Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

In everyday life with chickens, come eggs…
Brown eggs with nice thick shells
In everyday life, pondering on little things such as, faith.

What exactly is faith? 

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Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch. ~Ramona C . Carroll

In everyday life, thoughts can turn to the “dark side.”
Take us to the dark side, Dorothy Parker:

It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard! 

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Everyday, how would you like your eggs done ? 

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Scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, poached or simply raw?
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If you are looking for fun and inspiration, why not hop over to the Weekly Photo Challenge: This week’s feature is>Everyday Life.<

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EEK! Habits and Spiders!!

 

Look what came to visit today…

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A striped spider…does anyone know what kind of spider this is?

If a spider stops you in your tracks, what else but shriek so the whole neighborhood hears you, quickly grab your camera, compose yourself and then proceed to point and shoot!

Next, with your spider photograph, spend way too much time playing around with spider quotes on Wikiquotes and photo editing in Picasa.

Now, let me tell you the rest of the quote written by Lydia Sigourney on habits and we can meditate on it together.

“Habits, though in their commencement like the filmy line of the spider, trembling at every breeze, may in the end prove as links of tempered steel, binding a deathless being to eternal felicity or woe.”

Hmm, I guess you can say our good and bad habits start at a certain point and if we keep mindful of the bad ones; strive to break them while they delicately dangle within our reach, then; the good habits flourish taking us into a happier space.

Okay, got it. Going off to work on all my baddies…

What habit is delicately dangling within your reach waiting to be blown out with the next breeze?

 

Insight into Laughter

Laughter is a gift.” –Jodi Meyers

insights, laughter, agelastic,postaday,gift,life,happinessThink about it, as adults, on average, we laugh approximately twenty times a day and a baby laughs approximately three hundred times a day! Are we so busy trying to get through all of life’s challenges that we forget to take the time to find laughter in the fun moments that surround us?

Is laughter something we take for granted? 

Seriously, what would life be like if tomorrow, you suddenly find the ability to laugh, especially at funny situations or jokes, vanished into thin air…totally, gone?

First, you would be quickly classified an agelastic human being, one who rarely laughs, especially at jokes, a simply mirthless person!

It may seem a bit funny, but being an agelast has happened to a few historical figures such as Isaac Newton, who was known to have laughed only once in his lifetime!

Hmmn, what?? Did they have a reality show back in Mr. Newton’s time, stalking him to see if he would bellow out a laugh or two? I guess we just have to believe Mr. Newton was not the laughing type of man.

According to Marshal Zhukov, “Seldom did anyone see (Joseph) Stalin laugh.”

I would say after briefly reading about Mr. Stalin and his early violent upbringing, it is no wonder Stalin grew into an agelast, ruthless dictator. (Minor note: I often fell asleep during history class so please pardon my rudimentary take on historical events/figures. Sorry.)

Enough on agelastic historical figures, the question is, do we want to bring abundant laughter into our lives to see the positive benefits laughter creates in our daily lives?

Of course we do! Ha ha! We all want increased oxygen in the blood…stress hormones reduced…stronger immune system and relief from some physical pain and, by golly, laughter can deliver all of that.

“The human race,” according to Mark Twain, “has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”

So, do not take your laughter for granted; activate your mind to find all the joys that surround your day and like coffee breaks, include abundant laugh breaks as well.

“The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.” —Johann Wolfgang Goethe

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What insights on laughter come to your mind lately?

Ha ha ha ha ha… 🙂

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On Blogging: Why, ‘self,’ are you still living as a half committed blogger?

Change is not merely necessary to life–it is life. ~Alvin Toffler

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Well, life for me lately has been all about blogging. If I am not working to pay the bills, doing general housework to live in a tidy and decent space and caring for the spoiled household pets around here, you know I am doing something related to blogging. Yesterday was no exception. I spent half the morning doing what most bloggers do, that is, reading, commenting, gather ideas to put together the next post and occasionally do some blog page renovations. While practicing the art of blogging, my thoughts lingered over what I could share that would have some meaning (and not just fluff) to anyone who may happen to come over to this blog.

The one thought that stood out was how blogging uncovers the person living inside you. For example, I discovered how much fun writing can be. It has been so enjoyable that I am now reading with delight, Julia Cameron‘s, The Right to Write book. I have also found that I think like a bird. You know, a free bird, no major commitments, ready to fly out of any situation with just a few flap of the wings. However, I have come to see that sometimes it is good to have your wings clipped to make a, *gasp,* commitment; especially if blogging brings stability and opportunities to practice many ways to become a better communicator.

Perhaps change is not merely necessary to life, but change may also be necessary to a blog.  Commitment, for those with a flighty heart, may be necessary to a blog as well.

Since my one-year blog anniversary is coming up in September, I thought I would share with you some good changes that have happened around here and a commitment I am proud to have made since my first shaky post on, of all things, snakes!  Now how charming and elegant of a start is that?

Beginnings

After a long “shopping trip” over at the Word Press Theme store, I originally thought the Chateau theme was an elegant way to make my mark on the blogosphere. After a few posts, however, it occurred to me that the Bueno theme was really the one that showed the sunny and fluffy blogger (yikes!) I was turning out to be. Only I knew about the slowly emerging writing style coming out of me and it took my 12th post–can you believe it–before someone noticed my existence. Suddenly, after laying out a dozen eggs posts, I got my first like!  (Thank you, Ng Tom!)

I stayed happily in love with my Bueno theme, experimenting and playing around with most of its options and had the time of my life blogging almost everyday. It took me several months to figure out how to activate the Featured Post widget to show a thumbnail image next to the widget feature. Whenever I saw another blogger using the same Bueno theme and using the thumbnail image with their featured posts, I would ask how they did it. I did not hear back from any of them, (maybe I forgot to say the magic word, please) but somehow, I managed to figure it out on my own.

Permanency

In May of 2012, the tag line (is it called a tag line?) that shows up when you first open your dashboard finally got my attention.

Upgrade your own domain!

I would press to read about upgrading my domain, but never dreamed of committing to it.  It sounded so complicated and please, do not ask how many times I went over there to read about it. (Okay, I went over many times! Sheesh.) Then, my half way mark as an almost daily blogger went by and I was still, totally ‘in love’ with writing and blogging so my ‘serious self’ suddenly asked this bold question:

Why, ‘self,’ are you still living as a half committed blogger?

“Uh, well,” I said, “because it is free? There are no strings or money involved and I can leave and walk fly away anytime. Nothing lost. ”

Then, to make sure I removed any thoughts of committing to an upgrade, my thoughts whispered, “oh, upgrading is much too expensive.” Alas, after calculating all the cost, I knew I could afford $2.75 per month and what is that, about nine cents a day, on something I felt was one of the best change that has come my way in a long time. Therefore, in May of 2012, I finally said YES, and my blogging life has never been happier. Oh, gosh, I felt like I had just said YES to be married or something!

Domain

I simply want to say that the domain upgrade makes me feel this is not just a ‘drive-by’ love affair, rather, an affair that has an unspoken promise of sharing no matter how I feel or how busy my life becomes.

“A full commitment is a promise to stay active regardless of the endless changes and challenges life brings to us.” ~Sunshine

Forever

However, with the domain upgrade, I found another thing about myself. Self control. I need to practice not going overboard when I find a good thing. For example, with the new domain change came the customized fonts and soon after, another theme change: the Forever theme. It seemed only logical to go all out and celebrate like that of a festive wedding ceremony. Okay, so now my love affair is costing me a mere, $5.25 per month minus internet service fees but that is cheaper than going to the movie theater these days.

Endless changes are all part of life and part of blogging. I hope this has encouraged you to welcome changes despite the disruptions changes often bring. Oh, and if you happen to suffer from commitorum metus or commitment phobia, I totally understand where you are coming from.

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 Do you find yourself  reflecting on  how blogging is uncovering and defining the person inside you?

Are you the type who welcome blog changes and accept commitment well?

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You’re Terrific… E.B. White: Memorable Quotes to Honor Your Birthday

To the terrific, E.B. White, the American essayist…Columnist…Editor and Poet–

THANK YOU for teaching us on many things but especially about friendships, writing and random thoughts.

On friendships and Charlotte’s Web:

“Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print.”

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“Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”

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Salutations!

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”

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On writing and random things:

 “Be obscure clearly! Be wild of tongue in a way we can understand.”

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“I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.”

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“You’re terrific as far as I am concerned.”

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“Advice to young writers wo want to get ahead without any annoying delays: don’t write about Man, write about a man.”

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“I have yet to see a piece of writing, political or non-political, that does not have a slant. All writing slants the way a writer leans, and no man is born perpendicular.”

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“Semi-colons only prove that the author has been to college.”

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“Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”

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“A writer’s style reveals something of his spirit, his habits, his capacites, his bias…it is the Self escaping into the open.”

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“Writing is both mask and unveiling.”

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“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper.” (my personal favorite when suffering from a writer’s block…)

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On spelling and Stuart Little:

“Well,” said Stuart, “a misspelled word is an abomination in the sight of everyone.”

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E.B. White–7/11/1899 to 1/10/1985

Rest in peace

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What are your thoughts on the legend, E.B. White?

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A Love Note to the Love of My Life

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My beautiful love, Freshly Brewed Coffee,  and ready to go…

“Coffee is to wake up,
Coffee is to work with,
Coffee is to live with,
Coffee is life.
~Tim Parsons

Dearest charming, Freshly Brewed Coffee,

You are the love of my life. I simply adore the way you lure me out of bed with your heavenly aroma; the way you slide so smoothly across my tongue, and the exuberant rush you bring every time we connect.

I long to be with you every moment of my day, as I work, run errands or stay at home; I want to spend all my time just holding you to my lips and write love notes to you and spread them across the blog sphere. You know you are the only drink for me–well, except water, and we both need water to exist. Hehe…

Anyone who knows you as well as I do, recognizes your imitation wanna be sibling, Instant Coffee, as a cheap, phony and a real bummer when it comes to the real coffee taste.

**My hand is raised up. Uh, excuse me, just one question for you, Mr. Satori Kato, (the Japanese scientist who invented the awful instant coffee stuff) exactly what were you thinking about in your laboratory way back in 1901 and did you really think your instant stuff tasted tasty? You simply must know your invention, and it is only my opinion after all, is really, really horrid tasting!

Gee, my  Freshly Brewed Coffee, oh, hey, you should perhaps get together with the Freshly Pressed WordPress and . . . Yikes! What am I saying?? Sorry, please overlook my overloaded caffeine mind for now– my thanks to you for jump-starting my every morning and whipping me into your number one obsessed fan; the gal with the bright-eyed look on her face and the one speeding recklessly head on into all of her incoming life adventures.

I just love knowing you will be there anytime–Freshly Brewed Coffee–and flowing right into my loving arms cup.

That is all I wanted to tell you, my love.

Your hopeless caffeine-crazed fan,
Sunshine

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Is there a ‘something’ in your charmed life that deserves a sweet love note just from you?

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