Share Your World

BADGE_ShareYourWorldWhat’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

I love to read all types of publications: books, magazines, newspapers, etc. My Kindle goes with me on trips and I appreciate the advantages of storing a bunch of reading materials in one small device The ability to read at night with the lights off is another bonus if you’re trying not to disturb a companion.

However, words on a screen are different from words on paper. There’s something wonderful about the feel and smell of pages, whether they’re fresh off the press or slightly musty from age. It fills me with nostalgia from early childhood when I first visited the library. 

Reading is something I prefer to do the old-fashioned way when “convenience” isn’t an issue.


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What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?

While I enjoy most of the categories, with the exception of science fiction/fantasy, my favorite is drama. In my opinion, this is the closest to real life and the one that’s most relatable. 

I’ve always been a fan of thrillers and crime, both fiction and non-fiction. I love being kept on the “edge of my seat” and being amazed by an O. Henry-style ending! The criminal mind fascinates me and I enjoy the investigative techniques, as well as the legal process of trying a suspect.

As I’ve grown older my horizons broadened. I now appreciate history, biographical, and classical literature. My most recent books read are Animal Farm and The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m currently rereading Fahrenheit 451. All timely choices in my view considering the present political climate.


How often do you people watch?

Not nearly enough! Obviously, the only time I can do this is when I’m out in public. I’m usually with someone else or focused on a specific task like shopping. 

Once in a while, I’ll be alone in a restaurant or on the beach and these are the times when I people watch. My mom was a hairdresser, so she likes checking out hairstyles, colors, and cuts. I’m interested in communication and how people interact, so behavior is what I focus on. One thing I’ve noticed is that many people don’t people watching anymore. If they’re not engaged in conversation with a companion, they’re often “screen watching.”


Denial

What have you only recently formed an opinion about?

I knew from experience and college coursework that people tend to believe the version of events that best fits their own individual narrative. As humans, we’re all guilty of “filtering” the facts in a way that benefits us. However, recent events, both nationally and personally, have convinced me that this occurs far more often and to a much greater degree than I originally believed. 

Without reflecting on our own selves it’s easy to go through life in denial; we see the surface without looking deeper. Recognizing and acknowledging our own failures and struggles enables us to be more empathetic with those of others.

I’m amazed at the people in denial who refuse to consider another point of view. They only see and believe whatever their version of “right” is. At most, it’s dishonesty and at least it’s ignorance.

Both are things we should strive to avoid and overcome. 


Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week:  I’m grateful for an opportunity to work remotely that presented itself. This is something I’ve been hoping for. My first job began at 16 and my father was my first boss. He instilled a solid work ethic in me, for which I’m grateful. 

It has served me well. Throughout my employment, I received incentive raises and promotions. My ability to work as a team player is well-known among fellow employees. I’ve also never been terminated from any job.

However, working for someone else and without a degree, meant low wages, no benefits, and according to their schedule.

Now, I want the flexibility to make my own schedule and work from any location. The goal is to split up my time between PA and FL so I can enjoy family in both locations.


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The upcoming week:  I’m looking forward to spending time with my mom over Easter weekend. She lives with my brother and his wife and I haven’t seen them since I returned from Florida. I was gone for five months, so I’m anxious to see everyone!

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Distance gives us time and space to reflect on what truly matters in life. We gain clarity to recognize that our loved ones enrich our lives in ways that we often don’t realize. While we tend to focus on the little annoyances we forget the value they hold in our lives.

This is the greatest lesson I’ve learned over the last two years. My appreciation for those nearest to me has grown and I’m closer to them now than ever before.

And that’s something to be grateful for!

Share Your World


Blogging From A to Z Challenge

I took an impromptu trip to visit friends in West Palm Beach and took my laptop, since I wanted to keep up with all things online. Unfortunately, they were having problems with their Internet, so I’ll have to catch up with letters D, E, F & G. I’ll also try to catch up with all of your posts, as well! Letters A through C serendipitously took on a Travel/Places of interest theme, so I’ll try to stay with that. However, I may have to veer off course on occasion!

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Rock & Roll is here to stay. ~ Neil Young


Blogging From A to Z Challenge

“H” is for Hard Rock Cafe.

My only two visits to a Hard Rock Cafe both occurred in New York City. The first was in April or May of 2000; only a few short months before 9/11. I volunteered to chaperone my son’s eighth grade field trip, a whirlwind three day excursion with a raucous group of young teenagers. At one point in our tour, we were waiting for the ferry to take us to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. I asked someone to take a picture of my son and I with the NY skyline behind us and, more specifically, the Twin Towers. Little did I realize the significance that picture would come to have. 

The Hard Rock Cafe was one of our stops and we enjoyed a meal and the Rock & Roll memorabilia on display. Currently, there are 191 locations in 59 countries, including 157 cafes, 22 hotels and 11 casinos. For more information on the Hard Rock story click this link.


Blogging From A to Z Challenge – C

 

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To rule is easy, to govern difficult. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Blogging From A to Z Challenge

“C” is for Capitol, as in the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

It is located at 100 Constitution Ave. NW and is the meeting place of the Congress, which consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Capitol has 540 rooms and 658 windows. 

The Dome is 8,909,200 pounds of cast-iron with 108 windows, and was constructed between 1855 and 1866. The statue at the top of dome is the Statue of Freedom.

 The Rotunda stands 180 feet, 3 inches tall and is 96 feet in diameter. Paintings and sculptures depicting significant people and events in U.S. history are on display. This room is also where presidents and distinguished citizens lie in state.

Some Facts You Might Not Know About the Capitol

  • The Capitol was built after Thomas Jefferson held a design competition to elicit entries from the finest American architects
  • The capitol has its own subway system
  • George Washington laid the cornerstone for the Capitol on September 18, 1793
  • There were plans for the first president to be buried under the Capitol in an area called the Crypt
  • There used to be a law that restricted any other building in D.C. from being built taller than the Capitol
  • The statue that sits on the dome is called the Statue of Freedom
  • The Capitol almost burned to the ground during the War of 1812
  • The Dome wasn’t added to the building until the 1850s