Life and Chalk Lines

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I’ve been making chalk lines lately. I think I’m getting close to the best boundaries. I’ve learned through trial and error what shouldn’t bother me, like work fears (irrational ones that is). I used to get those so much when I found out after the fact I was doing a way better job than most. It’s my personality to second guess myself. I’m taking care of that line.

I’m giving myself more lattitude to make mistakes. Life is one big first take. We do get second tries on most things. Think about it. I think the highest individual is the ne who sees failure and let down as part of the whole picture that makes us “US.” I wouldn’t be here today with the peace I feel without the stress of past days. My how I thought the end had come more than once. It’s a great aphorism to “sleep on it.” In the am this are always smaller, more compressed. For younger people it’s hard to sleep. I tell you there is an art and talent in not giving a shit. If you aren’t there, aspire to it and don’t hate those who are there, like me.

The Feeling You Missed Something Big

I’m almost 40 and there are all kinds of thoughts about that run through my mind in a given day. Did you ever wonder if you missed out on something big? Opportunity can be a shifty thing and when I reflect on my life up to now I see places where maybe I missed something. My dad says it’s “superstitious” to say what-if in these moments. I admire him for being able to do so. I seem to be asking what-if a lot lately. And my passion for blogging has even waned a bit. I mean once I turn 40 in June, how long should I expect to keep doing it? ten years? Are there 50 year old+ bloggers? I assume so.

All this is probably just negativity. I enjoy blogging and it is so cool to look back years ago and see what I was thinking, my impressions on life. I’m starting to make some ok money at it as well so this is hardly the time to get negative. Some of my blog friends and I (Hi Justin) still dream of hiring moving services one day to upgrade into our blogging mansions … but until them we are content doing what we do now for the money we are making.

I just wanted you to know I am not gung ho 24/7 about blogging so much. We get a total of about 80 years of life on this planet and it’s important to spend the majority of them away from the computer … in my opinion.

What do you think? Has your computer time ever made you think you missed something big?

The Fashion of Let it Be

If some people dress business formal, others must must dress pleasure informal, that would be my category. I’m lucky to be a teacher because we can be as formal as we want or more on the relaxed side in a … Continue reading

556300_10151336483870673_942760525_nIf some people dress business formal, others must must dress pleasure informal, that would be my category. I’m lucky to be a teacher because we can be as formal as we want or more on the relaxed side in a given week. I teach 10 year olds so sometimes I get down and roll in the mud so-to-speak on the playground, during PE, and other daily routine events that can get dirty. For that reason, I usually dress fairly casual at work. I don’t have too many preferences but I have learned cotton fits me best. A 50/50 knit shirt is itchy so I will usually buy the 100% cotton. When I do shop, which isn’t often and usually every Summer, I like Old Navy, Kohl’s, Marshall’s, Ross, and those stores that have good bargains made of cotton in a quality way. I like Dockers and Levis or other brands similar to those. I’m not huge on name-brands per se but I have found in my 45 years that cheaper doesn’t mean better. I’ve had the cheap stuff fall apart on me after less than a year. In the Winter months, I’ve come to enjoy a good cotton v-neck sweater with a white T underneath. That’s probably my favorite Winter outfit. I wear Skechers or Doc Martens as m shoes and occasionally I’ll wear my running shoes to work or out for a casual date etc. My wife buys most all my clothes these days and I like that. I’m somewhat colorblind so I appreciate her healthy globes :)

292046_10150341925935673_2455589_nI think my clothing says a lot about me. I make a fashion statement by just being casual and teaching. I am passionate about my job and the clothes are just the accessory to that. I think when you are into what you do, clothes are an afterthought. I doubt people will remember what I wore when I taught or blogged or played guitar because I am just being passionate about something. It reminds me of that scene in Forrest Gump when he is running and all the hip magazines are out there doing stories on his shoes and his running clothes. He’s just RUNNING. People may even start to mimic him because he doesn’t care about his clothes. I hate people who are self-conscious. I shaved my head around age 30 to dispense with the trepidation of losing my hair. I’ve shaved it now for over 15 years, I think it looks nice, and it frees me up to teach and follow my passions. No matter the clothes, people flock to passion like moths to a lightbulb. Relaxation is also important to me. I say if clothes make you stressed, they’re not for you.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Clothes (May) Make the (Wo)man.”

Add VALUE to Your Blog "E"

Here we are in the final post of this series on adding value to your blog. Here you’ll find series links to 5 aspects of a valuable blog in my experienced opinion. I gave the blogosphere this post because the others sites and books I ran across failed to define. I also give you examples to make the abstract aspects apply a little more. This short series I have published over a few days will pack a powerful punch for your blog’s value and what will that mean for you? well … 1) Greater traffic, 2) longer bounce rate (people will stay longer to read your work), 3) More fans/readers, 4) Possibly higher rank and authority on the web. Let’s review what we’ve covered up to now and then I will close the series by discussing the last letter: “E.”

  1. V stands for visceral
  2. A stands for aphoristic
  3. L stands for linkage
  4. U stands for ubiquitous
  5. E stands for extracurricular

Sometimes you have to walk away from your little world that is your blog. While away you will find out all kinds of new matierial for posts as well as a new appreciation for other types of blogging.

Search out forums and social networks. These are great places that will add value to your post and your blog.

I’m closing this series but for me this concept is never ending. I am always asking myself: “What makes my blog valuable?” I hope I hit some of these ideas, but these are just what I do. My advice? Ignore what Google Page Rank and others like Technorati say is a valuable blog. Find your own purpose and goals and then measure your own “rank” based on what you set out to do. I feel like in the future, arbitrary measurements of a blog’s worth are going to fall by the wayside. In some people’s minds, they already have.

10 Examples of Barbaric Psychiatry

Mental health has not been an exact science for long. Some argue it still isn’t and that psychiatry is barbaric. Here is a simple list of ten types of psychiatry that qualify to me as barbaric, past and present:

Mental health has not been an exact science for long. Some argue it still isn’t and that psychiatry is barbaric. Here is a simple list of ten types of psychiatry that qualify to me as barbaric, past and present:

  1. ECT – Electric Shock
  2. Lobotomy
  3. Trephining (drilling a hole into the skull revealing the brain.)
  4. Bleeding
  5. Witch Trials
  6. Water dunking
  7. Unkempt Asylums
  8. Striking (sometimes to the head with bats)
  9. Opium and ether
  10. Over generalized diagnosis and prescription of psychotropic drugs for many mental disorders.