I will sing – Don Moen

Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls –
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
[Habakkuk 3:17,18]

Write like no one’s reading

 

Write like no one’s reading

         Read like no one’s blogging

Blog like no one’s following

         Follow like no one’s leading

This is my 75th post (whoa) since I started blogging in Jan this year.      

Thank you for visiting, liking, commenting, following Wingrish.

Much appreciated!

Blogging on the Bloggers of Blogdom

As with all things new, we stumble into something without much preparation & along the way discover facets never imagined, experiences we did not know would greet us…both positive & negative.

So welcome to the blogging world which is no different.  You started blogging because you thought you had something of value to contribute…a passion, a hobby or whatever.

And then you gradually get to experience the blogosphere effect.

And you start reeling under it.

In the process you might just about forget why you started blogging in the first place.

You thought blogging was a creative channel or a  break from the regular everyday world huh? But guess what…beneath the surface of all things wise & virtual, the psychology at work is still the same…appreciation, ego,  sensitivity (or the lack thereof), building bridges & a bit of …taking offence  

 

These are the unwritten laws or code of conduct in Blogdom. Call it what you will but  the fact of the matter is –

~ To each their  own – what it means here though is to each blogger, their  OWN blog is of supreme importance 

~ Playground behaviour is displayed at its best on this playing field

These are the expectations, adhere or perish –

—> I visited your blog, now you must visit my blog.

—> If you don’t come to my blog,  I won’t come to your blog.

—> I clicked  ‘like’ on your posts, you should click  ‘like’ on my posts.

—> I commented on your posts, you better reply to my comments. And when done, you better comment on my posts.

 —>I followed your blog. You should follow mine. 

 Or else what? 

—> I’ll stop liking your posts.

—> I’ll stop reading your posts.

—> I’ll stop following your blog.

 

“Be cast into outer darkness…

There shall be weeping & gnashing of teeth.” ~ Jesus

Sigh. 

Life was easier without blogging 🙂

Are you a Souveniristic Tourist? Take the test to find out.

                                                                 

Take this quick test to assess just how much of a  souvenir freak you are & if there is any hope left to become normal.

1. Do you collect  magnets of every hill & dale you visit in each country? Yes/No  

 2. Do you collect souvenir spoons as a keepsake of countries you visit?  Yes/No

 3. Do you buy postcards to send friends & family but…like it way too much & keep it for yourself ?  Yes/No

 4. Do you collect foreign coins & postage stamps from every place &  have a neat pile up you know not where to  keep?  Yes/No

 5. Do you bring back a slice of sunshine via a photograph, or a bottle of  sand, or collect shells & pebbles that have that amazzzzing shade you won’t find elsewhere?  Yes/No

 6. Have other people seen your ailment & started bringing back magnets & spoons as gifts for you from their travels?  Yes/No

7. As you flip through books do you discover old tram, train, subway, concert tickets from Godknowswhere that serve as bookmarks? Yes/No

8. Do you preserve museum flyers, local maps as a token of sentiment? Yes/No  

9. Do you have a pile up of mementos of every shape, colour & imagination? Yes/No         

             

10. Do you write blog posts about souvenirs? Yes/No                                                       

 

 

 

Score
Upto 3 Yes  –  You are a happily balanced tourist
Upto 6 Yes  –  You are a tourist tugging away from the rope of normalcy that is trying to detain you
Upto 8 Yes  –  You are a tourist who has broken free from the rope. In  other words you are on the border of souveniritis
All 10 Yes    –  You are a tourist with a case of extreme souveniritis-outta-balancia. Get well soon!

     

How to stay young forever?

Honest answer – not possible!

sorry to disappoint

but…

there is hOpe

this is a post of contradictions

sO?

the trUth is

it’s all in the miNd

you are as old as you thInk

think haPpy, be hapPy

imagine being 16 or 25 or…85 & you will start feeling it

“age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” said Satchel Paige

take note of the expression on yoUr face.

“the expression a woman wears on her face is far more important than the clothes she wears on her back.” ~ Dale Carnegie

applies to all

stOp worrying

which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  asked  Jesus Christ

enjoy your own company – someone said if you don’t enjoy your own company why inflict it on others ?

could it be because  misery Loves company?

a request – pesSimists stay away

stay opTimistic

have Faith

laugh moRe

crib Less

exercise

take time to breathe in the beauty of this world

to smell the roSes

to love animals

to enjoy music

to play with childrEn

to enjoy nAture

to worship your Creator

to develop your interests

write a blog

take it e-a-s-y

God is in conTrol

be thankFULL

stay pOsitive

imagine being 16

&

you will stay

forever younGish…

A New Age Menace Called Return ‘Great’ Gifts

Growing up, I don’t recall receiving very many return gifts after attending birthday parties of friends or kids in the neighbourhood. Even if there was the remote possibility of it having been there, it would have been something rather simple I’m sure…like pencils & erasers at the most. Sigh! Neither did we give those kids who attended our birthday parties any return gifts. Poor souls.

I remember one’s birthday was ‘the day’ waited for with great excitement – it was all about new clothes, the cake, balloons, friends & family who would drop in for the party & of course the rapturous vision of an awesome pile up of gifts. Looking back, it was also a lot less complicated then.

Today, I watch & hear about parents who go nuts as they try to organise ultra magical birthday parties for their kids, each trying to outbeat the parents of  other kids. I wonder who’s suffering from peer pressure…appears not just kids but parents too! With theme parties & event managers called in to make sure that 1 year old Meena’s birthday is grand & a riot (Meena incidentally would rather just go to sleep) – the parents are at their wit’s end trying to figure out how to make it different & what  the appropriate aka great return gifts should be. I would not be off the mark in saying that the motivation for many children to attend birthday parties is simply the excitement of collecting their  return gift! Kids will endure the party if they have to, knowing there is light at the end of the tunnel, knowing that it is well worth the wait. [Parents – it had better be well worth the wait…]

The next time you plan a birthday party for your kids you may want to consider some of these options instead of the Barbie, Ben 10, doll house or cricket set circuit.  These are some of   my best picks for return gifts, they are eco-friendly  too! So go ahead & give this a shot –

1. An earthen diya on which they paint their names

2. A handmade paper bookmark with the message “I love reading. No space for more toys”

3. After the birthday party, hand brats back to their Parents with  “Here’s our return gift to you – your child” added in smoothly.  

4. Or try giving kids a map of the locality so they return home safe.

5. A nice colourful poster for their room “This munchkin (or teenager) does not accept return gifts.”

Risk – kids who receive the above mentioned return gifts may return no more to your home forget your parties. In fact they may choose to ‘unfriend’ (another blasted new age word)  themselves with your kids! On second thoughts, maybe it’s not such a bad thing after all…

 

Thoroughly WordPressed

 

I got onto the blog-wagon in January 2o12. Being a total newbie to the blogging world, each day has been a discovery of some term or feature on WordPress (WP).

It has been a fun ride & let’s now see what has set in as perfectly normal behaviour  –

First, the ‘My Stats’ addiction – I am now in auto-mode & involuntarily click on all the right links without even considering that it was just 2 minutes since I last checked!

Then comes the regular scan for responses to my posts – views, likes & comments.

I have now mastered the art of tagging…I admire the virtue of  ‘postaday’ .

Started getting curious about how  one could get stats of unique visitors as opposed to total views. Not figured it yet…I guess I will eventually.

I observed those special ‘Featured Blogs’ & started checking how they get selected…no luck on that either.

Then I stumbled upon the ‘Weekly Photo Challenge’…what a cool way to say you’ve arrived into the WP orbit!

I initially  saw ‘Freshly Pressed’ on the home page & didn’t pay much attention other than browsing through interesting posts. Close to two months later I am discovering that being featured on Freshly Pressed is almost every WP bloggers aspiration & accords superstar status in blogdom!!

I check my mail more often…just in case WP wants to inform me that my post has been been selected for this most coveted piece of real estate. You never know…

In conclusion it appears I am hard pressed for time, but never short of time for WordPress!

Maybe one day I will become a Blogologist. In other words, I’ve lost it.

The Road Most Taken

Two roads diverged ahead of me, and I –
I took the one most  travelled by.
Well tread, stomped on,
Walked upon, driven on –
The  imprint of  travellers.
Scanty grass & leaves well trodden on,
Walkers, shoes, wheels, headlights,
Fellow wayfarers,
All clearly visible.
So it is that I am where I am,
That road made all the bledgy difference, damn!

 

P.S. With all due respect & apologies to Robert Frost whose poem ‘The Road Not Taken’ was the source of  ‘inspiration’ for this. And my writing is getting from bad to verse!