07-28-17 Update

What I’m reading
I read How to Master Lucid Dreaming: Your Practical Guide to Unleashing the Power of Lucid Dreaming by Sean Kelly. (It was only 99 cents on Amazon.) I got got some insight and a few tips from it like setting some simple goals and writing down some motivations for wanting to do lucid dreaming. He also some advice for developing prospective memory and using that in conjunction with practicing reality checks. Another idea that I found interesting was doing a short “day cleanse” ritual before going to bed to let go of the day’s stress and tensions. I was disappointed that while he mentioned several techniques for lucid dreaming, he only provided instructions for one, the MILD technique, because he felt it was the easiest for most people.

I’m now reading Lucid Dreams: Gateway to the Inner Self by Robert Waggoner which immediately grabbed my interest with the first paragraph. I’m feeling a bit more positive and confident about lucid dreaming now.

I also have Charlie Morley’s first book, Dreams of Awakening: Lucid Dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep on my Kindle. I liked his Lucid Dreaming: A Beginner’s Guide to Becoming Conscious in your Dreams. (See 07-21-17 Update )

Quote I’m pondering
“Procrastination is fine but if you take it too far, it turns into extravagant self destruction.” ~ Unknown

07-21-17 Update

What I’m reading
I finished Lucid Dreaming: A Beginner’s Guide to Becoming Conscious in your Dreams by Charlie Morley. I’m interested in learning more about it and reading more books on the subject. I saw references to works by Robert Waggoner and Stephen LaBerge. I’ve also found several interesting YouTube videos. I’ve been trying to use some of the techniques although at this point I’m focusing on remember dreams. It will come to me. Maybe with more research I might find a technique that works better for me.

Projects I’m working on
I’ve been having trouble with one of my ceiling fans for a while. I was going through a lot of bulbs and after the last replacement, the best it would do was flicker, if it worked at all. I got tired of eating my dinner in the dark so I replaced it. The new fan uses LED bulbs using a standard base. The old one used incandescent bulbs with a candelabra base. My daughter-in-law has gone through a lot of bulbs with the same model fan. That’s what we get for going cheap.

I installed an identical fan for the other side of the room when they’re both lit, the room is much brighter than I can remember it. For some reason the two separate circuits. The one over the dining table is on the same circuit as most of the kitchen outlets which sort of makes sense. The other one is on the same circuit as the kitchen lights. The strange thing about it is that it was probably originally been an overhead garage light before the garage was converted. The electrical wiring in my house is not necessarily logical. Portions of it makes sense while some of it leaves me scratching my head.

Eventually I’m going to be installing ceiling fans were they don’t currently exist. That should be a lot of fun, crawling around in the attic and running wires. It’s always something.

Quote I’ve been pondering
“I’m not getting old, I’m evolving.” ~ Keith Richards

06-30-17 Update

Event I attended
On Saturday Tina, Abigail, and I attended the grand opening of Kuya Ian’s Bistro in Columbus where the Sayaw FilipinOH gave a benefit performance. The staff made us feel very welcome and the Filipino cuisine was great. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the performance.

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What I’ve been reading
The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England by Carol F. Karlsen. As expected, it is interesting with a lot of demographic data about the women (and a few men) who were accused of witchcraft (and many executed for it) in early colonial New England. It turns out that the social and economic factors in the New England witchcraft trials were much different than the eariler trials in England and Europe.

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What I’m watching
I just started watching GLOW on NetFlix. It’s a series about a Hollywood director trying to create a television wrestling show featuring women wrestlers. I haven’t had much if any interest in “professional” wrestling since I was a kid but I guess I’m drawn to this program on a different level. Maybe it’s the characters I’m drawn to.

Project I’m working on
The kids have been reorganizing their garage, tearing out the shelving and cabinets that came with the house and installing new shelves and storage that fits their needs better. It was inevitable that I’d get involved but that’s okay because it will benefit me as well since I store a lot of my tools there because I don’t have a garage. To be honest, none of us is sure who owns some of the tools, not that it really matters. We’re family and we share what we have. I’m hoping that with the reorganization, I’ll be able to store a few more tools. And now I’m feeling motivated to clean out my shed.

Quotes I’ve been pondering
“There is an objective reality out there, but we view it through the spectacles of our beliefs, attitudes, and values.” ~ David G. Myers

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” ~ Edward P. Morgan

“Shit flows downhill. Rarely does anything positive ever trickle down. Positive change generally rises from the bottom in spite of the scum floating at the top trying to hold it down.” ~ R.B. Romig, 27 June 2017

“Let’s stop pretending that pants are even necessary. It’s time we progress as a society.” ~ Goddess of Mischief ‏@ShanaRose21

06-23-17 update

Sorry for not posting last Friday but I just didn’t have anything of interest to post and I’m not sure I have anything of interest this week either.

Events I’ve attended
My wife and I attended two lovely weddings. Both took place at the same venue and were officiated by the same pastor. I actually knew the second couple and I’m sure my wife knew, at least casually, everyone at both weddings. In the past year or so I’ve been becoming more and more integrated with the local Filipino community here through my granddaughter’s involvement with the Sayaw FilipinOH dance group , through social interactions with my wife’s Filipino friends, and the local Filipino-American Association. It’s definitely a good thing that I’m becoming more involved as I’ve pretty much been on the fringes for many years.

Things I’ve been listening to
I’ve always enjoyed writing I enjoyed it school (elementary, secondary, and university) but it’s a skill that has gotten a bit rusty over the years. I do occasionally have moments of inspiration in which I produce the occasional rant on a blog but I’ve been yearning to write something more substantial. Now and then I run across a webinar purporting to reveal some secrets to great writing. Usually, they’re inducements to enroll in some sort of online course costing hundreds of dollars, which, of course, is beyond my meager financial resources. Still, I usually get a few ideas and tips from them.

I don’t have any aspirations of becoming a professional writer. Much of what I do write is for my own pleasure or amusement. Sometimes I write as a way to work out ideas which are occasionally released into the wild via my blogs. Lately, I’ve been looking at writing as a means of looking into the shadows and getting to know myself on a deeper level. I’ve also been taken by the idea of writing down and sharing some of the stories of my life experiences which seems like it would be more fun and exciting than probing my inner demons.

What I’ve been reading
After putting it down for a while I finished The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin. I found it interesting. I had ancestors and cousins who lived in the Dakotas when this blizzard occurred on one related family that was traveling when it struck. Several of them lost limbs or were blinded from the frostbite. They were unable to maintain their homestead and moved back to Ohio.

Now I’m reading The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England by Carol F. Karlsen. That promises to be interesting reading.

Quotes I’ve been pondering
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been pondering solitude and the benefits of spending time alone. Here is a small sampling of my favorite quotes on the subject.

“The power to bring me out of solitude – or to push me back into it – had never belonged to another person. It was mine and only mine.” ~ Martha Beck

“To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.” ~ Charles Caleb Colton

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. “ ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

“Learn to be alone and to like it. There is nothing more freeing and empowering than learning to like your own company. ” ~ Mandy Hale

“But when I looked closer, I saw the footprints were mine. I had walked it alone. I knew then I no longer needed to believe in myths to be strong. ” ~ Fishbo Jangles

“I like being alone. I have control over my own shit. Therefore, in order to win me over, your presence has to feel better than my solitude. You’re not competing with another person, you are competing with my comfort zones. ” ~ Horatio Jones

“Only when totally alone and in a naked state, do we know the total truth of who we truly are!” ~ Aleta Nelson

“Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather, it means never living apart from one’s self. It is not about the absence of other people—it is about being fully present to ourselves, whether or not we are with others.” ~ Parker Palmer

“All of man’s difficulties are caused by his inability to sit quietly in a room by himself.” ~ Blaise Pascal

“What is needed is, in the end, simply this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going into yourself and meeting no one for hours on end—that is what you must be able to attain.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” ~ Henry David Thoreau , Walden

“I think it is very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” ~ Oscar Wilde

06-09-17 update

Although I stayed busy all week, I don’t have much for this update, probably because I was busy with the same things all week.

Projects I’m working on
I currently have two outdoor projects in the works. One is extending my patio along the back of the house using the paver stones I dug up from my son’s house (see 05-09-17 update). It turned out that 60 was just the right number of stones for the project. I dug out the area to a depth of about three-and-a-half inches which wasn’t a particularly pleasant task, especially with daytime temperatures in the mid-80s. The clay soil, rocks and debris, and roots didn’t help. Once I got it dug up and reasonably level, I put in a two-inch layer of sand (give or take) and set the stones on top. On most home improvement shows this would be an afternoon project or a day at the most. I spent four days on it.

My daughter-in-law came up with another project for me. The gate to their privacy fence is in pretty bad shape and that portion of the fence runs at a rather odd angle from the property line to the corner of the use. She wants me to extend the fence another eight feet along the property line so the front section, with the gate, so there will be a square corner where the front side meets the house. Of course, the fence posts are securely embedded in concrete so they won’t be easy to dig out. (Yes, I still have the concrete to break up for her.)

What I’ve been watching
On Monday, I noticed that Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein was streaming on NetFlix so I just had to watch it. I love that he filmed it in black-and-white. Shooting it in color just would not have worked. I’d like to see more feature films done in black-and-white, it’s a very powerful medium and it takes skill for a director to manipulate the lighting and shadows properly to achieve the required effects.

Quotes I’m pondering
“Truth lies within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whatever you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness and to know rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape that in effecting entry for light supposed to be without.” ~ Robert Browning

“Denying the darkness doesn’t get rid of the darkness, it just leaves us more vulnerable to its appearance in our lives. We can approach the darkness, ever so carefully to learn about the monsters within ourselves. With knowledge, then we can avoid being caught with our pants down. We can avoid becoming a victim of our darker self.” ~ Robert G. Longpré, Naturist Lens: The Problem of Shadow Denied

“To be nude under the sun at the water’s edge is the natural way. … To be for the free beaches is to be human, in a dawning age of great consciousness and freedom.” ~ Lee Baxandall

“Everyone tells you what to do and what’s good for you. They don’t want you to find your own answers. They want you to believe theirs.” ~ Socrates

“Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge.” ~ Paulo Coelho

06-02-17 update

Event I attended
On Sunday Abigail and I traveled to Columbus, Ohio for the Asian Festival at Franklin Park. Sayaw FilipinOH did two performances, one in the Amphitheater and later inside in the Adventure Center. Abigail and the rest of the troupe gave great performances.

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Sayaw FilipinOH at Columbus Asian Festival, 28 May 2017

Projects I’m working on
We worked on the garden and did some associated maintenance as well. I put the fence around the garden back up, repaired the garden hose and replaced the nozzles for both the front and back hoses. I also fabricated and erected things to support the climbing plants. So far, most of the plants seem to be growing well.

Another dumb-ass thing I did
In last week’s update I forgot to mention the other dumb-ass thing I did that weekend. I forgot that one should not toss water on hot coals. I quickly remembered why one shouldn’t do that. I got burns on the fingers of my right hand, between my hand and the first knuckle. I was also burned on the underside of my right forearm. It hurt like hell. At first I thought they might be only first-degree burns but later that evening, the pain still hadn’t subsided and a few blisters were beginning to appear. I probably should have gone to urgent care but I got some burn spray and gauze pads at the corner drugstore and treated it myself. The lidocaine in the spray helped to relieve the pain. The burn on my arm began to peel around mid-week and the fingers are just starting to peel. Both areas are still rather red.

Quotes I’m pondering
“Most people do not see their beliefs. Instead, their beliefs tell them what to see. This is the simple difference between clarity and confusion.” – Matt Kahn

“I like being alone. I have control over my own shit. Therefore, in order to win me over, your presence has to feel better than my solitude. You’re not competing with another person, you are competing with my comfort zones.” – Horatio Jones

“Choices. Choices have consequences. Do I settle for a choice that leaves me in the shadows, on the fringes of depression, or do I choose to lose even more?” – Robert G. Longpré, Sky Clad Therapist – The Naked Psyche: There’s Darkness in the Sunshine

“The idea of a belt holding my pants up seems so 20th century. Imagine a world where your pants are held high by your self-esteem. But it’s a silly notion, really, because in a world such as that, nobody would even wear pants.” – Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

“That flesh is corruptible is indisputable – the body will rot after death. That it has a corrupting feature is nonsense. The naked body does not corrupt innocent minds.” – T.L. Lim, My Life as a Naturist: A Justification For Naturism

“Feeling the breeze on your bare body is soothing to the soul.” ~ Kathy Barron

“I’d go somewhere where no one spoke. I would take a stack of books up to my hips, and I’d read nonstop. And I’d be reading naked.” ~ Linda Hamilton, on what she’d do with a day to herself

05-26-17 update

Events I attended
On Saturday, we hosted a graduation party for our eldest grandson, Jacob. We were concerned about the weather and a couple of heavy showers hit while we were setting up but we were fortunately blessed with good weather for the party itself.

As with any Pinoy social function there was plenty of food, naturally resulting in plenty of leftovers and we actively encourage people to take home as much as they wanted. A lot of the guest were my wife’s friends, some of my daughter-in-law’s family, and Jacob’s friends from choir. I’d have to say it was quite successful.

On Sunday evening we attended Jacob’s graduation ceremony. Ben was part of the hand playing Pomp and Circumstance and a few other songs. The program had the choir senors perform two numbers so we got to hear him sing again.

Dumb ass thing I did
Just before going the graduation, I got something out of my truck and accidentally locked my keys inside it. The next day I went down to the Chevy dealership to inquire about getting a new key made. I only had one key and I’d been meaning to get a spare since I bought the truck six-and-a-half years ago. I called roadside assistance and had someone come by and unlock the truck fro me. I found the keys behind the seat. On Tuesday, I had a spare key made. I also finally got around to getting hard copies of my vehicle titles, something else I’d been meaning to get done.

Technology issues
The satellite receiver box for the bedroom TV went out. The satellite provide sent out a new box and, surprisingly, I received it the next day. I had to make a couple calls to customer support to get it set up. It was a High Definition receiver and I couldn’t receive the HD channels since my account is for standard definition. Once I got that resolved, I found I wasn’t getting the international channels. A tech came out this morning, made some changes in my setup, and tweaked the dish alignment a bit. He suggested that I trim some of the branches of the tree that hangs over that corner of the house which I did later in the afternoon.

Quotes I’m pondering
“Whatever the circle of hell in which we live, I think we are free to break out of it. And if people do not break out, they stay there of their own free will.” – Jean-Paul Sartr

“You don’t seem to understand you are in prison. If you are to get out of prison the first thing you must realize is: You are in prison. If you think you are free, you can’t escape.” – George Ivanovich Gurdjieff