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365 Days of Writing Prompts: Day 23 – 26

January 26, 2016

It has been a long weekend without the internet. Late on Friday, after a 20 inch snowfall in my small town in Virginia, ice formed on the line for my internet and phone service, as well as on the electrical lines which hung above my line. A HUGE icicle fell from the electrical line and sliced my line in two. Finally yesterday, after two whole days without service, a tech arrived and got my service reconnected. I was thrilled. And then a connectivity issue (we had internet service, but no pages would load) in my area kept the internet down for the remainder of yesterday and parts of this morning. I am happy to report though that I am back up and running. Now it is time to play a little bit of catch-up.


January 23, 2016 – Shipwrecked

Read the story of Richard Parker and Tom Dudley. Is what
Dudley did defensible? What would you have done?

Wow, this is a difficult situation for anyone to be in. Basically this is the story of a small crew of four shipwrecked in the late 1800s and the captain of the ship makes the decision, along with another crew member, to take the life of the youngest crew member who is in a coma so that the rest of the crew could survive the ordeal. There were no lots drawn, and apparently the kid in the coma was not really in a coma but just very near death. Instead of waiting for the kid to die, they took his life to preserve the blood for them all to drink.

I do not think the way Dudley went about this act is defensible. The moment they became shipwrecked, they should have drawn lots to see who would be killed to feed the others in case they had a long waiting period to be rescued. And once that person drew the lot, even if that young kid was dying or did die, the person with the lot should have sacrificed himself for the others. You don’t just murder someone because they are near death or dying. That to me is just unacceptable. I would have preferred to die of starvation and dehydration than to accept food that way. Of course, it is easy for me to say that sitting comfortably in my home and having plenty of food and water. But I would like to think that ethically and morally, I would have made that choice.


January 24, 2016 – Ready, set, go

Set a timer for ten minutes. Open a new post. Start the
timer, and start writing. When the timer goes off, publish.

Since I’ve been away from the ‘net for nearing 4 days, I thought I would take the time to talk about what I did during that time.

Saturday I spent most of the day sleeping. I’d been up all day and most of the night on Friday watching the snow fall. I love snow and since I haven’t seen much of it over the past 10 years or so, I took full pleasure in watching it fall.

Sunday was a big day in our house. We watched both the AFC and the NFC championship games. I think it was pretty clear that none of us in the house wanted to see New England win against Denver. I still consider that team a cheating team from last year’s Super Bowl and I have no love for cheaters. I doubt they will ever redeem themselves in my eyes. I was thrilled with Denver won, although it is the wrong Manning in the Super Bowl, imho. Yes, I am a Giant’s fan and I love Eli! The next game was just freakin’ amazing! I’ve kept my eye on the Panthers all season and watching their command of the ball against the Cardinals was outstanding. If they play this well in 2 weeks against Denver, I have no doubt they will win the Super Bowl. They really deserve it. The remaining highlight of Sunday for me was the return of the X-Files. I am a HUGE fan and always have been. I was so happy to see Mulder and Scully back and to see that they didn’t change the music or the opening sequence.

Yesterday was frustrating. The tech didn’t show up until well after 2 pm and it took over an hour for him to install the new line. Then even after that was set,  by 4 pm, the connectivity issue came along. I DID get to watch another episode of the X-Files and a new show called Lucifer. So that made things so-so okay. Oppsss.. time’s up!


January 25, 2016 – Dearly departed

Write your own eulogy.

This sounds quite morbid, but a few years ago, I actually considered doing this, mainly because I was suicidal and liked dark, demented things. I have a new outlook on life these days, so I doubt the eulogy I would have written back then will be anything like today’s. I have decided to write my own death notice for a paper. The casual nature of this could also be read by someone at my memorial by just omitting the last paragraph.


Loretta “Lori” Bxxxx passed beyond the veil this past Saturday. Lori, as her friends called her, was an author, poet and artist. She was also a Reiki Master and served as a holistic teacher and healer for a small community, Felicity’s Wish Healing Center, in rural Virginia. Lori’s motto was “Love is the greatest gift we can give to others.”

Lori’s desire and thirst for knowledge led her to college in her early 20s. She graduated from Hollins University with a BA in English and a Masters in Liberal Arts. In her 30s and 40s, Lori struggled with severe depression. She overcame that debilitating disease through Mindfulness, which resulted in her becoming a practicing Buddhist in 2012. She taught many courses at the Healing Center, which included meditation, Mindfulness, the principals of Buddhism, poetry, art and Reiki. Her main focus was teaching others how to overcome depression through each of those courses.

Lori leaves behind a small library at the Healing Center. This library holds Lori’s fiction and poetry books, as well as fiction, poetry, and art of others from the community. It also holds books on healing and holistic health written by her, Claire Bxxx (the founder of the Healing Center) and many of the students over the years who participated in life at the Center.

Lori was the middle child of Billy and Kay Bxxxx. She is survived by her sister, Tammy Mxxx, and her brother, Bill Bxxxx, five nieces and nephews, and fourteen great-nieces and nephews. Although she had no children of her own, Lori considered many of the young adults whom she served as Reiki Master as her children.

A small, intimate memorial service will be held at the Felicity’s Wish Healing Center and will be presided over by a Buddhist nun. Half of Lori’s ashes will be spread over the land where the Healing Center is located and the other half will be tossed into the ocean somewhere off the coast of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Her “children” will do the honors for the spreading of the ashes.


January 26, 2016 – Musical

What role does music play in your life?

Music has played an important role in my life since childhood. I grew up listening to old time country music (Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Charlie Pride, Porter Wagner, Johnny Cash, etc.), Elvis Presley, and 50s music through my mom and blue grass through my dad. When I was around 9 or 10, my cousin was into 70s rock and Elton John, and I learned to love that music as well. I had a wild and crazy art teacher when I was around 13 years old who was heavy into the Beatles and the Monkeys and through him, I learned to love John Lennon. During the summers as a kid, I stayed with my grandmother and two of my aunts on my dad’s side. They listened to Neil Diamond a lot and my appreciation for his music grew out of that experience. I came into my own taste of music in 1978 when I first heard Prince on Soul Train. I fell head over heels in love with him and have followed his career ever since. Over the years, my musical taste has changed a bit. I have a passion for classical, folk singers, heavy metal bands, alternative music, Jazz, and R&B. There are even a few rappers out there that I will listen to occasionally.

I mostly listen to music according to my mood. If I am cleaning, it has to be music with a fast beat to keep me motivated. If I am writing, I usually gravitate toward heavy metal and alternative. If I am reading, researching or studying, I tend to listen to classical, folk and R&B. On my IPod, you will find tons of classical, Prince, Neil Diamond, The Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, Type O Negative, Metallica, Linkin Park, Simply Red, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, David Sanborn, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, and so many others. A real mix-bag of music.

  1. Deb permalink

    Great catching up. I love the 10min timer idea. I’m with you on the music too.

    • Thanks Deb 🙂 it was a lot of fun doing all of them at once. Thanks for stopping by, reading and leaving such a lovely comment 🙂

  2. Thanks for the link-back 🙂

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