pondering again: Another New Kid On The Block - 05/25/19 08:19 AM
Another New Kid On The Block

Another New Kid On The Block   Despite rumblings to the contrary, this is not a post about a boy band from the 1980s or 1990s.  Or any of those attempting to make a comeback.  Once again. 
It's something we likely see throughout our travels everyday.  No need to book a trip to a far off distant land(oh but that would be nice, right?) but it occurs right in your own backyard - well kinda.  I thought of this the other day while making a trip just beyond the boundaries of the immediate neighborhood.  You know … (12 comments)

pondering again: Pondering Those Good Vibrations - 05/22/19 08:56 AM
Pondering Those Good Vibrations
Pondering Those Good Vibrations  This post title might cause you to channel the Beach Boys.  That's understandable to me.  I don't if it's my California roots but that 1966 song did bring back some old memories as the inspiration passed me on the road the other day.  A rolled down window(a classic image for a classic song, right?) captured for a split second as it was the genesis of this thought I guess. 
But my mind was also influenced by the connections we make each and every day.  If we are fortunate we have memories of some of … (33 comments)

pondering again: Slow Down You Are Moving Too Fast - 05/21/19 09:10 AM
Slow Down You Are Moving Too Fast

Slow Down You Are Moving Too Fast  I have been known to speak too quickly.  Sometimes speaking before thinking if I am not mindful.  Moving too quickly.  Bypassing or skipping things as the world goes by.  There's a lot to be said for slowing down.  I am definitely trying it more. Each and every day. Being deliberate. Focus.  Staying aware.  And in-the-now.  Success?  I don't claim so.  Again, a work-in-progress is a more apt description.  
The other day Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP commented on one of my posts where I used a photo of the … (37 comments)

pondering again: And The Subject Was Roses - 05/19/19 06:44 PM
And The Subject Was Roses
And The Subject Was Roses 
The other day arrived with the sound not of a gentle pitter-patter but somewhat more intense. Definitely not a light rain or just a drizzle.  In Southern California we have experienced more precipitation than usual and most of us are grateful for that.  The usual walk as dawn was breaking that day would  be postponed. In the scope of things to be concerned this really is not an issue. At least I didn't think so.
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. 
I am thankful that thorns have roses. 

pondering again: Making A Right Turn From The Left Lane - 05/18/19 08:29 AM
Making A Right Turn From The Left Lane
Making A Right Turn From The Left Lane 
Recently I saw it happen.  For a split second I wanted a police car to show up but it was early, very little traffic so I guess this may be example of  "No Harm".   
I then wondered about changing directions.  Was that it?  A missed opportunity?  A possible short cut idea?  My mind wandered a bit and that later led to some pondering.   
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. 
You're on … (35 comments)

pondering again: No Rhyme. No Reason. Just A Thought. - 05/17/19 11:27 AM
No Rhyme.  No Reason.  Just A Thought. 

No Rhyme.  No Reason.  Just A Thought.
Things happen. And then they don't.   No complaints from me.  Not this time.  Disappearing posts.  Photos/images there one minute and then gone the next.  Comments going AWOL.  Other things happening.  Oh, well.  
Some say glitches are to blame.  And perhaps that is true.  At times.  For me:  I can usually point to the source and he can be found in the mirror.  Quite frankly I prefer not to try looking at that guy.  Because if it's ActiveRain or something/somewhere else the source of the error/the misunderstanding/the issue that goes … (42 comments)

pondering again: On Adaptability - 05/16/19 09:20 AM
On Adaptability
On Adaptability
I assume we can each appreciate the importance of adaptability in our lives.  A quick look at the Internet shows us this definition from Oxford Dictionaries that adaptability is the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions.  Easier defined perhaps than is actually practiced in real life.  
Let's leave the definition as the goal I guess. As is often my way of discovering and exploring things around me I look to quotes by others for some insight.  Today, I share three quotes from people of diverse backgrounds.   
All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. 
The … (41 comments)

pondering again: Choosing All Or Nothing - 05/15/19 06:47 AM
Choosing All Or Nothing

Choosing All Or Nothing 
The possibilities are everywhere it seems.  Some say the opportunties are as well. 
It's a choice of course but how does one choose?  Well I imagine there are times when the lesser of two evils prevails.  So much for the best/better man(or woman) winning but it happens.  It's not a game show either where you can find the terrific car or the fabulous once-in-a-lifetime vacation behind the curtain.  There definitely can be a downside.
But choices usually involve some analysis, don't they?  The good, the not so good and those areas that can … (37 comments)

pondering again: Lessons Learned Courtesy Of Dr Ruth - 05/13/19 06:40 AM
Lessons Learned Courtesy Of Dr. Ruth

Lessons Learned Courtesy Of Dr. Ruth 
Recently I saw the documentary Ask Dr. Ruth.  You likely know Dr. Ruth Westheimer.  She is the diminutive German-born woman who made a name for herself in part as an expert on late night television and other media outlets.   As the little woman with the distinctivevoice who rolls her "Rs" with the best of them, she speaks of sex in clinical terms in a straight-forward manner. 
Her story is about much more than that.  And it's pretty incredible.  From the start too.  Her earliest years while others the same age might … (35 comments)

pondering again: Time Was Not The Issue - 05/08/19 01:02 PM
Time Was Not The Issue
Time Was Not The Issue Recently I met with a longtime friend and neither of us could remember the most recent time or the occasion we met.  Sometimes it doesn't matter.  Or does it ever really matter? 
Time may be a factor in determining worth in some situations.  It can be important when trying to establish a point of reference.  Not so much in others. 
This thought came to mind.  It seems to fit just fine.  For me. In this instance.  At this time. Even when I prefer not to put an "antique" label on any person … (25 comments)

pondering again: Too Much Or Not Enough - 05/08/19 10:02 AM
Too Much Or Not Enough
Too Much Or Not Enough
It's a broad, far-reaching topic and one that can be very specific.  Not at the same time, of course.  I was thinking.  Okay, pondering.  Again.  About silence.  The sounds of silence.  And other things.  Different aspects of it.   
As I look for truth or greater understanding I occasionally search for quotes by others.  I find some expected and some new-to-me thoughts.   Some of which leads me to an insight.
You can't know too much, but you can say too much. 

pondering again: Wishful Thinking - 05/06/19 03:18 PM
Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking
We don't necessarily need to look too far or go too deep to find examples of wishful thinking.  Examples are seemingly all around us.  Maybe it's more noticeable at the beginning of the year with resolutions of getting in better shape, being less this/more that or eliminating bad habits. It exists in many other circumstances too. 
for example:  the student who doesn't study throughout the school term who wants to achieve a passing grade. Yeah, that's wishful thinking.  For sure.  Maybe it's the unrealistic seller who has visions of a lofty price when the current market suggests otherwise.  … (37 comments)

pondering again: Approaching Alaska Well Kinda - 05/06/19 10:25 AM
Approaching Alaska.Well Kinda.  
Approaching Alaska. Well Kinda. 
No, this is not a prologue to an upcoming chapter of a travelogue to Alaska but mere ponderings as the amount of daylight hours increase. 
I have never been to Alaska yet I have heard/read from those who have visited or lived in our 49th state and give it rave reviews. 
I happen to be thinking of Alaska while on my morning walk which coincidentally has begun earlier most days in the past week.  Yes, sunup is approaching and appearing much earlier.  I wondered about it again last evening when it was still light after dinner … (24 comments)

pondering again: How Much Is That Dogma In The Window? - 05/04/19 01:07 PM
How Much Is That Dogma In The Window? 
How Much Is That Dogma In The Window?
Every dogma has its day. 
                                                                                                      Anthony Burgess 
Conversations overheard can  often be confusing.  Things out of context.  Indeed.  And more.  The same can be true in a lot of situations.  Recently, I was reading an article.  The … (21 comments)

pondering again: How Memorable Are You? - 05/03/19 03:09 PM
How Memorable Are You? 

How Memorable Are You? 
I was recently reading a news article about an experience where memorability was examined.  It's a subject that is often discussed in the world of real estate.  This news article had nothing to do with real estate.  Imagine that!  Yes, there is a world beyond real estate. 
When I searched for a quote where "memorable" was mentioned I found many that caused me to ponder more I found two that were new to me and one I have known for a long time. What makes you different?  What makes you memorable?  Hopefully for … (21 comments)

pondering again: No, Not A Mayday But May Day For Sure - 04/30/19 06:58 PM
No, Not A Mayday But May Day For Sure
No, Not A Mayday But May Day For Sure There is  no reason for alarm,  No concerns.  Relax.  Be Happy. 
While things may not be perfect - what is "perfect" anyhow?  Let's make the most of the day.  Every day.  And as I have said before, let's make the most of every moment.  Mayday as you likely know is the word used internationally as a radio distress signal. 
And today is once again the first day of the month.   May 1 is known as May Day.  A day of  tribute(but not typically a paid day off … (23 comments)

pondering again: That Elephant In The Room - 04/29/19 03:41 PM
That Elephant In The Room
That Elephant In The Room 
You might be able to see it.  Yes, over there.  Grey, Gray or even possibly pink.  And then again, it might not be quite so clear.  Not tangible.  Not quite.  
Large and not so large too.  Real or imaginary.  The likelihood of many scenarios are abundant when the subject is brought to attention.  It's the ideal pondering moment. Or two. 
Things, like this and like life, are not that simple.  Far from it. Events, recent and not-so-recent, tell us such things are far from simple.  
When there's an elephant in the room, introduce him … (52 comments)

pondering again: It's That Time Again: Rabbit Redux Of Sorts - 04/19/19 10:42 AM
It's That Time Again:  Rabbit Redux Of Sorts
It's That Time Again: Rabbit Redux Of Sorts   And I guess it's down a rabbit hole of sorts.  Rabbit holes can be a familiar place but hopefully not so familiar they become commonplace.
You know it's been said history repeats itself and that happens with some regularity for me.  Hopefully more good things remembered than bad times that are best left unvisited for a return trip.   As an aside, I have revisited blog posts here on ActiveRain for old times sake, to jog a memory or to make sure I am not repeating myself too many times … (37 comments)

pondering again: Click Here For The Answer - 04/16/19 01:40 PM
Click Here For The Answer
Click Here For The Answer 
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer,
but the right answer. 
Let us not to seek to fix blame for the past. 
Let us accept the responsibility for the future. 

pondering again: Man Of A Certain Age - 04/12/19 01:44 PM
Man Of A Certain Age 

Man Of A Certain Age
I was listening to an episode of All Things Considered on National Public Radio with a segment where host Terry Gross was interviewing Ray Romano, the stand-up comedian most familiar to people for his real-life based television sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond".  Mr. Romano who later went on to other things also spoke of his later show "Men Of A Certain Age". 
Not as financially successful as his previous effort, it was still awarded certain accolades.  His thoughts brought me to ponder.   As if I needed much prodding.  Pondering Prodding.   
Anyway I was … (50 comments)

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