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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Learnings & Observations

A mildly introspective rant on some things I've learned about myself, life & other stuff in general over the past few months, for no particular reason other than the fact that I've paid for this URL.

John Mellencamp is right
"an honest man's pillow is his peace of mind"

I think too much
I really do, but fortunately there is an antidote:  just start doing.

I always assume the best intentions in people
This is both a blessing and a curse.

I am steeped in Catholic guilt
Next to Jewish guilt, Catholic guilt is one of the most powerful forces in the galaxy.  Right up there with gravity, black holes and cosmic strings.

I am inherently positive
That is when I am left to my own devices.

I am not a writer
I do love to write though.  There is a difference.

I own 5 books of poetry
I own zero books on sports.  Oh, and I love ABBA.  And I am straight.  Go figure.

I've re-discovered National Public Radio
This is what happens when you let your Sirius subscription run out.  This has been a good move.

My daughters amaze me
I can't believe that I actually fathered such wonderful children.

We need a modern day version of Hunter S. Thompson
Where are the modern-day writers who can make politics actually interesting?  Chris Mathews annoys me.  Glenn Beck is a cry-baby drama queen.  

Sometimes the answer is only about 50 feet away
You just need to be open to it.

My capacity to learn
I have an almost infinite capability to learn.  This is a good thing for a 46 year old.

I have "sorta" rediscovered the concept of Faith
I'm not claiming any tent-revivals here, but I have seen & experienced some things that have given me pause.

Always be skeptical of fear.  Always.  Respect it, but be skeptical.

And on the 8th Day
God created frozen pizza (for middle-aged men who live alone).

Are these the good old days (& we just don't know it)?
Maybe Carly Simon was on to something.

Languages & Music
Are two things I wish I had an aptitude for but don't.

My cat sat on my keyboard and typed the above...I swear, it's true.  This is his contribution to NCFE.  Thanks JeanLuc!

Local bloggers
There don't seem to be many local (Scranton/Lackawanna County) bloggers.  That's a shame.

Is something that makes you healthy both mentally and physically.  It's like dietary fibre:  all good.

Old NCFE Postings
I tried to re-read some of my postings from the October/November, but it was pretty difficult stuff to get through.  That noted, none of it is getting deleted.

The Facebook folks apparently have an algorithm that determines the order that your friends appear.  Just goes to show you that there is no such thing as "random" in the universe.

I like what I do for a living
I get paid to do stuff that's sometimes down-right enjoyable.  And I work with some mighty talented folks. Score!

I am lucky in that I have some outstanding healthcare professionals that have helped me maintain a healthy life.

I wonder
How my sister would feel about a visit this summer?  Perhaps a D&T day?

Is some damn healthy stuff.  Just like dietary fibre & garlic.

The Blues
I think I am now qualified to sing the Blues.  I just lack the actual talent to literally sing the Blues. Oh, and there is the whole "being a white guy" part.

I usually sleep well these days
Without much in the way of augmentation either.

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