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serendipitous reflections

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A film to watch

I need to watch this short film when I have an extra 16 minutes.

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Mrs Beans blog

I need to remember to add Mrs Beans blog to my list on the side...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gratitude matters

Some people like to do things for others. They do it out of the goodness of their heart, or they see a need, or they just like doing the task. The fact that they made you look good, or lifted you up, or made life easier for you does not, by default, make them your bitch. Show some appreciation.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The math of juggling

I have juggled for most of my life, learning how to juggle when I was eight years old. It has been a very important part of my life. I have my stock of tricks that I do. I have been working on getting better at juggling five balls, and trying to learn a few new tricks that have eluded me. 

One concept I have always struggled with is Swap Site notation -- basically breaking a juggling pattern down into numbers to denote the throws. I have read multiple articles, but it just won't click for me. So I'm posting yet another link to another article (this one with video) so that one day I may dedicate the time and brain power to making this make sense.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

10 extra years...

I don't watch a lot of TED talks, even though I see bunches of them shared online. But I took a few minutes to watch this one and really liked it, so I'm posting it here, mainly for me to come back to, but also because hopefully someone will stumble across it and enjoy it too.

Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Add to the to-do list

30 Places to Eat in Virginia ... road trip!

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Story telling -- visualized

I really like this graphic on how to tell a good story.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jump little chicken!

Years ago Jeni and I were on a road trip, and as we drove down the interstate we passed a flatbed 18-wheeler stacked high with cages full of chickens. Yes, I eat meat, but it still made me a little sad knowing the fate of all those chickens as they clucked and lost feathers on their way down the road.

But then, as we pulled alongside the truck we saw this lone chicken standing free between two of the cages. We both cheered for her to jump. She most likely stayed with her flock, but I hope that she did escape when the truck slowed down. Sure, she might only make it one day on her own, but that would be her day to live on her terms, and what more could you ask for.

Some days I think we are all that chicken, torn between staying with what we know and an unpleasant fate, or going out into the unknown.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Being happy

This article lists 10 simple things to make you happier. They are pretty interesting, including the tidbit that the happiest temperature is 57 degrees (13.9 C in the article -- I had to convert it). I'm linking it here because I just had a quick second to skim the headers and some bolded text.

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