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Archive for May, 2011

Event: American Cancer Society Vintage Clothing, Collectibles, Furniture and more – June 11 & 12

May 31st, 2011 Comments off
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#Trust30 Day 1: 15 minutes

May 31st, 2011 Comments off

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey

Here is today’s writing prompt:

We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live.

1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes.
2. Write the story that has to be written.

(Author: Gwen Bell)

I have never been one to think about the end of my life too much. I am almost assured to find my life wanting at the end, as I always want to do so much. There is a finite limit to the number of hours, minutes, seconds in a day and I end each day feeling much the same way. There is always much more that needs to be done and much more I want to do.

That said, I find joy i the smallest accomplishments of my day. A few, well-crafted words, a newly neatened flower bed in the garden, a great, homemade meal shared with my family. I think it is important to notice and enjoy these small successes each day so that you have energy to keep working toward the larger goals. We all need some sense of accomplishment, even when engaged in the “greater battle” of life. Without the celebration of small successes, we risk falling down the well of depression and despair when we face the roadblocks inherent in larger projects.

Big projects are difficult, simply because they are big. They encompass many concepts, many people, many ideas and many challenges. They should be hard. To expect them to be otherwise is a bit naive. We know better, but sometimes we think we will simply breeze through a project solely on our own brilliance and bravado. This leaves us wide open to disappoint when we hit the inevitable roadblocks, mis-starts and downright awful days that every big project entails.

If anything is to be said of my life and the end, I hope it is that I tried — a lot. This will also mean I have failed a lot, but also, hopefully, that I have succeeded a lot, as well. Whether those successes are large or small, I think they all add up to a well-lived life. As Socrates supposedly said, “an unexamined life is not worth living”. I examine my life everyday in large ways and small and each day I notice good things which arise from it, through it, in it.

I hope that you find your life the same. If not, perhaps you need to examine your life a but further and find those things that have the most meaning to you. You can’t, and shouldn’t, live someone else’s life or allow them to live, control, direct yours. You are in there — or perhaps out there, somewhere. You only need to find it


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I Like This – May 25, 2011

May 25th, 2011 Comments off
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Photo: What is he thinking? Hmmm.

May 22nd, 2011 Comments off
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Event: Taking Things Apart: A workshop for kids and adults

May 18th, 2011 Comments off

Taking Things Apart: A workshop for kids and adults

Saturday, June 18th, 2011
10am – 1pm

Registration fees:Machine ProjectMembers– $10 per family or small group
Non-Members – $15 per family or small group

Register here:

Learn how every day appliances work and become more comfortable with tools through the disassembly of a small appliance. Work with real volunteer engineers who grew up taking things apart too. Every workshop is different. Kids from ages 3 – 18 have taken apart everything from sanders to blenders, DVD players, phones and toys.

More info here:

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via Taking Things Apart: A workshop for kids and adults.

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I Like This – May 18, 2011

May 18th, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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Today’s Coffee: Hoki Poki Kona Coffee — Yum!

May 16th, 2011 Comments off
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Video: A rainy day in Ohio

May 14th, 2011 Comments off

For the last several days I have been back in Ohio for the kick-off of the Saturday6 program. I added 1 day to my trip in order to spend some time with my family that still lives here. I moved to Los Angeles 25 years ago and don’t get back very often. We were on our way to visit my Aunt and Uncle when it started bucketing down. It has been a very wet Spring this year and we even had some flooding along our route. I decided to capture a short piece of our ride and by accident an Amish buggy came trotting by in the other direction.


Watch “Rainy Day in Ohio” – iPod Ready Format

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I Like This – May 11, 2011

May 11th, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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Video: Gold Line Train Arrives at Union Station

May 9th, 2011 Comments off

During National Train Day 2011 we hopped on the Gold lIne to ride a portion that was recently (last several months) opened. We rode from Union Station to Mariachi Plaza and back. I grabbed this quick video on my iPhone as our train arrived.


Watch “Gold Line Train Arrives at union Station” – iPod Ready Video


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