To Whom It May Concern:

Daily Prompt
New Wrinkles
You wake up one day and realize you’re ten years older than you were the previous night. Beyond the initial shock, how does this development change your life plans?

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August 11, 2014
To: Daily Prompt
From: TyroCharm
Regarding: New Wrinkles

To Whom It May Concern:

I’m writing this letter to challenge the latest daily prompt in which you wish to deprive me from ten years of my life. How could anyone possibly loose ten years of their life in one night? This is not at all something that was discussed in my contract when I signed up for wordpress.com. While I seldom come up with ingenious ways to accommodate most of your ideas into posts that I can relate to in order to offer a pleasant reading experience, this prompt stands to bring out an ugly side of my personality that would surely scare away most of my followers.

I’m not necessarily afraid to look old. . .er, but I would very much resent the fact that at this stage of aging in my life, ten years would mean that it would take a crane to get me up from bed in the morning. Dear god, I would have surely woken up in a wet bed! And that is not to mention that I would be spitting out my remaining teeth. I’m sure that my little seven year old daughter would appreciate suddenly having a living grandmother to play with and dutely be spoiled by her, but ten years. . . in one night. . . really?

No, absolutely not! I advise you to revise your latest suggestion. I don’t think that your writers took into consideration the pain and anxiety that this prompt would bring to bridle, and self conscious psyches like mine. I’m sure I’m not alone in this complain. . . the fact that I am the only one challenging your decision should be a testament to how disappointed and scare many other people are since they are probably afraid to speak up their true mind.

I thank you in advance for your prompt consideration and wait eagerly for a new and age appropriate idea for today’s writing suggestion.

Sincerely and much obliged,
TyroCharm

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Follow the Leader

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 10, 2014

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Pretty much any written article that floats around the internet is ignored on my account unless I see it posted by or I see it on the wall of either one of the many wonderful friends I have online. It doesn’t matter what the news brake is or the movie review that is popular, the moment I see it posted on one of my friends’ wall, say on Facebook, I dig into it because I know that if they thought it was interesting, then it surely is. The same goes when choosing a good book to read. There has to be a recommendation from someone I know before I invest my time in it.

Like a curse that is bent on stifling my spirit of adventure, every time I have chosen a book on my own, I have had a horrible time reading it or it has disappointed me to the point of emotional scarring.game-of-thrones-meme-17 Such was the case with the books from The Game of Thrones, the Divergent series and another series whose name and author I’ve thankfully forgotten, but whose traumatic mental images still haunt me. wheeloftime

Of the books that I picked up with serious reservations and based solely on my friends’ reviews I’ve purchased all the books from The Wheel of Time, The sword of Truth series which along with Fableheaven and The Lord Of the Rings, have become a family staple mark for fantasy discussion. Basically everything else I have read in my adult life has been the result of a second opinion.

Another one of my sources for trusted recommendations is the website Audible.com where I’ve been prompted to get audio books based on both my wish list and previous purchases. audibleAudible has a good system for pairing reading trends with new publications and so far, of the audio books they have brought to my attention, none have been a waste of time.

I have a particularly wondering nature. I guess it’s my own way of accessing information to focus on headlines everywhere until something presents a well of priceless information I cannot pass up. I rely on the opinions of people I know to find precious jewels to read whether they are news articles or books, I love to follow leads. This method for finding great stories has proven itself over and over and it is sure to continue to provide many interesting reads for years to come.

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Daily Prompt
Second Opinion
What are some (or one) of the things about which you usually don’t trust your own judgment, and need someone’s else’s confirmation?

Happiest Place on Earth No More

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 7, 2014

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Many years ago when my four older children were little, we ventured on a family adventure to the happiest place on earth. Disneyland had been up until that time a wonderful destination and every time we had been there before, we had a great time. As time passed by, I couldn’t wait to take my youngest daughter back to Disneyland to experience the same joys and family fun, only this time, the happiest place on earth was not happy any more.

Maybe it was the weather, hot and muggy that wore down the employees to have serious and at times annoyed looks in their faces, but their monotonous and rehearsed greetings were a put off when arriving to the front of the line after waiting eternally to get there.

The lines although always long, were aggravated by the fact that most of them were outdoors and even as you enter the buildings to each ride, there seemed to be a lack in ventilation that made the air stuffy and the smell of sweat permeate every corner.

The crowds were the worst part of this latest experience. There was no room to get around. When walking from one ride to the next, you had to follow the hordes of people moving in that direction. As frustrating as it was for us, I could see the look of sheer aggravation and mortification on people that were either on a wheelchair or pushing baby carriages, they could not cut through the crowd to turn around or get to the other side of the street.

In the past, Disneyland used to have blooming flowers everywhere. The one thing you could count on was that the entire park was beautiful. On that day I noticed that the only place they had flower arrangements was at the main plaza while the rest of the park had a green tone of foliage indistinct from one area to another.

I remember how clean the park used to be. If there was a piece of paper on the ground, any employee nearby would pick it up besides the many individuals walking around with a broom and dust pan even through the lines at rides to ensure the place was spotless. Last time we were there, there was trash everywhere.

I understand that when it comes to large crowds, managing details is challenging, but with the amount of money they charge for admission and the sheer volume of people that attend every day, you would think managers and directors would be better prepared. It seems to me that Disneyland is more concerned with quarter profits than to live up to its image. I would even say that after creating a reputation for offering the best there is in entertainment, they lacked effort to deliver high standards in basic goods.

Yes, among all this distractions we managed to have fun. As my older kids say, it is the company you keep that makes good times roll. My daughter was able to enjoy the rides and each experience gave her enough awe and energy to last through lines, but I would like to hold Disneyland to the high standards they are capable of offering and realize that allowing ungodly scores of people into the park to the point they loose control of its management is not the best they can do for all the people involved. I’ll be going there again this summer and hope to catch one of those days when everything goes well.

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Daily Prompt
Think Again
Tell us about a time you made a false assumption about a person or a place — how did they prove you wrong?

 

 

Blank Stares of Doom?

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 6, 2014

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I can’t really say that I’ve experienced writer’s block recently. Since I don’t depend on my writing, there is no pressure for me to come up with compositions and so I write everyday regardless. I’m a lazy person by nature and always try to make my work easier so you could say that sometimes my writing is compelling and many others is just grammatically adequate. The funny thing is that the pieces I’ve thought were really good turn out to be ignored while the entries I write in a hurry turn out to be the most popular.

I’m always baffled about the response I get from my blog posts. Recently I’ve been getting feedback from people that take the time to write long comments about an old and forgotten topic. I guess that is when a mini writer’s block attack surfaces to prevent me from replying a coherent thought because I hardly remember what my inspiration was on the subject.

Going back to read old entries I can tell when I was being lazy and wrote grammatically correct sentences in a row but have very little relation between them, the entire post sounds random and uninteresting. I feel a little embarrassed because when I reread this topics I’m usually inspired to rewrite the whole thing. Thankfully my lazy nature holds me back and it even prevents me from experiencing guilt about it.

I just had a long comment the other day about one of my beloved posts. The subject matter is dear to me, but I was struck with a. . . I’m just going to call it a buffering pause because I did have inspiration and willingness to answer yet, there was a sense of incredulity that prevented me from elaborating on my subject without sounding like a total nut. I ended up making a politically correct statement, in this case I feel like I’m just an inadequate writer.

When I hear about writers block, there is an image in my head that depicts people who experience it in very painful and frustrating episodes of epic proportions where they go and break furniture, throw dishes at the walls or have hysterical fits of emotion while they run around screaming at the top of their lungs. Maybe that’s why I think writer’s block hasn’t affected me yet. It may be as simple as the blank stare I give to the screen in my computer every morning before I force my index fingers to begin typing. In that case, I may be a chronic writer’s block sufferer, but all is well since I have a lazy streak that protects my psyche from epic displays of frustration,

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Daily Prompt
Writer’s Block Party
When was the last time you experienced writer’s block? What do you think brought it about — and how did you dig your way out of it?

Santa Clause Came to My Town

Written By Margarita Morgan
August 5, 2014

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The things that we capture in the background of our pictures can be quite surprising at times. We are so focused on the person or object we wan to feature in our image that we tend to overlook amazing details that many times turn out to be priceless. In this particular occasion, taking random pictures at my Girl Scout’s holiday party last year I noticed that a familiar stranger stood in the background of many of those pictures. I’ve never met Santa Clause in person before, but I thought it was a wonderful gesture of kindness for him to show up at our party.

I wonder what the Mrs. told her husband Santa in order to make him attend our party in such a busy time as it is in the North Pole. With all the presents yet to be built and last minute preparations to the approaching Christmas celebration, I imagine it was a great friendship to one of the scout moms that allowed for an impromptu visit to our party from Santa Clause himself.

Although I didn’t speak with him directly, I was surprised to see him featured in almost all the pictures I took that evening. He seemed very cheerful and happy and the girls were ecstatic to tell Santa in person what they wanted to get for Christmas. Well, who doesn’t want to take a brake from a hectic work season to attend a party? I don’t even know what makes me think it was his wife who prompted Mr. Clause to attend, maybe he realized he didn’t have a complete list of kids and wanted to make sure all of our girls were included. Maybe he thought of upgrading his present list with better rewards for such dedicated and hard working little girls as they were in our troop. Whatever the reason, everyone had a great time and I don’t doubt that Mr. Clause extended his evening with other activities on his way back home.

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Daily Prompt
Edge of the Frame
We often capture strangers in photos we take in public. Open your photo library, and stop at the first picture that features a person you don’t know. Now tell the story of that person.

Updating My Life Queue

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 3, 2014

Not to be confused with an item on my bucket list, I also have a list of things that were important for me to do or learn but never got around to them because real life got in the way. One of such things for me was to learn different languages. It is true that learning courses are available in a variety of formats to accommodate most schedules, but saying that where there’s a will there is a way is not always as simple as it sounds. In my case, taking time to learn a new language would have interfered with the time I had reserved for my family and priorities being what they are, I opted to invest my time in my kids and put off my educational preferences for later. I know I made the right choices and the rewards I got in return speak for themselves. My older children are a source of pride and inspiration and they appreciate the time I spent with them. Now that I only care for my seven year old and I’m retired, I have some time to pursue some of the things I always wanted to do.

Recently I purchased a learning system to begin lessons in Japanese. I chose that language because I watch a lot of anime and I find it to be a much better experience to enjoy such programming in their original Japanese language. Most of the time, the translations into English are very good, but others, there is a loss of context due to the natural differences between idiomatic expressions and literal translations. I also have a fascination with epic historical fiction novels that concern Japan’s rich and ancient culture. Learning Japanese, for me is not just a way to realize some long awaited desire to educate myself further, but it satisfies a yearning to immerse my senses entirely in a different culture in the same way I did when first arriving to the US.

I suppose that if I had started learning other languages many years ago, I would have chosen something entirely different. French for starters and only because I used to watch a lot of French movies, I guess there is a pattern here, but regardless of the chosen language, communicating with other people from different cultural backgrounds has also appealed to me. Now that I can dedicate some time to do things I’ve always wanted to do, I’m happy to report that I’ve already started to learn a new language without compromising the time I devote to my youngest daughter. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction not to have to feel guilty for doing something I enjoy and it gives me an even greater sense of accomplishment to know that along with caring for my daughter, I can learn things that I thoroughly enjoy.

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Daily Prompt
Back of the Queue
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to starting (an activity, a hobby, or anything else, really)? Tell us about it — and tell us about what’s keeping you from doing it.

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The 8th Deadly Sin: Story Spoiling

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 3, 2014

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It is my belief that when the Seven Deadly Sins were originally categorized, The Powers That be of that time did not have the foresight to anticipate the tragic results and damage to ones psyche resulting from intentional story spoiling. Had this ancient Powers That Be known about the harmful impact story spoiling would have in the lives of devoted TV show fans or movie geeks in the future, they most assuredly would have included Story Spoiling as the most vile and insidious deadly sin of them all. These fateful lists were created to curve mankind’s evil tendencies and although it is difficult to come up with a new category in cardinal aggressions that is not already included in the original Seven Deadly Sins, Story Spoiling stands out as a tragic action towards innocent minds who wish to experience stories chronologically. It should be, by its own account, as deadly of a sin as any other if you ask me and any other unfortunate soul who’s had their world crumble when a crucial detailed has been revealed regarding a much anticipated TV or movie tale. Soon enough, contemporary Powers That Be will catch up to our times and work to update their lists to include Story Spoiling as the 8th Deadly Sin. Until then, we can rejoice knowing that just as Sheperd Derrial Book from The Firefly crew believed that there is a little place in hell reserved for those people who like to speak at the movie theatre, there is no doubt that the bowels of Hades hunger for the likes of insensitive story spoiling individuals who will experience unimaginable tortures next to their deserving movie talking neighbors.

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Daily Prompt
The Eighth Sin
Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?

 

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