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Share Your world # 41

From Cee’s Share Your World  (SYW)

I have been MIA the last couple weeks for SYW – It us a comfortable feeling to come back and be dong something so familiar.  Cee, our creative founder and producer of  the weekly SYW has amassed for this lively writing challenge an eclectic group. We, these friends Cee’s  who gather each week have become almost like an extended blogging family. I kind of like that. 

If you are interested in joining this awesome blogging family for one week or always all you have to do is follow this link to Cee’s blog:  http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/share-your-world-week-41/

The Rest is a walk in the park ~ 

From Cee’s blog

“Here are the four Share Your World questions for this week.    I hope you have some fun playing along.  It sure is fun learning about all of us.”

  • 1. If you could be any animal, what would you be?

I hope birds count. I know technically they don’t but I’ll pretend I am in denial. I would be a Hummingbird. Why? I’d love to be able to move at that speed and yet seem so wonderfully graceful in all that I’d do. And who could object to free flying? Free Falling

  • 2 What makes you feel the most secure?

Simply my faith. Faith in something more powerful than myself, or my insecurities. That is not to say that I don’t have thoughts of human emotions & feelings. But they are based on what my beliefs say to me. I see this as the perfect chance to address beliefs that are in error or askew; and or can be turned around to a more positive belief based on new information. New beliefs.

  • 3. Have you ever jumped out of a plane?  If you haven’t, would you want to?

Are you kidding me? uh.. that would-be no.. and no… I am not even okay being on an airplane! I do it but I hate flying ..well that is a misnomer, because what I hate is the take off and the landing. Now if I had my set of wings…

  • 4. Are you a listener or talker?

I’m both. confidently she says both!

I am a natural listener. I  enjoy & like people to talk about themselves, and what is going in with themselves, or around them. I enjoy hearing stores of life & adventures If you sharing something about yourself I am likely wanting to listen. And probably after ask some questions.

I am also a talker. just ask anyone who has had a conversation or two with me. OR who have received one of infamous emails or snail mail novels. I combine writing and talking… resulting in novel proportion letters. If you are still reading one hurry up… there is another on its way. Please. ~ 😉

©tjhelser2012

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Share Tour World Week # 38

Participating again this week for Cee’s Share You World is one of my favorite ways to spend blogging, This week Cee has once again out done herself in creating interesting questions which offer a peak into the individual bloggers world’s who participate.

Cee would love to have you join her and the rest of that participate. just visit her blog and she’ll tell you the rest:  http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/share-your-world-week-37/

  •  What is most memorable about your high school years?

The time spent with others that were more into the music scene than sports, or any other social activity. From high school dance bands, garage bands, to the band I performed with “Soma” this was where I found a sense of belonging. The opening of the first coffee-house opened in my semi –rural area as well, where I became a part of.  It just occurred to me that today in 2012 a coffee-house is no doubt a very different thing than in the mid to late 60’s. This is where I performed with my band Soma, booked other bands, worked the door, swept the floors, anything to help keep the doors opened. This is all meaningful because it’s when I separated myself from my family’s music.

  • What was the last URL that you bookmarked?

http://www.albertlee.co.uk/

Albert Lee is a guitarist, played in Heads Hands and Feet and other….(Thank you Gerry!)

  • Name one thing not many people know about you.

I am extremely sentimental and nostalgic moments make me cry easily. A newborn baby will make cry, and the smell of a new puppy make me giggle.

  • What physical attribute do you like about yourself?  Can be anywhere from beauty to heart to physical strength

Wow! You’re tough Cee!  🙂  My skin. Or maybe I should say my mom;s skin.  I inherited my mother’s skin, her mothers’. All the way back  to my Great and Great – Great Grandmother.

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” Coffee shops in the United States arose from the espresso– and pastry-centered Italian coffeehouses of the Italian American immigrant communities in the major U.S. cities, notably New York City‘s Little Italy and Greenwich Village, Boston‘s North End, and San Francisco‘s North Beach. From the late 1950s onward, coffeehouses also served as a venue for entertainment, most commonly folk performers during the American folk music revival. This was likely due to the ease at accommodating in a small space a lone performer accompanying himself or herself only with a guitar. Both Greenwich Village and North Beach became major haunts of the Beats, who were highly identified with these coffeehouses.

As the youth culture of the 1960s evolved, non-Italians consciously copied these coffeehouses. The political nature of much of 1960s folk music made the music a natural tie-in with coffeehouses with their association with political action. A number of well-known performers like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan began their careers performing in coffeehouses. Blues singer Lightnin’ Hopkins bemoaned his woman’s inattentiveness to her domestic situation due to her overindulgence in coffeehouse socializing in his 1969 song “Coffeehouse Blues.”     ~ excerpt from wikipedia,org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffeehouse

©tjhelser2012

Share Your World Week # 37

One of the things I most look forward to is Cee’s weekly challenge Share Your World, http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/share-your-world-week-37/

Cee would love to have you all jump on board. Starting any where is a perfectly acceptable. Don’t let that stop you. Go on.. give it a try. If you find it’s not your thing what have you lost?

Exactly!

Cee’s Share Your World question’s this week.

  • 1. Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

Really? In how many pages I should have to share?  Yes. I believe in all things possible.

  • 2. For your computer Mac or Windows-based computer?  Desktop, laptop or other?

Windows, Laptop Gave my desk top to kids last year and have not regretted it,I’ve never even used a MAC operating system..hmm…maybe I am missing something?…….Nah!

  • 3 If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

My grandchildren’s births again.Historic for me.

  • 4. What are you reading fiction or non-fiction or studying and would you recommend it?

Both.

Patricia Cornwell:  “Black Notice Richmond VA Chief Medical Officer’s nightmares begin when a cargo shop arrives at  the shipyard’s water terminal from Belgium – holding a deceased stowaway.   Always a good read.

Sarah’s Key: Like Sophia’s Choice , it’s a story so far that is touches both the heart and to the soul. by Tatiana de Rosnay

Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach – pretty self-explanatory. The first writing exercise Bill has you attempt is writing about the first home you lived in as a chid,   & your neighborhood. He suggests you start with a sketch. I was blown over, time and time again ss I drew. Memories would flood over me. By the time I moved to the narration I had so much material I then had to sort. pretty cool.

Thanks Cee! It’s always a party! ~no one should listen to Cream do “I Feel Free” At 2:30 in the morning unless it’s a party Right?

Thanks Friend!

©tjhelser2012

Share Your World Week # 36

We know it’s another week when Cee posts a new weeks Share Your World. Think it looks fun, you’re right. And no tickets, no invite needed. Just show up on Cee’s blog  http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/share-your-world-week-36/  She’d love to see you, and have you join us.

 

What calms you down?

Easy. Music.  Depending on the mood, depends on the tune.

 Right now a little  CSN ~ Crosby Stills & Nash.

  • Whats your favorite fantasy sandwich?

Roasted Turkey, fresh spinach, bean sprouts, avocado,, & cranberry on artesian bread.

  • What was your nickname growing up either as a kid or now?

Not Telling ~ Nah.. you already know it. Compliments of my own Grandmother & Mother. Lady barefoot Baroness. I really never wear shoes.

  • If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

I’d have to be blue.  Although being tickled pink is kind of nice too.

©tjhelser2012

Share Your World Sunday # 35

WELCOME BACK CEE, WE MISSED YOU!

LOVE HAVING SYW BACK, MORE IMPORTANTLY GOOD TO HAVE CEE BACK IN HER SADDLE AGAIN. LOVE YOU CEE!

I was gently reminded today that I have been failing to put the link to Cee’s blog where you will find the questions she asks each weekend.  And I also have been failing to put the SYW badge up. It took a charming and kind blogger &Thank you Tracy)  wanting information about SYW from that I realized this information should be here each week. Not only does it help bloggers who would like to join us ut also I believe is a show of respect. This is just my opinion and I told my friend there are no fast rules to SYW. This from now on though will be what I add each week on my post. I know many of you already do and have been doing, I just want to applaud you all.  Thanks~
 
Share Your World Sunday can be found at this amazing & talented woman’s blog @  http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/share-your-world-week-35/#comment-8056

A Technology side note:  I’m back in business, have my own laptop back. It’s working better than obviously. Things I realized I was putting up with but signs my hard drive was going bad. Such as things not loading right.

1. What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Oranges. Seriously. For about three years now I have a serious addiction to navel oranges. I wish I could say that all my snacks were as healthy. That’s what comforts me now.

2. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

Oh my that would have to be now! There is really nothing better folks than being in your 50’s.

                  3. What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Walking. I love to walk through different neighborhoods, especially on a Fall day. Also walking on a sandy beach is a favorite. Barefoot of course.

               4. If you could have your own TV channel, what would it be about?

Okay, not  as stuck as I thought I would be.  The whole channel, not just a show, eh?  I have it. Took me a bit to come back with this answer. It shouldn’t have. My answer would be Film Noir. Anything before 1963 and not after 1029. Not into talkies yet.  British movies, French without subtitles, and even some of the 40’s & 50’s Italians are good.

That’s be it for me this week my lovely & charming peeps. Thanks for stopping by. You always delight me by visiting!

©tjhelser2012

Share Your World Sunday Week # 34

This weeks Share Your World Sunday is taken from the 2012 Olympics. And a nod to our dear friend Sis Caddo.

This is an exciting time to live in our universe. The Olympics seem to bring us all together every 4 yrs for summer, and every four years for winter. I have been a fan of the games since as long as I can remember seeing my folks and older brother completely consumed by the televised games. I recall when I was really young  getting our first TV.  My parents bought it just in time for the games. I recall their excitement and my mom’s sheepish grin because she had put up such a fuss about the purchase of such luxurious items. My mom was raised by her strict devout Roman Catholic Irish grand parents where nothing was ever purchased unless it was an absolute need. She apparently saw the misguided thinking of her own because she made just as much noise during the games as did both my dad and brother.

I’ve loved gymnastics ever since. I was a gymnast all through high school performing in what our school called a Youth Circus. Competition gymnastics though for me was not a feasible thing as the costs to run a training program was not something within my parents range. But I am on those bars each game, and watch the competition and exhibitions with as much passion as I did when I was on the bars myself.

This year the games have another whole new aspect to them for me. The 2012 Olympic Games & my blog have allowed me this time around to open a whole new door. Having blogging friends from around the world has been new to me. I am what I refer to as a sheltered traveler, so meeting so many of you from far off lands from my own has been a blessing I had not even thought of. A bonus.  Reading your blogs is sometimes like being invited into your own hometown, or your living room. If that is even what you call the room that you do your entertaining in. Different cultures, different ways, different words…I so love every bit of what i learn from you. This year the Games have given me another insight into your own home land. And I love that. Having blogging friends that live in far off places who have teams participating in this year’s Olympics has been and is such an incredible gift. This  happening I must say I think it’s rather one of the better and fun parts of the games.

Keeping track of the metal counts between countries has never been so much fun!

 

From Cee:

“Since the Olympics are an International event, I’ve decided for the next couple of weeks a couple of the questions will revolve around the Olympics, past and present.  For those of you who are not Olympic enthusiasts rest assured there will be a couple of ordinary questions too.  I hope you all enjoy what I’ve come up with for this week.  This one is especially dedicated to a friend of ours, Caddo Veil.

NOTE:  To find photos of the Opening of the Olympics check out this site.  This is where I found the ones I posted in my answers.”

This weeks questions and my answers:

  • If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

    For me novels. Can any of you that know me and are familiar with my writing style imagine me writing a short story? Me, who never seems to know when it’s time to find an end?  I’m not sure that writing poems is my style either. For the same reasons. Although I attempt both because I detest being told I cannot do something, even it’s myself doing the telling.

  • If you had only one book you could write what would it be about? Assume it is a top 10 seller of any genre.

    A story about 4 women who have grown up together since birth. They are second generation friends as their parents were very good friends and their mom’s were pregnant all at the same time. They have since had children of their own who make up the 3rd generation, and the kids are now having kids of their own, creating 4 generations of friendships.

    The story is about these 4 women’s lives, the trials, the tribulations, and the joys of growing older with one another. No one knows their secrets like each other does, knowing each others childhood shames and supporting through life’s stumbles along the way is the basis of this 50 year plus circle of friendship. When the three that married their husbands knew they were also marrying the other three women (not literally, I’m  not going there) too as they’d constantly be in each other’s lives. It was required that the prospective husbands get this.

  • Did you watch the opening of the Olympics in London? What was your favorite part of the opening?

    Yes I watched. I think as always the Parade of the Nations with their flags. It always gets to me. This year their cadence of steps seemed like they were moving along much faster than in prior years. Just an observation.

  • What is your favorite summer Olympic event or events?

    I spoke of this above. The answer for me hands down is gymnastics. Although swimming is fun to watch. This year I enjoyed the women’s cycling road race which was new for me. I think that having an emotional tie through Kristen Armstrongs’ journey of never giving up, or in, touched my heart so much that I had to watch her. I won’t be a spoiler of the outcome of any games just in case you have them taped to watch later. I hate that when it happens to me.

    In fact may I suggest that if anyone is going to speak about results and medals that first give a disclaimer of a Spoiler Alert?  Our NBC television broadcaster here in the states is doing this during their news cast. The news anchor will tell before hand that are giving results in case anyone has them taped and has not seen the games yet. They do not give the results out loud so that there is not a chance of hearing them. Pretty cool of them I must say. 

    Thanks so much to our fabulous and wonder Cee. Every week she does this, comes up with great questions that allow others by our answers a peek into our world and who we are. I know I am speaking for so many of us when I say that we have been given a gift Cee, in this writing challenge each week. We thank you from the bottom of hearts ~

    ©tjhelser2012

     

Share Your World Week #33

Although I am later in publishing this post than I had meant to  Cee’s questions are just in time to add back a bit of normalcy to our lives. For those of us who participate in SYW, and all of us who are mourning the deaths of those who lost their lives to a senseless massacre in Auroro Colorado let us begin the healing today with brightness and hope. 

In memory of these people; in the spirit of life and our need to be together through this tragedy I bring the names of those who lost their lives to our SYW and this week of mourning so that we may all be together here, if just for one moment of silence.

God Speed! We must believe your loss will not be in vain.

Jonathon T Blunk (26)

Alexander J Boik (18)

Jesse E Childress (29)

Gordon W Cowden (51)

Jessica Ghawi (24)

John Thomas Larimer (27)

Mathew R McQuinn (27)

Micayla C Medek (23)

Veronica Moser-Sullivan (6)

Alex M Sullivan (27)

Alexander C Teves (24)

Rebecca Ann Wingo (32)

moment of silence here:

In their memory

SHARE your world questions and my answers

  • (1) What type of pets do you have or want?

We have an orange tabby whose name is Truman. He looks like a cat but it all stops there. Truman actually has an identity crisis thinking he’s part person, part puppy, and lately part guinea pig. . He is also extremely verbal and the little fella makes the best nap buddy. He cannot stand being cold although he is just 8 yrs old. In the summertime when we have the A/C on you’ll find Truman asleep in the garage. Truman has been an inside cat all his life and will continue to be so. Although an indoor kitty he does travel, in 2010 he spent 7 hours on a road trip one way with us and spent a week on the Oregon coast being the “Beau of the Ball” at the resort.

  • (2)  Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?

Take one look in our photo albums and scrapbooks and you’ll see that I prefer to take the photographs. Never feeling like I was very photogenic and rarely liking photos of myself I have to say I’ll stay behind the lens.

  • (3) What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Easy! Bathrooms. I detest doing bathrooms maybe because as the only girl child in our home growing up the bathroom chores always fell on me. I have two brothers, one older, one younger in my family. Need I say anything more? Thankfully I had two girls.  🙂

  • (4) What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?

I Love such great questions that for me I don’t have to really struggle to find that right answer as I so often do. I always enjoy having to reach down deep for good answers but to be honest I don’t have it in me this weekend.

The answer to my last question “wha’s your favorite least mode of transportation: is flying. I am not a good flyer and would rather take ground transportation when I can, Saying that it is my least favorite is a bit of an understatement as getting on an airplane terrifies me. It has cost me from doing the traveling my heart wants to take me on, but that  my mind plays tricks on me, and the thought strikes fear all through me. I have flown several times, and although I don’t like it I have come to a point in my life where the desire to travel and see new people, new things out weighs my fear.

 

©tjhelser2012