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FOTD – January 19 – Daffodil

18 January 2022 at 15:21
Welcome to my Flower of the Day Challenge (FOTD).  During the winter months, please feel free to use your archives and find some old favorite photos. Please feel free to […]



CFFC: Which Way

18 January 2022 at 12:03
This is the week our topic is Which Way. I’m also linking to the ever popular Which Way challenge. The Which Way challenge runs on Thursday so you still have […]




Short Story: Unexpected Mission

19 January 2022 at 05:48

His blood oozed sluggishly out of the two puncture wounds in his neck, cool and thick against his fingers. Red eyes watched him with a smile that was supposed to be indifferent but did nothing to hide her eagerness.

“You know you can’t go back to the life you know anymore, right?” said the vampire who bit him.

His family was different. They wouldn’t turn on him, just like how they sheltered his great-grandmother to this day. But that was a closely guarded secret, even to the wider vampire community.

“I’m not leaving with you,” he said.

“Do you really have a choice? In a few hours, the sun will rise. What will you do then?” the vampire grinned until her fangs shone under the moonlight.

That was a good question. The original plan was for his older sister to be turned and brought into the vampire gang as an undercover agent. He hadn’t expected to be the one to catch their target’s attention. He didn’t have the training nor the experience to be a spy.

But this crazy vampire was fixated on him. He knew her type. ‘No’ wasn’t an answer. Whether he liked it or not, she was taking him back with her. Even though he hadn’t chosen the undercover life, it appeared that the undercover life had chosen him. He would make the best out of the situation.

“Let me at least say goodbye to my family,” he said. A few last minute pointers would be better than nothing.

“You can, but if you do I’ll kill everyone before you go. Or you come with me right now, and I’ll let them all live. Your choice.”

His great-grandmother would easily win over this young vampire, but then their secret weapon would be exposed. For now, it was safer to play along. His family was smart. He trusted them to figure out what happened.

“Fine. I’ll go with you.”

Reluctantly, he took his first step as a spy.


Genre: fantasy

January stories of beginnings: 9/22

Today’s Art: Multiple Realities drawings and paintings by Michel Montecrossa, part 392

19 January 2022 at 04:51
By: MiraSG

Today’s Art: ‘Conversation’ – painting by Michel Montecrossa

Description: ‘Conversation‘, Mirapuri, 28th August 2015, ink and acryl on paper, 29 x 41 cm

Michel Montecrossa Homepage:

Become Michel Montecrossa’s friend on facebook:

All Michel Montecrossa Paintings and Drawings are available as High Resolution Digital Art Prints on canvas, either in standard-size A1 (59,4 cm x 84,1 cm) or on demand in other formats. See here previews of all paintings & drawings:

Send your order to: Filmaur Multimedia, Danziger Str. 1, 82131 Gauting near Munich, t: +49 (0)89-8508555, eMail:

Visit exhibitions of Michel Montecrossa’s art:

Read here about ‘THE ENERGY OF ART’ ART EXHIBITION of Michel Montecrossa paintings and drawings at the Mirapuri New Art Gallery (Mirapuri-Coiromonte, Italy)

Read here about the new ‘ART FOR FUTURE – KUNST FÜR DIE ZUKUNFT’ EXHIBITION 2020 – 2022 of Michel Montecrossa paintings and drawings at the New Art Gallery at the Filmaur Multimedia House (Gauting near Munich, Germany)

The Empty Nest

18 January 2022 at 15:30
By: Debbie
We had a new family move in and they started breeding immediately. The parents have done a great job of protecting them. #wakeupandbeamazingWednesday

Wakeup Wednesday 2022


eggs in the nest

fledglings in the nest

in the nest

fledglings taking notice


hungry birds

empty nest

Wakeup Wednesday 2022

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My Back Talks Back

18 January 2022 at 07:00
When we are between our teens and mid adulthood, we often think: “I am invincible! I can do anything. I am strong. I have unlimited energy.” After all, usually nothing happens (that we can see) when we participate in risky activities at that age. It takes getting older before we realize, “I screwed up!” Where … More My Back Talks Back

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Getaway From Jaipur | Tree Of Life Inderpura Resort Shekhawati

18 January 2022 at 07:59
By: arv!
Inderpura Tree Of Life Resort at Udaipurwati is one of the good weekend getaway from Jaipur. It is an ideal driving destination in Shekhawati region that offers Havelis to explore in vicinity.



















January 19th: National Popcorn Day

18 January 2022 at 17:30

While I was in my college at Karaikudi, my English Lecturer by name Lakshminarasiah used to say that any thing can be written in volumes if one has the mind to do!
Here is a fine example- a great wring on POPCORN!!! Though this DAY is particularly in USA, POPCORN is almost universal!

On January 19th, National Popcorn Day pops onto the scene with a crunch we all love to enjoy! The annual celebration recognizes a treat that satisfies munchies, day or night.  
This time-honored snack can be sweet or savory, caramelized, buttered or plain, molded into a candied ball, or tossed with nuts and chocolate. However it is enjoyed, let us enjoy it on National Popcorn Day, January 19th.
The word “corn” in Old English meant “grain” or, more specifically, the most prominent grain grown in a region. When Native Americans introduce their most common grain, maize, to early Europeans, they aptly applied the word “corn.”
As early as the 16th century, the Aztecs used popcorn in headdresses worn during ceremonies honoring Tlaloc, their god of maize and fertility. Early Spanish explorers were fascinated by the corn that burst into what looked like a white flower.
Popcorn started becoming popular in the United States in the middle 1800s. It wasn’t until Charles Cretors, a candy-store owner, developed a machine for popping corn with steam that the tasty treat became more abundantly poppable. By 1900 he had horse-drawn popcorn wagons going through the streets of Chicago.
At about the same time, Louise Ruckheim added peanuts and molasses to popcorn to bring Cracker Jack to the world. Then in 1908, the national anthem of baseball was born. Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer wrote Take Me out to the Ballgame. From that point onward, popcorn, specifically Cracker Jack, became forever married to the game.
At the Movies
Another romance connected to popcorn may have had a slow start but eventually took off. Today, who can imagine going to the movies without getting a box of buttered popcorn? While popcorn was an economical choice for snack food, the expense of installing a machine and adequately venting the building didn’t seem worth the effort. If it weren’t for Glen W. Dickson, we would be purchasing our popcorn from a vendor on the street before taking in the show. Dickson put in the effort and expense of placing machines inside his theaters. After realizing how quickly he recouped his costs, other theater owners followed suit.
The microwave oven spurred the next big advancement for popcorn. With the invention of the microwave, a whole new market opened for the snack food. Magnetrons, a technology produced by Raytheon Manufacturing Corporation for the military during World War II, were later used to develop microwave ovens. Percy Spencer was the man who made it happen. He used popcorn in his initial experiments during the microwave’s development. 
Today, Americans consume 13 billion quarts of popcorn a year, more than any other country in the world. A majority of the popcorn produced in the world is grown in the United States. Nebraska leads the corn belt in popcorn production.

The a-maizing origins of this pop-ular day is mysteriously amiss. However, we have been celebrating the day since at least 1988.

Popcorn FAQ
Q. What are the unpopped kernels called?
A. Unpopped kernels of popcorn are called either spinsters or old maids. 
Q. Which state produces the most popcorn?
A. Nebraska is the top popcorn producer in the United States. Also known as the Cornhusker State, although it’s third in overall corn production.
Q. Are there different types of popcorn?
A. Yes. Most of the popcorn we consume is either a Butterfly (also known as snowflake) or Mushroom popcorn. Butterfly popcorn produces a fluffy, winged kernel while Mushroom popcorn produces a denser more compact kernel. While both are delicious for snacking, Mushroom popcorn holds up better to caramel, cheese, and other coatings. Nice to taste.

On her way back from the college at times Nivetha used to gat a cooked popcorn from the vendor opposite to Chennai Public School, and enjoy tasting! Selling Popcorn Street Photos - Free & Royalty-Free Stock Photos from  Dreamstime

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Sisyphus Meets Gulliver

18 January 2022 at 14:55

There was this guy named Sisyphus 

Condemned to roll a rock uphill always 

He thought it was his life’s work 

Surprise! As he rolled his one large rock, he met a cat named Gulliver 

Now Gulliver explained it to him 

All in the fine print there 

It wasn’t just one big rock to push 

But a whole truckload of little guys, his work was redefined. 

Little rocks, you know? 

You left the seat up, let dirty dishes lay 

On and on your whole life long 

Like herding cats, catch this one, miss that one. Back down the hill they roll 

The two of them became fast friends 

And cried in their beer, down at the bar 

How unfairly life did go 

Chasing cats and pushing rocks (both large and small) just to watch them roll. 

Electronica and Cyberrock Tuesday 284 – great songs by Michel Montecrossa and Mirakali

18 January 2022 at 12:09
By: MiraSG
Michel Montecrossa on guitar

Celebrating today the 284th post of the Electronica and Cyberrock Song Tuesday, also including Michel Montecrossa’s interpretation of Bob Dylan’s ‘New Morning’.

New Morning Of Love & Hope (by Michel Montecrossa) Genre: Dance-Electronica, Cyberschlager

Magic Of The Moment (by Mirakali); Genre: Dance-Electronica

Billy 7 (Michel Montecrossa sings Bob Dylan); Genre: Cyberrock

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One Song/Three Versions – Me and Bobby McGee

18 January 2022 at 08:38
By: Jim S.

Wikipedia: “‘Me and Bobby McGee” is a song written by American singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and originally performed by Roger Miller. Fred Foster shares the writing credit, as Kristofferson intended. (Foster heard someone say what sounded like “Me and Bobby McGee” and called Kristofferson with the bare bones of an idea for a song.) 

A posthumously released version by Janis Joplin topped the U.S. singles chart in 1971, making the song the second posthumously released No. 1 single in U.S. chart history after “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. Jerry Lee Lewis also released a version reaching number 1 on the country charts in 1971. Billboard ranked Joplin’s version as the No. 11 song for 1971.”

I got the idea for this post when I read an interview with Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson is an interesting character in that he is not only a very successful songwriter, but he was also a Rhodes scholar and janitor. How many of us can make that exact claim?

Now how does one go from being a Rhodes scholar to a janitor? Well, in Kris’ case, apparently after a lot of drifting around, soul-searching, a stint in the military, and flying helicopters around oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. (How was this never a Nicholson film?)

The specific place he wound up sweeping floors was at Columbia Studios in Nashville. Legend has it that he “cleaned up after Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde sessions but eventually caught Johnny Cash’s ear through his wife June.” (Imagine being the janitor for these guys with them probably completely ignoring you and then years later being in a movie with Barbra Streisand. The mind boggles. In my own head, I’d still be saying, “I’m the fucking janitor. What am I doing here?)

As to the song “Me and Bobby McGee,” “suggestion for the title was a cordial challenge from producer and Monument Records founder Fred Foster to Kristofferson. The titular character was named for a studio secretary, Barbara “Bobbie” McKee, but Kristofferson had misheard her surname.

In discussing the song, Kristofferson explained that he was trying to convey the despair of the last scene of Federico Fellini’s La Strada in which a broken, war-torn, inebriated Anthony Quinn stares up from the beach at the night’s stars.” (There’s your Rhodes scholar shit right there. Hell, I thought it was just about a couple of drifters.)

Typically when I do a One Song/Three Versions post, I start with the very first one recorded which in this case was Roger Miller. Now I’m a fan of Miller’s but given that I’ve only limited myself to three shots, I think in this instance I’ll go with Kristofferson’s version. This is from his debut album Kristofferson released in 1970 and it brings out all the poignancy. These are roads both literal and metaphorical that Kristofferson traveled well.

Now if you’ve ever heard any version of this tune at all, it is likely Janis Joplin’s version from Pearl, her second and final solo studio album. It was released on January 11, 1971, three months after her death on October 4, 1970.

It was the final album with her direct participation, and the only Joplin album recorded with the Full Tilt Boogie Band, her final touring unit. It peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, holding that spot for nine weeks. It has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.

As to how Joplin knew this not-yet-famous tune, Kristofferson relates that he heard that she sang it at the Nashville Fairgrounds Coliseum in 1969. (If it surprises you that a noted blues singer would do a country tune, recall that Janis was from Texas where you can’t move two feet without hearing it.)

It turns out that Bob Neuwirth, at that time Dylan’s road manager, had taught her the song. That’s why, according to Kristofferson, “there were a couple of lines that were different from the real lyrics.” Kristofferson did not know she had recorded it until after her death. The first time he heard her recording of it was the day after she died. Kris met Joplin and they became friendly. In fact, they became VERY friendly if you catch my drift.

Lastly, I have no fucking idea how Jerry Lee Lewis decided to do this song. But I don’t really care because frankly, it’s a killer.  He cares not one whit for the melancholy or the bittersweetness of the tune, throwing his name in as often as he can get away with it. He just “raves on” Jerry Lee style and then asks for a Coca-Cola. Live in London 1983. This may actually be my favorite version. Y’all.

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin’ for the train
Feelin’ nearly faded as my jeans
Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained
Took us all the way to New Orleans

I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna
And was blowing sad while Bobby sang the blues
With them windshield wipers slappin’ time
And Bobby clappin’ hands
We finally sang up every song that driver knew

Freedom’s just another word for nothing’ left to lose
Nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free
Feeling good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues
Feeling good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee

Sources: Wikipedia; Written in My Soul, Bill Flanagan, Contemporary Books






FOTD – January 18 – Waterlily

17 January 2022 at 21:00
Welcome to my Flower of the Day Challenge (FOTD).  During the winter months, please feel free to use your archives and find some old favorite photos. Please feel free to […]



Sunday Stills: Color Challenge: White

17 January 2022 at 12:08
Here is my entry for Terri’s Sunday Stills Challenge. I’ve put together a list of challenges and their hosts.  So if you know a challenge host, please direct them to my […]




18 January 2022 at 07:00

Things people assume about me that aren’t true #Bloganuary Challenge

17 January 2022 at 18:02

Saw this writing challenge and loved the self indulgence! I’m sure there’s a profound moral message to be raised but this post is not it. I’m keeping it vain and shallow because – well catharsis rocks x

So probably the biggest misconception about me is that I’m an extravert..

But despite the carnival feathers and my joy of doing the “Ricky Gervase Robot” on the dance floor- I’m actually really shy!

I love carnival for the music and sense of freedom and community it evokes. It is never about one person- it’s a celebration of people- a huge party where everyone is invited. When I used to perform on stage with a Samba carnival school, it felt very different. The spotlight literally being on me was an introvert’s nightmare.. my stage dance career did not last very long 😉 but my love of carnival is lifelong.

My hair is probably the next biggest misconception. Generally, people assume that the wigs or weaves I wear are my real hair and when I have my hair in an Afro it’s a wig. I suppose it’s one of the joys of being “ethnically ambiguous” in a society with Westernised beauty standards. I should probably discuss here the endless conversations I have about my “race” or heritage but – nah not today.

I’ve only heard this a couple of times, but being very political and opinionated there’s an assumption ,by some, that I am a serious person with “the weight of the world on my shoulders”. People who have met me for five minutes know that’s not the case. Joy, as they say, is a revolutionary act.

Strangest idea I sometimes hear is the assumption that I’m a good singer…

Even laughing at that as I type! I mean I love singing, but I’ll be first to acknowledge that not one note is in key- as a singer I make a good butcher 😂

Anyway this is probably the most shallow post I’ve written in a fair while and I enjoyed every. single. word. I definitely didn’t expect that! Lol BHW xx



Short Story: Tall Poppy Syndrome

18 January 2022 at 05:53

She was a prominent super idol with multiple awards and works under her name. This was supposed to be the year her already excellent career exploded to new heights.

And exploded it did, in her face. Jealous by her success, malicious rumours appeared. It didn’t matter that they weren’t real. She was a tall poppy, and tall poppies got cut.

So this year, instead of aspiring to greater heights, she was bunkering down and lying low until the media storm passed. But if her enemies thought that this was enough to get rid of her, they would be sorely disappointed. She would use her forced downtime to improve and return even better than ever.


Genre: general

January stories of beginnings: 8/22

Today’s Art: Multiple Realities drawings and paintings by Michel Montecrossa, part 391

18 January 2022 at 04:48
By: MiraSG

Today’s Art: ‘Resurrection Movie Drawings #21’ by Michel Montecrossa – you can rent or download here on Vimeo on Demand Michel Montecrossa’s great peace & climate change musical ‘THE RESURRECTION MOVIE’.

Description: ‘Resurrection Movie Drawings #21’, Mirapuri, 28th September 2008, ink on handmade paper, 27 x 20 cm

Michel Montecrossa Homepage:

Become Michel Montecrossa’s friend on facebook:

All Michel Montecrossa Paintings and Drawings are available as High Resolution Digital Art Prints on canvas, either in standard-size A1 (59,4 cm x 84,1 cm) or on demand in other formats. See here previews of all paintings & drawings:

Send your order to: Filmaur Multimedia, Danziger Str. 1, 82131 Gauting near Munich, t: +49 (0)89-8508555, eMail:

Visit exhibitions of Michel Montecrossa’s art:

Read here about ‘THE ENERGY OF ART’ ART EXHIBITION of Michel Montecrossa paintings and drawings at the Mirapuri New Art Gallery (Mirapuri-Coiromonte, Italy)

Read here about the new ‘ART FOR FUTURE – KUNST FÜR DIE ZUKUNFT’ EXHIBITION 2020 – 2022 of Michel Montecrossa paintings and drawings at the New Art Gallery at the Filmaur Multimedia House (Gauting near Munich, Germany)

Share Your World

17 January 2022 at 11:44


Fill in: ‘If I were really completely honest, I would say that …’ This is a question for ‘radical honesty’. What are the things you wouldn’t normally say? Things you would otherwise actually hide?  What’s on your mind? What would you really like to be able to say?

I guess I normally don’t speak about my conservative morals & values b/c they aren’t likely to align with today. I don’t really hide them, it’s better just to keep your cards close to the vest. The people that really are important in my life know what they are and that is all that matters. Actually all that truly matters is me, but whatever. I write in my Common Place book quite often and one of the entries way back on February 16, 2013 was

Have you ever broken anything? What about rules?

I suppose that’s all I ever do is break the rules. The question I have to ask myself is who makes the rules?? Isn’t that why rules are made to be broken ?? I don’t care about these wordpress settings that keep changing and altering mid post, whatever…ugghhhhhhh

Are you  also  afraid of spiders? What is your biggest fear, other than spiders?  (if you’re not afraid of spiders, use your biggest phobia instead).

Spiders just creep me out. I mean how can you be afraid of something so small…Just smash it with a shoe or your foot. But whatever you do, don’t have your husband kill it b/c he hates them worse than you do and 9 x’s out of 10 he misses and it disappears under the bed!!! :0 Ahhhh OMGGGGGG

Do you think time goes faster as you get older?

I’m certain it does. Think of your life’s timeline as a roll of toilet paper…At the start it is big and bulky and takes some coaching to come down. When it gets to the end of the roll, well it just spins out of control right til it’s empty 😉 Am I right ??? You know I am 😉

How do you like me now…
As the years go by ❤

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