when I know I will have a long day on the road. It’s … Continue reading You, the Sandwich: I, Omelette
Go to your Stats page and check your top 3-5 posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them, and write about it. Photographers, artists, poets: show us CONNECTIONS. I’m not too interested in stats. I’m supposed to be flying to the UK on Sunday. Looks like I’m going to miss my connection as my passport has not arrived yet. Maybe … Continue reading The Stat Connection: Connections
After spending time with a group of people, do you feel energized and ready for anything or do you want to hide in the corner with a good book? Photographers, artists, poets: show us PERSONALITY. I Love People & A Good Book ◊◊◊ First of all I love people. I think they are all incredible. Each one unique & beautiful in their own way. If … Continue reading Party Animals (?): Who Was She?
If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you? Photographers, artists, poets: show us MOVING. Hello ??? Deja Vu Alert !!! Rolling Stone – 7/7/13 and Dream Home – 16/7/13 Moving On … Moving On again next page … Continue reading There’s No Place Like Home: Deja Vu Alert !!!
If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose? Photographers, artists, poets: show us SNEAKY. When I read the daily post today I was eating one of the fresh figs, that I had just bought in the market. I always think of the emperor Augustus when I eat a fig, as it’s … Continue reading Fly on the Wall: Sneaky Figs
Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change? Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRANSITION. Hmm! Flip Flops + Transition = Because the First Pair Were the Most Comfy!! I Love My Flip Flops!!! Flip Flop More Flip Floppers next page … Continue reading Flip Flop: I Love My Flip Flops
What’s your favorite part about visiting a new place — the food? The architecture? The people watching? Photographers, artists, poets: show us NEW. Forget the travel stuff. Stranger in a Strange Land Stranger in a Strange Land is one of my all time favourite novels. If you haven’t read it yet you really should. Here’s a very brief introduction to the plot. Valentine Michael Smith … Continue reading Stranger in a Strange Land: One Of My All Time, Favourite Novels
You win a contest to build your dream home. Draft the plans. Photographers, artists, poets: show us DREAMS. As luck would have it my stepson invited my husband & myself to accompany him, this very morning, to the last class of his summer architecture course. He has been attending every day for the last two weeks & today we went to see the result of his … Continue reading Dream Home: As Luck Would Have It!
Tell us about the farthest you’ve ever traveled from home. Photographers, artists, poets: show us DISTANCE. In 1982 my sister & my brother-in-law invited my husband, my daughter & myself to visit them in Australia. I was pregnant with my son & the prospect of such a long journey was a bit daunting, but I’ve never been one to refuse a challenge or an invitation, so … Continue reading Far from Home: Down Under
If you normally write non-fiction, post a photo. If you normally post images, write fiction. If you normally write fiction, write a poem. If you normally write poetry, draw a picture. (New) photographers, artists, poets: show us OPPOSITE. I usually try to do a bit of everything. So maybe tonight I’ll just do nothing. My new laptop is off to be repaired tomorrow after just 3 … Continue reading Opposite Day: From Everything to Nothing
From a famous writer or celebrity, to a WordPress.com blogger or someone close to you — who would you like to be your biographer? Photographers, artists, poets: show us WORDS. There is only one person that I would trust to write my life story & that is me. There is no one on Earth that knows me well enough to even attempt such a thing. … Continue reading Your Life, the Book: My Life, My Book
If one experience or life change results from you writing your blog, what would you like it to be? Photographers, artists, poets: show us SINGULAR. The one experience I would like most from writing my blog is to find even just one true friend on the path. True friends are few & far between. I have some wonderful friends & have learnt the value of … Continue reading Singular Sensation: Friendship
Are you a sports fan? Tell us about fandom. If you’re not, tell us why not. Photographers, artists, poets: show us SPORTS. A Different Kind of Sport! How About Hedges For Players? Fandom More Fans next page … Continue reading Fandom: Jumpers For Goalposts?
Write whatever you normally write about, and weave in a book quote, film quote, or song lyric that’s been sticking with you this week. Photographers, artists, poets: show us INSPIRATION. Well here’s a poem made completely from other people’s songs. I’ve included the performers names after their quotes. Just ignore the names when you read it ◊♦◊ Earworm Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far … Continue reading Earworm: What Does It Mean?
Who is the one person you hope isn’t reading your blog? Why? Photographers, artists, poets: show us OUTSIDE. There isn’t anyone I wouldn’t want to read my blog. I write my blog mostly to help develop my writing skills & I’m very happy for people to read it. I’m even happier when someone comments or gives me feedback, because then I get an idea of … Continue reading Keep Out: Don’t Be Silly – The Door Is Open
If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle? Photographers, artists, poets: show us SKILL. The reason we have money is because bartering doesn’t really work on a large scale. It’s fine in small communities where people care about each other but once the scale is enlarged it’s … Continue reading Barter System: Or Feudal System?
If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base”? Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRAVEL. Firstly travelling & living a nomadic life are two very different things. Travelling is completely at the whim of the individual. There’s the choice to go where you want, when you want, to travel … Continue reading Rolling Stone: Nomad, Traveler or Both
Are you as comfortable in front of a camera as behind one? Being written about, as well as writing? Photographers, artists, poets: show us DISCOMFORT. The simple answer to this – NO! I don’t mind being written about so much, but I absolutely hate being photographed, videoed or recorded speaking. Funnily enough I’m happy to be recorded singing & have been featured singing a song, that … Continue reading Tables Turned: Uncomfortable
Finish this sentence: “When I look in the mirror, I . . . “ Photographers, artists, poets: show us MIRRORED. Mirror, mirror on the wall Who’s the biggest fool of all? Tell me quickly. Tell me true. Is it me, or is it you? ♦ Mirror, mirror shameless friend An honest message you must send. I cannot hide. You cannot lie. What I am is what you … Continue reading Mirror, Mirror:
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Tell us about the last time you had a real, deep, crying-from-laughing belly laugh. Photographers, artists, poets: show us JOYFUL. This picture is one I’ve had since around 2002. It’s a scan of an old photo of me & my oldest grandson. It was taken on a very joyful day trip to Lindisfarne. This poem is one I’ve had for about a month. It’s featured … Continue reading From the Gut: Love & Lindisfarne
Tell us something most people probably don’t know about you. Photographers, artists, poets: show us MYSTERIOUS. There are so many things that most people don’t know about me, I hardly know where to start. I have had, what I consider to be, a very interesting & mysterious life. I can’t tell the whole story here but maybe a glimpse into my beginnings will explain why … Continue reading A Mystery Wrapped in an Engima: The Early Days
Haiku A verse of 17 syllables written across 3 lines * This weeks theme: Fingerprint * I discovered this weekly prompt this morning & decided to give it a try. Here are my contributions: * * * Inspired by the theme at Continue reading Haiku Heights #261 – Fingerprint
Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded. Photographers, artists, poets: show us OTHER. So many paths to tread It’s hard to know which ways I should have chosen & which roads would have been best for me & mine to roam. * So many schools & teachers I have … Continue reading The Road Less Traveled: What’s Traveled is Traveled
What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or “Like” a post? Photographers, artists, poets: show us GREATNESS. I like to see that someone has made a genuine effort to produce unique & personal material. I don’t have a particular genre that I follow, I just know when I see or read something I like. It’s just nice to see how people make … Continue reading Great or Greatest? – Popcorn & Movies
Photographers, artists, and poets: show us NATURE. The Natural World Other Natural Worlds to explore below … Continue reading The Natural World: Flora, Fauna & Fishermen
Almost Immortal The Mahabharata is undoubtedly one of the greatest epic poems ever written. It tells many stories of many people & events but one character that is present from soon after it starts until just before it ends is Bhishma. The story of this great sage & warrior is interlaced with most of the other tales & characters throughout the entire poem. I’d like to … Continue reading No Longer a Mere Mortal: Almost Immortal – Bhishma’s Tale
Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure — not necessarily because it brought you happiness, but because it taught you something about yourself. Photographers, artists, poets: show us LEARNING. Today I tried to meditate The fly had other plans. Every time my mind detached It landed on my hands. * At first annoyed I thrashed about. Into the air it rose. I … Continue reading We Can Be Taught! – The Fly & I