New School






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The following was written for this week’s GBE prompt, which asked participants to write their entire post using only single syllable words. If you’d like to blog with us, just clickety-click. All are welcome!


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New School



He takes the shirt from the cart and hangs it back on the rack. “Green,” he says. “I like the green one.”

His mom shakes her head. “It has to be blue,” she tells him. “Rules are rules.”

She holds a blue tee up to his small chest and smiles. “Nice! It suits you.”

She takes five blue shirts, all the same, puts them in the cart, and then turns to look at pants. “Can you help me find your size?” she asks. “We need five pairs.”

He waves his hand at the row of slacks, not pale, like the shirts, but still blue. “I love green,” he says. “I don't love blue. I don’t like it at all. And I don’t think I’ll like this new school.”

“The list says blue shirts and blue pants, bub. Load ‘em up.”

They walk to the front of the store, their cart full of blue clothes. She looks at her son and sighs. “Hold on,” she says. “You need shoes. Left turn.”

He moves in front of the cart and makes the turn. He takes a pair of blue Chucks from the shelf, shrugs, and dumps them in the cart. She holds up a pair of bright green sneaks and swings them back and forth. “The list just says ‘court shoes,’” she tells him. “It does not say they need to be blue.”

“I love you!” he says, his face bright for the first time all day.

“As much as green?” she asks, and he laughs.

“A bit more,” he says, and then he takes her hand and grins. “A lot more.”




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You wouldn’t like it if someone stole your words, so please don’t steal the work of photographers and graphic artists to provide images for your blog. Today’s image courtesy of morgueFile, which offers lots of wonderful, free images for public use.

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GBE 2: Blog On -- Week #80: “Single Syllable Challenge”







GBE 2: Blog On -- Week #80: “Single Syllable Challenge”

Are you up for a challenge? Good! This week, please write something (an essay, bit of fiction, poem, song lyrics, or whatever…) using ONLY single syllable words. Why? Good writing is clear, direct, and not overly flowery. This exercise will force us to cut the fat and choose our words wisely.


As always, the guidelines are simple. Blog on this week’s prompt in any way you see fit. Once you’ve posted to wherever you normally blog, drop the URL to your post into the comment section below.

REMINDER: use the URL to your entry for this week’s specific topic post, NOT to your blog’s home page!

If you haven’t already done so, you are welcome to join GBE 2 at its main headquarters over on Facebook (We’re comfortably over 300 members and we’re still growing!). Just visit GBE2’s Facebook Page and request to join the group. Everyone is welcome, so tell your friends! :O)

Oh, and people always ask what GBE stands for. It’s Group Blogging Experience. The original GBE was started over at MySpace by a fabulous woman named Alicia. She headed up the group for close to two years before deciding that she’d run her course with it, so she stepped away.

About a year and a half ago, Alicia and I, along with a few others who’d been a part of that original group, were talking on Alicia’s Facebook wall about how wonderful that experience had been and before I could stop myself, I announced that I was going to start a blogging group in the same fashion as the GBE. With Alicia’s blessing, I swiped the name, added the 2, and the rest is history.

For those of you who use Twitter, the hashtag for the group's posts is #GBE2, and we can increase readership if we all tweet early and tweet often. ;O)

That’s it! Easy-breezy-lemon-squeezy!

You have until Saturday (12-1-12) to post your blog and leave your link…

Again, this week, our prompt is: Single Syllable Challenge

Ready. Set. Blog!

Happy blogging!
Beth



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You wouldn’t like it if someone stole your words, so please don’t steal the work of photographers and graphic artists to provide images for your blog.


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GBE 2: Blog On -- Week #79 “Picture Prompt!”





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GBE 2: Blog On -- Week #79 “Picture Prompt!”


As always, the guidelines are simple. Blog on this week’s prompt in any way you see fit. Once you’ve posted to wherever you normally blog, drop the URL to your post into the comment section below.

REMINDER: use the URL to your entry for this week’s specific topic post, NOT to your blog’s home page!

If you haven’t already done so, you are welcome to join GBE 2 at its main headquarters over on Facebook (We’re comfortably over 300 members and we’re still growing!). Just visit GBE2’s Facebook Page and request to join the group. Everyone is welcome, so tell your friends! :O)

Oh, and people always ask what GBE stands for. It’s Group Blogging Experience. The original GBE was started over at MySpace by a fabulous woman named Alicia. She headed up the group for close to two years before deciding that she’d run her course with it, so she stepped away.

About a year and a half ago, Alicia and I, along with a few others who’d been a part of that original group, were talking on Alicia’s Facebook wall about how wonderful that experience had been and before I could stop myself, I announced that I was going to start a blogging group in the same fashion as the GBE. With Alicia’s blessing, I swiped the name, added the 2, and the rest is history.

For those of you who use Twitter, the hashtag for the group's posts is #GBE2, and we can increase readership if we all tweet early and tweet often. ;O)

That’s it! Easy-breezy-lemon-squeezy!

You have until Saturday (11-24-12) to post your blog and leave your link…

Again, this week, our prompt is: Picture Prompt

Ready. Set. Blog!

Happy blogging!
Beth



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You wouldn’t like it if someone stole your words, so please don’t steal the work of photographers and graphic artists to provide images for your blog.

Today’s image is one of my own. That’s my kitchen, and you are welcome to use the photo, without crediting it, for your post.


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GBE 2: Blog On -- Week #78 “Numbers”






GBE 2: Blog On -- Week #78 “Numbers”

As always, the guidelines are simple. Blog on this week’s prompt in any way you see fit. Once you’ve posted to wherever you normally blog, drop the URL to your post into the comment section below.

REMINDER: use the URL to your entry for this week’s specific topic post, NOT to your blog’s home page!

If you haven’t already done so, you are welcome to join GBE 2 at its main headquarters over on Facebook (We’re comfortably over 300 members and we’re still growing!). Just visit GBE2’s Facebook Page and request to join the group. Everyone is welcome, so tell your friends! :O)

Oh, and people always ask what GBE stands for. It’s Group Blogging Experience. The original GBE was started over at MySpace by a fabulous woman named Alicia. She headed up the group for close to two years before deciding that she’d run her course with it, so she stepped away.

About a year and a half ago, Alicia and I, along with a few others who’d been a part of that original group, were talking on Alicia’s Facebook wall about how wonderful that experience had been and before I could stop myself, I announced that I was going to start a blogging group in the same fashion as the GBE. With Alicia’s blessing, I swiped the name, added the 2, and the rest is history.

For those of you who use Twitter, the hashtag for the group's posts is #GBE2, and we can increase readership if we all tweet early and tweet often. ;O)

That’s it! Easy-breezy-lemon-squeezy!

You have until Saturday (11-17-12) to post your blog and leave your link…

Again, this week, our prompt is: Numbers

Ready. Set. Blog!

Happy blogging!
Beth



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You wouldn’t like it if someone stole your words, so please don’t steal the work of photographers and graphic artists to provide images for your blog.


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GBE 2: Blog On -- Week #77 “Beginnings”






GBE 2: Blog On -- Week #77 “Beginnings”

As always, the guidelines are simple. Blog on this week’s prompt in any way you see fit. Once you’ve posted to wherever you normally blog, drop the URL to your post into the comment section below.

REMINDER: use the URL to your entry for this week’s specific topic post, NOT to your blog’s home page!

If you haven’t already done so, you are welcome to join GBE 2 at its main headquarters over on Facebook (We’re comfortably over 300 members and we’re still growing!). Just visit GBE2’s Facebook Page and request to join the group. Everyone is welcome, so tell your friends! :O)

Oh, and people always ask what GBE stands for. It’s Group Blogging Experience. The original GBE was started over at MySpace by a fabulous woman named Alicia. She headed up the group for close to two years before deciding that she’d run her course with it, so she stepped away.

About a year and a half ago, Alicia and I, along with a few others who’d been a part of that original group, were talking on Alicia’s Facebook wall about how wonderful that experience had been and before I could stop myself, I announced that I was going to start a blogging group in the same fashion as the GBE. With Alicia’s blessing, I swiped the name, added the 2, and the rest is history.

For those of you who use Twitter, the hashtag for the group's posts is #GBE2, and we can increase readership if we all tweet early and tweet often. ;O)

That’s it! Easy-breezy-lemon-squeezy!

You have until Saturday (11-10-12) to post your blog and leave your link…

Again, this week, our prompt is: Beginnings

Ready. Set. Blog!

Happy blogging!
Beth



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You wouldn’t like it if someone stole your words, so please don’t steal the work of photographers and graphic artists to provide images for your blog.

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Yankee Doodle Dandy





I should probably begin by telling you that I don’t consider myself patriotic. That may not sit well with many of you, but I am what I am and you know me—I refuse to pretend. I’m not unpatriotic, if that helps. I don’t burn flags or encourage anti-American extremists. I vote and I pay my taxes. But I don’t buy into the notion that my country and its citizens are somehow better, wiser, more deserving, or favored by the Almighty, an attitude I believe is often the at core of patriotism.

Patriotism is an overblown and overused word, if you ask me. Like “hero” or “inspiration,” the word patriot and all of its versions get tossed about like beach balls at Jimmy Buffett concerts. And like those other overused words, they are often attributed to people and actions in ways that are anything but appropriate.

Patriots, by definition, have some big kahunas. They are movers and shakers, the doers of courageous deeds, and are steadfastly dedicated to what they believe is the betterment of their country. They aren’t yes-men. They aren’t party loyalists. And they aren’t armchair activists.

They’re the folks who are willing to risk life, limb, and reputation to stand for change. To demand it. To take it, shake it, and accept nothing short of what they know needs to be done. They are revolutionists. Let me add that while patriotism is generally looked upon as a virtue, I think it’s important to note that the willingness to dedicate oneself to a life of action designed to bring to fruition ones vision for their country usually only looks appealing to those who share that same vision. Revolutionists are likely viewed as dangerous, extremist nutjobs by those with opposing opinions.

Sound familiar? Yes, those folks might be called patriots, too.

During election years, armchair activists ramp up their game. They tweet and Facebook like crazy in an effort to let their friends know just how fired up they are about the state of things. Some post day and night, leaving seemingly little time to tend their jobs and families. They go all in. If asked, I’d guess that many of them would puff out their chests and boast about their patriotism. They are doing something.

Here’s the thing, though. They’re not. For the most part, they aren’t doing diddlysquat beyond providing a giggle or groan from their friends. Facebook patriotism is like reading diet books while sitting on the couch eating cookies. It doesn’t get the job done.

Flag waving, anthem singing, and chest pounding aren’t particularly patriotic behaviors. They’re pageantry. Pageantry is nice, I suppose, as long as the work has been done. If not, it seems beyond inappropriate. It seems a little, well, pathetic. Gravy on a plate with no meat and potatoes beneath. Frosting on a cardboard cake.

I love my country. I do. And I feel incredibly blessed to have been born in a place where it’s safe for me to publicly post my opinions and start a piece out by declaring my lack of patriotism. But love of country does not a patriot make.

I tend to think in terms of world over country. Even the country I love, the one that affords me the right to sneer at it. I’ve said it before, but here’s my thinking on why it’s wrong to focus too much on country—it’s mostly an “us vs. them” thing. Call me a hippie, but I think we’re all part of us and there really isn’t any them.

Let me explain. If the goal is to look out for “us” and my country is more important than yours, it stands to reason that even within my country, there are levels of priority. My state matters more than yours. In my state, my town matters more than the others. Here in town, the folks on my street are of greater importance than those who live on other roads. Those who live at my address matter more than the people next door. And ultimately, making sure my own wants and needs are satisfied takes precedence over anyone else in my home.

Me, me, me, me, me. Ick. I can’t imagine a surer recipe for eliminating any chance at all for world peace than that.

Do I feel blessed to be an American? Absolutely. But that’s not superiority, the root of what most people call patriotism. It’s just plain dumb luck.




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Written for this week’s GBE topic, “Patriotism.” If you’d like to blog with us, just clickety-click. All are welcome!

You wouldn’t like it if someone stole your words, so please don’t steal the work of photographers and graphic artists to provide images for your blog. Today’s image courtesy of morgueFile, which offers lots of wonderful, free images for public use.


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