Post Daily Blog: Just Another Day with the Cats

In response to Just Another Day–Our days our organized around numerous small actions we repeat over and over. What’s your favorite daily ritual?_____________________________________________

For the past 4 years, every single morning between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., depending on when I wake up,  I venture outside, regardless of the weather, to feed the stray cats in my neighborhood.straycat

The same cats don’t show up every morning, but there are always two that do.  These 2 are living in the back of my building.  These two are pictured here.  Both have been in my backyard since kittens.

I was terribly worried about them during the blizzard we had this last week, but my worrying was unjustified.  They built a snow cave or igloo for themselves under some bushes and got along just fine.  I live in a senior home and we are only allowed one pet, and I have one cat of my own, so I compensate by feeding the strays.  My building supervisors don’t particularly like this, but they tolerate it.  I have to be very discreet, or other tenants complain.  It’s a good thing that I’m only allowed one pet, because I would probably have an apartment full of them, if it weren’t for this rule.

This morning ritual gives me something to get me out of bed for in the mornings.  I also like feeling needed.  I usually put the coffee pot on, and drink my morning coffee after I get back from feeding the cats, while checking my e-mail, then going on twitter and Pinterest, currently my 2 favorite sites.  I forgot to mention I also feed the birds and squirrels, too, right after I feed the cats.  This is my morning ritual.

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Post Daily Prompt: Quote Me

This quote from the Bible was the first to immediately come to my mind.  I say it to myself several times a day usually when my mind goes to thoughts that I would rather not be having.  Or, if my mind gets logged down in some kind of rut that I want to get out of.  I’ve been saying it to myself since the late 1970’s when I first heard it on the radio in an interview with Howard Thurman, who said it was his favorite quote from the Bible, because it’s all inclusive.  I like it because I think it is a quote that instigates spiritual progression.

Psalms 139:23

Search me, O God, and know my heart

Try me and know my thoughts

And see if there is any wicked way in me.

And lead me in the way everlasting.

 

Post Daily Blog: Key Takeaway

In response to the Post Daily Blog:  Key Takeaway

Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.
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My only regret in blogging was that one time I criticized someone’s art work.  I made a suggestion of what I thought she could do to make it better.  She never spoke to me again, and I really liked the artist and her work, and we had been exchanging “likes” for some time.  Therefore, don’t ever criticize anyone or their work.  If you can’t say something nice, just don’t say anything.

 

 

Ripped Into the Headline

In Response to the DAILY PROMPT: Ripped Into the Headline:

Write about something that happened over the weekend as though it’s the top story on your local paper.

Staten Island Advance

with bike

January 9, 2016

Port Richmond Resident, Gayle, completed her series of 10 strenuous exercises at the The YMCA, 651 Broadway, Staten Island. Her trainer, Vinnie (the rock) Potala, stated “She did as well as could be expected.”

Although Gayle passed on the spinning class, she did manage 30 minutes on the stationary bike that has a full color TV.  A much anticipated diversion from her own bike which doesn’t have a TV.  New York City Mayor, Bill DeBlasio, refused comment, as well as Brooklyn’s former U.S. Congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who stated “This event doesn’t concern my immediate needs.  Please don’t bother me again.” Staten Island’s U.S. Representative Michael Grimm was contacted for comment; however, Prison Warden would not allow reporter into the prison.

The YMCA is open 5 days a week
from 5:30 a.m. until 10:30 pm, and on the weekends
from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Please turn to page 8, to continue
reading further developments of Gayle’s
exercise plans.

If I Could Turn Back Time–My Lost College Years

In response to the Daily Blogging Prompt: If I could turn back time.  If you could return to the past to relive a part of your life, either to experience the wonderful bits again, or to do something over, which part of you life would you return to? Why?

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I wish I could go back and start college all over again.  I would do it very differently.  First of all I wouldn’t take classes that wouldn’t help me in any way to earn a living.  One can learn literature and philosophy from reading books on the subjects that one finds interesting.  I can’t remember gaining much of anything for sitting through 3 months of lectures on Aristotle.  If I were starting college now, I would major in a foreign language.  If I had known a foreign language, my entire work-life would have been different, probably more lucrative, and undoubtedly more interesting.  I had secretarial skills, so if I had combined that with knowledge of a foreign language, I could have done much better.  I met a girl once, who majored in French in college.  She was a secretary for a French bank in San Francisco and made very good money.

In college, I never thought of earning a living as the end result.  For me the end result was just to be a well-educated and more interesting person.  If you are of that frame of mine, you probably will always have trouble earning a living, unless you are really innovative or lucky.

XAAB0262 - CopyBack when I went to college in the 60’s and 70’s, it was pretty near free.  I think if it were costing me an arm and a leg as it does now, I probably would have taken it more seriously. Even though the colleges I went to were almost free, I still had to work my way through them.  Kids I knew who had parents flipping the bills, took college even less seriously than I did.

I would also study much harder.  In college if a class were too difficult, I would drop it.  That’s how immature I was back then.

What I want is to go through college with the same maturity that I now have as an old woman.  Talk about living a fantasy.

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Post Daily Prompt: My Teenage Idol–Bernstein

In response to the Post Daily Prompt:  Teenage Idol

I’m from the Elvis Presley generation, but he just wasn’t my type, besides I never could stand rock n’roll music.  I liked classical from the very beginning.

In my Junior High School, girls put photos of who they idolized on top of their notebooks under plastic for a cover.

As the cover of my notebook, I had the Time Magazine cover that had Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) on it.  I thought he was the most divine man I had ever seen.  I was raised without a father, so I always went for older men who were also intellectuals, because I was intellectual.

Leonard Bernstein
A young, gorgeous Lenny.  I can remember when he looked like this, leading a gigantic orchestra.   “36-year-old composer Leonard Bernstein, holding musical score with lighted auditorium behind him. He has written two symphonies, a song cycle, jazzy ballet Fancy Free, two Broadway shows (on the Town, Wonderful Town) and is preparing a musical of Candide.”  (Photo by Gordon Parks//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

 

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The Elderly Bernstein,  still divine in my book.

Lenny wrote the music for Westside Story, still my all-time favorite musical.

Post Daily Prompt: Modern Family

In response to the Daily Prompt: Modern Families: “If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking? ”

(Featured Photo:  Mother and Father with Actor Dan Daily at Ciro’s Night Club in Los Angeles: 1952)

My Mother died in 1983.  Parents divorced when I was a child and she raised me, with the help of my maternal grandmother.   If Mother came back, I think she would be surprised not shocked.  There wasn’t that much that would shock her.  She was the one who was always shocking me.

bullet   Mother died before the Internet and personal computer.  I think she would have loved both.  She worked as a secretary,  mostly in the film industry (She was friends with Cary Grant.), and was a very good typist, and was not adverse to technology.  The internet would have given her more personal contact with other people.  I’m afraid however that she would be fodder for predators.  Mother was lonely and had no judge of people.

bullet   She would be surprised at how happy I could be living so far away from home in Los Angeles.  Or, how happy anyone might be who didn’t live in Southern California.

bullet   I think she would like my current apartment, especially my big color TV set.  Maybe all the electronic equipment would have shocked her a little: 2 printers, 2 computers, mobile phone (which she would have loved), and the fax machine that I still have, but have to get rid of.

bullet   I don’t think she could have coped with New York City, because she lived in another world which had little to do with reality (Cary Grant wanted to give her LSD because he thought it would help bring her closer to living in reality, but mother was too afraid.  She was scared to death of delving too deeply into her mind).

bullet   Mother died soon after Reagan became President.  That shocked her that a movie actor became President.  I think she would be really shocked to find out how popular and revered he turned out to be, or even that he got re-elected for a second term.  She didn’t expect that at all.

bullet   If anything shocked her at all, I think it would be the social acceptance of homosexuals and transgenders that has happened in the last 30 years.  Bill Clinton would have shocked her.

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Mother in the 1940’s