Share Your World for August 24, 2020

Time once again for Melanie’s Share Your World! For the last several weeks, and probably for the next several, Roger has been asking questions based on the Harry Potter books. Those will be the first four questions, while Melanie’s are the last three. And here we go…

One of my favorite gifts that Harry Potter received came from the Weasley Twins; and was “Mrs. Mooney’s Marauder’s Map”. This magical document showed every classroom, hallway and secret corner in all of Hogwarts. It also showed you the location- by name- of every person in Hogwarts. If you had such a magical map of your town, what would you use it for? If you would not use it, is there another person to whom you would gift it? I’d treat it as an objet d’art, have it framed and hang it on the wall.

When was the last time you made a snowball? Were in a snowball fight? It’s been many years. Maybe when I was 14 or so. Probably earlier.

Many cultures set great value in each child of the family having godparents. Did you have godparents? Are you a godparent yourself? Yes, I had godparents. In a Catholic family, everyone has godparents, because they’re called for in the Rite of Baptism. It wouldn’t do for the priest to ask “Are you ready to help the parents of this child in their duty as Christian parents?” at the ceremony and not get an an answer. My Aunt Jill, better known as Fabulous Auntie Jill, is my godmother and still with us, while Dad’s brother Jack, who died in 1976 around the time of the Bicentennial, is my godfather. I in turn am my cousin Patsy’s godfather. I was ten.

You have found a secret tunnel under your house. Where does it go? To another dimension where my BMI is under 30 and I haven’t had a stroke.

Is intelligence or wisdom more useful? It depends on the situation. In general, yes. And both are secondary to street smarts. And none of the above requires a college degree.

How important is play in living a healthy and fulfilling life? It’s pretty much essential, but it’s important to have fun on your own terms. For example, I can think of nothing worse than playing golf. My brothers, on the other hand, love it. Actually I don’t mind the idea of driving the golf cart and drinking beer.

Is happiness just chemicals flowing through your brain or something more? Physiologically, it’s just the chemicals (specifically endorphins) flowing through your brain. Beyond that, happiness is a warm puppy. Or kitten, or bunny, or Gila monster or…

See you in the funny papers!

20 thoughts on “Share Your World for August 24, 2020

  1. So much of this post is relatable. My nieces and nephews call me Auntie Jill. I’m gonna tell em they need to add fabulous to my moniker. Lol. I dislike playing golf (only tried once) but to retire and drive the drink cart on the golf course was a pipe dream of mine. I especially appreciate your opinion on street smarts. My stepdad with his 4th grade education was the most intelligent man I ever knew. Very wise. I wish he was still around now. Sure could use his advice.


    1. My father-in-law was like that. I think he finished grammar school and one year of high school, but absolutely brilliant. He understood compound interest and certificates of deposit better than anyone, and could evaluate what would happen if he took the money out of one CD and moved it to another. He had money in every bank within walking distance (and there were a few). And just a wonderful man.

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      1. That makes my day. I sometimes joke I’m a cutter’s daughter from the movie “Breaking Away”. College isn’t the end all be all.


        1. As expensive as college has become, I think you’ll see a lot more young people opting for community college or trade school, or just getting a job out of high school and either deferring or completely forgoing the bachelor’s degree. Really, unless you’re looking to become a doctor, nurse, lawyer, engineer or teacher (and the jury’s out on that), college is not that important, and employers are starting to recognize that you don’t need a bachelor’s degree for most positions. There are those who will argue that having a bachelor’s degree proves (somehow) that you’ll have a better chance at success on a job, but at $200-500K (most of which is money that was borrowed and has to be repaid), it isn’t worth it.

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    1. My dad loved golf, too. When we’d go on vacation, he’d go every day. One day he played four rounds (72 holes), all but the first nine with his shirt off. Man did get get sunburned…


  2. These are very interesting questions to take it from Harry Potter. I love fun and believe it keeps people young but, I agree with you about golf. I will be sitting beside you while we do wheelies drinking beer and praising Rodney Dangerfield. I had made and used a snowball about 3 years ago and my hubby was the recipient….he got me back. I would love that map and use it for fun. I would gift it to my best friend. I have godparents but have not seen them in mega years. I am not a godparent which is ok with me. If I found a secret tunnel, I would certainly check it out and would hope it came to a stash of treasure. I would say with intelligence comes wisdom but it is not the only thing needed. Wisdom comes with age and is built on tolerance, patience and without anger. Happiness is certainly chemical just like everything else but we need to cultivate and smile even when we are in pain because it makes things more bearable plus kitten and puppy videos always help:)


    1. We have lots of people who can solve linear equations, understand Shakespeare, and speak foreign languages that can’t make a pot of coffee, unclog a toilet, or go somewhere on public transit. Something’s wrong there…

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  3. Thanks John for Sharing Your World!! I didn’t know you’d had a stroke! O_o Didn’t keep you down obviously! I found the statement “…secondary to street smarts” intriguing. Is that because ‘street smarts’ are actually common sense? Because some would debate it that intelligence is better than smarts, and neither is as good as wisdom. Takes all sorts, doesn’t it? The stupidest person I possibly ever met though, was very LEARNED, but she couldn’t make change nor probably cross the street by herself. Ivory towers might leave much to be desired, but at least they’re cylindrical right?


    1. The name of my blog, The Sound of One Hand Typing, comes from the fact that my right hand is pretty much useless, so I type and do just about everything with my left hand. I’ve gotten used to it.

      Albert Einstein said “imagination is better than intelligence,” and he was a pretty smart guy. You need all four (intelligence, imagination, wisdom and street smarts) in varying degrees, depending on the situation.

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  4. I’m with you on the playing golf. I tried it once – didn’t like it. But, my husband loves it and was a golf pro for a lot of years. I had fun driving the cart around. 🙂


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