When Will We Ever Learn?

February 7th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The book I’m writing right now about how we treated the poor, the criminal, and the insane in the 19th century is a horror story.

I know I keep repeating this, but of course I could write about how we treat the poor, the criminal, and the mentally ill in this country now, and it would still be a horror story.

I’ve moved on to the penal sections of the book and it’s making me even angrier and more upset. The system is such that certain crimes and groups of people are focused on and they go to jail while other criminals and groups are left entirely alone. That is also the same now, thank you Matt Taibbi and your book, The Divide.

Finney, relaxing in the sunlight until …

Finney in the Sunlight

He comes along.

Bleecker Stalking Finney

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Dogs and Film Shoots

February 5th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I took a quick shot of a dog walker and then noticed I had walked into a film set …

Shoot1

It was for Blue Bloods, which I actually enjoy although the writing for Tom Selleck’s character, Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, got weird a while back. It got weird for the whole show really. There’s an unpleasant undercurrent I no longer like. Thankfully, it’s faint.

I noticed Limitless, another show I enjoy, is about to film in my neighbor, except I didn’t note the day. Hopefully not today because it’s SNOWING! YAY!

Shoot2

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World Singing Day

February 4th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’m trying to catch up on my email, and I just read an email from Scott Johnson, the founder of World Singing Day, and so I went to their website.

I watched the video below, and quite honestly, I thought at first that it was going to be … sentimental. And it was, but in the best possible way. It reminded me of Where the Hell is Matt? for singers. I teared up. It’s really quite charming and worth watching.

The next World Singing Day is October 22. Thank you Scott and everyone who helps and participates. It’s a wonderful thing that you’ve created, and I hope you have a great day in October!

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Thank God for Choir and Cats

February 2nd, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

I am so stressed out today. I’m dealing with lots of financial issues at the same time that I’m coordinating an Echo move which always freaks me out and also involves financial issues, AND I have a root canal tomorrow.

Hopefully I will be feeling a lot better after choir, when I come home to this guy and Bleeck. We’ll all curl up with the tv and not give our money issues another thought.

Finney, 2016

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30 Day Mental Challenge Result

February 1st, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

I did this 30 day mental challenge last month, only positive thoughts for 30 days (the challenge came from author and editor Mitch Horowitz). I know some people hate this sort of thing, and I have learned it’s better to acknowledge your bad feelings. But sometimes they become a habit that is not useful.

I couldn’t stop negative thoughts from occurring of course, but I was able to do something—at times when I noticed I was thinking negatively I was able to stop from dwelling on whatever thought I was having. At the best of times I’d see how the negative thought was wrong. I’d argue with myself for a second about whatever thought it was, ie, “What’s so hate-able about you??” And I’d think of a few things about myself that didn’t suck, and by the time I was done I was thinking about my book, or tv, or something else.

It didn’t make my month momentously different, but it was an improvement, and improvements don’t suck. In fact, they seem rarer as I get older, so yay!

I took this picture because I liked the colors.

Colors

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