Share Your World From 7-6-20

It is that time of the week again where I SHARE MY WORLD!

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This is the challenge where Melanie from “Sparks From A Combustible Mind” asks questions and in answering them we all share our worlds. Let me encourage you to jump on over to Melanie’s site to read her posts. Yoiu can get there by clicking the underlined link above.

Now here are here weekly questions and my answers:

In your opinion, what’s the closest thing to real magic?

The closest thing to real magic is….real magic of course. I am a firm believer that magic is a thing. It’s not a good thing…we are told to stay away from it…but it’s a thing. Now on the opposite side of that and even more powerful than magic is the miraculous power of God. It is also a real thing…we are encouraged to be channels of this blessing in Mark chapter 16, Luke 24 and Act 1.

Where is the worst smelling place you’ve been?

A meat locker where all the meat had gone rancid. Worst smell ever.

What are some things that you’ve heard in your own life, which sounded like compliments but were actually insults?

“Oh my your house looks like Grey Gardens!” On the surface it seemed like a lovely compliment unless of course you know what Grey Gardens was.And she was talking about the before not the after.

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What incredibly common thing have you never done?

Hmm…..Hmmm……I think I have done all the common things. I am exceedingly common.

Gratitude Section (Optional, as always)

Please feel free to share some gratitude that you experienced during the past week!  🙂

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We got to have the Franklins in this week.

My daughter Melanie is going to bring another little Franklin into the world!

Daniella with great grandma LIllie.
Daniella in the gardens….not Grey Gardens

Share Your World 5-18-20

I have come to the time of SHARING MY WORLD WITH MELANIE again.

This is the challenge where Melanie asks five questions and in answering them we all share our worlds. It’s fun! Come on, and give it a try. The questions and my answers are below. Once you have finished with my answers click on the underlined link above and go over to Melanie’s site and see how her other contributors answered. Then write a post of your own and link back to Melanie so we can all share your world too!

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What’s something you really resent paying for?

I try really hard not to be resentful, but I have to admit I do hate paying for other people’s mistakes especially in relationships. I make enough mistakes of my own. I don’t need to be paying for the garbage other people left behind.

 What was the most unsettling film you’ve seen?

Pet Cemetery. Years ago I rented it (back when you rented videos from the store). I got about ten minutes in and then I had to shut it off and take it out of the house because it was so evil.

Do you judge people?  

I guess that depends on what you mean by judge.

If by judge you mean consign a person to the seventh circle of Hell in my heart, mind and soul, the answer is “No.” It is not my job or role to determine a person’s future like that.

If by judge you mean, to cut someone out of your life and circle of relationships because of their toxic nature. The answer to that is “Yes. I have done this a few times with people.”

There are a few people I have had relationship with who through life’s events have become very unhealthy and even unsafe to be around. A few times I have had to draw a boundary with them to protect myself and my family. This is a very extreme action and not one I take lightly.

BUT if by judging you mean do I disagree with people and their behavior enough to tell them I disagree with their behavior, then yes I judge people like that all the time on the basis of relationship. I seldom call out the behavior of strangers (you have to be behaving pretty bad in public for me to have me call you out if you are a stranger). If a person is in close relationship with me or if I have spiritual oversight of them, though, those people are going to hear my opinion about their behavior both good and bad. I do not believe this is judging at all. It is disagreeing and being open to a discussion about why we disagree. What the world needs is not more acceptance of all view points. What it needs is a reestablishment of respect. Acceptance demands that we agree on everything and that no one have an opinion about anything. Respect demands that we all get a chance to voice our opinions in the hope of swaying others to them, but through the lens of love which allows people to maintain disagreement and relationship at the same time and leave the changing to God.

Finish this sentence:  “Back in my day, we…”?

Back in my day we only had four television stations two of which only came in for half the day and my favorite toy was a stick from my grandparents wood pile.

AND FINALLY

Gratitude

Please feel free to share an uplifting photo, thought or meme to show your own gratitude.   We can all use some good vibes!  

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I LOVE OWLS

Share Your World 5-11-20

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What do you know! I am right on time for SHARING MY WORLD THIS WEEK!

This is the challenge where Melanie (the hostess) shares weekly questions geared to help us all reveal a little bit of how we live and think. Here are her questions for the week and my answers:

  • I asked this on an award thingie I was nominated for, and I got such interesting responses, I thought I’d ask it on Share Your World too:  Do you have a favorite kind of tree

I love black locust trees. They are so fragrant in the early summer.

Black locust (Not recommended) | The Morton Arboretum
  • What bridges are you happy you burned

I am happy I burned my bridges to the business world and entered the ministry. That said, I am aware that most bridges can be rebuilt should one really desire it.

  • Would you sacrifice yourself (die) for a stranger?

I don’t think any of us truly knows the answer to this question. In the moment? Stirred by a cause or a story? I don’t know. I think I might have the courage to do so if I had time to ponder the stranger’s plight, but would it be instinctive ( like jumping in front of a bus in a moment’s time)? I have no idea.

  • How have your priorities changed since the C-19 virus took over?

My emphasis on the interior life has deepened. My focus on art has grown. My view of money and provision has also greatly shifted. I feel more free now than I have felt in many years.

AND FINALLY:

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Please feel free to share your gratitude!  During this troubling time, some positive input is sorely needed, so any memes, stories, photos, or anything else you find uplifting is welcome!   Please share!   Thanks!  

I have so enjoyed taking part in

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING IN

This online Global Arts Summit is absolutely 100% free but registration is required. To register, visit www.TheGlobalArtsSummit.com. When you do, you’ll get instant “lifetime” access to the summit resources and you’ll be able to view them on your device of choice at a time and place that’s convenient for you. If you have any trouble, you can reach out to the email address listed on the summit website.

HERE IS A PIECE FROM ONE OF THE SEMINAR PRESENTERS:

Who’s Your Mommy?

My mother served as a nurse her entire life. She worked in an emergency ward in the inner city on the graveyard shift when I was young. She moved to a local health clinic to be a nurse for one of the General practitioners in town when I was a young teenager. That job lasted until after I was married. She finished her career working the critical care building at A Developmental Center a few towns over from our home.

Mom has always been a hard worker, with a firm but kind manner and an extremely sharp wit. Here she is at my daughter’s wedding a few years ago sitting with my son Joe.

These days mom lives with me, my sister and my oldest daughter at the Vicarage which has been our family home for something like forty-five years. She has created quite a legacy to leave to the world.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM!

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GRANDSON JOE AND GRAND DAUGHTER IN LAW JOSEPH LILLIE AND KRISTINE BARRAMEDA LILLIE

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GRAND DAUGHTER MELANIE FRANKLIN GRANDSON IN-LAW JAMES FRANKLIN AND GREAT GRAND DAUGHTER DANIELLA BROOKE FRANKLIN
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Share Your World From 5-4-20

Well this week I have not been as on the ball in the writing department as I would have liked, but I have done a lot of ministry work and a lot of gardening, so I guess it all balances out. Now however it is time to SHARE MY WORLD USING THE QUESTIONS MELANIE POSTED ON MONDAY MAY 4TH.

I have been trying a new blogging regimen these last several weeks. I am posting at least four blogs everyday and then doing what I call a blog blitz on the weekends. It started out I was posting a blog every hour. Now I am at the point where I am trying to find the most productive hours to post …morning, noon and night… to see where most people are on and reading.

Anywho…. Here are this week’s questions and my answers. When you have finished please take a jaunt over to Melanie’s site AKA SPARKS FROM A COMBUSTIBLE MIND and see how her other contributors have answered.

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What can you break even if you don’t touch it?  (yes there is a real answer to this.  I’ll reveal it in the next week sometime.  Still, answer how you would like – no right or wrong answer)

Oh there are lots of things you don’t have to touch to break. Here are a few: a trance, a sweat, a leg (in theater), a fast, a wind, a heart, and a spirit.

I am sure there are more things but these are what come readily to mind.

What’s the most useful thing you own?

I think the thing that gets the most use is my car.

What’s The Silliest Reason You’ve Ever Gotten Into A Fight With Someone Over?

Algebra. My sister ended up running away from home over it.

If You Were A Snake, How Long Would You Want To Be?   No, size does not matter.  😛

I would want to be a hundred foot anaconda.

AND FINALLY…

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Gratitude and/or uplifting?   Please share.   We can all use some of those.  

Pluto has been making me laugh this week.

Share Your World From 4-20-20

It is time for SHARE YOUR WORLD! This is the challenge where our hostess Melanie asks four or five questions, and in answering them, we, her contributors, share our worlds. For more info on how to contribute and to read the other sharing posts click the link above.

Here are the questions and my answers:

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In your opinion what animal is the most majestic?

In my humble opinion the most majestic creature is not the lion the tiger or the bear. They are just super scary. I want a majesty I came relate to, a majesty that is not only powerful but loyal.

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What seemingly innocent question makes you think “It’s a trap!”?

“What do you think I should do?”

What weird potato chip flavor that doesn’t exist would you like to try?  (NOTE:  Potato chips are called ‘crisps’ over the pond in the UK and Europe, I think.  Thanks to Sandmanjazz for reminding me we all don’t speak the same English!  😆   )

Beef stew chips sound yummy. Also Fish and chips chips might be intriguing.


Gratitude Section (optional)

Share some gratitude with people if you like.  Images are certainly appropriate!  

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I am so grateful for the times of family games we have had almost daily during this shut in. We usually don’t have time or energy for games in our weekly schedule. Things are a changin’!

Share Your World 4-6-20

It is time to once again SHARE OUR WORLDS! This is the challenge where our hostess Melanie asks four or five questions and by answering them, we her contributors share pieces of our worlds. You can see how everyone answered the challenge questions by clicking on the link above.

In the meantime, here are Melanie’s questions for this week and my answers:

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If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make them?

I think I fear mistakes because of my fear of other people’s reactions to them. I know I have and have had people in my life for whom nothing short of god-like perfection is acceptable. I rebel against that and tend to go into hiding everything from these people especially my mistakes because I am afraid of their reactions to the real me.

How do we know that pleasure is good and pain is bad?

Ummm…… I don’t think that. There are a lot of things that are very pleasurable which are very very very bad. There are also a lot of things which are hard and even painful which are actually not only good for us but necessary.

What problem or situation did TV / movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t?

I saw this on Facebook a while ago and I couldn’t have agreed more. “Growing up I always thought quicksand would be more of a problem.”



If you drive, do you speed when no one is watching?   Have you ever run a red light late at night on purpose, particularly if it doesn’t seem to change very quickly?   If you don’t drive, what minor law may you have broken?

My kids always make fun of how slow I drive. They call me a “Granny -Driver”. That said I have been stopped for speeding (going 45 in a 35) and running a stop sign and when I was in Ireland I got stopped for running a red light. Of course none of those things were “my fault”.

What positive things are you finding to do to occupy your time right now?

Here is my list:

Praying A LOT

Reading the Bible A LOT

Contacting church folk by phone and facebook to see how they are doing

blogging

rewriting my book

doing some yard work

trying new recipes

watching a documentary on the history of England on Youtube

playing Skipbo and Uno with my sister and daughter

Calling my kids a lot

Doing a family Bible Study I taught to the church a while ago on Youtube with the Fam.

April 3, 1989- Haibun

On April 2, 1989 your water broke, but you wanted to wait. We couldn’t imagine what for; So your mother and I rode the roads. We bumped the bumps just to jog your willingness. Still you refused to attend your life.

Then the doctors called us in. PIT got the process going even as the procession paraded in. Nana and Grampa and Aunt Nicole, even Bii Chadbourne were all there with the doctors and nurses that come part and parcel of every birthing center. Then you popped into the world. What you wanted was an audience.

April 3rd

1989

You were born.

This poem was written in honor of my son. Today is his 31st birthday.

Share Your World 3-30-2-

It is time to SHARE MY WORLD. THIS IS THE CHALLENGE WHERE MELANIE ASKS 5 OR SO QUESTIONS AND IN ANSWERING THEM WE HER CONTRIBUTORS SHARE OUR WORLDS A LITTLE BIT.

Just click that capitalized link and you will find all the sharing from around the world.

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Here are the questions and my answers.

Pancakes, waffles or French Toast as your breakfast favorite? 

PANCAKES FOR SURE! I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THEM AND BACON ALL WEEK. I THINK I WILL MAKE THEM TOMORROW.

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?

I THINK SOMETIMES A NAME HAS TO BE OVERCOME, BUT EVEN THAT IS A CHOICE WE CAN MAKE. WE ARE OUR OWN INFLUENCERS.

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?

BETTER, NO DOUBT. ALTHOUGH WE DO HAVE TO FACE OUR CHALLENGES.

Is math(s) something that humans created or something we discovered? Is looking at reality mathematically an accurate representation of how things work?

I THINK WE DISCOVERED MATH. THAT SAID IT IS NOT THE BE ALL END ALL. THE MATH ELEMENT MUST BE COMBINED WITH THE ELEMENT OF EMOTION AND THE NON QUANTIFIABLES IN ORDER FOR A FULL PICTURE OF ANY CIRCUMSTANCE TO EMERGE.

What are you grateful for right now?   I realize it’s difficult to be very positive right now, unless one is being positive that things are pretty awful.   Let’s spread the joy in gratitude!

I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP GOD EVERY DAY.