Blogging 101 introduce yourself

Hello and good day to all.

I’m a retiree living in Southwest Florida, I have developed a passion for writing born out of reading books. I never thought I would consider the idea of writing as a passion, after 27 years of writing reports in a previous career.

I here to learn more about blogging, to discover what other passions there are to learn in the world of blogging. I have taken several creative writing classes and I love flash fiction along with writing several short stories.

I’m evolving as a reader and writer, from the classic novels of the past to the new writers of our time. As I move throughout the many different genres of literature, I’m intrigued and excited with the possibilities of the adventures to have, either as a writer or reader. I am not seeking to write the great American Novel, just short stories, flash fiction, some poetry and most of all just simply enjoying myself.

I’m inspired by the blogging community and I seeking to interact with bloggers who post witty, whimsical, inspirational messages as well as commenting on themselves and pop culture.

My blog centers around adjusting to the retirement lifestyle and discovering your passions.

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Emotional attachments to Soulful Machines

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Machines, appliances, and gadgets sometimes feel like they have their own personalities — from quirky cars to dignified food processors. What’s the most “human” machine you own?

Being the practical person that I am, I do not look upon machines with such regard or esteem. I regard the machines I have owned as inanimate objects serving a purpose to make my life easier.

I have a true appreciation for the following appliances ranked in the order of my needs. The refrigerator, electric or gas stove, washing machine, toilet, bicycle and automobile. I would hate to spend a day without this collection of man-made machines.

I cannot imagine living in a time when I hand washed my clothing, boil water over an open flame for a bath, or use a chamber pot, Ugh! Now most would read this and say, what a whip, but just try going without any of the above mentioned machines and see where your day leads you, especially if you take away the television and computer.

Oh, my goodness, we would be left with walking to a friend’s home, to speak in person and together share duties to cook and clean.

I know people who have an emotional affection with their inanimate objects, however in a world that is becoming more individualistic and self-serving, it would be great to just speak in person, or at least blog about it via a computer.

Who could imagine such an idea?

Greetings, Stranger (Daily Prompt)

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You’re sitting at a café when a stranger approaches you. This person asks what your name is, and, for some reason, you reply. The stranger nods, “I’ve been looking for you.” What happens next?

I respond with my best impersonation of Robert Deniro’s character in the movie Taxi Driver, “are you talking to me”?

My response forces the stranger into a perplex look and she slowly begins to explain that I looked like a Steven Harden, who she has corresponded with on an online dating service.

I began to move the book I was reading towards me, I search the café to see if anyone else was with her as I contemplated my escape.

I responded with my best perplexed look and stated, I’m not that guy. She apologized for the mistake and began walking towards the exit door of the café. I hurriedly packed away my laptop and the book I was reading into my book bag and walked briskly out the café to my car. As I backed out of the parking space, I noticed she was standing in front of the building as I drove away.

When I turn into the roadway, I thought about the photo she posted online was so strikingly different from the woman standing before me in the café. The online photo was of a woman in her early twenties, but the woman who stood before me in the café was at least thirty-five years of age or more.

I recognized I panicked and began to feel guilty, so I return to the café and found her standing in front of the building as I parked. When I exited my car she recognized me and I wave to her and she walked towards me.

I was so nervous as she approach, that I blurted out, “I apologize your online photo was so different”. Her shoulders slumped, she began to cry and apologizing for posting the younger photo. I felt so bad, I ran to my car to get some tissues as she tried to explain between tears and sobbing.

I asked for her to sit with me at one of the outside tables as she began to explain how she was not comfortable with using the photo that her girl friends talked her into using. I apologized for not telling her who I was and we reentered the café for coffee and great conversation.

That how I met my fiancée.

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Light up the Darkness

007pandas / Nomadic Adventurer:

This is a powerful posting.
In a world where social media is dominated with opinions, given by people as a form of entertainment, the words and statements mean so much.

Originally posted on whatcherylsaid...:

397850_212161932212700_153727211389506_417279_1336180473_n“The people that are trying to make the world worse never take a day off , why should I. Light up the darkness” – Bob Marley

The attached quote was stated by Bob Marley, before appearing on stage to perform at a peace rally; after being shot just two days prior to the peaceful event. It was also quoted in the movie “I am Legend” by main character Will Smith, as he recites it to the woman in the movie; in regards to the plaque that had killed most of humanity and turned the rest into creatures causing destruction throughout New York.

However, we can also take that quote from Bob Marley, to also start promoting what we love instead of promoting all the things we hate. If we focused more on all the things in this world that brings us joy and happiness, there would be no room in…

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Light up the Darkness

007pandas / Nomadic Adventurer:

This is a powerful posting.
In a world where social media is dominated with opinions, given by people as a form of entertainment, the words and statements mean so much.

Originally posted on whatcherylsaid...:

397850_212161932212700_153727211389506_417279_1336180473_n“The people that are trying to make the world worse never take a day off , why should I. Light up the darkness” – Bob Marley

The attached quote was stated by Bob Marley, before appearing on stage to perform at a peace rally; after being shot just two days prior to the peaceful event. It was also quoted in the movie “I am Legend” by main character Will Smith, as he recites it to the woman in the movie; in regards to the plaque that had killed most of humanity and turned the rest into creatures causing destruction throughout New York.

However, we can also take that quote from Bob Marley, to also start promoting what we love instead of promoting all the things we hate. If we focused more on all the things in this world that brings us joy and happiness, there would be no room in…

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Reasons You’re Succeeding in Life (Even If You Don’t Feel You Are)

007pandas / Nomadic Adventurer:

Important life lessons to recall daily.

Originally posted on whatcherylsaid...:

6909c324bc9cc7817288e44bf16cff2dAt times we all feel less than successful. We feel like we’re running in place, struggling to make even the slightest bit of progress. And while this is a perfectly normal feeling sooner than later you will need to break free from it and see yourself and your life in a more positive light.

The key is to pay attention to the small things. Just because you’re not where you want to be, doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, quite the opposite is true.To be truly happy and successful today doesn’t mean you don’t desire more in the future, it means you are sincerely thankful for what you have already accomplished and patient for everything yet to come.

Every morning when you wake up, think of three things that are going well in your life at the moment. As you fall asleep every night, fill your mind with an…

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Why Alone Doesn’t Have to Mean Lonely

007pandas / Nomadic Adventurer:

Just a great posting

Originally posted on The Fickle Heartbeat:

Why Alone Doesn’t Have to Mean Lonely

Shared by Marzena Bielecka.

People tend to confuse being alone with the loneliness, between which there is a relevant difference. To be alone means to be by one self. Even though we live in a society there is time in our life that we are totally alone and this is a completely normal state and should not cause any worry.

In opposition, to be lonely is to really suffer from being alone, to intensively crave contact with other human. Then you start to feel emptiness in your life. But it is for you to decide if being on your own makes you feel lonely or not! Why would you be sad of being by your own? If it happens to you, try to understand a few things:

1.Being alone give you absolute freedom

When you are alone you are open to change and you can welcome new opportunities with…

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