The folks at This Side of the Pond have a meme called Wednesday Hodgepodge. Heard about it at my friend Susan's blog. I have never tried it so I thought that I might today ...

1. Lake Superior University has once again banished a list of words/phrases they think should be banished from the Queen's English in 2012 -
amazing, baby bump, shared sacrifice, occupy, blowback, man cave, the new normal, pet parent, win the future, ginormous, trickeration and thank you in advance.
Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why.

amazing. I think that it and awesome are way overused

2. Are you easily embarrassed?

I can be when I do not know the folks I am around.

3. what is your go-to snack?

I have a few. Lately it is munching on Bison Summer Sausage watching the NFL playoff games.

4. Have you ever been to Washington DC? if not do you have any desire to go? What site/attraction would you most like to see in that city? If you have been what's your favorite site?

Our spring day trip in Junior High School included a train ride from Staten Island to DC. Enjoyed the Smithsonian the most. I'd love to go again. I have heard that DC is fairly wheelchair accessible.

5. sit ups-planks-lunges-squats-which one do you hate the least?

My arthritis keeps me away from such things. I do well to get a walk in.

6. What's a small act of kindness someone did for you that you've never forgotten?

A supervisor gave me some tough advice when I worked in Newark in 1975. I wanted to blow it off because I did not like what he said. I took it to heart and it changed my life.

7. Have you ever been a blood donor?

I give blood every three months. I have donated over three gallons. Would have been higher if I was not banned from giving for about 12 years because of HH.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

In my life I have found that pain has changed me more than love has. I am hoping to see that change. :)
Which do you think has changed you more - pain or love?


  1. So glad you joined in Bob. Your #8 is a hard one. You would make me think wouldn't you :o) !!!! I haven't had a lot of pain in my life, praise God, and have had an over abundance of love so I guess I'd have to say love. Although dealing with the pain of losing Suzette is still "working on me" and I truly don't know the end of that one.

  2. I'm so glad you joined in the Hodgepodge today. Your random thought has me thinking. That would make a great question for a future HP... would you mind if I use it one week? I will link back to your blog.

    I haven't had a tremendous amount of pain in my life but I think pain does change us in profound ways. I think love has made me brave. Really interesting to mull this one over in my head.

  3. Hi Bob. I am new to Wednesday Hodgepodge. I enjoyed your post. I had never heard of HH before. Your random thought is very thought provoking and when thinking on it the first thing that came to mind is that you are right. Pain has made the most change in my life.

  4. DC is wheelchair friendly, except for the Mall. The walkways are a sort of crushed stone that is difficult to push a wheelchair through. Fortunately there are plenty of hard surface walkways.

  5. Thanks so much everyone for the responses!

    I think that Clive's response is so insightful. There seems to be a connection between pain and love. Apart from love some pain would not exist.

  6. Came here because of Joyce's Hodgepodge link to your blog. What a great question you posed about love and pain. I asked my daughter her thoughts and she also said the two go hand-in-hand.

    BTW I spent two of the best years of my life in Kansas when I was a kid.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Zoanna!

      I agree with your daughter. Both pain and love have the ability to change us. And sometimes love will respond to pain in a way that produces change.

      Where abouts in Kansas did you live. I have lived in the Kansas City area since 1976.


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