Friday, September 23, 2016

Five Minute Friday: "Five"

Our Mistress of Ceremonies for the Five Minute Friday is Kate over at Heading Home.  Hope you link up with us and join the fun.


Sometimes I miss being five:

I was pretty happy and laughed a lot without having to justify my joy.

When I cried, it was because of physical pain that subsided, not heart pain that lasted for decades.

My family was close (or at least I thought they were anyway).

There were no rules that you had to color in the lines.

Sure, I knew I was fat, but it wasn't a make it or break it factor of life and acceptance like now.

There was not internet showing me on a constant basis who I was supposed to be.

I was me, and I liked it.

What the hell happened?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Five Minute Friday: "Listen"

Our Mistress of Ceremonies for the Five Minute Friday is Kate over at Heading Home.  Hope you link up with us and join the fun.


Wherever I go, I wish I could wear a shirt that says this...


Yeah, I know it's crass, but true.  Sometimes I want to jerk a knot in people while screaming that very phrase!
Hearing is different from listening.  Hearing is usually passive; listening is active.  I think people hear me when I speak, but do the listen?  Rarely.
Is it because what I have to say isn't important?  Is what I say important, but ceases to be so because it comes from me?  What is it? 
I'm always telling myself that I talk too much, but then again, I can feel that way and not speak a word to another human being.  Yes, I know I'm a woman, but I can (and do) go through long periods of time without speaking to another person.
I've told my friends before that I feel like I'm like a doll in a glass case.  People take me out and "play" with me when they want/need something, then put me back in when they're done, all the while I'm longing to connect and be heard.  It doesn't happen.
People who won't listen to instructions are the worst.  I could tell you stories, but I've only got five minutes.  :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Classical Education: The Weekly Hodgepodge

Want to join the party?  Come on over to From This Side of the Pond  for the Hodgepodge link-up!

What's changed in your life, home, or community since your last birthday?
Since that was just in May, not much.
September is Classical Music Month. Do you like/listen to classical music? If so what's a favorite piece and/or who is a favorite composer? 
I developed a taste for classical music while I was in college.  Not only through studying music history, but through playing those types of pieces in the various music classes I took.   I'm not sure who my favorite composer is, but my favorite piece is Turkish March by Mozart.

Besides The Bible, what's a book that has positively changed your life, relationships, career, or perspective? How so? 
Gosh, I've read so many; it's hard to say.  Right now I'm in the throws of one that may help me make those positive changes for good.  My mentor recommended the book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene' Brown.  I've only read the introduction, but it's already speaking to some of the things I'm dealing with.  We'll see.
I read (here) these ten hobbies will make you a musical instrument, read voraciously, meditate regularly, work out your brain (puzzles, sudoku, board games, etc), exercise often, learn a new language, write your feelings down (blog, journal, just write), travel to new places, cook different kinds of meals, participate in sports actively.  Are any on this list your current hobbies? Which hobby on the list would you be most inclined to try? 
  • Playing a musical instrument - I play several.
  • Read voraciously.
  • Work out my brain - I enjoy playing Words With Friends if that counts.
  • Exercise often - some weeks are more often than others.
  • Write your feelings - I blog and journal.
  • Okay, so I do several of them.  So, I have to ask, smarter than what?

What sports traditions does your family have? 
None, really. 
In a few words, weigh in on the current football/National Anthem brouhaha. Keep it family friendly please.

Where do you have loads of patience, and where do you most lack patience? 
I have more patience with others than myself.  I don't know other people's situations, but I know mine.  I should know better than to do some of the stupid things I do.
Insert your own random thought here.   I think we all need a laugh.