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Hot or Cold? Hmm…

Truthful Tuesday with PCGuyIV posed the question: Would you rather endure cold winter weather or hot summer weather?

Ying Yang image by Polinaraulina on Dreamstime

Cold winter weather seems to be my body’s fiercest enemy so I’d rather the heat of summertime. Growing up in New York I didn’t complain about neither because it just was what it was and there was no way around it. “Snow days” weren’t as quickly declared back then as they are now so I spent many a days trudging the streets in deep snow to get to either school or work in frigid temperatures. People always say “Oh, you’re from New York so you should be used to this,” but during the 15 years I lived in Florida, getting assimilated to the scorching hot temps was par for the course and now cold air hits me like a ton of bricks. The weather in my current hometown has much milder temperatures so neither the cold nor heat are too overbearing.


©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

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FPQ – say what?…how?

In the context of blogging and writing, what do you think is more important: what you say or how you say it?

In blogging and writing in general, I think the “how” is more important than the “what” because I believe how you say something determines whether or not the reader remains engaged. Just as with talking, the right phraseology sets the tone and either keeps or loses the audience. They will receive the message in different ways according to how it’s expressed, which could make a subject they’re least interested in sound appealing. No matter what you’re writing you have to question formal vs. informal language; Poetry vs. prose; first vs. third person; immediate gratification vs. suspense.

Think about how many articles you read concerning wearing masks and which was more clear to you: “wear a mask, save a life” or “don’t wear a mask and you die” or “we’re asking everyone to do their part to help save lives by wearing a mask.” They set out with the same intent but how they were written made a difference. Well, for some.


©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Life, Prompt, Q&A, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Expand the Curriculum

Fandango’s Provocative Question #104: What do you think is the one subject (or thing) that should be taught in school that isn’t?

The one subject I feel deserves more attention in US schools is financial management. There are children graduating college with bad credit, significant debt and other financial burdens causing hardship for years to come. Generational debt is far more prevalent than generational wealth and it’s ruining lives. Teenagers should learn about managing their finances, no matter how little or much, to avoid the systemic pitfalls.


©️2020 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

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Truthful Tuesday…this or that?

Thank you PCGuy for today’s light-hearted Truthful Tuesday questions. This is a welcoming break from other, more harsh truths we’re all having to face.

QUESTIONS (my responses are below)

  1. Coffee or Hot Tea?
  2. Soda or Iced Tea?
  3. House or Condo?
  4. Pie or Cobbler?
  5. Cornbread or Biscuits (The US kind)?
  6. Computer or Smart Phone?
  7. Hotel or Camping?
  8. Swimming Pool or Ocean?
  9. TV Shows or Movies?
  10. iOS (iPhone/iPad) or Android (Samsung, LG, et. al.)
  1. Coffee or Hot Tea? Definitely tea, preferably organic/herbal and caffeine-free.
  2. Soda or Iced Tea? Hmm! I’ll have to go with iced tea, though I haven’t had any in a long time. I really prefer water over everything.
  3. House or Condo? At this point in my life I’d choose a condo but a single-family house in a low-maintenance community would be an acceptable substitute.
  4. Pie or Cobbler? Ooooh, cobbler for sure! I baked two large peach cobblers during the holiday season (mainly for myself).
  5. Cornbread or Biscuits (The US kind)? Give me cornbread with a biscuit chaser! Sweet cornbread is even better.
  6. Computer or Smart Phone? It really depends on what I’m doing but I’d probably choose a computer over my phone (unless I could connect my phone to a bigger screen🤓).
  7. Hotel or Camping? No doubt, hotel. Camping is cool but so is central AC.
  8. Swimming Pool or Ocean? I’m not a swimmer so I prefer laying out at the beach. Ocean for 1, please!
  9. TV Shows or Movies? This one is most challenging only because some pretty good TV shows have been released in recent years (e.g. This Is Is) but I love a good old TCM movie.
  10. iOS (iPhone/iPad) or Android (Samsung, LG, et. al.) Give me iOS or give me rotary! Lol

©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Hobbies, Positivity, Prompt, Q&A, Uncategorized

Prompt Post Responses….read or nah?

Posed by Dr. Tanya at Blogging Insights re: Reading Prompt Posts

TODAY’S QUESTIONS

  1. Do you like reading posts written for prompts? If so, what kind?
  2. When you publish a piece in answer to a prompt, do you read entries by other bloggers? If so, do you read them before or after you have written your own?

Do you like reading posts written for prompts? If so, what kind ?

I genuinely enjoy reading posts written for prompts, especially those containing poetry because they teach me new and [most times] challenging forms. I wish I could read all of them but it’s difficult to find time to dedicate to doing so. Since I’m not very good at interpreting photo prompts, I just glance at those to get another blogger’s perspective, which I usually find interesting and something I wouldn’t have ever thought of myself.

When you publish a piece in answer to a prompt, do you read entries by other bloggers? If so, do you read them before or after you have written your own?

When I publish a blog in response to a prompt, I make certain to read other responses after I post. I like to keep my mind free to wander into it’s own creative land rather than be guided by someone else. The funny thing is, I’ll sometimes come across another’s blog post that is similar to mine and think “oh gosh, they’re going to think I copied their idea,” which often tempts me to change mine but there’s really no reason, since I know the thoughts I expressed were original to me when I wrote them.

The frustrating thing is, I read most posts on my mobile and this strange WordPress bug prevents me from registering a “Like” on some of them, so the blogger is unaware someone else found their work interesting. Times like now, when I’m able to login on my laptop, I revisit the original prompt page and like as many of those response posts as I can find.


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