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The Thinking Ladder October 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, People, Writing & Writers.
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Tim Urban, over at Wait But Why, is sharing a fantastic series right now ~ The Story of Us: Full Series.

Last week’s post, The Thinking Ladder, is fabulous.

It’s about HOW we think (and to a much lesser extent WHAT we think).

It addresses different types of information processing, hypothesis testing, confirmation bias, dissent, etc.

It is LONG . . . and worth every minute it takes to digest it.

Aah . . . that’s better! 

The Triumph of Stupidity September 30, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves and wise people so full of doubts.”
~ Bertrand Russell

Hmm . . . he sounds certain of himself, but did he really say that?

I wasn’t sure so I did a bit of cyber digging to alleviate my doubts.

I found a nugget that suggests that Russell may have said something similar, but different:

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
The Triumph of Stupidity, Mortals and Others: Bertrand Russell’s American Essays, 1931-1935.

Hmm . . . he sounds cocksure about The Triumph of Stupidity, but did he really say that?

And does “the modern world” encompass the years 1931 – 1935?

Who was this guy anyway?  A fool?  A fanatic?  Stupid or Wise?  Cocksure or Uncertain?

To doubt, or not to doubt, that is the question.

Aah . . . that’s better!

An Offer To Good To Refuse July 18, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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Tippy Gnu has fallen off his rocker.  Not a big surprise, I know.  We knew it was going to happen.  I mean, c’mon, he doesn’t even drink coffee.  What kind of red-blooded American writer doesn’t drink coffee?

Except, you know, when they are drinking alcohol.

But Tippy is not a tippler either.

No coffee.  No alcohol.  Nothing to blur the edges of reality.  So we knew it was just a matter of time before he toppled.

Now that he has, his topple is your Piglipple:

That’s right!  He’s giving away his Pumping up Piglipple book for FREE.

Go grab yours:  FREE BOOKS

Just remember to hold it by the edges and wash your hands thoroughly after your done.

Aah . . . that’s one Unique Unicorn!

 

For Your Next Murder Mystery . . . July 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Nature, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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I don’t know about you, but I appreciate it when Agatha Christie wannabes write outside the box.

Instead of relying on mundane methods of murder to kill off “the surplus population,” creative writers explore alternative murder weapons.

If you are looking for a bit of inspiration for your next murder mystery, Britannica.com has got you covered:

7 of the World’s Deadliest Plants

Step away from that knife.  Put down that gun.  And wander out to the garden.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Foxes With Sockses January 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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Learning the English language is challenging.  It is filled with pitfalls and minefields that constantly keep us on our toes . . . whether or not we are hanging around with a Fox wearing Socks or a Cat in the Hat.

The following poem is not my original work, but it’s too cute not to share . . .

OK, class, let’s Start:

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes.

One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice;
yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?

If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet,
and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
but though we say mother, we never say methren.

Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.

“No wonder Dr. Seuss always had such FUN!”
Said the Cat in the Hat to Thing 2 and Thing 1.

Aah . . . that’s better!

An extended version: The English Lesson, by Richard Krogh

Fiction Prompt from Poets & Writers September 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Fiction, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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I received this Fiction Prompt from Poets & Writers today and found it intriguing:

What kind of story would you write for someone reading it one hundred years from now?

For Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s Future Library project, which started in 2014, she has commissioned Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Elif Shafak, Sjón, and Han Kang to write manuscripts that will remain unread in storage in an Oslo library until 2114. The texts will then be printed on paper made from one thousand trees planted in a Norwegian forest when the project began.

Write a short story with the notion that it won’t be read for one hundred years. While imagining a future generation of readers, explore themes involving time, eternity, and mortality.

Do you think that the participating writers will all abide by the “rules” . . . allowing their words to remain unread for 100 years?

Or will most/all of them keep a copy available to share with chosen readers before the designated date?

Aah . . . that’s better!

About My Somewhat Free Book September 2, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Happiness, Writing & Writers.
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What’s better than spotting a Unique Unicorn?

How about snagging a FREE copy of Unikonics ~> TG’s life philosophy in legible digital printed form!

That’s right! His life philosophy. For FREE!

Chasing Unicorns

Click the Unikonics book cover image above, to skip the nonsense below, and go directly to my book.

I’ve written a book called Unikonics. This book won’t cost you any money, but it will cost you some time. So it’s somewhat free, but not entirely. It’s only 18,000 words, but if you’re a slow reader like me it will require about three hours of your life to complete.

I first wrote this philosophy and self-help book in 2014, and true to self-help form, self-published it on Amazon. I can count on the fingers of one finger how many copies it sold. And that poor bastard who paid 99 cents for it must be kicking himself, because now I’m giving it away free.

I recently had a very boring experience. I was called in for jury duty and had to sit around for hours in a courtroom, waiting for some…

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Ideal Bookshelf September 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Books & Movies, Writing & Writers.
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Got books?

If your goal is to add to your TBR pile, check out Ideal Bookshelf . . . it’s like getting lost in a library full of fascinating titles and magical adventures.

Jane Mount is a talented illustrator, designer, and founder of Ideal Bookshelf, a company that makes things for people who love books. She’s also published a recent book, Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany.  She lives on Maui, in Hawaii.

At Ideal Bookshelf, you can custom order a bookshelf “portrait” or buy framed and unframed prints, postcards, stationery, pins, mugs, etc.

It’s a cozy internet cafe to browse on a rainy day.

And for book lovers, it’s the cat’s meow!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Celebration at Moonbeam Farm! July 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Fiction, Writing & Writers.
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Another new release!
This time short stories from the Moonbeam Farm gang!

Perfect to curl up with the next time you need a page turner . . .

Nuggets of Gold

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Time passed, and feeling CUCKOO may have happened sometimes while waiting!

And than, just like that …. it happened! It’s REAL! What was once just a dream is now available to be enjoyed by everyone and yes, my eyes may be a little wet!

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https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The+Odessa+Chronicles

https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000053250745/Carolyn-Shelton-and-Colin-Chappell-The-Odessa-Chronicles

Thank you dear readers for your support and encouragement throughout this wild and crazy adventure!

A special thank you to my amazing co-author, Colin, from https://meandray.com/. Thanks for what I often called your magic touch! Thanks for your patience also that may have been needed sometimes in working with me. How did Moonbeam Farm get its name again? 🙂

Also a big thanks to the very talented artist Jodi McKinney from https://lifeinbetween.me, You been with us from the very beginning of this dream, from the first story that appeared on my blog, and you made our beloved characters look awesome!

Looking for adventure? Take…

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It’s Release Day! July 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Fiction, Writing & Writers.
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Need a summer beach read?
Check out . . . A Father For Bella by Jill Weatherholt.

It’s hot off the presses!

Jill Weatherholt

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