Thursday, April 26, 2012


X is for Xenophobia in the A to Z Challenge

Ok... I'll confess that this A to Z has been kind of a pain in the neck. On one hand, it has forced me to create a lot of posts in a short period of time, which is great for a brand new blog. (I started this blog on March 30th). On the other, I really don't like creating posts for the sake of creating posts. I generally have no problem coming up with topics. But I don't like being forced into boxes. And "X" is definitely a box this morning.

But rather than just coming up with some lame post like I did for "L" (I missed posting on that day, so the next day my post was simply "L is for Late") or "I" (I couldn't think of anything to write, so I wrote "Impasse") or "U" (again... lacking any ideas I wrote "Undecided") I thought I would put at least a smidge of effort into this one.

Xenophobia: "a fear of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange."

Well if you folks haven't figured it out yet, I'm a little strange. Most of us are. In fact, I believe that you don't have to scratch very deep below the superficial personae's which most of us present to the rest of the world to find out that everybody is a little strange. Some of us just choose not to care about hiding it.

I revealed one of my quirky past times in my post Role Playing Games. Tuesday I put up a post which I had the audacity to title "A Tap Dancing Vagina" (Well.. it IS about a tap dancing vagina, and there are photos!) Hell... even my wife thinks I'm weird, and we've been married 17 years.

Artists in general are "strange". We are the boogeymen. We are the unknown. We are the puzzling blip on the radar. We are "The Others". :

X is for Xenophobia, and April continues to be Parkinson's Awareness Month.

If you haven't watched the music video Transmit Dopamine yet, please do so. It is actually kind of important:


  1. Ahhhh, being weird is what makes life so new everyday. This coming from a magician & ventriloquist, now thats weird!

  2. I'm from a family of writers an artists. I grew up thinking weird was normal.

  3. We are strange. If you'll be terrified of me, I'll be terrified of you. :-) I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs in April. My alphabet is at

  4. I love my "strange". I think it's normal even if most other people don't.

  5. Good post for "X"! New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.


  6. Stopping by from the A-Z challenge and following. Some days the challenge has been a pain but more often it's been been a lot of fun. Have a great weekend and a great final challenge day on Monday.

  7. Hi Arthur! I'm hopping over from the A to Z Challenge and I see you have almost hit your first 100 followers. I thought I would help you out and clicked the button to be your newest follower...good luck with the rest of this year!

    Donna L Martin

  8. yeah, most of us and some of us veer off acceptable levels of strangeness.

    Sonia Lal @ Story Treasury

  9. Wow! We chose the same word for X! I suppose the odds were high, given that there are not many X words to select from. Still, nice to see that I'm not the only one that went with it.