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Wednesday, May 6, 2015


1. What's a phrase your mother often said to you? If you're a parent, is this something you now say to your own children?
     I can't remember any such phrase, therefore the second part of this question is moot.

2. What is a scent you associate with your mother or your childhood home?
     The smell of onions cooking. I love onions and my grandmother who did most of the cooking in our house always used an onion in her dishes.

3. What's an activity you remember always doing with your mother (or someone who was a mother figure in your life)?
     On Sundays my aunts and uncles would come to the house and we'd play Pokeno. A kind of bingo game with playing cards. Those were special times.

4. Flared jeans, maxi dresses, and jumpsuits are 70's fashion trends back this spring. Are you on board? Which trend would you be most inclined to try? For the men...flared corduroys, wide-collared shirts, and floral prints...what say you? 
     Wide collared shirts I suppose. I did wear flared leg pants in high school.

5. May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Day and also Nurse Appreciation Day. Is there a nurse or teacher  you have especially appreciated along the way? Tell us why?
       In high school I took two years of Latin. My second year I had a teacher who had a fondness for all things Roman. We studied Caesar's Commentary on the Gallic War in Latin, of course. She went beyond the text and delved into the history and background. It was one of the best classes I have ever taken. 
    6. If I came by your house, what would I find on your frig door?
     You would see an assortment of magnets from the different places SWMBO and I visited, San Diego, Acadia National Park, Niagara Falls, etc.

7. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana made her royal entrance on Saturday, May 2nd. On a scale of 1-10, how much attention did you give to all the news coverage? 1=Who's Charlotte? 10=sat glued to the telly, cuppa in hand.
     I would have to say about a "3," the "Oh that's nice!" crowd.
  8.  Insert your own random thought here.
      I am troubled by the rush to judgement when a police officer is involved in a  situation where lethal force was used. The notion that any police officer goes out looking for someone to shoot is absurd. A policeman's job is tough enough. It is grossly unfair to jump to the conclusion of wrongdoing without having all the facts. 
     In my experience initial reports are almost ALWAYS incorrect. This was the case in Ferguson, MO. The false narrative that was proven by competent evidence to be false persists to this day. The incident in Baltimore that ignited the riots is still being investigated notwithstanding the fact that six officers have been charged already, without al the facts being in.
     Police officers must be held accountable when they do wrong...period! However, they are also entitled to fair due process before being condemned. Any elected official who uses these incidents to further any political agenda is beyond contempt.
     My beloved SWMBO often tells me in light of recent events how happy she is that I am retired and no longer have to expose myself to such dangers. I must say I agree with her. Please pray for all of our first responders, Police, Fire and EMS.


  1. I pray for them and our service men and women daily. I agree with your random #8 completely! This is another great Hodgepodge and I enjoyed your answers!

  2. I pray for all those who protect us too. We're on dangerous ground here I fear. I'm with you on the 70s for men. Not a great look : ) Enjoy your day!

  3. I'm really fearful about the attitudes toward police, these days. I agree with your thoughts--and those of your beloved SWMBO--I'm glad you're retired!

  4. Dropping in from the hodgepodge. None of the fashions are a good look lol