Friday Feature on Deb’s World
Winners & Losers #9
Welcome to Week 9 of my weekly roundup, where I share some of the good, the bad and the ugly ‘stuff’ I’ve taken note of during the week. You are most welcome to join me in this quest each week by leaving me a comment with your own winners and losers!
Another great Monday quote – did you know I share a new quote each Monday on Instagram?
It is birthday time for my daughters, as all three have birthdays in a 5 week period. This quote goes out to each of them – they are all superheroes without a princess in sight! But then again, my sister asked if we can be both. I said we could especially as we’re living proof of that being the case!! Did you know I am called WonderWomanDebz?
Following on from my story in last week’s Winners and Losers about digital addiction, it was interesting to see this story in the news. Instagram are trialling a ‘no likes’ version in Canada, in a test to see if you’ll feel less horrible about yourself! How do you feel about this?? Would it work do you think?
Instagram will test hiding the like count from photos, and view counts from videos, in an effort to get users to pay attention to the content itself and not their associated engagement metrics, the Facebook-owned app announced Tuesday.
Critics of social media companies have said that the public emphasis of such metrics as likes incentivises negative behaviour on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, leading users to chase engagement to measure their self-worth.BuzzFeed News
You can read the article here:
I don’t think I use Instagram the right way, as I’m not into trying to portray a curated perfect life, or influencing anyone to buy something; I’m only there for the pretty pictures and to share snippets of an ordinary life of an ordinary mid-lifer. I quickly unfollow anyone who only posts repeated selfies or is purely narcissistic and shallow. Likes and follows are nice but don’t bother me overly much.
Update from my sister
I’m very happy to tell you that my sister Sharon is feeling much better now that her treatment has ended. Here’s her latest update in which she shares her thoughts and her amazing photography skills – not to mention good news about being a grandmother again for the umpteenth time 🙂
Running in the Mother’s Day Classic this year will have extra meaning for me! But I definitely won’t be breaking any land speed records or even a PB!
It’s a boy 🙂
I presume you have all heard the news of Harry and Meghan’s new baby boy. I must say I couldn’t help smiling at the way Harry announced the news – his joy was palpable. And the name is not what was expected – Archie Harrison – any thoughts?
I have a confession to make – I have never read Brene Brown or watched her Ted talks. I have heard of her quotes but until today I had never actually seen her. I heard a recommendation for her new Netflix show The Call to Courage, so finding a spare hour while I was doing the ironing (true story!) , I watched it. I must admit I wanted to dislike her for some reason, don’t ask me why, but I actually found her to be quite open, honest and funny as she shared stories and dispensed her wisdom.
I did pick something up about being vulnerable which made complete sense. By putting ourselves out there we are being vulnerable and I can see that as bloggers we are sharing our vulnerability and being brave.
Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.Brene Brown
Caption this photo
This was a very cute and very Australian photo of a koala and a kookaburra, shared on the ABC Australia Facebook page, and they were asking for captions! Some of them are so funny 🙂
What colours do you see?
These shoes started a bit of a ‘discussion’ amongst my family this week. Apparently it’s the latest in the ‘right brain sees this colour’, ‘left brain sees this colour’ image. It sparked quite intense discussions as each person could only see ‘their’ colour – which is either grey/green or pink/white. Remember a few years ago there was a dress which had everyone up in arms?? Just out of interest what colour do you see?
Now that’s a knife!
You may not know that the Mathematician has just returned from walking the Kokoda Track with high school students as one of the leaders of our Rotary Club’s Tumba2Kokoda Youth program. It was his 8th time since his first trek in 2007.
Well, every year he walks, he allows the students to design a special hair-do for him and this year they shaved his head and left a ‘tuft’ on top. Halfway along the trek he decided it needed to go and so had Isaac, one of the leaders, cut it off with his larger than life knife!! Joel, another leader, will store the tuft of hair back in the village, until Grant returns again in 2 years time!! Just one of the many stories that have emerged so far from their life changing trek. Did you see the post I wrote about getting mail in the jungle?
Politics free zone!
You might have noticed that this week’s edition is a politics free edition – that’s not a coincidence!! I’m over it 😦
Mother’s Day 🙂
It’s Mother’s Day here in Australia on Sunday 12 May and it will be my first as a grandmother. I saw this post in a Facebook group and loved it so much I’m sharing the link here so you too can enjoy reading it. Thanks to Alice for her lovely words which made me smile – here’s a snippet from her post 🙂
I’ll bet another reason that today’s grandmothers go for less traditional grandmother names is that they don’t act or look very, well, traditionally grandmotheresque. Sure, these GaGas and Bamas do traditional grandmother things like sing songs and play games and make cookies (or some of them do). But they also go skiing in Aspen and hiking in Nepal and to tennis camp in Hawaii. And they certainly don’t dress like traditional grandmothers. Take housedresses (please). Both my grandmothers wore them exclusively, usually accessorized with an apron, support hose and orthopedic shoes.By Alice Henry Whitmore, a/k/a Lutheran Liar
When Mothers turn Grand
Here’s a photo of my little granddaughter which will make your heart melt 🙂 (Photo taken and kind permission given for its use by my daughter and son-in-law)
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and special people out there.
Do you have any thoughts on any of these winners or losers for the week?
If you missed earlier posts in my Friday Feature you can find them here:
This week’s posts:
- Winners and Losers #8
- When you’re one fifth of something special
- Let’s have a cuppa and a chat – saying au revoir to April and g’day to May
- A touch of autumn
What made your winners/losers list this week? Let me know if you have any suggestions for me on books, Netflix, movies, podcasts – anything!
Keep smiling and thanks for reading.
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