Tell Me Something Good

monday-morning-inspiration-quotes-e1442491467149Tell Me Something Good is a simple challenge that prompts bloggers to share a nugget of positive news or wisdom and it’s started by the creator of A Momma’s View.

So for all of you who would like to play along and stick to the rules, here they are:

  • I’ve found the program Victorian Slum House fascinating. It shows how complex life was back in the 19th century. My Great Books group discussed Karl Marx’s writing about “Alienated Labor,” which was published in 1844. The program, while maybe not perfectly comprehensive, shows a lot more of the history of the era.
  • I’m reading Keeping it Halal, a book by a sociologist on Muslim boys growing up in the US.
  • I’m continuing to work on a novel. It seems that a few pages were lost, but I’m still moving forward despite this loss.
  • Here’s a quotation by Norman Vincent Peale:
    Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

It’s easy:

Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

 

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you what’s new with you and then, I’d tell you about the wonderful exhibit of Gilded Age portraits I saw at the Drieshaus Museum (and about which I’ll soon blog). I went there with a friend who’d never been to the Drieshaus. She loved it as I expected and we’ll soon go back.

I’d tell you about the rather weird and captivating documentary I saw called, The Wolfpack. I came to really care about these boys and their mother who were imprisoned more or less by their irrational father. I won’t soon forget the film and how it illustrates the curative powers of creativity. 

I’d urge you to get and read C.S. Lewis’ The Silent Planet, which I’m reading for my online bookclub. His writing is wonderful and inspires (or kicks me) to improve my own work.

I’d lament that last week I didn’t get to write much. I went downtown twice to meet with friends and on Friday did some research into 19th century Christmas stories for children. Wednesday I went downtown to meet friends, i.e. network. I learned about how a student committed suicide at the Hefei program Clark U runs and how differently the Chinese responded. They silenced any talk of the matter. They didn’t have any memorial service. The boy had jumped from the 10th story where the teachers worked. We’re trained to be open, talk and share to heal the living. Through back channels my friend learned of the suicide. When he mentioned that he wasn’t sure if he had the student, his Chinese colleague sent him a photo of the boy. He expected the attachment would be a snapshot of him alive, not a picture of him splattered on the pavement, which is what he received. Yes, cultures do differ dramatically.

Oh, I’d say that I thought my interview went fine, though as usual, when I reviewed my performance I thought of ways it could go better. I won’t hear for another week at least and so am continuing to job hunt. I am getting job hunting fatigue, but what can you do.

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Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d urge you to see Seven Samurai. Maybe you’ve never seen a Japanese film or have any idea who Kurosawa is, I’d tell you I was in your shoes too and regret not branching out to Japanese or other foreign films. This film blew me away in terms of fast pacing, action, a wide range of characters. Your library should have it. I advise getting the Criterion Collection DVD with commentary.

I’ve become so caught up in learning Illustrator to create computer graphics. It’s an amazing program,  but like any tool could take decades to master. I love developing a new creative outlet, but am mindful of not having as much time in day or life to develop all the talents and skills I’d like to.

I’d say my novel is chugging along. I’m taking a girls’ adventure film script I wrote and am adapting it into a novel. I try to write 5 pages a day, but usually get 3 done. I keep finding more to add and questioning what I’m doing. I sure wish I was making more progress.

I’ve got a second job interview on Tuesday. Fingers crossed that it’s a good match. I’ve got a lot of preparation as far as developing a model lesson and completing a proposal for a new class they should develop.

I’d urge you to read C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, which I finished this week. It’s a great guide for modern Christians. One point that’s stayed with me is how Lewis points out that modern people — like me — tend to view time as theirs. So when something happens and their schedule changes they often get resentful and perturbed as if “their time” has been stolen. In fact, time doesn’t belong to them. It’s God’s and he’s given it to you. Click here to get the book. It’s one I’ll read again and again. Click to get it on Amazon: The Screwtape Letters Study Guide: A Bible Study on the C.S. Lewis Book The Screwtape Letters (CS Lewis Study Series)
I’d ask what’s new with you? How has your week gone? Join this challenge and link to me so I’m sure to read about your week.

 

 

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Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d first say that I was shocked to learn that there was a murder on the street where I grew up. On Sunday the news reported a murder in my former hometown. A respected lawyer had been shot by a family member. I never dreamed it would be on the same block I grew up on. The whole suburb tends to be sleepy in term s of crime. A friend who still lives on the street says that the victim says he was a very kind and reserved man. The shooter tried to kill his wife as well but she was able to run away and hide.

I’d also tell you that I’m taking a Lynda.com course on digital painting with PhotoShop. Wow! It’s amazing what you can make. I didn’t realize you could just paint and not use a photo in PhotoShop.

I wanted to take a economics course at a community college since I’d really like to know more about how our world works in terms of money. Obviously, I should not have waited. All the sections are full. Lesson learned. I did register for Global Business, which should be worthwhile, but it doesn’t start till October 1.

Thursday I went with my mother to a friend of her’s 80th birthday party. My former grade school classmate gave the party and invited mainly mothers & daughters. It was a fun way to go and I got to see a few schoolmates I hadn’t seen in years.

Finally, I learned a few new Mac Tips, which I love doing. Snazzy Labs put out a new video and now I’m testing out talking to my computer’s Siri like it’s my new butler.

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Ambient Café Sounds

I like writing in a café because you often get the right amount of sound that makes you more productive. However, sometimes it’s too noisy. What’s the solution? The video above was recorded in a Starbucks in Korea. This is ideal because you can adjust the volume on the chatter! Also, since most of the people are speaking Korean, I’m not drawn into a dramatic story.

It’s the first time I’ve used this and I’d say it did work. I got a good amount of writing done.

Let me know if you like writing in a café or have another spot outside of home where you get more done.

Also, please share if this video or others like it, work for you.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

 

 

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I returned to the playwrights group and there were four more writers, and they all brought good material to critique.

I’d also say that I just learned that my local library staff consists of 90% part time workers. Ninety percent! No one mentioned that in graduate school.

I’m having a great time learning to use Adobe Illustrator to draw. Now the problem is how to get a copy of it. It’s so expensive. I can use it at the library, but it’s good to have pre-set brushes and such.

I finished the audiobook The Mating Season by P.G. Wodehouse and highly recommend it.

I volunteered Saturday at my library’s makerspace, which held an open house. It was a big success and I expect a lot more people will use it.

I’m moving along with the online course I’m designing. I’ve learned the fine points of Rise and like how everything’s shaping up. I’m designing a refresher course on how to use the downloadable apps for ebooks, films, and music. One cool thing I learned is that on Overdrive, you can set the font to one of two fonts that’s designed for people with dyslexia. The letters are thicker on the bottom and that’s believed to be easier for them to read. Check it out or share that information.

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Tom’s SCREWTAPE contribution to F&F — Focusing on Film

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See below to find my Act One friend’s clever contribution to a C.S. Lewis’ publication. I love how he writes about all aspects of social media and the news’ effect on us.

Here’s the “Screwtape” article I wrote for “Fellowship and Fairydust.”

via Tom’s SCREWTAPE contribution to F&F — Focusing on Film