As I struggle with my novel …

gabriel garcia marquez“If you’re going to be a writer you have to be one of the great ones… After all, there are better ways to starve to death.” ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The cycle of life

I hope you won’t be looking for some philosophical discussion or enlightenment here. I do know there is a rhythm to life, a cycle that repeats itself in humanity as well as in nature, as is visible in our lives on many levels. But, that’s all you’re going to get here.

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No geek unturned – just an update 2013/10/woohoo-we-made-100-000-hits.html

I wrote a few days ago about my unhappy volunteer efforts to help seniors learn about computers. I’m happy to say that while I won’t be returning there, I have heard from the guy I helped when I was there. He called to ask me if I’d meet him at the local library and teach him more about computers! I’m thrilled! I’m meeting him Tuesday and we’ll see how it goes. Seems the more he learns the more he sounds like he’s going to be a geek in no time!

Chasing Oscar … Best Picture: Imitation Game

The-Imitation-Game“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.” ~ The Imitation Game

My husband and I like to see movies – especially in the latter part of December and early in January when studios fill theaters with great movies in order to make the required screening date of December 31, and be eligible for an academy award.

We especially love to do movie marathons, seeing three films a day sometimes, in order to get them all in before the Academy Awards. We focus on potential movie, actor, and director nominees.

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Oh, just click here and do this and double click that …

Seniors helping seniors overcome computer terror. 3345171/ midstate-seniors-using-classes.html

I volunteered recently to help teach seniors how to use computers. Basic. First steps. As in, this is a hard drive, this is a monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc., and here’s the button to turn it on. Don’t be afraid of it – it can’t do anything without you. Relax.

The gentleman currently teaching the class brusquely confronted me, first thing, and asked, “What’s your background?” Dumbfounded, I said, I was self-taught, had been using computers for almost 30 years, and was good at working with people who were new to, and afraid of, computers.

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Bacon rage, or please pass the tacos

bacon tacoA friend of mine, a total bacon hog (yes, I meant to say that), recently sent me this. He loves bacon. So do I but I don’t worship it like he and his friends do. I picture them kneeling before an altar made of bacon – his addiction is that serious.

I do, however, think this, and the current bacon rage in this country, hysterical.

(Sorry, I don’t know where the photo came from. Maybe out of one of Wally’s drooling dreams.)

The insanity of procrastination

[Photo by Geoff Robinson]

At least mine is just a haircut and not an overgrown phone booth. Looks about the same, though.[Photo by Geoff Robinson]

Let me state first off that I am a world-class procrastinator. That said, you’d think I might have learned by this time in my life what problems it can cause.

As an example, I currently have a mop of hair that is overdue for a cut. I’ve started seeing someone new and wanted to give it a chance to grow out so I could see how I liked it. (Nice excuse, huh?) I decided about mid-December that I liked it and it was time for a cut.

But, I was going on vacation and no matter how much I wanted to have a nice cut for the trip, I stalled around until the day we left and then panicked. But, did I call to make sure I could get a cut immediately upon my return? Uh. Well. You know the answer to that.

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