These are strange times we are currently living in, and that is okay. There have been strange times for each generation before us and there will be strange times after us. A lot of people are laid off right now and worried about where the next paycheck is coming from. Hugs, my friends, help is on the way, I hope. Either government aid, warm weather or the virus losing its hold, or maybe a mix of all. Some are working from home, bless you, my children (dogs) are driving me nuts and I am still going to work. And some are hard at work, my trucking and marine shipping friends, the healthcare workers, the folks working to keep our world functioning. I salute you and applaud your efforts.
Eastern North Carolina has been fairly lucky, we have a few cases. Being in a less populous rural area, it is less of an issue than the metro areas of Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham and the Triad area. My thoughts and prayers and speedy recoveries to the families suffering.
A friend of mine posted about the importance of keeping a journal, a blog, or a way to remember this moment of strange times. I keep both a journal and this blog, I mention it fairly frequently. But if you don’t normally keep a journal or a blog, perhaps you might consider it. Records are left behind from every civilization. Historians worry our electronic records won’t leave a trace for future historians. That we need written records, journals, photo journals, art journals, stories, notebooks, etc. more than ever.
When was the last time you wrote an actual letter with a pen and piece of paper?
Personally I think generations from now will be seeing 4 or 5 times great grandparents photos or videos. Things pretty much live on the internet, but what if they are right?
Wouldn’t you love to leave a legacy behind for your future generations to know how it was during your strange times?
Cheers and be safe my friends, james
If you are unfamilar with the dolphin thing. It comes from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe. There is a chapter entitled “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish” which theorizes dolohins were aliens that settled Earth. And well … I better let you check it out yourself.
Cheers and I’ll see you Monday. james
The first four months of writing the book, my mental image is scratching with my hands through granite. My other image is pushing a train up the mountain, and it’s icy, and I’m in bare feet. – Mary Higgins Clark
How far would you go to have books in your life?
I stumbled across this anime this weekend. Okay, so the hubby saw it and pegged it as something I would enjoy. And he was right. I sailed through all 14 episodes currently available on Crunchyroll.
Premise: A woman wakes up as a young child in a strange world. She carries both her own memories of her previous life and the child’s memories. The world she left behind looked a lot like our world, books were easily obtained and read. However, in her new life, books are for the nobility and the church. To complicate matters further, her new body is sickly and ravaged by an unknown illness, when she gets upset or downhearted, she gets sick. All she dreams of is being able to read, write and hold her cherished books in her hand. This means figuring out a way to create paper and through paper, books. It is a long hard road. But along the way she helps out her new family, makes friends, and discovers that maybe this new life isn’t so bad after all.
If you a bookworm, an anime fan, or fantasy fan, this series hits all the right notes. I heartily recommend it and then I won’t be alone waiting for the next season to be released. Cheers, james
Uncle John’s Band
Well the first days are hardest days
Don’t you worry any more
Cause when life looks like easy street
There is danger at the door
Think this thought of me, let me know your mind
Oh oh all I want to know is-are you kind
Uncle John’s Band was another song off the Fruitcakes album. This is another favorite from that album. Thursday I’ll share another with you. Cheers, james
Love in the library, quiet and cool
Love in the library, there are no rules
Surrounded by stories surreal and sublime
I fell in love in the library once upon a time
Jimmy Buffet released this song on the Fruitcakes album in the mid-1990s. The imagery of this song and the whole album spoke to me and turned me into a fan of his music. And I shared his sentiments of “Math Sucks” back as a student.
I included a youtube link to the song. Cheers on a Thursday morning. james
WordPress just notified me that today is my six year anniversary of setting up this blog. Wow. Times flies when you aren’t looking. Things have changed and things have stayed the same. And through it all I am still writing. Still trying to get the magical words “The End“.
Thank you dear readers for sticking with me along this journey. Cheers, james
A new anime series I found this weekend. A young woman from our world dies too soon and is transported to another world. A world where books are only for the nobility and the church. Our heronine refuses to rest until she can surround herself in books once more. Great series, this is the first season and I am hopeful of a second.