Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This is a only a test

There's not going to be much substance here. I recently found a blogging app for my Kindle Fire so I thought I would try it out.
So far so good. It is called Blogaway for Android and can be found at Google Play.
It appears that it may work ok enough to use while on vacation in a few weeks. That way I won't have to take my laptop.
Alright, I'm posting this now. I hope it looks ok.
Wish me luck.


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Friday, February 28, 2014

Lent For The Non-Religious

I’m not Catholic. I was raised in a Christian home but I haven’t attended a church service in years, maybe decades. As I’ve gotten older, I have become more agnostic. (It’s a long and winding story of how I got to this point so I’m not going down that path….for now.)

 

"An agnostic position is one that leaves open the question whether there exists a god or gods, professing to find such a question unanswered or unanswerable. For the atheist, the question has been answered, and in the negative."

-Jaroslav Pelikan

 

With that said, I do admire the idea of giving up something for Lent. It shows a sense of committing to making a change in one’s life. Traditionally something that is considered a luxury or vice is given up. Like millions of people, especially library support staff, I pretty much live from paycheck to paycheck. So while there are some luxuries, there aren’t a lot.

As for vices, I don’t really have any of the more traditional ones. I don’t drink a lot or do drugs. I don’t gamble much, an occasional trip to Cripple Creek, but I get bored and tire of losing money.

I haven’t really kept up with any of my New Year resolutions (see “The 3 Rs”) but I haven’t been that productive in other areas of my life recently either. As I thought about why, I realized I spend a lot of time surfing the web.

Mindlessly surfing.

It’s not just Facebook. It’s Netflix, Good Reads, YouTube, Library Thing, etc.… I spend a lot of time adding items to wish lists or to read/watch queues but I don’t actually read or watch them. I constantly check and recheck Facebook and some other sites in case someone has posted something new. I can spend hours sitting in front of my trusty laptop and do absolutely nothing. This has interfered with what I really want or need to do.

So starting from March 5th (Ash Wednesday) to April 19th (Easter Eve), I am giving it up for Lent.

No more Facebook. There are some things that automatically upload to FB from other sites such as this blog but I will not be perusing the site for the purpose of looking at all the recipes, jokes, etc., that everyone posts over and over and over. My phone alerts me to any private messages or friends requests so I’ll answer those.

I’m only going to go to Netflix or YouTube if I am actually going to watch something and not search the catalog for items to add to the queue. 

Good Reads or Library Thing, only to update what I have read.

Then it’s onto the 3 Rs. Reading, writing, and learning.

If you want to get in touch with me, why not do it “old school”.

Email me or call me.

Maybe write a letter or send a postcard.

 

 

While writing this I was listening to " Mona Lisa" from "Parallax" by "Atlas Sound"

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Three Rs

My mind started to wander when I began thinking about my New Year resolutions for 2014.

I began to think about the “Three Rs”, reading, writing, and arithmetic, and how I could utilize them in my resolutions.

Reading - I have this one pretty well covered. I’ll read anything.

Last year I read 59 books. I have a lot of books that have been stacked around the house for years so my goal is to work my way through them instead of checking out more from the library.

Writing – Every year I say the same thing, “I’m going to post here more often.” This year I really am. Really. I’m not just saying that, I am.

Arithmetic – ?? I’m not really planning on doing much extra with math this year so I’m going to equate this with learning.

Maybe a new craft or hobby? Maybe an online course or photography workshop?

Maybe to think before I speak? That’s a good one.

 

Of course the way my mind works I couldn’t stop with just 3 Rs.

How about:

Rest, Relax, Recreation, photogRaphy, Reconnect, Reflect, tRavel, Recommit, chaRity, Reenergize, Renovate, butteRfly …

 

Happy New Year!

May this year bring you only peace, happiness and joy.

 

 

While writing this I was listening to " Becoming a Jackal" from "Becoming a Jackal" by "Villagers"

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Books I Read In 2013

  1. 8810 by Nicholas Taylor
  2. All Roads Lead To Blue Lake by Mark Vale
  3. Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations by Simon Rich
  4. Anthem by Rand, Ayn
  5. Atomic Lobster (Serge Storms Series #10) by Tim Dorsey
  6. Beat the Gym: Personal Trainer Secrets--Without the Personal Trainer Price Tag by Tom Holland
  7. Cataract: Some Notes After Having a Cataract Removed by John Berger and Selcuk Demirel
  8. City of the Dead (Horrors of History) by T. Neill Anderson
  9. Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet? by Charlene Ann Baumbich
  10. Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules Of Writing by Elmore Leonard
  11. F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson
  12. Fat, Fifty & F***ed! by Geoff McGeachin
  13. Fifty Things to Do When You Turn Fifty: Fifty Experts on the Subject of Turning Fifty by Ronnie Sellers, Gerit Quealy, Debra Gordon and Brian O'Connell
  14. Flipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability Using the QBQ! by Miller, John G.
  15. Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages by Michael Popek
  16. Framed (Swindle) by Gordon Korman
  17. Free-Range Chickens by Simon Rich
  18. Freedom Is Blogging In your Underwear by Hugh MacLeod
  19. Haiku Inspirations: Poems and Meditations on Nature and Beauty (Inspirations Series) by Tom Lowenstein and Victoria James
  20. Half-Minute Horrors by Susan Rich and Various
  21. Happy: Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life by Smith, Ian K., M.D.
  22. Hate That Cat: A Novel by Sharon Creech
  23. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman
  24. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
  25. In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story by David McCullough
  26. Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  27. Looking For Przybylski by K.C. Frederick
  28. Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series... by Glei, Jocelyn K. and 99U
  29. Mortality by Hitchens, Christopher
  30. No Doorway Wide Enough: 2000-2010, My Parkinson's Disease Decade by Bill Schmalfeldt
  31. Pray For Silence by Linda Castillo
  32. QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life by Miller, John G
  33. Showoff (Swindle) by Gordon Korman
  34. Smokey the Talking Dog and other tales from the land of the loganberry by Jim Nolan
  35. Socrates In 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern
  36. Swindle by Gordon Korman
  37. The 24th Letter by Tom Lowe
  38. The Accidental Leader: What to Do When You're Suddenly in Charge by Robbins, Harvey and Finley, Michael
  39. The Big Bamboo (Serge Storms) by Dorsey, Tim
  40. The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill
  41. The Brief History of the Dead by Brockmeier, Kevin
  42. The Color Master: Stories by Bender, Aimee
  43. The Digital Photography Book, Part 2 by Kelby, Scott
  44. The Entrancing Life by J.M. Barrie
  45. The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel by Albom, Mitch
  46. The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors: A Novel by Michele Young-Stone
  47. The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1 by Jasper Fforde
  48. The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories by Simon Rich
  49. The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood
  50. The Potty Mouth at the Table by Laurie Notaro
  51. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
  52. The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel by Paolo Giordano
  53. This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace
  54. Unstuck: A Tool for Yourself, Your Team, and Your World by Keith Yamashita and Sandra Spataro
  55. Wearing of This Garment Does Not Enable You to Fly: 101 Real Dumb Warning Labels
  56. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
  57. What in God's Name by Simon Rich
  58. Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer
  59. Zoobreak by Gordon Korman

 

That’s 59!

Whoo Hoo!

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