On Exploring Relationships

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. (Buddha, spiritual leader)

Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships. (Stephen Covey, business leader)

Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they’re all a projection of you. (Deepak Chopra, philosopher)

People are basically the same the world over. Everybody wants the same things – to be happy, to be healthy, to be at least reasonably prosperous, and to be secure. They want friends, peace of mind, good family relationships, and hope that tomorrow is going to be even better than today. (Zig Ziglar, author)

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. (Audrey Hepburn, actress)

Everything that I said I’d do, Like make the world brand new, And take the time for you, I just got lost and slept right through the dawn, And the world spins madly on. (Steven Tannen, Deborah R. Talan, songwriters)

What does the video say to you?

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 270

With more than 460 days until Election Day, why are the debates starting so early?

This Onion headline made me laugh: Over Crowded GOP field forces Iowa to construct massive town hall stadium.

The Onion has let me down by not preparing a profile for Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) .. maybe his jump in a recent poll will spark one. Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-VA) is candidate #17, and another one with no chance … well, in my opinion.

Making no bones about it, I’m one who believes (and have for a long time) that education needs reform. Although the need is there, the obstacles are plentiful. Reform-minded superintendents are rare, but for the few that are, the public will prevent change.

The Internet and various software technology has given everyone a chance to observe a wide variety of human creativity. The 8-second video below is a hoot!

For those who miss the list of celebrations by the day, week, and month, here are the two sites that served as my main sources: One and Two.

This last act of Meals: The Musical takes to the stage next week. The dinner is done, the guest are gone, and there is a lot to clean. Song titles must include any of the following in the title. knives, forks, spoons, plates, bowls, cups, dishes, pots, pans, and kettles. Singular forms are acceptable. Show time is this coming Wednesday at 9:30 pm (Eastern US).

The collaboration with Robin about light was well received. Thanks again to Robin for the images … and yes, I would collaborate again with her. Meanwhile, another collaboration is about ready, thus I anticipate it going live in two weeks, but I will work with the collaborator to get a date.

I’m looking for ideas where I can feature a word with many meanings (such as light). Good words are those that can be a noun, verb, and adjective. Any suggestions?

The Explore series continues on Saturday featuring a wonderful video about a person, place, or thing.

To lead you into The Onion, here’s their infographic about the Life and Works of Dr. Seuss.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Study: Those that go to college earn more degrees in the lifetime than those who don’t
Frustrated man doesn’t know what else to do to get cat purring
Chinese factory worker cannot believe the shit he makes for Americans
Man races against time to take out trash bag with widening puncture
Male orgasm captured on film

Interesting Reads
Tips for grilling burgers
60 years after Rock Around the Clock
Top 10 battles of World War I
Electronics and the doctor’s bag
Pee-proof paint
Good interactive map about global population shifts

To send you into the weekend, here’s a flashback from the 80s. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Light

Light … a noun, an adjective, a verb

Light … what makes sight possible

Light … a brightness produced by an illuminant

Light … an electromagnetic radiation

Rainbow

Light … travelling (in a vacuum) at a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second

Light … the sensation arousing the stimulation of visual receptors

Light … a spiritual illumination, a truth, an enlightenment, from a point of view

Sky1

Light … something that informs, a public knowledge

Light … an aspect or appearance presented to view

Light … a medium (as a window)

Beverly

Light … a set of principles, standards, or opinions

Light … a leading person in a particular field or place

Light … as a source – a lighthouse, a beacon, a traffic signal

Lighthouse

Light … a flame to start burning, to ignite

Light … from the point of view

Light … a glare, gleam, glow, illumination, radiance, shine, brightness, luminosity, dazzle, blazing

June Moon

Light … an expression in someone’s eyes indicating a particular emotion or mood.

Light … understanding of a problem or mystery

Light … fluorescence, incandescence, LED, halogen, natural

Wall

Light … an aspect, angle, slant, approach, interpretation, viewpoint, standpoint, context

Light … an area of something that is brighter or paler than its surroundings

Light … as in lights, lit, lighting, lighted

Candle

Light … as a descriptor of little mass, weight, low density, easy to lift, lightweight

Light … as a color shade, hue, tone, complexion

LightMood

Light … as a taste – not sweet, not heavy, not too strong

Light … a descriptor of quantity – as in a meal – small, modest, simple, easily digested

Light … a descriptor of food – as porous, fluffy, low-calorie, easy to digest, small quantity

Light … as in easy, simple, undemanding

DewLight

Light … as in frivolous, superficial, undemanding, trivial

Light … as in gentle, delicate, soft, dainty

Light … as a comparative – light, lighter, lightest

Special thanks to Robin (MaidinSun Photography) for providing the photographs. I encourage readers to visit her at Breezes at Dawn. All photos are copyrighted by MaidinSun Photography.

On Writing for Blogs

When I wrote On the Blogging Blues (April 27, 2015), I had no idea the level of comments readers would provide. After all, the post was about the importance of and the different levels of blogging breaks.

Comments by readers were so outstanding, I studied them while wondering what to do with the information. I eventually identified the better comments, organized them into topics, paraphrased the words, and then published the information … and this is the last of the 5 posts in this series.

Thanks again to those who commented on the original post … so, thanks for sharing your knowledge and perspective.

Topic: Writing
Having a schedule that works for you is important.

Don’t write half-ass posts or comments … strive for whole-ass … keep in mind that writing takes time.

Reading other blogs helps formulate ideas for your own posts.

Posting weekly or every other week helps prevent burn out.

Beware of the too-muchness factor: too many posts, too many words, too many images.

I think people have to find their own flow and rhythm about posting – and reading/commenting. Some days you just want to do one or the other. It all should be fun and without stress ( but we all feel pressure as we all seem to have high expectations for ourselves?)

Sometimes the best writing is unplanned because it just happens.

Beware of the length because too much causes many readers to skim.

Not only is it okay to miss a post, it’s preferable. Quality vs. quantity. I’m down to +/- one every six days and my writing has never been better. I’ve gotten a bigger audience because of it, as well.

Posting daily, weekly, random are all OK,

If the post is long, can it be divided into multiple posts?

Write within yourself. Write about what makes you (as the host) comfortable – but remember your readers because they are your audience.

So don’t force yourself to write or post.

Writer’s block is real …. so having a variety of things to write about is helpful.

Many hosts of single-focused blogs don’t realize how much they have to know to maintain good information.

Past Topics in This Series
Blogging
Breaks and the Blues
Community
Posting and Frequency

On Exploring a Natural Pattern

Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler. (Albert Einstein, physicist)

Paul Green, at Stanford, has argued persuasively that the Fibonacci series is just what one would expect as the simplest self-repeating pattern that can be generated by the particular growth processes in the growing tips of the tissues that form sunflowers, pine cones, and so forth. (Stuart A. Kauffman, MD)

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. (Albert Einstein, physicist)

Without mathematics there is no art. (Luca Pacioli, mathematician and collaborator with Leonardo da Vinci)

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 269

Candidate #16 in my governor, John Kasich (R-OH). No candidate profile for Governor Kasich yet, but candidate #17 is rumored to be on the horizon.

Given so many candidates seeking the Republican nomination, I believe all the candidates should get ample debate time – thus I favor at least one format that hasn’t been suggested – in groups of four – such as Group 1) Bush, Paul, Graham, Perry – Group 2) Trump, Carson, Christie, Pitaki – Group 3) Rubio, Huckabee, Jindal, Fiorina – Group 4) Walker, Cruz, Santorum, Kasich

This editorial headline from the Des Moines Register made me smile: Trump should pull the plug on his bloviating side-show. See for yourself.

If and when The Bloviator withdraws from the race, I predict he will do so in grand style – such as, El Chapo has threatened his family.

Cheers to GOP candidates Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rick Perry (R-TX) for aggressively bashing The Bloviator – but jeers to Marco Rubio (R-FL) for equating Trump’s behavior to a “classless” President Obama. Sorry Senator Rubio, but your classless comment registered a severe black mark against you that will be difficult to erase by this independent.

David Ignatius (Washington Post) is one of the most respected columnists specializing in foreign policy. Here’s one of his columns about the Iranian Nuclear Pact.

Cheers to the US and Cuba reopening their respective embassies. Now I await Congress to screw it up.

The video below is a commercial for a website for people who rent lodging. To me, this is a thought-provoking message. Plus their message about kindness in the notes on YouTube is worth reading. (To read, click here)

Last weekend I had the great pleasure of meet and spend time with two bloggers who have visited here: Ginger Snaap & El Guapo (along with TMWGITU). We had a fabulous time, but the pleasure was all mine. My meeting bloggers count leaped to three.

The blogging series continues to be a success, but only one more to go. On a side note, the last one (Posting & Frequency) was a post without fanfare – number 1700, which means this post is #1702.

Only one act remains in Meals: The Musical … and preliminary information is on the Hear Ye page.

The Explore series continues on Saturday featuring a wonderful video about a person, place, or thing.

To lead you into The Onion, they offer these tips for getting cheaper airfare.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Toddler unsettled by whatever possessed her to bite friend’s face
Lesser piece of paper used to test pen’s viability
Man sadly realizes his one bedroom apartment large enough to host party with all his friends
Leonardo DiCaprio agrees to donate “It Factor” to science
Four hours scrolling through Facebook before bed referred to as “winding down”

Interesting Reads
10 things you didn’t know about the first moon landing
Pew Research Center study about Americans, politics, and science issues
Chimney climbing
Mosquito’s technique of finding something to bite 
Hot summer around the world (Photo gallery)

For many of us in the northern hemisphere, here’s a song for a hot summer night. For my friends below the equator, summer is on the way. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Meals: The Musical – Act 9: Snacks and Leftovers

The Story
Meals: The Musical is an original aFa production is about an important aspect of daily life – eating.

Whether a snack, something on the run, a glorious sit-down feast, or something in between and regardless of the time of day, food is a life necessity. There are three aspects to a truly fantastic meal: the food, the occasion, and the company. We know Meals: The Musical is a festive occasion where friends gather to share wonderful music – thus the acts will focus on what the dining friends encounter.

MealsPlaybillProgram (Past Posts)
Act 1: Meals
Act 2: Fruit
Act 3: Side Dishes
Act 4: Meat
Act 5: Ingredients
Act 6: Non-alcoholic
Act 7: Alcoholic Drinks
Act 8: Desserts

Act 9: Snacks and Leftovers
The meal is done, but your guests are now enjoying the evening moving about enjoying discussions with others. Some are on the patio, while others in the sitting area. Other course the crowd is near the food and drink.

This act features Snacks and Leftovers.

  • Snacks are snacks, so suggestions include (but not limited to) candy, chocolate, cookies, nuts, pizza, popcorn, potato chips, and pretzels.
  • Leftovers actually stand of items that have not been part of previous acts; such as seafood, eggs, and others. (Previous acts are listed above)
  • Caution: No items from previous acts as fruits, meats, sides, and desserts

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Announcement
We at aFa Productions are big fans of this performer, so we couldn’t pass on this opportunity to get him here for the opening act. For those ready to dance or tap those toes, head to the patio for the infamous Louis Jordan with Saturday Night Fish Fry. Enjoy!