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004 Here are some things I have observed that I find interesting, in the area of arts and sciences. Perhaps not as significant as Einstein’s theory of relativity but interesting nonetheless.

  1. Fans of Sherlock Holmes are devoted. Similar to those of Star Wars and Star Trek or a music icon, etc. Furthermore, it seems many of the Holmes fans think Jeremy Brett played the role best. He made it real. I am of the same opinion.
  2. Many of the great historic composers led sad or troubled lives, were unhealthy, and died young.
  3. Often, writers who fought mental illness and addictions wrote astounding pose, poetry, and essays.
  4. Great minds were developed long before great textbooks.
  5. Some highly creative people may find it difficult to live a “regular” life.
  6. Who is to say what a regular life is, anyway?
  7. Some people blog for money, some blog for personal satisfaction, some blog for therapy, some blog to persuade, some blog to make literary contributions, some blog for all of the above and a combination of two or more.
  8. Twitter is a great place for those who write. #amwriting
  9. You can learn so much from following a writer’s or author’s page on Facebook.
  10. Book reviews and other types of reviews are absolutely subjective. We, as authors, should not take them personally. Readers are not trained reviewers. They are not supposed to be. They merely give their personal opinion of what they have read and hopefully they are forthright with their choice of words. Having said that, I do believe there are those who give either positive or negative reviews for other reasons that have nothing to do with the book (or a play, a music selection, etc.) itself.
  11. Minimalism (and this is a random, off-topic observation thrown in to my list) is a big movement that I partly believe in. Minimalism is the practice or belief in keeping some things to a minimum so that one can focus on other things. You replace one thing for another, really. For some, this may work wonderfully. For others, say for instance, owners of great castles, this would not be practical at all. Their collection of art, of fine things, of collectibles, is an enriched and elaborate lifestyle, of which many have inherited. It is a family tradition. It represents an honor, a place in society that has history and nobility. Both views and lifestyles (minimalistic and embellished) are okay if that is how people feel more comfortable and happy. To tell a person to eliminate most of their belongings they likely worked hard for may be hard for them to agree with. The most important thing is to know the platform behind minimalism. It’s all about focus, how one spends one’s time, what makes life worthwhile, and more. Some writers have long practiced minimalism in their writing, regarding words—eliminate the non-important words, be succinct. Don’t dawdle around. Oh, but then how can one write a 100,000 word novel? I do not know how it is possible. I am still struggling with getting that many words out and onto paper.
  12. Pictures and photos interest me as much as the written word. There, I admitted it. I love photo blogs and photographer pages on Facebook. I love taking photos. My husband does, too. Photos say so much with images. It’s proof our minds can learn and appreciate something that is wordless. Consider the starry sky. A full moon. A field of tulips or spring daffodils. You see what I mean, right? Splendid. 🙂
  13. Too many people worry if something is traditionally or Indie published. What does it really matter? A good story or self-help book or memoir book, etc., is simply good, how it is published notwithstanding.
    1. Schools need to teach more of the arts and sciences than other subjects because I believe once you are past your years of being formally educated, it is precisely those subjects that are realistically woven in our everyday lives. Yes, we do have government and politics, and it is important to have a basic understanding of those subjects certainly—that I agree with, however how much do we really need to know about government anyway? No matter how much we know, it is what we have been let known by the media that is our practical knowledge base. It may be more productive to learn about media, including social media, reporting, and biases that affect reporting about the government. Perhaps we need to apply minimalism to government—that would be a good combination. Put some responsibility back on the people to manage themselves instead of so much of it being managed by the government. I wholeheartedly believe in a body of leaders, elected democratically, helping us to keep order and fairness and justice and equality and liberties and more. It’s just that I observe that most people put way too much responsibility on the government’s shoulders, to create jobs, to provide healthcare, to make decisions that affect our everyday lives. How can leaders, who do not even know us personally, know what is best for us? Still, the United States is a fairly “new” country if you compare it to European countries, for example. We are just a baby nation, with all due respect. We should be more tolerant and understanding of that. We should also respect our leaders and pray for them. They have a job that many of us would not even want, and I say that with all due respect, but it is true. They do a job that is very important and until government is restructured in some other sort of way, where it is administered differently (if that ever happens), we should try  better to know who represents us and communicate to them, when applicable. MOST OF ALL, WE SHOULD PRACTICE GOOD  CITIZENSHIP AND MAKE SURE IT IS TAUGHT AND MODELED IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS. There is no substitute for a genuine good citizen. They are the pillars of our communities.
    2. I humbly apologize for going off on a tangent in the previous section. I guess it’s because it is an election year and we are currently being bombarded with political ads and a media frenzy of debates and primaries and mud-slinging. I have observed much about politics but I will not go further into that topic.
  14. I have observed that it is important to follow your interests and your talents. One can feel so empty if they are not allowed to pursuit their dreams or goals of, for example, being a pianist, or a singer, or a writer, author, speaker, musician, painter, designer, and more, even if on a hobby level. We all have a gift of some type. Discovering our gifts, talents, and abilities and being able to soar like an eagle to the mountain tops of our hopes and dreams is of great importance to self-realization. We are after all, not just created to make a living but we also have a life in the making to create. I am of the belief that God is our source of strength and soulful knowledge and He can lead us and guide us to places where He wants us to be. Whether we go many places or stay mostly in one place, in proximity, whether we are artists or writers, or whether we are counselors or carpenters or nurses or politicians or administrative assistants or farmers or teachers, or any other thing you can think of that is a respectable occupation (meaning, how we occupy our time), we have a place in this world and we are the only ones who fit in our unique and special place.
  15.  I have observed the effect of KINDNESS in my own life and that of others. Kindness is essential to a good and happy life. If you are kind, you will be happy. When you receive kindness, it makes you happy. You will be at peace with yourself when you are kind—from my own personal experience I say this. You will be able to live with yourself better.
  16. My final observation for today—LOVE is the most fundamental thing of all. Love builds bridges. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love gets back what it gives. Somewhere down the line, one way or another—love is not empty and it is not void. Love is a verb. It is what we do, not what we say. It is not found in mere words or emotions. It is in actions where love can be found. Emotions and feelings change–love does not. Love is enduring. (See 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 of the Holy Bible)

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”—Lao Tzu

Thank you for joining me today. ❤


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