Share Your World for January 18, 2021

And now, it’s time for Share! Your! World!

Melanie asks the questions, we answer ’em. Follow the link above to her blog, which has all the rules, questions, badges, and the list of "pingbacks." And now… Share Your World!

Why do we dream? Physiology. It’s the interaction between the brain (the physical organ, with its synapses, axons, neurons, and dendrites) and the mind (the web of memories, facts, emotions, feelings, sensations, and events that represents a logical organization of the contents of the brain). During waking hours, you collect information via the senses that the mind interprets and the brain stores. While you’re asleep, the brain and mind work together to connect that information with the web that the mind builds, which in turn set off physiological impulses that become further associations and create virtual stimuli that are dreams. Sometimes you remember the virtual stimuli, most of the time you don’t.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become? Shel Silverstein thought so when he wrote "A Boy Named Sue," which was a monster hit for Johnny Cash in 1969.

By the way, if you listen carefully enough at the beginning, you hear Johnny refer to his guitar player "Carl." That’s Carl Perkins, one of the greatest rock and country guitar players of all time and the author of songs such as "Matchbox," "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Honey Don’t." Johnny and Carl both recorded for Sun Records, and when Carl had some (self-inflicted) troubles in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s, Johnny added him to the band.

Does hardship make a person stronger? It depends on how you deal with it. Some people hit a "losing streak" and it knocks them out completely; others pick themselves up, set their face like flint, and try again.

Why do we judge ourselves by our intentions, but judge others by their actions? Because we know what we meant to do. We don’t know what they meant to do when they did what they did.

Share Your World For January 11, 2021

It’s that time again! Time for Share Your World, brought to you by Melanie, who has everything you need to join in. And here we go…

What should you get rid of, that would make your new year better, and why? Social media, and no, that’s not a political statement. I hinted at it a couple of weeks ago. It’s a huge time suck and I really have better things to do.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Quit my job without having a new one. I had been at constant war with my manager, and was given a month to "rehabilitate" myself, and decided "screw that noise" and quit. Mary had actually suggested that I do it a few months earlier.

Does your family have a “motto” – spoken or unspoken? Mom always said "j-o-b does not spell ‘fun’," and that’s as close as we came to one. The Holton family motto, according to a few heraldry sites, is "Semper Fidelis," which is also the motto of the US Marines.

On a scale of 1-10 how funny would you say you are? Not as funny as I used to be, but then I was pretty nuts then. I’d say 7.

Share You World for January 4, 2021

It’s that time again! Time for another edition of Share Your World! Melanie has the rules, questions, badges (see? I’m using a new one today), and the pingbacks for everyone else doing this today, so link over to her site and have fun! And now…

What’s a relationship deal breaker for you? Unfaithfulness. It’s all I can think of.

Do you believe in extra-terrestrials? Sure. It’s hard to believe that this is the only planet that has sentient life in the entire universe or any of its tuples (i.e. parallel universes). I also believe that they’ve had just as much trouble coming up with the necessary technology to come and visit us. They’re out there, I just don’t know if we’ll ever make contact or see any of them up close and personal.

In the morning, do you hit the snooze button on your alarm (sometimes repeatedly) or do you leap out of bed, ready to face the day? First, I’ve never used the snooze button to catch a few extra winks of sleep. (What, exactly, is a wink? If sleeping for eight hours is equivalent to 40 winks, that would equate to 5 winks per hour, or twelve minutes. You’re welcome.) Now that I’m retired, I get up pretty much when I get around to it, unless we have something to do, in which case Mary gets me up at the appropriate time. Mornings now include an hour hooked up to my leg pump

If you came back in the next life as an animal, which animal would you choose to be? A cat, preferably all black or tuxedo. What else would you expect?

Share Your World For December 28, 2020

The last Share Your World for 2020! Don’t forget, Melanie has everything you need to play the Share Your World game at home. And now…

Pick three words to describe this past year. Since I’ve been told to keep it polite, "bad, worse, worst." What I’d like to say are the last three words of my first paragraph in today’s Monday’s Music Moves Me post.

What were the best books you read this year? Or the best movie you saw? I started a few books, but didn’t have the patience or the attention span to finish any of them. As for movies, I didn’t see any. I read a lot of blogs, though.

Because there was lots of time for looking inward, what is one big personal lesson you learned this past year? I gotta get off social media.

Do you think Covid has strengthened or weakened societal bonds? Covid-19 is a virus. Its purpose in life is to infect and replicate. It does nothing to strengthen or weaken societal bonds. And I’ll leave it at that…

Share Your World For December 21, 2020

Time once again for that weekly feature, Share Your World! Melanie has the questions, rules, badges, pingbacks, and everything else you need to play along. And awaaaaaaaay we go!

What is your favorite type of cookie (they’re called biscuits in Europe I believe)? My favorites are either oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip, but really, I’ll eat any kind (and it shows).

If you could choose one age and remain that forever, what would it be and why? Probably 25. I was done with school, married and working for a living, but the world still seemed like a wide-open place.

Do you have a traditional drink during the holiday season? I don’t drink anymore, but coffee with Bailey’s Irish Cream was a favorite. Now it’s just coffee, water, lemonade, or root beer.

Are you able to still believe in holiday magic as you did when you were a child? Actually, I probably believe in it more now than I did then. I was a bit of a cynic when I was a kid. I still am, but I’m older now (and it shows).

Gratitude Section: If you haven’t already done so, could I ask you to vote in my latest Battle of the Bands? I’d be grateful if you did.