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Are You on Halloween
October 31, 2010
Halloween is a holiday that is
mainly for the kids. Dressing up in
costume and getting lots of candy, however, is something we "big kids"
still like, too.
I have fond memories of trick or treating and wearing costumes, but as
an adult my joy comes more from seeing my kids (or now, grandchild) in
My daughter was pretty cute in her first few
costumes, like the one of
her pictured as a little dinosaur. And now my grandson, Jacob, has his
first outfit. What a grand little pumpkin!
Be safe and enjoy your Halloween.
World Series Appearance 50 Years A-Coming for Texas Rangers
October 26, 2010
already been a Texas-sized celebration for fans of this year's
American League Championship team, the Texas Rangers.
They are headed
to their first World Series appearance in the major league baseball
franchise's history. The team was voted into
existence as the expansion
Washington Senators on this day in 1960. The original Senators had
packed up and moved to Minneapolis to become the Minnesota Twins. The
Senators had an up and (mostly) down existence before relocating to
Arlington, Texas and becoming the Rangers. They continued their
sometimes winning, mostly losing record for a number of years. But this
year they beat the storied New York Yankees
to win their birth in the Fall
Classic against the San Francisco Giants.
Over the years the team has had some famous managers, including Ted
Williams, Whitey Herzog, Billy Martin and Bobby Valentime. Current
Ranger manager Ron Washington is an unassuming kind of guy, a man like
most of us, clay feet and faults, but the ability to bounce back and
keep a level head to lead his team this year. Picking up pitcher Cliff
Lee in a midseason trade has proved invaluable. Lee is an incredible
post-season performer. Josh Hamilton batted .359 this year for the team
and was voted the MVP of the championship series against the Yankees.
Speaking of overcoming personal challenges, his story is also a great
one of perseverance. Drug addiction nearly wrecked his career before
recovery a few years back.
The story of this baseball team is like the story of many families.
Challenges, troubles, high profiles (Nolan Ryan is now the team
president. This Hall of Famer is a class act and also the holder of a
record 7 no hitters, 2 of which he threw as a member of the Texas
Rangers!). It should be a great series against another "underdog" team,
the Giants. The series gets underway tomorrow night (October 27). Happy
Golden Anniversary to the Texas Rangers.
Reunion Worth Waiting For
October 23, 2010
"Stop children, what's that sound?" - could it be an incredible rock n'
roll reunion? Indeed! Neil Young hosts annual fundraiser benefit
concerts for the Bridge School where children with severe speech and
physical impairments receive innovative approaches to education and
communication. They also involve families and communities. The school
is located in the Bay Area of Northern California and it's something
near and dear to the hearts of Neil and his wife, Pegi.
This year's headliners for the concerts (October 23-24) is the Buffalo Springfield. They haven't played publicly in
forty-something years and
the group best known for their hit "For What It's Worth" is well worth
seeing. The impact of surviving members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and
Richie Furay alone is quite significant. The
country/cowboy/folkrock/sixties-freedom-celebration genre owes much of
its origination to these guys. Furay (best known for his days with
Poco) has had an impact well beyond his name recognition or the higher
level public awareness of his bandmates, Stills and Young. One time
Messina is not scheduled to appear, but fans are hoping for a surprise
appearance. Original members Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer are
A great cause and an historic reunion worth waiting for - I wish I was
there but I'll be checking on Facebook updates from "friend"
Your Point of View
October 20, 2010
We've all heard that there are different sides to every story. Mostly
people will say there are two sides to every story, but there are
really more. There's your side, the other person's side, and the
reality. And maybe there are more than three sides. Invite another
person's comment and what do you get? Maybe agreement, maybe not.
The point is there are multiple points of view. Everyone's perception
reality. When you write about your life you are offering your point of
view. But a good writer considers multiple perspectives because you are
writing both for yourself and for an audience.
I think you can overanalyze this. So don't. But also be willing to
change your point of view. At least walk around your life story and
consider it from different angles. You might get some valuable insight.
And you can gain some more perspective by reading a post from The Heart and Craft of Life
Writing blog by Sharon Lippincott (It's All in How You Look at Things) which inspired me
to write about this.
Family History Month Free Genealogy Webinar
October 14, 2010
October is considered Family
History Month by many genealogists and personal
historians. It's also Autumn and the harvest season - so maybe it's
time to fall in line
some family history memories (sorry!). If you are curious about your
family tree and would like to learn more about getting started in
genealogy they take advantage of free webinar this Saturday (October
16, 2010). I got the information from Genealogy
Insider. This is an ideal opportunity for
beginners to get some solid knowledge with 10 Steps to Discover Your Roots:
How to Get Started in Genealogy, presented by Family Tree
on the Significance (or lack thereof) 10/10/10
October 11, 2010
Yesterday the date was October
10, 2010, which made for the fun 10/10/10 on the
calendar. Some people on Twitter were even commenting
about taking a picture of your digital clock at 10:10:10. I didn't do
that, but we do seem to have a fascination with certain numbers. Seven
is considered lucky. Some people think six is the opposite of good (for
example, "666", the number of the Beast in
The number ten is considered by some to mean wholeness. Much of
our mathematics is grounded in the metric system and measuring by tens.
Those who are into the binary code system considered 101010 a number
representing the meaning of life, as the binary translation equals 42
and that number is divisible by both 7 and 6 (Ying and Yang, anyone?).
And if you love Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy, then you know 42 was considered the
ultimate answer to everything by a supercomputer (here). Anyway, it all seems to be
a bit of fun with numbers. I found this page on the Internet
yesterday while searching for significance.
What I did like about yesterday's date was that it was adopted
by onedayonearth.org to capture a day
in the life of Earth.
Video footage from around the world was shot and is being gathered,
submitted, shared and ultimately a documentary will be released. I see
it as a positive for sharing our lives and purpose.
- One Day on Earth is Almost Here
October 7, 2010
On October 10 of this year everyone has
a chance to
tell the rest of the world about a life. Not everyone will do it, of
course, but the premise and promise behind One Day on
Earth is grand. People from around the world will
contribute to documenting the world’s story. They will do
this by creating videos around people, projects, educational lessons,
causes and numerous collaborative efforts. The idea was birthed in 2008
and this year the memorable date of October 10 – 10/10/10
– has been chosen as the focal point for thousands of
participants to simultaneously film over a 24 hour period.
When you visit the website, www.onedayonearth.org,
you can learn about the event, educators can create classroom projects
for students, people can join various groups who are planning their
focus around themes as diverse as cultural events, art, yoga lovers,
spirituality, time lapses around the world and people born on October
10. It’s really incredible. There is also a plan to create a
documentary about this event.
Watch the final One Day
on Earth Webcast leading up to the big day - here.
Buys Thousands of Copies of a Memoir and Destroys Them
October 4, 2010
An Army Reserve officer wrote a memoir that he thought was cleared for
publishing, but the Pentagon had other ideas. When they read it they
claimed it contained state secrets and purchased thousands of copies of
the first printing and then destroyed them. Wow. Shows there is more to
the final editing process than spelling and punctuation!
Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer was notified that about 9,500 copies of his new memoir "Operation Dark
Heart" were bought by the DofD. He thinks it is retaliation for the
content. Sounds like a suspense novel in development.
Story here from CNN.
Journal, Two Journals, Three Journals...or More?
October 3, 2010
I've kept a personal journal for many years. And about ten years I
started keeping them on a computer. About four years ago I decided to
use journaling software. Keeping a journal, whether handwritten or
computerize, has lots of benefits (see journal writing
Most of my journaling would go under the category of reflective journaling.
I'm writing about what is going on in my life, what it means to me, and
how I feel about it. But this is just one kind of journaling.
Eventually I've come to realize that there is a benefit to keeping
journals for a variety of reasons. For instance, if you are writing a
memoir you may want to have a journal dedicated to this. Or perhaps you
want a journal specifically about your career or education. You could
keep a journal about spirituality or one dedicated to family. Pick a
hobby or a passion and keep a journal. The possibilities are endless. I
read a blog post today from another writer who shares her insightful
tips about various types of journaling and defining your purpose for
journaling. You can read Amber Lea Starfire's post here.
If you decide to pursue this method of journaling it is helpful to have
a way to manage these journals. This is one of the many benefits of The Journal Software.
With this extremely versatile and powerful software you can create
multiple journals all categorized, organized and with amazing
attributes. You can easily store images, web content and multimedia.
I've become a huge fan - and yes, I'm going to point you to more
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