Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Summer 2020- Pot Luck – TMI Tuesday February 25th, 2020 by Abbie Johnson Taylor #Reblog

Thanks to blogger Sally Chronin for sharing this blast from the past that I originally posted here in February of last year. Enjoy!

 

Via Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Summer 2020- Pot Luck – TMI Tuesday February 25th, 2020 by Abbie Johnson Taylor

 

 

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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No Sex, No Religion #TMI Tuesday

In case inquiring minds want to know, here’s my take on these subjects as answers to this week’s TMI Tuesday questions. If you’re up to it, you can scroll down to learn how you can participate and answer these questions.

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How important is religion in your life?

 

When I was in sixth grade, a friend invited me to her Baptist church. There, I found Jesus, or at least I thought I did. My mother encouraged me to join the Presbyterian Church because she knew the minister, who was active with her in the local theater guild. There, I was baptized, sang in the choir, and got involved in youth activities for a while.

As I grew older, for some reason, I stopped believing. My father always thought religion was a bunch of bullshit. So, maybe his influence won me over. Who knows? Now, except for the rare occasions I’m invited to sing for a church service, either alone or with my group, I don’t attend. So, to answer the question, religion is no longer an important part of my life, but I don’t begrudge others their beliefs and practices as long as they don’t interfere with human rights.

 

How often do you use pornography?

 

Never! I think it’s disgusting and degrading.

 

Do you feel your religion restricts sexual behavior?

 

I have no religion but firmly believe that sexual intercourse, defined by my high school P.E. teacher as “the insertion of the penis into the vagina,” is unnecessary unless a couple wants children or is past their child-bearing years. Too many young people who think they love each other don’t understand the true concept of the word. They treat sexual intercourse as just another fun activity you can do on a date and don’t consider the consequences. Yes, there’s protection, but it’s not always fool-proof.

Because my late husband Bill was impotent, during the seven years we were married before he passed, we got along well without sex. Even if I knew he was impotent before we were married, it wouldn’t have made a difference to me, and it certainly didn’t matter to him. In my opinion, relationships aren’t just about sexual intercourse. You can read our story in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

 

Is your participation in sex, of any kind, tempered because of your own religious beliefs?

 

Actually, my lack of participation in any kind of sexual activities is caused by what I have observed around me. As I write this, Michael Jackson sings of how Billie Jean isn’t his lover and that her kid is not his son, a great example of sexual irresponsibility. Alternatively, lives of innocent fetuses are sacrificed because young mothers-to-be won’t bother to either raise a child or put a baby up for adoption. All life is precious, and children don’t choose to be born.

Then, there are cases like that of Natalie, the heroine of my young adult novel-in-progress, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me. At sixteen, she finds out her father is actually a man with whom her mother had an extramarital affair, a man she doesn’t know. Imagine how that would feel, and think before spreading your legs.

 

Can you be kinky and practice religion?

 

That depends on your religious beliefs.

 

Bonus: Are you aspiring to anything?

 

Oh yes, I’m always aspiring to be a writer. I’ve published five books, and a sixth is on the way.

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Now, it’s your turn. How do you feel about sex and religion? Click here to learn how you can participate on your blog, or sound off in the comment field below.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Big Body Parts and Bad Decisions #TMI Tuesday

Here are my answers to this week’s thought-provoking questions. Scroll down to learn how you can participate.

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What is the biggest part of your body?

 

In my opinion, the biggest parts of my body are my legs.

 

What is the best bad decision you have ever made?

 

Several years ago, I bought an iPad Mini with a Bluetooth keyboard for about $400. Because of my limited vision, I was daunted by the touch screen. But a blind friend with this device said I could just use the keyboard and not worry about gestures. Wrong! Even with the keyboard, I found the device clunky, and I never could get the hang of the gestures. After a few months, I gave up.

Now, friends tell me the iPhone is easier. One friend has told me where I can get virtual one on one instruction on gestures for an affordable price. But when I asked another friend where he got his iPhone and how much it cost, he said he got his from Best Buy for a little over $300, and they usually run from $600 to $1000. Seriously? I don’t know why, but I thought iPhones were cheaper than that. I’m wondering if investing that much money would be another bad decision.

 

What is the silliest reason you got into a fight with someone?

 

The silliest fight I ever got into wasn’t one I started. To tell the truth, it wasn’t really a fight.

One night when my totally blind late husband Bill and I were married, he couldn’t sleep. So, he went to the dining room outside our bedroom to use his computer. I closed the bedroom door, so his screen reader wouldn’t disturb me. Later, I was awakened by a thud and Bill cursing a blue streak. Apparently, not knowing the door was closed, he’d run into it.

I apologized, saying I should have told him I was closing the door. But he swore that if I ever closed that door again, he would take it off the hinges. To find out what happened next, read My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

 

What is your favorite thing about your best friend?

 

Although I’ve had many friends over the years, I’ve never had a best friend. But most of my friends are caring and helpful, and some are funny.

 

If 5 men take about 3 hours to dig 3 holes, how long will it take for 2 men to dig half a hole?

 

I’ve never been good at math. In the sixth grade, a teacher threatened me with an eighteen-inch ruler when I had trouble with long division. So, I’m not even going to try to answer this question.

 

Bonus: Would you rather be itchy or sticky for the rest of your life?

 

If it had to be one or the other, I’d rather be sticky. That way, I wouldn’t have to scratch all the time. But frankly, I don’t want to be either one.

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Now, it’s your turn. Click here to learn how you can participate, or leave your answers in the comment field.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Depth #TMI Tuesday

This week’s questions are a little deep. I wasn’t sure about a few of them, but I answered them as creatively as I could. Scroll down to learn how you can participate.

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How do you know if you are connecting with another person?

 

That’s a really good question. With my limited vision, I don’t pick up a lot of nonverbal cues. The only way I can tell if I’m connecting with a person to whom I’m speaking is if that person responds.

 

To be beautiful means. . .

 

to love yourself. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as inner beauty. It’s not what’s on the outside that matters.

 

Do you spend a lot of time keeping up with what is going on?

 

No. I listen to news briefs on my smart speaker when I get up in the morning and before I go to bed. I often tune in to NPR music stations during the day, which broadcast short hourly news reports. In the evening, I read my local paper. I have better things to do than follow late-breaking news unless it affects me or my family.

 

True or False. You feel that your friends have more rewarding experiences in their lives than you.

 

Frankly, I don’t care. As long as I’m happy with my life and even if I wasn’t, I’m not going to waste time concerning myself with any more rewarding experiences my friends may be having.

 

During the COVID19 pandemic, do you feel more swamped by your responsibilities than before the pandemic?

 

No. I was already working from home before the pandemic. So, my responsibilities haven’t changed. As a matter of fact, I have more time now than before the pandemic because at the moment, I’m not entertaining regularly at senior facilities, since they’re still on lock-down.

 

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Now, it’s your turn. Click here to learn how you can participate, or leave your answers in the comment field below. I look forward to finding out what you have to say.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Real Life #TMI Tuesday

This week’s questions are about how and why we exist. Check out my answers, then scroll down to learn how you can participate.

 

It’s okay if you don’t wear any _____.

Bras. I used to think I needed one but not anymore. In the summer, they’re hot. Some of my shirts are low enough in the shoulders that bra straps show. So, I’ve decided they’re a nuisance. As long as no one tells me I need one, I won’t bother.

What on earth are you here for?

That’s easy. I’m here to write and sing and share my talents with others.

What has been the best day of your life?

September 10th, 2005, was when my late husband Bill and I were married. The wedding took place in my grandmother’s back yard with plenty of flowers, balloons, pomp, and circumstance. Three months later, our lives were changed forever. If you want to know more, read My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

Are you ordinary or extraordinary? Why?

People say I’m amazing when I do things perceived as not being possible for someone who’s visually impaired. Well, as Han Solo in Star Wars says, “Sometimes, I even amaze myself.” However, I’m just plain ordinary, like others who can see.

How do you want to be described by your friends?

Other than the fact that I’m a good writer and singer, I’m caring and outgoing, or at least I think I am.

Bonus: After a breakup, would you rather be alone or surrounded by friends?

Most of my friends are scattered around the country. So, without a conferencing platform like Zoom, being surrounded by them would be impossible. After Bill passed on October 30th, 2012, which wasn’t a breakup but close enough, I was on the phone a lot and thankful for unlimited long distance. Again, if you want to know more, read My Ideal Partner.

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Now, it’s your turn. Click here  to learn how to participate. Alternatively, you can answer one or more of the questions in the comment field below. Any way you do it, I look forward to reading your answers.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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