365 – December Posts

365 Challenge: Day 278 – Elucidate (Author Alert: Atwood Cutting)

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Elucidate: (a) to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Atwood Cutting

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work. 

I am pleased to present the very talented Atwood Cutting, who I met about three months ago through our WordPress blogs. Atwood, or Kate, as she’ll confess to you shortly, is a wonderful woman who I’ve been exchanging emails with every week. She occasionally gives me a ‘difficult’ time about all the *.gifs I use in my posts (and I’ve cut down based on her input), which we joke about all the time. She also comments on all my posts and shares her perspective on life, having lived quite an unusual one compared to most of us. You’ll find out more if you read one of her published books, which I have just completed this week. You can check out my review here.

One of the best things I’ve come to adore about this woman is her voice and tone. She has an earthy, charismatic and brilliant approach to living and building relationships. Whether it’s the words she chooses, the things she doesn’t say, or the love she’s shared with those around her, you’ll find something quite worthy of learning in each experience. It’s rare to find a kind soul who knows how to share her gift with others, but when you do, you cherish it. I’m grateful to have a chance to chat with this lovely woman and I hope you’ll take up more time to do so after reading her post and one of her books. Without further ado, let’s watch her elucidate…

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Me thinks ’tis time to expose Atwood Cutting for what she really is: a literary device used by Kate Peters, the much older woman who pioneered during the late 20th century in Alaska and wanted to write about her experiences, but feared possible retaliation for doing so. After thirty years of self-hindering, Kate Peters determined that fictionalizing someone of the next generation could make the perfect teller of a mother’s stories. So, Kate created an “author” daughter—not to be confused with her real daughter who did actually ride home on the back of a snow-machine—to be her personal biographer to write her story. Would such a ploy provide protection from ex-neighbors who might take issue?

Bravely, the stories were penned and the saga was introduced to all readers.

All too soon, a friend, who saw an early copy of the story, commented on the photo of the author at the back of the book. “You don’t look like this,” he challenged.

“I used to look like that. Now, I look like my grandmother,” old Mrs. Peters rued.

It was obvious that the real Kate Peters would not be able to publicly masquerade as a fetching young authoress. Kate would have to become two people: the fictional and shy young author of a nearly-true saga about life and circumstances her parents encountered at the end of their remote Alaskan road; and the older woman, who actually lived the tale, “saw the elephant,” and is still alive to share her stories with interested listeners.  In our modern social media world, projecting such a double-identity has proven to be quite complicated. How can one communicate honestly with people, and not have them realize that she is not the young author, but rather a much older gal who has lived an interesting life, and loves to share stories and simple wisdoms with others?

She can’t.

Through the kindness of James Cudney and his invitation to participate in his Author Alert series, I can now elucidate that I am both the mother and the daughter; the pioneer and the artist; the young dreamer as well as the aging survivor of an actual Last Frontier “elephant” sighting.

By saying this, I am blowing my cover. But hopefully this public interaction with Jay will make things clearer for everyone, myself included. So, here is my true story:

I stood at the threshold of my life adventure back in 1972, when, as college graduates we were being honored at a Phi Beta Kappa dinner. During the event, each graduate was asked what they were going to do next? One stated that he was going to be a doctor. One, a lawyer. One, a professor, etc. When they got to me, I could only say, “I don’t know.”

A year later, disregarding the recently earned degree in Dance, Vocal Music and Theatre, I opted to avoid any fame to be earned playing the lead role in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and instead took a quick dodge to the left. I ventured north to Alaska, where I met and married a man who harbored a rustic pioneering dream. This jibed with my own Emerson-inspired vision of self-reliance, and I followed his lead. Together we worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction project and saved up a good nest egg. Then we settled at the end of a remote mountain road near Sleeping Moose, Alaska. That’s where the saga begins.

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As you might imagine, my work history was varied, and I never found a career. Museums, mental health clinics, universities, plant nurseries and elementary schools all called me “an employee,” but no one ever offered me tenure.

When I retired at 62, my sister urged me to write my story of life on the Last Frontier, and the next five years reignited a long-abandoned love for wordsmithing. To date, I have managed to self-publish and indie-publish several versions of my story, as well as a few coffee table photo books. They are all available on Amazon today, but revenues have been slow to come in. That’s okay. I’m content with my children happy, my husband wonderful, and my view spectacular.

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And what of the future? When all three volumes of SLEEPING MOOSE SAGA have been published, and Kate’s story has been told, Atwood Cutting will be free to create her art, and Kate will allow herself to be old.  She intends to continue to use her talents to delight others, by singing, sharing in humor, watching the glory of a setting sun and reflecting on life, as well as her own great fortune. Meanwhile, Atwood plans to be producing books of beautiful photography “until the cows come home.”

So, after following the road “less traveled by” for most of a lifetime, Kate Peters has arrived at a state of contentment. Thanatopsis.

And how have the doctors and lawyers and professors at that long-ago collegiate table fared? Hopefully, just as well.

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A younger Kate, primed to find her truth in nature

 

Thank you, James J. Cudney IV for this opportunity to gather my thoughts and prepare for today’s chat. Radio interview on FM KCME 88.7 in Colorado Springs. Interview taped 12/15, for broadcast in near-ish future. I will let Jay know, when that date has been set.

 

Links To Learn More About This Great Author

Sleeping Moose Saga — Atwood Cutting (WordPress Site)

Amazon Author Central

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

Goodreads

LinkedIn

To see more about Atwood Cutting on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as she publishes them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 277 – Box

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Box: (a) container with a flat base and sides, typically square or rectangular and having a lid, or (b) walls you sometimes put around an idea but might not need to

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“Don’t think outside the box. Think like there is no box”

Ziad K. Abdelnour

I’m one of those unusual people who has an ability to look at things from a lot of different angles. My natural reaction is to want to know the parameters before I begin thinking about a situation that requires a decision. I like lines, therefore I like boxes. You always know how to stay within the rules when you have that box, right? At the same time, I also know rules are meant to be broken, especially when there are alternative ways of achieving a goal that will not actually break the box. So I am definitely the kind of guy who thinks outside the box to find a true solution. Then I see this quote today when I’m searching for a box on the Internet. BAM! The box was a final gift I needed, but I ended up going with something else… nonetheless, this inspirational message just pushed my limits: what if there are no boxes? Are you really ever coloring inside or outside the lines of a box? How do you know where said lines are without the box? I’m not sure I can handle that much pressure…

But seriously… the point of today’s 365 Daily Challenge word is that he’s right… there aren’t always boxes in life, and sometimes you need to invent your own rules when there are none. And one of those rules might be: There are no rules (no boxes) in this situation — just do the right thing and worry less about the path to get there.

The other reason today’s word is ‘box’  has nothing to do with the quote. Since I’m currently surrounded by boxes of all shapes and sizes on the floor — I need to wrap all these Christmas presents — I thought it was an appropriate segue word for today. Apparently, there’s always a box to put around something and yet there’s never the right box when you really need it. I do not like wrapping presents in case you are wondering. I’m mixing metaphors, but really, I’m not…. just throwing out some concepts without any walls/lines/boxes to let you figure out whatever you’d like from today’s post!

Happy [Un]Wrapping!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 276 – Women

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Women: (a) person of the female species, or (b) a website worth checking out today for a post they did on a character from my novel, Watching Glass Shatter

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Today’s message is brief. I was honored to be a guest on Christy Birmingham’s ‘When Women Inspire’ blog today. Her blog, focused on amazing women, gave me the opportunity to talk about the lead character, a woman, in my novel, Watching Glass Shatter. Please check out this post to see all about Olivia Glass, but then spend a lot more time checking out Christy’s website. It’s fantastic. Thank you to her for this chance!

Link: Author James J. Cudney IV on Writing an Inspiring Female Character

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 275 – Coddle

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Coddle: treat in an indulgent or overprotective way

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As I prepared for bed last night, I looked at a few social media sites before I shut down the computer. A few things happened which made me feel a tad disillusioned. In the end, it’s completely silly and should just be ignored, which I believe will happen today. As I tried to fall asleep, the word ‘coddle’ percolated inside my head. I verified the definition this morning, as sometimes what you think a word means isn’t exactly the definition. In this case, I was correct, but the word indulgent stuck with me out of everything I read. I also learned that you can coddle eggs, which means to cook them at a lower-than-boiling temperature. Learning is fun! Back to the purpose of today’s 365 Daily Challenge: coddle, as in, ‘make someone feel better’ and ‘sugarcoat the message’ when delivering news that might not go over well.

We all get that kind of news where we have to tell someone they didn’t do something correctly, or someone doesn’t want them to attend a party, or they didn’t like something you created. It’s never easy, but has to be shared in order to maintain fairness, balance and the truth. The way in which you deliver can be handled bluntly (just throw it out there) or you can coddle someone. I’ve always thought I like to be told the clear truth, but when I look at my initial response to something minor last night (and also a different item yesterday afternoon), it appeared at first like maybe I want to be coddled on some occasions. As I think about it this morning, it’s not that I prefer to be coddled; it’s less about the way in which the message is delivered, and more about the context under which the opinion is being provided.

I’m the type of person who will never provide negative feedback by itself. I don’t think that’s a particularly nice or fair thing to do, although in the short-term, it may be more efficient. In those respects, I coddle other people when I deliver a message they will not want to hear. The example from yesterday afternoon is really rather amusing. It caused me about 10 minutes worth of analytical time wasted, trying to understand ‘why.’ I checked the results on my December Book Bucket List poll to see which one was ahead. I realized I had a few other polls opened that I had forgotten about, so I looked at the poll results that appear at the bottom of every post where people can rate that post on a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high). There were a few ‘1s’ on some posts that were simple inspiration messages or Ryder Rants. I struggled to understand why someone would possibly rate that a 1. It’s not that I need to have top ratings on everything, but a 1 is essentially telling someone that it was as bad as it could be. A rating of ‘1’ to means the thing being rated is offensive, incorrect, unclear, harsh, mean or rude. I’m pretty sure nothing I say or do would fall within those categories. But we’re all different and I respect people’s opinions — if they are being fair, honest and open-minded in how they deliver them.

Keep in mind that this is not about a few simple ratings on a WordPress post, or even a low rating on a book review. I’m referring to the larger issue of how and when people provide feedback or opinions without taking the time to properly share them. This is where context comes into play, at least for me, in how I give or receive opinions and feedback, whether it’s on food, books, design, clothes, art, etc. I personally wouldn’t rate something the lowest possible rating unless it was truly awful, and even then, I’d never just rate it that low without providing some explanation on what I did and didn’t like, or examples showing why I thought it was that bad. For me, it’s not that I want to be coddled or I prefer to coddle someone else. I prefer to take the time to look at something I’m evaluating from all angles to try to be constructive in my feedback, and I expect (or would like) the same in return.

Opinions and words are powerful. Freedom of speech is extremely important. HOWEVER, I also believe you must respect the freedom enough as it comes with the responsibility to use it with good intention and thoughtfulness. It’s not about just saying whatever someone wants because (s)he thinks it’s their right to say whatever they want. The ‘right’ comes with the balance of a fair and well-rounded response, not an ability to say WTF you want in return. (no other way to say that!) On the flip side, this is a silly and stupid rating for a post, which is meaningless in the grand scheme of things. I hope anyone reading this particular post realizes I’m clearly not referring to a 1 rating on a WordPress post. It could have been an accident, or it could have been an intentional troll. The real thing that stands out for me, besides why I am making this a post topic for today, is that some people like to be coddled, some people like to just rip off the band-aid, and some people prefer context with the evaluation no matter what the actual message is.  I can clearly say I’m OK with either being coddled or ripping off the band-aid, but I’m not OK with feedback that doesn’t show the submitter has taken the time to clearly think through the entire situation. This is why whenever I provide feedback, I take it seriously, always trying to ensure I put an appropriate amount of effort into my words and opinions.

This may be the most political you will ever see me get, as part of my urge to get this off my chest this morning came from reading some political news from the last few days — and how people are responding to it. Where do you fit in? I’m always curious how people like to hear feedback about themselves or their work, or provide input on how other people around them are handling a situation. Feel free to share as much or as little as you like!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 274 – Snow (RYDER RANT)

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Snow: powdery dust falling from the sky that I love to lick and roll around in

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I was so excited to hear about the snow this last weekend. I readied myself all week long by taking several rather long naps. I assumed it would be enough to keep me awake when the snow finally fell, but I was wrong. It started falling late morning, but it wasn’t really enough to stick to the ground or to create any real fun outside, so I kept napping. By midday, it looked a bit better, but when I went out, there was nothing picture worthy. By later in the evening, the Dads went out for a music concert and a holiday party at a friend’s house, so I didn’t get to go out in the snow. There was only about an inch or two, so it wasn’t worth it. Can we get some more soon?

I love the snow. I enjoy funneling through it like a seal. I roll around until I get wet and dirty, then I wait at the door for someone to dry me off. I don’t like to be wet indoors, so the Dads must stand there and dry me off — it’s a requirement I tell them. And they do it. I didn’t get to roll around this weekend, but hopefully soon, before I leave for Ella’s over Christmas. They will be heading out of town for 4 days, so I get to go on vacation, too. She has a lovely outdoor space. If it snows, I’ll get to play there. Since we didn’t have any pictures from this time, I thought I’d share one from the winter when we moved into this joint. We were here for about 2 weeks when a blizzard arrived. Those pots were about 36 inches tall (I’m good at math), which means there was close to 2 feet of snow that day. I adored it. I know you all don’t like snow, but I do.

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I’m from the mountains of Japan. I like to be cold.  I have a lot of fur and this keeps my temperature regulated properly. We shiba inus tend to roughhouse and play hard, especially in the snow or when there’s rough terrain. We’re good climbers and brush dogs. Did you know we were one of the first breed of dogs? We didn’t arrive in the US until a service family brought my breed from Japan in the 1950s, but no one really knew what we were until the 1990s, at least in this country. My Dad got me in 2007 when people started seeing more of my kind, but we didn’t become popular until the shiba inu puppy cam around 2008 or 2009. So, I was sorta one of the first of my kind in this country. Maybe my math’s not so good after all. Oh well… it’s nap time. Dad needs to write. If he doesn’t finish Father Figure this week, I’m going to write it for him. I’m thinking of a new character named Ryder…

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 273 – Easter (LIST: Holiday)

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Easter: the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and held (in the Western Church) between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox — also fun with Easter eggs and rabbits

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Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. For this group of 5 Sundays, I chose holidays and now we’re in our second week. It feels odd to pick holidays from earlier in the year when we’re approaching the bigger ones at the end of the year, but I’ve of course reserved Christmas and New Year’s for the last two Sundays. This week, I’ve gone with Easter because it’s one of those classic holidays that’s evolved into so much more.

Easter is a religious holiday; I grew up Catholic and went to church every weekend. I vividly recall Sunday school lessons and preparing for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Palm Sunday. I also remember the season of lent beginning in February. I was very conscientious about not eating meat on Fridays and choosing something to ‘give up’ during those 40 days. I went back and forth between desserts or different activities I enjoyed doing. Over the years, I stopped observing those traditions, but the holiday has always been something a bit special for me. From a religious perspective, it was about the death and re-birth of a savior, the sacrifices people make, the ways to show people you care. But then there’s the commercial side of it where it’s all about the fun and food.

I’m glossing over a bit, but just wanted to mention a few of the important things from the spiritual and religious aspects; however, to keep this light and fun, let’s explore why I love this holiday from a commercial perspective:

  • I am a dessert fiend. I love chocolate and candy and pie and cake and… it goes on forever. It’s so much to enjoy when you have baskets filled with it!
  • I rather enjoy the feel of the grass you put in the baskets. It’s silly until you have to clean it up off the floor for days afterwards. Oy!
  • Who would not have fun dyeing Easter eggs? All the wonderful pastel colors and designs. The process to teach kids how to create something from scratch. Learning about how an egg goes from delicate to hard-boiled and then can be painted.
  • Easter Egg hunting! Finding gifts. Searching for hidden eggs. Rolling down a hill in a big toss to see who makes it first without dropping the egg on a spoon.
  • The Easter Bunny. Some kids were afraid to sit on his/her lap at the mall. I was fine. I remember asking the bunny for Peeps and (s)he asked (I don’t recall the gender) why I didn’t want anything else. I just said “I’ve got everything else I want. Just need some candy.” I was a weird child, I admit it.
  • There’s no expectations on buying grand presents. It’s always been something relaxed, playful, cute and simple.
  • Family gets together and has a chill day with less requirements over who has to host each year, what needs to be served, et al.
  • I enjoy cooking a good spiral ham. That’s the traditional food for me growing up for this holiday. Mmmm… maple syrup… cloves… I want one right now.
  • All the outfits, from little kids to women in giant Easter bonnets and men in bow ties. It’s classic picture time!

 

How do you feel about Easter? Do you celebrate in any special way?

 

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms
  • Week 32: How to help an artist with promotion
  • Week 33 – 37: Favorite Book Genres
  • Week 38 – 42: Holidays
  • Week 43 – 47: TBD
  • Week 48 – 52: TBD

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.

 

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365 Challenge: Day 272 – Copy

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Copy: make a similar or identical version of; reproduce

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Today’s post will be short and sweet (hopefully). I was chatting with Noriko this morning while going through my normal routine. Checking overnight social media messages, having coffee, trying not to disturb Ryder who is curled in a ball against my leg. I’d really like another cup of coffee, but W is still sleeping and I can’t physically get off the couch without Ryder being annoyed at me. On Saturday mornings, I always copy the seven 365 Daily Challenge posts from the previous week, then format and setup the copies for the upcoming week. It makes writing the post each day much simpler, allowing me to focus on other items. The first post (last Sunday’s Holiday LIST) wouldn’t copy. OK, so I try another one. Ryder Rant won’t copy. I log out and back in. It won’t work. ‘Failed to perform copy function.’ [Who writes this messages, automaton clones?] I try a brand new post, that works! I reboot the laptop, assuming something got disconnected. Nope, that didn’t resolve the problem. So… I will not follow this routine until tomorrow, but I need a post now: COPY!

WordPress, I put you on notice today… if you don’t work tomorrow, you will suffer. I’m not sure how, but you will. The other great thing about the word COPY is that it is sort of like the word CLONE. Roda and I talk about clones all the time. Everyone assumes I have clones working to keep getting done everything I get done. Every time she asks me to send a clone to help her, we joke that I send Clone 7, and he’s apparently a bit wonky (her word, not mine). So last night, as you might have read, she was having a bit of an issue with her dictation process blue curacao ladder (inside joke, but you can guess!). The first thing she says… “Is Clone 7 behind this?” My response: Seriously… a copy of me causing problems? That’s just… probably true. I can be a bit devious (in a fun / good way) when I want to torture someone.

So… lesson I learned today: The ‘copy’ button isn’t always available to work. Put the hard work in and get done what you need to get done. No excuses. Manual efforts are sometimes OK. It’s not always about automation and technology. It’s a bit like when I was younger and my mom wouldn’t let me get shoes with Velcro for laces. I had to learn how to tie my laces two different ways before I could get a pair of the cool sneakers. I’m very off topic today. It’s also no longer short. I’m just gonna end here. It’s snowing!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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