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Daily Prompt: Morality Play

Where do your morals come from — your family? Your faith? Your philosophical worldview? How do you deal with those who don’t share them, or derive them from a different source?

Morals. Values. Doing the right thing, always.

Some of my morals/values comes from my mother. Like working hard at your job. Always. Even if you don’t like it, you do it to the best of your abilities.

Mostly, my morals were established from different situations and different influences in my life. I follow the basics: do not kill, do not envy, honor thy elders, do not lie, be faithful, be true, be open, listen, work hard, keep on learning, share, support, lead. I treat others as I expect them to treat me, how I would want to be treated. And it gets added to as I observe people in all situations: work, friends, family, general population.

I see what they do and I decide not to repeat it. EVER.

I tend to distance myself from those that do not have the same morals as I do. If I can’t marry their values to mine, I do not want to spend time with them (if they can’t even follow the basics – which is not that difficult, what do we have in common?).

I’m not saying my morals/values are the correct ones, I’m just saying that they’re the right ones for me. They keep me out of trouble and out of difficult situations.

Example: if I say something about you behind your back, I would also say it to your face. Because that’s how I feel about what you’ve done. And my opinion won’t change whether it’s said to you or about you. So if I were to be asked if what I said was true, I would confirm it. Because that’s how I feel/felt.

Morals/values to me, are not negotiable.



Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Post a day, Ramblings


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The Most Beautiful Ruined Moment

This is such an amazing story about how important little things (for adults) means the world (and more) to kids.

"Write!" she says.


Dear Master Jedi,
       This is an open letter of deep appreciation to you. I hope that somehow it finds its way to your computer screen.

     You are an actor, and a damn funny one to boot. You’re really skilled at working with the unpredictably of kids and turning it into entertainment. I really hope that when you auditioned for and won this gig, that you’ve been as pleased with your job as your audiences have been with your performance. I also hope that this leads to bigger and better things, if that’s what you choose. You’re a supremely decent man and I’m ever in your debt for how you helped me out Tuesday, June 4th at the end of the last show of the day.

You see, during the months of planning for our Disneyworld trip, I found out about the Jedi Training Academy in Hollywood Studios…

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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Ramblings


Daily prompt: Tagline

Often, our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?

My tagline would read:


But taglines makes me think of bumper stickers. One day when I’m all grown up, I’ll have a van covered with sarcastic and funny bumper stickers. Like these:

BEST THINGSSo true, isn’t it?

EDUCATIONI am a firm believer of this.

HAND BASKETI often think this if things are not going according to plan.

KEEP HONKINGI DON’T do bumper-to-bumper traffic.


STUPIDITYThis would be for people who park on disabled parking spaces who are not disabled themselves.

VILLAGE IDIOTI know a lot of these . . .



Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Post a day, Ramblings


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Daily Prompt: Bookworm

Tell us about the last book you read (Why did you choose it? Would you recommend it?).

Well, currently I’m out of reading material. No, that’s a lie. I have +/- 5000 e-books available at my fingertips. But no books/stories that are currently waiting with baited breath to be read. No stories calling me, longing to be held and read.

I usually read two or more books at a time, depending on how I feel. If it’s a gripping read, I’ll finish it on it’s own. If it’s not, I’ll start reading something else as well.

I’m a compulsive reader. I read everything! Literally everything. I don’t always take it in, but I read it. Or at least scan it. My little bit of OCD.

I’ve recently read (finished alone – one by one):

  • The hundred year old man by Jonas Jonasson (nice and weird)
  • Theodore Boone – The Activist by John Grisham (nice enough)
  • Inferno by Dan Brown (a bit disappointing)
  • Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz (ok’ish)
  • The Childhood of Jesus – JM Coetzee (very weird)
  • I am Ozzy – Ozzy Osbourne (interesting read and very funny)
  • Die blou van onthou – Marita van der Vyver (talked to my heart)
  • My kort vir jou sop – compiled by Trisa Hugo – short stories (some interesting, some not)
  • Winter of the World – Ken Follett (cool)
  • Fall of Giants – Ken Follett (cool)
  • Stonehenge – Bernard Cornwell (loooong read)
  • Song of Fire and Ice – George RR Martin (A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast of Crows, A Dance with Dragons) – (very, very cool!)
  • The Long Earth – Terry Pratchett (ok’ish)
  • Jack of Diamonds – Bryce Courtenay


  • Napalm and Silly Putty by George Carlin
  • Motherhood, the second oldest profession – Erna Bombeck
  • Philida – André P Brink
  • Die Besoeker – A Troskie
  • Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  • Jackdaws – Ken Follett
  • Jeremy Clarkson – various
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  • Saxon 1 – The Last Kingdom – Bernard Cornwell
  • When will Jesus bring the pork chops? – George Carlin
  • Wilt – Tom Sharpe
  • Who moved my Cheese – Spencer Johnson

Audio-book in the car:

  • The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (almost finished) – depressing life in North Korea

Waiting on my reader:

  • Joyland by Stephen King
  • Wally Lamb’s 4 books which I’ve downloaded this morning – (I know this much is true, She’s come undone, The hour I first believed, Wishin’ and Hopin’)

Waiting for publication:

  • The Winds of Winter – A Song of Fire & Ice – George RR Martin
  • A Dream of Spring – A Song of Fire & Ice – George RR Martin
  • The Long War – Terry Pratchett

Books that I still want to buy to add to my collection:

  • Turtle Recall – Terry Pratchett
  • The world of Poo – Terry Pratchett

Yup, you did not believe me when I said I’m a compulsive reader, did you? I also read blogs, newspapers, interesting websites, handbooks (studying again), work documents, manuals, emails. I would shrivel up and die if I could not read. Kid you not. I really don’t want to prove this, but believe me, I would shrivel up and die a slow and agonizing death.

Books have always been my escape and my release. My salvation. Keeping me sane.

Who do you enjoy reading?



Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Reading


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