Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat

If bloggers had their own Halloween and could go from blog to blog collecting “treats,” what would your blog hand out?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us TREAT.

The Skeleton

Somewhere in a country called Switzerland there was a supermarket chain. Their turnover was lagging behind the competitors, they needed new ideas. During the summer they were successful with their ice cream, bar-b-q items, plants for the garden. The days were drawing in, the evenings were darker and the temperatures were sinking. Something had to be done to revive the buying power of the customers.

In a public relations office in the main building, Fridolin Schweizer had a brain wave:the evening before he had been watching the film Halloween with his family on the television. “That was it, our business needs Halloween”. He was sure this was the solution. The Swiss people had been starved of tricks and treats and things that scream In the night. It was time to awake the Swiss from their autumn lethargy and the sales of Halloween sweets, ornaments and plastic pumpkins would be the hit of the year. Fridolin Schweizer’s brain was overflowing with ideas. He could see the happy smiling children persuading their parents to buy, buy, buy. Visions of chocolate witches, orange sugar pumpkins, liquorice broomsticks were arriving.

The departments in the largest branches would be decorated with nylon cobwebs hanging in the corners, there would be costumes for Halloween parties. Skeletons, vampire teeth, pointed hats for witches and perhaps even severed fingers dripping blood and hands as props. Switzerland would become the most frightening country of Europe. It would be taken over by the Halloween fever.

Fridolin Schweizer convinced the management that this would be the rescue of the declining turnover in Autumn and so it came to pass that various orders were sent to buy the necessary articles for the shops in countries with such names as Hong Kong and China.

Unfortunately for the Swiss, Halloween was something strange, another import from the big country over the pond. The Swiss had their All saints Day in the catholic areas when the cemeteries were visited. Wreaths and flowers were placed on the graves in remembrance of the departed. It was far from the Swiss citizen’s mind to celebrate such an occasion. Of course the younger generation always like the idea of an excuse for a party. It was fun, but Halloween was not the event of the year.

Fridolin Schweizer had visions of children dressed up as Jack the Ripper, Michael Myers, Dracula, Freddy Krueger knocking on doors, ringing the bells of unsuspecting neighbours and threatening with tricks or treats. Unfortunately the Swiss neighbours had no idea what was going on and a hoard of young children dressed up as horror figures were not their idea of fun and there were no boxes of treats to be had. Tricks were dealt with in a negative sense, some neighbours threatening with police action and telling the children they should be ashamed of themselves.

The supermarket chain sold all the Halloween props at half price during the month of November. Those remaining at the end of November were to be bought at a quarter of the original price and Fridolin Schweizer was transferred to the warehouse.

Is this fact or fiction? A little fact, and some fiction. A few years ago there was an effort to introduce Halloween to Switzerland. The shops were selling candies, skeleton costumes, witche’s hats. There were even a few small groups of children (accompanied by their parents) on a trick and treat excursion, but no-one had any tricks or treats at home. The attempt failed and today Halloween is just something they celebrate over the pond.

This evening I will not be disturbed by any knocks at the door and might watch a horror film on the television. Tomorrow is a holiday in the catholic Kantons of Switzerland for All Souls Day. The cemeteries are full of visitors placing candles or Autumn wreaths on the graves of the departed.

You ask what treat I would leave if anyone would call. Actually my apple tree was very fruitful this year and I have a whole basket of apples, so if anyone calls (are you hearing me daily prompters) then there will be an Angloswiss apple for each of you.

Apple Harvest 2013

Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat

Trickytreat Pingbacks

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  12. Daily Prompt/ treat at sweetwildflower’s | sweetwildflower
  13. Halloween Treats For Bloggers | Tony’s Texts
  14. Daily prompt: TREAT | I Spy with My Little Eye…
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  16. Milkweed Pods (Treat) | photo potpourri
  17. DP: Trick or Treat! | The Deepwater Goldfish
  18. Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat | The Story of a Guy
  19. I’ll be handing out… | Hope* the happy hugger
  20. Let Them Eat Cake Or Candy | The Jittery Goat
  21. Daily Prompt Halloween Special! | aliceatwonderland
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  26. Bowtie Beau! | Not the Family Business!
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  97. Open Door, Hand Out Treat | Edward Hotspur
  98. Trick or Treat: Magnets | Mac’s Blog
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  100. Happy Halloween | The Corned Beef Hashtag
  101. A Moment of Magic | Wiley’s Wisdom
  102. Smiles | Maggie’s Writing
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  104. Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat | Destino
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  109. The Domestic Life of Ghosts | tjbarkerseattle

Daily Prompt: First!

Tell us about your first day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BEGINNING.


Remember I am now a golden oldie and this all happed approximately sixty-three years ago

My first school, the photo taken on a trip to London a few years ago. It has not changed very much outside. It was originally a so-called infant’s school catering for children from 4-7 years of age, the first experience of education in the brain. It was a mixed school, boys and girls together. The school has been transformed over the years and is now for boys only. Actually it is the only school still standing from my childhood. The other schools I visited have been deleted to make room for something bigger and better, but no longer schools: more high rise blocks of flats. New schools are to be found in other places.

So there I was, ready to go, be educated and mix with the others. Mum was also ready to go. She gave me a good face scrub in the morning just to make sure I was nice and shiny when I arrived at the school. She accompanied me on my first day, and accompanied me on my second as well. I think she actually walked with me through the complete first year until I told her I now knew the way. It was a five minute walk from home, but you never know. I could have been hit by a car, held for ransom (we actually had no money), or got lost. Mum was not alone, there was a complete army of mums bringing and fetching their children from school. I suppose it was a dangerous neighbourhood, although I never really noticed it. Jack the Ripper had left at least eighty years before.

I remember entering the class on my first morning and being shown to my place. We were all new (all had shiny faces) and it was quiet. Probably we were nervous, although I think the mums were more nervous. Then it happened, it was time for mum to go (at last). I had no problem, I was free and could embark on the adventure. One girl I remember very well, she was not happy. What did she do? She screamed, grasped her mother by her skirt and pulled her back. She was desperate, hysterical. The mother also became hysterical and the teacher did her best to calm the situation. I suppose it was fun for me really: a complete distraction to the nervosity of the first day at school. Eventually the mother left her tearstained daughter, who was still moaning, but she seemed to calm herself eventually.

Funny thing was I remember this heap of hysteria quite well. We became schoolfriends until our schoolways parted. She was a very thin girl, practically no flesh on the bones. The next time I saw her we must have been about 17 years old. It was from a distance in the local market and she was about six months pregnant, so it seemed she had overcome her childhood anxieties.

Now we were on our own. I do not remember what happened next, I do know it was not the age for writing in books and each of us were given a small blackboard and chalk, that was the way things were done at that time.

We soon had our first playground break. We were confronted with a crate filled with small bottles of milk, and each of us were invited to take one. Milk was free to school children. It was a remainder of the olden days when children suffered with rickets, bone weakness. Milk was good for you and so the schools supplied it, making sure you actually drank your bottle of milk. My first problem: I hated milk, especially the sort that had a think chunk of milk cream on the top. I managed to tip it away or give it to a milk addict in the class. A couple of times I actually had to drink this disgusting liquid, although my stomach refused to accept it (it was all psychological I suppose). I do not remember exactly the outcome of this force feeding, but the problem followed me through school life until I went to high school.

Mum picked me up and took me home for dinner (lunch was not invented in those days) and brought me again to school in the afternoon. And so school life continued. We were all products of the year 1946 meaning the baby boom. Imagine thousands of soldiers returning from a woman-starved wartime army. They did their best to replenish the population. We were on average around 40-50 children per class.

This was the first day of many, I even made it to high school. It is a strange coincidence. I have a school photo on a “friends reunited” site on the computer. I almost forgot it was there, but today I received a notification from one of the boys in the class who had discovered the photo talking of some of the others in the photo. Must look him up on facebook.

Dails Prompt: First!

First Pingbacks

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  20. Daily Prompt/ First time seeing a Praying Mantis | sweetwildflower
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  44. Daily Prompt: First! | Awl and Scribe
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Blogger Creative Challenge 275: Rare

King George and Queen Mary Coronation mug

This was not an easy task. At the risk of breaking a leg by falling from a ladder to reach the top of the book case, I found it: one of the few rare pieces of my grandmother’s legacy. I do not even think it is so rare. When I examined Internet I found hundreds of various sizes and forms in memory of the Coronation of George V and Queen Mary of Great Britain. The things I do for Creative Challenge.

So who were this George and Mary? George was the son of King Edward VII who also happened to be one of the many children of Queen Victoria, making them all quite full blooded members of the Royal Family. Queen Mary was less known. Actually she should have married George’s brother, but unfortunately the brother died before the wedding took place. So has luck would have it, George had to have a wife and what could be better than doing Mary a favour and letting her join the British Royal family (as second choice?). Mary’s full name was Mary von Teck (a German?). No problem, the complete Royal Family were desecended from the House of Hannover.

Luckily gran bought a coronation memorial jug and now I have it. Must remember to dust down the top shelves of the bookcase, one of those places I do not often visit.

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Daily Prompt: Pep Rally

We all know someone who could use a pep talk… so write them one!

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CHEER.

Twilight in Feldbrunnen

“Come on, chin up and smile. What’s the worry?”

“Huh, someone talking?”

“Yes, me up here.”

“Who up here, I can only see the sky.”

“Yes, that’s it, See the dot in the middle – that’s me just passing through, so I thought I would say hi and what’s up.”

“You mean there is a …….”

“Now let’s not get enthusiastic.”

“But it is not every day that the sky talks to me, and I did not know that the sky talks.”

“I am talking, but sky is something else. I told you to concentrate on the dark bit in the middle.”

“OK, I am concentrating, but only see a dark patch surrounded by one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.”

“Well that is just a coincidence, all done by the weather conditions, light reflections and things that make you go “Wow” in the evening. So, why worry?”

“It’s all very well for you to ask, you are just floating past. I am here to stay and now I am really worrying about that dark patch in the sky. Are you from another planet, ready to conquer the world?”

“No, nothing like that and if I was I do not want your world wrapped up in pink ribbons as a gift. You make enough problems down there.”

“I suppose you have a point.”

“Of course I do. Wars, starvation, catastrophes, corrupt governments and you think you have a problem. What is your problem that cannot be solved or conquered?”

“I am …. No, you are right Mr. Dot in the sky, I do not have any problem in comparison to others in the world. I will survive, and the next time you float past, can you bring another sunset with you like the one I can see now.”

“Will do, if I happen to be in your piece of world again, although it might be another colour, the sky does what it wants and not what I want.”

And the dark patch moved on hoping that the wind would carry him to a place where he could weep a few tears to keep everything in balance. There were some places in the world where rain would be a blessing.

Daily Prompt: Pep Rally

Peppy Pingbacks

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  4. December | Tess Arts
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  6. Pep Talk | Motherhood and Beyond
  7. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | Under the Monkey Tree
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  10. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | Musical Foodie Love
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  15. Hey Jules | Neva Samaki
  16. Daily Prompt: CHEER | veryvanessalynn
  17. Pocketful of Sunshine | The Otter in my Jotter
  18. Tony’s Texts
  19. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | Awl and Scribe
  20. Now go out there and DO IT big guy! | thoughtsofrkh
  21. Pep Talk for Tough Choices | Reinvention of Mama
  22. Daily post: Pep talk to politicians everywhere | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  23. Bring On The Clowns | Just Visiting This Planet
  24. Dear Ruby, ( My Sociopath Ex-Boss) | sayanything
  25. If The Eucalyptus Survived…. | Not the Family Business!
  26. Cheer- Daily Prompt | The Rider
  27. Gentle Exercise for Better Health | Kansa Muse
  28. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | reyoflight
  29. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | SERENDIPITY
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  31. Father to Son | Real Life Co.
  32. Willpower is not an energy drink | MC’s Whispers
  33. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | The Story of a Guy
  34. to travel and beyond
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  36. Pep Rally | The Nameless One
  37. The Pep Talk We Need | Flowers and Breezes
  38. The Conundrum | Dog Pep
  39. Dear Angela, Dear Barak, | Life is great
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  41. Pep Talk | Processing the life
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  44. Smile! | CurTales
  45. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | Randomize ME
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  50. Cheer | The Mockingbird in Me
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  67. The Pep Talk | ALLOW ME TO EXPLAIN.
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  70. Turn On The Light | Wiley’s Wisdom
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  72. most recoveries | y
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Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders

Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SEVEN.

Up the hill and turn to the left.

So let’s talk about Seven. The photo shows the path to the part of the village where I live and in the background is the ever present first chain of the Jura Mountains. There are altogether seven chains, beginning at the northern edge of the middle land in Switzerland. If you climb the first chain you arrive in a valley and then appears the second chain and so on over seven mountain ridges until you arrive in the flat lands again. From my area you would be reach Basel if the Jura was not in between, which is also on the border to France and Germany, so imagine that language mixture which bring us to the subject of the blog.

Naturally, being an ignorant infidel, I had never heard of Khalil Gibran. Not wanting to be left out I had a quick look up. It seems he died somewhere in the middle of the 20th century, being born in the 19th so we never had the chance to meet. I had a glance through his works and discovered it is probably not my sort of thing, although I would not say that his books are not interesting. He seemed to have a few quotes in stock with sense behind them, but reducing language to seven words is rather extreme.

I noticed some of my blogging colleagues mention George Carlin. Basically I do not know this person so well although the name rings a bell. I discovered he is a comedian and even found seven valuable words to use, although more for using when angry, injured or annoyed, so-called swear words. I also have a few in my vocabulary, even in two languages: English and Swiss German. Believe me Swiss German have more than seven and some can be quite colourful.

I am now not going to bore you with my choice of seven words to replace the many others in our language, but I gave this problem a thought and decided to base my research on the process of elimination.

Who needs definite and indefinite articles, they are superfluous (so is that last word). The Russians never even have them in their language. Do we really need adjectives? They can become the words of insult, so let us cancel them. If you happen to be speaking or leaning one of those languages where you have case forms, then adjectives complicate everything. You have to conjugate them. There we can be thankful that the case forms in English have either disappeared or no longer play an important part. Now if you are speaking Latin (no wonder it is a dead language today), German or Russian, you will never get the hang of it. You can learn it, but when speaking time is lost by exploring which word to use in the correct version and I definitely dislike losing time when speaking, it is a waste of time and energy.

You want to speak arabic, then you have a problem. They even have sun and moon letters and slip the word for “and” (wa) in between each word in a list. Yes, they have very long lists – bread and butter and tea and fruit and jam and and and etc. We have now reduced the use of adjectives and articles. Prepositions can also be a means of complication. Some need the dative case, some the accusative and some another case belonging to some other language. One way or the other who needs them, so just eliminate them.

Nouns? Why not, just point at the object you mean. The object is not present? Then do not use it. Do we really want to talk about things we cannot see? Just save it for a time when we are there and can point to it.

We have verbs describing an action. Does it really interest anyone what you are doing, thinking or saying. Your actions are clear to be seen, so why use a verbal description?

Basically I think I have just eliminated language as such. There is not very much left, except for the swear words, so perhaps George Carlin is right.

Personally I think this Khalil whatshisname missed the point somewhere. Reduce my language to seven words? What a boring life. I love talking, having a conversation, I even talk to my cats when no-one else is here. There are times when alone that I have quite an exciting conversation with myself and seven words would never suffice. As far as understanding is concerned, if I want someone to understand I manage. Sometimes having a loud clear voice suits the purpose. And if I something annoys me, I drop a hammer on my foot or shut a finger in the door – then I can always revert to the George Carlin linguistic talents.

Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders

Words of Pingback

  1. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Musical Foodie Love
  2. Seven Words | Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | likereadingontrains
  3. Daily Post: Seven Wonders? | Pen and Pixels
  4. Seven. | Crossroads
  5. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders – I feel, you feel, becomes we feel
  6. Early Grave – Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | smoke&mirrors
  7. summing it up | bodhisattvaintraining
  8. Nostalgia | Nature Activities
  9. Seven words | James Clegg
  10. Seven Wonders of the Word | MC’s Whispers
  11. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | veryvanessalynn
  12. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | The Fountain
  13. Seven | The Magic Black Book
  14. Who Made The Most Sense Khalil Gibran or George Carlin? | The Jittery Goat
  15. Seven Wonders | Relax
  16. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Under the Monkey Tree
  17. My Seven Words | Life Confusions
  18. The Only Seven Words Left In The World | sayanything
  19. Daily post: Seven words. Or alternatively… | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  20. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders « Mama Bear Musings
  21. Daily Prompt: Seven little words for a blustery Monday | Nicki
  22. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Randomize ME
  23. A Poem: Seven Wonders | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
  24. Seven Leaves (Daily Prompt) | photo potpourri
  25. SEVEN WORDS THAT MAKE US | crookedeyebrows
  26. Reduction of Languange | mutatiomagistra
  27. 7 | Hope* the happy hugger
  28. Super Seven | thinkerscap
  29. My Apologies to George Carlin | Not a Punk Rocker
  30. Seven Stars | alienorajt
  31. How to order coffee with the (un?)necessary complexity of human language | Rob’s Surf Report
  32. You got me | dawnyhosking
  33. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | robbiesdailyplanet
  34. The Seven Words | Flowers and Breezes
  35. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Crow Arrow, Inc.
  36. Communication | Rock it classy
  37. Touched by Seven. | Blue Loft
  38. Seven Words… | Haiku By Ku
  39. Words of Wisdom | meanderedwanderings
  40. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Awl and Scribe
  41. In Seven Words.. | That girl with the spectrespecs
  42. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Of Glass & Paper
  43. Seven Words | Momma Said There’ld Be Days Like This
  44. Daily Prompt: Seven Words | …and she writes
  45. What Is It About The Number Seven? | Just Visiting This Planet
  46. Seven Steps to Successful Pumpkin Carving | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  47. How To Communicate With Your Spouse In Seven Words Or Less! | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
  48. Not enough | Life is great
  50. Just seven words. | ExLibrisMachina
  51. Seven | The Land Slide Photography
  52. Seven sounds of music | Processing the life
  53. RAINBOW | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  54. Seven | Brianne Writes
  55. I see on this Earth: | The Visionary Hollow
  56. 7 for all Mankind? | The Silver Leaf Journal
  57. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Books and Movies
  58. Seven Things |
  59. I Recognize the Light in Your Soul…..(daily prompt wp) | Daily Observations
  60. Seven. | Sun, Sand, Stars and Dreams
  61. Seven Wonders | Taryn Marie Writes
  62. SEVEN WORDS | Emotional Fitness
  63. Seven | Ripples of Truth
  64. Seven words | A mom’s blog
  65. Say it in 7 | Writing Daily
  66. Daily Prompt: 7 Wonders | Life Juxtaposed
  67. Communication In Seven Words or Less | Kansa Muse
  68. eight, wonders | pesrevsanatpesrev
  69. Seven Wonders or the Seven Words of Life | mother of nine9
  70. Expression in Seven — E.I.T.C.A.W.M. | e. e.
  71. Sette parole – A very short post | Neva Samaki
  72. The Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Lucid Gypsy
  73. Seven Heavenly Words. | The life of T
  74. My Secret Seven | Winging it
  75. Seven Wonder(ful) Words | Cheri Speak
  76. My Seven Words | A chain of thoughts…
  77. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Phoenix Flights
  78. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders by Henrietta Maddox | Henrietta Maddox Webloner
  79. The story goes like this . . . | tjbarkerseattle
  80. My Seven Wonder(ful) Words | Mirth365
  81. Seven | The Attic Blogger
  82. The Only Non-Superfluous Speech | On Gorgeousness
  83. 7 words | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  84. Daily Prompt:Seven Wonders | writer in progress
  85. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Steve Says….
  86. What if we had but seven words? | Okay, what if ?
  87. Seven wonders. | Evanesco Waffles
  88. Daily Prompt: Seven – The voyage | Ord i Bild i Ord i Bild i Ord i Bild
  89. If music be the food of love | A Wondering Minstrel I
  90. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | 4cornersteacher
  91. Top Posts — WordPress.com
  92. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders « The Blogging Path
  93. Daily Prompt | What A View On A Sunday Afternoon | Mac’s Blog
  94. Seven plain and simple | tornin2’s Blog
  95. Daily Prompt: An Expression of Seven Wonders with a Minimum of Words Between Us | theempathyqueen
  96. To Know Khalil | rarasaur
  97. Daily post/seven words | annetteharris42
  98. Seven principles to life | Hotel Goddess
  99. seven words. too few, too many. | memoirs of an unremarkable man
  100. From the Ground Up | Wiley’s Wisdom
  101. 7 photos of 7 ancient ruins: turkey | wise monkeys abroad
  102. Seven Wonders | View From The Third Eye

Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour

6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us DAWN.

Sunrise Migros, Langendorf

I could now get all sloppy and poetical

I embrace the golden sun rays of the dawn
New beginning to a new day
Full of hopes
Reflections of rebirth at the local supermarket

No, this is not the idea. Looking at my photos, I do have a section labelled as sunrise where I found this specimen, but containing only approximately four photos. What on earth was I doing at the local supermarket at such an unearthly hour in the morning? Actually it was probably not so early, but in the depth of winter the sun rises later, if it rises at all. My sunset file contains at least twenty photos, yes I am a morning grouch (finding this word in an online dictionary).

WordPress you are playing with my internal clock today, a sequel to what happened this morning at 3 a.m. when we had to put our clocks back to 2 a.m. Is this the opposite of daylight saving time, known perhaps as daylight unsaving time? Who cares, I got one hour more sleep and that is OK with me. Who wants to wake and rise to see the dawn? I suppose some do, but that is not in my time table. I let the birds get on with it in summer, singing their pretty little heads off at the crack of dawn, letting us all know it is time to rise. Since being a golden oldie, this no longer impresses me, sometimes I hear them and sometimes I do not. I just make another turn in bed, am thankful for small mercies, and dream on until 7.30.

This morning I had a feeling of satisfaction, at last the hour that I lost in Spring had been found. I left my bed at 7.30 a.m. feeling refreshed for a good night’s sleep with the positive knowledge that it was actually 8 30 a.m., what could be better. I do not even think the birds accompanied this with a song; they were also catching up on their lost sleep, or perhaps waking everyone in the Southern half of the world.

I am also not a computer addict that I have to stay online until three in the morning, making sure I miss nothing. What happens in the cyber world through the dark hours is not my problem. Generally I am offline around 7.30 in the evening; sometimes perhaps 9.00 p.m. according to what brilliant idea I may have for a super prize suspicious blog. I am the proud possessor of an iPad, so if necessary I can always keep in touch whilst sitting in my comfortable armchair. Naturally I really only use my iPad in the evening for reading purposes (my Kindle app is on the iPad). So I usually hit the hay (I think I got that one from my friends across the pond) around 11.30. Yesterday I risked until midnight due to daylight unsaving.

The best hour of the day: definitely not the morning hours when I am occupied with housewife chores hobbies such as cleaning, shopping and cooking. Perhaps the hours after lunch when I have my golden oldie refreshment sleep. I noticed today that instead of receiving my daily prompt at 2.00 p.m. when I am usually taking my afternoon refreshment sleep, I now receive it at 1.00 p.m. This is no real problem, I can dream about what to write during my midday sleep. On the other hand I found at least 30-40 contributions already on the list when I arose, so mine will now be later.

WordPress you surprise me by thinking that we all get this daily prompt at six in the morning, when the first sun rays break over the cyber horizon. We live in a big world with a date line in between. We, in Europe, receive it at the beginning of the afternoon, and the Australians – they have to wait until the late evening hours.

And as the golden sun sinks slowly in the West, we dream of another dawn that will wake us all refreshed with its golden rays of new life (whilst I am still sleeping).

Daily Prompt: The golden Hour

Golden Pingbacks

  1. Dawn | The Magic Black Book
  2. M⑂ S☼ul’s J☼urn∈⑂ | ⓜ∈t•ⓐRVh∈∈•n✪iⓐ
  3. You can’t keep a golden hour nailed down! | Rob’s Surf Report
  4. Good Morning! | amateurxpress
  5. Sick of six. | Crossroads
  6. Good Morning. | ayimas
  7. There’s Something Inspiring About Squirrels | The Jittery Goat
  8. The Golden Hour | That Socratic Bitch
  9. Whats happening here? « The Vast Nothing
  10. Early Morning Gold | Purple Rosemary
  11. Early Morning in Michigan | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  12. Good morning! – wait, is that the time? | Nonsense From Computer Bound Girl
  13. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | Awl and Scribe
  14. Morning Has Broken | Prayers and Promises
  15. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour « Mama Bear Musings
  16. A Parent’s Woe. | Tales of a slightly stressed Mother!
  17. Blue Lagoon | Tish Farrell
  18. To New Beginnings… | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  19. S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour (Dawn)
  20. Daily Prompt Challenge – “Dawn” | soletusknow
  21. The Golden Hour | Kansa Muse
  22. The rise of the sun. | Bullet holes in my wall
  23. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | Nicki
  24. The Golden hour | Motherhood and Beyond
  25. Daily Prompt: Dawn | Chronicles of a Public Transit User
  26. The Golden Hour | memoirs of an unremarkable man
  27. Dawn (‘Twas no goodbye) | Neva Samaki
  28. Morning After | Blue Loft
  29. The Golden Hour: Daily Prompt | castelsarrasin
  30. golden hour | yi-ching lin photography
  31. three a.m., and i’m | y
  32. Early Owl…. Or Night Bird? | The Otter in my Jotter
  33. Quota of Sleep | crookedeyebrows
  34. The Golden Hour- Dawn- another view… Daily Prompt | The Rider
  35. Lessons from Stepmom Before Dawn | Misifusa’s Blog
  36. Night Bird or… Early Owl? | The Otter in my Jotter
  37. The Golden Hour: Angkor Wat | The Traveling Journo
  39. Dawn | Early bird | Umbriascribe
  40. A Punishment for Missing Out | Emotion at Peek
  41. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | Crow Arrow, Inc.
  42. Twiligiht is my | Going New Places!
  43. Up at Dawn | The Silver Leaf Journal
  44. Daily Prompt; The Golden Hour | terry1954
  45. Sunup | CurTales
  46. Dawn as blue gold | Le Drake Noir
  47. The Golden Hour: Dawn | Wahine Wednesdays
  48. The Golden Hour: Daily Prompt | lifebeinggirly
  49. Photography: Dawn Beckons………….. | SwittersB & Fly Fishing
  50. Daily prompt : the golden | I Spy with My Little Eye…
  51. Daily Prompt: (My) Golden Hour | Not a morning person! | reyoflight
  52. East | scribbleglitch
  53. I Need God | Flowers and Breezes
  54. The Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour – Dawn | A little bit of this and that …
  55. 6:00 a.m. is pure tin no matter how you look at it. | RPMAS
  56. I Might Be A Vampire | A Sign Of Life
  57. An hour other than 6am | tornin2’s Blog
  58. The Golden Hour: The Sky Alone is an Extravagent Gift | mother of nine9
  59. DESERT DAWN | Standing Ovation, Seated
  60. The Golden Hour: Dawn | thoughts and entanglements
  61. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour – 3am? | Photographs by James Collett
  62. 206. The Golden Hour | Barely Right of Center
  63. The Marsh: Poem | Just Visiting This Planet
  64. Dawn & Horizons [Photo blog] | Re3ecca
  65. 174. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Sofie’s Diary
  66. Wonder and Dread: Dawn | The Platypus
  67. Short Story Sunday: Dawn of the Undead | Vampire Maman
  68. Th Golden Hour | Kate Murray
  69. Come, my babe. | The Visionary Hollow
  70. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | Morrighan’s Muse
  71. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | From Slacker To Scribe
  72. Daily Prompt: Golden Hour | Play Outdoors
  73. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | BulgingButtons
  74. dawn | Mareship
  75. Waiting for the golden hour | Processing the life
  76. Dawn’s Offering….(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  77. Daily Prompt – Dawn | decocraftsdigicrafts
  78. Six in the Morning | djgarcia94
  79. Simple Pleasures #2 | The Mockingbird in Me
  80. The Golden Hour | The Bottom of a Bottle
  81. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | Steve Says….
  82. The Golden Hour | A Scandal in Ephemera
  83. Dawn – Writing Exercise | shecomesfromboston
  84. Setting Suns | The Bottom of a Bottle
  85. Golden Hour, part II | Rob’s Surf Report
  86. Morning Glories! | The life of T
  87. chaos withstood | pen . paper . storm
  88. 28 Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | Family, Photos, Food & Craft
  89. The golden hour… | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  90. Daily Prompt: The golden hour – DAWN | Ord i Bild
  91. Dawn | Sue’s Trifles
  92. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | writer in progress
  93. Haunt and possess you | Thin spiral notebook
  94. I Should Have Done a Halloween Picture | Aw Diddums
  95. Daily post: The leaden hour | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  96. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | Life With Mike and Lindy
  97. Number 8: metal dinosaurs at the watering hole | Fotoeins WIDE
  98. Abstract Sunrise Series | Emerald Studio Photography
  99. Daybreak on Mt. Victoria in Wellington | Fotoeins Fotopress
  100. Mt. St. Helens Sunrises | Emerald Studio Photography
  101. Mt. Hood Sunrises | Emerald Studio Photography
  102. I’ll wait for your answer in the morning. (dailyprompt) | Through Finger Tips
  103. The Time Wings | Wiley’s Wisdom
  104. The Golden Hour? | 6 of One…
  105. Before The Day Gets Used | Required Writing
  106. Breaking – Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | smoke&mirrors
  107. Waking with the angels | Hotel Goddess
  108. Dawn | e. e.
  109. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour « The Blogging Path
  110. Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour | Passionate Ambika

Daily Prompt: Breakdown

Tell us about a habit you’d like to break. Is there any way it can play a positive role in your life?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BROKEN.

Twilight in Feldbrunnen

Where shall we start? One of the habits I have at the moment arrives in the evening. Our twilight zone scenes of sundown are habit forming if you enjoy taking photos. Yesterday it happened when I was getting ready to eat a cheese tart fresh from the oven accompanied by a plate of minestrone soup. I was just about to raise the first spoon full of soup to my lips and someone said (Mr. Swiss?), look at that beautiful sky. Soup and cheese tart forgotten, a grab for the super Nikon DSLR camera and I was wading amongst weeds, damp earth and grass to arrive at the place outside near the garden to catch the last sun rays. I naturally took more photos when I was there and this is one of the last as the sun was almost disappearing. The tower in the distance is the St Urs Cathedral of our local town, framed with various bushes and trees from the local surroundings. Luckily my soup and cheese tart were still warm when I eventually returned to the table: the trials of a photographer trying for a Pulitzer prize (have I said that before?).

Habits are many, but I have conquered them all. I stopped smoking (a packet a day) about fifteen years ago, I stopped biting my finger nails a long while ago, although I shifted towards the skin surrounding the nail. Even that has almost been conquered because …. I am too busy writing and composing works of literature for my daily prompt. I have followers, disciples, views to maintain and entertain. Imagine the disappointed like clicking fingers when my contribution would be missing: Even the WordPress people might miss me. It is now almost a year and I have done it every day, although I do have another life.

As I sit in the kitchen typing this pièce de résistance, I look through the window to the garden, noticing there are a few yellowing leaves and remnants of the summer to be cleared away. I am thinking of the pizza I will compose for the evening meal and of a photo challenge I have to complete in blogger returning my thoughts to the computer. I have, however, decided I do not want to break this habit. It is harmless, takes an hour of my time during the day and fills in a few minutes when I view the other contributions.

Actually I would have been in England over the past week to visit my father, but things have taken a negative turn with him and he now needs care. The wheels of care turn slowly in England, if at all, and I am only prepared to go when I can do something. His neighbour is leaving and he no longer has someone near to see to his needs. In the meanwhile this is being organised, although I am now onto finding a safe place for him to live, be it a home or sheltered accommodation. This means I will be here for some time until something happens and then suddenly I will be gone for a week or so.

Back to the habits I should break. I broke the Facebook habit about a year ago, when I stopped gaming and building cafés and farms which do not exist. WordPress pointed me in the direction of making my own site in Facebook and that is where you will find me. This is also now a habit, cross posting my brilliant blogs into this new site. Facebook is now only there for this or for saying happy birthday to a few colleagues. All the “I love my mother and father, cat and dog stuff” I have left behind me. I even noticed today that someone is telling everyone her dresses have arrived, or that someone has decided to ignore their partner, huh?

I can honestly say all the habits that remain I enjoy and do not want to break them. Perhaps cooking for the family is a habit, but they all seem to depend on food, and we cannot afford to engage a cook.

Daily Prompt: Breakdown

Breakdown Pingbacks

  1. Broken – I doubt before I believe | Now Have At It!
  2. The Needle Meeting | The Magic Black Book
  3. On Waiting…Again… | soletusknow
  4. Abusive relationships | alienorajt
  5. Pumpkins Gone Bad | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  6. Breaking The Daily Prompt Habit | The Jittery Goat
  7. S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Breakdown (Things I’ve Failed to Notice #1)
  8. Daily Prompt Challenge ~ “Broken” | soletusknow
  9. Chatter – The story of two sides | Neva Samaki
  10. Breakdown | Life Confusions
  11. Daily post: Habits? What habits? | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  12. Waiting to break | crookedeyebrows
  13. That Breakdown | The Magic Black Book
  14. Beautifully Broken and all the things in between… | Passionate Dreaming
  15. Daily Prompt: Breakdown | Awl and Scribe
  16. Not Enough Sleep | Flowers and Breezes
  17. Favorite Habit | Lost in Adeline’s
  18. Breakdown- More Pop Culture References | Blue Loft
  19. Bad habits? Got em. Do they matter? Not so sure. | RPMAS
  20. Daily Prompt: Breakdown | Crow Arrow, Inc.
  21. Raccoons! | Haiku By Ku
  22. Daily Prompt: Hard Habit to Break | My Atheist Blog
  23. Rushing | maunderingsofaninja
  24. Broken | Better Than Reality
  25. Why fix what ain’t broke? | Liquorstore Bear
  26. Daily Prompt: Breakdown – BROKEN | Ord i Bild
  27. Daily Prompt: Breakdown | Thirty, Start, Go!
  28. #firstworldproblems: Crappy Shows and Inner Conflict | The Otter in my Jotter
  29. Daily Prompt: Break The Bad Habits | DeafGuy Blog
  31. Breaking the Habit(s) | The life of T
  32. Funny you should ask. « Welcome to Forgotonia
  33. My Need For Clean Denied | momasteblog
  34. Breaking The Habit | The Nameless One
  35. Broken | nanopod: hybrid studio
  36. For the “broken” « Subh Dasgupta’s Blog
  37. The 3 stages | A mom’s blog
  38. Procrastination – A bad Habit | Indira’s Blog
  39. My Circle of Comfort | Wiley’s Wisdom
  40. Daily Prompt: Breakdown | Mending | Silver Wonderland
  41. Daily Prompt: Breakdown | Steve Says….
  42. Breaking Down Old Habits | The Bottom of a Bottle
  43. Poetry: Procrastination Broken Poem | Wise Counsel
  44. Discards | CurTales
  45. Too Much Smoke Will Kill You | Just Visiting This Planet
  46. Hard Habit To Break | Bright Tuesday
  47. Procrastination | djgarcia94
  48. Someday Somewhere | The Mockingbird in Me
  49. Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  50. Habit breaking | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  51. Trick or Treat | Wiley’s Wisdom
  52. Broken, … or Declaring a Breakdown? | No Pension, Will Travel
  53. Impact | Muddy River Muse
  54. Daily Prompt: Breakdown | GG’s World
  55. Daily Prompt: Breakdown « The Blogging Path
  56. Breakdown: Broken Down | Khana’s Web

Daily Prompt: Simply The Best

NASA is building a new Voyager spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture. What belongs onboard?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CULTURE.

View towards Jura from Altreu

There exists a story that Adolf Hitler collected the cultural art treasures of the third Reich and emerged them in Lake Toplitz in the Austrian Alps somewhere near Salzburg. A plausible statement, Hitler having his mountain residence Berghof in this area, so he knew what he was doing, or did he? I am not an authority, but I believe that despite many searches looking for this wealth of culture goods, it has never actually been found. Other items crop up now and again in other places much to the delight of researchers.

Now the NASA has decided to pack a new Voyager spacecraft full with the best of modern human culture. I assume we are to decide what the best of modern human culture is. I find my photo is one of the best examples, a field and mountains laced with trees: living space for wild life. In the part of the world I live, this is not an exception, although these scenes are becoming rarer; humans occupying more land for their housing, roads, motorways and whatever. Even the air is not as clean as it was.

Of course this whole theme could be interpreted as modern art works, statues, sculptures, literature. This NASA Voyager spacecraft is going to be full quite quickly, people all standing in the NASA headquarters holding their own specific signs of modern cultural life. I would minimise my offerings and just bring the hard disk from my computer showing a little bit of everything. However when I gradually reach the top of the queue one of the official NASA people say, sorry full up, no more room in the inn ship and I am turned away disappointed that my idea of modern cultural life on Earth in refused.

The person behind me is also disappointed, and so the chain reaction occurs. Fights break out, for the right to put your own cultural memories into this space ship, the entrance to the ship is bombarded with disappointed humans wanting to spread their own idea of culture into the planetary system. The army is called in, a few shots are fired and eventually, when the injured and dead are removed (have we ever solved a problem without this happening?) everything is organised in a military way. So it seems that the human race cannot agree on what would be important to send in this ship. Everyone wants to steal the show.

One day this symbol of worldly culture will arrive on a barren planet where life has not yet evolved. A few thousand years later, or more, this planet will be civilised, perhaps by green men with four arms and one leg (they hop), but they live. One of these future creatures will dig a hole and discover a rusty broken Voyager where our culture goods are spilling out. Perhaps a child might begin to play with its contents, or if we are lucky a future scientist will recognise the value of what he has found. What does he think? He thinks look, this is how the beginning of our world was, this is how our ancient cultures wrote and thought. What did we think when we discovered the Egyptian hieroglyphics? We spent time analysing them, deciphering them and we were proud eventually to be able to discover their meaning. We were convinced they were the first Earth civilisation (my cats are convinced the Egyptians were the slaves of Bast, after all they did worship the feline race – OK, I am going off the point).

So would this strange one legged race carry out their investigations with our cultural treasures? Imagine a future planetary world, all having Facebook showing one legged creatures with photos of their planet, containing likes and dislikes about their politicians, above all this would be the new culture of this strange world and just because the whole idea of this NASA rocket was from Mark Zuckerberg.

Oh, what the universe has to thank us for.

Daily Prompt: Simply the Best

Cultural Pingbacks

  1. Student Culture | The Magic Black Book
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Daily Prompt: Express Yourself

Tell us about a time you couldn’t quite get your words or images to express what you wanted to express. What do you think the barrier was? For bonus points, try again.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us EXPRESSION.


“Look Mrs. Human, I am expressing myself.”

“Nera you are always expressing yourself. I always get the message when you have something on your nine lives.”

“I thought this would be a good idea to start your blog, this is my expressive expression,” although I think she was just asking when do I get the next tuna fish meal.

To carry on, there are more times I do not get my words or images to express what I want, that it would be easier to write about when it succeeds.

What the barrier was/is/will always be: my character, my inability to say what I want to say in a clear, cool way that people know what I am aiming for. First of all I generally have to express it in a language that I did not grow up with. Everyone around here speaks German Swiss German which seems to have at least two or three words for the same thing. It is not even a written language, and just exists in speech, although I stand corrected. The Swiss can and do write Swiss German, but it is a free for all, a do it yourself according to which dialect you happen to speak. A simple example is the word for “I”, in German “Ich”. A Swiss can write “I” or “Ig” according to how he says it.

This is just the tip of the ice berg. I love to see the messages the Swiss write to each other in Facebook in their dialect. It is almost a secret language, only understandable to the natives. I sometimes join in, one of the advantages being that there are no real rules, so just write what you say and hear, although I have a feeling that my Swiss friends just humour me when they write an answer. An English person writing the “everyone can join in” language of the Swiss Germans can be the cause of “huh” and “what is she talking about”.

Even in my mother tongue I would have problems actually saying what I mean, although as Mr. Swiss often reminds me “not everyone understands your humour”. At least it is meant as humour, although perhaps sometimes a little too much on the dark side. Watching the TV programme “East Enders” (a Cockney soap programme) with Mr. Swiss can be a grammatical exercise. “What did he say”, “what is he talkling about?” I do my best to explain but all languages change over the years and even I sometimes have problems in recognising the newest expressions.

As I have never received bonus points for a blog when promised, I will not try again as it is not worth the effort. There you have it I did not express what I really wanted to say, but I have already moved on. I do not even understand what the intended meaning is of those “bonus points”. Do I get a prize? Blogger of the month complete with a star showing my bonus points.

Then why should my words express what I really want to say. We have our politicians, governments, leaders who are telling us how good they are, convincing us with their words that they are the best we can have, especially when it is time for elections. They are the professionals, the ones that say how it is with clear arguments. Do we believe them? Of course, they are the professional figures of expression. After they are elected we realise they have already forgotten what they promised, what they expressed: no bonus points there.

As you can see, this blog is a typical example of how not to express yourself. I still do not know what I really wanted to say and my feline Nera has now fallen asleep to have an expressive dream of her meal of tuna fish this evening.

Daily Prompt: Express Yourself

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