Do You Really Want To Have The Last Word?

I have been on the internet for what seems like forever.  First, in chatrooms, then on social sites.  I prefer chatrooms, over social sites.  But I am just one voice in a sea of millions.  And the millions feel different.  I could go to paltalk, I suppose, but it sure isn’t the same as the AOL Chatrooms.  When AOL went back to paid service, the chatrooms emptied out, and I left AOL for forever.  I was there primarily for the chats, and now that they were gone, there was no reason for me to bother with paying for something that I no longer needed.

Somewhere in the mix, I joined a mom’s site called CafeMom.  It was a great place to hang out and mingle with other like minded women via posts.  I say it was a great place, because back in May the social part of the site closed down forever.  I didn’t join the other social sites that sprang up until later.  I did move over to the facebook groups that were created.  It was a different feel speaking with people under their real name, as opposed to a screen name.  But I liked it.  It gave me a new perspective of those I had known for years under a different name.

I recently joined a spinoff group, Mom Confessions.  It is a good group of ladies.  I get along with them just fine.  I blow through the group at least once a day, responding to posts.  It isn’t as busy as the original Mom Confessions group on Cafemom was, which is fine with me.  I have found other things to do to fill the void that the closing of CafeMom left.  More productive things, I might add. So, there is a positive thing coming out of losing something that had been a part of my life for a very long time.

I got into a, well, I guess you could call it at catfight with someone yesterday.  She made a comment that, I felt, was out of left field.  I consider those comments to be trollish in nature.  Now I know you should never engage a troll, but I did.  And then an hours long debate ensued.  I was at work, so only responded when I could get to my  phone or was on break.  This troll had to have the last word.  I think trolls strive way to hard to get to be the one to have the last word.  Another simple fact, I should already know, but chose to ignore.

Trolls also like to report things.  I believe that before she went to bed last night, she reported the post, because an admin had posted telling people that someone had reported the post.  I commented that I would walk away, and believed that was the end of that.

Wrong.

I woke up this morning to a comment from this troll, telling me to move on already.  I exploded with a expletive narrative that I had walked away last night, asking what was wrong with her.  Of course, that comment was promptly deleted. But someone else scolded her more eloquently than I.  She still wants to fight with people.

So, I had a good, solid reminder to never mess with internet trolls, especially those who just have to get the last word in, no matter the cost.  At some point, in the discussion, you will begin to look like a fool.  And I certainly don’t want that.

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Daily Word Challenge: A Sign From Heaven

I found another really cool writing challenge.

Enjoy.

Title:  A Sign From Heaven

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She had been searching, praying, and waiting for a sign, any sign, that Jake was the one for her.  She had fallen in love with him months ago, but had not said one word to him.  She wanted to be sure he was the right one for her first, before saying anything.

She didn’t want him to think that her love for him was a brotherly love. Such was a friendship status that wouldn’t last forever.

No.

This was a love that went much, much deeper.

Looking up, she saw the sign that she had been waiting weeks for.  Smiling, she walked with a spring in her step.

Now she could declare her love to Jake.

 

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/11/08/daily-writing-challenge-nov-8/

 

Twenty Questions

 

I was prowling around for some writing challenges and/or prompts to do, and I found questions instead.  I figure why not.  I am new here, what better way to get to know me than to answer some random questions.  Sorry.  I don’t remember where I found this, but I unashamedly stole them.

  1. What’s the most dangerous situation you have ever been in?  I think the time I worked in a prison.  I walked the halls with all sorts of characters locked for a wide variety of reasons.  It was also the worse job I ever had.  I last nine months, before walking without looking back.
  2. What’s your favourite culture? I have always been fascinated with native american culture and history.
  3. What do you dislike about your own culture? Nothing I can think of at the moment, really.
  4. Your favourite type of travel? horseback.  I think I was born in the wrong century.
  5. Do you feel understood? Not really.
  6. How do you feel about your body?  I love myself, in a good way.
  7. What is your favourite film?  Gone With The Wind.
  8. Are you adventurous with food? Not really
  9. Have you ever hated a place and wanted to come home? When I was stationed overseas, I was so homesick.  But at the end of my time, I wanted to stay.  I didn’t waste my time over there though.  I traveled all over Europe.
  10. Are you bothered about others seeing you naked? A little.  I do have a degree of modesty that doesn’t allow me to spend any time at a nudist beach.
  11. Are you a good loser? Yes.  You win some.  You lose some.
  12. What was the favourite time of your life? My mid-twenties.
  13. Do you have a close family connection? Not really, which is unfortunate.
  14. Can you speak another language? No.  I used to know enough Spanish and German to communicate.  Not any more.
  15. Will Trump be in for another term? I don’t think he will.  I’m surprised he won the first round, but have my doubts he will make it another term.
  16. What are your thoughts on English people? I don’t know.  I haven’t given it much thought.
  17. Was life better without mobile phones?  I managed to grow up without one.
  18. What has been the biggest change in your life? Giving birth to my daughter.
  19. Is climate change real? I believe climate change is a natural earth cycle.
  20. Why do you like answering questions? Something to do and a good way to get to know someone.

Mental Wellness Challenge: Day Two, The Power Of Music.

I am doing a 30 day Mental Wellness Challenge, for myself.  It is something I found on Pinterest, sparking me to take this on.

Day Two Question: Create an emergency music playlist for times when you need some love an comfort.

There is something redeeming about music isn’t there? Some music excites.  Some music calms.  And still other music makes you think.  Whatever emotion music evokes while listening, it certainly does do something to one’s soul and psyche.  I have several music lists I listen to for various reason. And I do change out the songs from time to time.  Right now those playlists are limited to youtube, and I am currently updating those playlists.  I also have Pandora, with quite a number of channels there, so I have quite a few musical listening avenues to explore for whatever reason.

If you don’t have anything in the way of a playlist, take time to create one on whatever venue you want. You will be glad you did.  Why?  Because it is something personal and fine tuned for just you.

Have a great day.

Never Forget

I thought I would try out one of the writing challenges I have found on here, and see where my muse takes me today, before I get going to my paying job.

I titled this one, Never Forget.  Image is my own addition, from Pixabay.

The elections were new to her.  And exciting.  She had been taught that her country had to endure a leader who was to egotistical for his own good and the good of the country.  This leader had even thought himself to be God. Not a good thing.  Even she, as young and naive, as she was, knew it was not wise to equate yourself to God.  That would surely bring a curse, and even death.

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Mom talked about a time when there was an election every four years, but that ended soon after he had won an election.  He put an end to elections a year after he had won, or so history had taught her.  She didn’t even know this demi-god’s name, because nobody dared speak his name, lest a curse come upon them.  It was best that his name be stricken from all recorded history and forgotten.  In another generation, it will happen.

But the demi-god is gone, now.  Soon to be forever forgotten, except for the headless effigy that is burned on the anniversary of his untimely death, an effigy, to remind people to not let such a dark history repeat itself.

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/effigy/

Mental Wellness Challenge: Day One, Make Your Day Better

I found a challenge on Pinterest that I am going to do.  Or at least, attempt to do.  Mental Wellness challenge, it is.  Now I believe that if one is healthy and sound mentally, the rest will fall into place.  Makes perfect sense, right.

Day one question is:  What’s one thing you can change in your day that will improve your mental health?

This is an audacious time to be asking this question, considering we all, here in the states, just went through a mid-term election.  For the last six months or so, I have greatly limited myself to what I view on tv as far as politics go.  Why?  Things have gotten so contentious and crazy.  I want normal again, and it doesn’t matter to me who is seated at the helm.  I can feel my stress and anxiety rise every time I watch national news.  Now one thing I know, is you can’t stress or get anxious over things you can’t change.  So, I avoid watching national news, especially things to do with our government.  And I don’t see things changing anytime soon, regardless who is in charge of things.

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Now, I do try to avoid talking politics of any nature across all my social media sites, but I have to make an exception here, because it was I am doing today, right now, to improve my own personal mental health.

To put it in very simple terms; today to improve my own personal mental health, I am turning off the tv, going outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather we are currently having today.

If you, like me, are stressed and anxious about what is going on here in this country today, turn off the tv, step outside, find a quiet, peaceful place, and sit there until you find that quiet, peaceful place in your soul.  You will be glad you found that place, and you will find the strength to stand up and walk confidently.

Have a great day.

 

Falling Down

For the last month or so, I have been dealing with sciatic nerve pain.  For those of you who have no idea what that is, be glad.  It is the most  painful thing I have ever experienced in my life.  The sciatic nerve is the nerve that runs down both your legs.  I pinched it somehow, don’t know how.  Doctor told me you can pinch it by something as simple as sleeping on it wrong.  The day I showed up at the urgent care, I needed a wheelchair to get around, I hurt that bad.  That was three weeks ago.  I’m better now.  I’m able to walk.  I’m on an abbreviated work schedule until I get cleared by the doctor on the 13th.

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I am walking better now.  That is the good thing.  The bad thing is, the injury has weakened my knee.  The knee has a tendency to give out on me.  Yesterday, I fell twice.  The first time I was out and about and fell where nobody could see me.  It was a joy crawling around on my already sore knees trying to find a grip on my car to pull myself up.  Looking back now, it was a rather scary experience.  I am sixty years old, and my thoughts turned toward elders falling and breaking a hip.  That incident, I stepped forward, my knee gave out and down I went before I could balance myself.

The second fall happened at home.  I stepped on a sticker that one of the dogs had brought inside and down I went.  The second time wasn’t as scary, but it was concerning to me.  I am looking for exercises to strengthen my knee.

So, it seems like one issue has been replaced with another.  I go into work today with the new concern on my mind.  But I am optimistic that all will go well.  I found some easy strengthening exercises on youtube.  You’d be amazed at the things one can find on that channel, but I will save that for another day.

Have a blessed day.