Wednesday Hodgepodge

Wayne - I haven't done the Hodgepodge in awhile.  So I thought I would give it a rip...

1. The USA will mark Columbus Day this year on Monday, October 14th. What's something you need or want to explore (literally or metaphorically speaking)? 

This is also Canadian Thanksgiving and apparently Fall Break at the College.  Since it is going to get quiet for a few days, I am hoping to explore my writing again.  It feels as though my writing has taken a back seat since term began and I need to get back to it.

2. The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, or Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty...who do you most love to hate?

I will got with Ursula from The Little Mermaid just for this tune...

3. Is open-mindedness a virtue?

No, it is a necessity for increasing intelligence and personal growth.

4. How often do you weigh yourself?

Once a month but I really don't like to do so.

5. This question comes to you courtesy of Rebecca over at Making Memories, so thanks Rebecca!

Costa Rica was recently named the happiest country in the world on the Happy Planet Index. What's the happiest country in the world to you, and what makes it so?

Anywhere where I can hear this song while sitting on a beach...

Seriously, people anywhere can be happy as long as they are surrounded by love and life.

6. Besides The Bible, what is one book you think should be mandatory reading for high school students? Why?

I would go with a George Orwell double bill of Animal Farm and 1984.  The USA is becoming dangerously close to demonstrating that these books were not really fiction but visions of the future if people are not careful.

7. I went shopping at some nearby outlets last week, and while I was there, I picked up a couple of Christmas gifts. How about you? Have you started your holiday shopping yet?

Have not thought about it for one second.  I am seriously thinking is banning Christmas gifts in my household. We have too much stuff already and it doesn't promote a lifestyle of living in ones means.  I would prefer to have my whole family volunteer to help our neighbors and community members to have better lives.  I believe that is what Christmas should really be about.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

So many people are being hurt by the government shut down and those in power seem to really not care. I think is may be getting close to time where we need this kind of movement...

Then again the power elites will just try to exploit it for their own gain... Man, I must be feeling cynical today.