Of Honey and Vinegar

Honey, Honeycomb, Sweet

The power of words is immense. Ideas have the ability to sway emotions, and to spawn their own natural offspring. How one presents these ideas, however, has the power to stifle or to nurture the core message. What is said must have merit if it is to truly have sway, or at least it should be so. But history has shown that golden ideas misrepresented or construed have failed, where ideas bearing no nobility have encouraged crowds to do the unthinkable whether they are from some podium in Munich or in Washington DC.

I value logic. I embrace semantics and philosophical truths. Yet, I have to acknowledge that rhetoric has the ability to obscure truth, to make emotion override reason, and to lead to a lessening of the collective good. That being the case I must respond to Fandango’s question: “In the context of blogging and writing, what do you think is more important: what you say or how you say it?,” that it is how you say it that matters most.

What we write and blog is diminished if our ideas are poorly framed. What we post is as susceptible to dismissal because of “bad writing” as any other form. If we annoy with our grammar, we lose the readers heart. Furthermore, no matter how true our premise, or sound our conclusion, if it offends because of a lack of tact, we have often lost the battle. “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar,” it has been said. It is here that I risk losing support for my well-considered response by equating my readers with flies. Trust me, however, that you are neither small minded insects, or nuisance-some bugs, but the mirrors of, we the bloggers’ inner voices.


The Ubiquitous C


It’s quite ubiquitous and common to see

Upon our blogs – watermarks – or copyright Cs

T’was a couple of years ago, a little less or more

That our content for India left our shores

We protested and made clear that we didn’t consent

And at last, the word-thief had to relent

But if you are new to blogging or sharing your ink

Be sure to state copyright, or at least add the link



FOWC with Fandango — Ubiquitous




Amy’s Food Vlog



“That will be an excellent promotional still for the Vlog advert,” Amy said.

“Yep, I think we look really good, and the setting is perfect.  I think people will flock to your YouTube site,” Rich observed.

“I think you’re right.  That fresh veg will just about sell itself.  It looks so nice.”

“Maybe next time you should wear a slightly darker dress though.  I think it will make the pasta standout more.”

“Do you think?  But I look really good in pastels,” Amy observed.

“You do Babe,  and I know your looks will win no matter what you are wearing. But I was thinking about the die hard foodies, they might want to focus more on the ingredients.

“Okay, I think I see your point.”

“I’m getting kind of hungry,” Rich said.  “Do you have anything for us to eat?”

“Well the spaghetti is cooked.  But I think it will take about an hour for us to make a decent sauce.”

“Yeah, I really can’t be bothered to actually finish it though,” Rich said.

“I cooked the pasta, and you cut the veg already, so it’s a head start.”

“Hmm.  How about KFC?”

“Sounds perfect,” Amy said.  “I don’t think I can be bothered either.”



Inspiration Call: Cooking



Following Dreams, Living in the Moment

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A very special friend gave me a copy of Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, the Mole, The Fox, and the Horse for Christmas.  I have, as she suggested, dipped in and out of it since, but read it in order and in full today.  It followed on the heels of reading Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.  It too was a product of a kindness, as one of my readers made the very generous comment that she saw a similarity in my writing style and Coelho’s.

I was amazed at the similarities in the philosophy and sentiment of both books.  “Follow you dreams,” and “Make the most of the present moment” resound through both works.

In this time of isolation, and confinement, following dreams may well seem impossible.  But, not if the second principle is followed.  I have works I had wanted to read, and stories I have wanted to tell.  What better time than this to do so?

I have commented before, that in this time, I feel very much closer to my late wife, even as I am more cut-off from others.  I am having time to “relish the moment” when I prepare recipes she enjoyed, and admire the decorations in the home we made together.

So as both Coelho and Mackesy suggest, love does fill one’s life.  Let’s use this time to thank those who are dear to us, and to reiterate our love for them.

To Sophie and Christine, thank you for the love you have shown me.


Rounding Up The Once Crimson Crispina


Teresa Grabs has challenged us this week to: “shine the spotlight on another blogger. Sometimes people have difficulty seeing their own talent, and this is a way to boost the WP community. Write a post that spotlights another blogger.”

It was not difficult for me to immediately come up with my fellow East Anglian, Crispina Kemp to write about.  Crispina hails from the East Norfolk coast, and her photography and writing often capture the uniqueness of the coast and Broads near her Great Yarmouth home.

Her blog, Crispina Kemp the blog: Myths, legends, history, poems, photos… a creative miscellany, does all that it says on the tin and more.  Within her posts you will find samples of her own imaginative fiction, insightful poems, and features such as Sunday Fungi – quality photos of mushrooms, and kindred species.  Her photography really is impressive.  Within her posts you will also find creative writing prompts based on photos of her travels.

In addition to her blog-work, Crispina is a novelist, with a passion for fantasy writing.  Her Spinner’s series is now being published (Crispina Kemp on Amazon), and I look forward to the full series release.

Do pay her blog a visit, I am sure you won’t regret it.




Bed, Four Poster, Luxury, Bedroom

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

For some blogging is like being nude –

You expose your hidden self.

For others it’s like when the lights come on –

You try to evade with stealth.


Some blogs are factual, others mere jest,

Some rude, erotic, or obscene.

Some try to keep their words romantic,

Always wholesome and clean.


There is no saying which blog genre’s best –

Like this very post – which is beyond my usual daily-three,

I guess it must be romantic then –

What else could a four-poster be?



FOWC with Fandango — Nude

Padre’s Rambling: A Haibun


Though he was a “low churchman,” and preferred “brother” to any other title, the men of the battalion still tended to address him as Padre.  In time he came to recognise it as a term of endearment and respect, and as such he accepted it and then gradually adopted it.  Padre would wander among the troops telling stories, answering questions, and yes – giving spiritual guidance.  Though the uniforms may now be gone, the ramblings and mission still remain.

Padre – the chaplain

Observant through life rambles

Enlightening flock




Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, August 14th 2019, your penname or blogname

July Writing Projects Update

Bk 4 The Cousins Tales

The Locket and The Rosemen Tales are coming along, and I am now smoothing some continuity points. In addition, The Cousins Tales has been making demands on me to pen segments, even though it was envisioned to be the fourth book of the series. It may well end up racing ahead of the Dunes Wars prequel. While Wai Yen was originally intended to be the central character, the Elf twins, Arun and Uran are demanding sizable portions of the storyline, and Omar, a reluctant participant in the tale, is starting to tie sections of the plot together.

As The Locket nears completion, I am once again seeking cover advice from you all.  Please find three possible covers below please let me know your thoughts on each, and any preferences.


Thanks again for the support.



“I Am A Writer . . . ” Concept Prompt

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source: Mark Adams

How is this for a concept for a new “reality” television programme? A group of poets and novelists are stranded in a jungle encampment and must undergo a series of “bush-craft” challenges in order to secure their freedom and the opportunity to return to their beloved typewriters. I think a good working title would be “I am a writer, expedite my departure.”

What are your suggestions for a title or alternative rules?  Might it include writing challenges, or the eating of non-four and five-star cuisine?  I would love to know your ideas.

Alternatively, use the opportunity to write a short story about the events of an episode of the programme. Really it’s up to you – just have fun with it.


Please share this with anyone who might enjoy the challenge, and do cite this post so others can see your ideas in the ping backs.

Sunshine Blogger


I would like to thank LIBARAH for nominating me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. I really appreciate the kindness of both the nomination and your support for my blog.

As part of the process, Libarah has asked the following questions:


1. Whom you are close to more Mom or Dad?

It is far too difficult to answer this one, as each has their own special place in my life.  But I am also separated from both of them by so many miles, that the relationships are not all I would hope them to be.

2. What is your favorite food?

I am a fish fan, and really enjoy dishes like gumbo.

3. Who is your idol of life?

As cliche as it might seem, I do have to say Jesus, though I am far from being a mirror of His model.

4. What do you consider your greatest weakness to be?

I am easily wearied, and procrastinate all too much.

5. What does your perfect day look like?

A perfect day is one where I can lie in, and cuddle my wife, and just soak in any quality time together.

6. Do you consider yourself a good friend?

I try to be.  I think I am loyal, and strive to be kind and supportive.

7. What is your favorite thing to do?

I like good food, and the company of good friends.

8. Have you ever been heartbroken?

Yes, and dread when it shall come again.

9. Would you rather be rich or famous?

This is another difficult question as, I really don’t aspire to either. I would rather be loved and happy, than wealthy or famed.

10. What does the meaning of  love to you?

Love is to surrender yourself to the good and happiness of another or others.

11. What makes you feel most loved?

Being accepted for who I am, despite my flaws and shortcomings.



The Sunshine Blogger Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging sites.

2. Answer the questions.

3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.

5. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.

My Nominees:


Sewskimo Gertz

Perfect Chaos

Santé Bon Viveur

The Questions:

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. Has it achieved what you hoped?
  3. What role does faith play in your life?
  4. Would you rather be an important person or a respected one?
  5. What things are the most important in a friendship?
  6. What one thing would you change about yourself?
  7. What is your favourite film?
  8. And what is your favourite book?
  9. If you had to give up the book or the movie, which would it be?
  10. What recipe brings back childhood memories?
  11. What would be willing to risk for one you love?