Frying Pan

The Italian author Laurentius Abstemius wrote 100 fables based on popular idioms and proverbs of the day. One of them concerns some fish thrown live into a frying pan of boiling fat. One of fish urges its fellows to save their lives by jumping out, but when they do so they fall into the burning coals and curse it’s bad advice. The fabulist concludes: ‘This fable warns us that when we are avoiding present dangers, we should not fall into even worse peril.

The tale was included in Latin collections of Aesop’s fables from the following century onwards.  The first person to adapt it into English was Roger L’Estrange in 1692. He was followed shortly after by the anonymous author of Aesop at Oxford, in whose fable “Worse and Worse” the fish jump ‘Out of the Frying-Pan, into the Fire’ by a collective decision.

Daily Prompt: Fry

Nomination for the 2017 Bloggers Bash Awards Are Now Alive


This is the time of the year for you to nominate your favorite bloggers. The nomination party will be held in London, but the nomination is for every blogger anywhere in the world. If you have not participated before. Please jump in for fun. This is my first time, so I had to do some study about the rules.

Basically there are 9 categories of Bloggers Bash Awards. You may nominate one blogger per category. If you want to nominate more than one blogger, you fill out the form several times.

Nominees receive only one category award. If you are nominated for more than one categories, you will be contacted to choose one of them.

Some bloggers seem not to be able to find the nominees’ email addresses. I’m posting some info from the original hosting blog. I also did a demonstration of where to find info to fill out the form. It’s easy, so please have fun for nomination at Sacha’s blog

You’ll see “purchase ticket,” that is for bloggers who are in London and would like to join the party.

Nominations close on May 8th, then the voting will commence soon after!!!

Sample information:

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Cee’s Share Your World – April 17, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World (SYW) is all about having a safe place for everyone to answer random questions that I post each week.

1. When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

I prefer using fine point felt tip colored pens. I practiced calligraphy in elementary school with ink pens. I like to coordinate the colors of pens and the colors of paper or cards I write on. When writing on white paper, I use purple or darker lavender colored pens.

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2. Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

I am a singer. I used to be a frequent soloist when I was younger. I still sing in choirs.

3. If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating?

I would debate on the subject of saving the rainforest. The rainforests sustain our lives. The more we eliminate the rainforests, the closer we are killing ourselves.

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What are you a “natural” at doing?

I’m natural in listening, and helping others either by doing something or solving a problem.




Cee’s Share Your World – April 17. 2017

Epicenter One Mile from Home

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On Friday, March 28, 2014, the ladies from church had a Women’s Movie Night. I was sitting on a couch watching the movie. Suddenly, I felt a jolt, then a violent shake for 20 to 30 seconds. All the ladies were sitting tight, praying while things in the kitchen were tumbling down.

As soon as the quake stopped, our attention went to News channels. We found out that there was a 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck ONE mile east of La Habra where I live, resulting in isolated power outages and damage that included ruptured water mains and broken glass in Orange County, California. The temblor was one in a sequence of more than 20 quakes that hit the area within less than two hours, seismologists said.

I had never experienced an epicenter of earthquake so close to home. I was anxious to get home to access the damage. As soon as I opened the door, I found my favorite crystal vase with a dozen red roses on the floor. The vase was chattered. Then I found my husband’s miniature car collection fell on the floor. Rushing to the living room and I saw my collection of angels fell sideways, but fortunately was not broken. Opened the front door, and I saw a couple garden sculptures were broken. Anxiously, I ran upstairs and downstairs, and the garage to check everything. There were other damages, cupboard doors swung open, and things fallen on the floor also.

It was quite a scary moment!

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An earthquake triggered a rockslide that caused a car to overturn, Brea police said. Bottles of wine at a store in La Mirada were toppled from shelves (two photos from the media).

Daily Prompt: Jolt

52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 6


This is the 52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 6 at Haddon Musings

I’m thankful this week for having 45 minutes of touching, contemplative Good Friday Concert presented by the Choir and orchestra tonight. The concert presented the message of the Lamb of God sacrificed Himself for our redemption. We were grateful that our new pastor was part of presentation. He read the scripture and prayed before our singing. He appreciated the choir’s service to the church.

The choir has been singing for over 50 years. Some of the members have been together from the beginning. We are not merely a choir but a family, a support group that uplifts each other. Some members are in their 60s, 70s, even 80s. In the first photo, the members in the front row were sitting down because of their physical limitation. They don’t let their physical conditions discourage their participation in singing. In fact, praising God with their voices becomes their strength.

The former pastor who stayed with us for only a couple years almost dismantled the choir. (The previous pastors stayed for 20 years each.) We went through a most difficult time in our choir history. Yet we still met and prayed together regularly even when we were not scheduled for singing.

The new pastor embraces all age groups of the congregation. He also appreciates classical, traditional, and contemporary music. The choir has a greater hope to be included in the services in the future.


Please share your thankfulness by participate at Haddon Musings

Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

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Cheung Chau is an outlier of Hong Kong. The area of this small island is 0.95 square mile (2.46 square meters) in the shape of a dumbbell. The population is about 22,740 in year 2011. It is an island with no cars. The major transportation is bicycles.

When I was living in Hong Kong 40 years ago, the regular ferry took about two hours to go from Hong Kong Island to Cheung Chau. The newer ferry takes about 55 minutes.  The fast ferry called hydrofoil takes about 35 minutes to get there.

Hong Kong is a major harbor of the world trade. There were pirates in the old days. When I was a teenager, the church youth group went there for an outing. We visited and crawled through the pirate’s tunnel.images

When standing on top of a tall building, one could have a nearly 360o view of the ocean. I always enjoy visiting Cheung Chau when I go to Hong Kong.

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Daily Prompt: Outlier

Cathedral Towers

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In my recent post, I posted a few photos of Cathedral Park and St. Johns Bridge, Portland Oregon. For this challenge, I post a couple more up close photos of the architecture of the Towers. My attempt was to capture from different distances of the Towers to align waves of the cusps, the pointed ends at the top where two curved sides meet. It’s a magnificent Bridge with unusual Gothic Cathedral style of Towers.

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Daily Prompt: Cusp