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Wordless Wednesday: A Cliff Walk to Remember

moody sign
Location: Kilkee, Ireland

 

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January 22, 2019 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

It’s Blue Monday

snoopy
Snoopy/Charles M. Schulz

 
Today is the third Monday in January. It’s referred to as Blue Monday, a term coined by Dr. Cliff Arnall for the most depressing day of the year. It was based on a mathematical formula that he came up with years ago while working as a tutor at Cardiff University.

The formula considers factors that can trigger the blues for you and me at this time of the year.

One of them is the weather. I look out the window and there’s nothing much to celebrate about. It’s freezing and gloomy outside which doesn’t bode well with the cold I’m dealing with right now.

Then there’s the realization that the holidays are over along with the festive cheer and the temporary high that they provide.

As things get back to normal, we come face to face with the same personal issues and challenges that we have before.

To make matters worse, we continue to live in a highly polarized society with no end in sight. Trump remains the president obsessing with the $5.7 funding for a southern border wall that many experts consider unnecessary. He has forced a partial government shutdown in order to get what he wants leaving 800,000 federal workers working without pay or furloughed from their jobs.

Since the Blue Monday theory has achieved some kind of notoriety, scientists have looked into it and came up with the conclusion that it’s “nonsensical” and “farcical.” Feeling the blues can happen on any day of the year.

Still, people will tend to swear by it including those who believe in astrology, numerology and the like.

For the record, Dr. Arnall leaves his theory to stand on its own. He did say in an interview with The Independent newspaper said that it was “never his intention to make the day sound negative”, but rather “to inspire people to take action and make bold life decisions”.

Dr. Cliff Arnall
Dr. Cliff Arnall

 
He’s now on a mission to prevent from further spreading the self-fulfilling negativity that Blue Monday has unleased.

January 21, 2019 at 1:00 am 1 comment

Mmm Monday: A Tasty Treat

Please share a photo of your favorite delicacy by clicking Mr. Linky below. Thank you.

escargot
Location: Paris, France

 

January 19, 2019 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

Home Alone

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 18 January 2019

Dale Rogerson
Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

 
It was almost midnight. Alone by herself, Anna heard the shattering of the glass. Somebody was breaking into the front door.

Gripped with panic, she hid in the closet and tried to call 911 but the phone was dead. It had run out of battery.

The burglar went all over the house. Convinced it was empty, he proceeded to the master bedroom searching for valuables. He then left as quickly as he came.

When her parents returned from the party, they were relieved to find their young daughter unharmed and safe. They vowed not to leave her home alone again.
 

January 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm 38 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Marksburg Castle

marksburg castle
Location: Braubach, Germany

 

January 14, 2019 at 8:09 am 13 comments

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