Sharing My World: Week 21

ED NOTE: Oopsies! I meant Cee Neuner’s Share Your World challenge, Week 21, but her wife Chris’ post is awesome, too!

If you could make a 15-second speech to the entire world, what would you say?

As much as possible, be kind to animals, including the human kind, and the planet. Keep your mind and body moving. Laugh & smile liberally. And finally, love unveils strength, not weakness. Embrace it.

Photograph of Machu Picchu, in Peru, by Martin St-Amant - Wikipedia - CC-BY-SA-3.0

Photograph of Machu Picchu, in Peru, by Martin St-Amant – Wikipedia – CC-BY-SA-3.0.

If you could take a photograph, paint a picture or write a story of any place in the world, what and where would it be?

Although I am a writer at heart and, as such, I love plotting and planning, daydreaming and nightdreaming, I immediately discarded writing and painting for photography (painting is fun; no umbrage meant!). I felt that photographing a place would be a more visceral, significant experience of the place with the literal equipment that I have as well as the mental and emotional machinery. Ah, but so many places vied for attention. First, Heaven/Paradise/Valhalla/the Afterlife. If I could photograph that, presuming it really exists, and yet come back to Earth afterward for at least a few more years . . . eureka! That would be cool. Failing that and if I weren’t chicken, how ’bout these: Jupiter, Middle Earth, Narnia, Xanth, China, India (okay, all of Asia), Machu Picchu, Alaska, Scotland, and Yellowstone.

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick?

Reading my fellow introverts’ much-better answers here makes me feel either really unpragmatic or terribly survivalist, because I didn’t plan anything for food the entire weekend. D’Oh! Here are my thoughts. If I were looking at the “busy/active factor,” I would go for a running, camping, biking, art/crafting, antiques, or toy store. If I were more introspective, I would gravitate to the local bookstore (which is in an older two-level home) or any other bookstore or library, an art museum or gallery, or a store in a museum or zoo.

If you were given a boat or yacht today, what would you name it? ย (You can always sell the yacht later)

I would call it (the) Raymond Luxury-Yacht, but it would have to be pronounced Throatwobbler Mangrove. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bonus question: ย What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

  1. Ah, so many things to be grateful for. My family’s love and patience buttresses it all. Specifics? I’m glad we’ve had a cold/allergies because it’s a signal we’re alive and kicking; it could have been much worse; and I think it makes us more aware and appreciative of good-health moments.
  2. Looking forward to: Smiling and laughing, Kid #1’s graduation/carnival; not having a cold anymore; gardening and, I hope, seeing some new life sprouting; running; reading and writing; and spending time with the family.

7 thoughts on “Sharing My World: Week 21

  1. I like your fifteen second speech! I’m afraid mine would be an uncomfortable string of “uh… well, um….” (speaking in front of others isn’t my thing!)

    I hope your allergies/cold are better soon. Yes, it does remind us we’re alive, but it’s still unpleasant ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh, in reality, I could very possibly not be able to deliver the speech either. I guess it would just depend on the setting. I’m a better writer, I think, than a public speaker. Though I’m also, I think, a better public speaker than speaking to a small crowd of semi-acquaintances and acquaintances or little-known neighbors, etc.

  2. As I sneeze my way through allergy season I am holding onto your answer about being thankful for it because I know I am alive. I loved your answer to number two. I think Heaven must look a little like what’s described in Lewis’ The Last Battle. It will be fun to photograph!

    • Yeah, ditto here, Pastor Lillie. I am trying to be a more grateful person overall, even about allergies. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t say I’m super-familiar with Lewis’ Christian apologetica, other than maybe “Surprised by Joy,” but what a brilliant guy. I must say I would love to have been a fly on the wall at some meetings of the Inklings at Oxford! Tolkien and Lewis . . . wow! Thank you for stopping by, and peace to you and yours in Lillie-put!

  3. I’d love to join you and take a photograph of the Afterlife, heaven or Paradise. I’d even join you in going to Jupiter or Middle Earth. But most of all, I’d like to take my camera with me on a trip to the past and take some pictures of those moments I remember so well but have nothing but the memories. Having a picture and the memory would be perfect in my eyes.

    • I love this idea, too, Hugh. I would also want the sound and smells and tastes and “feel” embedded into some of these pictures. Like my grandmother’s voice, you know—I feel in my bones like I remember it, but I can’t recreate it exactly in memory (and obviously not in reality) since she’s gone. Cheers.

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