“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.
I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
As you know, I love to read more than one book at a time. But I think I may have gone a little overboard at the library this weekend!
On the bright side, I’ve almost achieved the halfway point of my goal to read 100 books this year. I have one more to hit 50 and one day to go to accomplish this.
Wish me luck!
Top pick right now: Illusion
Top new find: Six-gun Tarot
There is a constant stream of information about what it means to be beautiful and how that might vary from country to country. And this article from one of my favorite sources, Buzzfeed, is a perfect example of that. A female journalist sent out a photo of herself to contacts in various countries and asked them to Photoshop her to their vision of beauty. I think her finds were very interesting and worth a look, or several. Do you think she found a standard of global beauty?
It bodes some thinking. And here is where you need to decide what it means to YOU to be beautiful, successful, attractive.
Don’t let society (or anyone else for that matter) tell you how you should look or walk or talk or act. This goes for women and men. Beauty standards aren’t just for women anymore. More than ever, there is an intense amount of pressure on men to be muscular, hairless, and tan.
Let me say this once and try not to sound like a bad infomercial or ad for kids. Your body is yours to use as you like. It might not be perfect but it yours. And at the end of the day, you are the only one that has to like what you see in the mirror. If you’re unhappy, change it. If you can’t do it on your own, there is no shame in asking for help. But don’t think that being a size 2 will land you the perfect guy or that having a bigger bicep than The Rock will let you keep a great girl.
If we all concentrated a little more on health and hard work and less on a “quick fix”, I think we would all be a little happier.
And for the record, a little Chapstick never hurt anyone.
People keep talking about the global energy crisis like it’s in the distant future. Well, if we don’t start investing in technologies like this, we won’t be alive to invest in them when we actually need them. My mom has a saying that I love: be prepared and chances are you will won’t need half of what you prepared for. This basically her way of telling me to always pack an extra pair of underwear or a towel or bring a jacket to the fair, but it’s still good advice. It’s better to have something and NOT need it than to need it and NOT have it.
Water is a valuable resource. Most of us in the United States don’t know or care much about water conservation. But did you know that the western part of the country is actually in a drought? California has been in one for years. Literally. I know that I wasn’t aware of this. But I think this is a great idea that can help in several ways. Solar and fresh water working together? I think this could be the start of something amazing.
There are a number of irritating things experts insist you must do for your own good: eat nine servings of veggies a day; maintain a diverse retirement portfolio; check your transmission fluid every month. Most of us ignore a lot of this advice, because there’s no end to it, and our lives are complicated enough.
As a habitual good advice ignorer myself, I realize that when I tell you I’m here today to talk about passwords, you’ll want to tune me out. But wait! Good password hygiene is more important than flipping your mattress.