I just ran across this photo of my old apartment. I liked using a shoji screen to add a temporary “wall” in different spaces, and I used to keep Christmas lights going for most of the winter evenings, as shown.
I think I’ve discovered the secret of life: you just hang around until you get used to it.
~ Charles M. Schulz
New book/story idea: Life is a bit of a game, and as a result you’re put in the vicinity of your soulmate. Not right next door per se, but somewhere within your range of life such that you will encounter this person, such as the friend of a friend, someone you work with, a person you run into at a store, etc. So the game is, out of all the people you meet as your life unfolds, can you identify your soulmate? And maybe as a secondary plot, how do you handle it if you get get close but make a mistake ... say you marry a person which creates circumstances that put you in the vicinity of your soulmate, and you later realize your mistake?
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”
~ Maya Angelou
“One woman can make you fly like an eagle, another can give you the strength of a lion, but only one in the cycle of life can fill your heart with wonder and the wisdom that you have known a singular joy.”
If there’s a dark side to writing books and having a website that gets millions of views, it’s that people who seem to have a lot of angst think it’s okay to leave mean-spirited comments on the website. I moderate all the comments, so outside people never see them, but I’m amazed at some of the angry posts people write. Part of me would like to reply, “Sorry, I didn’t write Unix, Java, Scala, Gimp, etc., I just try to explain how they work,” but instead I just delete their comments (because they never leave a name or email address).
My guess is that the people who write these things are angry at something else and for whatever reason that leads them to think that they can post a mean comment here anonymously, but yeesh, every once in a while the haterade gets to me and I just turn off the ability to comment completely for days or weeks. To the people that post mean-spirited comments like that, you need to take responsibility for your own life and/or get some help.
I don’t know who created this image, but I’m all for it. Make America kinda again. Make America compassionate again. Make America smart again. Any sort of intelligent, enlightened leadership in this country would be wonderful.
“No dreams come without a bill. The reality of making something happen is just a ton of hard work.”
~ Peter Gabriel