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Requests Anyone?

Blogging is an interesting pastime.

For many of us, it’s a way to hone our skills as writers and explore a whole range of topics.  It can even be a testing ground for materials we wish to write about, like a future book, or for just good old-fashioned storytelling.

For some, it’s even a way to make a living.

Well, yesterday, one of my blogging friends asked me to address a particular topic.  Marriage.  And to do so from the perspective of a father giving advice to a son that is of marriage age or is considering marriage.  He wants to hear the “truth.”

And I can certainly do this, but I fear it may be a bit controversial.

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Cross Over – Into the FIRE

Now that I’m retired, I’ve been sharing time, and stories, with my fellow retirees.  I can tell you one thing in common between us.  We are all much happier than we were during the days of our productive employment, even if we were working on one of those lofty, feel-good, society-serving, professional pathways.  Things are much better now.

Simply put, we have a lot less crap to deal with.

And the people we used to work with often stymied our ability to live up to our maximum potential, or to serve our target population to that full potential.

We fought the good-fight, but we didn’t often win.

And now that I’m retired, I keep seeing a billion articles about retirement and what resources you need to retire plastered all over the Internet.  I’m seeing these as a result of targeted ads, I’m sure, but if you stop and read any of these posts the common wisdom you can derive is that neither I, nor any of my retired friends, could possibly afford being out of the workforce.

We all must be starving to death.

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To Think, or Not To Think . . .

My social media friend Carol Hopkins posted a quote from Rumi on FB today that reads:

“Raise your words, not your voice.  It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

Now Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, and apparently a pretty smart guy.  I imagine if they had televisions back then he would have cautioned us to turn them off.

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Ultracrepidarian

I had several ideas for writing this morning, but then I came across this word.   “Ul·tra·crep·i·dar·i·an.”

Of course, I love words, love finding new words, and I had to drop everything and look this one up.  If that was the goal of the person using this word in a comment on a web posting, well Mission Accomplished.

Before I checked, just looking at the word makes me think of something big or extreme (ultra), and something creeping (crep – the Urban Dictionary says creps are shoes).  “Dar,” by itself, is used as an acronym, but has little meaning of its own that I could find.  “Darian” is the Greek name meaning “gift,” but I doubt there is any hidden gift here.  And the suffix “ian,” by itself, means to have the same qualities of something.

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Speaking Freely

**Disclaimer: By writing this post, I am in no way claiming to be a constitutional expert.  I am commenting as a now retired attorney, who did ace Con Law, and did have many opportunities to see all this stuff play out in the legal arena for almost 20 years.  Give it whatever credibility you choose.  It’s my blog, and I’m speaking freely 🙂

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I have intentionally not posted too many articles to the political section on my blog because we seem to live in a time where such issues are truly filled with volatility.   By that, I mean people tend to get a bit EXPLOSIVE (imagine that word in flaming font that WP sadly doesn’t support) about their political opinions and there is plenty of hate-speech circulating about the Net without me stirring the pot on Word Press.

Word Press is more of a happy place for us writers, as it should be.

And while there are many web forums where people do speak freely, and at times in threatening manners, from what I’ve read, not many people understand what this means from a legal perspective at all.  Not even close.

So, today I thought I would speak about speaking.  😊  It seems like a particularly appropriate topic given CEO Jack Dorsey’s announcement that Twitter would ban political ads on its social media platform.

And before people start screaming that Twitter’s decision is somehow violating someone’s rights, let me just say from the beginning, it’s not.  Plain and simple.  Not even close.

And, I hate to tell you, there are no Constitutional rights to smoke cigarettes or eat cheeseburgers either.   That statement may actually irritate some people a lot more than Twitter’s decision to ban campaign ads.  But it’s also true.

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Orange Sky

I took part of the day yesterday to be a music day.  I don’t always take time out to listen to music, but I believe it’s one of the most magical creations that flows through people.

And it always takes me away to a place where I’m happy.

It’s similar to writing, in a way, because there are a limited number of musical notes, but an unlimited number of combinations of those notes to produce, well, to produce something magnificent.

Only so many words, but we writers craft them in so many ways.

And from my various pics you know that I’m rather fond of sunsets and sunrises too.  And sometimes, you just happen to be at the right place at the right time to catch a glorious one.

So here’s a combination of a sunset with a song.  Hope you enjoy it.  And while it’s playing, I’ll go back to that creative corner in my mind and ponder the next writing . . .

In Metta

LOGOz

 

 

Photo:  Somewhere in the Southwest that I’m missing today 🙂

Success?

I’ve been having fun kicking out the blog posts the past few days and digging into other blogs searching for those words that make my brain light up with joy.  And one of the themes that keeps swirling around that I’ve noticed on some of the other blogs has to do with whether you’re a success.

How on Earth are you going to gauge that one?

Success in whose terms?  Or in what way?  Or is it all a numbers game?

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“Dooced” Anyone?

I had grown a bit weary of my current job in the legal profession, so I thought I’d back track and check out the market in nursing.  After all, all of my colleagues had remarked, at one time or another, that I always had my first career to fall back on.

And, I was excited because I found a job where I thought I could put both my nursing and legal expertise to work as the director of nursing for a long-term care facility.  The hiring manager was even more so excited when he reviewed my resume.  It was the fastest phone call I ever received in response to an online job application.

My interview was set for just a few days away, but by the time I arrived at the facility, something drastic had changed in the way I was treated and by the demeanor of everyone I encountered in the building.  I was shuffled off to a dark conference room and told to wait.

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Anyone Else?

As our dependence on the digital world increases, I know one of the looming fears we all face is a cyberattack.  I mean people can easily visualize multiple scenarios where foreign governments steal corporate secrets or directly attack our nation’s infrastructure, like the electrical grid.

We also fear being personally hacked.  And I don’t know about you, but I’ve had credit cards hacked twice and my SS number stolen and used for false tax return filings.  How those hacks were accomplished?  I can’t say for sure.

But something, perhaps less serious, and more of an annoyance seems to be happening to my personal computers on an almost daily basis.  It’s the war being waged between Microsoft, Google, and Firefox, just to name a few.  It seems the big boys are engaging in a competitive dance for our use and viewership.  This battle is a little more insidious and it’s designed to force compliance or acceptance of one product over another.

It seems the “routine” updates I’m receiving have been weaponized.

That’s right.  Designed to seek out and destroy the other products, and do it so often that you’ll be coerced into switching simply to avoid all the hassle they’re creating.

So specifically, what happens after I get an update is:

My other web browsers are deleted or disabled;

All of my web bookmarks are erased;

All of my product licenses and agreements to the terms of use statements of software products are erased;

All of my registering of software products is erased;

All of the acknowledgements of privacy statements are erased;

and,

All of my saved passwords are erased.

What this means is that each time I go online, I have to reload the web browser I wish to use, sign off on their license agreements and terms of use and privacy statements, and then maybe, just maybe I can recover my web bookmarks.

Then if I launch software I own, like PowerDesk or my photo editor, I have to re-register it, and accept their terms of use and privacy statements as if I had just originally installed the product.  Ironically, often, this includes software products that are licensed by the same company sending the malicious updates.

If I navigate to my most frequently visited websites, I have to reenter all passwords that were saved. Again, a bit of a hassle since I now have so many passwords to login on to so many different sites.  Those sites no longer recognize my computer so my email inbox fills with notices of “new login attempts.”

All and all, it’s a bit of a pain in the ass.  And I still haven’t succumbed to this not so subtle pressure to switch to other web browsers or products.  I mean, even if it’s a good product, I’m becoming less and less likely to use it just out of my own stubbornness.

I was just curious if any of you are experiencing these same types of things???

LOGOz

Photo:  Yes surfing the web is, on some days, is like driving down an undeveloped or unmaintained roadway.  Or one that’s been purposely destroyed to make the driving more difficult . . .