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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Thursday Thirteen #690

Some quotes to think about:

1. The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. ~ Richard Bach

2. The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold. ~ Martin Luther King Jr

3. A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time. ~ Proverbs 17:17

4. The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession. ~ Mark Twain

5. United we stand, divided we fall. ~ Aesop

6. If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. ~ Epictetus

7. Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk. ~ Susan Scarf Merrell

8. Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. ~ Hebrews 13:1

9. It’s better that we feel something for each other rather than behave like corpses toward one another, the more so because as long as one has no real right to be called a corpse by being legally dead, it smacks of hypocrisy or at least childishness to pose as such. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

10. Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

11. A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother. ~ Benjamin Franklin

12. I believe in one thing, that only a life lived for others is a life worth living. ~ Albert Einstein

13. We’re all just walking each other home. ~ Ram Dass

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Thursday, January 07, 2021

Thursday Thirteen - Insurrection Edition

Biden calls Capitol riot ‘insurrection,' Trump tells mob to 'go home' - live updates (msn.com)

Trump’s election attacks on Twitter spark new online calls for violence as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol (msn.com)

Statehouses evacuate amid protests in support of Trump | News 4 Buffalo (wivb.com)

Pro-Trump protesters storm Pelosi's office, take over Senate chamber at US Capitol | Fox News

Protesters gather outside state Capitols nationwide as chaos sweeps Congress (nbcnews.com)

Woman shot capitol lockdown as Trump storm building Washington DC | wusa9.com

(8) Officials say the Capitol is secure after pro-Trump mob breached the building and forced lockdown / Twitter

Biden calls Capitol riot ‘insurrection,' Trump tells mob to 'go home' - live updates (msn.com)

TV Networks Shift From Coverage of Electoral Tally to Storming of Capitol - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Watch Live: Trump supporters breach Capitol as violence forces lockdown (cbsnews.com)

How Television News Outmatched Donald Trump on a Dark Day - Variety

Trump supporters, police clash at Capitol steps | king5.com

Georgia Senate results who won news & more | Live Blog | 11alive.com

Washington DC, Parts of Virginia Go Into Curfew After Wednesday's Attack (vadogwood.com)

§2383. Rebellion or insurrection

Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

§2384. Seditious conspiracy

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

lincolnproject.us:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 6, 2021 - “Today’s violence and insurrection in Washington and in state capitols is the direct responsibility of Donald Trump. This shameful culmination of four years of lies, propaganda, dog whistles, gaslighting, and conspiracy theories at the hands of a dangerous, unstable president has now put our Constitutional system of government at risk. While our democracy has been under attack since Donald Trump was elected in 2016, today’s domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol highlights just how much Trump and his enablers have entirely abandoned the principles of the Constitution and the Republic.

This is no longer simply about Donald Trump’s charade. It is an armed, violent, and planned insurrection against the United States of America. It is a moment where the tenets of Trumpism replaced the tenets of American democracy with the inevitable, violent results.

“Make no mistake, this is sedition and insurrection,” said Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson, “People have long asked why the Lincoln Project has targeted Trump’s Republican allies, and today they have their answer. Those Republicans who have endorsed and encouraged Trump’s lawless coup attempt in the House and Senate deserve to be prosecuted, not seated in the halls of government.”

“The House should immediately impeach Donald Trump for directing and provoking this attack. The United States Senate should immediately vote to convict and remove him from office. Any Member of Congress who refuses to do so should be considered a co-conspirator.”

The Lincoln Project is a group of former Republicans who worked to defeat Donald J. Trump’s reelection and will continue to battle Trumpism in America.

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I could not let the events of yesterday, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, go unmarked in my blog. On this date a mob of terrorists attacked the U.S. Capitol as the House and Senate convened to count the Electoral College ballots for the 2020 election.

At the urging of President Donald Trump, this preplanned coup involved a lack of police protection for the lawmakers, an inordinately long wait for approval for the National Guard to move in, and tweets from the president urging the violence to continue, with minimal "oh, gee, be nice to the guys in blue" tweets in between his continual falsehoods of "I won by a lot. Bigly." (That's all paraphrased because I'm so pissed and upset. His bullshit is on twitter and if anyone wants the exact wording, they can go look it up. (Twitter has blocked his account for 12 hours. I guess it is still up there.)

One person died (update 5:50 a.m. - NPR is reporting 4 deaths); I don't know how or who. More blood on this president's hands, along with the deaths of 350,000+ who have died from his mishandling of the Covid virus, and God only knows what else. 

I am shaking I am so angry. I have known from the moment this man was elected that he was nothing but an autocrat who would be king if he could. He doesn't give a flying fuck about anyone but himself and his cult of simpletons cannot see how he has deluded them and led them astray and right into the gaping maw of fascism. He surely doesn't give a damn about the United States Constitution.

Hopefully by the time this post hits my blog, he will be in a strait jacket or handcuffs.


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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

So, we're all getting ready to kick 2020 out the door and hope for better things 2021. Honestly, as introverted as I am, I did not find this year to be much of a burden. I prefer doing my own shopping, but the pickup at the stores works to keep us fed. I also miss my twice-monthly visits with my chiropractor, but other than that, life has basically gone on as normal for me. I don't mind the masks and will probably keep wearing one in the stores. Even though I have been sick a few times this year, I haven't been as ill as I normally am, and I chalk that up to masking, hand washing, and physical distancing.

I don't do resolutions anymore - I am old and there's no point, really - but here are a few things I'd like to do in 2021.

1. Get the vaccine shot for the Covid-19 virus. 

2. Take day trips. (We haven't been doing this because I always have to go to the restroom every couple of hours and it's hard to find a clean restroom in the best of times. I certainly didn't want to go into a filthy public restroom during a pandemic.)

3. Take a vacation. I would like to go to Washington, D.C., to the Library of Congress. I would also like to go to Philadelphia, Chicago, and Orlando, Fl. But things will have to be much better before this happens.

4.  Go out with friends.

5. Return to my regular chiropractic adjustment schedule.

6. Lose weight. This would be easier if I didn't have to eat.

7. Read more books.

8. Take more photos.

9. Write more.

10. Keep up with our tax information better. I tend to let it go and do it in spurts. I need to do it once a month, at the least. Once a week would be better.

11. Learn new songs on the guitar.

12. Get to know my little grand niece better.

13. Read the entire Bible. I've done that once before; it's time to do it again.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

Ghosts of Christmases past -


Santa in a parade around 2007.

A young cousin and her mother. (The cousin is 15 now.)

A table full of holiday decorations.

My niece takes a peek under the tree.

Santa sings a solo. (That's my brother under that beard.)

My sister-in-law and mother-in-law surrounded by gifts.

Hubby and two nephews hanging out on Christmas Eve, around 2008.

Me with Santa. (Santa is my father.)

My sister-in-law, my mother-in-law, my brother, and my husband around 2011.

My stepsister, my stepmother, and my father, about 2012.

A painting created by a dear friend.


My favorite Santa.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

Books I've read this year -

1. Days of Blood & Starlight, Gods & Monsters, by Laini Taylor. These were the two books in a trilogy. This modern-day fantasy set worlds against one another, places inhabited by those humans would consider demons and angels. They were fast reads even though each book was quite long. 5 stars

2. Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. I read this as part of my catch-up reading, as I occasionally go back and hit the classics. This was the story of a boy and his hound dogs, a coming of age classic that, while not exactly tear-jerking, was an excellent read that passes the test of time. 5 stars

3. The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett. Some of Ann Patchett's books I like, some I don't. This one fell somewhere in the middle. The story revolved around a home where two siblings once lived, until the wicked stepmother came in and basically threw them out when their father died. The reader followed the characters as they grew up. 4 stars

4. The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo. These YA books read quickly and I was entranced by both. They were very different stories. The Tale of Despereaux was about a mouse in a castle. Because of Winn-Dixie was about a girl and a dog she found. I know the latter has been made into a movie that I have not seen. 4 stars

5. Skin Game, by Stuart Woods. Woods writes in a breezy style. These are quick-read books mostly meant for men, I think. Skin Game is in the Teddy Faye series, and I like those better than some of his other books. In this book, Faye goes to Paris at the invitation of the FBI because there's a mole in the offices there. Faye has a way of solving problems that sometimes is inventive (sometimes not so much), but mostly I like these stories because Faye is not a womanizer like Stone Barrington, a character in one of Woods' other line of books.

6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, by Mark Manson. I felt like this book was written for the generation behind me, or maybe the one coming out of college. Basically, the book said you have to care about some things, but not too many things. Decide what is important and care about that and let the rest go. Basically, it was another way of saying, "Find your passion and focus on that," except in cruder terminology. The author doesn't advocate for happiness all the time, which was a relief, because let's face it, nobody is happy all of the time. He also advises learning to live with the bad stuff, although I don't recall coming away with any take-aways that were life changing from reading this. 3 stars

7. The Explanation for Everything, by Lauren Grodstein. This book was published by Algonquin, and it is the first book published by Algonquin that I didn't immediately fall in love with. The story was about a professor who was in a life crisis. He teaches classes about atheism, but is challenged by a couple of students about whether or not there is a god. While the book was well-written, I had trouble relating to any of the characters. They felt rather wooden on the page. 3 stars.

8. The Tethered Mage, by Melissa Caruso. I love fantasy stories, and I enjoyed this one even though the main character really doesn't have magic. She's a political figure in charge of someone who has magic, for in this world those with magical powers are forced to work for the government. Lots of political intrigue and strong character building kept me reading this one, which is part of a series. 5 stars.

9. Uprooted, by Naomi Novak. This was probably one of the best fantasies I've ever read. This book won the Nebula Award and was a Hugo Award Finalist. A young woman is chosen to live for 10 years in a wizard's tower, a long tradition in the community. The wizard chooses the woman he believes has the strongest powers, and this time he finds someone whose strength of magic and of will are comparable to his own. The characters were marvelous, the magic believable, and the storyline flawless. 5 stars ++

10. Your Life Calling, by Jane Pauley. I kept waiting on this book to get better, but it never did. I have watched Jane Pauley for most of my life on TV, and she's a wonderful broadcaster and interviewer. She is not, however, a good writer. This book plodded along and never delivered on its promise (or premise, if you ask me). I had really wanted to read this book and learn something that would help me settle into my new role as old crone. I was disappointed. 2 stars

11. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doer. This Pulitzer Prize winner was a breathtaking read, one that I could not put down. A blind girl is ripped from all she knows during World War II. Meanwhile, in Germany, a young boy is taken from his sister and the orphanage he calls him to serve in the German Army. The reader knows that these two will meet somehow, and the race to that meeting keeps the plot moving along swiftly. Excellent writing, character development, story building, and historical research. 5 stars++

12. Making a Literary Life, by Carolyn See. This was an interesting little book about writing. Not so much about craft, really, as about how to live like you want to live. If you want to be an artist, go live like you think an artist would live. If you want to be a writer, go live like you think a writer would live. My biggest take-away from this book was a concept the author called, "Charming notes." This was the idea of writing a real letter (the book was written in 2002, pre-social media) to an author (or an artist, or a potter, or whatever your creative juices suggest) in the hopes of getting a return letter back, perhaps even starting up a dialogue if one were lucky. With this in mind, I've written several "charming notes," including one to See's daughter, who is also a writer. (She responded!) Not everyone has responded, but some have. It's also difficult to find an actual address to send a letter - everyone wants an e-mail or to use their contact list so you sign up for their email. But I am trying to send out a "charming note" once a month. (See suggested every day, but that's a bit much.) I consider a book like this successful if I get anything at all out of it, and obviously I developed a new little routine from this one. 4 stars

13. Look Alive Twenty Five, by Janet Evanovich. These are my guilty pleasure books, these "detective" books about bail bonds woman Stephanie Plum. They read quickly, make me laugh, and are enjoyable. I don't read them for technique and I don't expect a lot out of them. In this story, Plum sets out to find out why the managers of a store her boss acquired continue to go missing.

I read many other books this year, these are just a few of them. As you can see, I read a lot of different styles and genres. I also read the newspaper every day, and I read Readers Digest from cover to cover when I get the magazine. I read a lot of blogs, too. So I do a great deal of reading.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Thursday Thirteen #685

These are 13 people who have passed away this year. The ones I list mean something to me - they are by no means indicative of all those who died, including but not limited the 280,000+ who have lost their lives to the Covid-19 virus.

1. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This tiny woman was a giant who fought for women's rights. She was the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court, taking office in 1993.

2. Diana Rigg. I know this actress best for her work on Game of Thrones, where she played Olenna Tyrell, the woman who killed off the boy king. She also played Emma Peel in the Avengers TV series.

3. Charlie Daniels. His song The Devil Went Down to Georgia was one I grew up listening to, and it was a hit for its storytelling and music. 

4. Sean Connery. He will always be the real James Bond to me.

5. Alex Trebek. The long-time host of Jeopardy! lost his fight with pancreatic cancer (the same disease which killed my mother). I remember watching him when he first started hosting the show in 1984, and I have spent many a half-hour playing this quiz show and watching Mr. Trebek's prowess with answers and questions.

6. Helen Reddy. I Am Woman singer Helen Reddy was well-known to me as I was growing up. Her song, Delta Dawn, was one of the first I learned on the guitar. 

7. Little Richard. While I was not a big fan of this musician (he was a bit before my time), I have to honor the profound impact he had on music, especially rock and roll. He influenced many artists who came after him.

8. Eddie Van Halen. Here's another guitar player and I certainly couldn't leave him out of my list. He was famous for his licks and songs with the band Van Halen. I grew up listening to him.

9. Patricia Eva "Bonnie" Pointer. She was one of the Pointer Sisters, a group whose song I played when I was in my own little rock and roll band in the late 1970s. She died on my birthday this year.

10. Elizabeth Wurtzel. This author wrote the memoir Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America and opened up a dialogue about mental health and how we treat it in the United States.

11. Kenny Rogers. This singer sang the songs of my youth, from The Gambler to Islands in the Stream and many others. His low sultry voice was an attention getter.

12. John Prine. This singer-songwriter is well known for his story songs. My favorite is Angel From Montgomery.

13. Mac Davis. He was another singer I grew up listening to, and a favorite of my father's. He was also a songwriter and he wrote many of Elvis's hits. 

Oh wow, there are two more I must mention. So a Thursday Extra:

Ian Holm, who played Bilbo Baggins in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy films directed by Peter Jackson, was superb in that role.

Lastly, I must note the passing of Representative John Lewis, whose notion of "good trouble" is one of the things that I hope will help America find her soul and heart again, so that all the mean goes away.


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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thursday Thirteen - Happy Thanksgiving!

These are unused photos from October 31, 2020, beginning with the Halloween moon.

 
This picture makes me hear the theme to Buffy the Vampire Slayer in my head.

Pretty little five-point buck. He had a wide rack.

A deer and a wild turkey.

Red-headed woodpecker.

The bandit squirrel doing a thorough job of self-cleansing.

And then a long stretch on the side of the tree. Squirrel yoga, maybe?

Run turkey! Run!

And a partridge in a pear tree. Not really. I think they're doves.

The woodpecker again.

Old Mother Hubbard taking a nap.

Deer tail.

Ending as we began, with the Halloween moon. The problem with this photo is the moon is over-exposed. If I could have captured the horizon with the moon like in the top picture, I'd have had something.

Lastly, some kind of finch I think. I am still not up on my birds yet.

 


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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

The other day one of my professors posted that she had written "just" 32 novels - and that she was now removing herself from the "just" society. Thirty-two novels is quite an accomplishment, but it was "just" mass market paperbacks, or ghostwriting, or whatever.

This made me think how that one four-letter word needs to be removed from every description of ourselves. Because we're not "just" a human being. We're all human beings. We're each as important as the other, from the beggar in the street to the man who would be king. It's also a matter of self worth. I'm not just Anita. I'm Anita.

1. I'm not just a woman. I am A WOMAN. (I can roar, too.)

2. I'm not just a writer. I am A WRITER.

3. I'm not just a wife. I am a WIFE.

4. I'm not just a lover. I am a LOVER.

5. I'm not just my father's daughter. I am MY FATHER'S DAUGHTER. (His only one, too.)

6. I'm not just a sister. I am MY BROTHER'S SISTER. (His only one, too.)

7. I'm not just a poet. I am A POET.

8. I'm not just a friend. I am a FRIEND. A pretty special one, to some people.

9. I'm not just a news reporter. I am a NEWS REPORTER.

10. I'm not just the recipient of three colleges degrees. I have THREE COLLEGE DEGREES.

11. I'm not just the chief cook and bottle washer around here. I am THE CHIEF COOK AND BOTTLE WASHER!

12. I'm not just a blogger. I am a BLOGGER.

13. I'm not just a video gamer. I am a VIDEO GAMER.


That's actually empowering. I'm going to remove that word from everything!

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

1. Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. ~ Abraham Lincoln

2. In a free society, government reflects the soul of its people. If people want change at the top, they will have to live in different ways. Our major social problems are not the cause of our decadence. They are a reflection of it. ~ Cal Thomas

3. It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey

4. The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. ~ Winston Churchill

5. Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

6. The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. ~ Thomas Jefferson

7. It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. ~ Andrew Jackson

8. Our government . . . teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. ~ Louis D. Brandeis

9. We have the best government that money can buy. ~ Mark Twain

10. The greater part of the governments on earth may be termed monarchical aristocracies, or hereditary dominions independent of the people. ~ Ezra Stiles

11. Our future cannot depend on the government alone. The ultimate solutions lie in the attitudes and the actions of the American people. ~ Joe Biden

12. Our ability to participate in government, to elect our leaders and to improve our lives is contingent upon our ability to access the ballot. We know in our heart of hearts that voting is a sacred right - the fount from which all other rights flow. ~ Stacey Abrams

13. No government, no organization, no citizen can afford to be less than vigilant in combating bigotry, intolerance and hatred. And frankly, our way of life depends on that vigilance. ~ Barry O'Farrell

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Thursday, November 05, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

I know Election Day and the current situation with the vote counting is no laughing matter . . . but I'm doing Election jokes anyway.


Q: On election day, what did Delaware?
A: Her New Jersey.

Q: What kind of limb did the candidate for president go on?
A: An executive branch

Q: What did the corrupt senator order on election day?
A: Stuffed ballots.

Q: What grows longer every election year?
A: The branches of government.

Q: Where did the politician take his wife for something sweet?
A: On a candydate

Q: What is the capital of Washington?
A: W.

Q: Where can children vote?
A: In swing states

Q: What is the capital of Alaska?
A: Don’t Juneau this one?

Q: Where do poll workers get trained?
A: Electoral College

Q: What do you call an argument between a politician and one of his donors?
A: A conflict of interest.

Q: What US state gives out tiny drinks to voters?
A: Mini-soda.

Q: Why did the county legislator fall asleep?
A: He was one of the Bored Members.

Q: How hot was it in Arizona this summer?
A: It was so hot that people were sweating like a politician on election day.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Thursday Thirteen #680

 Halloween jokes -

What do birds chirp on Halloween? "Trick or tweet!"

Why do skeletons stay home on Halloween? Because they have no-body to go with.

Where do ghosts purchase Halloween candy? At the ghost-ery store!

What do owls say on October 31? "Happy Owl-ween!"

What do ghosts give out for trick-or-treat? Booberries!

Who did Frankenstein go to the Halloween party with? His ghoul friend.

What candy is never on time for the Halloween party? Choco-LATE!

What do witches put on their faces when they go out on Halloween? Mas-scare-a.

How does Bigfoot ask for candy? He doesn't. People see him and drop the bag.

What kind of pants do ghosts wear on Halloween? Boo jeans.

Why is spending Halloween with twin witches challenging? You never know which witch is which!

Why did the policeman give the ghost a ticket? It didn’t have a haunting license.

What is a ghost's favorite dessert? I-Scream!


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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Thursday Thirteen















Memes from Facebook.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Thursday 13

 Words I miss . . .

1. Kind                                                                        2. Moral

3. Decent                                                                    4. Honest

5. Good                                                                        6. Compassionate

7. Compromise                                                           8. Nice

9. Considerate                                                           10. Courtesy

11. Gentle                                                                    12. Principled

13. Just

Plus these words:

Modest, Laudable, Truth (I really miss that one), Conscientious, Cordial, Friendly, Benevolent

. . . and many others that mean virtuous and good.

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Thursday, October 08, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

Today, I thought I'd write about mindfulness.

This is a thing that has been around a while, and I do not take it to the extremes that some folks do. I don't sit and meditate often, (so I do not consider myself good at it) but I do find the concept of mindfulness helpful. Basically, to be mindful is to be aware of the here and now, not worrying about tomorrow or thinking about yesterday. It is being present and acknowledging whatever is going on at that time. It is not about being happy, although it can help one to be happy. 

And it can be really hard to do, especially if the present is fraught with scary and unpredictable things.

Anyway, here are a few take-aways for mindfulness that are easy.

1. Use something you do all the time to remind you to be mindful. For example, every morning when you make your bed, stop and be aware of what is going on around you. How do you feel at that moment? What do you hear or smell? How does the bedding feel under your hands? Take a few deep breaths and then go back to your chore.

2. Walking. Being mindful doesn't mean being still. Taking a walk and noticing everything about the experience can be exhilarating, even if you are in your own home. How does the floor feel on your feet? Do you feel a current of air as the heat or air conditioner turns on? If you are outside, what do you see? Do you feel the wind? Is it warm or chilly? How does your body feel as it moves?

3. Watch your words. Especially in today's world, it is helpful to think before speaking. To be mindful when you speak means to be aware of what you're saying and when and why you're saying it. As yourself if the words are appropriate. Are they hurtful? Do they need to be said? What happens if you pause to think about what you're saying? Does that break via silence create a change in the conversation?

4. Listen mindfully. To do this, one must blot out personal thoughts and key in on what the speaker is really saying. This means hearing not only words, but also watching body language. Try to listen without worrying about what your response is. If someone is talking it makes you nervous or angry, why? Explore that thought (maybe later with a journal entry if necessary.)

5. Simplicity. Do one thing at a time. I am bad at this one - I multitask a lot. Some things can be done rather mindlessly - I can empty the dishwasher while I'm on the phone with a friend. But many things require absolute attention. I read sometimes with the TV on, but I prefer to read in silence. Concentrate on one thing at a time.

6. Put technology to use. Set reminders to be mindful! Or find a good guided meditation app and use it to help destress. Listen to calming music. Pay attention to it when you're listening. Why does it calm you?

7. Breathe. This is central to meditation, but it helps to tune in to it. I have discovered (with practice) that I can make myself breathe in and out of my nostrils separately! Who knew? Time your breaths. Do different rhythms. Hold, hold, breathe. Or breathe, breathe, hold. What feels right to you? Do you feel it all the way into your belly? Can you visualize the oxygen flowing to your fingertips?

8. Use it for sleep. I do this every night. I check in with myself, using mindfulness at bedtime to fall asleep. I think about how my body feels against the bed. Then I focus on my toes and tell them to relax, and slowly move on up. All the while I am breathing as slowly as I can. 

9. Pay attention to what you eat. This has been hard during 2020! But eating mindlessly adds pounds and calories. I try not to eat in front of the computer or the TV. I do read while I eat and I need to stop this, because I am not paying attention to my food. I am reading and I look up and my plate is empty. What did I eat? I need to pay attention to each bite. How does it feel, taste, smell? What am I experiencing when I eat and pay attention?

10. Take a mindful shower. I do this frequently, feeling how the water feels on my skin, how it feels on my hair, its temperature and how hard or soft it feels against my skin. I also like to do an aura cleanse when I'm in the shower, allowing the water to clear the air around my body.

11. Take a break. Sometimes when the stress has me by the throat, I need to simply stop. Then I focus on my breathe, or watch the deer outside the window, or anything to change the thought patterns that have stressed me. It's a quick reset.

12. Be creative. Losing myself in playing the guitar, writing, coloring, gardening, or any other intense activity is a great way to be totally mindful and keep the spirit happy. If I am playing the guitar and 45 minutes have gone by without my noticing, then I have been having a great time!

13. Be mindful of others. I've already mentioned speaking and listening, but there are other ways to appreciate the humanity of those around you. Look in someone's eyes, for example. Watch the person. Wish them well in your mind. (I frequently ask my own guardian angel to go look after someone else for a while, if I know of someone in need.) Light a candle for someone and stare in the flames while thinking of the person. Remember that everyone has good times and bad. We are all human, we are all a part of this earth, we are each other's keepers. Connecting with another person, even if that person is far away and has no clue you're thinking of him or her, can be a wonderful experience.

I am no expert in mindfulness, but I use these to help me try to stay focused on the present and combat bad thoughts. Maybe some of these can help you, too.

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Thursday, October 01, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

Today we're doing famous musicians from Virginia:

1. Patsy Cline

2. The Carter Family

3. The Statler Brothers

4. Ella Fitzgerald

5. Ralph Stanley

6. Wayne Newton

7. Clarence Clemons

8. Dave Mathews Band

9. Missy Elliott

10. Bruce Hornsby

11. Robbin Thompson

12. Old Dominion

13. Phil Vassar

There are many more, these are some that I've heard of.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Thursday Thirteen #675

Toys I remember from childhood:


1. Mrs. Beasley doll. 


2. Baby Tenderlove 


3. Green army men.

4. Action Jackson


5. Johnny West dolls


6. GI Joe

7. Barbi dolls (and Ken, of course)

8. Slinky

9. Play-Doh

10. Erector set (belonged to my brother, actually)

11. Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots

12. Candyland game

13. Roller skates that fastened to your shoes.




What toys do you remember?

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Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 675th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. Or so sayth the Blogger counter, anyway.