Revisiting the Past

Well hello!  Welcome to post #2 of 2021! I’ve been crafting ideas and drafts of future posts for this blog, but I felt compelled to revisit past posts.  I’ve gone back and forth on whether I should archive (i.e. remove) some posts from public view if it doesn’t fit in with how I want to craft this blog for the future. For now, I’ve decided to leave things be. 

Below are posts that I especially enjoyed crafting. My fellow readers, if you have the time, I invite you to read (or re-read) some of the entries below.

Let me know if you’d like to see any of these topics revisited in 2021/2022. Also, don’t be shy about leaving comments in any of these older posts, especially if you haven’t read these until now!

Merging Two of My Favorite Things in One Post: Music and Football

CBS, Fox, NBC or the Mouse House: Who Has the Best NFL Theme Music?: Posted before the start of the NFL 2012/2013 regular season, I evaluate NFL theme music among the 4 broadcast networks. Potential for an update, as Carrie Underwood’s Sunday Night Theme could now be included, along with a new  poll.  Spoiler alert: I’d still choose Heavy Action as my favorite NFL theme song.

Thoughts on News Items I Read

Mailing Days are Temporarily Here Again: prompted by articles on the decline of physical mail, as well as declining interest in email and voicemail.  Posted 9(!) years ago, parts of it are still relevant yet I do think this one is a potential revisit for a future post.

How the CDC Can Help You Survive Your Zombie Wedding: posted in 2012 when the CDC was launching campaigns to raise awareness on emergency preparedness. Aw, simpler times.

Slices of Life

Abandoned Ideas: Name Proliferation Explaining how 15 y/o me thought I could become famous.

Peril on the 532: Recounting the day I was certain I would end up floating down a canal. Part of the Commuter Chronicles series I had created through this blog. I’ve long held an idea to craft a short novel detailing my experience as a public transportation commuter and this series was my way of testing the waters on this idea. This might be my muse should I decide to participate in NANOWRIMO this year.

Scenes from a Lunch Hour: Fun fact- I used this blog post as fodder for a sketch in a comedy writing class I took in 2013.  If I can find my work from that class (crossing my fingers I backed this up on Google Drive), I may share it here in future posts.

Fire Evacuation:  Glimpse into an eventful afternoon at work.

Photo Friday!

Shopping Cart Pirate Ship: I do believe this was my first Photo Friday. I started out with capturing quirky public art. This is what sparked an interest in photography for me.

Armed with just my cell phone camera, I found many interesting subjects for Photo Fridays. I then graduated to a Lumix digital point and shoot camera. That camera recently broke, so I upgraded to a Nikkon D5600 and will be taking classes in the coming weeks on how to use the darn thing. Bonus! I should have some fresh subject matter for Photo Fridays.

Dust Storm!: Alternate title for this could be Stupid Stuff I DId 10 Years Ago. I still can’t believe I sped ahead of this storm just to take photos.

So…it’s been awhile.

Hello fellow bloggers! After a 7 year break, I decided to dust off the old laptop and jump back into the world of WordPress. A lot has happened in the past 7 years. I started this blog back in June 2011 initially as a way to work on creative writing pieces. Once in the WordPress community, I discovered there were so many possibilities to express my creativity beyond mere words and used this blog to experiment with various artforms.

One thing that I truly enjoyed during the 3 years of activity was the community and support I found through this blog. Not long after creating this site, I had family issues to work through and this blog became a significant way for me to work through the grieving process after my grandmother became unexpectedly ill in the summer of 2011. Her health and livelihood quickly degraded over the next 8 months until she eventually passed away in the spring of 2012. During the time, we never received a solid answer as to what caused her downfall and I had to step in and help take care of her for most of those 8 months while also holding down a full time job.

Looking back on that time, not only did the grieving process take longer than I’d like to admit, but I wasn’t happy with my career either. I had a good job that utilized my skill sets-and I was good at what I did, but I didn’t have any particular ambition. To some extent I felt I was going through the motions and just floating along. This blog was something that gave me focus, and I did publish a few pieces of poetry during this time- as well as create a spec script that I entered into a competition.

Once I gained traction with my writing, I was spending less time on this blog. I had started to find some direction in terms of my personal and professional growth. In 2015, I switched jobs and have quickly progressed forward in my current organization. Which is great, but I put a pause on creative pursuits during this time. Now I’m at a point where I’ve found some clarity in my professional growth, and am now ready to resume creative growth.

So- I’m back. I’m not sure right now how often I’ll post. My goal is at least once a week.

I’m curious how many of you who never unfollowed me are still active here on WordPress. In time I’ll visit your blogs and get back into the WP community. I hope you’re all doing well and staying healthy in these uncertain times. Hasta luego!

Eerie red/orange glow of the sun at 4pm – Fall 2020.

Unstrung Magazine Summer Issue

Hi there!

Quick post today.  The Summer 2014 issue of Unstrung Magazine, published by the Arizona Consortium for the Arts, was published this weekend. I have a couple of poems in this issue. Below is the link if you care to check it out.

http://www.theblueguitarmagazine.org/resources/UNSTRUNG+summer+2014.pdf

Happy reading!

Spam Comment of the Week: July 16 2014

Although I’ve been away from the blog for a few months, the spam comments have not subsided. Below are recent spam comments sitting in my pending queue for approval.

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Let me take a moment to discuss each comment.

1. Good post. I’m facing some of these issues as well…

The spam comment above was in response to my blog post How the CDC Can Help You Survive Your Zombie Wedding. I’m intrigued that someone may have faced some of the issues outlined in that particular blog post.

2. certainly like your web site however you have to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very bothersome to inform the truth nevertheless I’ll definitely come back again.

I find it bothersome to follow sentences without capitalization and lack of proper punctuation. Zing! Take that Mr. car quote insurances.

3. I’m not typing out the whole quote on this one. I just wanted to point out one piece of the comment.

You managed to hit the nail upon the top…

Love it. This had to be a translation because most of us know this phrase as “hit the nail on the head.”

That’s all for this week. Tune in next time for Fun with Spammers!

July Update

Hello! I know I’ve been away for awhile. What can I say, the first half of the year just seems so hectic that blogging takes a step to the side. I recently logged into WP and saw that my blog still shows signs of life, so I thought I should take a few minutes to post something and get up to date with my fellow bloggers. Continue reading

Great Backyard Birdcount

Happy New Year Everyone!

Hard to believe it is already February.  It has been a very busy month.  For many of you in the U.S., this is a holiday weekend due to President’s Day.  If you have some extra time on your hands due to the holiday, consider signing up for the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada, this event invites people worldwide to take 15 minutes to count birds from wherever they are.  Whether you are in your backyard, at a park or just taking a stroll, consider entering your observations this weekend.  This event helps scientists and bird enthusiasts track bird populations from across the globe.

It takes about 5 minutes to sign up for a free account. After that, you just sign back in and enter your checklist of birds. The site gives you a ready made list of possible birds in your area with links to information about the various bird species in your area to help make positive identifications on birds.

There’s no need to photograph your observations, but to post photos to accompany your observations, you’ll need to upload them to a site, such as your WordPress blog.

For example, this particular sighting of this raptor has me stumped, so I’m posting it here to upload with my checklist.

P1040047 P1040055The count continues through tomorrow, 2/17/14, so there is still plenty of time to participate. Just visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ to get started.

Happy Bird Watching!

Spam Comment of the Week: January 5 2014

This week’s spam comment is short and sweet.

emailed this siteI constantly emailed this web site post page to all my friends, for the reason that if like to read it next, my friends will too.

Well hey there Guillermo Stonor – I am glad you enjoyed my blog post, but I am betting that you no longer have any friends to constantly email at this point.

 

Last Minute Thoughts Before the New Year

Before I close the door on 2013, I wanted to leave a few thoughts about the past year on WP.

Personally, 2013 was a whole year of reflection and transition for me.  Blogging wasn’t at the top of my priority list, but I still felt the need to keep the blog afloat. Hopefully my regular posts for the past month have partially made up for the irregular posting schedule. Continue reading

Spam Comment of the Week: December 29

Hard to believe, this is the last Spam Comment of the Week for 2013.

This spam comment reminds us of why we just aren’t quite ready to let machines completely do all our work for us.  This comment reeks of translation software.

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Spotlight Awards 2013: Reader’s Picks

Hello everyone!  I still cannot believe that 2013 is almost over.  I couldn’t let 2013 slip away without awarding a round of Spotlight Awards.  Because I’ve been a fair-weather blogger this year, I haven’t spent much time on WordPress. When I did hop on, I mostly visited blog I already followed. Therefore, I turned over the nomination process to my audience.

I want to thank all of you who took time to send me a cool blog to check out. The blogs featured in this round of Spotlight Awards have very unique themes. I’m not sure if I would have come across these blogs on my own.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Locomotive

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post challenges us to post a photo where one thing is the focal point.  Flipping through my library of photos, I found a picture where the focal point is hard to miss.  While strolling through Heritage Park in Downtown Phoenix last spring, I snapped a picture of this locomotive which is encased in glass.

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This is only one of 75 steam locomotives built by the Davenport Locomotive Works (of Davenport Iowa). This locomotive, built in 1905, would routinely travel the Tombstone and Southern Railroads in Arizona.