Happy blogiversary!!

I just noticed that it’s my one year anniversary for my blog!! I had no idea when that was coming up. In celebration, here are my week of quotes!!

Sunday, January 22-What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left. Oscar Levant-entertainer (Very entertaining indeed! And agreed!)

Monday, January 23-How old are you?-Mathematician Augustus De Morgan: I was x years old in the year xsquared. (Math humor-gotta love it!!)

Tuesday, January 24-There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. Douglas Adams-writer (I think this is a little silly, but then again, perhaps I’m just not smart enough to really take it seriously!)

Wednesday, January 25-We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine. H. L. Mencken-editor (I think he makes a good point!)

Thursday, January 26-If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. Maya Angelou-writer (So true!! I embrace my differences from other people. Normal people are boring!!)

Friday, January 27-Q: What is your I.Q.? Physicist Stephen Hawking: I have no idea. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers. (Hehe! Gotta feel good as a quadriplegic to call people losers and be right!!)

Saturday, January 28-Forget whatever should be forgotten, so that you can remember what should be remembered. Bing Xin-writer (Absolutely necessary when you have limited capacity, which we all do to some extent or another!)

I hope you’re enjoying these quotes as much as I am!! Now if only I can make some sense of the Mensa brain puzzlers…

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Quotes again!

I am still wrangling my office (this is now a 5+ day job!!) For some reason I’m finding it hard to wrap it up! It’s probably because I have less and less time to devote to it and the end game is some of the harder stuff. Anyway, got some great quotes this week!!!

Tuesday, January 17-It is just as foolish to complain that people are selfish and treacherous as it is to complain that the magnetic field does not increase unless the electric field has a curl. Both are laws of nature. John von Neumann-mathematician (I would like to take issue with this quote. Just because it is a law of nature for people to be this way, doesn’t make it right. I tend to complain when things aren’t right.)

Wednesday, January 18-They Feynman Problem-Solving Algorithm:  1 write down the problem; 2 think very hard; 3 write down the answer. Murray Gell-Mann-physicist (Another quote I would like to respond to as it is incomplete. First of all, I don’t think you need to write it down to contemplate solutions. Next, he leaves out the possibility of research, very important for some problems. And finally, it should be answer/answers. I think it important to recognize the possibility of multiple options, some better than others.)

Thursday, January 19-Always do whatever’s next. George Carlin-comedian (Sometimes a straightforward undertaking, sometimes not so much!!)

Friday, January 20-Men are not disturbed by things, but the view they take of things. Epictetus-philosopher What about things like bullets? Herb Kimmel-psychology professor in response to above quote. (Yes, even things like bullets. If a bullet is used to stave off an intruder, or kill a violent criminal/dictator, not many people would claim to be disturbed.)

Saturday, January 21-I always have a quotation for everything-it saves on original thinking. Dorothy L. Sayers-writer (A great idea, as long as we don’t get bogged down by cliche.)

Do you have any thoughts on these quotes? I, for one, feel it is important to analyze things of this nature no matter how “smart” the source.

Quotes!!

So I got myself a calendar, one of those one-a-day jobbies, where you peel a page off each day to reveal, in this case, a new quote! These are dubbed “The smartest things ever said.” Not sure how smart they are, but some are quite comical!!

In the future, I will attempt to post 1 a day. Today I will catch up on the last week.

Sunday, January 1-New Year’s Day-Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Mark Twain (I had to explain this one to my 11 year old.)

Monday, January 2-Nothing, of course, begins at the time you think it did. Lillian Hellman (Brilliant of course as the beginning is a thought which is almost never recorded.)

Tuesday, January 3-The future is always beginning now. Mark Strand (A good thing to keep in mind.)

Wednesday, January 4-It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist. Tina Fey (Not sure how smart this one is, but pretty funny!)

Thursday, January 5-I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it. Garrison Keillor (This is great cause we’re not talking about ignoring reality, we’re talking about taking ownership!)

Friday, January 6-Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful. David Lynch (This one is pretty obvious but great nonetheless!)

Saturday, January 7-I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whatever’s going on. Jon Stewart (Definitely apropos! And funny!!)

I’m noticing there have already been a couple comedians. I’m going to like this calendar!!!

Long overdue!!

So I took these pictures in the fall and wanted to share them then got busy with life (you know how it is!!) So here is my fav of our beautiful NE Ohio fall foliage (I still don’t think New England’s could be any better!!)

This is the view of the neighbor’s horse barn from my deck (of course the pic doesn’t do it justice!) Isn’t it idyllic?

I will post more as I go through and find all the best ones!!

The Optimism/Pessimism Game

I’m not sure when we started, but my son and I play this game that we made up (actually I made it up to teach him about perspective.)  It’s very easy and requires nothing more that a bit of creativity!

First, someone thinks of a scenario. Anything will do. My favorite, and probably the first one we used, was the rainy day. Then you compare what each viewpoint would be on looking out the window on said day.

The pessimist, in this case would bemoan the fact that they couldn’t go outside for fun activities or if they did, they would get wet.

The optimist would be happy that the plants were getting watered, one less thing to do today! Also, it could be a good excuse to get in some reading (or blogging!!) If it’s warm, why not play in the rain! That’s fun! (Can you tell my natural inclination?)

The possibilities are endless!! They are only limited by your imagination. My son came up with one that I thought was great! What if you were falling off a cliff? The pessimistic side is obvious (I’m going to die!!) His take on optimism was to enjoy the view on the way down! Brilliant!

I would like to play with you! What scenario would you like to bring up? What are the views on each side that you can come up with? Perhaps you can try and stump me on the optimistic side! That would be fun!