Wednesday, April 25, 2018

You Asked, I Answer (Funny Stuff, TV, Books and Quotes)

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another round of answers to your questions! Today I will finish the rest of Bethany’s questions.

And we’re off...

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Bethany asked:

1) How do you find new content every week for Chuckles and Chortles?

Some content comes from Facebook pages, some of which I’m following. But I find most of my images by searching on Professor Google; the place we all go to when we need answers. And funny images to share with blogging pals. And even funny cat videos (although that superpower belongs to YouTube).

But no matter where the silliness comes from, I work hard at gathering it up. Just so you know. Because I expect to be praised Not that I expect praise or any such thing.
2) What are your favorite TV series?

I can't say I really have any favourites since we don't watch a lot of TV. And since we have no cable or satellite subscriptions we're kind of lost about what's in or out these days. But we did finally join Netflix in January, which offers quite a few decent choices, and we've gone through a few series and even enjoyed some movies there. Right now we're bulldozing through 'Grey's Anatomy'. We're a little late since this has been around since 2005 but who cares? We watch things when we feel like it.



3) What book has made the greatest impression on your life?

This is really impossible to answer because I have read so many books in my lifetime that I can open a library with those titles alone. I’ve loved reading since I could barely put a sentence together. Nevertheless, I’ll list three of my favourite books that were introduced to me during my teen years by teachers.

- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This timeless and deeply moving classic, narrated by a six year old, is about potent prejudice in a sleepy southern town. It is gripping and heart wrenching and absolutely remarkable. I’ve read the book a few times and watched the movie based on this story more than once. I can’t say enough about this book.

- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
This is a coming-of-age novel written when the author was in high school, which may be a huge contributor to its success. It was very controversial at the time of its publication, often challenged and even banned. Thankfully that wasn’t the case in my school and I was able to enjoy it. I even have the copy that my English teacher handed out in the classroom way back when.

- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
This is the story of a group of young schoolboys who are left to govern themselves after an airplane crash. Without any rules in place, their orderly world is replaced by a more primitive and barbaric one. This riveting novel explores the dark side of humanity and the ugliness that lies beneath the most civilized of us. It begs the question:

Without enforced rules and regulations, how many of us would succumb to savagery in our quest to survive?

And there you have three books that were introduced to me as an adolescent and continue to rank as favourites because they stirred many emotions, made me think about very important social issues and had me questioning them, as well.



4) Do you have a favorite quote?

You bet. There are several and one of them applies to – surprisingly enough – the need for death. Let me explain...

It seems like every generation complains about the upcoming one, believing that there is a decline in morals and standards. My parents complained about my generation (they still do) and now my generation is complaining about my children's (and it's increasing as I get older). And you can bet that when that generation grows up, they'll start to complain about the next one.

Ad nauseam...

Are all older folks cranky and snippy? No. And are all younger people full of sunshine and rainbows? No way. There is positive and negative in every generation. Each one ends up doing its fair share of damage and fair share of good. But I do believe that new generations bring fresh ideas and energy and optimism and hope, and that as we get older we become so comfortable in our routines (oftentimes to a lethargic level) and so dogmatic that we sometimes get in the way of necessary progress and change. I’m often heard saying that “sometimes entire generations need to die off so we can evolve”. And I stand firmly behind this opinion.

That being said, this is one of my favourite quotes:



That does it for this week! A happy Wednesday, to all.

37 comments:

  1. That is a great quote about death. Death is just part of life though one hopes before one's death that they have lived a good life, at least a relatively long life. I do appreciate your Chuckles and Chortles. You always come up with such great ones, thanks for the effort (praising you here :) We discovered Netflix last August; how did we live without it? (just kidding, but we did get rid of cable to a great savings and just use Netflix and an antenna to pick up local channels).

    betty

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    1. We did the same thing, Betty! We got rid of cable quite some time ago and for a long while we watched whatever was offered on YouTube and on TV channels. It worked out well and we continue using that. In January we decided to try Netflix and that's good, too. We honestly don't miss previous subscriptions one bit!

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  2. I always enjoy your weekly funnies, and also wondered where you found them.

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  3. My wife has seen probably the whole series of Grey's Anatomy already

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    1. It's not too bad. We're more than halfway through season 8. Not sure what we'll watch next.

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  4. Great questions and answers, I love your thoughts on death, never thought of it that way.

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    1. “sometimes entire generations need to die off so we can evolve”...this might become one of my favourites too thanks for sharing.

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    2. Thank you, Christina! Just my personal opinion :)

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  5. Thanks again for your questions and answers posts ...
    I do like that quote.

    Enjoy the remainder of Wednesday.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks, Jan! I hope you've been enjoying a lovely week.

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  6. You can come to this blog and always learn a thing or two. I read to Kill A Mocking Bird for the first time when I was 75. I wonder why it took me so long to read it?

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    1. It's not really surprising with so many books around. But you still got around to it. I hope you enjoyed the story!

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  7. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Martha! Seeing Chuckles and Chortles in my blog feed always brightens my week. I've always wondered how you found so many new funny things for us to smile at, and now I know! Thanks for all the work you put into that! :)

    Sometimes it seems like it takes me forever to find the perfect show to watch too. I read so many synopsizes to find an episode I'll like!

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    1. Hey, Bethany! Thank you for participating. I always enjoy your questions and it's fun putting together the answers. Hope you're having a good time with your job!

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  8. I wondered how you found such great cartoons and memes for your weekly post! I surely do appreciate them - there's such a good variety and they always hit the spot (the funny bone spot)!

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    1. It's one of my favourite things on my blog. It's fun gathering them up.

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  9. Great answers. I always wondered where you found all these great funnies.

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  10. Your love for reading rubbed off on me, too. And my sister. We all enjoy books. I remember you used to take us to the bookstore when we were kids. That was fun!

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    1. I still enjoy doing that. We'll have to make a date of it in the future!

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  11. I feel the same way about death, that's a good quote. I call it "human culling" lol...though that could be interpreted as a crime I guess! :) That's a funny image about Netflix because it's TRUE...I remember scrolling and scrolling for what seemed like forever and when it came time that I found something interesting, I was too worn out from the scrolling lol...we are watching all of the Moonshiners right now, I think 9 seasons :)

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    1. There are SO many choices on Netflix. Sometimes I go on just to look around and add things to my list and I end up with a headache! LOL

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  12. Do you have mockingbirds in Canada? Just wondering! I love To Kill A Mockingbird, both book and film.

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    1. That's a good question, Kay! I have no idea. I'm going to have to look that up on...Professor Google :)

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  13. I enjoyed reading more about you - and i always appreciate those comics - some how you always pick the best ones. Good to know about the three books. The last two - i haven't read and I'll look into the Outsiders for sure. I, too, binged through Grey's Anatomy big time when I discovered it over a year or so ago. Then I got my sis hooked on it. I can spend a lot of time just searching through Hulu, prime and Netflix looking at what they offer. I actually average about 2 to 3 hours a day watching TV depending on what I'm binge-ing on. Right now it is LongMire - I really LOVE this series that takes place in Wyoming and Walt the Sheriff is such a cool low key handsome cowboy type

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    1. There are so many books out there, Sandy, that I'd love to read. I don't think I'll ever get through all of them, especially because news ones keep coming along. I feel like I'm playing catch up all the time but never really catching up anyway. We are still working on Grey's anatomy. We've invested so much time into these characters and I'd like to see what happens. Eventually we'll move onto something else.

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  14. Martha, I LOVE the questions posts! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

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    1. Thank you so much, Nancy! I really appreciate your support :)

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  15. Dear Martha!

    i lOVE the questions answers post by you because you have guts to deal with them so nicely!

    i really enjoyed the all answers
    specially one about books ,"to kill the mocking bird " and "Lord of flies" sound intense stories ,i wonder how you can bear the all intensity such topic deal with
    as since my parents died i am loosing such strength and dare ,my head seems to be burst out to such sensitive aspects of life

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    1. I don't always read stories like these because they can be very tiring. Sometimes I just want a book with a simple, happy storyline with nothing negative in it!

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    2. there were times when i used to be fond of intense and heavy matter of life , all the pain i absorbed from such books and movies was source of weird pleasure to me
      but i had strength then which has lessened now

      whenever i find time i prefer to read or see light stuff to feel refresh

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    3. I understand, Baili, because lately I feel the same about reading. I just want a story that I can relax with and enjoy. There is enough heaviness in the news. I don't need it everywhere!

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