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SoCS: Note to Self – Don’t Call That Number!


Today‘s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “dict.” Find a word that contains “dict” and use it in your post. Have fun!

Dictionary… Dictation…Dictator…vindictive… Going in a negative direction here. I try not to be vindictive or to write too much political stuff here. It’s obvious to me that a recent former president desperately wanted (wants?) to be a dictator. Yuck. I don’t want to write about that. What are some other words… Sigh.

Dictionary. Who still has one on a shelf? I do! Diction. I took a class in college called, Voice and Diction. That class, along with acting class, helped me get over some natural shyness and allowed me to speak clearly in front of people. Not that I want to do that now, but if there’s a good reason, it comes in handy. I’ve always had pretty good diction, but the college class gave me the ability to speak “Standard American English” if it was appropriate. Of course, it’s also good to have something relevant and true to say. Speaking from the heart is more important that diction.

It’s a good skill, speaking clearly, but not that necessary, like speaking to scammers is not necessary. It’s best not to speak to scammers at all. I made the stupid mistake of calling a number in an email that said it was from Paypal. As soon as the speaker mentioned that I had invested in bitcoin, I knew it was a mistake. I said the words “No” and “Never” very clearly. I’m not entirely sure what bitcoin is and, no, I don’t want to know.

Now I feel a bit paranoid. Sigh.

Getting back to topic of college, the first years at the community college were fun – being a big fish in a little pond and all that. Then I transferred to the university and got serious about finishing. I’ve never taken dictation, but I was good at taking notes. That was so long ago. Now, I’m retired. Yay!!! I only take notes if I feel like it or really want to remember something. If I start asking the same questions over and over again, say like 10 or 20 years from now, I’ve asked my husband to encourage me to write stuff in a notebook and carry it with me. But we’re not there yet.

Exercise is good for the brain as well as the body. After the scammer incident, I went to the Y where I recently started back with a personal trainer on Fridays, just for 30 minutes. It felt good and helped with the paranoia. Maybe exercise will help my memory and save on notebooks.


Sometimes we get to learn the same lessons over and over again. I will forgive myself for the mistakes and remember the lessons:


Now, move on! Find a pretty picture.

Here’s just one of my favorite Christmas ornaments from a musical friend:

David made the smaller one on the lower right from wood


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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.

16 thoughts on “SoCS: Note to Self – Don’t Call That Number!

  1. You’ll probably still need the notebook, but maybe not as much…

  2. Good job on the prompt, JoAnna. However, you inadvertently stuck the Steely Dan song (Ricky Don’t Lose that Number) in my head. 🙂

  3. Operator calling! One ringy dingy. We could have endless fun with word association. 😋 I hope you don’t call that number again JoAnna.

  4. I have the full sets of the OED and the Dictionary of National Biography on my shelves. Although I am often too lazy to use them I cannot let them go

  5. I used to feel sorry for the telemarketers who had to make a living interrupting people’s dinner and visits to the bathroom and would hear them out. But now I just say, “Thank you anyway.” and hang up!

    Engaging post, JoAnna

  6. Thank you for sharing!!.. I rarely respond to emails similar to the email you mentioned, if it peaks my interest I will go directly to the website in question…as for notes, on a rainy day I will gather my tools, glue, etc and use paper that I have received in the mail and make notepads, I also use what is referred to today as a “boogie board”.. I would be lost without them… 🙂

    Hope you and your family have the mostest wonderfulest holiday and Christmas ever 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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