Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Love As Long As You Live

On November 30, 1971, a future writer came into the world a bit early, and has been getting up to mischief ever since. One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite writers seems to be an appropriate way of celebrating my own birthday. There was a time when I did not believe I would see 45. Look at me now. Still living, still loving, and still up to mischief, with no end in sight. Thanks for taking this part of the journey with me.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lack Of Originality

We often believe that we are so much worse than we are.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

All We Need

"All we have is all we need."

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful People Are Happy

Thankful people are happy people.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Happiness Equation

The math is pretty simple.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Start Each Day

Start each day with a grateful heart.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

When Love Rules

When love rules, there is no will to power.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Make The Effort

No one can live your life for you. It is up to you.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Practice Loving Kindness

"When we practice loving kindness and compassion we are the first ones to profit."

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Make Room For Silence

Sometimes silence is exactly what we need.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

Give Me Zen

Drop and give me Zen. Drop what is holding you back, and have a great weekend.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Give A Hoot

Give a hoot ... but only if it's your decision and good for you. You are in charge of your own happiness.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Be Happy And Free

May all beings be happy and free.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Most Important Things

Sometimes words don't carry the right weight, but words are still what we have. Try to not let that hold you back.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday Announcements? 11-7-16

We're going to do an announcements/updates post on Monday rather than Friday this week. I figure, at this point, you're probably curious what's going on since I haven't given any updates lately, and I realize that content has been a bit more sparse lately than is our custom. First, I would like to apologize for that, and also apologize for not knowing exactly that will change. Right now, I can only remind you that I did select the name of this blog for a reason. We've done remarkably well, in my experience, with not being interrupted very often so far, but we do have some speed bumps going on right now.

On the plus side, most of the speed bumps are of a positive nature. In fact, before this morning, I would have said all of the speed bumps were positive. Then I tried to log in to do these updates and discovered that the website wasn't working, which led to a few hours on the phone with tech support, where I seemed to be doing about half of the work ... Honestly, the only advantage the guy on the phone seemed to have was access to the server back end that I didn't have. Aside from that, I was giving as many technical answers as he was. Quite a bit of technical support today really has become a matter of, "Do you know how to use Google?" In the end, though, as you can tell since you're reading this, I was able to bring the site back online.

I have taken on additional responsibilities with the day job. Some of those are temporary, some are the new normal, and some are ... we're not entirely certain yet. It's all certainly a good thing, and I am very much looking forward to it, but it is definitely in a transitional period, and that is where a great deal of my time and attention is currently aimed. That is what pays the bills, so it obviously deserves the attention. That is also the biggest part of why things are up in the air right now. I don't know how long the transitional period will be, so I don't know how much extra time and attention I have. Frequently Interrupted is important to me, and I have every intention of keeping it going, but it will have to scale up and down as time allows. Some weeks, I will be able to do full written posts as we all expect, and others will be, shall we say, a bit more simple.

In case you were wondering, we're doing this announcement today as a form of warning that this week will be one of the more simple ones.

Things are going well, though. There is a great deal of activity in the foster case that I can't go into at the moment, but it is all positive activity. I look forward to letting you know more when I can, but we're happy and excited here, and looking forward to more positive changes.

We're coming into the holiday season, and that's always a busy time. It all happens at once, doesn't it? Ty to take time to relax, and remember that everyone has their own seasonal expectations and rituals. Don't stress, as much as you're able, and try not to stress your friends and neighbors.

Speaking of the holiday season, don't forget that we have the Out of the Darkness walk coming up on December 11. We appreciate any and all help, so please click the link and do what you can. Thank you.

Thank you for your support and understanding, and stick around. There is always something new just around the corner.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

TGIF 11-4-16

What we do in life is what we leave behind. What will you be remembered for?

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Lessons From The Sagas

The Northmen did not leave behind scriptures, as we in the modern West would think of them, but they captured many of their teachings in other ways that did survive to be of value to us today. One of those methods was the saga, the epic tales of heroic deeds that were often creation myth, morality play, and educational tool all rolled into one. Many of these sagas have influenced the modern world in so many ways that the threads can hardly be unwound anymore, and we can no longer tell where they end and we begin. That is a telling history. When the mark you have left becomes almost indistinguishable from the world at large, you have left quite a mark, indeed.

People have spent entire careers digging through the sagas, cross-referencing, and pulling out the lessons. For me, it is more of a hobby, but a fun and education hobby just the same. I hope you will enjoy some of these lessons which I have presented here.

Never break the peace which good and true men make between you and others. (Njal's Saga)

Few people are spoken of in the way they would choose. (Njal's Saga)

For with law shall our land be built up and settled, and with lawlessness wasted and spoiled. (Njal's Saga)

His hands are clean who warns another. (Njal's Saga)

What concerns those close to us concerns ourselves too. (Njal's Saga)

Let another's wounds be your warning. (Njal's Saga)

When ill seed has been sown, so an ill crop will spring from it. (Njal's Saga)

Better is one crow in the hand than two in the wood. (Laxdaela Saga)

Work not done, needs no reward. (The Saga of Grettir)

One’s back is vulnerable, unless one has a brother. (The Saga of Grettir)

One man's tale is but half a tale. (The Saga of Grettir)

No one is a total fool if he can be silent. (The Saga of Grettir)

Every one is master of his own words. (The Saga of Grettir)

Much happens that one expects the least. (The Saga of Grettir)

Braver are many in word than in deed. (Grettir's Saga)

He knows most who most has tried. (Grettir's Saga)

The mother is best. (Grettir's Saga)

Many have been brought to death by overconfidence. (Grettir's Saga)

The hand turns to its wonted skill, and that which was learned in youth is always most familiar. (Grettir's Saga)

A man's own hand is most to be trusted. (Viga Glum's Saga)

Boldly do men talk from a distance. (Kormak's Saga)

Best it is, for man's words to seek peace when it is possible. (Kormak's Saga)

It is better to keep one's oath. (The Saga of Thorstein Viking's Son)

Better to fight and fall than to live without hope. (Volsunga Saga)

Where wolf's ears are, wolf's teeth are near. (Volsunga Saga)

Be kind to friend and kin, and reward not their trespasses against you; bear and forbear, and win for yourself thereby long enduring praise of men. (Volsunga Saga)

Never swear false oaths; great and grim is the reward for the breaking of troth. (Volsunga Saga)

Ill it is to sit lamenting for what cannot be had. (Volsunga Saga)

Who can say what sorrow seemingly carefree folk bear to their life's end. (Volsunga Saga)

No harvest is had without the seed first being sown. (King Olaf Trygvisson's Saga)

What people wish they soon believe. (King Olaf Trygvisson's Saga)

Luck accompanies wisdom. (The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson)

A rotten branch will be found in every tree. (The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson)

Ill is the result of letting fear rule thine actions. (The Saga of Harald Hardrade)

Bravery is half the victory. (The Saga of Harald Hardrade)

Many are wise after the event. (Fljotsdale Saga)

Often is there regret for saying too much, and seldom regret for saying too little. (The Saga of Hrafnkel Freysgothi)

A person's actions are often worse than their intentions. (The Saga of Hrafnkel Freysgothi)

Often a man becomes brave in dire straights, who is not brave most other times. (Eyrbyggja Saga)

The ancient Scandinavians changed the world with their longboats and their legends, and I think they would be pleased with their place in history today. The shadow they have cast is certainly a long one, and they are well-remembered, even if the memory is not always a conscious one. People remember one thing and often forget that no people are only one thing. We all live in the same world and face the same needs. It can be amazing, if you stop and examine it, how often we come to remarkably similar conclusions about that world and those needs, filtered through where we are and what we have experienced. There is much to explore and much to learn, and we would do well to always be doing both.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Happy Hump Day 11-2-16

Don't let negative people ruin your day.

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