Friday Fun – Dance Your Ass Off

Thanks to blogging 101 I’ve finally found the fun thing I’m going to feature. I’m going to start posting a Friday Feature… and make the feature a song to get you out of your desk chair and on your feet.

Let your freak flag fly with my Friday dance your ass off song.  One Nation Under A Groove  by Funkadelic

Owning our history

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Yesterday I went off on a rant about Ben Affleck and about his (successful) attempt to rewrite his personal history on a TV show called Finding Your Roots. I was outraged, livid that someone with a little bit of power would choose to abuse it in such a way to omit the parts of his history.  I’m still annoyed and now of course with word of his actions getting out he looks like an even bigger jackass.

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Rewriting History

I vaguely remember the brouhaha when the emails surfaced but I quickly moved on as celebrity gossip barely interests me, but something about this article from The Week really bothered me.

Kudos (I guess) to PBS for owning up to letting some spoiled celebrity exert undue influence on them, but seriously Ben Affleck?  What kind of asshat isn’t man enough to step up and say, “these are my people and they made choices I completely disagree with but thank God we’ve learned the lessons of history”.   Or something.

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Prompted (although not so promptly published) Post

Today’s challenge for Blogging 101 is to blog from a prompt.  Mine was “Bittersweet Memories” and the prompt was to talk about a gift I received that made me nostalgic and why.

My most treasured gift came from my aunt Shelley.  It was a wedding gift.  My aunt sent me a keepsake recipe book, filled with old pictures and copies of the index cards my grandmother kept her recipes on.  I keep it with all recipeof my other cherished family memories, the recipes copied onto my own index cards or copied so the book stays pristine. There were so many wonderful family pictures, interspersed with some of our family’s favorite recipes.  Grandma Jean’s ‘to die for’ dinner rolls and her amazing Swiss steak and including homemade chili sauce. This cookbook had them all.  One day I’ll even make her homemade pickles (even though I’m not a pickle fan).

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Inspired By Neighbors or The Great Greeting Card Debate

14189_GCA_Home_HeaderYesterday I stumbled across this wonderful post about why we don’t send greeting cards as often and how social media may be part of the reason why.  Never one to let a cultural question die, I evaluated my own personal stance (don’t laugh cause I totally have one) and commented.  I fear I may have come off a bit aggressive or at least kind of an anti-greeting card freak.  Please allow me to explain.

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Day Eight: Be a Good Neighbor

Stuff-I-Like-2Today’s challenge…  leave comments on at least four blogs that you’ve never commented on before.

Challenge accepted.  While I’m at it here are a few of the great blogs I’ve found on WordPress.

http://iambeggingmymothernottoreadthisblog.com/  Hilarious observations on life, love and fashion from one of my favorite writers.

http://postsecret.com/  Who knew that Postsecret was on WordPress?!  I’ve loved them for years, if you haven’t checked them out you should.  It will bring you a range of emotions and leave you wanting more.

http://presentsprosepolitesse.com/  A new find for me, really liking both the writing and the subject matter!

Target acquisition. Target locked.

Because my initial day 4 post, ‘finding your target audience’ sort of devolved into me rambling about Mr. Rogers, I figured I’d make a second post *gasp* on the subject.generation-x

Ideally my target group has a sense of humor or can at least identify humor when it’s presented, much like sarcasm. If you cannot understand sarcasm (like my youngest brother) you will probably not appreciate anything I write.  I don’t think age or cultural reference point is very important, but you will need to realize that I have a pretty fixed point of reference.  I love to see and hear the world from someone else’s perspective, but mine is fairly set.

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Prettying up the joint

Days Six and Seven of the Blogging 101 course were sort of completed earlier when I was fleshing out the site a bit and adding a more thorough ‘About’ page than the one that said simply “here I am saying something clever about myself”.   For day Seven’s challenge I added a few more header images from photographs I’ve taken and set the theme to randomly use them.  That should break up the monotony!

on kindness

kindnessI love it when synchrony happens, I generally take that as some kind of ‘sign’ to pay attention. Sure the world is full of chaos but I believe there is an order to the chaos. The force behind the order I’m less certain of. Religious folks can assume it’s God and that’s fine, but for me, I’ll just accept there is a pattern.

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