Nothing’s Gonna Change My World

April 29, 2015 8:06pm
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I just discovered last night that this song that I’ve heard bits and pieces of over the years is actually a song by The Beatles, and though I’m by no means their biggest fan, I can’t help but find the lyrics to this particular one to be like poetry…

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe.
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind,
Possessing and caressing me…
Jai Guru Deva OM

Interesting to read that the background of the song is very spiritual, and I thought that the words went quite well with this particular YouTube video featuring imagery of the stars around our own universe, too. 🙂

[Edit: I had to swap out the video because it got flagged as only available in the UK and the imagery in this new one is a bit … different!]

I just watched the last five or ten minutes of An Inconvenient Truth because I stumbled upon it on Showtime and I was kind of itching to watch it the other night. I wrote a lot of papers about environmental awareness in high school and college … or rather, I turned in one really awesome paper over and over again … but either way, I particularly love the list of ways that everyone can change their lives to better our environment that runs over this song in the credits at the end of the film.

My favorite one of them all…

Vote for leaders who pledge to solve this crisis.

Write to Congress. If they don’t listen, run for Congress.

movie thoughts … The Fault in Our Stars

March 14, 2015 10:26pm
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Because of that I knew that I wanted to be in the right mood for it, even though it started showing up on HBO a couple of weeks ago. Ironically, it’s kind of one of those things that you’ll probably never be really ready for on all levels – needless to say, it’s a movie that makes you do a lot of thinking as it refuses to pull any punches in a way that only a tragic love story is truly capable of…

I think I liked this movie because for 126 minutes it forces  you to confront the realities that someone with a terminal disease faces every day, and in a weird way I kind of admired its candor. There’s a scene in the second half where Hazel is fighting with her Mom and corrects her from saying, “If you die…” to When I die…” that just leaves your jaw dropping with acceptance that could only truly be served with a firm clubbing to the head.

We all know that Hazel is going to die, but nobody more than she does.

Spoiler – She doesn’t even die in the course of the movie, but we know that it’s going to happen eventually because we’ve watched her suffering unfold in ways that make us all wish we could take some of that burden from her…

Death is a topic that still terrifies me to personally think and talk about, but that doesn’t prevent it from inching closer and closer to me and everyone I’ve ever cared about every single day. The only thing that we can do is make the best of the time we have while we’re here, and that’s why this movie and book were so beautiful because it’s a tale of young love and hardship and fully appreciating a matter of months when truth be told they really deserved a lifetime together to love and to hold each other.

But sometimes life doesn’t always happen that way, and it’s not fair, and it’s crushing even as you see it coming from a mile away. This story was a celebration of both love and of heartbreak, and it’s really of no surprise after watching it why John Green is such a brilliant guy.

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”

Everything, Everything Will Be Alright…

February 20, 2015 3:28am
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Got this cover of Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle in my inbox the other day courtesy of The Doubleclicks and I must say that it’s a pretty endearing rendition … I really enjoyed how it gives you a chance to slow down and really listen to the words, and of course, the backdrop of two aspiring, little girls who grew up into the ones singing to you was pretty darned heartwarming, too… 😉

The Luxury of Time

November 25, 2014 10:09pm
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Love the sentiment – one that resonates quite true for me at this particular stage of my life. I’m always striving for something a little better, but what I’d love more than anything else is just more time.

I stumbled across this post very much at random, but have found it to be particularly inspiring and actually I’ve been refreshing it every couple of days for the past week or so just to see what new comments are added to the thread!

Hundreds of independent authors at various stages in their careers – some just trying to get their first title done, some seeing tens of thousands of dollars a month in royalties, some that have happily left their “evil day jobs” behind and others still working and making good progress towards that goal.

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/06/2014/indie-authors-quitting-their-day-jobs/

Good luck ever mining this kind of professional feedback from traditional publishing… 😉

Positive Pranking

May 10, 2014 1:44am
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I’m not always the biggest fan of pranks. I mean, I guess it depends on what the prank is – if it’s relatively harmless and the pranksters are good sports about it afterwards, then that’s one thing, but if it’s just for shock value and only one party is laughing at the end of it … kind of like most of the pranking videos that are popular on YouTube. 

Filling someone’s cubicle at work with balloons from floor to ceiling? – FUNNY

Dumping a bucket of worms on somebody’s face while they’re sleeping? – JUST BEING A DICK

I mean, don’t get me wrong – there have certainly been late nights when I’ve stayed up watching more of those videos than I’m proud to admit because for some morbid reason I just can’t look away, but if I ever woke up to Sara standing over me with an electric razor in one hand and the majority of my hair in the other, let’s post it on YouTube! wouldn’t exactly be the first thought on my agenda!

Now all of this is said, mind you, because tonight I stumbled onto a very different kind of pranking video … in fact, one devoted to giving the homeless a night of luxury that most could never dream of, and just between you and me, the whole thing was pretty darned cool… 😉

Along those same lines, they also had one where they surprised an unsuspecting waitress with the best shift ever, and if you think that it stops at just a fat stack of tips, well, start your engines and watch the video to stand enthusiastically corrected!

For more about Break’s Prank It Fwdcheck out their site – all in all it’s a pretty great concept and I didn’t even have to worry about a bucket of snakes getting dumped on my head or anything… 😛

Inspiration. On Writing.

March 13, 2014 2:56am
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The E.L. Doctorow one in the middle is my favorite because it’s the one that I find myself faced with the most often. I tend to procrastinate and wander and do a lot of things in the name of writing that aren’t really writing, so maybe having that quote right in my face will help to break the habit and get back to typing words a little bit!

Runners up that nearly made the board…

“Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” — Robert Heinlein

“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.” — Neil Gaiman

“You can make anything by writing.” — C.S. Lewis

Good News for 2014!

December 31, 2013 11:25am
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Eternal optimist John Green shares a few inspiring statistics to consider to as we prepare to leap over the calendarial bridge from 2013 into the mighty and prosperous 2014.

Also, in 2014 I’d kind of like to see calendarial become an actual word because I couldn’t come up with anything better to fit in that sentence.

Happy New Year!!!

Kid President, I like your positions on please, thank you, AND corn dogs!

Also, this is freaking adorable … Kid President Meets the Adult President. 😉

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