Share Your World For 9/16/19

Melanie runs the “Share Your World” (or SYW) blog hop, and I started doing it last week. I was under the impression that the questions came out on Tuesday, but I guess they come out Monday. So I’m doing this on Monday, but you won’t see it until Tuesday, which hereinafter will be the day I post my answers. (How’s that for a $10 word?) Okay? Okay!

Anyway, there are a bunch more questions than usual this week. This first batch is from Rory, who I haven’t met yet.

Are we losing the art of listening in comparison to simply hearing? I think so. There’s so much out there to hear (which includes things posted on Facebook, Twitter and the rest of the antisocial media) that after a while it all becomes a wall of words. There are days that I yearn for the good old days, before this computer madness. Not that everything the Internet brings us is bad, but a lot of it is less than edifying. And, as I have said frequently, much of the noise is coming from people who, if not for the Internet, would be muttering to themselves in the back of a bus.

How often do you openly discuss with friends or here in WP with your readership topics that make you feel uncomfortable or may be taboo or stigma laden? Never. This is my blog, I don’t have to talk about anything I don’t wanna. The only social responsibility this blog has is to entertain and inform, and the latter happens pretty much by accident.

Do you think that these discussions should be freely discussed and written about more? That’s up to the person writing the blog or who wants to lead the discussion. As for me, I prefer to wander away from those sorts of discussions.

Did you have a nickname as a child and if so, what was [or what is it now]? My family calls me Johnny. I think it was to distinguish between me and my grandfather, though I doubt that was necessary.

Why is there still ‘stuff’ we simply just don’t understand despite our progressive world? That’s our nature. I don’t think we want to understand everything, and I think it’s because we hope there’s something more beyond our realm of understanding. We need something to strive for, and need to believe that this isn’t all there is. From 1969, Miss Peggy Lee, “Is That All There Is?”

Now a question from Leslie, who I thought repeated a question from last week.

Would you rather double your height or lose half your weight? (In response to last week’s double your weight, half your height query). If I was half my weight, I’d be the happiest man on earth, because I weigh twice what I should.

Roger Shipp had a good question.

What is your most essential kitchen tool? (Can be a person you know. For the non-cooks in the crowd). I would have to say Mary, because she can do the cooking I can’t anymore.

And now, the Gratitude Question:

Who is one blogger you really admire and why? All of them. I can’t choose, and don’t want to. You’re all good, and it’s an honor to share the Internet with you.

To quote two of my favorite cartoon characters, Heckle and Jeckle, “Tally ho and away we go! See you next week with a brand new show!”

16 thoughts on “Share Your World For 9/16/19

  1. “…much of the noise is coming from people who, if not for the Internet, would be muttering to themselves in the back of a bus.”

    I haven’t read anything more accurate than that, John!


    1. Ain’t it, though? Ill-mannered, can’t express themselves, no idea about spelling, punctuation, or grammar… it’s like they vomit their words and think they’re being clever.

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  2. Great answers to these questions especially the last one as I respect all the people I blog with and follow. I try not to talk about very volatile subjects because I know people may differ in my opinion or I might hurt t(sir feelings and I don’t want to do that or simply offend them. This doesn’t mean I don’t have strong opinions on issues though. I think people listen much less and listening was a tough one for people anyway. With listening comes paying attention and our attention spans have gone down the drain.


  3. Heckle & Jekyll! 🙂
    I loved what you wrote about John v Johnny. Seriously, when you were small, in what sentence could the listener not determine which John from context? John refused to eat his peas and instead shoved them in his pockets? John went and bought that boat he always wanted? I’ve made this argument many times.


  4. Really enjoy this blog. It is strange that your brothers were Jimmy and Kippy when they were young but became Jim and Kip later on. You, however, seem to remain Johnny. I’m 85 and my cousin Jeanne still calls me Jackie.


  5. Thanks John for Sharing Your World and joining the community! You’ll hopefully find some new bloggers (like Rory) that you’ll enjoy interacting with, but as you said “It’s my blog and I don’t have to ‘talk’ about anything I don’t wanna!” You do a great job in the spring with the A-Z Blogging challenge and I’m looking forward to next year’s version! Cheers! 😀


  6. Great answers and I agree this is my blog and I am not going to talk about anything I don’t want to. I use this on all of my social media. I could care less about discussing politics and religion. And I want my blog to be upbeat, entertaining and relaxing.

    I don’t a fav blogger either. They’re all great!


    1. Really… I do this to relax and have fun, and talking about politics (in particular) ruins my peace. And if someone has chosen to go down that path, I walk away. I don’t need that in my life…

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  7. Great answers. I particularly like, “This is my blog and I don’t have to talk about anything I don’t wanna!” I’ve learned a lot from you. Thanks.


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