Daily Prompt – My Dearest Personal Belongings

Daily writing prompt
What personal belongings do you hold most dear?
No, my dearest held personal belonging is not coffee or the mug. It is my health.

The question, like most prompts is a difficult one and one that I do not think of at all…unless prompted, of course!

The belongings that I hold dearest are not belongings, they are people and they do not belong to me. They choose me and I choose them.

So…what belongings do I hold most dear? None that I can think of. At least no THINGS.

As I age, the thing I hold most dear is my personal health. Why? Because it is the most difficult ‘thing’ to hold onto.

I guess that was not so difficult after all.


Stupid Human Tricks: Or Why Women Outlive Men

These men are working far over the 6′ general industry OSHA standard and 9′ OSHA construction industry standard for heights without fall protection. This is a Beaver Dam, WI Credit Union. At risk are not only the people on the roof, but people in the drive-through of this credit union. Stupid Is As Stupid Does…

These men are working far over the 6′ general industry OSHA standard and 9′ OSHA construction industry standard for heights without fall protection. This is a Beaver Dam, WI Credit Union. At risk are not only the people on the roof, but people in the drive-through of this credit union. Stupid Is As Stupid Does…

Daily Prompt – My Legacy

Daily writing prompt
What is the legacy you want to leave behind?
R Dub and his girls at Spearfish Canyon Falls in South Dakota a LONG time ago.

What is the legacy that I want to leave behind? To be honest, this is not a question that I think about. So, this a good prompting question. Thanks whomever or whatever (AI) came up with this daily prompt!

I started by making sure that I understood the definition of the word legacy. According to the Oxford Dictionary the word legacy is defined as; the long-lasting impact of particular events, actions, etc. that took place in the past, or of a person’s life.

For most of us, and yes I am including myself in this statement, our children are our legacy. For good or bad we are remembered at least for their lifetime the way we raise our children and the way they act is part of our legacy.

As Graham Nash of Crosby Stills and Nash wrote in the classic song “Teach Your Children”

“… You, who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so, become yourself
Because the past is just a goodbye

… Teach your children well
Their father’s hell did slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams
The one they pick’s the one you’ll know by

… Don’t you ever ask them, “Why?”
If they told you, you would cry
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you”

Sure we want to be eternally remembered for doing something awesome or leaving a huge endowment in our name somewhere, but that will not be in the cards for most people. R Dub is not ruling either of these things out, but at my age…the odds are against me.

Beth and I do have some legacy outside of our children, our names are etched in stone at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s Fine Arts Center for charitable contributions to help build the facility. For as long as this building is used by BDACT we do have that legacy.

So…to answer the question; “What is the legacy you want to leave behind?” I want the next generation or two to remember me as a good person who made a positive impact on my family, friends and the community at large. Anything above that will be a bonus.

Daily Prompt – Cold Weather Feelings

Daily writing prompt
How do you feel about cold weather?
What do we think of cold weather? This heart shaped snow clearing and Beth’s smile should answer the question.

How do we feel about cold weather? We have chosen to live in the upper Midwest, so we like it…most of the time. Most of the time we like it, sometimes we love it, sometimes not so much.

We must admit there is something special about the first big snow storm each year. Playing in it of course, whether it be skiing or skating (which we have not done in too long of a time) or driving around in a snow storm at night to watch it fall through the street lights or just sitting in our home watching it pile up. Snow is pretty, pardon the pun, cool. Without cold weather, no snow.

One of our favorite weekend adventures was to hike through the Door County parks in February to see the beautiful ice formations that the crashing waves make on the rocky shores of Lake Michigan.

When do we not like cold weather? When it should be warm. Like in spring when we want to start planting flowers and other plants outside, but have to wait until Memorial Day weekend when all frost is not probable.

So, we like cold weather and the fun and beauty that it brings to our locale.

This trip to Door County in February to hike along the cliffs of Lake Michigan was a GREAT time.
Beth makes the cold look good!
The mail box and USPS carrier may not be as fond of the cold as we are.
This is March 25, 2023. This is when we do NOT like cold!
Ice castles at the WI Dells. Artificial ice art, but fun and pretty. The Ice is too.
R Dub does not make the ice look nearly as good as Beth…

Daily Prompt – Calling An Audible: What’s Up With This?

Daily writing prompt
Have you ever broken a bone?
Believe it or not this picture is of the same magnolia bush, take in the same week. The flowers came in a bright magenta, rain and wind blew them off. The next round of flowers were pink!

The easy and quick answer to have you ever broken a bone is no. That’s no fun. So…riddle me this?

Why did our magnolia bush start with bright magenta flowers, rain and wind blew them off, they were replaced by pink flowers…IN THE SAME WEEK!

What’s up with that?!

Daily Prompt – Work/Home Balance

Daily writing prompt
How do you balance work and home life?
Balance? Focusing on work is more difficult than balancing it with my home life.

R Dub is a guy that works for the sake of living the life I want. I do not live to work…period.

If there is an imbalance, it is getting myself into work mode.

Daily Prompt – Oldest Thing I’m Wearing Today? Underwear!

Daily writing prompt
What’s the oldest things you’re wearing today?
I prefer underwear with physical, not the printed ink tag. So…I save the old style with a tag sewn in for as long as the elastic will last!

The oldest thing I’m wearing most days is my underwear.

Why? I prefer underwear with physical, not the printed ink tag. So…I save the old style with a tag sewn in for as long as the elastic will last!

Why? If I’m getting dressed while Beth is sleeping, I do not want to turn on the light. I use the tag to tell me if I’m putting them on correctly. You know, are they inside out, are they backward…

Daily Prompt – Leader or Follower

Daily writing prompt
Are you a leader or a follower?
My favorite type of leadership role: Theatrical Production Director. This is part of the cast and crew from The Hightower Detective Agency. The author is Dan in blue to the left of me as you look at this photo.

The question; Are you a leader or a follower? Most of the time a leader, but I know when to follow.

When do I follow? When someone takes the reins and knows what they are doing.

Much of the curriculum in my Masters program dealt with leading people and projects. Part of learning to lead is learning yourself. There were several batteries of testing done. Myers-Briggs was just one. I will share my results, but not include all of the other tests…this time!

Leadership roles through the years: High school Student Council, College Student Body President, Production Supervisor at both 3M and Gleason Reel, Board President at Lake Sinissippi Water Ski Club, Beaverland Must-ski Water Ski Show Team, Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre, department head Gleason Reel Customer Service, show director for over 10 theatrical and water ski productions.

The results of my Myers-Briggs Type Indicator exam for this class indicate that I am an Extrovert iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging type. (ENTJ) According to  McCaulley (2000) my personality type has the largest number of Executive employees in its ranks, 20.9%, p 123.

              “ENTJ Personality is also known as The Commander. ENTJs are natural-born leaders. People with this personality type embody the gifts of charisma and confidence, and project authority in a way that draws crowds together behind a common goal. But unlike their Feeling (F) counterpart, ENTJs are characterized by an often ruthless level of rationality, using their drive, determination and sharp minds to achieve whatever end they’ve set for themselves. Perhaps it is best that they make up only three percent of the population, lest they overwhelm the more timid and sensitive personality types that make up much of the rest of the world – but we have ENTJs to thank for many of the businesses and institutions we take for granted every day.” (“It’s so incredible to finally be understood,” n.d.).

Daily Prompt – 5 Favorite Fruits

Daily writing prompt
List your top 5 favorite fruits.
Oranges and cherries muddled in our Wisconsin style Old Fashion beverages!

Five favorite fruits. At first I was unsure if I had a total of 5 fruits that are consumed in the house. We are veggie people. But upon further review…not really a problem. Two of them, however are not traditionally considered fruits.

  1. Orange – at least once per week…usually 2 or 3 times per week we use orange slices in our favorite potent potable. Wisconsin Style Old Fashion.
  2. Cherry – see number 1.
  3. Raspberry – We put them in pancakes!
  4. Tomato – our favorite unconventional fruit: sliced in our salads, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, pizza sauce, salsa! I’m sure there are more, feel free to add.
  5. Beans – green, dry beans for chili, baked, re-fried, and many, many more!