Thinking I Have Been Misguided

An Internet newsletter I read included an interesting 2007 interview I read last night with filmmaker Werner Herzog

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The films the writer of the article points to include Nosferatu the Vampyre, Aguirre the Wrath of God, and Fitzcarraldo, three which I viewed quietly when I was in college, specifically in the year 1999 when such things were far less frequently available. One of my college essays included a few of my observations about Herzog, and, perplexingly enough, my teacher mentioned the last day we spoke to each other that he was planning himself to write a book about Herzog, to establish the young man who taught me himself, as a writer. The interview included a peculiar observation Herzog made in the 2007 interview, in which the filmmaker is quoted as saying: “Adventure! I cannot stand the term adventure nowadays—I lower my head and charge—it has degenerated into such an obscenity that you can go to the travel agency and book an adventure trip to New Guinea, to the headhunters, to the cannibals.”

I was reminded of my blog post two days ago:  findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/what-might-have-been-adventure-can-show-the-rust/ which included in its title the unfortunate word Adventure. I think I must correct the impression it left, but, to the blog post’s credit, it did receive the attention and interest of a blogger with a much, much larger profile than I have, beautybeyondbones, who compared to me you should read, and you can find her most recent post at the time of this writing at

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Compared to me, she’s very good.

That being said, today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “Local,” and I think how hard it is to be by and large confined to the area which is local for me and still to feel like there is a contribution I can make. I am not easily discouraged, but I think compared to someone like beautybeyondbones, who has gone through tremendous suffering and come back strong, I wonder what kind of insight I can conjure. I think again, however, and I remember it is true that if you have any interest in doing business in 2017, you should definitely have a blog and update it regularly. I sometimes tweet links to articles that argue for the importance of blogging, and, I feel the odd person who clicks through what I share on Twitter about blogging sometimes must resonate. You can find me on Twitter here

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It is nearly ready for a summer update, but that must by necessity and for scheduling reasons be left for several days from now, which is what I’ve decided.

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There is a plentitude of blogging advice available on the Internet, but the best advice I know of is this tidbit. You should generally not tell people what to post. Any passion, any recipe for inventiveness or what is usually referred to as authenticity, should not be filtered out of an individual’s content for the sake of conveying expertise. It is not a good idea.

The WordPress photo challenge this week has been an essay on the subject of Transience, and while I expressed an interest in the essay in my previous blog post I did neglect to include a link to the actual essay, in case you wish to read it. It is here

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I shall include another photo, which I think implies transience, simply for the oversight of not actually linking to the essay which inspired the blog post which beautybeyondbones briefly evaluated, impressing me greatly. If you are of a mind that a post like this is favourable to you, feel free to, “like,” “comment,” and/or, “follow.” I seldom know what this will turn up, but I was moved by the response to the previous blog post again and also what the Werner Herzog interview turned up (and that too you should consider reading in its entirety).

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What Might Have Been Adventure Can Show the Rust

The illusion of progress is revealed to be one-dimensional if the necessary steps to proceed are taken in an incorrect order.  Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “illusion,” and it’s a word that’s interesting because it reminds me of fantasy themes where magic illusions sometimes enter the conversation.  Unfortunately, a more telling example of illusion, in the real world, is when what’s holding together the bigger picture becomes illusory and therefore is fragile.  Like when your nine-to-five gig, whatever’s paying the bills, turns out to be a little more illusory than you would have liked and pretty soon you are out of work, owing to shortcomings which turned up at a time which proves inopportune (the illusion is no more).

If you have an applicable skill set, you probably wouldn’t find yourself holding the reins and coming untethered, but the odd time, I think it’s probably happened to most, you wind up out of luck and what was an illusion of success is revealed to be bogus, which is when you’re back on the streets.  This week’s WordPress photo challenge is an essay on transience, which, if adversity prevails and you can’t master holding down a job or otherwise making ends meet, is where you find yourself if ultimately you meet your doom.  I’ve toyed with transience in my lifetime and it can feel like a bleak spot to live in, but fortunately I’ve remained afield of the game by taking a role in operations at a not-for-profit which entails caretaking the grounds in good weather, and also maintaining on the internet a digital experience, chiefly with Facebook.  You can find Maple Lawn Cemetery, our not-for-profit, on Facebook here:  

www.facebook.com/LouthUnited

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Despite my position in the not-for-profit, at times I still feel the grip of transience, the hold it sometimes seems to want, and it is with some pleasure that I express the aptitude for transience I gleaned from this week’s photography essay.  The concept that an illusory sphere around me, which guides my hand in this lifetime, I am relating today because you can feel sometimes, I think, how the illusion could come apart and leave you in the lurch, with plans for the future cast into disarray and a scramble ensuing to pick up the pieces of a work culture about who you tiptoe.  I am certain that without initiative, in addition to persistence and ability, it wouldn’t take a lot to hit the skids and see chaos prevail.

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Dedication to making any kind of living requires some hard work.  It’s a little not-for-profit, which refines some expertise and adds some structure to the big picture.  I’m not sure it would come apart if it wasn’t in place, but it provides some community building and in general, it’s a wholesome pastime, however tidy it comes together.  The feedback about the cemetery is upbeat.  I thought I would show a couple of photos today, as well as inviting you to, “like,” “comment,” and/or “subscribe” to this blog.  We proceed as a transparent not-for-profit, although we’re not held particularly accountable, as long as we heed some rules and regulations which are important to the operation of a cemetery.  There wouldn’t be much care given to such a spot if we weren’t handling it.  We’ve been doing it four years, and we don’t anticipate much change or much trouble as we keep on going down this road.  We’ll see how our future turns out, but in the meantime, it is not just an “illusion,” that we’re exploring, it’s a reality.

Twitter Is Refreshing How the Platform Looks and Making It Easier for People to Use

If you know about how the business model for eBooks, as in digital books, worked in the past, you know they were often sold on Twitter. The end result was that the market became saturated, I understand, which is a fancy way of saying there were too many writers on Twitter and too many eBooks being marketed on the heavy-hitting social media platform, and it became much more difficult to do without very precise strategies in place. It doesn’t mean it can’t be done, it’s just not the gold rush it was a few years ago.

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “Total,” and what for me is the “total” mind-blowing news that Twitter is now undertaking the major step on the route to what a lot of Twitter users hope is renewed success for the platform, of revamping it all over again. That sounds dramatic, but it does look like Twitter will be visibly different in the near future. It can mean the end of Twitter, or its renewed success as a social media platform. In short, will it turn out like Myspace or Yahoo!, or will it get back its status as a profitable and enjoyable user service.

.I am obviously on Twitter and I enjoy it. In case you need to find me on Twitter, you can here:
https://twitter.com/findingenvirons

What’s more, I am sharing a link to an article which explains the change which is happening. I hope if you have any interest in Twitter, you look at it and see what’s in store. It would be a gigantic bummer if Twitter failed in terms of the big picture and while I doubt the eBook market on Twitter will ever again be lucrative, I do hope Twitter stays alive and well. If you’re not on Twitter, maybe you should consider joining in the near future. It can be a lot of fun. I am firing this post off because of the excitement that goes with an announcement of this kind, and if you do find it relevant, which I hope a few do, apart from everyone else talking about what’s coming on Twitter, you’re welcome to, “like,” “follow,” and/or “comment” this blog post. Thank you for noticing, and all the best to you, whatever you do, in your personal life, and in business.

Source: Twitter Is Refreshing How the Platform Looks and Making It Easier for People to Use

If You No Longer Need Your Depression Meds, Here’s a Common Strategy to Leave Them Behind You

Consider that a guideline for reducing psychiatric drugs you take, according to http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/759-tips-for-tapering-off-prozac-fluoxetine/ the website which informs of such a guideline, encourages users of psychiatric drugs to effect a ten percent rule.  The rule is to reduce a dependence on psychiatric drugs by ten percent per month, which is sometimes known as tapering off, to avoid withdrawal, as in feeling adverse consequences from no longer taking the psychiatric drug.  The site I’m referencing is detailing Prozac, which is the oldest antidepressant available, having been prescribed to patients who need it since 1987.

 

The WordPress Daily Prompt for today is the word, “taper,” and that is why I have looked up the definition of withdrawal referred to by the expression, “to taper,” or, “tapering off.”  I don’t take Prozac, but I have occasionally in my adult life been prescribed antidepressants, usually because work type stressors were bothering me and I needed some extra strength.

 

Friday afternoon a friend of mine of about twenty years gave me a phone call, and in the course of the conversation, he mentioned that depression concerns are overwhelmingly detrimental to members of the workforce, who run afoul of them constantly.  I had some idea already this is true.  I’m not on medication for depression and at the present I don’t suffer much depression, but my friend does, and he’s been with the same employer for what I think he said is twenty-nine years, and for several months now he’s been avoiding working owing to his problem with depression, and being paid seventy percent of the wages he would get if he wasn’t bringing up his depression to his bosses and continuing to work.  He said the situation is tolerable.

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He doesn’t blog, but he takes an interest in both Facebook and in Instagram.  I’m not on Instagram, but the gentleman and I share our friendship together on Facebook, and he is an unabashed anti-social, which leaves me feeling that he is more interested in toying with Facebook than he is in any sustained effort at a BFF kind of relationship (“best friends forever”).  He’s a lot older than me, and that’s fine.  We’re just not having a bromance together.

 

I feel a little bad for him, that he’s kind of tanking, but at least he’s bringing home most of his wages, and he’s responsible and doesn’t waste his money or other resources.  He’s a gentleman with a dog, who I suspect is his true best friend.  Dogs are lovely animals, and sometimes fill the role of a guardian, and I know his dog is dear to him.  I wouldn’t tax him to give me more of his energy, particularly as he is telling me when he does talk about his depression, and I respect his right to manage his life the best he can without unduly aggravating his state of mind.  For everyone, life’s a hard journey.

 

I don’t particularly want to go down the same route in life as he has gone.  I try to work smart, and I use medication to better my performance, rather than to make work bearable.  I enjoy working, I’m “Type A.”  I just feel that pacing yourself is a better strategy than struggling day after day with an enormous workload that results in ailments such as depression, and other kinds, too.

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I just thought I’d bring all this up when I saw what today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is.  All I’m doing here is posting an example of what I am encountering in my day-to-day life and I am not offering advice or recommending you change, even though I suspect if you are on psychiatric medication and you want to stop taking it, you should use a guideline, not unlike the ten percent reduction rate.  If you feel some comfort in reading this post, feel free to, “like,” “comment,” and/or, “follow,” so I know you’re out there.  I wish you well, and if you are suffering from a psychiatric malady, good luck with your recovery and with a better future.

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I Would Never Be a Member of Any Club that would have Me

A good blog on WordPress requires a level of devotion in order to be a reasonable quality of blogging.  Many bloggers, who are pros, brainstorm and research their posts diligently, and, indeed, turn a profit or otherwise benefit in a tangible sense as professional bloggers (self-publishers).

I never prioritized that kind of blogging strategy.  What I’ve found is that with WordPress you can avail yourself of daily writing prompts thought up by the people at WordPress, and also weekly photo challenges which are helpful if you take photos.  While this circumvents the requirement to do a lot of research, it is a short cut, but seeing as how my blog is a hobby effort I think the idea of joining in with these specific prompts (from WordPress) at roughly the same time that other amateur Word Pressers are doing the same thing is worthwhile, in what you might say is a holistic sense.

I also intend to pursue blogging as a sideline to my regular interests, which are being available on social and also helping to direct operations at a local not-for-profit, a cemetery:  http://maplelawncemeteryorg.ipage.com/oldchurchcemetery/

This week’s Photo Challenge is an essay on friendship.  Despite being among the many who are active on social, I don’t have a lot of close friends who I can call my own.  I don’t have a lot of girlfriends, in particular, but I do have one who gave me a photo of herself this month which I think I would like to show you as it is both quite beautiful, and it fits into the idea of this week’s photo challenge which is to show a friendship in your blog.

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This week, share an image of a friend.

The Daily Prompt today is natty.  It means, “smart and fashionable.”  A nickname I had when I was twenty was Natty.

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My friend in the photo may not be the nattiest lady friend, but she is dear to me and she makes clear that friendship is worth it in the long run.  I am a misfit, I don’t fit into most social circles, but I have her friendship and I think it is something to be proud of.

I knew her in high school.  She is a little younger than me, but we were at the same high school at the same time and she was completely smoking.  Being a teenager, I never would have talked to a girl in that league myself at the time.  To this day, beautiful girls pointedly avoid me if I try to start a conversation with them.  I rub people the wrong way, I suppose.  It doesn’t make networking any easier.

I met her again many months ago when a mutual friend reintroduced us.  I soon found we had a few things in common.  I don’t have the same gift of the gab as her, but I enjoy the time we do brush shoulders.

She has suggested to me she would like to market her homemade jewelry with the internet and that she would like me to do that.  I would certainly put in the time as a volunteer for her, as I need all the work experience I can get, and I have a passion for digital marketing.

My blog remains a hobby and it will continue to be a hobby in the immediate future, but I don’t think it is a waste of time as I thoroughly enjoy it, and I take pleasure in the knowledge that other Word pressers are working with the same prompts and challenges which are available for me.  The inclusive policies of WordPress appeal to me and the occasional responses I get with my blog posts please me greatly.  That being said, if you have read this and you want to contact me, feel free to, “like,” “comment,” and/or, “follow.”  Your feedback is welcome and if you are utilizing the prompts and challenges WordPress offers, good luck to you in the future (and always!).  Bye for now.

Evanescent As Time Unfolds But is Captured

I remembered my nine-year anniversary on Facebook this month and I was quite moved (and shocked) to find out it had been that long I had been with the service.  Thinking about time isn’t all that easy.  If you haven’t lived life to the fullest, you could well have regrets.  Every day that you don’t take at least one step toward a positive result in the future coming your way is a day that is, in all probability, wasted.  I am not one to tell you what to do but if you asked me and I was being honest, I would tell you that you need to weigh the benefits of today’s action come tomorrow.

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This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is entitled, “Evanescent.”  It’s about the idea that change is measurable.  In the challenge, photographers are invited to reflect on change as it is literally visible in a photograph.  The essay in the challenge this week is quite lovely.  In its concluding paragraph, Krista suggests as an example lighting a fire to mark the arrival of fall, for example.  It reminded me immediately of photos I’ve taken at Maple Lawn Cemetery where I help handle operations when Peter and I have collected fallen tree branches and piled them for burning.  Maple Lawn is a not-for-profit cemetery which is a labor of love for us.  You can find us on the internet in a couple of spots, one, at http://maplelawncemetery.org/ which is our website, and also at https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited …which is where we are on Facebook.

I thought I would show you one of my photographs, from Wednesday, November 19, 2014, for the challenge, of my father Peter burning the branches which we remove in the interest of keeping the cemetery beautiful.  I hope you like it.  You’re free to visit us on the web, and if you are interested, you are also welcome to “like,” “follow,” and/or “comment” on this post.  Thank you for visiting my blog, and have a lovely week.  If you are another Word Presser investigating the Evanescent challenge, I would be interested to see your thoughts on moments in time and how they are captured on camera.

The Heritage of Louth United Church in St. Catharines and Maple Lawn Cemetery

The United Church is reminding their belonging congregations to ring forty-nine bells on the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, in solidarity with the families of the victims.

 

We care-take a disbanded church, Louth United, formerly of the United Church, and also the cemetery which is on the church ground.  We’ve done this for about four years, and I’ve helped design a little website for the cemetery, which you can find here:

 

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Sometimes I read the Daily Prompt and the Photography Challenges presented daily, obviously, and weekly, respectively, which make suggestions for blog posts you can write that day (or that week).  This week’s Photography Challenge is an essay on heritage, and since I frequently take photos of our church and cemetery we care-take, I thought I would include one I took June 22, 2015, which shows the driveway entrance to the cemetery, behind the church, and includes the sight of many of the headstones which mark graves in the cemetery.  It is grim but that is where I am about once a week, and I blog in addition to maintaining the small website (above) and also the cemetery’s presence on Facebook:  

Facebook › LouthUnited

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I would be amiss not to thank my mother for her scrutiny of this blog, which is maintained both to feel independent as a member of a not-for-profit and also to show some cool when it comes to bringing life to the Internet, which in this day and age is a given, although somewhat neglected by many small businesses if you check the honest facts.

 

Thank you for reading this post and if you have any interest in visiting elsewhere on the Internet, feel free.  You can also, “like,” “comment,” and/or “follow” if you would like to read more from me (I write this blog almost wholly entirely on my own drawing inspiration from the WordPress prompts and challenges).