SEPTEMBER 1-7 IS SELF-UNIVERSITY WEEK

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Writers have a never-ending bent toward curiosity.  The most interesting part of writing is the research involved.  Hours of digging, as though part of an anthropology excursion!  By the time we’re finished, we hope we’ve made the world a better place and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Learning does not only happen within the walls of schools and universities.  We all know you can’t believe every word you read on the internet, but if we use trusted sources, we can relay information that is usually spot-on.

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If you have not darkened the door of a university for decades, that’s no excuse to stop learning.  Life itself is all about learning, and to stop that process is to cause premature mental decline.

Only those who risk going too far will ever know how far they can go.  – Unknown

What can we do to maintain mental sharpness?  Keep learning!

  1. Learn a new word every day, then use it in three sentences.  If you watch The O’Reily Factor on Fox, you know that at the end of his show, Bill shares a new word with his audience.  I have a popular online dictionary in my favorites, along with a rhyming dictionary.
  2. Read something besides a magazine article once in a while.  I’m not knocking Reader’s Digest, but once in a while you need to open a real book.  I recently re-visited Henry David Thoreau’s writings.  Walden holds a special place in my heart, as you know.
  3. Driving is time wasted unless you have something to engage your brain.  I find audio books to be a good companion if I’m driving alone.
  4. We are a society of entertainment-seekers!  What happened to watching informative television?  Are we afraid we may learn something?  Oh, that would be horrible!  I like Fox News and Fox Business.  I find those programs to be fair and balanced.  Some consider them to be fake – not real news.  Well, that’s what the left would have you believe.  The truth hurts, as they say.
  5. Our local newspaper, The Wichita Eagle, has a section called The Opinion Line.  I enjoy writing letters to them, just to see if anything gets published in the paper.  It’s a good way to hone my writing skills and share my opinions on important issues.  http://www.kansas.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/submit-letter/  If it was a phone number, it would be on speed-dial.  Jus’ sayin’…
  6. I like to facebook or tweet with like-minded people about current events.  It’s especially neat when I find famous people who think the same way I do.  Hey, if you are famous and hold to a conservative, right-wing political view – like me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/linda.palmer.399041 or follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/makemelaughnow1   I look forward to chatting with you!
  7. The newsgroups I follow on twitter and facebook are right-leaning.  It’s a quick and easy way to stay up to speed on what’s going on in the world and in the country.
  8. Since the 2016 election is around the corner (okay, we have a way to go yet), go to You Tube and find all of the Republican candidates’ speeches from the Iowa State Fair.  They all spoke – and they are on You Tube.  Listen closely to what each one says and let it sink in – and then pray about who you want to see as president.
  9. Sign up for a seminar or workshop.  Make sure it’s something that interests you.  If it isn’t, you’ll regret spending the time and the money on it.
  10. In the workplace, we sometimes get caught up in a routine.  We enter the office building and walk straight to our little world – our safe little cubicle or office.  Make a point to wander beyond your comfort zone.  Go to another department and have a conversation with someone you’ve seen around but have never actually spoken with.  It’s amazing what you may learn.
  11. Here’s a challenge for you:  Take ten photographs that represent who you are.  Take ten photographs that best symbolize your dreams for the future.  Make an album of these photos on facebook and share with your friends!
  12. Remember back in school when we had to write essays?  We chose one subject and just researched the heck out of it – then wrote an A+ paper?  That was my favorite thing to do back then, and I still want to write those essays today!
  13. Choose two prominent figures – one living and one dead (for example, rapper Kanye West and Mozart).  Find out as much as you can about their family lives and accomplishments.  Write a paper comparing and contrasting the two.
  14. It’s easy to ignore the library because it seems easier to research everything from the comfort of my own home.  This week I think I’ll venture out and go to the library and maybe a bookstore.  I may go to a section I’ve not gone to before.  Learning something new is the idea this week.
  15. Is there a lecture you could attend this week?  If it is something that interests you, take advantage of the opportunity.  If it’s not something that interests you, take a chance and go anyway because you might walk away surprised that you learned something new.
  16. The last movie I watched with subtitles was The Passion of the Christ.  Funny story – I didn’t know I’d have to read subtitles, so walked into the movie theatre without my glasses.  I often watch movies without them, and just assumed it would be fine.  My friend was so kind to whisper the subtitles in my ear, with the occasional comment such as, “I can’t believe you didn’t know you’d have to read subtitles!” 
  17. Go to Goodreads or a similar website and from there compile a list of books you will read during the harsh winter months.
  18. Make a list of the most inspiring books you’ve ever read, then share the list on facebook with your friends.
  19. Reread a book.  You’ll find something you missed the first time.
  20. Is there a book club in your area?  No?  Start one.
  21. Nothing is more fun than ghost writing.  Write an article for someone, using their name, for their company, institution or community organization.  Post the article on ezine articles.  Most people will pay for that kind of writing.  There is minimal research (the one you’re writing for will fill you in on specs), and you will get paid for your writing.  That’s something that blog writing does not do – pay.  😦
  22. Wichita has a wonderful art museum.  If you have one near you, visit it and choose your favorite piece.  Research it and write about how it makes you feel and why it is your favorite.
  23. Train or teach.  A sure way to learn more about something is to teach it to someone else.  Whether it’s Sunday School or piano – share your knowledge with someone.  Most folks are willing to pay for that as well – so that’s a good thing.  It may be time for you to learn how to play the piano.  Hmm…
  24. As I get older, I tend to have a sort of “Who the heck moved my cheese?” mentality.  I don’t adjust to change very well.  This week, I’m determined to practice the tutorials for a new piece of computer software.  May the force be with me…  :-/
  25. Part of the reason I write a blog is to document some of my precious memories.  I don’t want to forget my past, my loving parents, my roots or my faith.  Take a moment (okay it’ll take longer than that), to write a brief summary of your life.  You may discover the inner blogger or book writer!
  26. Update your résumé.  Even if you don’t think you’ll need it…  keep it updated.
  27. Do a computer search on a subject that interests you.  For example…  PIANO, or MUSIC.
  28. I took a creative writing course in college and was challenged to write my obituary.  Talk about a smack in the face!  There’s nothing like that to make you reassess your life and how you’re living it.  What goals do you want others to remember that you met?  How do you want to be remembered?
  29. I wrote articles for the high school paper.  Part of good journalism is asking the right questions.  I decided to visit a local nursing home and ask some of the residents about the major lessons they have learned from life.  We should listen to their answers – it could save us from learning lessons the hard way.
  30. Read important American documents with the anticipation of learning something new.  The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution still have much to teach America.
  31. Volunteer your time – somewhere – anywhere.  Find an interesting person or persons to spark your imagination in writing.
  32. Turn off the television, radio and internet for an hour a day.  Just think, journal, meditate and pray.  Let God’s Holy Spirit speak to you and inspire your writing.
  33. Write about the greatest errors and accomplishments of the twentieth century.  How can these lessons make life better in the twenty-first century?
  34. If you are in management, read a book about the health risks of your workers (carpal tunnel, obesity, etc.).  If you are a worker, read about the challenges that those in management face.  We need to understand one another.
  35. Memorize a piece of music, a poem or a passage of Scripture.  Hide God’s Word in your heart – and other things too.

Learning can be FUN!  The goal is to learn something new everyday!  See you again on the 8th of September.  🙂

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NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY

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Today is NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY!!!  I’m not making it up – it really is.   

The 9/11 anniversary is coming up in just a few days. I’ve prayed now more than ever about the terrorist activity here in our country. Then we hear from our President that he has no strategy against ISIS. No, I’m not worried… not a problem.  Yikes!!!

The Brits are at a level 2 alert while America is not taking action of any kind. I suppose it’s true that England is closer to the threat, but aren’t we just a plane ride from England? Jus’ sayin’…

I know my posts are usually brighter and if this one bums you out, I am so sorry. I hope to end this one on a bright note even if it starts out a little rough. Just hang in there with me, OK? Thanks for understanding! Last Thursday we heard this:

OK – I don’t give a flying fig what color SUIT the President wears! PLEASE… focus people! There’s a greater threat to our homeland than ever before and all I hear about is the color of suit the President is wearing! The man was ready for the Labor Day weekend and dressed for it – isn’t he always in vacation mode? You know, if he would have done a little less golfing and had more meetings with the people who will help him come up with a strategy – MAYBE HE WOULD HAVE A STRATEGY! I pray for the man – I really do!

That’s one more reason to pray more than usual. I don’t exactly place a lot of faith in the government about this – um… or anything else. Forgive me for not being a rock solid positive person today. The worst threat in the history of the United States is knocking on our door – they don’t stutter when they speak – they want to kill all who are not Muslim. Last time I checked, that would include me and many of my friends. And yes, I know if I died I would go to heaven – that’s not the point. I thought I might get to visit a beach and tour a few lighthouses first. I’m being honest.

I’m scared. I was going to say I’m concerned – but it’s much more than that. God knows I am just scared spitless about this terrorist activity. I will not be in a large group of people on 9/11 this year – or any other year on that day. Did you know there are some comedic satires about this stuff? Let me tell you, the threat is not funny to me – not even almost. Those skits are in such bad taste! I was going to post a YouTube video of some of the sick satires about it – but why would I want to spread it around? If you do look up those videos on your own, make sure to give them a big THUMBS DOWN before you leave!

This is the part that gets encouraging. See, I told you it’ll get better! The key to overcoming fear is FAITH in God and His Son, Christ Jesus. These are times when we need to lean on Him more and less on our own understanding.  No matter who the President of the United States is, Jesus Christ is the King of kings!!!  WORD!!!

Putting feet to our faith is not easy. Since childhood I’ve heard teaching about overcoming fear with faith. I speak the words out loud on a regular basis, but today I needed to be reminded once again. When I look at what my eyes can see, it frightens me. When I feel what God says to my soul, that fear is calmed and replaced with faith. It’s a matter of keeping God’s Word ever before me.

Hey, do me a favor. If you read this and agree with me and you agree to pray for this situation, please leave a comment here! You don’t have to write a book in the comments, but I’d like to know that others are agreeing with me in prayer about this. Thanks – and thanks for letting me be less than “happy happy” today. I appreciate everyone who reads my blog! God bless you!

COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Batman hates junk food – well, that makes sense, doesn’t it?

I happened to be on facebook not long ago and got to witness a bit of history. The original Batmobile (from the 1966-1968 series starring Adam West) was auctioned off for a cool $4,200,000.00! I was astonished at the amount of money someone was willing to pay for it! My first thought was that someone has more money than common sense, but then sometimes I think it just comes down to what your priorities are in life. Obviously, someone thought it was a better idea to own the Batmobile than to have that chunk of change.

There are not many people who could (or would) afford such a splurge. One priority we can all afford to protect is our health. How much would you be willing to pay for good health? I don’t mean how much would you be willing to pay after you lose your health – I mean, how much would you pay for something that could prevent ill-health in the future? Well, it’s possible to prevent such health problems as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.

What if I told you that in addition to the possible prevention of disease processes, you could also look and feel years younger? That’s right. We all know that time is the great thief and the anti-aging and beauty industry is the fastest growing trend in American history. What if I told you that you could avoid such treatments as Botox or other painful procedures? Would you be interested in hearing what I have to say?

Your new healthier, happier lifestyle is as close as your local market. If you will replace the boxed and canned goods in your kitchen with more fresh, whole fruits and vegetables, you will be amazed at the changes that take place inside and out in as little as one week. The soda in your fridge needs to go as well. Replace that with a pitcher of water with fresh lemon squeezed in it. And the sugar most definitely has to go as well. Sugar is not always called sugar – sometimes it is high-fructose corn syrup.

Could a transformation really be that simple? In a word – yes! Alkaline-based foods not only make you look and feel younger and better, they strengthen your immune system and make your cells stronger and more protected. Cancer cells actually feed off of sugar, which is why it’s so important to get rid of it.

Can you trade a bag of fat-laden, salty chips for some celery and natural peanut butter? Do you like to feel good? Do you want to do everything you can to prevent disease? Is your health worth the price you pay for it? It just takes a little commitment and some visualization to make great strides toward a better life. I’m not even asking for $4,200,000.00!   😉