Autumn Leaves, Favourite Memories, and Water Balloons

I have a nephew who this fall is beginning his university education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  I took classes at Queen’s University in 1996 and 1997.  We were reflecting this afternoon on Mack’s decision to move to Kingston for the university, me along with my parents, and with my brother’s wife, my nephew’s mother.

 

These days I have an occasional interest in photography and I take photos at the cemetery where I help tend the grounds.  You can find the website for our cemetery here.  It can be a quiet spectacle.  If I stand in the right spot, I can see the lay of the land, the stones jutting out of the ground beneath the colorful treetops.  When the Fall is here, though, we won’t have much time, because as the temperature drops we spend less and less time taking care of the outdoors, and we move inside the church on the property.

 

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October 9, 2013

When I was a Queen’s University Freshman in the Fall of 1996, the students were told to represent their divisions, whether it was Arts & Science, where I was allotted, or Commerce, or Fine Arts, and so on.  One September day during Frosh Week the students were given balloons.  The balloons got to be filled with water, and soon we were in a game of water balloons, instructed to take on our rivals with a sneak attack, and threw water balloon after water balloon onto the other team.

 

While it wasn’t businesslike, it didn’t strike me as strange after the days of parading and getting to know the campus of the school.  What was a bit nonsensical, and I know I’m honestly a bit nonsensical myself, is that after the water balloon launch, my team were sat down in a lecture hall and admonished for doing such a lowly thing!  A girl, more experienced, took the podium and told us how far we’d sunk for interfering with the flow of the Frosh Week.  Novice though I was, I was astonished at the lesson we were being given.

 

My pride was injured.  I felt the sting of rebuke as I sat and heard the bad of what we had done.  As we took off after the lecture, most of us probably indifferent to the foolishness that had come down on us, I personally was a little more stiff with anger, and also on a path to greater rebelliousness.  It didn’t seem like irony to me that we had played this prank, and been caught.  It had been part of the fun, and it was wrongful.

 

I don’t reflect on this much, although I think now it was a lesson in doing the right thing and in showing respect.  Perhaps it wasn’t; I should have asked if the girl who handed down to us the words of shame was taking advantage of an opportunity, and what was behind her stern talk.  Nowadays, I snap photos and write and blog and participate in social media.  I’ve mostly forgotten about what happened with me and the other Arts & Science Frosh and the water balloons.

 

Maple Lawn Cemetery
October 9, 2013

The leaves at the cemetery change color, of course, and it is a passing joy to capture the image.  Even without a photographic record, it is a calming presence at the cemetery as the green disappears.  The days cool off slowly, and we take our time keeping the grounds in order.  Fall is a lovely season and a favorite time of year for me.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

How Not Knowing Thrillers Makes You a Rookie

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Gaps in your knowledge can be a roadblock.  You need to learn continually, in my estimation.  Otherwise, you’re making a scattershot effort, briefly fun but getting thinner.  Reflecting on what you can do to demonstrate credibility, here are a few life lessons I’ve gained from experience, that I’d like to touch on here.

• Look before you leap.

Without a vocation, it isn’t much good to declare yourself “in the game,” no matter with how much positive thinking you direct yourself, and the level of enthusiasm you have to proffer (such as with to write).  Gaps in your knowledge can easily set you back.  For example, consider being asked to submit a review of a current film, for example.  If you focus solely on one film genre, such as thrillers, for example, you will look better in the eyes of whatever readers you have.  For example, a thriller I remember enjoying is Vantage Point.  It’s a film where William Hurt appears as the President of the United States and the target of an attempt on his life.  Dennis Quaid appears as a FBI guard and part of the President’s enclave.  This one movie alone could have easily spanned dozens of opinions.  Also, a review could have included references to as many other films.

• Don’t gauge there will be excitement when developing something mundane.

You can’t count on being blessed with adulation for something trivial, particularly when you are uninformed.  I know a lot of amateur film reviews can read as uninformed.  It doesn’t generate a lot of positive feedback, I feel, if you are merely waxing poetic on the flick you sat through at the mall.  There is so much competition to get through the noise that I don’t think you will find it particularly satisfying to be hurling nonsense at the world… unless you are a genuine nut.  It’s lucky in this day and age that we have a surviving film format in the commercial sense because not only is the written word pining away for attention, there is a lot of rival video to traditional film that require performance analysis.  A substantial level of dedication to the interpretation of media is essential.

• Your best friend might just be your mother.

If, after you’ve sewn your heart on your sleeve, and the most telling response you get is from your mother, you might know in that moment that you’re beat.  Mothers sometimes know best.  If you get the message that you seem bonkers, you may have to acknowledge that your personal opinions on social might not be a successful strategy on any level in your personal journey.  Gaps in your knowledge can be your undoing.  No matter how much grindstone you’ve hewn, or how much enthusiasm and joy you mustered keeping it real, you may fall short if the lights dancing in your eyes are causing you to need sunglasses.  Even if you did your best, I know in the long run that if things don’t work out, the pain won’t be forever.  I assure you, it won’t.

If you like this post, let me know by following my blog.  Thanks for reading and stick to what you want to do.  Just exercise caution where caution is due.  Thanks.

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Being Artificial on Social Media

Transforming your mind state into something for the Internet is rampantly common and has been for a long time. With social media, you get to craft Internet content that reflects who you are as an individual. When you post to Facebook, or to Twitter, or to Youtube or to any other social media platform, you have an opportunity to make artificial something that is real in your life.

Evaluating your everyday life experience, and translating it into Internet content that you make available for others, is part of your life and that of many others. By thinking of creative methods by which you can translate aspects of your life into social media, you have the ability and the freedom to craft Internet content that is representative of real world aspects of your life, yet artificial in the format you render it. Your life is real, as real as you experience it, and with social media, you can tap into real world experiences for something which is suitable for the consumption of others. You communicate moments in your life into social media posts that reflect who you are as an individual.

There is nothing completely real about posting on social media, yet it generally grows out of real life, because you are inherently human. Therefore the urge to render your life on social media means that you grow your content out of experiences you have in real life. It wouldn’t be artificial if it was really happening, yet however interactive social media becomes, you are translating your experiences into content that others can digest and reflect on, to understand who you are as a human being. The WordPress Daily Prompt for today is the word “artificial.” With social media you form content that is grown from your life experience, yet rendered as artificial as far as it is only a representation of what has happened to you in your life, a bloom of the seed of real life.

Feel free to “like” this post and to comment, and/or to “follow” my blog if you found this blog post thoughtful. I hope you that your own social media posts continue to go well for you and that the best moments in your life are conferred to social media as though they were vitally important, which they are. You are an individual and you have the opportunity to write social media content that reflects the best of what happens to you.

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Action is Essential if you Want Your Aims

A very important realization to have is that time waits for no man. (That’s Chaucer).

I don’t need to tell you twice. You have a finite number of years left in your life, so make the most of them. I am reasonably confident that if you are reading this, you already are. My WordPress strategy is currently to draw inspiration from the WordPress Daily Prompts, and if you understand that I am a blogger doing this for personal reasons, then you are my kind of reader.

I feel I am as capable as I can be with this kind of hobby underway: it must be clear, it must be readable, and it must give me an opportunity to reach fellow bloggers so that I know who might be thinking along the same lines as myself.

I implore you to act. You don’t have an endless supply of the day known as tomorrow, and you should be exploring your own identity with the aim to be both effective and distinct. The aim of bringing it to the digital page should be providing you with both momentum and motivation. It comes but once, and you should have the benefit of some kind of calendar schedule that reminds you when to act, and how.

I want to be known to those with similar paths in life to my own. It is not glory that I want, or riches, but only to gain skill at a craft.  I want to see the world with the eyes of one who has learned something he desired to know. That is all I can do now, but I will be learning each and every day, a pursuit of knowledge.

If you are seeing this, perhaps your own goals are in full swing. You are in charge of your own fate, and what brings you here is sympathy for another, one apart from yourself. You never know when a spark will ignite, and however you have found your way to this tidy page outside yourself, feel free to enjoy as you see fit and to do as one does with a blogger: you “like” and you “follow.”

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What Alger Wrote about Silence

By the time he died in 1899, Horatio Alger Jr. was the author of about a hundred volumes.1   His popularity had dwindled, although his writing received favourable comments and a resurgence following his death.  Walter Sherwood’s Probation says, “There are times when silence is golden, and one of those times is at hand.”2  All of Alger’s novels rework the same plot:  a boy struggles to escape poverty.3

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It’s not the age of silence.  It’s only with a lack of luck that a forthcoming individual lacks a voice by which he’s known.  If one has any luck, he has a voice, with which to speak.  The Internet intertwines individual voices, and at times the roar is as one and other times it is dissident and singular sentiments are spoken.

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We should not shy away from our opportunities to speak. Humility’s not always to our advantage, and we should come forward with something we have in mind to say. The adjoining of human lives is extremely advantageous as the like-minded can and do join in solidarity to reside among the voice of the collective. When the human voice is silenced, it is the sound of silence, but not nearly as golden a silence as the failing Horatio Alger Jr. posited.

If you’re already proudly speaking, and your words are from the heart, let them sound aloud and share your true sentiments with those who are supportive. Don’t be inhibited by what is unkind luck and, therefore, misfortune. Reading this is the opportunity to come forward with speech, so avail yourself of this possibility that your words are worth it and reach home. Never hesitate when the iron is hot to be forward with this venture, and have a heart and be true. Feel welcome with your words.

If you’re of the mind to “like” this post or “follow” my blog, that’s great. You’re welcome to comment as well. This is my chance to say a little with my own voice.

 

Works Cited:

1www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Horatio%20Alger,%20Jr.&item_type=topic

2en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Alger

3dictionary.sensagent.com/horatio%20alger%20jr/en-en/

To Be Passionate is Not to Be Dismissed

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In other civilizations the artists were passionate, and to this day the best minds take in works from the past, what was decided long ago in times of yesteryear.

It is not so much like that now.

Everybody is posting their content all the time, it would seem. This isn’t that big an exaggeration, and you know what I’m talking about if you spend even a cursory amount of time on the Internet. The greatest earmark of passionate works has long been discovered by curious onlookers; now, everybody and his brother is putting something up on the Internet about what it is in his life that is suitable for casual discussion and discourse.

The best and the most passionate shouldn’t play second fiddle.

That being said, it is true that passion need not enter the discussion at all; casual passion–what passes for passion–is ignited daily, and what would seem mundane to scholars is divided on public forums as though it carried burning weight and gravity. This is regrettable, but necessary for civilization as we understand it in the West to pass into the future, a time when people’s outpouring of brazen and unschooled content will become increasingly normalized and heralded all the more as truth.

There is little to be done about this.

It would seem that we are fated to see future generations all the more empowered to join the throng and spit their commentary on formerly little seen aspects of human life as it is now and all the greater committed to the Internet. It is not so much earmarked passion as it is the digital human narrative, committed to the public eye and replicated in many places.

About passion I dare not breathe a word.

If you “liked” this post, feel free to let me know, and to follow and/or comment if you are so inclined. Think I’m on the right track? All the best to you! Thank you.

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Coming Together in the Age of the Internet

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I believe that socializing with friends is important for your well-being. Naturally, in the day and age of the Internet, there are many, many opportunities to find people with whom you may forge a connection. So many people are on the Internet that socializing with new people online is a valuable opportunity when there are so many doors to open. It can’t be beat, that you if need to find other people, that the Internet is so useful when it comes to seeking people.

Social media is truly an advantage if you utilize it. Using Facebook to keep in touch with people from your past, and the numerous other social media platforms that get you interacting with people on the Internet, is a wonderful thing in this century. Often the collective of ideas and thought is forged uniquely through the various social media avenues. Many times the spark of friendship happens in plain sight with social media. It is distinctly a wonderful experience as you have probably enjoyed yourself.

The wealth of information on the Internet is truly a boon for people seeking new and enriching modes of information. It may seem like casual play, perhaps, or something that is so commonplace that it is taken for granted, but the Internet and the socialization that accompanies it is something very special. You can’t help but be moved by the camaraderie that goes with being active on the Internet. Many times, whether staying in touch with people you know from the “real world,” or whether searching for fellowship in the vaunted halls of the Internet, you will find yourself remarking upon the bonds and companionship that comet. It is with this goal in mind, of finding people to whom I may serve a function, that I am carrying on with my blog with an interest in growing my personal brand and possibly becoming of service to others thanks to my activities on the Internet. I am optimistic I can make this work.

You are free to “like” this post or to follow my blog if you agree with the sentiment I’ve expressed in this blog post. Comments are welcome as well. If you think I could be of service to you, by all means, get in touch. Thank you for reading and all the best to you.

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