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#SelfCareSunday Soft Focus

August 20, 2017 3 Comments

shadow boundary

shadow boundary

boundary

boundary

Lines are bring drawn everywhere. Politics have seeped into the most mundane parts of our lives. We all need a break, a retreat from the news without dropping out of our responsibilities.  Many feel the fatigue of caring for others, either financially or literally.  To keep the well of wellbeing primed each of us needs to take care of our own needs before deciding what others might need. I believe in taking a step back, looking at things from a safe distance, and with a very soft focus. What do I mean by soft focus?

  • Find simple ways to express gratitude to your family, friends and coworkers
  • Make daily habit patterns revolve around healthy habits like meditation and exercise
  • Take control of the time you spend on line or texting for social purposes
  • Reclaim a portion (no matter how small) of your paycheck to save for a worthy goal, personal or community oriented
  • Analyse your own happiness quotient-how much you bring to the table, and how much you rely on others for emotional juice
  • Walk away from fruitless arguments you recognize that you have had in the past

It is very tempting to jump into all the arguments available to us at all hours on social media.  This too shall pass. Maintain balance by taking your centering practices much more seriously than the outrage of the moment. Don’t consume the toxic Kool Aid.  It is spiked, altered, unhealthy.

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both

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare Editing Possessions

August 7, 2017 1 Comment

 

stone

stone

If we were having coffee this weekend I would invite you to sit back and overlook the chaos going on in the house. I am in the middle of moving my furniture for a more practical and useful arrangement. I am also still editing all kinds of items for give away. I have a small haul to take to Goodwill tomorrow. I have been lucky in that some of my friends have desired some of the things I no longer cared to keep. This happy situation was enhanced by our city brush and bulky pick-up of larger items curbside. I made good use of it. We could already achieve the goal of parking both of our cars in the garage now if we had to do it. Since there is still much shifting, moving and arranging to do, it is easier with just one car in there.

Some shelves and storage units that had fallen into uses that did not really suit their original design are being moved to places in the house that make much more sense. When I complete the overhaul and elimination I think our space will be much more enjoyable. I know I will be able to find things more easily when I need them. I already can.  My office is one of the spots in need of a tidy and clearing.  I always feel good and am more productive when my office is clean and free of clutter.  I am hoping the muse will move in and inspire like crazy once the office is spic and span.  She has been okay lately, but nothing to write home about..I have done a little fiction and some poetry.  I did not post every day last week, but such is life.  I am leaning more toward poetry this year, and I like the trend.  I used to be so factual all the time.

Every week has a different feeling and rhythm.  I am settling into my job and my new car. It is still perfect weather for my friend and I to work out in my condo pool 3 times a week from 5-7 am.  Soon the water will cool down and in September we will have to move to the jacuzzi.  This is my favorite time of year.  The summer is fading, but it is still raining a little.  The plants are green, and some of the washes are still running.  All in all, this has been a healthy rainy season. We had no big destructive storms, but received a good amount of rain in a steady manner.

I am listening to a course on Audible on the history of human gastronomic evolution.  It is fascinating.  I am learning so many new ways to look at cultures by understanding how food defines civilizations and times in history.  We are still constantly evolving, although some might say our food is devolving in America today. I am also listening to Penny Marshall’s autobiography read in her own voice.  It is a great story, but the voice of LaVerne telling about youth in the Bronx is also a real treat.  It is called My Mother Was Nuts.  I highly recommend it even though I have not finished it.

It looks like our hostess Diana has taken a weekend break.  She has a new full time teaching job and must need to organize herself.  I am sending this on Monday morning, so all the rules have been set aside for the week.  Thanks for sharing coffee and your news.  Please catch up with the rest of the gang on twitter under #weekendcoffeeshare.

Newsflash Fever

May 15, 2017 5 Comments

thorny

thorny

What is the hurry to rush to judgement before the truth is known?
Where is the discernment needed to tell fact from fiction?
Confusion reigns while some are making a living making up news
And others are taking it all in from morning until night every day
Is there a limit to the shadow nonsense information we consume?
We need an intervention from a natural reality with perspective
These newsflashes and their associated contempt and contention
Are fast occurring, tiny openings into the dystopian future we create

Right to Bear Video Camera

August 12, 2014 4 Comments

I have recently watched footage from 1968 in a museum exhibit which included the Democratic convention in Chicago and other riots. As I see St Louis now drenched in violence over the shooting of another unarmed teenager of color I have a deja vu feeling. The riots of Watts and Detroit in the 60s were about the same issues we face today.  When the narrator speaks in the black and white footage shot 46 years ago he reveals the culture of the broadcast universe at the time.  Today news footage flashes across twitter at the speed of digital finger snapping, allowing a more complete story to emerge instantly.  The new cameraperson is the bystander who is ready to capture what happens with a phone.  The new commentary is done live on the scene by everyone.  The facts come out quicker and opinions are shouted  out on Youtube before you can say network newscast.  People have the facts caught on camera and distributed throughout the world before you can say Jessie Jackson.  Justice must now take into account the fact that everyone is now a reporter and every phone is an official source of news.  The editorial department has swelled to include anyone who has an opinion and chooses to voice it.  Do you think this democratic version of news reporting will be a remedy for social injustice?  Have you ever whipped out your phone to record evidence as something happened in front of you? Do you think we will know the truth and the truth will us us free, or do so many versions of the truth make the world more contentious?  What does the camera toting public change?  Do you feel safer now?

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