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A Bag of Bargain Books February 4, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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I just got back from the Friend’s Book Sale at the Island Library with a bag full of Bargain Books:

* Repacking Your Bags ~ Lighten Your Load For the Rest of Your Life.  Cover Price $15.  My cost:  $0.25

* When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? Cover Price $24.  My cost: $1

* Buddha or Bust ~ In Search of Truth, Meaning, Happiness, and the Man Who Found Them All.  Cover Price: $25.  My cost: $0.50

* Generosity ~ A New York TImes Book Review Notable Book of the Year.  Cover Price: $15.  My cost: $0.25

* If Life is a Game, These are the Rules ~ Ten Rules for Being Human.  Cover Price: $15.00 .  My cost: $0.25

* 101 Simples Ways to be Good to Yourself.  Cover Price: $15.  My cost: $0.25

* The Book of Vices ~ A Collection of Classic Immoral Tales.  Cover Price: $18.  My cost: $0.50

Total Cover Price:  $127

My Cost:  $3

Moral of the Story: If you want to collect “clutter” . . . look for bargain books.

No rules.  Just write!

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?  Thumbs Up?
Are you a bargain hunter?  What are your favorite bargains?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries February 4, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Nature.
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MAN-MADE SIGNS REMIND US OF NATURAL BOUNDARIES

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Weekly Photo Challenges (The Daily Post) February 4, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging.
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_0001aCalling all photographers!

Jeanne, Linda, Naomi, Cindy, Paula, Tammy, Shannon, Ruth, Suzicate . . .

WordPress is starting a new challenge ~ the weekly photo challenge.

This week’s theme is “Boundaries.”

To get started . . . read on and subscribe to The Daily Post.

Ready . . . Aim . . . Say “Cheese” . . .

Read more:   The Daily Post at WordPress.com

Forward, Ho! February 4, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Less IS More, Mindfulness.
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Dollar-BillsMy hard drive died a few years ago, and I lost 15 years of financial records.

Talk about liberating! I stopped recording all that unnecessary data and realized that money comes and goes, ebbs and flows.

I also lost works-in-progress, photographs, etc.

Realizing how much stuff I had stored away on a fallible machine let me see how I clung to the past.

Instead of mourning the loss, I set about to “delete” other records cluttering up my life ~ college journals, letters, calendars, yearbooks, diaries, and other detritus that kept me tethered to the past instead of propelling me forward to the future.

Yesterday, I received an e-mail in my in-box which included the following:

Horace Traubel, biographer of Walt Whitman, once asked Whitman, “Suppose the whole damned thing went up in smoke, Walt, would you consider your life a failure?”

Whitman’s response: “Not a bit of it.   No life is a failure. I have done the work. I have thrown my life into the work.  My single simple life, putting it up for what it was worth, into the book — pouring it into the book.  Honestly, without stint, giving the book all, all, all.  Why should  call it a failure? Why? Why? I don’t think a man can be so easily wrecked as that.”

When I first started blogging, Rik (Uphill Writing) reminded me to back up my posts by asking how I would feel if SLTW disappeared.

I thought about it for a moment and decided that would be the Universe’s way of saying, “It’s time to turn your attention to something else.”

The quicker we let go of “that” . . . the easier it is to grab hold of “this.”

This moment . . . the only place that happiness resides.

Forward, Ho!

Quote:  It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a moment-to-moment basis. ~  Margaret Bonnano

How about you?  Has clinging to the past stalled your forward momentum?

No rules.  Just write!

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