No Posts in Awhile

Wow!! I haven’t posted since just before Christmas. Big, huge apologies to my readers. I’ve been going through a lot of stuff in my personal life which has really caused me to neglect my blog. I’m so sorry. I will post about some of it soon. Forgive me and keep reading – I promise lots of good stuff in the future!

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Getting Back Into the Visual Arts

I just got a new digital tablet/pen because I would like to get back into drawing and creating visual art.  This is my first drawing/painting. Because art is always open to interpretation, I will leave it to you to decide what this piece depicts and will refrain from making my interpretation known. If you’re interested in an audio accompaniment to this picture, try this one on for size. I think it will fit quite well. Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Newest Upload to SoundCloud

As most of you know, I am an amateur/hobby musician trying to improve and learn more about playing and recording every day. Below is my latest upload to SoundCloud. It’s a short acoustic piece played on my classical nylon-stringed guitar (2 or 3 separate tracks, I think.) I recorded it awhile ago and just came across it. I think it’s kinda pretty and I hope you like it too!

It’s Been Awhile

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted to my blog. I’m always waiting for something “really important” to post or putting it off until the next day – which, as any procrastinator will tell you, never arrives. I apologize to my subscribers.

As I sit here waiting for news of Hurricane Sandy which seems destined to make a sharp left-hand turn right for my little home, I am filled with a sense of purpose:  I am vowing to myself and my readers to make more frequent posts. My blog really means a lot more to me than just a hobby to be engaged in only when it’s convenient. This blog is my way of keeping in touch with the wide world; it’s my chance to sharpen my writing skills; and my way of sharing myself and my thoughts and ideas and music with others. It doesn’t have to be pretty it just has to be me. Somehow, I am constantly forgetting this truth.

So, if and when I survive the approaching storm, look for a more serious effort on my part to keep up with my blog. Again…many apologies for my frequent neglect and I send wishes for safety and protection to all of you sharing the threat of this storm with me.

Why I Love Follow Fridays on Twitter

Twitter Follow Friday #FF hashtag

Occasionally, I will see some criticism of the common practice of using the #FF, or “Follow Friday” hashtag on Twitter followed by a list of people that the Tweeter is encouraging others to follow. The main complaint about this practice is that it clutters up one’s Twitter timeline with basically useless and uninteresting content. This is not an entirely unfounded complaint as any Twitter user will see when perusing their timeline on any given Friday. However, I have looked past the “clutter” to the original intent and purpose of the Follow Friday tradition on Twitter and have come to love all of the little hashtags and lists of Twitter “handles.” Following are the main reasons why I have come to love Follow Fridays on Twitter:

  1. Sometimes, I have a really busy week and don’t get onto Twitter that often, if at all. This makes me feel a little guilty because I have neglected my Twitter friends. However, because #FF has become such a tradition, I NEVER miss it. This gives me an opportunity to let my followers and followees know that I am thinking about them even though I haven’t participated with them on Twitter for a few days.
  2. Another reason that I love Follow Fridays on Twitter is that the people that I follow and who follow me have some really interesting things to share and I really do want others to follow them so that others can enjoy the same benefits and interactions that I enjoy.
  3. Finally, I love Follow Fridays most of all, because, instead of seeing the hashtag clutter, I see other potential interesting people to follow. If someone that I enjoy following is suggesting that I follow these other Tweeters, I want to check them out to find out if I too would enjoy following them. In this way, I have connected with even more interesting and wonderful people on Twitter.

So, if you are annoyed by all of the Follow Friday hashtags on Twitter, or if you are wondering what it is all about, check them out. Follow some new people and suggest great people for others to follow. Join the community spirit and find out what Twitter is really all about!

Celebrate the Summer Solstice as the Chinese Philosophers Did

Another really interesting article from Earthsky.org. Excited or maybe even depressed about the Summer Solstice coming soon? Not sure what the Summer Solstice is? Check out […] Continue reading