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SoCS: Why or why not?


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “start with why.” Begin your post with the word “why.” Have fun!

“Why can’t I ……?”

“Because I said so.”

When I was a kid, I promised myself I would never give that irritating response to my children. “Because I said so,” is no answer for inquiring minds who really want to know the reason. I believe I broke this promise a couple times with my kids, but not often.

Asking why is healthy. It helps us learn more about the world. Unless you’re in a life-or-death situation, like a tornado is coming and we all need to get down in the cellar.

There’s a quote about asking why:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream of things that never were and say why not.

Robert Kennedy

Why did he say, “men,” and not people. I guess saying men or man was still the norm back then.

Why do we have to have two main political parties with such polarity and hoopla on each side of the chasm?

Why not try more ranked choice voting which is what got the first native Alaskan elected to the US congress. Mary Peltola defeated Sarah Palin in a ranked choice vote. The way I understand it is that you get to rank your preferences on the ballot – first choice, second choice, etc. This gives a more accurate measure of voter preference with less temptation to vote for someone who is more electable. The person with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and their votes go to the second choice for each voter. I think that’s how it works. I just read about this yesterday. Didn’t even know it was an option. Well, why not?

Wrote all that Friday. Now it’s Saturday morning.

Also, why did my home covid test come back negative yesterday when I feel so damn sick? I guess I should be thankful it’s not covid, which I apparently haven’t had yet, but I was almost sure it would be positive. The symptoms remind me of my reactions to the vaccines: Zero energy, body aches, headache, no appetite, plus foggy brain, and at 2am I had teeth chattering chills and a fever. Ugh. Sure makes me appreciate an average day with just feeling okay.

One good thing is I did some art before I got sick. I was going to share it here, but not sure if I have the energy…. Maybe later.

Okay, here are the two pieces from the acrylic pouring class I took. For the first one, I used a small stick to make the lines in the starbursts. In the second one, the I used a paintbrush to add the dolphin which was totally unplanned. I’d been playing with the still wet paint with my finger (why do we do that?) and messed it up. Eventually, the dolphin emerged.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

17 thoughts on “SoCS: Why or why not?

  1. Here’s a short link to the post I mentioned you in.

  2. I’m all for getting rid of political parties, letting as many run as possible, using ranked voting, and have runoffs until somebody wins.

  3. JoAnna, sorry you’ve been sick! Hope you soon feel well again. ❤

    I did some poured paint canvasses right before we moved here a couple of years ago. I gave some away and hung a few on the walls of our new home.

    Poured paint art is very enjoyable if a little messy! I find I am less critical of the results than with watercolor paintings. I particularly like your painting with the dolphin. Lovely, refreshing colors!

  4. Why-oh-Why? So many unanswered questions about this world we live in. I read the headline about the Palin defeat, but was unaware of the system of ranked choice vote. Makes sense to me that it would be a better system. Why now, indeed?! By the way, your pieces of “acrylic pouring” are quite stunning. Looks like lots of fun 🙂

    • We are way overdue for a change in our voting system. I’m encouraged by this possibility. Glad you liked the acrylic pouring pieces. I had resisted doing the acrylic pouring at home, because it seems to waste a lot of paint that pours over the side of the canvas but doing it in a class was lots of fun.

  5. You’re an artist! Wow! So much talent here. I liked both of your pictures. They are terrific!

  6. Such apt questions. I hope you feel well soon. I got the same response as your “Because I say so” and have the same principle as you.

  7. I hope you’re feeling better.

  8. I agree with your view on saying “Because I say so”. I’m on the same page as you. hope you’re doing much better JoAnna. And you have some beautiful work of art as well ❤️

  9. Thank you for sharing!!… I think people say “Because I say so” because it is easier that going through a long explanation as to why, especially if they are busy at the time… 🙂
    I am a independent, rarely vote in primaries and vote for whoever I feel will represent the people best… as for parties, as they say, “birds of like feather flock together” be it politics, religion, etc… 🙂
    Like you art work and hope you are on the mend… there are a lot of illnesses out there that mimics some of the covid systems… 🙂

    Take care, get better and until we meet again….
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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