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TAG: What Makes Me Happy

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Many thanks to Misty @ Misty’s Book Space for tagging me on the ‘What Makes Me Happy’ tag. She’s built an amazing and fun site, please check it out!

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Without further ado, lets dive into what makes me happy.


List 5 Things That Make You Happy

 

 

  • Family & Friends
  • Writing & Reading
  • Delicious food and drink
  • Nature
  • Ryder

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List 5 Songs That Make You Happy

 

  1. Dolly Parton’s Hard Candy Christmas
  2. Lady Gaga’s Alejandro
  3. Nick Jonas’ Levels
  4. ABBA’s SOS
  5. Starship’s We Built This City

 

*** Told you I had eclectic taste ***

 


 

I TAG: If you have already done this tag or you don’t want to then feel free to skip it.

  1. https://bookfiendsite.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/www-wednesday-august-2nd-2017/
  2. https://runwright.net/2017/08/02/the-stuff-dreams-are-made-of/
  3. https://brizzlelassbooks.com/2017/08/02/review-before-the-tempest-by-tani-hanes-tanihanes/
  4. https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/whispering-pines/
  5. https://reactionarytales.com/the-tbr-tag/

 

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 to their original creators.

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TAG: Who am I?

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Many thanks to Patty @ Moohnshine’s Corner for including me on the Who am I? tag. I adore Patty, who has been one of my 365 Daily Challenge Recommended Bloggers, so you must already know her. But if by chance you didn’t see that post or haven’t connected with her, please go check it out now!

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What does my name mean?

James is my given name, and I am the fourth in the male line with the name ‘James John’ which means it’s definitely a rooted family name. I’m not sure there will be a fifth.

For a bit of humor, I checked the ‘Urban Dictionary’ to see what my name meant. It said that I was a very attractive guy and women always love me. I’m not really sure what to do with this definition, so I’m just gonna ignore it. It said a few other things that although I’d love to copy/paste them here, I might offend a few people, so I’ll just leave the link:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=James

I’ve always known the name as being Hebrew, coming from the Bible, and meaning “one who follows.” I’ve not ever thought of myself as a follower, so that’s unusual. One for the books, I suppose!

What is my Myers-Briggs Personality Type? (Link

Personality type: “The Defender” (ISFJ-T)
Individual traits: Introverted – 75%, Observant – 54%, Feeling – 53%, Judging – 94%, Turbulent – 68%
Role: Sentinel
Strategy: Constant Improvement

What is my Zodiac Sign? (Link)  — PISCES

Element: Water

Quality: Mutable

Color: Mauve, Lilac, Purple, Violet, Sea green

Day: Thursday

Ruler: NeptuneJupiter

Greatest Overall Compatibility: VirgoTaurus

Lucky Numbers: 3, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24

Date range: February 19 – March 20
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

PISCES TRAITS

Strengths: Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical

Weaknesses: Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr

Pisces likes: Being alone, sleeping, music, romance, visual media, swimming, spiritual themes

Pisces dislikes: Know-it-all, being criticized, the past coming back to haunt, cruelty of any kind

What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

The Sorting Hat says:


Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

Your in-depth results are:

Hufflepuff – 13
Ravenclaw – 13
Gryffindor – 12
Slytherin – 6

 

What are my Learning Styles? (Link)

Your scores were:

  • Visual 4
  • Aural 3
  • Read/Write 8
  • Kinesthetic 1

You have a strong read/write learning preference.

 

Am I Left or Right Brain Dominant? (Link)

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What is my Blood Type?

I know my blood type is A+

What Career am I meant to have? (Link)

What Divergent Faction do I belong to? (Link)

 

You

What does my Birth say about me? (Link)

I’m an only child… so I am all of them!

 

Tag! You’re it!

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” 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… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All 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.

AWARD: Unique Blogger #5

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Many thanks to Charles French for nominating me for this award. I have been nominated before, but these are different questions, which means I want to share it with everyone. But everyone should check out his site to see all the cool and informative posts he shares throughout the week on reading and writing. Always learn something new!

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THE RULES:

  • Share the link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 15 people and notify them.
  • Ask them three questions.

 

THE QUESTIONS:

1.) What is one goal you hope to achieve with your blog?

  • To meet new people across the world who share my vision, humor and outlook on life. I want to find strong and positive connections and build friendships and a following for the future.

2.) If you could travel anywhere, with money as no issue, where would you go?

  • I’m thinking it’s time I took an Alaskan cruise, maybe stop at the North Pole and explore parts of upper Canada. Sound fun?

3.) If you could have a conversation with a character from a work of fiction, who would it be?  What would you like to talk about?

  • I’d like to talk with Robert Langdon from Dan Brown’s novels so he could teach me all the ancient secrets and puzzles. Then I could solve more on my own!

 

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What quality do you admire the most in others?
  2. What has been the most memorable moment of your life thus far?
  3. What’s new for your blog?

 

MY NOMINEES:

  1. https://moorezart.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/i-felt-like-a-painter-yet-i-couldnt-make-paintings/
  2. https://bookdragongirl.com/2017/07/31/loving-kalvin-by-siobhan-davis/
  3. https://vinnieh.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/alice-doesnt-live-here-anymore/

 

Note: Since I’ve been nominated before, I am only going to choose 3 people this time! Congrats to them.

 

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 to their original creators.

 

AWARD: Black Cat Blue Sea #3

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Many thanks to Invisible-No-More for nominating me for this award. It’s a really fun one with a cool image. Please check out her site as she has a stellar intro all about herself and why she’s chosen to blog. Go meet someone very interesting and thoughtful! It’s not every day you’ll find a personal journey that someone is willing to share.

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What Is This Award

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.

Rules

  • anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  • the nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator
  • the questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions

 

Questions to me

  • Where do you look for inspirations for your blog posts?
    • I think about lessons I’ve learned and people who have done something remarkable and generous. I figure out what needs to be shared between both of those items, and then I try to find a way to blog about it in a meaningful way. Sometimes it fails. Sometimes it works.  In the end, I want there to be fun and a moment of shared thoughts about something important or impacting — in a positive way.

 

  • How has your blog changed / evolved over time? Was the change in line with your expectations?
    • It is not in line at all! When I first started, I thought I’d have a few followers on cozy mystery books. Suddenly, it involved into tags, awards, 365 Daily Challenges, my own novels, and a whole bunch of other things. I’m not even sure how it happened or what prompted all the growth. But I love it and apart from a few days where I cannot conjure the perfect topic, it’s been an amazing experience.

 

  • What would you like to be doing in the future? Are you still blogging?
    • Yes, I think I will always blog. It might change to a weekly post, and it may be more about my writing, but I want to connect with people thru my words. What do you want to hear about from me?

Questions to you

  1. What is your next big blogging goal?
  2. What is the first thing you do FOR YOURSELF every morning?
  3. Where do you go when you need a good wake-up call or advice?

 

Nominees

 

Note: I chose only 3 people for this award as I was nominated earlier in the week for it. But since there were different questions, I wanted to participate again. So I pass it on to another 3 very inspirational bloggers!

 

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 to their original creators.

AWARD: Sunshine Blogger #7

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Many thanks to Claire @ BrizzleLass Books for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Claire is fantastic… she was recently my Recommended Blogger to know for the 365 Daily Challenge… so if you missed that post, click here to check it out and learn more about Claire.

My Questions

  • You can live anywhere in the world, where do you choose?
    • Cotswolds, so I could visit you!

 

  • What are you reading right now?
    • Two books:
      • The Bear and the Nightingale
      • If the Creek Don’t Rise

 

  • What was the last live music show you went to?
    • It’s been a really long time for a concert. Maybe Dolly Parton in June, 2016. I see Broadway shows all the time!

 

  • If you weren’t a book blogger, what would you blog about?
    • 365 Daily Challenge, but I’d make it even bigger!

 

  • What is top of your bucket list?
    • I have a Book Bucket List… but I doubt that’s what you meant.
    • I’d love to see either the North or South Pole.

 

  • What is your autobiography called?
    • Duality in One — cause I always feel like two different people!

 

  • What’s your favourite season?
    • Autumn… perfect weather, perfect colors, perfect temperature, perfect smells… just perfect

 

  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Coffee… a few cups per day… or don’t talk to me

 

  • Chocolate or Wine?
    • I won’t answer it. Not fair. You are so mean. We’re never speaking again.
    • Both. At the same time. There. I said it.

 

  • Walk or Cycle?
    • Walk. I never understood cycling. Where do you get when you cycle? I assume you mean a fixed bike. But if you meant a real bicycle, I haven’t done that in 20 years, so still walking. I’m old. Leave me alone.

 

  • Finally, your favourite book this year?
    • You by Caroline Kepnes.

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Nominees

 

New Questions

  1. What is your eye color?
  2. What city have you spent the most time in other than your current one?
  3. Favorite TV show?
  4. What time do you usually eat dinner?
  5. What languages do you speak?
  6. Have you ever considered running for political office?
  7. Do you have any foods you are afraid to eat?
  8. What three jobs would you want other than your current one?
  9. If you were a character on Sesame Street, who would you be?
  10. What is 10 plus 10? Answer if 3 different languages.
  11. Who is buried in Grant’s tomb?

Note: Pick 1 question to skip and add in any question you’d like to include! I’m generous.

 

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 to their original creators.

 

TAG: I’m a Rock Star

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Many thanks to Claire @ BrizzleLass Books for tagging me on this cool tag. She chose to torture me with this one, as I have no musical talent whatsoever, which means my answers will be an epic failure. But I don’t back away from challenges, so all I can say is… if you are reading this, as a favor, please torture Claire with tons of new follows that cause her hours of time learning about and meeting new people. 🙂  ‘Cause she deserves it for being a… really cool friend from the UK who I seem to share a lot in common with!

 

 

What is the name of your band, or if you are a solo artist, your stage name (example: Lady Ga Ga, Snoop Dog, Puddles the Clown, etc…)?

 

  • Duality of Conflict, as I am two people inside of one, trying to merge them into someone sane that others find interesting and amusing. Is it working? La La La, La La LAAAAA

 

What genre or style of music are you known for?

  • Nothing. I am quite eclectic in my music taste. In a matter of 30 minutes, I’ll listen to Dolly Parton’s Hard Candy Christmas, Lady Gaga’s Alejandro, Chicago, Usher, Pink, Les Mis, and Snoop Dogg. I tend to listen to lots of varied artists!

 

What instrument do you play or are you the lead singer?

  • I play this really cool instrument called silence. I am amazing at this particular one. Very few people can play it as well as I can. So much so, I’m actually famous for being able to play silence better than anyone. Let’s test that out right now. 3, 2, 1…

<< Oh, are you still there? This is me playing my instrument…. La La La, La La La… >>

If you could be the opening act for any band currently touring who would it be?

  • Hmmm… I’d like to meet Adam Levine from Maroon 5, so I suppose that would be a good opportunity. Who wouldn’t? There’s nothing wrong in the picture below. The open shirt. The tattoos. The facial hair. The chain. The low-slung jeans. The flawless skin. The ripples. The dark expression. Oh… I can’t. Just can’t.

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I mean seriously… I have to stop looking at this right now so I can finish the post.

Who would you name as your musical inspiration? This person can be currently breathing, or not.

  • I am tone deaf, so I have a feeling anyone I chose would sound offensive. I’ll bow out of this question and say “Isn’t (s)he so cool?”

What special item do you ask for in your dressing room on a tour contract rider?

  • Air conditioning. Everywhere. Even if the temperature is under 60 degrees. Being cold is better than hot anytime!

 

What item from home do you pack in your suitcase to take on tour?

  • Laptop. Must be able to write. And I’ll follow Claire’s lead and select a second item: Dark Chocolate. I’ll do anything for it. ANYTHING. Do you hear me, Adam?

 

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What does your stage attire look like?

  • If I had to answer this question honestly… if that were my profession… I’d be in the gym a bit more… and I’d be shirtless and in a pair of gym shorts. No shoes. Totally comfy and relaxed. Just chillin’ on stage as though the entire world was having fun. Except me, cause I’d be singing, and I can’t do that, so bad that people run.

What backstage nickname have the roadies given you based on your personality?

  • Mystery Man

 

Every successful rockstar has a special charity. What’s yours?

  • Pet Care — want to take care of them all!

 

What is the title of your memoir going to be?

  • No One Ever Knew (he was so awesome)

 

Note: I’m being funny here. I really do not have an ego at all.

Nominations

I have nominated thee below but this isn’t book related and I haven’t a clue if all of you are into music so please don’t feel obligated!

  1. https://www.asimplyenchantedlife.com/abiding-mercy/
  2. https://aspentreesbookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/small-great-things-by-jodi-picoult/
  3. https://bookfiendsite.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/weekly-wrap-up-july-24th-30th/
  4. https://bobosbookbank.com/2017/02/01/read-again-e-shelf/
  5. https://valeriesmusings.com/2017/07/25/blog-tour-killer-party-review/

 

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 to their original creators.

AWARD: Black Cat Blue Sea #2

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Many thanks to The Living Book Tree for nominating me for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award. I’ve been nominated once before, but this is a different set of questions, so I thought it would be fun to participate.

 

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What exactly is the Black Cat Blue Sea Award?

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.

 

Rules

Anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
the nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator
the questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions
if any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award

 

The Questions & My Answers:

1.What is your guiltiest pleasure?

  • Probably food and liquor. I have a hard time saying no to chocolate, bread and cheese, champagne or cake. When I am super happy or super sad, I immediately for them. 🙂

2. What is your greatest joy in life?

  • My friends and family. My dog, Ryder.

3. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?

  • It’s a waste of time and energy to hide who you are from other people. The only person who loses out is you. When you add up the minutes, it seems such a loss to give away time to others who are probably either not worth it or who will be very understanding and happy no matter who you are. Be yourself and the world will find a way to love you.

 

My additional questions are:

1. If you could take one character from one book and put it in another who would it be and why?

  • I would put Harry Potter in a romance novel. I’d love to see what 18-year old Harry would do with that kind of trouble… maybe he’d use his wand to send the girl away, or he’d fall in love and be a dashing stud. Either way, it’d be hilarious to see how it all played out!

2. What can’t you live without during the summer?

  • Air Conditioning. I hate the heat more than anything else in my life… and if I sweat, when I’m in public, I am a miserable guy. There are a few situations I don’t mind sweating in, but that’s a topic for another day.

3. What would you say to someone that is in a reading slump?

  • Message me. We’ll go through my top 10 books and find the perfect match. I know how to pick really strong ones, so I feel confident that I’ll kick the slump’s a$$ out the door.

 

The Ones I Challenge:

 

Note: You can pick any of 4 of these 6 questions to answer!!!

 

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 to their original creators.

 

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