365 Challenge: Day 258 – Abbey

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Abbey: (a) building occupied by a community of monks or nuns, (b) a place of silence which I absolutely adore, or (c) an exhibit I’m going to this afternoon


I’m in a grouchy mood today, not that you need to know or that it even impacts you; however, I am fairly open and always honest on this blog, so there you have it. I’m not grouchy at anyone in particular, perhaps at myself is the answer. I know the reason. It is not something tangible I can fix or change, nor is it something that will stick around very long, but it always seems to be prevalent in society. Ultimately, I’d like to just take a few steps away from the source of the issue and figure out how to relax and worry less — perhaps go sit in an abbey and not speak to anyone for a few days. I sent off a few emails today to discuss a few ways to try to ‘avoid the issue’ in the future, but ultimately, people are different, have a wide range of styles and opinions and there will always be those who are negative purely because they can be and don’t see any reason to not be negative. {Aside: I don’t particularly like those people and choose to avoid them.}

It’s moments like this where I wish life could be more like it was [in some ways] over a century ago — less intense, not as easy to react, minimal technology and more politeness. I also would like to be in England and practice silence as a current virtue for a little while. Now that I’ve gotten it out of my system (okay, well just saying it doesn’t excise it, but does help to just put out the words), let’s talk about the real point of today’s 365 Daily Challenge… and why I’m super-excited to forget this ‘above nonsense’ and focus on something wonderful. I’m going to the Downton Abbey exhibit this afternoon where I can immerse myself in something I love and enjoy. W introduced me to the show as it began airing the year we met. I hadn’t watched the first season before we went on a first date, but we quickly got caught up and for over 5 years, it was a religious Sunday experience.

I look forward to the potential movie in the future, but for today, I will bask in getting to see the full exhibit. It will undoubtedly turn my grouchy mood into something positively wonderful. I hope you’re all having a great weekend and I will catch up with you tomorrow for the final fiction genre in the current LIST series — and also when I’ll be back to my normal non-grouchy self (tho some might argue I can often be a bit like that).


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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{Aside} Rating On Goodreads Before You’ve Read It.

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A very wise, important and thought-provoking post about rating books before one even reads them. Thanks to Bentley for sharing this on his blog… I am re-posting it for others to read.

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Fair Warning: Unpopular Opinions Incoming!

I’ve been debating writing this post for quite some time now. I’ve titled it “Unpopular Opinions” for a reason. I’m fully expecting this to spark a bit of discussion and yes, disagreements, but given that we’re all civilized people with strong opinions that are all worthy of merit, I felt more and more compelled to share my thoughts.

I wanted to talk today about the state of Goodreads; in particular a disturbing trend I’ve been witnessing of people maliciously rating books before they’ve actually read them.

For the record, I also take issue with people rating upcoming books that they’re looking forward to 5 stars before the book has even been published, but that’s really not what I want to focus on here. Yes, that equally skews the ratings of any book, but I think it’s more pressing that we talk about the…

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