Monday, July 24, 2017

I Love NPR

I have been listening to NPR a lot lately.  NPR or National Public Radio is such a great way to spend your time during your daily commute to work. 

I love how varied the stories are and the unique perspectives.  I have been learning so much about so many topics, whether it’s a new book, politics, history, science, etc., there is literally something for everyone. 

A few weeks ago I learned about fruit companies that cross the border each day and the struggles that new legislation brings to their business.  Next I learned that some people are actually renting new tires for their car instead of buying them.  Then I listened to a young woman who is trying to recreate all of the wonderful Greek food that her grandmother made when she grew up.  Each day there is something completely new and different.  Listening to NPR always leaves me thinking hmmm I didn’t know that or wow that was so interesting. 

NPR is officially described as “an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States.”  Their shows include the very popular Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and Here and Now. 

One of the great things about NPR is that their shows are also released as podcasts so you can listen at your convenience. 

If you haven’t listened to NPR, or if its been awhile, I encourage you to switch your radio dial and broaden your horizons.  You will be glad you did-I promise.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I wanna go back

Is there one special place in your life?  Is there a place that makes you smile every time you think about it?  That place for me is Antigua, specifically Hermitage Bay Resort in Antigua, where I was married.  My third wedding anniversary is coming up and I can’t help but think about all of the amazing memories from that trip.  As far as weddings go, mine was absolutely perfect.  It was truly paradise. 

My husband indulged me with the trip of a lifetime to the most spectacular resort.  We were married barefoot on the beach, and we were pampered and treated like royalty for 10 days. 

We walked along romantic beaches, hand-in-hand.  We swam in turquoise water.  We snorkeled, sailed and even went scuba diving. 

Thanks to Facebook and their incessant ‘memories’ popping up, I have been thinking quite a bit about Antigua.  Although it is out of our budget right now, I do hope that we will be able to go back, perhaps to celebrate an anniversary in the future. 

Antigua holds a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to return. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sorry, NOT Sorry

I have been told that I am too political.  Now I do understand that this past year has been incredibly divisive, and not everyone shares my passion for political activism, but I will NOT apologize for wanting to be an informed and engaged citizen.  Quite frankly I believe it is my duty as an American citizen to be informed and to participate in our democratic process to the best of my ability. 

I do not have young children anymore, but I still care deeply about ensuring adequate funding for schools.  I understand that paying my taxes is my duty, but I want to ensure that my tax dollars are going to be used in the best way possible.  I am getting older and issues like Social Security and Medicare have a new importance in my life.  I want to ensure that environmental protections will be put into place so that my grandson will still be able to enjoy this incredible planet. 

I am always willing to listen to people, even those who hold different opinions from my own.  I truly believe that these differences of opinion are what make our democracy so great. 

I do understand that politics can occasionally make some people uncomfortable, but I absolutely will not apologize for caring about the way our country, MY COUNTRY is run.  So to those people who say that I am too political – sorry but I am not sorry.  We are all affected by the decisions made at the local, state, and national levels.  We have to live with those decisions.   I will not apologize if I choose to volunteer my time to circulate petitions.  I will not apologize if I post on my Facebook about an issue or a candidate that I feel strongly about.   It is not only my right – I believe it is my duty as a citizen to care.  I will respect your opinion just as I hope you will respect mine.  If you don’t like what I have to say then feel free to scroll on by – but you can bet I will continue to share my views, and quite frankly I hope you will continue to share your opinions too. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Audiobooks -

Do you listen to audiobooks?  I have tried, really I have tried, but my mind simply wants to wander when I am listening to a book.  I love to read, I read often and when I read I get lost in each book, but trying to sit still and listen to a book is very difficult for me. 

I think the quality of the audiobook makes a big difference.  Just picturing visions of grade school, when the teacher would have students take turns reading aloud still makes me cringe.  The quality of the reader and the recording makes all the difference. 

Having the words on the page or screen in front of me helps when I want to go back and re-read something, when I start to get off track.  Yes, I know I can also rewind with audiobooks, but I have trouble with knowing how far back to rewind, and then I am listening to something I already read – so my mind begins to wander….see how this can be a vicious cycle?

I know that audiobooks are great for commuters who have lots of time stuck in traffic.  Listening to self-help or other nonfiction books while driving is a great way to use time effectively.  I have several friends who listen to books while running or working out.  I have tried, but there is just something about seeing the words that makes a difference to me.  

For those of you who do love audio books, I applaud you, but for me, I will stick to reading and not listening to my books. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Top Ten Reasons Why I blog

I took a short break from blogging.  Life got busy & hectic, and to be honest blogging simply took a backseat to other priorities.  I am happy to report that I am now feeling ready to jump back in and share my great pearls of wisdom with the world. 

I am not narcissistic enough to believe that my thoughts, no matter how well crafted I think they might be, will have a lasting and meaningful impact upon the world.  There are literally millions of folks blogging their thoughts on the Internet for all to see and adding my voice to the cacophony will not make a substantial difference, but it does make a difference to me. 

There are many reasons why I blog:
·      Blogging gives me a chance to share my views. 
·      Blogging gives me an opportunity to flex my writing muscles, in preparation for those great novels I WILL finish someday.
·      Blogging has enabled me to make some wonderful online friendships
·      Blogging keeps me sane in a crazy and turbulent world.
·      Blogging helps me to focus on my priorities in life.
·      Blogging provides a great excuse to avoid housework 
·      Blogging serves as my personal journal.
·      Blogging helps me to process my feelings; through blogging I can express my frustrations in a healthy way. 
·      Blogging is actually fun – I enjoy the challenge.
·      Blogging lets me leave a small piece of myself out in the universe for all eternity.

Thanks for coming on this blogging journey with me.