NOT OFF TO A GOOD START – 2015 WEEK #35

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2015 WEEK #35

What made you feel good this week?

Nothing yet. I’ve been up and about for three and half hours and all of it has been on the phone straightening out messes with Amazon, Charter Cable (bad DVR box), a pharmacy, and three doctors.

The good part? I scheduled my granddaughter’s 19th birthday party, which she is having here because hey, that’s what grandparents are for!

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I have rescheduled 3 appointments: two for me, one for Garry. I have filed a complaint (Amazon), received refunds and apologies (Amazon). It is now 11:45 AM. I’m exhausted.

It’s Monday morning, so this week is not off to what I would call a terrific start. But you never know. Maybe this is the worst it will get, in which case, it’s okay. Breathe, breathe, breathe.

For potlucks or parties do you cook it yourself, buy from a grocery store, or pay for catering?

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It depends. There haven’t been any events of this kind in the last couple of years. I used to cook, but then I switched to buying desserts from the local bakery. But every once in a while, I still get the urge to bake and I always share the results, party or not.

What is your favorite part of the town/city you live in.  And what Country do you live?

My town is so ridiculously small, you either love all of it, or none of it. Uxbridge is a town of about 11,000 people in south central Massachusetts. We are in south Uxbridge, which isn’t a separate town, just the most southern end of the township. The Village of Uxbridge is much smaller than the town.

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If you know anything about the way New England is structured, you know that there are the counties, then towns, then villages. Each has different boundaries. Massachusetts is, for those who care about legal differences, a commonwealth rather than a state. There is a difference, but at this point in history, it’s more a technicality than significant.

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If I had to pick a single place to love especially much, it would be the dam over the Mumford River.

Historical Context
Commonwealth originally meant a region governed by the people, not a monarch. England was a commonwealth from around 1649 to 1660. During the American Revolution, the colonies of Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania declared themselves commonwealths. Thereby they signaled that they were no longer governed by the British monarchy but were an independent republic. At the time, Kentucky was part of Virginia. In 1790 when it separated from Virginia, Kentucky chose to retain the commonwealth moniker.

Complete this sentence:  My favorite place in the whole world….. 

My favorite place is home.

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No matter where I go — or how much I complain — this is the place where I feel “right” with the world and myself.

BICYCLE PORTRAITS

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As HEDley Lamarr once said, “My mind was a raging torrent,” as I saw the bicycle and the folks settled in front.  They were dipping their toes in the lake on a warm, sunny day.

Actually, I was thinking of a scene from one of my favorite movies, “Night of The Hunter”. There’s a shot through a cobweb of kids playing in a field. So, my inspiration came from Charles Laughton, the acclaimed actor in his his only directorial effort.

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The bicycle, its spokes, the people, the lake and beyond offered many possible stories.

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The images on images also reminded me of dream sequences. I was so inspired that I lay down on my stomach to get some of these shots. I would later regret that effort.

File this under my fountain of youth/Fellini picture shoots.

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