Women’s Suffrage

Blogging Circle of Friends:  Day 359 Prompt:  Why do you think women were not allowed to vote for such a long time?   I believe that women weren’t allowed to vote for such a long time because women were deprived of the same educations as men for so long, women were denied the right to vote.  Men believed that only the educated should be allowed to vote.  To an extent I agree.  The difference is that I believe that all people should be well educated, not just those who can afford higher educations.  Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think that everyone needs a higher education in order to vote.  I believe that they should have a basic education in reading, writing, arithmetic and a basic understanding of how the government works.  An example:  I was once talking with a woman who believed that the President was responsible for some boys not receiving the death penalty who killed a baby

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Conversation Topper

Blogging Circle of Friends:  Day 356 Prompt:  How do you handle the conversation topper? You know the person that has always done what you have but it is always more, like you’ve been to Paris for a weekend, she or he has been there for a week. The person may have endearing qualities but….   I think everyone has met a conversation topper at least once in his or her life.  They are annoying and you just want to shake them.  Usually these people are just mere acquaintances, so you can manage to get through the conversations by simply moving on to the next person in the room at the party you are attending.  But, every so often, this is actually a friend.  Dealing with a friend who is a conversation topper is a little bit trickier business.  The best way is to always steer the conversation to things that are mundane.  For instance, you might want to talk about

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Third Wheel

Blogging Circle of Friends:  Day 355 Prompt:  Third Wheel   Every feel like a third wheel?  Ever been a third wheel?  Ever been a third wheel on purpose?  Well, that was me with my daughter. My daughter was having her first “date” with this one boy, but she didn’t want to be alone with him initially.  So, we invited him over to watch a movie at our house.  They sat on the loveseat while I sat on the couch.  Him and I ended up talking and joking around most of the time, but I’m still pretty sure that he was wishing I would just leave them alone for a while.  It ended up being their one and only date though.  Poor kid.  He didn’t really stand a chance. My daughter is extremely picky and has very high standards when it comes to who she dates.  She’s been asked out by many boys over the past couple of years and only

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Music While Writing

Blogging Circle of Friends:  Day 354 Prompt:  Do you listen to music when you write? What kind do you prefer? What would happen to your writing if you switched it up, tell us about it? If you don’t tell us why? Mostly I don’t listen to music when I am writing because usually I am writing when my children sleep and I don’t want to wake them.  I would use headphones, but I am allergic to the rubber on the tips of the ones we currently own. Sometimes music can be distracting for me, so it is best if it isn’t playing.  Other times it can be a source of inspiration for a piece.  Tori Amos tends to be my strongest muse.  Her music tends to touch me in such a way that it inspires me to write a great many things.

Criticisms

Blogging Circle of Friends:  Day 353 Prompt:  Tell us about the harshest, most difficult to hear but accurate criticism you ever gotten. Does it still apply? I’ve been sitting here wracking my brain trying to remember a harsh criticism I have received.  I’m certain I have received some, but I just can’t remember any of them.  Not even a criticism that I have a received.  I guess I simply don’t remember things that way.  Whenever I do receive a criticism I would be certain to work on that issue.  Unless it was just a criticism from someone who was trying to be mean.  Those critiques I ignore. I do remember my mother once telling me that I tend to always have to be right when I’m in an argument.  It was true.  I hated being wrong.  I have been working on trying to admit when I am wrong gracefully.  I still hate losing arguments, but I can at least be

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Culture of Scary Things

Blogging Circle of Friends:  Day 352 Prompt:  There was an interesting article on MSN http://news.msn.com/science-technology/why-do-some-brains-enjoy-fear-1 today. What qualities do “scary things” share across cultures or does it vary widely? What do you think?   I have to agree with the article.  A lot of what we fear is because of our fear of death and our fear of things that are different from what we consider normal.  A good example of this is when I moved from Illinois to Ohio and discovered that Ohio’s “house” spiders had bodies the size of half-dollars.  Of course I was terrified of them because they weren’t what I considered normal.  (Of course, I wasn’t half as terrified as my boyfriend at the time who literally jumped up on the couch and screamed like a girl.  That was so funny I almost couldn’t kill the spider because I was laughing too hard.)

Community Service

Blogging Circle of Friends:  Day 351 Prompt:  Prompt: Your entire community — however you define that; your hometown, your neighborhood, your family, your colleagues — is guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see. “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Citizens of my fair town, you must listen to me.  Our town has a tiny population of just 2,893 as of 2012.  Just over 26% of that population is children under the age of 18.  Of those children, four boys aged 15 have committed suicide in the past year alone.  Why aren’t you livid?  Why aren’t you screaming at the top of your lungs that something should be done to help these children?  Why is this town so silent on this subject? You can’t just close your eyes and turn your backs and hope this all goes away.  You can’t just pretend

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Lovers’ Triangle

Blogging Circle of Friends:  Day 349 Prompt:  Awkward love triangles. Have you ever been in one? Tell about it and how it was resolved. If not, write a story about one. I would say that I am guilty of being in several love triangles in my life.  Mostly this is because I can never let go of those I love, so I end up staying friends with almost all of my ex-boyfriends.  This is a problem when those same ex-boyfriends remain in love with me while I am dating other people.  It’s only really been a problem once.  When an ex-boyfriend would constantly put down the guys I was dating until he finally admitted that he didn’t want me dating anyone but him.  Would have been nice had the relationship between us worked out, but let’s just say that you really can’t go back to the way things once were.  People change and not always for the better.

Speaking with Spirits

Blogging Circle of Friends: Day 348 Prompt: Take a risk and mix the spirit world with the corporeal world. Create a scene in which a character speaks to spirits or spirits speak to each other. “Are you there?” Linda asked. She felt a wave of air brush against her cheek and heard one tap on the light. This was their signal for “yes”. Two taps meant “no”. She sat in a silence for a while. Linda had been very depressed lately and she didn’t know how to form the words to articulate her emotions. It was difficult communicating with the spirit, but she had been doing it since she was a child, so they had each grown rather patient. “Steven left,” Linda explained. One tap of the light and what felt like a gentle hug around her shoulders. “I’m all alone now,” she continued. Two rather loud taps. The ghost apparently was angered by her dismissal of him so easily.

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