Share Your World Week 26

Hah, this week I’m on time. 🙂 Here’s the new Share Your World week 26 challenge:

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© Dempster_2769. Shot on the Dempster Highway, south of Inuvik

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

I can drive, and sometimes do, but I don’t like to drive and prefer to be a passenger. When I’m travelling alone, I prefer public transport. The image to the left is the Dempster Highway (not my photo), I drove on that one years ago, that was a relaxed drive. 😀

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?

I would absolutely go. I love the opera, the atmosphere, the music, the singing. Even if it is ‘just’ a small company that can’t afford famous artists, I still love it. And listening to a good, renowned opera cast is like magic. You see and hear the art created, performed, right in front of your eyes and ears, you are there, in the moment. None of these moments will ever be the same, none of these notes will ever be sung the same. This just is. This is true for live concerts and theatre, too. No movie/series/video whatever can beat this.

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Share Your World: Weeks 24 and 25

041514-sywbannerI know, I know, it’s week 26 already, but I’ve just been too busy and stressed out to post much. But I still want to go through with this, call me stubborn. 🙂

So, here is week 24 of  Cee’s Share Your World Challenge

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?  

I do not like charities. I don’t like the need for them. I think a state that is worth its name should be able to provide for its inhabitants’ needs, people are different, everyone has different talents, not all of these talents get you a lot of money, people get sick, things happen, people need help. And animals, and the environment. I’m lucky enough to live in a country that provides for its people in most of these events, has the prevention of cruelty to animals set in its constitution and does a lot for the environment. Still, my naive ideas are far from reality, and there are so many people who need help beyond that, my country isn’t perfect considering the treatment of animals nor the environment either, there are refugees, many other people in need, so many animals that aren’t treated well… And so, I guess, charities are still needed, although I’d much rather collect the money from criminals like corrupt politicians, terrorists, tax evasive companies… there, dreaming again. In the meantime part of my country’s wealth comes from weapon deals… sigh.

Research, especially medical research, should not need donations, alas, it does…

I usually support urgent cases, like after a big earthquake. I somewhat regularly support Greenpeace, Amnesty International, The WWF, the local SPCA, and Doctors Without Borders.  I’m usually rather suspicious about how much of the donations actually go to the people/animal/places that need it. I don’t completely trust any of them, but I think most work very hard to help.

I never give anything when someone asks directly, on the doorstep, in a mall, on a blog, on facebook etc. I want to be somewhat informed about a charity and chose where I give.

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Friday Fictioneers: Sign Language

I pledgeI start to sound like a broken record, but I’ve been so busy last week that I couldn’t manage to read and comment on half as many Friday Fictioneer stories as I wanted. Work is very demanding at the moment, and that kept me from relaxing enough to write blog posts, or comments. I barely managed to read some posts, and there have been so many very interesting posts these last two weeks. Sigh. Maybe I should have postponed this blogging thing until I retire…

But enough of this. I do love Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers challenge and kicked myself into writing something.

You will find all the stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

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Melusine’s Children

Last week, I’ve been too busy to participate in the Friday Fictioneers challenge, I didn’t even manage to read other people’s stories. This week, I’m still stressed out, but I missed the weekly challenge so much that I just had to write something. It helps me to wind down.

The picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers’ 100-word writing challenge was provided, as always, by the creative genius Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. You will find all the stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

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Share Your World Weeks 22 and 23

041514-sywbannerI’m so horribly busy at the moment, that I barely have time to read anything, let alone post. I’m not sure I can participate in this, and next week’s Friday Fictioneers. My muse complains of being kept in a straightjacket, not able to move around freely.

I’ve already missed last week’s Share Your World, so, to give the muse at least a breath of air, I’ll combine last week and this week again.

Week 22 is a ‘complete this sentence’ and week 23 has questions, and a poll.

Onwards…

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Friday Fictioneers: Treasure

I pledgeAnd once again Wednesday is upon us, and with it another great picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers 100-word writing challenge. As every week, this is again hosted by the tireless Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

This week, I used the prompt to do a little research that was overdue anyway. I am by no means an expert on blacksmithing, but I like to have an idea of what is possible to do under difficult circumstances. I’m asking myself–being in the dystopian-world frame of mind again–do we really go back to the stone ages if our civilization breaks down for one reason or the other? What other options are there (without the Vulcans or some other Aliens coming to the rescue)? I don’t know what I would do without the internet for researching these questions. Not writing, most likely… But enough about me.

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Weekend Woofs: The Hunter

Don’t read if the death of small mammals upsets, or triggers you. I’m writing this here, since this is kind of a journal for Maia’s progress.

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I’ve written in the past how Maia passionately digs for mice. On occasion she digs some out. She was most successful in winter, when there was no ground cover, and the only shelter was their nest. She’d kill the mice.

Now, with grass and other plants providing ample groud cover, digging becomes less rewarding. The mice are outside and relying on the protection the plant cover gives them. Maia adjusted to that and now mostly jumps, and catches them with one swift strike. She usually kills them quickly, which I prefer, because I don’t like to stomp on them to make sure they’re dead. A predator killing prey is natural, but Maia is a domesticated pet who doesn’t need the food, and I don’t like unnecessary suffering. When the mouse gets away, I usually don’t allow Maia to go after it. She’s had her chance.

But she’s a hunter, that’s part of her nature. She has a strong hunting drive. That’s why I allow her to catch mice, besides, there are far too many mice around this year. The fields look like swiss cheese.

But recently, (while on leash!) she got a young hare. This made me very sad, hares are becoming rare around here (as opposed to rabbits and mice), and the animal was hurt too badly to take it away from her, so I was glad that Maia killed it quickly.  It was not nice. I need to pay more attention and not let her go too far into the fields. I don’t want to get her another hare, or even rabbit. Mice should be enough for her hunting drive.

Otherwise Maia is doing very well, she has truly arrived. She’s acting more like a teenager now than like a pup. Soon she’ll be all grown up. The hare incident reminds me to never leave her alone with the cat even if they appear to get along better now, but it may be deceiving. It’s just too risky.  They walk side by side peacefully one day, the next day there’s the wild hunt. The cat always has a place to escape to, but it’s stressful for him, and I’d rather be safe  than sorry.