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.


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!)

You do you…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was on its way to being awesome. A small crack in the clouds gave a fantastic light show, then closed the curtains on another day.

I talk a lot about being positive and get passive suggestions to people on taking control. I have said over and over to live in the present. Specifically to not whine about the past or pine over the future but instead define your best day every day.

Still, I hope I have not forced anything. I said smile to someone once and they went a little nuts thinking I was being condescending. I wasn’t. Sometimes when someone is being difficult to you it is easier to smile, nod and go on. They did not see that and it was a funny conversation. (That was probably condescending but hey)

At any rate, when I started this blog a long time ago my purpose was to help my children. I have gotten notes from many that they like it too, and it has take a life of its own. In the end, it is just a suggestion. In the end, you have to decide how you will react and do the things that are necessary. It is all up to you.

So as the sun sets on another day, I hate to quote Airplane (Well, I love to really) but the decision to proceed is yours. Enjoy life all you can. BE the person you want to be, and remember, it is all up to you, no one else. Be the person you want to be not because of anyone, but in spite of anyone. I hope you find your best self every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and have a super day…

Another one…

The sun sets on another day…

Wow. Sunset, wow. Then wow. and a little more wow.

What gives you a little fear? A thought? A number? Something else? I have found fear to be abhorrent and exciting at the same time. The nature of fear is such that it can elicit many emotions.

Join me in Book 2 of, well, not really a series but a slow progression that delves deeper into the essence of fear. Another Slice of Fear will be released next Friday on Friday the 13th, 2022 as I again work my way into the minds of readers to tickle emotions, and make days a little more interesting.

Find a copy or preorder here.

More to come….

The Minds Eye

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was once again, well, cloudy with a chance of more clouds. Tomorrow is to be glorious, but I think I will keep today in my heart and love every moment.

I am getting ready to release a few books. I get pretty excited when I write, almost like a kid in a candy shop trying to pick out flavors as they salivate over the memory of every one. I see the possibilities and the octagonal outcomes as I go, and wonder what I ate to endure eating eight outcomes or more. (Sorry, was playing with words and giggling, I could not resist).

In my minds eye I see a few million worlds, and find my way through thousands of potential stories to write one. I was always hindered because so many stories were playing I barely wrote any as I struggled with which one to write. The people who like my writing have made it easier, and I find my way through numerous potential pitfalls just to entertain those who send me encouragement, accolades, or who find suggestions to improve. All are welcome.

In my minds eye I keep finding stories, and it is there that I will continue to enjoy. Not to make money or become famous, but to touch a few or even just one.

Take a moment. Look in your minds eye, and find a way not to change the world but instead to have an affect on one. In the process, you never know, it might spread to many more.

So as the sun sets on another day, I write for just one, or many, or to spread the stories that are in my mind. It is a spectacular feeling to have someone visit you and tell you about how your stories made them smile, laugh or more. Find your space, make a difference and be true to yourself, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be you…


The sun sets on another day…

I was watching the news this morning and the weather announcer said that April has been the cloudiest April on records. I believe it, but at the same time I am hopeful for each day where the sun will shine, and we can all enjoy the sunset. It is there even if we cannot see it through the clouds.

Ever think about all the people we interest with daily. There are a lot, even if you are at home working remotely or staying away from people in general. We intersect often, well, unless you are in a cabin in the woods surrounded by mythical creatures. Not likely huh?

Why then do people come and go so often from our lives. Those people who make us laugh, smile, or think for a moment get set aside easily sometimes. It is the people in front of us that get the attention, and we often take a step back and in the process those steps get larger and larger.

I have been lucky in some ways and unlucky in others. I have several friends that I have a deep enough relationship with that if we don’t talk for a while we can pick up where we left off as though no time had passed. I also have many people that have faded, for reasons of their own, or just because, and I think about them from time to time.

Assignment time. Go to your Facebook, your phone, your Instagram, Twitter, Bebo, Friendster, Myspace, paper list, scroll of elders, Snapchat, or any other way that you talk to people. Scroll through your contacts or messages. Find two people that you have not talked to in a while that you think highly of and just say high. Tell them how you feel, thank them for being part of your life. Don’t be fake or disingenuous. Reach out to someone who matters. Whether it is an old friend, a special acquaintance, someone you always loved from afar, a person you admire, a person you believe in, someone you wish you knew more about or just someone you talked to once and enjoyed the time, reach out. Say “Hi”.

Two people. That’s all it takes.

I try to reach out to those people who are important to me, and sometimes I fail. Sometimes I wait for a while, and see if I am important to anyone. Sometimes I just keep meeting people who are fantastic, and there is a wonder in that as well. BE open, live life, and find a good path.

So as the sun sets on another day, I hope you have a magnificent day and I know that you can if you decide it will be good. Make today yours, then tomorrow, then every day. It is your choice. I think I will have a good day today as well, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love with all your heart, and keep on loving…