Monthly Archives: September 2018

Day 2099: Look around, look around

As I look around, look around, I hear these lyrics from Hamilton:

Look around, look around,

How lucky we are to be alive right now.

Look around, look around, how lucky we are to be alive right now when somebody’s posted a 30-minute loop of these Hamilton lyrics on YouTube:

 

Look around, look around at my photos from yesterday.

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How lucky I am to be alive right now, even if I lose sight of that sometimes.

What do you see when you look around, look around? I will look around, look around for your comments later.

Look around, look around for my gratitude to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — to YOU, for looking around, looking around here.

 

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Day 2098: Who are the good male role models now?

Yesterday morning, I posted this question on my Facebook page:

Who are the good male role models now?

I got many interesting responses, but, for this blog post, I will include only the first two comments:

We are raising, them, Ann

… which I loved and

Of the people you blog about, several of your doctors, Michael, your father, Aaron and some of your regular readers. Outside of your blog, many who are unsung and Mr Rogers.

… which I also loved.

I did not consciously take photos of good male role models yesterday. Do you see any role models here?

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Before I say “Good bye” for today, let’s see what YouTube has for “Good Male Role Models.”

There’s this:

There’s this:

There’s this:

And there’s this, which is a collection of videos from The Pixel Project’s “Who is Your Male Role Model?” (Please click the link in the previous sentence.)

 

Who are the good male role models now, my good readers?

Thanks to all who helped me create today’s blog post and — of course! — YOU.

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Day 2097: Will we ever agree on anything again?

After hearing details of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the U.S. yesterday,  I wrote today’s title on my Facebook page.

Will we ever agree on anything again?

How would you answer that question?

When I look at my recent photos, I think we might agree on some things.

 

Do we agree that these are the lyrics of September by Earth, Wind & Fire?

After a day like yesterday, I have trouble sleeping. So I hope we can agree that it’s okay if I publish this blog post at 1:31 AM, Eastern Time.

Maybe we can all agree to have thanks for what we do have, like this blog and each other.

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Day 2096: What’s the title of today’s post?

Today’s post could have been titled

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Day 2096: Welcome y’all, come on in and stay awhile,

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Day 2096: News & Blog,

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Day 2096: Essential Knowledge,

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Day 2096: Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn,

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Day 2096: Dude!  September isn’t even over,

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Day 2096: So Far So Good,

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Day 2096: That’s What She Said,

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Day 2096: Creating a Buzz,

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Day 2096: Whatever you are, be a good one,

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Day 2096: What Do YOU Care What Other People Think?,

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Day 2096: Outliers/Being Mortal,

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Day 2096: Self-care for the real world,

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or Day 2096: There’s beauty in simplicity, BUT I prefer the title

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Day 2096: Bloom where you are planted.

Do you like that title or do you prefer another?

 

Since I bloom where I am planted, I bought something at the Brookline Booksmith yesterday. Any guesses?

Today’s post also could have been titled

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Day 2096: JAZPNO or Day 2096: Jazz Piano, because this comes up on YouTube when I search for “Jazz piano bloom where you are planted.”

 

Today’s post could also have been titled Day 2096: Thanks to everybody who helped me create this post and — of course! — YOU.

 

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Day 2095: Giving emotions words

When I search my previous posts for “Giving emotions words” the only thing that pops up is Day 1530: Obscure Sorrows.

I think it’s helpful to give emotions words, and so do other people.

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In a therapy group yesterday, we talked about the importance of giving emotions words. Then, we gave words to triggers.

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As usual, I stole some words — including “knuckleheads” —  from other people in the group.

Do any of my other photos today give emotions words?

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Last night, I watched many people give emotions words in Ken Burns’s latest documentary The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope and Science.

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It gave me emotions to see my heart surgeon, Dr. Joseph Dearani, and the piano I played while I was at the Mayo before getting my new artificial heart valve.  Here‘s me, giving emotions words back in 2016:

I’m giving gratitude words, as usual, at the end of my post. Thanks to all who helped me give words today and — of course! — to YOU.

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Day 2094: Art of living

Art thou ready for my first arty photo of the day?

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Do you agree that happiness is actually an art of living, which is in us?

If happiness is an art of living, does that mean it takes time, talent, creativity, effort, and hard work?  If we practice happiness — as we practice any art —  does it get easier?

If we get out of practice, it’s good to know that happiness is in us, waiting to come alive again.

I have to work harder on the art of happiness when

  • I see sadness and misery in others,
  • I don’t trust the people in charge, and
  • it’s cold and it’s dark.

Is taking photos actually an art of living?

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Cooking is actually an art of living, too.

Art Tatum‘s artistry is an art of happiness.

Gratitude is an art of living and happiness, so thanks to all who helped me create this “art of living” post and — of course! — YOU.

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Day 2093: Holy crap!

What do you say when you read the news lately?

“Holy crap” seems as good a response as any. Maybe that’s why it’s on a greeting card.

Holy crap! That card is a staff pick? Even though the staff at our local supermarket is too busy with other crap to have time to pick out cards?

Do any of my other photos from yesterday make you say, “Holy crap!”?

Holy crap! I saw such a beautiful sunset last night.

Holy crap! There’s so much “Holy crap” on YouTube today.

Holy crap! People actually have the last name “Chimera”?

I look forward to whatever holy and unholy comments I get for this blog, which I’ve been creating for — Holy crap! — almost 69 months.

Holy thanks to all who wholly helped me create today’s “Holy crap!” post and — of course! — YOU.

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Day 2092: What’s in the details?

Some people say “The devil is in the details.”

Others say “God is in the details.”

Oprah has said, “Love is in the details.”

I have said, “Details, details!” and have written Day 1988: It’s all in the details.

What’s in the details of my photos from yesterday?

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Here’s a detail about my creating my daily blog posts: I often  spend a devil of a time on the details of my photo layouts.

My friend Deb noticed a detail in this sign at the Opera House yesterday:

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Because we were at a matinee of Hamilton,  which was during the day, the restrictions about “tonight’s performance” did not apply.  However, if we had used our cell phones, photographed, or recorded, there would have been the devil to pay.

Here’s a detail about yesterday’s performance: when Hamilton and Lafayette sang “Immigrants — we get the job done!” the audience cheered.

When I look to YouTube for examples of that line, the details on many videos of Hamilton‘s” Yorktown”  indicate that copyrights might prevent them from lasting in this post. I think the angels of  the internet might allow these to stay (here and here on YouTube).

I look forward to the details in your comments.

Detailed thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — to YOU.

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Day 2091: Open with care

When I open, with care,  every new blog post, I also open, with care, my photo app.

Today I care to open with this photo:

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I open my car door with care and I also open with care other things, including:

  • My mind.
  • My heart.
  • My mouth.
  • My eyes.
  • Every blog post.
  • Therapy groups.
  • Meetings.
  • Communication.
  • Presents.
  • Books.
  • Conversations.
  • Songs.
  • Poems.
  • Emails.
  • Packaging.
  • My laptop.

What do you open with care?

I shall now re-open my photo app with care.

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“I’m not anti-social” (displayed with care on those socks, above) is an interesting way to open a conversation.

Note that I opened my list of favorite movies with “Singin’ in the Rain.”  I’ve opened up, here, about how much I love musicals. Today, I opened my eyes and thought, “I’m seeing Hamilton today!!!”

I now open YouTube with care, looking for relevant music to share.

Later today, I shall open WordPress with care to see how people open their comments.

I open each blog post with care and close it with gratitude, so thanks to all who helped me create this open-with-care post and — of course! — YOU.

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Day 2090: Circular Reasoning

1,560 days ago (but who’s counting?) I wrote another “Circular Reasoning” post.

Because many of my recent photos include circles, I’ve circled back to that title.

As I look around that previous post, there’s no definition of circular reasoning.

Circular Reasoning
circulus in demonstrando

(also known as: paradoxical thinking, circular argument, circular cause and consequence, reasoning in a circle)

Description: A type of reasoning in which the proposition is supported by the premises, which is supported by the proposition, creating a circle in reasoning where no useful information is being shared. This fallacy is often quite humorous.

Logical Form:

X is true because of Y.

Y is true because of X.

Example #1:

Pvt. Joe Bowers: What are these electrolytes? Do you even know?

Secretary of State: They’re… what they use to make Brawndo!

Pvt. Joe Bowers: But why do they use them to make Brawndo?

Secretary of Defense: [raises hand after a pause] Because Brawndo’s got electrolytes.

Explanation: This example is from a favorite movie of mine, Idiocracy, where Pvt. Joe Bowers (played by Luke Wilson) is dealing with a bunch of not-very-smart guys from the future. Joe is not getting any useful information about electrolytes, no matter how hard he tries.

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Exception: Some philosophies state that we can never escape circular reasoning because the arguments always come back to axioms or first principles, but in those cases, the circles are very large and do manage to share useful information in determining the truth of the proposition.

Tip: Do your best to avoid circular arguments, as it will help you reason better because better reasoning is often a result of avoiding circular arguments.

If you circle over to logicallyfallacious,com, you’ll find that explanation of “Circular Reasoning.”

Have you noticed any circular reasoning from not-very-smart-guys in our present?

Do your best to see circles in my photos because seeing circles in my photos will help you do your best.

 

OOOO!  I get to share one of my favorite circle tunes: Pat Metheny’s “First Circle.”

I’ll circle back later and see if there are any circular comments.

Circular thanks to all who helped me create today’s “Circular Reasoning” post and — of course! — toooooo  yoooooooou!

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