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WordPress.com has become my friend a very good friend. I wanted to write and I discovered blogging through WordPress. I did not have the smarts, or ability to set up my own website and I found that through Word Press.com. The setup process was mostly  done for me at no charge. I could not believe my eyes and ears as I first signed up for WordPress. I started to set up my site for blogging and it was up and running quickly. I have gone back and done a lot of tweaking on it, so readers can find their way around easier. It has become one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. WordPress has helped me sharpen my writing pencil in many ways.

I had some ability as far as finding my way around the Internet and was computer savvy to a fair degree, but they provided the necessary tools for me to go about starting this blog of mine that I call My Mixed Blog. There are many writers, photographers and poets in the same position as me, who have little or no training as far as setting up websites and they have all benefited from WordPress.

There is WordPress.com and WordPress.org, there seems to be some confusion between the two. I found a comparison chart, that helps answer many questions about the two. I have a web address available for people want to compare the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. By clicking on the following URL it will take you there. It is an educational and eye-opening experience. I know it was for me and to find out WordPress.com is owned by “Automattic, Inc. is a web development corporation founded in August 2005. It is most notable for WordPress.com (a free blogging service), as well as its contributions to WordPress (open source blogging software). The company’s name plays on its founder’s first name, Matt Mullenweg”


In my wild imagination a question comes up. What could their long range goals be, for providing so much to so many for free or little cost? We hope their long range goals are honorable. I hope my answer was found at the following address and we will remain friends for many years.



Life After Blogs


Worst Solar Storm Ever


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Life After Blogs
Your life without a computer: what does it look like? Very bad! If the worlds electronics all get fried due to a huge solar storm, it sure will create millions of new jobs developing something that will not get fried. One problem, how to manufacture things without power? We just went back to the late 1800’s. One solution, start everything over from scratch. That will create 0% unemployment over night.

Life after blogging is not going to be like anything we understand at the present time, it will be almost nonexistent, as far as blogging we take for granted today. There will be no international connections made. You will not be blogging instantly with people all over the world. This will come about possibly through a dramatic increase in the intensity and duration of solar flares and solar storms, disrupting our broadcast means. It might possibly be done through enemies taking others’ satellites out of commission to stop broadcasting. The world has progressed into the blogging as we know it today at a very rapid pace.
We could go backward in a very big hurry too.

What is to keep us from going back the other direction just as fast? International communications is the lifeblood for blogging as we know it, if that was made useless there would be no more blogging. Our blogging will be like getting the old daily or weekly newspaper. We could have small Internet sites broadcasting their signals the way cell phone towers were doing in the last decades, it will be a very slow process. It will be slightly better than sneaker networks, snail mail and dial up internet. We have never gone back wards in our history! YET?

Life after blogging is possibly a very serious thing being studied in the war rooms of every superpower in the world. The people who control the use of these worldwide broadcasting systems will be holding the Power ball. They will have the trump cards in all the games being played. It would appear that blogging has become a tool to shrink this world and make it ever closer together. The people from every location of the earth with a computer can feel like a neighbor with those anywhere else in the world. Why would they want to be enemies? There are evil powers working hard to keep worldwide peace from ever happening. If blogging was ever to be brought to an end they would no doubt be the ones doing the nasty work to make it happen.”

If this universe was all designed and set in order by a creator, there is a possibility that creator made a decision to let a solar storm happen for a reason. To save this world from itself. The world has been on a path of mutual self destruction for years. It would be like a time machine trip for the whole world, back to horse and buggy days.


Family Dinner Out

If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?

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Modern Families

Somebody in our family got the idea a while back that it would be just great if we all got together and had dinner out. Of course, the first question that came up, where to eat? Some wanted to go to McDonald’s, others wanted Chinese buffet. We had a few younger ones voted for Italian. One grandson with the oriental wife wanted Japanese sushi. I shouted, “this is getting us nowhere, we are all going to go to Ralph’s Gizzard Kitchen and pull a few tables together and enjoy a family dinner.”

We all finally got seated at Ralph’s Place. I ask,  “how about ordering.” Each one wants to order from the menu by themselves. Immediately I shouted, “No way José, this is not going to work, it will drain my bank account.” We can all have the special and I will pick up the check. If each one wants to order separately we will go Dutch. No one wanted the special, as I thought, with a breath of relief. Orders finally were all placed, waitresses started bringing out all the different meals.

Everyone was relaxing and enjoying their meals when we heard some police siren’s out in front. Pretty soon a policeman walked in the door with this big old fellow, who looked like a lumberjack. The policeman asked, “Is somebody here named Leland Olson.” That’s me, I replied.” The policeman says, “This old geezer was wandering around in the middle of the street looking for a restaurant called Ralph’s Gizzard Kitchen. Nobody in town seemed to know where it was.” Whoever picked this place to eat must not get out of the house much! So anyway, “This fellow claims to be the great-grandfather of Leland Olson. He got the message to meet everyone here for a family dinner.”

I jumped up and gave my great-grandpa a big old hug, you look great, you died in 1914. I started banging a glass with my spoon. Can I have everyone’s attention, “This is great-grandpa Ole Hoel, he came all the way from Canada to have dinner with us.” Sit down and join us. So, “how have things been going with you grandpa, what would you like to eat?” Salted herring and lutefisk are out of season right now. They have excellent walleye fillets, I heard you always liked fish, we all did. Grandpa said, “That will be just fine, “but I don’t seem to have the appetite I had working in the woods all day.”

I asked, “How long can you stay,” They said, ‘until dinner is over’ “I thought maybe you could come out to the house and stay awhile.” ‘Well, that is not part of the deal.’ I’m here to just have dinner with you and your family, to see what you all look and act like.’ “Frankly, I am shocked, It looks like you all have a lot of confusion and bad manners.” “You should all be eating at one table at your home.” ‘Grandpa things change.’ He says, “Don’t know why things got to change that much, only been a little over a 100 years or so since I left here.”

So I asked him, “If you’re leaving after dinner, I hope you’re not walking all the way back to Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.” No way, “Walk that far, you nuts? I did it once in 1905! “I will be returned to Canada the same way I got here. Something beamed me up, I didn’t have my Derby hat so they beamed me back down, got my hat, they beamed me up again and it brought me here. I hope they get it right going back.”

Thanks for supper, it was nice to meet your family. Leland, What did you say you do? Blogging? Never heard of it, “Now logging, I know a lot about log………

Bye, bye, great-grandpa, I love you.