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Run, Run, Run Away!
Have you ever just wanted to runaway from something in your life? I remember feeling that way a few years ago. I thought how wonderful it would be to not have a care in the world and just bounce from town to town. Of course I realized this wouldn’t really fix any of my problems so I didn’t follow through on that plan, but in the story of The Gingerbread Girl our protagonist runs from everything.
It starts off with her just running to cope with the emotional pain from loosing a baby to SIDS and she finds that she enjoys it but with an obsession. At one point she is running so much that she is falling down. This all eventually leads to an argument with her husband in which she decides to run away from it all to a little beach house. While she is there she runs and runs and runs. Then one day she finds herself in a dire position and running is the only thing that will save her life.
I read this story a long time ago and when I started reading it again this week I realized that it had stuck with me for a long time. At first I didn’t really know why because I couldn’t remember some of the pertinent information. The thing I like about a lot of stories is I connect with them and this one connected with me in a lot of ways. I like to run. It makes me feel good and for the most part it is a cheap form of exercise. The other reason I connected with the story is because in the beginning they talk of Emily’s fertility issues and I have been there. I can not imagine and hope I never have to deal with the death of my child, but I can understand wanting to just run away from the pain. Let’s just hope I never have to run for my life because I am pretty sure I wouldn’t survive.
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Return to Form
I’m feeling good and cold. We are in that wonderful time of year here in Colorado where it goes from sunny and warm in the morning to snowing by 5pm. I have some reprieve though in knowing that I can go home and lose my self in the adventures of people like Ted Simon in Jupiter’s Travels. The best part as well is that currently in my readings Ted has finally reached Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. If you are a regular you know that we have been in Brazil for awhile now an it has changed our hero.
But during his time in Rio not only does Ted find familiar friends or friends of friends. He gets a place h can stay for a few days and is introduced around to many of the big names in the city. this is not un usual for him though as you find throughout the book that his time as a journalist has given Ted many connections all over the world. It is a lot like the original version Facebook. Only you actually have to go to another country most times to meet your friends friends and ask to be friends.
We also get to see Ted find another person he melds well with. An instructor for the ballet studio he is staying above. They make good friends and he keeps it there. Though through the stories told it sounds as if he could have seen them as more than just friends. The real benefit to the time he spends not only in Rio but with her is that it starts to make him feel more like he was before the whole Fortaleza mix-up.
Which is fortuitous because in the last couple of weeks I have gotten to spend some time with friends I haven’t seen or talked to in a while and it is nice to get back in touch with friends like that. It is interesting that you can get back in touch with from years or months apart and good friends will make it easy to jump right back into the place where you were before. You might also notice that it will give you the same sense of renewal that Ted experiences being near like minded people.
You see the thing is when you surround yourself in an environment of like minded people thinkers it will have an effect on you. More than just that though it will also have a return affect on the other people as well. For now though I’m going to leave that as all I’m saying to sort of tease the post for next week.
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What Happens After…
…Your train derails? Do you wait around for the next train or do you hitchhike to the nearest town? What if the train never comes?
Ok so my train derailed a little last night when I tried to write this post and ended up not feeling so well. Sorry but I am here and ready to talk about what I have been reading.
Short Stories are AWESOME! They consume little time and if well written can really take you on a whirlwind ride in a matter of seconds. They can give you something to think about and maybe they might even relate to you somehow. I am starting with Stephen King’s Just After Sunset Stories and if you are not a huge Stephen King fan then this might be a better way to jump into his style of writing. I think the horror factor can be there, but he is not really as gruesome as in his rather large novels.
Anyways back to the story I read this week. The title is Willa and it is mostly focused on her fiance and him trying to figure out where she went after their train derailed what he finds though is not exactly what he thought and his future is forever changed. Now Willa is extremely strong willed and she basically leaves her fiance behind because he is failing to see what is right in front of him. I am not sure that I would have gone after her given the description of how she acts, but it turns out that she is a lot smarter than she is given credit and makes his life much better. I feel that there is something to be learned from this and that is you can choose to be stuck somewhere bored and never getting to where you want to go or choosing to take a different path that can make things much better. Plus you never know what strange twist will come along. This little story was very well written and had a nice little twist towards the end. As Willa said “perception isn’t everything” and in this book that is definitely the case.
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The Pit-Falls of Associations
Hello all. I’m coming to you a day late, and not a dollar short. I spent that dollar long before I was ever short of it. This is turning out to be a crazy week. I was able to read some more though from Jupiter’s Travels and yay. Ted finally is free of the prison (by which I mean large office at station) at Fortaleza, and is now leaving for Rio.
We do find that it seems to be there is someone else with a similar name to Ted that is causing problems. They wanted to make sure they didn’t already have their man. In the end he is released and they allow him to write his article on the floods and his experience in Fortaleza as a whole. I found that his experience there reminded me of my life and what caused a massive change in me just like it did him. They are different changes though and not at all supposed to be. Let me get into it though and I think you see what I mean.
So as Ted found his change happen it all started with spending that time in what will call captivity. He was confined for the most part to an Office and had the ability to be escorted at times when possible to a restaurant for food or could get up and move around the office itself a bit. As the days turned into a couple of weeks the mood of Ted grew to be soured at the situation. Now remember that during this entire ordeal he has no idea as to the actual reason he is being held. He discovers that some books and the occasional shower and change of clothes can help his mood some, but ultimately he was turned sour against the city. Not because they had all turned on him and he thought he was out to cause trouble for Brazil and Fortaleza. Simply because he was in a place he didn’t understand the language, and was in a position where he felt he was being held against his will. Now this changes him because he has been on the move and going through such an easy going on the journey so far to hit a wall where he is told he can’t do anything is bad for keeping his spirits up and the adventure exciting. Now this isn’t the turn in him or yourself that is hard to notice.
The turn comes for Ted after his release and when he gets the bike back. he ttys to stay and make sure he gets the stories written. Then he makes the decision to move along and head south towards Rio. This is the key part of the turn. Because as he arrives at the cliffs overlooking Rio. He looks down into a bright vibrant city that is bathed in light. He knows that the couples days journey and the sight of the adventure continuing have finally returned.
So for me this came not in a journey around the world but in the form of what my life had become. I had worked the same job for 12 years and when I started there I loved it. It was only over time and the unknown changes and plays that I couldn’t see coming that eventually made me get to the point where I was exactly like Ted was with Fortaleza. It’s not that they all hated me or thought I did a bad job. The ones that were vocal though were just enough that when that opportunity arose to move on to a new town came. I knew that I had to take it. When I arrived the first day at the new place it was much like Ted arriving at Rio. The new job seemed like a bright exciting and lively new adventure. It has been as well. Ted discovers that part of himself in Rio that he missed. I found a piece of myself I thought never existed. In the almost 2 years I have been at this job I have become quite literally half the man I was before in terms of weight. I’m also more active, fit and healthier than I have ever been in my entire life. All it took was making that turn and letting life lead me on the way.
I’m not saying that you will have the same experience or that your journey will be the same. Heck your turn might not even be the same. All I’m saying is that if you don’t look for your Rio. You won’t be able find that part of yourself that you lost, are missing, or never knew you had. As has been said before getting to the destination is not the adventure it the small things that happen along the way that make the journey.
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The Real George Washington
So George Washington’s birthday was this last Monday and I have in the past read an awesome book about him. So here is the review I wrote and I think you should check it out and then check out the book:
So recently I read the book – The Real George Washington. This book take the writings of George Washington and other fragments of what we know about him and pieces everything together to give you an idea of who this man really was. I have to say I learned sooo much about our country and its humble beginnings from this book, probably more than I ever got out of history class. Most people when you ask them who George Washington was they will tell you that he was one of the founding father and our first president and some may even know that he was the General in charge during the Revolutionary War, but what most will not be able to tell you is who exactly this man was. And let me tell you after reading this book and learning what kind of man he was, I have to say that George Washington became my hero. This man was humble and meek. He realized that he did not know everything and depended on the counsel of those around him. He love the quiet, domestic life that he constantly tried to be a part of. This man was called out of retirement 3 different time to serve his country and he did so with a heaviness in his heart, but with the realization that he needed to guide the country to prosperity. He made mistakes, not willingly or knowingly, but he made them and he admitted to making them. He did not place blame on others for his shortcoming, but also held those around him to high standards. He did not accept compensation for being the President. He felt that it was an honor to hold the position and that that should be enough. I would say to everyone that we should all take a moment and learn what our founding fathers were like and we should all try to emulate the honorable attributes that they possessed. By the way, I highly recommend this book.
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The Audio Problem
The journey has gotten hard for both me and good old Ted Simon. I continue to read through his journey. However, I hit a bit of a wall in terms blazing through it. Later this week we record the next episode of the podcast and as such I have to make it through that book and still continue to read through Jupiter’s Travels. So I thought I would kill the proverbial birds with a stone. The plan is that I read Ted’s story on the kindle still but then listen to the audio book version of the other book.
The First problem I ran into is solely in the audio book. I have the story and I feel like I can talk about the story but for some reason I don’t feel like I have a connection to the book. I’ll get more into that in the podcast though. It will give you a good reason to listen. I can’t figure out why I have this disconnect happening in that version yet in Jupiter’s Travels I have arrived at the moment when he is being detained in Brazil. At the same time he is going through feelings of frustration and boredom I find that I’m having trouble getting through this part of the story.
So the problem is are the two related or not is it that I’m so focused on that audiobook that it is affecting my ability to get through both and still enjoy both stories? Is it the fact that the other is such a dour subject that it combined with no forward progress in Ted’s movement is driving me to not want to be delving into either story at the moment.Either way it is causing me to want to finish one so that I can concentrate on only one of them. I’m close to finishing the audio book and by the time Niki is Entertaining you on Wednesday I will be finished with it. Which is fitting because she picked the book. I think in the future though I will need to be more aware of when I will be engaging in the dual method of books. By which I mean Audio and written and more strategically place them out into a more regimented period of time. Not having the two over lap.
Don’t get me wrong though I like being able to listen to the book be read and utilize the hour or so drive twice a day from work to home in this way. My problem as I say is that I feel somehow distanced from the work.
Anyways I did want to talk briefly about something that did come up in my readings of Jupiter’s Travels. It is brought up the fact that Ted was a journalist, and at this particular time in Brazil’s past that is suspicious. He still has the journalist passport and mentality. Both of which I’m sure will serve their own purpose on the trip. Although I think one will more than the other. My question is this. Can you not be what you have been for so long? I realize it is a tough question and one that I find myself trying to answer now. Which is why it is important to me.
I have been a computer tech for longer than anything else in my life. Can I truly make the transition from that to blogger and documentarian. Can I change what I am or will I just become a blogger /documentarian/computer tech? Like I said I don’t know that I have the answer at this time in my life. I suppose that in the long run Ted has become a Journalist/ traveler/ many other things. Maybe the goal is not focus on what you are currently doing or have done in the past but to look forward to what you want to do. Now I feel like I’m rambling aimlessly so much like a man trapped in a Brazilian Federal Office all I’m going to say is nothing more.
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So I noticed Wednesday was Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, but really who cares all that matters is that Monday is a holiday for all you working folk. So I decided to continue with my reading of speeches and since I read the “I have a Dream” dream speech not too long ago I thought how fitting it would be to read the Gettysburg Address. I didn’t realize that this was one really short speech, but still good and very to the point of the matter. I feel sometimes speeches get dragged out and you never really know what the speaker was trying to convey.
So I love old school way of talking or writing, as perceived by my love of Jane Austen books and I love how Lincoln’s speech starts Four score and seven years ago. Who even knows what a score means? I had to look that one up and when you are reading his speech score sounds foreign right? But really it isn’t we score points for a football team and there are about 10 other meanings for score. Anyways back to my point, in this context it is different. Score mean 20 years and then you have to multiply that by 4 and then add 7 giving you 87 years. So why couldn’t he have just said 87 years, well I don’t know, but I do know that the speech just wouldn’t have sounded right. How WEIRD!
While researching his speech many have discussed how ironic it is in the speech that he says “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here” except for the fact that in my previous post here Martin Luther King Jr. speaks from this same speech. It will be remember and I highly suggest everyone read it. It is short, but it is a piece of our history.
On another note, I think it is very interesting that the presidents of that time wrote their own speeches instead of hiring speech writer like our current and most recent presidents have, but then again these are just my strange rantings, Right?
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When chaos ensues, and you- Just. Don’t. Have. The. Time.
What’s a busy mom to do? Books at bedtime have always been a staple in this household. So much that NOT having books is the only punishment that really holds any weight. Video games, TV, toys – none of those strike fear into the hearts of my kids like the threat of no books.
Unfortunately, time constraints don’t always let us read leisurely the way we like to. Sometimes even the shortest of books cause stress because it’s far past bedtime. But even on those days, we take just 5 minutes to read a quick short book. Even if there isn’t time, even if I know those extra 5 minutes might make or break the next morning mood and schedule we always take just a few minutes to read something. In fact, I don’t think there has been more than a handful of nights that didn’t have books.
So why bring it up? I’m not even sure, other than to let people know that no matter how insane your life can be, you should always take just a few minutes for a story before bed. It builds that love of reading. but also creates such a reliance and expectation that it becomes the thing they just can’t live without. And I’d much rather they mourn the loss of that privilege than that of any of their other past times. Sometimes I worry that it is the wrong ‘carrot’ to dangle in front of them but I can tell you one thing, we have never not read books before bed as a result of punishment, so in my book I’d call that a pretty awesome carrot.
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You tie up your shoes and head out to the treadmill. There is one left right in-between two people but you don’t care because you have your headphones and so do both of them. You start into a walk for a bit and then hit the speed up to a jog and before you know it all three of you are in a good run. It’s a bit before you realize that somehow all three of you are in perfect form and synchronized. How does that happen?
I don’t have an answer this is a site about books silly. It fits perfect with where I’m at in Jupiter’s Travels though. just like you running and becoming magically in sync with people next to you. Strangely enough it happens with almost every thing where you are doing the same thing next to others. Ted finds this as his Africa portion of the journey comes to a close. He finds that he has become accustom to the way of life in the cities. Not only that he now has they ability to sense when the rain clouds are going to actually rain and when it all just a big show.
The point being that when you are in an environment or near others You will settle into the environment and become more adept at noticing the way things around you are behaving and working. This is good because you will notice that one thing that isn’t quite right around you and help keep you out of trouble. However at the same time you can also get too comfortable just like Ted did when traveling from Cape Town. HE thought he had time for a quick rest but ended up instead putting himself right in the middle of a storm that he should have missed. The best thing to do is to keep noticing the small things but not get so comfortable in your routine that you forget to notice the small things that should keep you safe and sound. I don’t have many readers I want you all to be safe at all times. This time that really is all I’m saying.
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The Kiddo’s Korner
So the first Friday of the month is a special Friday for me and the kiddo. Every week we go to story time, but on this day we get to go to a special story time if we register quickly enough. What is so special about this story time? It is specifically geared to give parents and other caregivers ideas to help their kids learn. The age range is 0-5 and they cover all sorts of things. I urge you to look into your local library district to see if they have similar events. They also typically have a craft for the kids and they get a free book.
Today I learned that there are 5 recommended things that parents should do to help their children’s early literacy skill. They are reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing. Now reading and singing are probably pretty obvious, but I was a little surprised by writing at this early age because I mean really they can’t write so how would you even do this. We were told to get a dry erase board or chalkboard and as you are telling stories write the simple words like dog or cat or duck. This helps the kids associate the shapes of the letters in the word to the picture or story. Another interesting thing I learned about there writing skills is the need to work their little finger muscles so that they can later hold a pencil. You can do this by teaching them how to manipulate their fingers such as when they show the number 3, 2, or 4.
We also learn sign language in this special story time, which I think the kids all love and that narrating your day is a good way to help their vocabulary. I have noticed that when I talk to myself and, yes I will freely admit to this, my little guy will just stare at my mouth and how it moves. I genuinely believe his little brain is trying to make the connection of what my mouth is doing. I also try to tell him about my daily tasks like when I am grocery shopping I will stop and tell him what an item is and what it is for. I really never thought of this before, but there is so much that they have to learn and I think we as parents can make it easier if we just let them in and hear our thought.
I also advocate reading anything and everything to your kids. Even if it is the newspaper. I realize that maybe that is hard and it seems like you need to read 1000 pages to get through some excellent novel, but it doesn’t need to be that way. My buddies have given other options that I’m sure your kids will love and maybe you will have a new love for reading as well. So check out their articles here and here if you haven’t had a chance to read them. I will also be taking a look at awesome short stories so that you really don’t have an excuse.