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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: 5 Items I Can’t Live Without

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I interpreted this week’s prompt to be a slightly tongue-in-cheek question about the unique things that give our lives meaning. That is to say, I won’t be mentioning food, water, oxygen, or other stuff that every human needs to stay alive. I’m also assuming necessities like glasses or medicine aren’t supposed to be included. Here’s hoping you all interpreted it in similar ways!

Internet Access. You all might giggle at this, but I often choose vacation destinations based on whether they have Internet access and how strong their signal might be. While I do spend most of my vacation time offline having adventures, I really like being able to text the people I travel with or google the history of the places I visit.

Stories. They can come in the form of books, TV shows, films, or true anecdotes about my loved ones.  I adore stories of every shape, size, and origin.

closeup of four chocolate bars with assorted nut and fruit add-ins Spending Time in Nature. Yes, most of the time this involves visiting urban parks where I still have that all-important Internet access. LOL! There is something so soothing about being surrounded by trees, grass, flowers, and the occasional babbling brook. It’s even better if I can take a long, brisk walk through it. I sleep like a baby after those excursions.

Non-Competitive Games. That is to say, I love playing board and card games if no one cares about winning and/or if we play a game that encourages everyone to cooperate to reach their goals. I adore banter and the silly things people discuss when they’re playing a game whose only purpose is to encourage everyone to spend time together.

Dairy-Free Chocolate. Any dentists participating in the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge may not approve of this answer, but I relish good chocolate. It’s the best sort of sweet there is in my opinion. I even like 100% chocolate that contains little to no added sugar in it. An adult relative was once surprised by how much little Lydia liked dark chocolate, especially since they’d just finished telling me that it wasn’t something children liked.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favorite Holiday (and a Recipe)

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A pumpkin covered in dew sitting in grass covered in dew. There is an orange leaf leaning up on the pumpkin.Halloween is my favourite holiday!

I love the magic of that season for so many different reasons.

Halloween candy is a delicious smorgasbord of flavours and textures. I love everything from candy corn to dark chocolate.

There are tons of creative costume ideas out there. It’s wonderful to see what folks come up with. I once knew someone who dressed up as a wedding cake for this holiday. How cool is that?

Seeing kids trick-or-treating makes me smile. It’s such a nice way to encourage neighbours to spend time together and be kind  to friends and strangers alike.

Halloween is also one of the rare times of the year when graveyards are mentioned a lot in pop culture. I don’t actually find cemeteries frightening at all. They’re often peaceful, beautiful places to visit in real life.

As far as a recipe goes, why not try something simple like roasted pumpkin seeds?

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of raw whole pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of butter, melted (margarine or other fats can work well, too)
  • 1 pinch of salt

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 Celsius)

Toss the seeds in a bowl with the salt and melted butter until every seed is coated.

(This step is optional if you’re like me and also hate scrubbing oily dishes) Put a sheet of tin foil on a baking sheet.

Spread the seeds in a single layer on the baking sheet.

Bake for roughly 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. When the seeds are golden brown, they’re finished.

 

It’s healthy, easy, and delicious. I also find crunchy, salty things like this to be a nice break from all of the sugary foods of the season.

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Best Biography or Autobiography

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Shot of daisy growing up from the ground. We can only see the bottom of the daisy and the blue but cloudy sky above.It was difficult to narrow my answer down to only one book this week.

There are so many amazing biographies and autobiographies out there, but in the end I had to go with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou for reasons I’ll get into below.

One, Ms. Angelou had a unique story to tell. Her childhood included very difficult experiences like moving between multiple households/caregivers as a small child and recovering from sexual abuse a few years later. (The incident itself was not included in her autobiography from what I recall, but I thought I should mention it for anyone who would rather not read about the after-effects of that topic).  With that being said, she was also surrounded by adults who loved her and who did everything they could to help her heal.

Two, the author had a poetic and descriptive writing style that is well-suited for an autobiography. She brought the heartwarming moments of her childhood to life in exquisite detail, and there were quite a few of them.

Three, everyone goes through tough times at one point or another. I find comfort in reading about the coping skills other people have relied upon when they experienced loss, trauma, grief, or other hard stuff. No two stories are every alike, but you can find many common threads in them if you pay attention.  It’s also encouraging to see examples of people persevering and eventually finding their way to happier chapters in life.

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: People Who Inspire Me

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Every few months, the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge poses a question that makes me wish I could peek into all of your drafts folders as I’m writing my response to it. Will you all choose people you know or famous people?

I decided to nominate one famous person and a couple of people I know in real life.

Foster Parents

Several years ago, my brother and sister-in-law signed up to be foster parents. I won’t go into details about the children they looked after for confidentiality reasons, but I’m so proud of my relatives for the excellent care they provided for the little people who needed a safe place to call home for a while. Foster children deserve families who truly love and cherish them, and that’s exactly what my relatives did for their kids whether those kids stayed a few days, a few months, or forever.

Photo of Malala Yousafzai wearing a green dress and a purple headscarf Malala Yousafzai

I’m sure you’ve all heard Malala’s story already, but I’ll quickly summarize it just in case.

In 2012, she was shot in the head by a member of the Taliban in retaliation for writing blog posts about her experiences living under their rule in Pakistan and advocating for the education of women and girls.

Malala miraculously recovered fully from that injury and has spent the last nine years advocating for everyone’s right to an education.

I also admire her commitment to non-violence and forgiveness. While she has never shied away from speaking the truth and attempting to make the world a better place, her empathy for her attackers is astounding.

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Saddest Book I’ve Ever Read

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black and white photo of slumped over man reading a book while sitting on a park bench outdoors The saddest book I’ve ever read was The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

It was a dystopian horror tale about a man who was trying to keep his young son alive in a post-apocalyptic version of Earth in which every plant and animal they found had died.

The writing itself was decent, but there were so many awful things that happened during the course of the plot that I really struggled to finish it.

If you decide to read it, I strongly recommend reading some spoiler-y reviews first or asking someone who has already read it to warn you in advance about certain scenes. Some of them were pretty disturbing, and that’s coming from someone who read horror for years.

I don’t read books like this one anymore. My tastes have since shifted to require more hope in plots and endings, but kudos to those of you who enjoy this type of horror.

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: The Best Parts of Each Season

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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: My Favourite Book and How I’d Cast It for a Movie

Hosted by Long and Short Reviews. Click here to read everyone else’s replies to this week’s question and here to see the full list of topics for the year. This is one of those topics I could write an entire book about. There are so many amazing stories out there that have either never been… Read More

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Recent Topics I’ve Googled

Hosted by Long and Short Reviews. Click here to read everyone else’s replies to this week’s question and here to see the full list of topics for the year. I love this topic! Here are some things I’ve recently googled and why I looked them up online. Do pigeons recognize individual humans?  As you all… Read More