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Special Delivery: A Minimalist Approach August 26, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, People, Word Play.
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As perfectly luscious examples of Less is More, I recommend the following blog posts from around the world.

Best of all:  No Shipping or Handling Charges Apply!

Enjoy!

Six Word Memoirs (Turtle Memoirs)

My fave: 10. Worst mistake ~ Believing someone else’s version of me.

SIX WORD MEMOIRS (The Only Cin)

My fave:  9. Revenge is sweet ~ I saw on Facebook he’s bald.  ; )

6 Word Memoir (View From The Side’s Blog)

My fave:  1. Best advice ~ Be yourself, everyone else is taken

Memoirs in Six Words (Bandsmoke’s Blog)

My fave:  1. Best advice – Trust your heart, not your head.

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Can you create effective imagery for the following prompts in 6 words?

1. Best advice
Moments of freedom must be taken. 

2. Milestone birthday
I can’t believe they forgot . . . .   SURPRISE!!!

3. Holiday traditions
Slamming doors.  Shattered Nerves.  Saying Grace.

4. Memorable meal
Big Mac, French fries, Champagne toast!

5. Siblings
When you least expect it:  agreement.

6. Cheating death
Drunk driving into oncoming traffic.  Whee!!!

7. Trip that changed life
Cramped Cabin Blues sailing Penobscot Bay

8. What a child taught me
Enjoy this moment.  It won’t last.

8a. Most beautiful words of a child
Again.  Again.  Tell it again, P~L~E~A~S~E.

9. Revenge is sweet
The “in-crowd” morphed into aging behemoths.

10. Worst mistake
Not realizing there are no mistakes.

If you give it a go . . . let us know! 

Just Curious August 26, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, People.
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I visited avatarist.com yesterday and found this delightful avatar of Winnie-The-Pooh. 

Being a fan of all things Milne, I wanted to weave a post around it. 

Here it is:

Have you ever met someone who is their own worst enemy?

Someone who seems to go out of their way to be negative and nasty for no reason at all?

I have.

And I am always tempted to ask:

Just curious . . . do you find it hard to be so thoroughly disagreeable, or does it come naturally?

Related posts:  Police Guard Home of Woman Who Put Cat In Bin  (Books Photographs And Artwork) * The Most Miserable Person In The World (T4D: Thought for Day) * Quickly Quotable: A.A.Milne (My Literary Quest)

It’s Just Your Imagination August 26, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.
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Continued from:  Hang On, The Future Is Next.

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We need our imaginations to Dream, Conceive, Believe, and Achieve.

Problems arise only when we let our imaginations run wild, endlessly circulating toxic, negative, or non-productive thoughts . . . like worrying, fussing, and fretting about nothing.

What do I mean by nothing?

All the things we waste time analyzing, labeling, or worrying about, that won’t matter a week, month, or year from now ~ things like anger at perceived slights, envy of the hard-won (or overnight) successes of others, sorrow which lingers too long, self-pity and/or regret over things outside our control, greed-based desires, arrogance, guilt, resentment, inferiority, and any other ego-concerns that prevent us from living fully in this moment.

When we choose to let go of endlessly circulating and percolating toxic, negative, and/or non-productive  thoughts, we free up time and energy to enjoy the here and now ~ a good strategy to follow, since most of what we worry, fuss, and fret about, never happens/happened anyway.

Next time you’re upset, saddened, angry, unhappy, take a moment to examine the thoughts running through your mind, and consider:

Maybe it’s just my imagination, once again, running away with me.

Quote:  The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav’n of Hell, or a Hell of Heav’n. ~ John Milton

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Tomorrow:  Stay Focused On The Journey

Related posts:  How To Be Happy NOW * My Top 5 Musical Stress Busters  (Footprints in the Sand)

That’s Gonna Leave A Mark August 26, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.
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Lexophiles love words, especially a good play on words (or even a bad play on words). 

Most of these puns came from e-mails I’ve saved over the years.  A few are of more recent vintage.  

All of them are gonna leave a mark:  

1.  Why did the dentist and manicurist divorce?

They kept fighting tooth and nail.

2.  What happened when the butcher backed into the meat grinder?

He got a little behind in his work.

3.  What happened to the guy whose left side was cut off? 

Oh, he’s all right now. 

4.  Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I’ll show you . . .

A-flat miner.

5.  Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer . . .

The agony of de feet.

6.  How’s the guy who fell onto the upholstery machine? 

Oh, he’s fully recovered.

7.  I  wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. 

Then it hit me.

8.  What about the soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray?

He’s now a seasoned veteran.

Stay tuned. 

More Fun with Puns tomorrow.

Can’t wait?

Visit PUNS ~ A Play On Words

What Have You Been Told? August 26, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, People, Sustainable Living.
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I’m a fan of the new Audi commercials with the taglines, Break the Spell and Break the Cycle:

They capture perfectly the brainwashing (and manipulation) of the masses by the media moguls.

Of course, the irony behind the ads . . . Audi is doing it too:

Must . . . Buy . . . An . . . Audi.

What have you been told?