Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Words For Wednesday: 30/12/2020

 



 



This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts, and mixing and matching is encouraged.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

The prompts will be here this month and I am providing them.


This week's prompts are a mixture, feel free to use any or all of them:

Firstly Steve suggested that I include the word Diverse next year as a prompt next year.  I said that I was happy to do so, but having realised how long it will be before I provide the prompts again I thought I would include it now.

  1. Diverse
  2. Universe
  3. Reverse
  4. Terse
  5. Nurse
  6. Rehearse 

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Have fun.  Next month Charlotte (MotherOwl) will be providing the prompts.

Happy and healthy New Year to everyone.

160 comments:

  1. I am happy to live in a DIVERSE world. Diversity is the spice of life after all. It would be a very boring place if everyone was just like me – or like you for that matter. Some may NURSE their grievances against those who look different, but often such sentiments are engendered by suspicion, a lack of understanding, or diminished economic circumstances, and not by inherent resentment. We may have to NURSE people along a little, and that is not always easy, nor pleasant, and sometimes it is sufficient to accept that it is enough if we can prevent them from going in REVERSE. It seems to me that we should all REHEARSE for a UNIVERSE that is brown, where everyone has a relative of one race or another, and then it will be hard demonstrate blind prejudice. I mentioned this to a fellow the other day, who was griping about “them”, and he got a little TERSE, but I think he got the point.
    Just look at that sunset! Surely that is what makes the point. We all live on the same blue dot, we all enjoy the same glorious sunset. Can’t we can all just get along?

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: Loud applause - not least because I agree with you. Conservatively speaking about 1000 per cent.

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    2. Very nice use of the words and the sentiment!

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    3. Isn't the realm of letters a wonderful one?!

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    4. Splendid and very clear

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    5. Great job on the prompts. Our diversity makes us all unique but we all breath the same air so let us all get along.

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    6. Hi David - so thought provoking to read ... and we are all the same, yet all unique ... let's live happily together. Thanks - excellent take on EC's prompts.

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    7. Great use of the prompts David. These were some tough ones. My story is posted on my blog.
      http://granan10.blogspot.com/2020/12/words-for-wednesday-12-30-2020.html

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    8. I'm with you on diversity. It's the spice of life. And yes we all share one life, one planet anmd one glorious sun.

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    9. Well said. Your use of the words says much.

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  2. Thanks EC and Steve ... I'll be around to comment anon -here's mine:

    Too late to Rehearse, the Nurse Reverses the turn, nothing can be done for the wonderfully Diverse Universe, but nature challenges humanity, we await the terse outcome.

    Here's to all of you for a peaceful and better 2021 - Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Well done, but my optimistic self hopes that it is not too late for the universe and that diversity can be maintained (and cherished).

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    2. Beautifully stated best regards!

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    3. Like Elephant's Child, I'm still very optimistic for our universe.

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    4. Still hopeful the outcome will be good.

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    5. Thank you - I'm optimistic too ... thankfully I'm of that ilk ...

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    6. Here's to a 2021 that will give us all hope and optimism!

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    7. Nice verse for all to rehearse. Good job Hilary. My story is posted on my blog.
      http://granan10.blogspot.com/2020/12/words-for-wednesday-12-30-2020.html

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    8. We do indeed.Nicely summed up.
      And here's to a better 2021.

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  3. Rachel watched and waited as the sun started to (finally) blaze over the horizon. As a nurse she hoped (fervently) that the dark days were in reverse.
    She was tired, tired to the bone and beyond. For months now a diverse range of people had demanded her care. Young, old, people of colour, men, women... They all needed her. And badly. She and her colleagues struggled to meet the demand. No time to rehearse, this was the real deal. The very demanding real deal.
    Her new year’s resolution for the world was terse but heartfelt.
    Make things better – and at the very least no worse.. Our place in the universe may depend on this...

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    1. After the past 9 month this is the truth and the absolute truth!

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    2. Great job. Well done! And very topical.

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    3. Echoing David. Well done. Very thoughtful!

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    4. Well done Elephant's Child. Oh, those pour nurses. They are my heroes.

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    5. At the least, no worse. First, do no harm.

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    6. Thanks EC - Rachel has it right ... let's hope 'no worse' ... stay safe -Hilary

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    7. Not all heroes wear capes, some wear stethescops. It has been a hard year for our first responders and medical staff. Well said.

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    8. Wow Sue, you and I were on the same track for use of the prompts. Your tale is exceptional. I did post my story on my blog. Great prompts.
      http://granan10.blogspot.com/2020/12/words-for-wednesday-12-30-2020.html

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    9. Well done, Sue. Yes, there was no time to rehearse. As things get worse in the US, there are specs of light and hope. Our health system and those who spend their long days caring for the sick and dying (while others go golfing) are stretched beyond reason, but they hold on and return each day. The word hero is not a big enough word to describe them.

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    10. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: You are right. Hero is not a big enough word. And it applies to so many essential workers who just keep going - too often at the cost of their lives.

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    11. Excellent write EC!!! Big Hugs!

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  4. "Game on Boris! We have 2 seconds after each other to come up with rhyming words. 3 misses and it's game over. You start us offDiverse
    "Universe"
    "Reverse"
    "Terse"
    "Nurse"
    "Uhhh"
    "Rehearse, 1 for you"
    "Hearse"
    "Curse"
    "Cruise"
    "Adverse, cruise doesn't rhyme. Strike 2"
    "Converse, Yeah I know it doesn't"
    "Can't think of one"
    "Transverse"
    "Dammit"
    "Immerse, 2 to 2"
    "Verse"
    "Worse"
    "Whorse"
    "Traverse! Nice try but no dice! Winner and still champion. Again?"


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    1. Anne in the kitchen: I love this. And struggled to find words that rhymed. I suspect I would have failed too.

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    2. When we were kids my sister and I played this on car trips.

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    3. Hi Anne in the kitchen - well done ... so appropriately topical ... and very clever - all the best - Hilary

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    4. very fun game! I suppose after a mug or two of gluhwein it becomes even more entertaining!

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    5. I will collect all these words and keep them in my purse. Such fun use of today's prompts. My story is posted on my blog.
      http://granan10.blogspot.com/2020/12/words-for-wednesday-12-30-2020.html

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    6. Oh, I'd love to play this game with you ... and lose every time :D

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  5. The terse nurse didn't like the diverse universe and had to rehearse to reverse her thinking.

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    1. Mike: When I included terse I thought it would suit both you and Sean Jeating if he decides to play this week.

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    2. Ha ha, here I am. And yes, Mike let the corners of my mouth start an expedition to my ear-lobes.

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    3. That was right to the point Mike.

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    4. Hi Mike - excellently terse ... very clever - Hilary

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    5. short and sweet, and hopeful.

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    6. Good job and great use of the prompts today. Very succinct. My story is posted on my blog.
      http://granan10.blogspot.com/2020/12/words-for-wednesday-12-30-2020.html

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    7. A terse verse, or a terse diverse. Love it.

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  6. Diverse approach.
    Tersely put, the universe does not give a fart on (wo)mankind.
    The reverse seems also true. Rehearsing ways to survive? Nope.
    Good news: No one has to fear the sun's extinction.

    Happy New Year!
    I shall nurse a glass of wine on everyone's health.

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    1. Sean Jeating: Of course the universe doesn't care. Why should it.
      And thank you for that raised glass.

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    2. You are right, no fear there. Enjoy that wine.

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    3. Yup Sean ... we do not have time to fear the sun's extinction - it'll happen regardless of what we do. I'll join you in the glass of wine though ... Hilary

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    4. Indeed. why worry about the tomorrow that never comes because it is always today.

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    5. And I shall toast you with a glass of wine in appreciation of your good use of the prompts today. My story is posted on my blog.
      http://granan10.blogspot.com/2020/12/words-for-wednesday-12-30-2020.html

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    6. Ladies, thanks for your kindness. Although being lazy a blogger, I shall try to successively visit your blogs. If only there were not so many books to read, so many stories to write, so many meals to cook, so many views to admire ...

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    7. I agree Sean - my brain is addled with all the things I'd love to do ... books to read, good films to see, stories to write, aspects to explore ... so be it - one can do a little! Take care ...

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  7. -DIVERSE underpins diversity which recognizes that, though people have things in common with each other, they are also different in many ways.

    - I'm sure the UNIVERSE is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here.

    - To be a philosopher, just REVERSE everything you have ever been told and have a sense of humor doing it.

    - But with the true poet, everything is TERSE, touching, or brilliant.

    - To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through, that is what it is to be a NURSE.

    - You can survive tough situations and even turn them to your advantage by acting as if you are the person you want to be. When you act like that person, you can become that person. The hard parts are deciding whom you want to become, being willing to REHEARSE until you become that person, and forgiving yourself until you do.

    I wish you and everyone a memorable Happy New Year.

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    1. Well done! So that's how to become a philosopher -- i thought you had to marry someone that it turns out you don't like.

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    2. Hi Steve - no wonder I'm not a poet ... terseness doesn't seem to invade my world! Take care for this year and next - Hilary

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    3. I loved your remark on universe... I suspect it is true.

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    4. So many talented participants using today's words. You did a great job Steve and gave us lots to think about. My story is posted on my blog.
      http://granan10.blogspot.com/2020/12/words-for-wednesday-12-30-2020.html

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    5. Granny Annie: I have read your story - and loved it.

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    6. A bit Sci-Fi, a bit philosophy and all brilliant.

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  8. Steve: Thank you for this very philosophic contribution. And thank you for the word diverse - something we need to value a lot more than we currently do. I am still smiling at your line about intelligent life being too smart to visit us (or at least to be obvious about it).

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  9. Well done. A discourse to make us think.

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  10. My family is a diverse bunch. No two alike in all the universe, too late to reverse. Sometimes the conversation get terse while we nurse our hurts while wishing things would be in reverse.

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    1. This is too true of so many families.

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    2. Julia: I love this. I recognise my family here too.

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    3. Brilliant answer Julia ... loved that. H

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    4. Very nice. We might be related, there is always hurt when dealing with one of my family members.

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    5. Excellent use of the prompts! My story is posted on my blog.
      http://granan10.blogspot.com/2020/12/words-for-wednesday-12-30-2020.html

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    1. messymimi: I look forward to it - as I always do.

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    2. Yes it was well done. I have already read it. Mine is on my own blog.
      http://granan10.blogspot.com/2020/12/words-for-wednesday-12-30-2020.html

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    3. Just in time to ring out the old year and ring in the new. I hope 2021 is a good year for you.
      Happy New Year.

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    4. Julia: I hope that the new year brings good things for the world. It is (early) New Years Eve here. I will not see the New Year in (she knows her way) but am indeed hoping that good things come with her.

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    1. Cindi: Welcome back. I really enjoyed your take on this week's prompts.

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    2. Thank you! I've missed this.

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    3. Yes, that was a wonderful story.

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  13. diverse, diverse, diverse, hmmm, hang on while I go and find my brain. I think it is in the fridge with the cherries.

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    1. River: I hear you. Mine went out to lunch some time ago and didn't invite me.

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  14. dear E C thank you for amazing blogging and wonderful sharing all time :)
    wishing you all the health ,peace and happiness in next year my friend!
    enjoy the blessings of Lord with loved ones each single day amen!

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    1. Baili: Thank you so much. That is a truly generous wish - which I hope comes true for you and yours.

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  15. As the sun rose over the horizon, I was reminded that today was another opportunity to begin again.

    Thank you for the prompt, EC! Wishing you a wonderful, happy, healthy, New Year!

    Elsie

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    1. Elsie Amata: Thank you for joining us again - and for your wishes.
      Love your take on the prompt - and a big yes to be able to start again. Each and every day.

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    2. How true ... even though there's no sun on a gloomy New Year's Day you are so right ... today is the first for our future ahead. Take care - all the best - Hilary

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  16. The letters fell dormant as the nurse knew no words to express the sorrow of 2020. For how does one put the pieces together to spell success? Even a high letter score cannot undue the damage brought by a universe filled with a diversity of deaths. May 2021 improve our games.

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    1. Catch My Words. Welcome. And YES. Our games need improving. And fast.

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    2. I tried to go to CMW's website and got this...
      Website blocked: joycelansky.blogspot.com
      Malwarebytes Browser Guard blocked this website because it may contain malware activity. (trojans)

      Could you go to her site without warnings?

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    3. Sad story, but true.

      I can visit Catch My Words' blog with no warnings or other malfunctions.

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  17. According to my December-resolutions, I have posted my less-than-perfect take on EC's wonderful words and photo here.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): As usual you are too hard on yourself. I really enjoyed your poem.

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  18. Nurse Brown was always diverse.
    Her responses she did regularly rehearse.
    But with COVID in play,
    Her verbiage turned terse and her intentions reverse,
    As the universe she cursed from her hearse.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Poor Nurse Brown. I suspect there are some people that she could/should curse more than the universe though.

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    2. Clever Sandra ... well worked. Hilary

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    3. Thanks, Stacy and Hilary. It's off a smidge, but it is what it is:)

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  19. Happy New Year to you.
    Hyvรครค uutta vuotta!

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    1. orvokki: Thank you. And to you, your family and the world.

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  20. The terse nurse had to practice reverse, as she took her futuristic car into the new diverse universe.

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    1. mail4rosey: Thank you so much for joining us this week. I hope that diversity is better cherished in this new universe.

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  21. Just popped by to wish you all a Very Happy New Year!!

    With much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Ygraine: Thank you so much - and to you and yours.

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    1. Sandra Cox: And huge thanks to you too. I hope for a very happy year indeed - for the world.

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  23. I missed your midnight!! It is now past 3 am there... As usual you are always ahead of me!!! How does it feel to be in 2021 so far?!!
    Health, safety, fun... hope you have all of these and more..
    Hugs

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    1. Caterina: I missed the New Year coming in. So far, it is dark, quiet and still. I am hopeful though. For the world. A very happy New Year to you and yours.

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  24. Wishing you a year filled with good things.

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    1. Lady Fi: Thank you - and to you and yours (regardless of how many legs they have).

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  25. Por un feliz ¡Aร‘O NUEVO 2021! para ti y toda tu familia.

    Un saludo desde Salamanca.

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    1. villa: Thank you so much. I hope your New Year is wonderful.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: Thank you. And to you - with hopes for a year with a lot less pain.

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  27. Here's mine:

    If you're going to be a nurse
    (and you could do far worse)
    Know you must diverse
    In this mad universe.
    For we did not rehearse
    And cannot reverse
    How the Plague will immerse
    With a curse oh so terse.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: If only we had rehearsed - and didn't rely so heavily on the nurses (and doctors and...)
      Hugs to you.

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  28. My good wishes for 2021.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. I hope that you, Eddie and your family have a wonderful year.

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  29. This is a lovely idea for a post and I have to say I think that photo at the end is perfect for the current time with the new year - something so hopeful about the fact that the sun always rises and sets, and each day is a new day!

    Hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and are having a happy new year :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. Mica: Thank you. Every day is indeed a new day - and I am a serious sunrise addict.
      I hope that you and your family have a wonderful, wonderful year.

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  30. Happy New Year Beautiful Soul! Wishing you so many blessings! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: Thank you - and to you. Always.

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  31. I did wrote something else for this and last week's prompts but I haven't quite got it ready to post but I will soon-ish. And I'm fine with hosting WFW in July.

    I wish you a Happy New Year!

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    1. lissa: I look forward to reading your creations whenever you are ready to post them. And a very Happy New Year to you too.

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  32. I thought I should finally drop by and say hello. Such diverse responses. I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Here's to 2021 being a whole lot better.

    Hugs and hope,

    Gary

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    1. klahanie: Dear Gary, it is lovely to see you venturing back into the blogosphere again. I do hope that 2021 is better - for you and for the world.

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  33. Happy New Year!!! :) Those are great prompts. I am putting my full faith in the Universe...it has great plans for me! :) So far 2021 has been lovely. I've spent the morning watching the sun rise, the birds feeding and hearing nothing but my pets snoring and the clicking of my fingers on the keyboard. I love my life! :)

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    1. Rain: I am so glad that you are loving your life. A big hooray for the simple pleasures - and your appreciation of the universe and its diverse wonders.

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  34. Being terse with my submission, if this diverse universe were run in reverse until begun again at January 2020, at least each nurse would have had a chance to rehearse what to do in the unfolding disaster, not that I would wish for that.

    Good wishes for 2021 to Sue and everyone else here.

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    1. Andrew R. Scott: Go back in time? Shudder. Not even for the chance to do things over.
      Thank you for your wishes. I do hope that you and your wife continue to recover well from the dreaded virus.

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  35. Bit late to the party, but good wishes do seldom come too late: Happy and healthy New Year, Sue, to you and those around you. Wishing you all the best!

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    1. Sean Jeating: Thank you. Good wishes are always welcome. And yours are reciprocated.

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  36. Happy New Year 2021
    Hopefully things are better than before and the pandemic will end soon.
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Regards

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    1. Justcherry: Thank you. We have been lucky (and cautious) with the pandemic in my country. A very happy New Year to you and yours.

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  37. Happy New Year! Enjoy your weekend :)

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you. I hope your weekend and year are wonderful.

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  38. Feliz aรฑo nuevo, y que Dios os de mucha salud.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Manuel: Thank you so much. A very happy and healthy year to you and your family.

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  39. We all lived differently in 2020, hopefully 2021 will be different ... but much better, healthier and have more brighter days.
    It's no longer gloomy because of Covid.

    Regards

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    1. Himawan Sant: I fear that covid will be around for a while yet, but hope is again shining. Happy New Year.

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    1. Natalia: It IS a fun meme. Happy New Year to you too.

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