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Every Day in May Challenge: Grinning & Laughing

Every Day in May Outdoor Bloggers Challenge: Today’s Topic Grinning & Laughing

SwittersB very young in a poor part of town. Aren’t I a pathetic little muffin?

There is something seemingly devious in some of the topics selected over at How Small a Trout for the writing challenge. Someone has a probing psyche over there or perhaps that is just projection on my part.

Well now, I certainly don’t do enough grinning and laughing. I smirk a lot. I nod and wrinkle up around the eyes with the lips barely parted and smirk in approval. Not a derogatory smirk, but a positive nod toward something. Yes, the glass is half full most of the time despite life’s swirl.

I came from parents that had had hard lives. Their hard lives were despite the Depression and WWII, so ‘hard’ is the emphasized word here. They shared that edge with me. They meant well.

I once spoke before a group of doctors and shrinks for a medical symposium. I was out of my element, but was brought in to speak to a side of life they dealt with mostly from a clinical approach. Later, in a journal, I was described as “a dark, sensitive poet….often speaking as if thoughtful and bemused…” That captures much of my outer personal…thoughtful and bemused and smirking.

Well, you might wonder, ‘what the hell puts a smile on your face?’ This is about ‘grinning and laughing’ after all. Well, like most of you non-teetotalers, a few bebidas in me and the yoke is setting in the corner and I am a happy boy. The music gets the happy feet moving and I am louder and darn near gregarious. No, I am not drunk. Should that happen, the dark, sensitive poet emerges and that boyhood is too readily shared. No, I just get a bit louder, bolder and borderline dare devil. Not a dare devil like “hey Earl hold my beer and watch this”, but a little more demonstrative. 

But, beyond the alcohol induced euphoria, there are a few things that do elicit that grin and guffaw. Posing that special fish. Holding that child or grandchild with unabashed pride. Watching others roll with laughter (laughing, smiling, smirking is contagious).

My Grandson is a joy. He runs, jumps and spins through life with a smile…his smile and zest for life is totally contagious. He and all my kids and grandchildren are a reminder of enjoying life. Innocence maintained for as long as possible. A sign that life has been presented to these children with the door open to go join life’s party and have fun. It is ok to laugh, grin and smile. Bless them all.

Yes, life does have its joys and moments of elation and I can be seen sitting near it with a thoughtful and bemused smirk on my face (read that as a grin & a silent laugh).

Tomorrow’s Every Day in May Blogger’s Challenge Topic is: Conservation


Outdoor Bloggers Challenge: Every Day in May Writing Fest

Today, you are on the eve of a fun blogging challenge first “hatched” by Chadd over at How Small a Trout. It will be an interesting collaboration of outdoor bloggers, who will write about topics/themes from their creative perceptions. Chad also solicited the aid of Memoirs of a Fly Girl and Miss P at Fresh Start to help promote the challenge.

Miss P of Fresh Start and one of the sponsors of the Every Day in May Blogging Challenge

Today, Fresh Start posted an interesting piece about her journey into fly fishing and its associated pursuits (fly tying, volunteerism, clubs, outings, photography, friendship). Check it out and encourage women to try out fly fishing. It is definitely an outdoor endeavor user friendly to women.

Check out the theme/topics list at any of the 3 sponsors or here at SwittersB. Do your best to post about each daily topic.To accept the challenge and pass it on, reblog this kick-off post and graphic, then tag your May posts with “every day in May”. The sponsors will post a list of everyone who guts it out until June.


Agitated Anger & Limp Cobra Likes ‘Every Day in May’ Challenge!!!

The Agitated Angler and The Limp Cobra are helping get the word out about the Every Day in May Challenge to outdoor bloggers. Agitated Angler writes: “This is a really cool concept and I’m sure I won’t be able take all of these subjects on (time constraints and screaming children and all), but I bet it’ll be fun trying. Check it out if you haven’t yet!” 

That’s right, please check out the topics/theme list and let the free flowing writing ideas move those fingers on the keyboard…….


Every Day in May Challenge: Express Your Self

Every Day in May challenge has been offered up by three fly fishing bloggers, who want your input each day of May. Your challenge? Take that topics list and each day of the month will challenge you to write about that day’s theme (or some variation of  it). Keep it short and  sweet. Make us think. Make us wish. Make us laugh. Maybe make us wonder.

The inspiration for this great concept is coming at you from three directions:

How Small a Trout, Memoirs of a Fly Girl & Miss P over at Fresh Start. “Every Day in May is a blogging throw-down to all fishing and outdoor bloggers. 

hatches, spring runoff, spawning fish, tulips, debauched May Day pagan
rituals—blog it all. Blog to learn, blog to remember, blog to forget.
Document May in images, words, quotes, links, whatever, wherever.
We’re providing prompts for each day, but feel free to interpret,
misinterpret, reject, or improvise on these themes. To accept the
challenge and pass it on, reblog this kick-off post and graphic, then
<strong>tag your May posts with “every day in May”. We’ll
post a list of everyone who guts it out until June.”

1. May Day
2. home waters
3. current
4. tying
5. fishing
6. praying
7. working
8. hatching
9. grinning and laughing
10. conservation
11. waders
12. something completely different
13. Mother’s Day
14. rod
15. line
16. leader
17. fly
18. fish, fish, fish
19. more fish
20. greenery
21. bugs
22. runoff
23. safety first
24. memory
25. shoreline
26. lessons learned
27. bucket list
28. news
29. inspiration/aspiration
30. fish philosophy
31. achievement

Don’t worry if you see this and May is already here; there are no late
fees nor penalties for early withdrawal.

To all you who blog about other stuff, like knitting or wine or fancy
mice: feel free to copy this idea and do your own Every Day In May!

So, come on. Note the topics and each and every day of May take that topic for a short spin on your blog. Mention the Every Day in May challenge. Enlist others to exercise their creative side along with you. Hit the FB tag, re-post this, do your own post about it, please spread the word.

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