Blogging From A to Z – V


They who disbelieve in virtue because man has never been found perfect, might as reasonably deny a sun because it is not always day. ~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Blogging From A to Z Challenge – V

“V” is for virtue, which is the opposite of vice.

As human beings we’re imperfect. We can strive to BE and DO good, but the reality is that we will never attain perfection. I’m okay with that; however, some people aren’t. They see their shortcomings and imperfections as negative things. But, that only applies if those failings are intentional and mean-spirited; directed at others or ourselves. This can apply to something as benign as eating the extra piece of pie, or more serious like spreading rumors.

We have free will; the ability to act at our own discretion. If we make an honest effort to live a virtuous life and avoid the vices, then we’re doing a good job. At those times when we succumb to emotions and poor thinking, we need to exercise compassion; for others, as well as ourselves. We need to acknowledge our mistake and make amends.

Because we all have the capacity for both virtue and vice, it’s my hope that people will consider both when forming judgements about themselves and others. Without seeing the whole picture we’ll have an incomplete view and our judgement will be skewed. 

And we’ll deny ourselves the opportunity to truly understand.

Blogging From A to Z Challenge – U


A man’s under layers shouldn’t be stuck in the past.
Or anywhere else. ~ Tommy John


“U” is for underwear; specifically the Tommy John brand.

I’m deviating from the Travel theme because I have no good photos of anything  I encountered on a trip that starts with a U.

So, I’m looking at men’s underwear again.

Actually, it’s another excuse to promote the Know Your Balls campaign for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. It’s designed to get the boys talking about…well, The Boys! 

Testicular cancer 2

Men in general don’t talk much about serious stuff; they mostly keep it light and enjoy conversations that involve sports, beer, and sex. That’s why it’s up to us gals to get a dialogue going about really important things, such as health issues.

Tommy John underwear has gotten good reviews, so I’m thinking maybe all the men in my life will get a pair next Christmas, along with some socks & undershirts. In the meantime, I’ll embarrass them further with my insistent urging that they begin self-checks…it elevates “handling the package” to a whole, new level!


Blogging From A to Z Challenge – T

Testicular cancer

Blogging From A to Z Challenge – T

Because today happened to be the letter T, I decided to write a “companion post” to the one I published this morning.

“T” is for testicular cancer, which one man is diagnosed with and another man dies from every single day. 

This is a serious disease and while breast cancer has gotten a lot of press, you don’t hear so much about this type. Which is somewhat surprising considering it’s “a man’s world” where they earn more money for doing the same jobs and occupy the majority of top executive positions in business. You’d think their diseases would garner a lot of concern and attention, but they don’t. So, why not?

I realize that talking about the male genitalia can be a bit awkward. But, there was a time when discussing women’s breasts openly was unheard of, and look at how far we’ve come! Now, we give them fun nicknames like “hooters, tatas, and snuggle pups.” Breastfeeding is an (almost) accepted practice in public places. Once used only as an advertising vehicle for bras, breasts are now used to sell  just about anything you can think of.

If we can have candid discussions and give widespread consideration to The Girls, we should be able to do the same for The Boys. Particularly, as it relates to something as serious as cancer. It’s only fair…and the right thing to do.

 April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, so take a minute to view the Campaign video and learn more at the Testicular Cancer Foundation.