Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bumper Stickers

My neighbor often has teenager’s cars parked in front of his house and I enjoy reading the multiple bumper stickers on their cars.
I only have a few on mine.
One I had made and it says “Bookaholics Unite” I consider myself a bookaholic and have no intention of getting into recovery. ;-)
Another one I printed out on my old label maker. It says, “Two wrongs do not make a right.”
At this time my third bumper sticker is very important. I was able to find and order it online. (Thanks Mike.) That one says, “If you don’t vote, don’t whine.” I hope some people will see it and decide to vote in the upcoming election.

Do you have any bumper stickers? If you do, what do they say?

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Paper Procrastinating

I have way too much paper stuff. 
Remember when they said computers were supposed to eliminate paper? I use more paper now than I ever did before computers. Even as a college student I didn’t use nearly as much.
I guess I’m a procrastinater. I’ve been putting off cleaning out my files for a looooong time.
In my office I have rough drafts and copies of chapters with notes from writers critique groups I belonged to years ago. In the garage are files of guarantees for things I haven’t owned in years, and papers from jobs I used to have.
If I get rid of all those papers I can also get rid of several file cabinets I won’t be needing anymore. But doing that will require a lot of work.

Okay, I guess I’m procrastinating by writing this post. I’d better get back to cleaning out those files.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Times and Seasons

Is it just me, or does time seem to fly lately?
It seems like Summer began just a short time ago, but this coming Sunday will be the first day of Autumn. In the northern hemisphere that means the weather will be cooling off and leaves on deciduous trees will be changing color from green to yellow, orange, and red.
This planet has always had four seasons. There have always been days, with morning, noon evening, and night. Months have always existed, though not exactly as our calendar says. And there have always been years as the Earth circles the sun.
But hours, minutes, seconds, and weeks are human inventions.
And Caesar Augustus stole one day from February in the Roman calendar and added it to August so the month named after him would have as many days as the month named after Julius Caesar. (In the Roman calendar February was the last month of the year because the year began with the first month of Spring.) Before that all the months alternated between 30 and 31 days. Yes, February had 30 days before one was moved to August.
Autumn is my favorite season. As Goldilocks would say, it’s not too hot, not too cold, and just right. And there’s less pollen to bother my allergies than in Spring.

What’s your favorite season?

Saturday, September 15, 2018

International Dot Day

I just learned that today is International Dot Day. It means everyone is encouraged to use their creativity today, no mater what that may be.

Do you write? Paint? Draw? Sculpt? Photograph? Act or perform? Dance? Sing? Play an instrument?
Design houses, vehicles, or other things?

Nearly everyone has some creativity in them and this is a perfect day to let it out. Please do.

How are you creative?

For more information about Dot Day please see

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hi, Ho, Come to the Fair

Today I’m helping at the Gold Country Writers booth at the Gold Country Fair in Auburn, CA.
We’re inside one of the buildings so we don’t have to sit in the sun. 
We’ll get to spend time with some writer friends, meet lots of nice people, and, hopefully, sell some of our own books along with those of other members.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon and evening.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Rich or Poor

Do you ever worry about finances? I think most people do, even if they’re rich.
But what does it mean to be rich?
Compared to many people, perhaps millions, even people in the USA on welfare are rich. 
If we have a roof over our head, plumbing and water, gas or electricity, enough food to survive on, transportation, and medical care we’re millionaires compared to many people in the world. 
Besides the homeless in our own country there are thousands - perhaps even millions - of people in the world who struggle to survive. Often big families live in one room and must walk for miles just to get water.
It’s still only Summer, but I’m thinking about Thanksgiving and all that I have to be thankful for.

What do you feel thankful for?