We Started

School has begun and we have officially started the 2020-2021 school year. It’s all online, at least for now. The way I see it, there really is no way that we could go back to a physical learning environment. It’s just all too risky. Sure, I save commuting time back and forth to school and it is very convenient to teach from home. But there are always two sides to every coin.

Con: I am sitting at the computer too much.

Pro: My typing dexterity is really improving.

Con: Zoom isn’t perfect.

Pro: There is no such thing as perfection.

Con: I can’t control everything.

Pro: My canine kids are always with me.

We Always Know

I just posted an essay under the Dreams tab titled You Never Gave Up On Me. It’s of a dream I had last week and it took me some time to write because I wanted to get it just right. Typically, dreams are dreams so I simply write what the dream was about. This essay however needed a prologue because it was important. We always know the things in life that have significant meaning, and this is one of them.

Before the MPR

Just added under the I Remember tab is an essay on an institution that is long gone. The school Cafeteria. I think there is something about the school cafeteria that helped students work together and respect one another. The cafeteria helped to build community and a reliance on each other to accomplish a specific job. My direction on the essay is more focused to the fond memories I have regarding the school cafeteria.

10 – 7/11

Dad, Aunt Charlotte, me, Mike, Jared, Janel, Mary, Angela, Mrs. Davis, Debbie.

These are all the people I currently know that share the same birthdate as me. I know that everyone has to have a birthday, but I wonder what it is about this date that so many people I know, share.

When I come to know someone, and find out that we share the same birthdate, I am both surprised, and not surprised. It is all very interesting.

The Beach or the Zoo?

My dad turned 84 today and I was fortunate to speak with him on the phone. Every year on this day when I see and/or speak with him, he tells me the story of when I was a kid and on my birthday was given the choice to go to the zoo, or go to the beach. I chose the zoo. My dad likes to tell me this story as he always starts to laugh when he gets to the part that my brother and sister were mad at me because they wanted to go to the beach. It was a nice summer day, and the beach would have been perfect. I wanted to see the animals at the zoo. I loved the zoo.

I remember that day well, and there was of course a lot of walking on that hot summer day. I didn’t care though, I was sharing my birthday with my dad at the zoo. I was his birthday present some years earlier and he will always be my birthday present too. Happy Birthday Dad, I love you! 🙂

Green

I have MANY of what I call ‘green mossy lake’ dreams in my lifetime due to a real experience that I wrote about some time ago titled Green Mossy Lake. I just added an essay titled Green Pool, found under the Green tab. It is a dream recall, but because it is part of a series of dreams I’ve had throughout my life, it is best housed under Green.

Woulda, Should, Coulda

I think that often we do not follow through with something because we are afraid of failure. It could be a task, a job, self-help, anything. What if I don’t do it right? What if it takes me too long a time to accomplish? What if I complete the project and I am dissatisfied with its result?

We often worry ourselves into submission and then conclude for whatever reason that perhaps the ‘timing just wasn’t right’.

The clock keeps ticking. Our physical existence follows the rules of linear time. There is no reversal of time. There is no true ‘do-over’. Yes, we can ‘do-again’, if there is still time left.

Placing ourselves in the ‘woulda-shoulda-coulda’ boat is placing ourselves in the boat of regret. We are better than that. Time is the one thing that permits us, allows us, the opportunity to do what we want to do, say what we need to say, act in the manner we wish to be. Time. If it wasn’t available, we’d be up the creek without a paddle.

Use available time as effectively as possible, and regret will be a lone passenger.

Solved

I have written before about how often I dream, nightly. I have so many dreams that my list of dreams to write about just keeps growing. If only there were more than 24 hours in the day 🙂

The night before last I had another flying dream, those are always so amazing. One of the dreams I had last night solved an at-home technical issue that I have been trying to solve for already a few days. The problem may sound silly, but here goes…

Bonnie, our golden retriever (brother Clyde of course) does not like when my wife and I watch tennis on television. I’m not sure exactly what sounds she doesn’t like about it, but tennis ‘sounds’ greatly agitate her. There is no leaving the volume low and it will be ok, because it won’t. She could be in a deep sleep and if we start watching tennis on tv, she immediately wakes-up, breathes heavily, and wants to climb up on the couch. She is clearly disturbed by tennis.

So how do we enjoy watching tennis on television? Earbuds!..but it’s not that simple because our television, although only about 2 years old, does not pick up a Bluetooth signal from the earbuds, because the earbuds are device-only buds.

Yesterday I tried mirroring my device to the tv while my earbuds were connected to the device. Only thing is that either the mirror and sound would work but both on the tv only. Audio was cut from my earbuds because I was now mirroring to the tv. When I tried to reconnect my earbuds, the mirrored visual signal was cut and went back to my device. Strike two and three.

The dream I had last night solved the issue. We can watch tennis on the tv, and mute the sound. Then, we can also ‘watch’ the same broadcast on our device and simply use our earbuds for device sound. While this solution isn’t perfect, it will work! It was very cool to wake-up this morning with a ready-made solution to this technical issue. All I had to do was get a good night’s rest.