Monday, October 08, 2007

temporary end to sliding

"Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow." ~Douglas Pagels

Today I went back to work. Fortunately until I returned today, I hadn't given much thought to the fact that no one would really be working my case load unless there were a dire emergency. There were lots of not really emergencies and some almost emergencies and some not much to do after the fact emergencies. Of course. And every single one of them had someone involved who thought they ought to be taken care of first.

I feel as if I could sleep twelve hours just to recuperate from this day, if I only could find those twelve.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Unconscious Mutterings Week 244

  1. Cluster :: see the second and third definitions in this urban dictionary  for what comes to mind when I see the word cluster

  2. Announcement :: major importance or at least major to do about something

  3. Respect :: earned

  4. Incident :: special incident report; frequent headaches on my caseload.

  5. Accordion :: player

  6. Drunk :: pretty much never

  7. If :: -then statements

  8. Dexter :: blank

  9. Wedding :: gown

  10. Gambling :: Las Vegas
Weekly word list can be found at Unconscious Mutterings

Saturday, October 06, 2007

seeking gold

Sometimes when I am trying to put something out of conscious mind to let it simmer to some next step or resolution, I have a habit of picking up whatever reading material is in front of me and opening it at random. I read whatever lines jump out at me and seek the destination they send my thoughts. I usually find patterns in the disconnected bits where there probably are none. But that is a thought journey I've traveled before and probably won't ever figure out with any certainty.

Anyway, picking up the book Buddha Is As Buddha Does, by Lama Surya Das , the words of Norman Vincent Peale leapt out at me:

"When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor."

Friday, October 05, 2007

Maybe Vulcan just orbited its sun more slowly?

And on Earth, Mr. Spock wouldn't have been two hundred or four hundred or whatever age he was in whatever might have been his last appearance in the Star Trek mythology line. (Wasn't he last on Romulus trying to facilitate peace?)

There are things I probably should (oooo nasty word sometimes, that "should" word) be doing and one of them involved looking for something on the Internet. When I was done and cleared the page to blank, I just couldn't resist clicking on that "Stumble!" button.

It came up with this silly site which will calculate Your Age On Other Worlds" and also has a grade school lesson on planet rotations and orbits. I am a little over 4 1/2 on Jupiter, 228 or so on Mercury and 29 and change on Mars. Funny stuff those numbers. I am still trying to get used to the feel of that Earth number rolling off my tongue.

Thursday, October 04, 2007


"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." ~Lucille Ball

I don't think I'll start lying about my age now, or at least not yet. Yesterday was my 55th birthday!

Some time ago (maybe July?) in a very quick dash around to check on my favorite bloggers, Andy, at Older, but no Wiser was writing about finding some sites using the Stumble Upon toolbar. I am not generally fond of full toolbar additions to my browser, but this one looked interesting, so I bookmarked it to check out later. Yesterday I finally had the time to check it out and take it for a test run. I found some wonderful things, some quick look, read and move on, some momentary amusements, some go back later and go deeper. I couldn't stay away from it today either. All in all it is a very interesting tool. (Thank you, Andy)

One of the sites I found was this one: Even Happier: The 7 beliefs of the super happy people . The rest of that website has some promise for some quick fixes when I am feeling less than...

Monday, October 01, 2007


Playing around at Magnetic Poetry, very quickly choosing words which appealed to me in that moment, I came up with this:

would you see your velvet yesterday
wild angel
laugh sacred woman
soon time will work magic
dance to the joy of the universe
smile with the starry sky

I don't know what it means that these were the words that "spoke" to me today. I tried to just go with the flow. The last step was choosing some connecting words to group everything into some pattern that might make any sense. I'm not so sure I succeeded. I'll analyze it all later... or not.

Imagine hearing a very huge happy relaxed sigh.... that's me!
It's very nice being on vacation this week.