Word is, WordPress rocks!….

Ffolkes,
As may have been noted, I love serendipity, in all its guises and forms. Nothing is more delightful in life than realizing the plain brown rock one is holding is really a diamond in the rough, or that the person we just met is the long-lost brother for whom we’ve searched, or whatever surprising shape it may take for our delectation. It is one of the truest joys in life, for it is always unexpected to receive anything nice from the Universe; generally the things we are allowed to experience are designed by the Murphy Team, and are somewhat less than delightful in their nature…..

This morning’s events led me to meander along these lines…. This time, the impetus for my thoughts is alive, and has taken the form of a vocal, affectionate, attention-mongering young cat by the name of Sadie….

She is a beautiful cat, with markings and colors that tell me part of her ancestry includes a pixiebob, a recently recognized breed of cat bred to look like a miniature lynx, without the funny ears, and a touch of calico. They have tiger-like stripes, in black, against a coat of three shades of brown, with just enough white to add contrast. Pixiebobs are dog-like in their actions, liking to hang out with their humans, following them around the house and lying nearby when quiet, and are quite trainable. They are also very affectionate, and like a lot of attention….

Another part of Sadie’s ancestry was obviously Siamese…. She has the identifiable small kink in the tip of her tail, when she holds it up straight, and her voice clinches the resemblance, as it has that Siamese tone, regal and demanding, that will cut right through a door, or three, and she uses it to express EVERYTHING…. Talk, talk, talk, just like a…. well, I’d better not say that, a good number of my readers would kick my ass…. but, she won’t shut up until I figure out whatever it is she wants from me, or decides to take a cat nap…. I’ve known a lot of Siamese, and she fits the personality type to a T, once the affectionate pixiebob characteristics are factored in….

Sadie is destined to go live with my daughter, who picked her out, but cannot take her for a week, so I agreed to let her stay with me; Sadie needed to leave where she was, in an uncomfortable (for her) home, whose human loves her dearly, but whose cat population just exploded by a factor of 5 (kittens)…. Sadie was not amused by the kittens, so she came to live with me until my daughter can take her home. As I love cats, it is no hardship, kind of like babysitting the grandkid for me, since I get to eventually send her home….

This morning was our first morning together, and it has been a wonderful way to start the day, having someone to talk to, (well, mostly listen to more than talk with….), and provide me with some affectionate company. As I sit now to write, she is lying on the floor next to the chair, purring loudly, and occasionally looking up to see if I’m looking at her; if I am, she says something, then accepts a pat on the head with a grateful blink and preen. Lovely!

If I didn’t already have plans to travel, my daughter might have to find another cat, as Sadie would be welcome to stay as long as she likes…. She slept politely all night at the foot of the bed, and didn’t knock anything over in her nocturnal explorations…. very lady-like behavior in a new place, so all is good….

There, how’s that for a low-key, happy introduction to a Pearl? Not too shabby, I’d say, and a good way to start off a day devoted to family style events…. (see section one….) I think it’s now time to get on with the rest of today’s effort, so I’ll leave this now, and get to the easy part…. Shall we Pearl?…..
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wordpressfamilyaward
One of my oldest friends on WordPress…. Wait, let me qualify that, because I have no idea how old she is, and wouldn’t assume, or say, anyway…. Let’s start over…. A blogger friend of mine, known as Willowdot21, ( her site is at:  http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/about/ ), who has been coming to my site (and I to hers….) since I started a couple of years ago, AND who has been one of my best blogging friends, nominated me for a new award, the WordPress Family Award. It was created by the blogger at this site:  http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com  , who nominated Willow for the original, initial award. This one is a simple award, giving us a chance to acknowledge how great the WordPress family of bloggers are, in their support and encouragement of everyone who writes for the site….. Those rules are as follows:

Rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.    I hope it worked….

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.   Right here:   http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/about/

3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.   The hardest part of this for me was limiting the number to only 10…. as I rolled through my blogroll, I found at least that many more that should go on the list, but, to save time, I’ll follow the rules…. I’ve picked those sites who assumed family status soon after our meeting each other online….

Dolly  http://allaboutlemon.com/
Europaicewolf   http://europasicewolf.wordpress.com/
Carol Welsh   http://carolwelsh.wordpress.com/
Carolyn at ABC of Spirit Talk   http://abcofspiritalk.wordpress.com/
Linda Vernon   http://lindavernon.wordpress.com/
Ginger Snaap   http://ohmygawdjustdowhatisay.wordpress.com/
Lizzie Cracked   http://runningnakedwithscissors.com/2013/04/06/a-z-challenge-f-mm/
Eric Alagan  http://ericalagan.net/2013/04/07/samuels-counsel-fallen-grace-15/
Jerry Doby   http://theurbanlink.net/
Lou   http://talesfromthelou.wordpress.com/

4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them…. I’ll do that today…. or, more simply, I’m on it….

5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people that have taken you as  a friend, and spread the love

So, there you have it…. I’m part of the WordPress Family, and now, so are you…..  One of the best parts of this award is that there isn’t any real pressure to accept, or to send it on by nominating others…. which is why I ended up taking the time to do so, because, hey, it’s family…..
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National Poetry Month Icon Pic
I was feeling some whimsy last night, and this is what leaked out, such as it is…. It may grow, I think, but, for now, it’s not bad, just strange…. As every day this month, this is for the April National Poetry Writing Month Challenge, with the updates to be found here:  http://www.napowrimo.net/

Relative Cynicism, with Caramel Sauce

Absolute stillness follows violent movement,
  it can happen during a downhill race,
as an immovable piece of asphalt pavement
  meets the once handsome racer’s face.

Yuk, yuk, yuk said that asshole Moe,
 after poking both of Larry’s eyes,
bashing face, head, & crotch of Curly Joe
  and only ever got hit with pies.

Lonely moments never really come along
  when Murphy’s got us in his sights.
Not for money, love, or siren’s song
  will he abrogate his natural rights.

All we can do is sigh, or laugh in pain,
  as Life portions out our ration of shit.
Silver linings melt in the slightest rain,
  so we may as well learn to live with it.

~~ gigoid

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“The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.” — H.L. Mencken

I can feel it building…. the anger, the angst, the frustration at the members of the Beloved Ruling Class, and the priestly hierarchies, who prey on their brethren, fully knowing the evil they do. It is also building up against those idiots who allow themselves to believe what these egregious assholes tell them, no matter how outrageous, or how badly it mangles the Truth. I really, really want to rant, and I think when this one comes out, it will be a big one, and I’ll have to coin a new word just to describe it…. but, no worries, I already did that part…. I’m going to write a politireligirant of major proportion, to go along with the upcoming epic take-down of the American Rail System, as personified by Amtrak…. They (Amtrak) forgot that there are SOME American citizens who not only know HOW to write in English, but are capable of doing so, to their soon-to-be-detriment and ultimate chagrin…..

Right now, though, I don’t have the proper frame of mind for ranting; Sadie’s morning activities have bemused and amused me too much, and I can’t quite get my outrage collected enough to spill over. So, I’m going to refer you to a fairly new (to me) blog site, where the blogger rants on what seems to be a daily basis, mostly on the political scene in this country, with side trips into how politics and culture may clash…. The writer’s name is John, and he is a die-hard liberal, politically, with a lot of good sense, and a fine grasp of the reality of the issues, as far as I can tell. His arguments and statements are clearly expressed, as well as well thought out, and he does his research, with attribution, too….. 😆

The site is located here:  http://americanliberaltimes.com/  This address link will take you to one of his posts, from today, I think, where you can peruse his archives for quite a few good takes on society, politics, and common sense…. which, as we all know, is not as common as believed by most. When I feel the urge for dialogue, I go over to his site, and can always find a post that will prompt a comment, usually several paragraphs long, and we’ve had some good conversations (which, to me, is a big part of what this blogging stiff is all about….).

Sorry if I’ve disappointed anyone by not having a rant ready, but, Sadie just wouldn’t let me get upset enough to get pissed, so you’ll have to blame her…. If you feel a NEED to hear a rant, try one of John’s well-mannered, but pointed, pieces to sublimate for today, because I just don’t have any outrage to vent….. Oh well, who’s to say who’s luckier, eh?…. On that note, I’ll leave you with this final thought from an old friend….

“Give them RADAR-GUIDED SKEE-BALL LANES and VELVEETA BURRITOS!!” — Zippy the Pinhead
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It’s a wrap, if it passes the proofing stage…. let’s go see…. Oh, hey, that isn’t bad at all…. I’ll take it, and not look a gift frog in the gums…. In fact, I’m going to escape now… TTFN, as my kids would text….  Y’all take care out there, and May the Metaphorse be with you…..


Sometimes I sits and thinks,
and sometimes
I just sits.

gigoid

dozer3

Social engineering won’t float the boat….

Ffolkes,
I’ve never tried to hide my tendency toward procrastination; in fact, I’ve always enjoyed it, and use it shamelessly. I discovered a long time ago that I do my best work when I’m pushed for time…. the sense of mild panic that goes along with it has never been welcome, but it does keep one focused when needed….

In this particular case, I’ve been procrastinating dealing with two awards, both of which were bestowed upon my unsuspecting, and unworthy, head by Maarit, whose wonderful blog, History of the Ancient World, is one of my favorites, except on those days when she posts in Finnish (a language I’ve yet to learn….)….. even then, the photos and pictures she includes make it worthwhile to view…. One of these days, I’ll figure out how to translate it; there’s probably a way to do that….probably right on her site, but I’m not quite enough of a geek to figure it out…. yet…   🙂



So, I’m dutifully, humbly, and sincerely thanking Maarit, for nominating me for my second Very Inspiring Blog Award, and for nominating me for the Reader Appreciation Award, as so cheerfully and elegantly demonstrated by their logos, just above….

You can find Maarit’s blog here:  http://historyoftheancientworld.wordpress.com/author/historyoftheancientworld/

One of the rules for these awards is for the recipient (me) to reveal seven to fifteen things about themselves; seven for one award, fifteen for the other…. Since I’m not going to reveal 22 things, we’ll compromise the two, and go with 11…. Plus, I can’t find the originals, so I’m answering my own questions……So, here are 11 things you may or may not have known about gigoid….

1)  I consider Shakespeare the most over-rated author in history….. let’s talk….

2)  I believe the greatest threat to Mankind’s future is the very scary reality of global warming, and its cause, to wit: our own species’ deliberate ignorance and the overt societal tendency to allow avarice and greed to exist without consequence.

3)  True freedom is the release from pain…. to this I can testify….

4)  My personal goal is to write just one line that will be remembered forever…. more than one would be nice, but, let’s get real…. I’ll settle for one….

5)  Honor, loyalty to friends, compassion for the vulnerable, and truth are the values I choose to give meaning to my life. Everything else we do is just spending time….

6)  I am my own greatest source of humor….

7)  Dogs, cats, and all of their wild, undomesticated cousins are the best teachers of morality on this planet. We humans could do no better than to follow their example of how to live in harmony with themselves, and with the planet at large. <— Note the period….

8)  I find the men, and even some perverted women, who engage in the traffic in human beings, of all varieties, to be the scum of the earth; any man or woman found to be willingly involved in any part of this plague of evil deserves nothing more than an instant death. I would prefer that they suffer for a long, terrifying time before dying, to let them know a small portion of the terror they give to their victims, but I would settle for them just dying. None of us can consider ourselves to be truly free, until we have freed our sisters and brothers from this scourge….

9)  I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.  (I believe this implicitly….)

10)  My greatest joy in life consists of knowing my son and daughter are living lives of honor and purpose, self-chosen….. What man could ask for more than that?….

11)  My not-so-secret inner desire is to be able to travel to all those places in the world I’ve always wanted to see, sometime before I check out of this hotel for the last time…. or at least for this time. Reincarnation has some attractive points to it, doesn’t it?…..

Okay, now you know more about me.. now you can learn about some pretty fine others, all of whom have a blog here on WordPress….

The awards also call for nominating other bloggers for the award… going with the same compromise breakdown, here are 11 of my favorite blogs, all of whom richly deserve the honor.  I hope they will accept, without the usual request to make sure to post the awards….. doing so can take up a lot of time, and in my case, has to take the place of a daily Pearl, as I am limited in how long I can sit…. but any who… here are 11 blogs that you should definitely check out… they’re all worth it….

1)  http://carolwelsh.wordpress.com/

2)  http://hastywords.wordpress.com/

3)  http://eyesofodysseus.wordpress.com/

4)  http://onetimepad.wordpress.com/

5)  http://niltsi.com/

6)  http://secretdiaryofadublincallgirl.wordpress.com/

7)  http://jenniferworrell.wordpress.com/

8)  http://rmott62.wordpress.com/

9)  http://ladybluerose.wordpress.com/

10)  http://secretlifeofamanhattancallgirl.wordpress.com/

11)  http://theobamacrat.com/

I could fairly easily fill in the rest of the originally called-for 22 blogs, but I’m a curmudgeon, and I have to keep up my standards…. all of the other blogs I could add are all worth reading as well (otherwise, I wouldn’t be following them…. ); however, enough is enough…. I’ve already pulled enough covers in my confessional above….   🙂

There you have it ffolkes… I have fulfilled my duty, as best I could, so now it is someone else’s turn at bat…. A regular Pearl will be forthcoming tomorrow morning, per usual…. in the meantime, Y’all take care out there, and May the Metaphorse be with you……


Sometimes I sits and thinks,
and sometimes
I just sits.

gigoid

Dozer

Kowabunga!

Candle Lighter Award

This morning, I found this award in my email Inbox; it was awarded to me by the blogger Dolly, whose home site is here….. http://allaboutlemon/  Her work has garnered several blog awards, and she brings a lot of creativity and compassion to her posts. She also has an Art Game that just about anyone can enjoy, as well as take part in, should they desire…..the award notice can be found on her blog, at http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/02/07/candle-lighter-award-2/

Many thanks, Dolly! This is my first award of any kind, and it is greatly appreciated! Y’all take care out there…..

Sometimes I sits and thinks,

and sometimes

I just sits.

gigoid

Just Dozer

Kowabunga!