“Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades, bumps, and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested.”~Katie Couric American television and … Continue reading Random Quote for January 7, 2021
“No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.”~Alan Watts British writer and speaker Alan Watts was born on this day in 1915.
“The problem with the Internet is that it gives you everything—reliable material and crazy material. So the problem becomes, how do you discriminate?”~Umberto Eco Italian medievalist, philosopher, semiotician, cultural critic, political and social commentator, and novelist Umberto Eco was born on this day in 1932.
“It does not matter much whom we live with in this world, but it matters a great deal whom we dream of.”~Willa Cather American writer Willa Cather was born on this day in 1873.
This year has been difficult, and it’s hard to find things to be thankful for. I could list all the losses I’ve personally had, but that’s only me looking in the rearview mirror, not at the road ahead. Yeah, I think about the things I lost, especially when I want a specific reference as I … Continue reading Giving Thanks in a Thankless Year
“The sooner you learn that life is not fair, the better off you'll be, because you'll spend less time railing against life's unfairness and feeling aggrieved and entitled, and more time figuring out how to maximize your assets, and your talents and how to deal with things that you're not very good at.”~Condoleezza Rice American … Continue reading Random Quote for November 14, 2020
Our neighborhood was particularly hard hit by the wildfire that took our house. Of the 43 homes in our development, 17 were destroyed. More than half had a loss of some type—either an outbuilding, trailer, or vehicle. The most valuable thing we have left is our sense of community. Since the Cameron Peak Fire blazed … Continue reading Rebuilding the Dream, Pt 3
"Loss either teaches you to persist in the face of suffering, or hardens you into a bitter cynic. Sometimes, it does a little of both."~Grace Slick American singer-songwriter and artist Grace Slick was born on this day in 1939.
Two days ago, we received news that half of our neighborhood was consumed by wildfire, including our humble abode. (C) 2020, JJ ShaunOur home. October 5, 2020 First Reader and I have spent the last few days waiting and wondering what was going on. We've been denied entry to our community daily because of the … Continue reading Evacuation Day 8
First Reader and I tried to get to our home today and were turned back. We were told the conditions were still too unpredictable to allow entry. As of this post, we still do not know how much of our community survived.