“Writer Of Words, Etc.”

Entry Two In FRIENDS-OF-KUCHED” Week

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT …

Claudette Labriola’s Blog – “Writer Of Words, Etc.” – Is The Writer’s Satirical Expose Chronicling The Tribulations Of Parenting And Domestic Life For What It Truly Is: Living Hell, Anchored By Morning Coffee Perks And Evening Wine “Calm-The-Fuck-Down” Decompression Sessions … With A Few Sweet-Ass MeanMom™ Rantrums Squeezed In.    

Journey Deeper Into Writer Of Words, Etc. And The Reader Is Treated To Claudette’s Creative Fantasy And An Imagination Uncorked In Her Flash Fiction Section.  Lyrical Dumplings That Deliver More Than A Hint Of Her Vigor And Commitment To Hone And Share Generously Of Her Impassioned Craft.

Clandestine Tales Is A Favorite.

MeanMom™ Is A Term Of Self-Endearment Claudette Has Granted Herself.

 

FROM CLAUDETTE ABOUT CLAUDETTE

Updated 2020 (from Lock-down Pandemic Covid-19 jail – waiting for parole lifted restrictions to get life back in some form):

“I’m a GenX blogger/writer/dog walker/purger/wine drinker/midlife mom.  Started blogging when my son was an infant; he’s 15 now.  I live in a teeny bungalow in Toronto’s West End with a pilot/professor partner, tween girl and the aforementioned teen boy.  Oh and we’re getting a puppy in late summer. (Help me.)”

HOW I SEE IT …

C. La (*) Is Fearless And Confident And Right-In-There … Despite Her Passive Introversion – Don’t Be Fooled – Be Prepared.  Her Writing Bends Hard, From Journaling Accounts Of Life In The Meh-velous Mom Lane To Ripping Rants And No Shortage Of Cutting Humor To Cause The Reader To Lean Into Their Screen A Little Closer And Then Suddenly Jump Back.

How Cool Is That?

It’s A Bit Like Train Wreck Meets Groundhog Day Meets Home Alone (Adult Version) Meets Willy Wonka Meets Chocolat Meets How Stella Got Her Groove Back Meets Mommie Dearest (Sweet Version). 🙂

Best Read Daily With A Side Bowl Of Benzylbutybarbiturates, A Chilled 2009 R. Müller Riesling And A Sleeve Of Toblerone Chocolates For The Righteous Effect.

 

MY FAVORITE POST(S)

“49 Things About Me …”  

And

“Elusive Chocolate And Candy Stash: Mom Vs. Teenagers Edition”

Spoiler Alert:  I Was Rooting For The Kids … Only Because I Knew There Would Be A Must-Read Sequel If They Nabbed The Chocolates.

 

SEE FOR YOURSELF

“I remember now why I evolved into introversion over the years: I don’t want to witness, be surrounded, or entertained by idiocy.” CL

https://writerofwordsetc.wordpress.com/

 

MUSICAL PAIRING

Part Of Friend’s Of Kuched Week Is The Dedication Of A Song To The Honored Blogger …

Claudette’s A Big Fan Of Bryan Adams.   So, Let’s Go With “Cuts Like A Knife”

Enjoy.

(Regrets Again As I Was Unable To Upload The Video From YouTube.)

 

MICK’S NOTE:

(*) I Didn’t Ask Claudette’s Permission To Refer To Her As “C. La”  … Because I Recently Coronated Her As “Countessa Of The Semicolon”, Which She Is Rather Fond Of, And I’m Not In The Mood To Piss Her Off About Grammar.

That’s All I’m Saying …

“And, Thanks, Countessa.”

 

Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels

“Borden’s Blather”

Entry One In FRIENDS-OF-KUCHED” Week

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT …

Jim Borden’s Blog – “Borden’s Blather” – Is The Writer’s Inherently Charming, Intelligent And Witty Presentation, And Well, It’s Simply Neat Fun To Hang Out There …   

 

FROM JIM ABOUT JIM

… Emerson’s words capture perfectly the kind of life I hope to live:

“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

 

HOW I SEE IT …

J. Bo (*) Shares Moments And Curiosities Of Everyday Life As Testimony That Is Immediately Pleasing And Satisfying To The Reader’s Curiosity And Appetite To Learn From An Engaging Educator.

The Range Of Topics, Depth Of Research, And Knowledge … Reveals A Tidy Nugget Of  Purposeful Information – A Teachable Moment – Entertaining The Reader (Guest) Especially Well With Reason To Come Back For Seconds And Thirds …

“Jim’s Comments Are The Real Gems Of Borden’s Blather.  I Was Welcomed The Very Moment I Connected With Jim.  He Seemingly Answers Every Comment, And Does So With Genuine Interest And No Small Serving Of Sharp, Observational Humor.  You’ll Go From A Smile To A Laugh.”  

And Leave With A Reminder That There Are Genuinely Good Folks Blogging On WordPress.  

 

MY FAVORITE POST

All Of Them …  

But If I Had To Narrow It Down To A Couple Dozen, I’d Say Don’t Miss Jim’s Weekly Feature “Monday Music”

Spoiler Alert:  It’s Published On Monday’s And It’s About Music.

 

SEE FOR YOURSELF

“Long-winded talk with no real substance. Drop in daily for your regular dose of nonsensical blather.”  JQB

https://jborden.com

 

MUSICAL PAIRING

Part Of Friend’s Of Kuched Week Is The Dedication Of A Song To The Honored Blogger …

Jim’s A Big Fan Of Bruce Springsteen.   So, Let’s Go With Born To Run

Enjoy.

(Regrets As I Was Unable To Upload The Video From Vevo.)

 

MICK’S NOTE:

(*) I Didn’t Ask Jim’s Permission To Refer To Him As “J. Bo”  … Any Resemblance To J. Lo Would Be Coincidental And False.  J. BoLo Share A First Initial, A Period, A Space (Not Literally Together … The Same Space Between Names … Uh, The Long Key On A Keyboard), And The Second Letter In Their Last Name. 

That’s All I’m Saying …

“And, Thanks, Jim.”

 

Image of a Juggling Bee/Wasp (sic) by Roland Mey from Pixabay

What’s The Question?

YOU TELL ME

I’ve Given The Correct Answers Below … 

“Yes, They’re Arbitrary.  Despotic, C’mon Now Don’t Be Like That?  Random Enough.”

Your Turn To Be The Q.

… Shouldn’t Be Hard.  G’Head, Don’t Be Shy.  … Ask The Questions Like No One’s Reading?

 

1) THE ANSWER IS …

“… Because It Felt Good At The Time, That’s Why.”

2) THE ANSWER IS …

” … Anyway, I Didn’t Know The Guy Was A Real Cop.”

3) THE ANSWER IS …

” … True.”

4) THE ANSWER IS …

” … Because I Thought This Stuff Stayed In Vegas.”

5) THE ANSWER IS …

“… I Swear It Looked Ripe To Me.”

 

Image by Mylene2401 from Pixabay

 

Awesome Blogger Award

DANKESCHÖN, SOVELY MATTERS

For This Wonderful Accolade And Nomination … 

Sovely Is The Creative Soul Of MurmelMeister.

“A Blog So Passionately Crafted To Reward The Reader With Blossoms Of Love, Music, Poetry, Soul Food … Infused With An Unfettered Awakening And Celebration Of The True Human Spirit.”

So, There’s A Sunshine, Liebster, Special, Barnabas (In-Waiting), And Now, An Awesome Blogger Award Nomination To Crowd My Virtual Mantel Of Blogging Bling.  Grazie, Darlings.

ABOUT THE AWESOME BLOGGER AWARD

“This is an award for the Absolutely Wonderful Writers all across the blogging world.  They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers.  That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

RULES TO BE PART OF THE AWESOME BLOGGER AWARD 
  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward.
  3. Answer the questions you were asked.
  4. Nominate at least 5 bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  5. Give them 10 new questions to answer.
QUESTIONS FOR KUCHED

When are you happiest?  The time I spend with my two sons, Uno e Dewey.  Writing.  Praying.  Supporting the Daily Bread Food Bank.  

Do you prefer happiness or challenging situations?  I’m almost always in a happy mood, frequently bordering on natural euphoria – must be the sweet pheromones jacked up inside – except for moments of other normal emotions that get in the way of permanence.  Happiness is fleeting, finicky, and unfulfilling beyond a momentary flight of self-satisfying random occurences, which isn’t sustainable.  I don’t pursue, or often think about, happiness.  It simply exists for me.  I don’t miss it if it’s slumbering or absent.  It always comes back when it needs a heart to hug and a mind to play with … Happiness may be something as innocuous as ice cream melting.  Laughing after crying.  Playing with my dog.  A warm or cool breeze.  Challenging situations appeal when there is a drive to attain a desired goal, result or achievement.  I strive for Purpose, Truth In Self, Wisdom Beyond Knowledge, Potentiality Of Love and Personal Betterment … omnipresent challenges, never-ending.  

What is the best thing happening to you past week?  Forging through an extended period of creative voids and abstinence to allow a story to permeate within me – honoring the process to nurture rather than forcing unnecessary words for the sake of writing – then hitting a moment of creative bliss where it abundantly spilled onto the pages as though I had discovered a secret passage into an inspirational sanctum.

What is the most useful thing you own?  My Mind.  My Hands.  My Heart.  My Imagination.  My Faith.  My Self.  My Strength.  My Sense Of Humor … Library Card.  Brita Water Filter.  Plumbing.  NH95 Face Mask.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?  God’s Grace and Forgiveness.  My Mother’s lifetime of unselfishness and sacrifice for her children.  Mio Ragazzi. 

What makes you laugh the most?  My dog.  My sublime idiocy and self-deprecating humor.  Things I say aloud when I’m alone.  Mocking myself.  I’ve always made myself laugh.  I think I’m humorous, though I’m not sure …   

What is something you like to do that other people would probably consider “weird” if they knew?  I often go to see films alone.  I dance when I’m alone to my curated Spotify playlists.  I use purifying facial masks a couple times a year as a devout and practicing Metrosexual Man.  Also, I’ve given myself a deplorable (unspeakable) nickname to keep me humble … because humility is Self Love.  I’ve trimmed my hair twice during the pandemic.   

What was the most thoughtful gift you made?  I was about 7 or 8 years old and I had crafted a paper necktie in school for Father’s Day … Thoughtful, wishful, perhaps back then only because I’ve never met my father.   

What’s the best topping/ice cream combination?  My lips are the topping … over Chocolate Tartufo.

What’s your idea of heaven & hell?  Life on Earth.  It’s the same place.  We’re simultaneously co-habitating in the delusion of Good and Evil, though we’re all too preoccupied with nonsense, ignorance and hoarding 2-ply bleached tree bark to tell the difference … and, even if we could, would we really know what to do about it?

How do you feel about diversity?  For Millennia, Drones Of Social Engineering – Religion, Government, Education, Military, Media – have persecuted courageous individuals and groups merely wanting to be recognized and valued for their inherent differences.  Shame on The Institutional Whores masquerading as Leaders of Humanity.  Future generations will live a truer, authentic existence … until Artificial Intelligence usurps their freedom and liberties, and then the Neo-Persecuted will wax poetic about the Good Old Days when Humans had the right to hate, judge, ridicule, slaughter and enslave one another instead of being censored, cloned, euthanized and de-Humanized by a herd of fuckless robots.  So, be as different, as genuine, as unique, as blessedly purposeful … as singular as God Created you.  

What is your most favorite blog post that did not get enough attention yet?  “In Me Still …” was soul-effacing to write and share publicly.  It’s the closest script to poetry I’ve ever written and recounts a dark childhood trauma … decidedly cryptic, I’m unconvinced it revealed the truth entirely.

What’s your favorite question to ask?  “What’s Your True Purpose in Life?” … “How Can I Help?” … “Didn’t I Pay Last Time?”

What was the meanest thing you’ve ever done?  Lied about the truth.  Killed an insect.  Hurt people emotionally who care about me …

Which jobs would you like to try out, if you had a chance?  Priest (Confessions and Exorcisms only).  Film Director.  Architect (during The Renaissance).  Organic Farmer.  Sign Painter.  Dirty Dancer.  Surfer.  Typography Designer / Font Artist.  Namer Of IKEA Products.  Millennial Whisperer.  Crafter of Artisanal – Small Batch – Kitty Litter.

You’re good at? Short List:  Quick wit.  Making myself laugh.  Telling the truth.  Holding hands.  Chivalry.  Ironing shirts.  Making homemade … Bolognese sauce, Jambalaya, Chilli, Beans & Rice, Kasha, Omelets, Oatmeal, Lasagne, Espresso … Kissing.  Free-style Dancing.  Pinching fat babies.  Flossing the hard to right spots.  Pouring a nice head on a Lager.  Annoying friends.  Getting out of bed.  Foreplay.  Making up new words.  Screwing up grammar.  Using a Corkscrew.  Snorting when I laugh.  Shaking my head.  Cloaking my heart when I’m smitten … Watching movies.  Doodling.  Staring at people in public.  Blinking.  Counting backwards.  Mocking.  Telepathy.  Empathy.  Crying in church.  Day Dreaming.  Shadow Puppets.  Modesty/Immodesty.  Being an asshole when I’m cranky.  Drinking from a glass.  Throwing snowballs.  Losing focus when I’m bored.  Pretending to listen.  Asking questions when I already know the answer.  Falling asleep.  Not caring/Over caring.  Answering questions when I don’t know the answers … Writing cryptic, random nonsense, then tapping publish on my blog.

14 QUESTIONS FOR THE FABULOUS NOMINEES
  1. What’s wrong with you?
  2. Do you prefer pie or cake?
  3. Can you be trusted with a lie?
  4. What’s your favorite swear word?
  5. Are you better at kissing or writing?
  6. Have you ever mistaken Lust for Love?
  7. When was the last time you slow danced?
  8. Is there something you’d like to tell the world?
  9. Who would win in a fight: Godzilla or Hello Kitty?
  10. What musical instrument do you look like the most?
  11. What’s your first impression when you look in a mirror?
  12. Have you ever worn underwear from a person of the opposite sex?
  13. Finish this sentence anyway you like: “Bartholomew, I don’t know any damned Bartholomew …”
  14. Do you think Ecru deserves to be a distinct color, or should it just go back to a being a miserable shade of boring-ass Beige and lose its uppity-as-fuck attitude just because it’s friends with Taupe?
MY NOMINEES

Truly Awesome Are My 5 Chosen Nominees Of Impossibly Gifted Writers And Bloggers I Follow Regularly:

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