A view of even more…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset came and went without a whimper or a bang, the fantastic opening that could have been was attacked by the impending rain and careful sprinkles cascading across my garden. I smiled at the light and stayed on my knees planting one more until I had 10 small tomato plants ready for a new life. Only lightly damp I stood and surveyed my work as the color passed into the night and it was good. I was happy to have had my mosquito spray as my three overprotective dragonflies were somewhere lounging out of the rain.

I have to start by saying I am 2 books behind on my quest to read 300 if your look at Goodreads, but I am 10 ahead if you look at the stack on my desk. I am trying to catch up, I just have a lot to do and more coming. Usually I post a Sunday book review, but I will wait on that til next week.

Today was a fun day in Holland, MI. If you have not been there in their Tulip Festival you may well have missed out. The display of colors is amazing.

I found myself lost in the ambiance as we walked from color to color and watched budding influencers try to capture a picture of themselves with something unique. As I watched I wondered how necessary it was to make such beauty unique, when it should just be enjoyed.

Perhaps it would be better in the world if we sometimes tried to just enjoy a moment instead of making it into more. Perhaps it would be better if we let things happen instead of trying to make them happen. Perhaps it would be better to hold someone’s hand instead of leading and find a way together. Lead or follow can be fine, but being next to someone, that is a miracle.

Who knows, we might even find a better way if we just relax and enjoy the moments we are given and stop thinking about the moments that don’t exist yet.

I learned this a long time ago when I was in a relationship with a spectacular young lady. She was amazing but was slowly pulling away. I was so lost in when the next moment would be that I missed out on the moments I was sharing. IT was bittersweet and today I would be quite different. We learn you know, but sometimes the lessons are quite difficult. Wouldn’t it be nice to be born with a handbook of solutions. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a path that is better.

So as the sun sets on another day, this was a spectacular series of colors and moments. If you ever get a chance you should be there. Take a friend or someone special, enjoy the colors but mostly enjoy the people because people are a difference in the world, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be amazing.

Flint Michigan

The sun sets on another day…

Today was a series of incredible moments. As the sun set I considered a multitude of musings. It was a good day.

I visited Flint Michigan today at a small event for the Kearsley Band Boosters. They have no updated Facebook Group I can find, no easy website, but they were driven to success. I had great company with Diana Katheryn Plopa but the traffic was low. Ordinarily that would mean a slow show and limited interest, but wait, there was a wrench in that works. Nearly every person who walked up was truly engaged, and almost all that stopped bought at least one book. This was a magnificent major difference, and because of this, it was a solid day. Because of people showing up to see me it was a good day. Because of the company of it was a good day.

With that in mind, thank to Kearsley for hosting. Thanks to Diana for the great conversations and company, and thanks to all the people who bought books to support authors. It was a fun time.

So as the sun sets on another day, the spirit of Flint is strong. Even though there were not a ton of people, it was a strong showing of proud band members, parents, and people. You know what, they made it work, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love deeply, and be fantastic…

Alone in an instant…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was lots in the drive to a new adventure. Adventures are fun and twilight was an adventure as well.

People rush in to and fro
and find the time to see
exactly when they want to see
and often it is not me


People hold each other tight
and find the strength to care
exactly what they think to care
like children on a dare


People find the heart to love
and covet warmth and passion
but it is only their own side they see
not others need or fashion


People find the truth they want
They hold it tightly too
but all too often the truth they want
is anything but true


People find the night too dark
and many can’t leave home
but I have found that sometimes night
is when you can be alone

So as the sun sets on another day, have a happy night and enjoy every moment you can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and find a way…

Chomping at the bit…

The sun sets on another day…

A spec of sentiment caught in my eye as I watched the sunset today. Tomorrow I will be heading to Flint MI for an event and am hoping to sell lots of fun books! Sunset was beautiful by the way.

A few hours left and Another Slice of Fear will be live. I can’t wait and I hope it does as well as I think it will.

(Jinx)

The people who have read Monster in the book have written, and those people feel it is a powerful story. With the rest it just gets that much better. I sometimes get it right.

So as the sun sets on another day, by the time you read this Another Slice of Fear will be out. Pick one up at Amazon or at fun bookstores everywhere!

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy the evening…

Litanies…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was a series of colorful shards lost in the clouds as I watched the day end. I enjoyed the moment and laughed a little as I found a moments peace.

If you do not know what a litany is, you are not alone. For the purpose of todays post a litany is defined as “a resonant or repetitive chant”. More specifically it can be used as a way to center your mind and calm or enrage you.

There is a movie called “The Accountant” where the main character has autism and uses a poem to find his center. I am no expert on autism and had not heard of this approach but I have used a poem since May of 1977 to find my center, and I know it works for me.

An author named Dennis Schmidt wrote science fiction in the 7 0s to the 90s and wrote a story for a magazine called Galaxy that resonates with me. The time in my life was very complicated, with massive storms of chaos, and challenges a high schooler should not have to face. My escape was reading and as I read the story “The Way of the Sword” I found a new center. In the story a young man must control his emotions to stay safe from an invisible creature. The litany of passivity was first in the story, and as with the later litany the complexity of verse and action of memory creates calm. The seeker is looking for someone to teach swordsmanship and is taught in a rather unconventional but effective manner.

The new litany given that I became enamored with was:

The sword is the mind
When the mind is right, the sword is right
When the mind is not right, the sword is not right
To understand the way of the sword

you must first understand the way of the mind.

Seems simple. I was angry about a week after I read this and started repeating it in my head and found that I had to concentrate and in doing so found my peace. Since then I have learned if I am pushing or rushed the words easily fall out of order, and it is in the words themselves that I find a center that works.

Why?

It is easy. If you are in your right mind and faced with adversity, you have a choice that could be the sword, and you will use it wisely. If you are in chaos, you cannot use it wisely. Not because you will not be skilled with whatever your sword is, but because you may not see beyond the moment. The very act of finding your center becomes your center, and as you get there more than just the litany becomes clear. As we understand how this works we can see to use our sword, we have to understand ourselves, our opponents, and beyond.

What is your sword?

Easy, it is any tool you use in interacting with others. IT can be forceful or not forceful, but it is the tool. When I read it first I was fascinated with the sword itself, but later in life I found that the sword could be anything that is wielded with an opponent. From something physical to words. Yes, words can be a sword.

Long way to a point. Take a moment and consider how you approach the world. Maybe it is time to take a moment when you feel out of control and find control. I am not saying litanies work or don’t but it did for me. At minimum it gave me that moment to open my mind to other possibilities, and turn away if I needed to do so, or act if that was the way.

So as the sun sets on another day, enjoy your moments, and if you find yourself out of control, breathe, think, use a litany, or find help. Help is there if you need it, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep living it…

A warm day…

The sun sets on another day, and then the sun sets.

Sunset screamed of power and light as a fine mist covered the setting sky. Each moment was stunning as colors danced across the horizon and made the day one to remember.

Today was one of the warmest days of the year so far. It is wonderful when the weather cooperates and you are suddenly surrounded by light and life. As I cleaned the yard and prepared the garden I was happy in the prospect of enjoying the weather and laughing at the summer days. With that in mind the beach was already filled with people, though the water was a little to cold for comfort.

How about you? Are you enjoying the days? Do you enjoy them when they fit or do you enjoy them no matter what? Do you feel the sun on your face and smile or is it too hot? Where is your happy place?

In the movie Happy Gilmore (Yes, a funny one) the main character finds his happy place and it gives him a certain since of focus and commitment. I hope you too can find that happy place in your mind, and enjoy today.

So as the sun sets on another day, a warm day have come and it is just plain awesome. I hope you enjoyed today as well. Find your happy place, and use it to make every day the best it can be, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and warm…wooha…

Hidden amazement…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was looking pretty fantastic as I passed the corner to the beach. Then, like some funny joke the clouds rolled in and partially took it away! I still had a super time and got a few fun pictures!

I like to think amazement is out there for each one of us. That somewhere in our field of vision is something that is just “holy wow” awesome. It is easy to think this when I am surrounded by awesome people, awesome places, and strange and unusual awesome things. Sometimes though, you just have to look a little closer.

Take tonight. As I watched the sunset wane, I saw some young people come up with a cute Golden Retriever. It made me laugh. Then I saw a skateboarder shoot by and laughed again. One moment after another there was something there that was at least amusing and sometimes even more. All I had to do was take the time to watch.

Maybe we all should take a breath for a moment if we can, look around, and find those hidden amazements we have been missing. Maybe we should just take a moment and enjoy, well, the moment? Sounds a little to easy right? Well, it is.

I am betting that if you take a few minutes you can find some uplifting items. As you look you may find yourself looking some more, and some more, until the hidden amazements aren’t hidden anymore. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

So as the sun sets on another day, this world is full of, well, full of not so fun moments. Take the time to undo the unfun and make a little bit of time in your life to enjoy everything you can. After all, reality is real, but it doesn’t have to be a bummer. Make today your best day and enjoy all you can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and holy wow?

Sundays are for book reviews: Week Ending 5-7-2022

It was a wild week and I have a stack to catch up on now, but things are shifting and soon I will be reading a lot again. I am almost done with several books but I shift from one to the other base don my mood of the moment. Here are my very small reads for the week:

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire – Zahn, Timothy – ****

Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #2) – Zahn, Timothy – ****

The Last Command (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #3) – Zahn, Timothy – ****

A few fun books to write long reviews about coming up.

Shimmering screen…

The sun sets on another day…

I enjoy fake sunsets because they are so unpredictable. A fake sunset occurs when there are clouds on the horizon that become a sort of projection screen as the sun is going down. When it happened just about anything will appear on the horizon. The resulting pictures are fantastic, and the sunset last a while longer than the sunset is supposed to last. Usually as a pancake on the horizon.

4 minutes after sunset…

Funny how things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes we see it, believe it, and it is not really there. In this case it does no harm at all.

I have to start this post with the words I am not a victim. I am usually the one stupid enough to help people when I shouldn’t, do things that are a little over the top, and talk or act when I should sit in a corner and watch a little longer. I find I do that more often. (The reasons are complicated but sitting in the corner can be just as bad for someone like me who is bigger than most)

I have heard the words “Andrew Said” a lot in my life. Sometimes it is really about things I said or did, sometimes, well, it isn’t. In ancient times (Because I am getting ancient) I tried to help someone and got a little too involved and suddenly I was in the middle of a accusatory conflict. IT appeared I had said a bunch of things to several people that were causing grief and contacted other people as well. I got an interesting phone call (back when there were phones and not cell phones) that told me I should watch what I was saying. I was calm and finally explained I did not know them, and had no idea what they were talking about. (This of course made them mad, but it was ok) In the end we met and got someone else involved who admitted they had used my name because I was involved. I was an easy target because I was involved in the group and always “larger than life”. I didn’t really know where all the angst was coming from. Yuck. This never did really get better, but I learned a lesson. People are ready to believe anything easily if they see it or think it is true.

Yes, this is a big bunch of generalities so I don’t end up pointing out someone who for all I know might be dead, but you get the point.

Look at the world now. There is a trial going on between 2 actors that we will never be able to see, or know (or smell, ewww) the truth, but it sure looks like it is real. As with the picture, looks can be deceiving.

In the end it is up to us to realize something is wrong and find out what is real and what is not. There is another choice, if it doesn’t affect us, distance a little and determine how you should act. Does it really matter to us if 2 actors are fighting it out? Why let it attack our day? (and lots of other things fall in that same vein)

Yeah yeah. A bunch of silliness tonight. Just remember, sometimes everything you believe may not be what you think it is. Pay attention.

So as the sun sets on another day, sunset tonight was just amazing. Even though the reflections weren’t necessarily real, they were still pretty. I hope you find a path to your truth, and find passion each day. Along the way, find a little peace, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and pretty…

Smooth waters…

The sun sets on another day…

It was a stunning sunset with a beautiful sky and nearly flat water on lake Michigan. I was impressed with the pure perfection of the moments, and the fantastic view to a serene sunset.

This will be hard to believe. Sometimes there are clear sunsets. Sometimes a day is just good. Sometimes you just need to enjoy the day and go with it. It’s not that hard, there are just some things that should be enjoyed.

In our world today it is easy to get caught up in all the craziness. It is easier to not realize that today is just, well, good. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and stop looking for the bad and just enjoy the day. That’s it, simple answer, simpler story.

Take a minute. Enjoy the day, and lets have some fun!

So as the sun sets on another day, stop looking for the pitfall and ride your wave. Stop looking for the nick in your armor and wear it proud. Stop tearing yourself down, and realize you are the best you can be today, and that’s not a bad thing. Make today your day each and every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be good… (Or have fun or whatever you want!)