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Gloria – Song Lyric Sunday – Never # 1

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Gloria – Song Lyric Sunday – Never # 1

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This week the theme is songs that were very popular, but never made it to # 1 on the charts.

Thanks to Jim Adams for hosting this musical challenge each week.

To join in today’s challenge, and also see other entries just click this link below:

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2022/06/25/missed-it-by-that-much-2/

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The prompt today is a bit different. We have to find some song that didn’t reach the # 1 spot on the charts. I think this one I chose should have, but it only came close … at # 2. (I’m just going by the US charts such as Billboard).

“Gloria”, is a song I really like a lot. I’ve heard it a lot on the radio, too. To me it tells about a girl who is trying to decide if her thoughts are her own, or maybe just a dream or fantasy, or is she really hearing voices in her head.  … Or … Maybe she’s a spy who is programmed to follow this guy, and she has an implanted microphone in her head where she hears the voices of her programmers telling her what to do and think. ??

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There is a lot more information on this song that is interesting at the link below.

From a Wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_(Umberto_Tozzi_song)

Gloria” (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɡlɔːrja]) is a 1979 love song written and composed in Italian by Umberto Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi, and afterwards translated to English by Jonathan King. A 1982 cover version by American singer Laura Branigan peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Weeks at No. 2: three
Peak Date: Nov. 27, 1982

This was in the U. S. charts. It did reach number one in Canada and Australia.

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“Gloria”, by Laura Branigan, was released from her album, “Branigan”, in 1982. It was written by Umberto Tozzi, Giancarlo Bigazzi, ad Trevor Veitch, and Laura Brannigan (she co-wrote some lyrics on her cover of this song). It is on the Atlantic label.

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Gloria, you’re always on the run now
Running after somebody, you gotta get him somehow
I think you’ve got to slow down before you start to blow it
I think you’re headed for a breakdown, so be careful not to show it
You really don’t remember, was it something that he said?
Are the voices in your head calling, Gloria?
Gloria, don’t you think you’re fallin’?
If everybody wants you, why isn’t anybody callin’?
You don’t have to answer
Leave them hangin’ on the line, oh oh oh, calling Gloria
Gloria (Gloria), I think they got your number (Gloria)
I think they got the alias (Gloria) that you’ve been living under (Gloria)
But you really don’t remember, was it something that they said?
Are the voices in your head calling, Gloria?
A ha ha, a ha ha, Gloria, how’s it gonna go down?
Will you meet him on the main line, or will you catch him on the rebound?
Will you marry for the money, take a lover in the afternoon?
Feel your innocence slipping away, don’t believe it’s comin’ back soon
And you really don’t remember, was it something that he said?
Are the voices in your head calling, Gloria?
Gloria, don’t you think you’re fallin’?
If everybody wants you, why isn’t anybody callin’?
You don’t have to answer
Leave them hangin’ on the line, oh-oh-oh, calling Gloria
Gloria (Gloria), I think they got your number (Gloria)
I think they got the alias (Gloria) that you’ve been living under (Gloria)
But you really don’t remember, was it something that they said?
Are the voices in your head calling, Gloria?
Source: LyricFind
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© 2022 BS

Flower of the Day – Yellow Mums

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Flower of the Day – Yellow Mums

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At the garden center they had a lot of these hanging baskets of all kinds of flowers. These yellow chrysanthemums sure caught my eye.

 

 

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

https://ceenphotography.com/2022/06/25/fotd-june-26-chrysanthemum/

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2022 BS

Fibbing Friday

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Fibbing Friday

Fibbing Friday

This weekly challenge presents some questions that we are to give wrong answer to. It’s all in fun.

To join in this weekly challenge, and see other entries, just click the link below:

Here are the new questions for Fibbing Friday. Thanks, Di! 🙂

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/06/24/fibbing-friday-24th-june/

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This week has no theme at all and just a mish mash of silly questions inviting you to give sillier answers.

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1. What is liquid gold?  … This is some kind of furniture polish from the old days.

2. What is housemaid’s knee? … This is a strap on knee pad that construction workers use so they won’t hurt their actual knee.

3. Why is the Eiffel Tower so named? … Because Eiffel sounds like waffle, and the tower kind of looks like a waffle, except really tall.

4. Can elephants swim? … Of course they can because their big ears act as flotation devices.

5. What is a pot hole? … This is a special place where you stash your ‘stuff’.

6. What is a woolly pulley? … A fuzzy worm who predicts the weather.

7. What is a tap washer? … A ‘smart’ laundry machine. You only have to tap it to get it to wash clothes.

8. Why do we have warts on our fingers but corns on our toes? … I don’t know but don’t want either.

9. What is a pendulum? … This is a woman who acts as a midwife, and she writes down her observations.

10. Where will you find a pupil and iris? … You”ll find both at a garden society class. Pupils learn about Iris flowers.

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© 2022 BS

Produce Test – SOCS – Product/Produce

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Produce Test – SOCS – Product/Produce

https://lindaghill.com/2022/06/24/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-25-2022/

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Our Stream of Consciousness prompt today is the words product/produce. Thanks, Linda!

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When I need some fresh vegetable or fruit, I don’t say I need a produce product. I just name the item I want, like I need some apples, or potatoes, and that’s that.

Then, there’s the photo of some vegetables sitting on a shelf (below the surveys sign) at the grocery store. I just thought it was funny/odd, because of the little sign over the produce, which says ‘produce test’. There was no other explanation. The fruit and veggies looked fine. I suppose it was to show how a fresh one is to look, but sounded like they were in school, being given a test! I had the clerk, who was working behind the customer service counter, take the photo for me, with my phone. She was nice to do that. 🙂

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Imagined conversation between produce:

Mr. Green Pepper: Hey you on the right … Mr. Garlic … What’s this test for?

Mr. Garlic: I’m not sure, but I didn’t study for it.

Miss Nectarine (to the left): I didn’t study either, but I’m cute, so I’ll pass the test.

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© 2022 BS

Flower of the Day – Hypericum & Berries

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Flower of the Day – Hypericum & Berries

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Here’s an interesting plant that has leafy greens and bright red berries.

It’s the Hypericum, and I read that it is also known as St. John’s Wort. It is a bush, and has large flowers that bloom out in the summer. It’s become somewhat popular to use in flower arrangements.

Okay, I read more about them, and here’s what I found out. They are also called St. John’s Wort, they are poisonous, but are used to treat many medical conditions. That seems strange to me, but others know better than me. They are considered a weed by many, and seem to take over if left to spread. Florists do use them a lot in arrangements.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

https://ceenphotography.com/2022/06/24/fotd-june-25-tutsan/

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2022 BS

Two Souls: Into the Fire # 10

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 10

Warning … adult content

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Ghost walked down the gravelly path back to the highway. He was still so mad at Steve. He fumed and snorted and muttered to himself as he walked. As he went along the side of the road, cars whizzed by, their occupants staring at the red faced, blond hippie stomping along in his old Army jacket. The heat must have tetched him, they thought. Ghost began to slow down his pace.

“It’s too hot out here to keep going,” he panted. The cool shade of the North Carolina woods beckoned, so he figured he’d rest awhile over there in the shade. He knew these woods around Missing Mile probably better than anyone. He’d roamed this area since he was a kid. Being mountain born, and raised by his herbalist Grandmother had its advantages, he guessed. He never got lost out here. He hoped Steve got bit by a spider, maybe he even fell in the lake. That would serve him right.

“Hmmph,” he snorted, as he leaned back against a tree. His mind began to wander as he cooled off. He thought about the day he met Steve…that day in these same woods. How he’d warned Steve of the giant spider web he was about to walk into. He couldn’t stand the thought of anyone else getting spiders on them, since he hated them so much his own self.

“Hmmph, should’a let him run right into it,” he thought. He didn’t know why he had a spider phobia, or when it started. They even came to him in his dreams.

“Maybe a harbinger of bad things to come, a warning omen.” He shuddered at the thought. Saying the word out loud, “harbinger,” he shuddered again. “I ain’t skeered of much a’nothin’, just spiders,” he told himself. “Nothin’ wrong about that…it just is.”

The shadows grew longer as the day passed along lazily. Ghost fell asleep. He was exhausted, and his sleep was dreamless for a change. When he awoke, he was disoriented for a bit. It came back to him slowly, but by then, the edge of his anger had worn down. What he felt now was hunger. He’d not eaten all day. Steve had all the food back at the campsite. It was beginning to be twilight…how long had he been asleep, he wondered.

Getting to his feet, he worked out what he’d say to Steve when he got back there.

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Steve had been worried about Ghost off and on throughout the afternoon. On the one hand, he probably should go look for him. On the other hand, Ghost was probably still mad at him. And anyway, he thought, Ghost never gets lost in these woods. He knows exactly where he is, and he himself would probably be the one who got lost.

So he waited. The fishing had been pretty good…caught a few…cleaned them, and as it got dark, he lit a campfire and began to cook them. He figured if Ghost was anywhere nearby, the smell of cooking, and his hunger would lure him out. Sure enough, Ghost slowly took shape in the shadows of the woods, looking for all the world like a ghostly, pale wraith.

Steve smiled to himself. He tried to judge what Ghost’s mood was. He wasn’t getting a mad vibe from him, just a really hungry guy who’s a little leery of coming near. He kept cooking the fish, and Ghost edged closer.

When he was a little closer, still, Steve said softly, “Hey,” and looked at Ghost. “Come and eat.”

Ghost nodded, came and sat down. He looked at the fire and began his rehearsed speech. “Steve,” he whispered, “sorry I got mad at you.” He bit his lower lip.

Steve’s heart melted at his friend’s obvious discomfort at apology. “Yeah, I’m sorry I laughed at you, Ghost,” Steve said softly. They both looked up into each other’s eyes, and both knew they’d been forgiven. They smiled.

They ate the fish, and then the sandwiches, washing it all down with the cold beer. Then Ghost remembered something.

“Hey, Steve, did you bring the molasses?” he asked.

“Yeah, it’s over here,” Steve replied. “Here, catch,” he tossed the jar to Ghost. “What are you gonna put it on? You already ate the sandwiches.”

Ghost looked at Steve and showed him he didn’t need anything else. He took off the lid, inhaling the dark, rich aroma of liquid sorghum. He closed his eyes and breathed deep. “Ahhh,” he sighed.

Steve watched as his best friend dipped his fingers into the thick, sweet syrup and slowly licked them. He watched with his mouth open, a bit of drool flooding his mouth. He licked his own lips as Ghost continued to lick his sticky fingers, again and again. Ghost kept making a slurping sound…almost a sexual sound. He looked as if he was in ecstasy, and maybe he was. As long as Steve had known him, he associated Ghost with molasses. Ghost always smelled faintly of the stuff, and his kisses tasted of it. Molasses was Ghost’s drug of choice. He never went a day without it. He’d probably have withdrawal if he couldn’t get it, Steve marveled. For some reason it seemed to calm him down.

Steve continued to watch Ghost, who was totally focused for once. In spite of himself he felt turned on. He felt hmself begin to breathe harder. In spite of himself he wanted to taste Ghost’s molasses covered lips, his molasses covered tongue…and so he did.

He reached over and held Ghost’s face in his rough hands and touched his own tongue to Ghost’s sticky lips, parting them, and the resulting warm sweetness of tongue on tongue was almost enough to make him loose control right then.

Ghost relaxed into the deep kiss, and they fell together back onto their blanket. Stickiness of their rising heat of skin on skin. Stickiness of the sweat hot day, stickiness of molasses…and stickiness of their love, co-mingled under the twinkling stars.

They fell asleep in each other’s arms once again.

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Next part coming soon!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

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This is a work of “fan fiction” based on the novel, “Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite. All credit for the original characters, places, and some backstory mentions, belong to Ms. Brite and her publishing affiliates. Only newly introduced characters, places, and original elements of this story are entirely from my imagination. Character descriptions are a blend of the original book descriptions and my interpretation of them.

All songs included in this work will be solely owned by the original performers/writers and will be credited. Creative license is taken in including them in this story.

No harm is intended toward author, musicians, or people and situations to whom there may be a resemblance.

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The content herein is rated by me as being at the high end of MA (Mature Audience). It includes strong language, violence, sexual themes, including same sex pairings, religious themes, and fantasy horror.

 

Throwback Thursday – Fireworks

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Throwback Thursday – Fireworks

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/06/23/throwback-thursday-44-fireworks-celebrations/#like-15937

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Today’s questions from Lauren asks us to remember our experiences with fireworks. Thanks, Lauren! 🙂

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1) What are your earliest memories of watching fireworks?  … I don’t remember any fireworks when I was a kid, but after getting married we did see some on special occasions.

2) Were you more afraid or excited at the time? … Fireworks are so pretty, I was excited to see & hear them.

3) What occasions were celebrated with watching fireworks? … 4th of July and New Year’s Eve

4) Did you travel to fireworks shows, or did your family have their own, safe and sane explosives? … None when I was a kid. Later the Mr. and I never traveled to see any, as they were popped in the neighborhood, or in the same town in a city demonstration.

5) Did you ever light off illegal fireworks? … No, I’ve never lit a firework.

6) Did you typically have a family celebration before the nighttime display? What did it include? … We never had fireworks when I was a kid, but we did have a 4th of July cook out or something usually.

7) As you grew older, did your feelings about fireworks change? … No, I still like seeing them, but don’t want to be close to them.

8) Now the thinker: Many places are restricting fireworks now because of the trauma it can cause to pets, young children, and sensitive adults. How do you feel about restricting fireworks? … I hate that pets and kids and some adults are terrified of the loud bangs. And it can go on for hours, and sometimes several nights in a row. I know our city has a no fireworks law, but nobody pays attention to it, so it happens every year in neighborhoods all over. I don’t know what should be done. The city has a legal show at a large park that people can go to, but that doesn’t stop the illegal fireworks going off.

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Now, there are 4 times I remember well about fireworks.

1. 4th of July – A legal fireworks display that was fairly close to my aunt’s house one year. We family gathered for a cookout in her back yard to visit and watch the display. It was great! She lives kind of out in the country, so it was legal to have personal fireworks, and there was a stand to buy them at the end of her road. Something happened and the whole stand caught fire. Firetrucks came, there was fire & smoke everywhere, and roads were blocked for hours. It took us forever to finally go home.

2. New Year’s Eve – Germany – We were at a party with friends, and there were so many people popping fireworks in the area that it sounded like a war was going on. Very exciting!

3. Bon-Odori Festival – Japan – This was a huge festival with food and display booths, and a wonderful fireworks display at night. (Bon-Odori is actually to celebrate the ancestors). My husbands Army unit had a booth there, too.

4. July 4th – Ft. Hood TX Army base – A huge celebration with night time fireworks, and all through the day activities. There was a large stage where musicians played – some local bands, and some famous recording artists. This was just down the street from our house, so we went for awhile.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2022 BS

Flower of the Day – Starter Kit

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Flower of the Day – Starter Kit

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This is pretty cool looking. It’s an Amaryllis bulb that has green sprouts on the top of the brown bulb. I guess it is a starter kit for growing the pretty white flower.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

https://ceenphotography.com/2022/06/23/fotd-june-24-teasel/

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2022 BS

Notice – WP Problem

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Notice – WP Problem

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The past couple of days I’ve been unable to like or comment on some blogs. I keep trying work-arounds and sometimes it works … or not. It happens randomly, as some are still working fine.

I had a chat with a WP helper, and they were helpful and nice. But, they couldn’t figure it out either. They sent me all kinds of links and solutions to try, but I really couldn’t understand them.

Anyway, if you are missing me liking your post, or leaving a comment, this is why. I am still reading and seeing your photos, which I really do like, just can’t let you know right now.

Hope it will go back to normal soon. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2022 BS

Flower of the Day – Whimsy

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Flower of the Day – Whimsy

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Fun flower containers add a bit of whimsy to any plant.

I saw this cute little flower at the store.  It has some dark pink flowers, and they are in a small ceramic pot that looks like a pink flamingo.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

https://ceenphotography.com/2022/06/22/fotd-june-23-bearded-iris/

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2022 BS