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I’m A (Karma) Chameleon October 18, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, People, Writing & Writers.
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fotostockchameleonLike many writers, I’m an introvert by nature.  I recharge by being alone and don’t need much in the way of social interaction to be content.

My need for solitude is one of the reasons I choose to live on quiet islands (this is our third!) rather than in the middle of a bustling city.  I would wither away in short order if planted in the heart of Manhattan.

Despite introverted tendencies,  I’m a chameleon.

When I’m around other people in social settings, most attendees would assume that I’m extroverted because I’m often the life of the party :

* I feel comfortable talking to people on any number of subjects.  When I don’t know anything about the topic under discussion, I ask questions.

* I enjoy telling anecdotes and funny stories to make people laugh (or think), and listening to others share their stories and histories.

* I am equally comfortable under the spotlight . . . or sitting on the sidelines watching the world go by.  Plant me at the edge of the crowd (or in the middle of a party where I don’t know anyone) and I become so absorbed  watching the interactions playing out before me that I never worry about what “they” are thinking of me.

I expect being an attorney did me a world of good in overcoming my introverted tendencies when around my peers.

To effectively represent others, lawyers must ignore any self-consciousness they feel while “on stage” in front of judge and jury.  They stop worrying about their own reputation and focus on how their clients are being perceived by the fact finders.   They shed their shells and develop thick skins in the process.

But once an introvert, always an introvert.

Being around people for too long drains an introvert’s batteries.  We tend to withdraw from the public eye in order to recharge.   In contrast, extroverts  recharge in public.  When no one  is around, their batteries start to dry up causing them to crave opportunities for social interactions.

While there are exceptions to every rule, I expect that most serious writers are introverts, not extroverts.

Being introverted causes one to be a bit more thoughtful, contemplative, and observant.

For writers . . . that’s a good thing.

Quote:  There is only one trait that marks the writer.  He is always watching.  It’s a kind of trick of the mind and he is born with it. ~ Morley Callahan

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Fun With Numbers: Sequences October 18, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in People.
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220px-Arthur-Pyle_The_Enchanter_MerlinMath has logic and certainty behind it.

When you see the pattern, you can predict the next step in the progression.

It’s Black & White, without the endless shades of gray that predominate elsewhere in life.

Craving a bit of logical certainty?

Here are a few easy sequences to put order back into your day:

1)   1   4   9   16   25   36   ___   ___   81

2)  3   5   8    13   21    ___   ___   89   144

3)  8   ___  64   125   216   343   ___

4)   3   6   10   ___   21   28   ___   45   55

5)   2   4   8   16   32   ___   128   256   ___

6)   1   4   7   10   13   ___   19   22  ____

7)   3   9   27   81   243   ___   2187   ____

Answers tomorrow.  

NOTE:  Some answers may appear in the comments.  Don’t scroll down until you’ve solved the sequences . . . or have given up due to lack of sleep, lack of coffee, or lack of interest.  Cheers! 

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