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It’s In The Mail . . . May 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Humor, Poetry, Writing & Writers.
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Most of the mail we receive in a given day, week, and month is JUNK, pure and simple. 

Definitely a case where “less would be more.” 

In fact, we’d be better off if our mailbox doubled as a paper shredder . . . since we shred 6 out of every 7 pieces of mail as soon as it’s opened.

That said, every once in a while, we get some “fun mail” ~ like the announcement we received this week that our oldest nephew, Nathan, is graduating from high school.

High school?!

Seems like just yesterday that we were teaching him how to say “ba~na~na.” 

Today, we received news that “our copy of  The Very Best WEbook Poetry is in the mail and headed our way!”


Last year, WEbook held a poetry vote to select poems for inclusion in the anthology. 

Lots of wonderful poems by WEbook friends made the cut ~ as did one of mine!  Can’t wait to see them all in print.

Finally, some fun mail that won’t make me feel like the hands of time got stuck in the fast forward mode.

Or will it???  The title of my poem . . .  Moments Slip Away.  Figures!

Race ya to the mailbox!

Pursue Your Purpose With Passion May 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor.
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170px-alice_par_john_tenniel_30Whether you want to claim your “15 minutes of fame” on TV, or just be a star in your daily life, the key to success and happiness is the same:  pursue your purpose with passion or your passion with purpose.

Even if you are not “leading man” material, there are ways to get noticed on TV without having to rob a bank, have an affair with the President, or streak around Giants stadium to get a five second spot on the nightly news.

Unless you are already stripping down to your briefs to head to the closest stadium, keep the remote handy.

Let’s channel surf through options to find the spot that is the best fit for your time and talents, as well as your unique skills, interests, and abilities:

Talk Shows ~ Talk Show hosts (Dave, Ellen, Oprah, Leno, and others) get paid to crack jokes, act silly, and chat with celebrities.  Gigs (even when they are cancelled) will fill your piggy bank with more than a few quarters ~ just ask Conan!

Of course, if you are in the limelight, you will eventually attract the wrong kind of attention, like stalkers and paparazzi.  Losing your anonymity is the price of fame.

Sitcoms ~ There’s lots of money to be made in comedy even if you can’t deliver a monologue night after night.  But, let’s get real for a moment, unless you are as good looking and buffed as Will Smith, or as funny as Ellen, the networks probably are not lined up to offer you a leading role in a sitcom.

In short, you’re not likely to be offered “The Fresher Prince of Bel Air,” or “The Ellen Degenerate Show,” at least not right off the bat.

Just like climbing the career ladder in the real world, you often have to start at the bottom, and climb rung by rung to reach the top.

Guest Spots ~ If the networks are not lined up to offer you a leading role in a popular sitcom, consider guest spots: (1) take an extended leave of absence from your current life; (2) move to Hollywood; (3) sign up with the Screen Actors Guild; (4) get your SAG card; and (5) start heading out for auditions.

Plan to start small.

Networks don’t offer prime guest spots on shows like “My Name is Earl” to aspiring actors . . . unless they can act dumber than Randy, more erudite than Crabman, or more wicked than Joy.

Most jobs are the same, you start small and build on your experiences day by day until you . . . can act dumber than your boss, more erudite than your co-workers, and more wicked than the office back-stabber.

If comedic timing is not your thing, stay tuned for Part 2 –> Get Real!

Related posts:  Do What You Love * But I Might Die Tonight * Discovering Your Secret Identity

Our Internal Compass May 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, People, Spirit & Ego.
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Grumpy gusIn writing, like life . . . we can please some of the people, some of the time.

If we try to please ALL of the people, ALL of the time (or even SOME of the people, ALL of the time), we’re not only destined to fail miserably, it’s a virtual certainty that we’ll feel conflicted (rather than confident) in our daily interactions with others.

When we look to others for guidance (for what to be, do, say, or think), we’re relying on a constantly shifting external reference point.  When we attempt to predict and accommodate the vastly divergent opinions of those we meet (rather than being, saying, or doing what we feel), we’re engaged in a energy-draining guessing game.

Constantly looking outside ourselves for guidance is akin to navigating through the woods . . . across shifting terrain . . . in the middle of an earthquake . . . by looking at a compass gone haywire.

How utterly exhausting and unnecessary.

Using an internal reference point, our internal compass, to guide our actions is a less exhausting, and far more accurate, way to interact with the world.

Look deep, the answers lie within.

When we stop hiding who we are, we have more energy to become more fully who we want to be.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Live Your Life * Access Your Inner Wisdom

The Great American Backyard Campout! May 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Nature, People.
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Snoopy5Today’s “inside child” spends over seven hours a day plugged into some form of technology increasing their risk of developing diabetes, obesity, ADHD, and poor eyesight.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF) programs like Green Hour, Nature Find, Trees for the 21st Century, Certified Backyard and Schoolyard Habitats help get kids outside, spending more time in nature with their families.

Join NWF on Saturday, June 26, 2010 for the Great American Backyard Campout in your backyard, a local park, a campground, or on your balcony!

Spend the night sleeping out under the stars, and exploring the mysteries of the Universe.

Why Camp? Because kids (of all ages) benefit from interacting with others in the Great Outdoors:

* Stronger bodies
* Better cognitive skills
* Better eyesight
* Stronger bones and healthier weight
* Improved imagination and creativity
* Better social skills

For more details on the Great American Backyard Campout:  Event Details

Get ready:  Campfire Stories and Songs * Camping Recipes (Armpit Fudge, anyone?) * Camping Games and Activities (Nature Scavenger Hunt)