SYW: Laughter, Music, Soaring, and Conservation

Melanie has some great questions this week for Share Your World!

QUESTIONS

How do you tell if someone has a sense of humor? 
If they laugh a lot. I know a woman who has the most unique laugh, and when I hear that laugh across the room, I know it’s her. She laughs often and when I’m with her I try to say funny things so I can hear her laugh!

What sort of music do you prefer?
Prefer: Right now, classical, but my tastes change sometimes. I also like rock, especially the Beatles (I have the Beatles Channel on my XM radio in the car). I like folk, blues, and world music of all types. This month, I’m hearing a lot of Celtic music! As for jazz, I only like certain kinds. I like big band and Dixieland but not “improvisational” jazz which just goes on and on. I get tired of it. But usually I choose classical or certain vocal groups, such as the Angel City Chorale (this group sings just about anything).

Thoughts on gravy or ‘sauce”?   Yea or nay?

I like some sauces, especially salsa if it’s mild (my digestive system doesn’t tolerate anything spicy) and has fruit like mango added to it. Gravy is okay, I don’t use it unless the meat is really dry – too many empty calories!

Would you enjoy a hot air balloon ride?

I’m not sure…I have had opportunities to go on them, for an additional cost, during tours when I’m traveling. But my husband is afraid of heights and absolutely would never go on one. So unless I had someone to go with, I probably wouldn’t. I guess I’m neutral.

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GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional)

What do you think is widely taken for granted?  

The goods and services we enjoy in our society. We never thank anyone for the water that automatically comes out of our faucets when we turn on the tap. We don’t thank anyone for the electricity that powers our lights and electronics. I am reading a fantastic book, Braiding Sweetgrass, in which I found out that many Native American tribes thank everything they use – the animals they kill and use every part of, the trees which provide so much more than just shade, and plants that provide them with food. Saying grace before a meal is a good – but, I fear, dying – custom. It seems the more we have, the more we want and the more we take it all for granted. This is, I’m afraid, is what makes people reluctant to conserve – to reduce, reuse, and recycle – in order to save our precious resources.

2 thoughts on “SYW: Laughter, Music, Soaring, and Conservation

  1. Thanks Katy for Sharing Your World! Your gratitude answer is wonderful. We DO take those things for granted. I get a bit of eye opening when they re-enact the Mormon Pioneer Trek each year (with the youth in the Church), because the group actually walks dragging a hand cart behind them with stuff for the journey. They have to bring water, food, and no electronics are allowed (except by the leader, who I believe has a cell phone for dire emergencies). I have said before that doing that kind of walk would have killed me (which hopefully it probably would). I’d make a lousy Pioneer. They do the trek in July or August too, when it tends to get real hot. I don’t know how those poor people survived without ice water and air conditioning…and that proves your point. We’re really spoiled. Great answers to all the questions and thanks again for participating! 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Thank you, Melanie, for your kind response. I think the Pioneer idea sounds like a good one. There is no one who takes things for granted more than teenagers. This program might be a real eye opener for them.

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