Friday, July 27, 2018

Picture Protest - July 18 FF

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday
of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the
participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that
month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see
what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted Jules of The Bergham Chronicles

1. NO! STOP! Gigi don't you dare take that picture!

2. Giggles from across the room "Okay mom I didn't"

3. Gigi let me see that camera...did you take picture?

4. Gigi giggling "maybe"

5. Chad "oh yeah that's a good one Gigi, let's post it to Facebook"
silent screams from Jules in the background.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

Southern Belle Charm          

The Bergham Chronicles     

Cognitive Script        

Baking In A Tornado    

Friday, July 20, 2018

Dance The Dance

come near to me love
place your arms around me
we will dance the dance

Friday, July 13, 2018

We Are In The Business Of Saving Lives -UYW - July

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado            
On the Border                      
The Bergham Chronicles                
The Blogging 911                      
Cognitive Script              
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom  
Southern Belle Charm              
Wannabe Linguistics               

Walking down the corridor to the operating room we could see the group just ahead of us, quickly picking up our pace we caught up with them. Dr. Mallard was the first to speak, now I expect complete professionalism when you go through these doors, you are not only representing your esteemed universities best of the best fourth year medical students, you are representing this hospital and in that room, he paused, you are representing me. I will not tolerate anything less than perfection, or at-least your best damned effort. Are we clear?
Yes sir, we all sounded off like a well rehearsed chorus.
Then, yes there is always one in the group, our wise cracking top student says " Dr. Mallard, does anyone ever quack?" with a snicker, he was nervous and it was making him stupid.
Dr. Mallard spun around and said "DO YOU THINK THAT IS FUNNY SON?" in a booming voice that stopped us all in our tracks and made me want to turn tail and run.
Uh uh um no sir, replied Kent.
Dr. Mallard said, "THIS is no place for joking, you do that on your own time. I will let it go as I'm sure you are nervous, but I guarantee you one thing son, if you EVER do that again, you will be out of this hospital and out of your program. Understood?!"
"Uh um yes yes sir I'm sorry sir."
"Good, you need to be sorry, now let's get in here and save a life. That is what cardiology is about. We save lives and when it doesn't happen, we break hearts with the news. You must be able to balance the compassion with the professional unemotional side. It's a tough balancing act that not many are able to accomplish. So if you are here because you think it will make you rich, do me a favor and leave now. Go into plastic surgery and move to California." With that we followed him into the scrub room, donned gowns, hats, gloves, shoe covers and walked into the frigid operating room.
It was such an honor to watch someone like Dr. Mallard, he was a highly skilled surgeon, a compassionate doctor, held in high esteem by his colleagues and the medical community in-itself.
When the surgery was over and we were all seated in the conference room, Dr. Mallard walked to the front of the room. With a clear voice he said "what you witnessed today was elementary, a simple stint and done thousands of times a day all over this country. What you will not see everyday is the total disregard for life. All lives matter. The patient today was an inmate. The crime he committed means nothing to me, I am bound by an oath to do my utmost to save lives, all lives."
"Now, let me see your first cut skills. We have on these tables behind you, arms, no not real arms, modern technology has given us these prosthetic arms with human like flesh. This helps us help you. It looks and feels like real flesh, it will respond, bleed, tear and even rupture. Everyone walk over to a station, all your necessary surgery garments are on the side table."
Slowly getting up from our chairs we made our way over to the tables, donned our garments then proceeded over to a "operating table". Looking down at the arm, it felt very surreal. I was operating on a severed arm yet it was not real. I shook my head to clear the cobwebs as my granny would say.
Dr. Mallard walked from one table to the next as we each made our first cut.
He was standing beside Sonjay who was shaking life a leaf. What was wrong with him? He was always so calm and confident. First he held the scalpel in his left hand, started to make a cut and stopped, switched to his right hand, holding the scalpel a quarter of an inch from the skin. He was shaking so bad, Dr. Mallard reached over and removed the instrument from his hand. Turning Sonjay by the shoulders so he was facing him Dr. Mallard asked "Sonjay are you ambidextrous? Because if not, you need to make the cut with your dominate hand. Now take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Steady your mind. Now open your eyes." he handed Sonjay the instrument again and said "now, make your cut, steady steady, there. Now proceed." Breathing a sigh of relief for Sonjay I waited my turn.

Your words are: 
ambidextrous ~ cardiology ~ elementary ~ quack
It was submitted by:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Finding Her Prince - International Kissing Poetry Theme

K I S S I N G  everyone remembers this sing song chant as kids. Well today our poetry theme is kissing but we threw in international. Be sure to visit the links below to see how each writer interrupted their own poetry/prose with this theme.


sweaty there he stood
a vision in shorts
his hair dangling curls

sparkling deep brown eyes
a disarming smile he gave
and biceps to thrill

who would have thought she
they would find love internationally
across the big blue ocean

kissing in Germany
their hearts beat with the swaying train
love or so they say

kissing in Itlay
while riding the gondola
with stars shining bright

gazing in his eyes
holding tight to the moment
never letting go

small town country girl
international kissing
so dreams do come true

Karen at Baking In A Tornado
Kim at Writer Junkie
Diane at On The Boarder 
Lydia at Cluttered Genius

Friday, July 6, 2018

Guilty or Not Guilty - SS - July

Innocent people are convicted every day. The magnitude of the number is staggering. There are tens of thousands, over a hundred thousand people serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes that were their first offense. Is this fair?
Sharanda Jones
Alice Marie Johnson
Obama pardoned 212, reduced the sentence of 1715 including 568 of those serving life sentences.

How do you feel about this? Do you leave it up to the law makers thinking that they are the only ones with enough intelligence or information to make these decisions? What if they are wrong? What if it were your family member?

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 
Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado                  
The Lieber Family Blog    
The Bergham Chronicles                
The Blogging 911                      
Cognitive Script             
Never Ever Give Up Hope       
My Brand of Crazy          
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom   
Southern Belle Charm              
Paradoxical Suds                          
There have been movies made about certain cases. I've seen on the six o'clock news where someone is granted clemency and released from prison after serving over twenty years. Innocent people. Sitting behind bars for days, weeks, months and years, all the while knowing they are innocent but crushed by the system.

Then we have those who are guilty. Some poor smuck ran a light and hit a parked car. Left the scene. No one was hurt. But they find him, he is arrested and after months in jail goes to trial. He's never been in any type of trouble before but all of a sudden his two wrong decisions land him in prison. Due to enhancements that are added during his trial, he ends up being found guilty. Jury goes home. Months later the judge passes his final judgment. His sentencing time. LIFE without parole. What? What happened? Was he wrong for drinking and driving? Yes. Did he make a stupid move by leaving the scene? Yes. Was anyone hurt? no. So why this harsh sentence?

It happens everyday. Our justice system is broke. The thugs out there killing innocent kids, robbing old folks and dealing drugs get a slap on the wrist while first time nonviolent offenders receive harsh sentencing.

It is appalling. How do we stop it? Stand up for ourselves. Research the politicians running for office. Vote for those who are really "for the people" and vote against bonds because there is always a hidden agenda inside that slips through the cracks.

Write letters to your congressman, state representatives and local authorities. Don't bury your head in the sand because it doesn't affect you. One day it might, then what?

I try very hard to keep my opinions to myself and not discuss politics or religion however, this subject was thrust upon me. I wasn't sure how to handle it. I read about several cases, did my research and decided to handle it this way.

Thank you Jenniy for  bringing this to my attention. Did I know about some of these cases yes, but the number of cases, no.

Your “Secret Subject” is:
You've been tasked with choosing one person who has been convicted of a crime and presenting their case to the President for potential pardon or commutation a la Kim Kardashian West in recent news. Who do you choose and how do you present the case?
It was submitted by: