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-Woot! 11-17-15 I received my 1000th like!

Thank you all!

I never thought I’d reach that milestone, not that I was trying because I wasn’t, but it’s nice to know that others are reading what I put out there.

Thank you again.



As an aside: today would have been my dad’s 73rd birthday. Happy birthday, dad, wherever you are.

These French Vending Machines Sell Short Stories | Smart News | Smithsonian

I wanted to share this for Nationa Reading Month. Unfortunately, that isn’t until March and this is way too cool to wait!

I’d support this in a heartbeat!

Definitely healthier all the way around than the candy bars and chips you can find in most vending machines. Or even that AWFUL vending machine coffee! Yuck!

This might be an idea for museums, historic trails and such. It would give us a tangible memento of where we were as well as reference material for the writers, researchers and students who have to do a paper.

What say you all?

Super-short fiction that’s as good as any snack

Source: These French Vending Machines Sell Short Stories | Smart News | Smithsonian

raw data | A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself

a study reported that hired assassins had extremely low divorce rates which I found surprising since they’re… oh

Source: raw data | A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself


You don’t say! Whoda thunk it?

Just Yesterday

Where has the year gone?

Just yesterday my now 20-year-old sons were born.

Just yesterday they started kindergarten.

Just yesterday they were bowling and playing hockey.

Just yesterday they graduated high school.

Now they are grown into handsome and responsible young men. Now they are both working and paying their bills. Now they are taking their girlfriends out for dinner. One of them has his driver’s license and a vehicle.

Sigh 😉

WordPress Meet and Greet – All Bloggers Welcome | HarsH ReaLiTy

It seems these online ‘Meet and Greets’ happen a lot more frequently than I thought.

These meets are a small part of why I keep this, and other, sites running: to help others find a way to connect with those who may have something in common with them.

So, if you wish to do a little self-promotion or find others who share an interest feel free to leave a link (my spam filter catches anything with two or more links) or go to HarsH ReaLiTy or any of the others who do this and click away :).


Source: WordPress Meet and Greet – All Bloggers Welcome | HarsH ReaLiTy

Blogging – Be Responsive | HarsH ReaLiTy

I’ve done articles before on how to promote your blog and this is one of the best ways to do so.

Comment on others posts. It puts your name or brand out there. I know when I see a new commenter or that someone new has started following me I get curious: I want to see who they are and what they have to offer me as a person. I click their name or site and visit them.

Commenting on all those posts that end up in your inbox every day can get time-consuming BUT if you pick and choose and give yourself a time limit so you don’t get sucked in too deep it can bring you more clicks, visits and maybe more comments yourself :).

Source: Blogging – Be Responsive | HarsH ReaLiTy

Scared Little Dragon

Source: Scared Little Dragon

What do little dragons dream about? What would scare them? What would have them ask their parents to check under their beds and in their closets?

Bottles of water which a Knight In Shining Armour could use to douse its flames.

Princesses dressed all in pink or peach who don’t know how to save themselves.

Rapunzel, who could save herself but waits for her Knight anyway.

Dragons don’t sleep on a bed, they sleep on heaps of gold so they would be dreaming that they wake up and all their gold is actually fool’s gold.

They dream of the Fire Breath Thief, coming to steal their spark.

They dream they are human and have a Fire Breathing Dragon coming to snatch them away, never to be heard of again.

They dream of the Scale Rot Monster, which makes their parents take them to the vet.

They dream of rooms of asbestos so they can’t escape the Ice Monster.

Finally, they dream of the Sandman, coming to steal their dreams.




Book Reviews 11-15-15


I have new book reviews for you.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday Breathes.

May you have many, many more.

I love you.


Pluto’s Journal




Wow! The young woman who wrote this post hit the proverbial nail on the head! I found her through Sarah.

I can relate in a lot of ways to what she’s saying. I love to be social, but I do not like to put myself out there to meet new people or put myself in new situations. If I had my druthers I’d be some sort of geek, hiding in my bedroom for days on end, ignoring the world outside my door just so I could stay within my comfort zone.

Regardless of the general sharing of emotions, that plane trip taught me that appreciating others is always worthwhile and positive if the appreciation is genuine. It has also compelled me to appreciate others whenever a situation to do so arises- not only is it beneficial to both parties, but it’s so easy. Saying thank you and expressing a sentence worth of “you are valuable and I appreciate what you do for me” takes seconds, but it can entirely change a person’s day. I hope you will all join me in taking those little opportunities to appreciate others and capitalize on them. I guarantee you will not be disappointed, and who knows; you might change a person’s life. I always hear the stories about people on the verge of committing suicide who change their decision based on a few words from a stranger- why couldn’t that stranger be any of us, in the right place at the right time?

This paragraph takes me back about twenty years! A friend and I had gone out to dinner and the food was really good. I wrote a note of thanks to the chef on one of the clean napkins and asked the server to deliver it. She came back with their verbal words of thanks. I think she said they even put it on the cork board back there! It made me feel good. I wasn’t nervous or anything about it because…well, I had worked in the service industry for a short while and knew what those words would mean. Those in the service industry get little enough thanks as it is, why would I want to make the situation worse?

Well said Avery, and thank you for the thought and memory.

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