#6WSP • With no shared memories…

With no shared memories • sign berlin wall east side gallery

Memories is this week’s prompt: Shweta’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt for Week #17

With no shared memories • sign berlin wall east side gallery

With no shared memories… strangers again’

Entry for Shweta’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. Click the below picture to go to her blog

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#6WSP • Empathy missing in action

#6WSP • Empathy missing in action

Fear is this week’s prompt: Shweta’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt for Week #16

Empathy missing in action. Feared dead.’

Entry for Shweta’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. Click the below picture to go to her blog

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Christmas Presents…Have We Gone Mad?

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Christmas Presents • Six Word Saturday. This entry in this challenge is nothing more than a (polite) middle finger to the endless Holiday – equals presents – Season. The investopedia site estimates the following:

Nearly every year since 2008, the amount of money that American consumers spend on holiday gifts has been increasing over the previous year.

For 2019, industry experts expect the average American to spend $920 per person on holiday gifts, up from $885 in 2018 and reaching a total of more than $1 trillion in holiday spending.

If only for myself, I need to put this in little bit of a perspective. The USA Federal Budget deficit over 2019 is less than US $ 1 trillion ($1,000,000,000,000.00!) according to this article in the New York Times. It equals no less than 110% of The Netherlands‘ GDP!

On gifts alone…
This frenzy has got to stop! This is not meant to be America-bashing in any shape, way or form. Most developed countries have a situation that is quite similar.

So my six words musing, not only for this Saturday but the whole holiday season, is:

Christmas presents… have we gone mad?

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The backbone of this post has been previously published on FOWC by Fandango.

Meanwhile, if you’re getting bored, try this

May burning bridges light the way • Six Word Saturday

May burning bridges light the way

‘May burning bridges light the way’. For Six Word Saturday.

May burning bridges light the way • Six Word Saturday
May burning bridges light the way

Not too long ago I stumbled on this section within Redd It dedicated to six word stories. Do go there whenever you need inspiration for your 6 word story! If anything it is sure to put a grin on your face. For more fun I can also recommend the top 500 from last year. If this won’t make you laugh out loud I don’t know what will…

Now, if you like this I have got a small request. I’m trying to make it on Redd It’s top 500 list of this year. So far I’ve mustered around the 100 votes with this 6 word story. Can I please ask for your vote…? All you have to do is click on the up-arrow beside the line ‘May burning bridges light the way’ in this link. And I’ll be forever in your debt!

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Misery loves company: narcissist seeking borderliner • Saturday Six Word Story Prompt #13

Misery loves company

‘Misery loves company: narcissist seeking borderliner’. My six word response to Saturday Six Word Story Prompt #13 and Debbie’s Six Word Saturday.

Misery loves company
Misery loves company: narcissist seeking borderliner

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‘Check your cynicism at the airport’ • Six Word Saturday

Cuba. Generous strangers sharing their meal.

‘Check your cynicism at the airport’ is my six word response to Debbie’s Six Word Saturday.

Cuba. Generous strangers sharing their meal.

Here’s the full story behind that rather cryptic line. I was visiting Cuba. One morning I had nothing planned so I decided to go for a walk. Around noon or so I bumped into this Cuban family and we started the routine chit-chat about where I was from and what a lovely country they had. Before I knew it this gentleman offered me some crab, and then invited me to join him and his family for a picnic sort of lunch. Hungry as I was I accepted and had one of the most interesting and lovely hours spent in the company of what set out to be perfect strangers.

What amazed me was how proud of their country they were. Not a bad thing about Cuba. Sure they were critical of some things, but by-and-large they were a bunch of happy campers. I’ll never forget his parting lines: ‘Hope you enjoyed our simple meal as it is one of the few things we can offer you. Along with our company of course.’

This experience drove home (once again) that I’d better leave any form of preconceived notions at the airport. We all say we do, yet more often than not some slip through the cracks…

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‘You’ve got…what?!’ asked Breschnew astonished • Six Word Saturday

You've got...what?! asked Breschnew astonished

‘You’ve got…what?!’ asked Breschnew astonished is my six word response to Debbie’s Six Word Saturday.

You've got...what?! asked Breschnew astonished
The kiss that symbolizes a deadly regime

The line in German ‘MEIN GOTT. HILF MIR. DIESE TÖDLICHE LIEBE ZU ÜBERLEBEN’ sums it up the sentiment regarding the deadly regime at the time quite nicely. It translates into something like ‘MY GOD. HELP ME. TO SURVIVE THIS DEADLY DISEASE‘.

It’s been thirty years since that hated wall came down. Little did anyone know what the real consequences would be.

‘You’ve got…what?!’ symbolizes another viral disease called freedom that proved deadly indeed to some. But for many, many more it was the unstoppable virus that led to unification of a nation.

Lest we never forget what this wall symbolized here’s one more piece of art that shows how things were.

Climbing the Berlin Wall
One of the artworks on the Berliner Mauer East Side Gallery.

This post gives you some more images of signs in current day Berlin.

Picking away and singing the blues • Six Word Saturday Oct. 26, 2019

Picking away and singing the blues 16:9

Picking away and singing the blues is my first entry into #sixwordsaturday.

Picking away and singing the blues.

For Six Word Saturday.

Came across this blues-y busker on a trip to Valencia, Spain. I was so caught by him, his appearance, his repertoire and his introvert way of performing (the only way blues can properly sang, in my mind), that I stayed. For more than an hour or so. Afterwards I gave him a €20 note.

To my surprise he objected and wanted to give me at least half back in the small change he had. But I told him nowhere in Valencia, or in the world for that matter I could listen to blues like that, sitting on the front row for that little money. Bought his CD, which was called ‘Blues Lines‘.

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