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#MicroblogMondays 161: People are Magic

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Kelly Wickham Hurst recently said something that stuck with me: “People are magic.” She was talking about that human impulse to insert yourself into someone else’s life, somehow at the right time, and help. But, of course, it could go the other way, too. Magic is often used to trick the senses, misdirect your attention.

That is the thought that came to mind as I read this story about the start of the BRCA1 research. It is incredible that this project, which had an inauspicious start, led to knowledge that has potentially saved life. It’s not a long piece, but it is the best example of people are magic — both in the good and bad sense — in a single story.

Read it, but don’t ruin the twist for anyone else in your comment.

And tell us about a moment of magic that someone brought into your life.

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September 25, 2017   18 Comments

#MicroblogMondays 160: It’s a Mystery

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A newsletter I read linked to a fascinating (but old — it’s from 2004) long-read article about the mysterious death of an Arthur Conan Doyle expert, Richard Green, and the Sherlockian way the community has gone about trying to figure out what happened.

This is a little different from a regular Sherlock Holmes story because it involves an actual person. I don’t want to say too much about the article and ruin it, but read it.  You’ll find yourself pausing during it, noting strange wordings and wondering if they have any meaning.

I love mysteries for the same reason that I think most people like mysteries: we want to believe that everything can be known if we give the situation enough attention.  Or, a quote from the article understandable with the world today: “The more illogical the world seemed, the more intense the cult surrounding Holmes became.”

Do you like mysteries?

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Are you also doing #MicroblogMondays? Add your link below. The list will be open until Tuesday morning. Link to the post itself, not your blog URL. (Don’t know what that means? Please read the three rules on this post to understand the difference between a permalink to a post and a blog’s main URL.) Only personal blogs can be added to the list. I will remove any posts that are connected to businesses or are sponsored post.

1. Cathy at Still Waters 11. Modern Gypsy 21. Charlotte@ muchadoaboutnothinggg
2. Impatiently Infertile 12. Counting Pink Lines 22. Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal)
3. Mali (A Separate Life) 13. Isabelle 23. Chandra Lynn (Pics and Posts)
4. Mali (No Kidding) 14. the OCD infertile 24. Inconceivable!
5. Middle Girl 15. Raven 25. Shail
6. Shilpa 16. Traci York, Writer 26. Keerthi Vydyula
7. Turia 17. Empty Arms, Broken Heart 27. Laughing IS Conceivable
8. Unpregnant Chicken 18. Risa Kerslake
9. Cristy 19. Just Heather
10. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled) 20. Amber

September 18, 2017   21 Comments

#MicroblogMondays 159: Acknowledging the Date

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There are some dates you want to remember and mark because they bring you personal happiness: your birthday, anniversary, special accomplishments.  There are other dates that you wish you could forget but you can’t because they were life changing events: death dates and other losses.

There are dates that you swear you’ll never stop marking that sometimes slip away with time.  Our miscarriages were like that.  I couldn’t tell you the dates anymore except for one, and that’s only because it occurred the day before a Jewish holiday, which makes it somewhat easier to keep in mind, though only the Hebrew date and not the American one.  The others pass on the calendar without acknowledgment even though I thought I would never forget those dates.

But there is something about September 11th that pokes my back and says, “Remember me.”  It doesn’t matter that it isn’t a neat milestone like 10 years or 15 years or 20 years after the fact.  Even at the oddball 16-year mark, it demands that you notice the date on the calendar.

Are you doing anything to mark the day?

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Are you also doing #MicroblogMondays? Add your link below. The list will be open until Tuesday morning. Link to the post itself, not your blog URL. (Don’t know what that means? Please read the three rules on this post to understand the difference between a permalink to a post and a blog’s main URL.) Only personal blogs can be added to the list. I will remove any posts that are connected to businesses or are sponsored post.

1. Women Return To Work | Naba 10. Empty Arms, Broken Heart 19. Good Familes Do
2. Cathy at Still Waters 11. Traci York, Writer 20. Jess
3. Raven 12. Geochick 21. Risa Kerslake
4. Shilpa 13. Parul Thakur | Happiness & Food 22. Mali (No Kidding)
5. Laughing IS Conceivable 14. Journeywoman 23. Team Mocktail Mommies
6. Cristy 15. Virg� nia 24. Pragun
7. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled) 16. Vinitha
8. Modern Gypsy 17. Chandra Lynn (Pics and Posts)
9. Isabelle 18. Mali (A Separate Life)

September 11, 2017   25 Comments

#MicroblogMondays 158: Haste, Post, Haste

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There was a cute story in the news this past weekend about a little girl who wrote the Queen because she wanted a pet swan and she thought the Queen owned all the swans.

I showed it to the ChickieNob because she writes a blog about royal news, but she was royally miffed.  I think it secretly had something to do with the fact that she never got her pet clam, but the rest of it was because the ChickieNob sent a letter to the queen and got no response.  She did not want to hear about a little girl who got a letter from Buckingham Palace when she had been checking the mailbox for weeks since sending her own at the beginning of the summer.

When she first wrote the letter, we explained to her that it was highly unlikely that she would receive a letter back, though the ChickieNob couldn’t fathom how the Queen wouldn’t respond once she saw the evidence of the ChickieNob’s deep and abiding love.  We told her it was worth writing, but you need to send these sorts of things without any expectation of an answer.

Have you ever received a response from a public figure?

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Are you also doing #MicroblogMondays? Add your link below. The list will be open until Tuesday morning. Link to the post itself, not your blog URL. (Don’t know what that means? Please read the three rules on this post to understand the difference between a permalink to a post and a blog’s main URL.) Only personal blogs can be added to the list. I will remove any posts that are connected to businesses or are sponsored post.

1. Inexplicably Missing 8. Isabelle 15. Empty Arms, Broken Heart
2. Resilience | Naba 9. Journeywoman 16. Middle Girl
3. Cathy at Still Waters 10. Unpregnant Chicken 17. Jess
4. Circle of Daydreams 11. Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) 18. Chandra Lynn (Pics and Posts)
5. Daryl 12. It’s My Life 19. Laughing IS Conceivable
6. Mali (No Kidding) 13. Transition of Thoughts | Aseem 20. Love. #Kheer Writes
7. Mali (A Separate Life) 14. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled)

September 4, 2017   19 Comments

#MicroblogMondays 157: Time or Food

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You come across a magical wish-granting being who offers two possible situations.  You can either have one, super-charged night per week, where you don’t have to sleep and you won’t get tired.  Meaning, you could wake up Wednesday morning, stay up all Wednesday night while everyone else sleeps (feeling completely energized), segue into Thursday morning as if you slept the night, and not get tired until Thursday evening as normal.  You’d gain 8 extra hours in your week to do whatever you choose.

Or

You can have an 8-hour period once a week where you can eat anything you want with no bodily impact.  The calories are null and void.  No fat or sodium affecting your overall health.  You get 8 hours to eat whatever you choose.

Which would you take?

I’d go with the time option.

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Are you also doing #MicroblogMondays? Add your link below. The list will be open until Tuesday morning. Link to the post itself, not your blog URL. (Don’t know what that means? Please read the three rules on this post to understand the difference between a permalink to a post and a blog’s main URL.) Only personal blogs can be added to the list. I will remove any posts that are connected to businesses or are sponsored post.

1. Obsession With Beauty | Naba 9. Conceptionally Challenged 17. Modern Gypsy
2. Inexplicably Missing 10. Laughing IS Conceivable 18. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled)
3. Different Shores 11. Chandra Lynn (Pics and Posts) 19. Virg� nia
4. Cathy at Still Waters 12. Team Mocktail Mommies 20. Turia
5. Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) 13. Risa Kerslake 21. Jess
6. Parul Thakur | Happiness & Food 14. Traci York, Writer 22. Empty Arms, Broken Heart
7. Isabelle 15. Journeywoman 23. Lori@ Laughing IS Conceivable
8. Failing at Haiku 16. Shail

August 28, 2017   27 Comments

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