Posts filed under ‘behavior’

New ratio

“War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.”

-H.L. Mencken

August 22, 2008 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

Lighthouse

August 13, 2008 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

Measure up

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

–Samuel Johnson

June 17, 2008 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Free Hugs

September 30, 2007 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

Six

I was tagged by Pretty in the City to name six weird things about myself.

1. I’m ambivalent toward chocolate.

2. I always hang the toilet paper roll so that the paper feeds over the top. If someone else in the house puts in on the other way, I’ll change it.

3. I never, ever read the ending of a book in advance, and seldom read book jackets. I want every bit of the story to be a surprise. Of course, this really doesn’t apply to nonfiction, where the outcome is often known. 😉

4. I like pancakes and waffles with lots of butter, but no syrup.

5. I adore flowers, but I’m not at all fond of bouquets or cut flowers. I like them much better ‘in the wild’.

6. I love to sing – but only when nobody’s around to hear me. No talent whatsoever.

As usual, I’m not tagging anyone specifically. Please participate, if you’d like, by posting six weird facts about yourself at your blog, with a trackback to this post.

July 17, 2007 at 7:31 am 6 comments

Progress

“Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?”

-Stanislaw J. Lec

July 10, 2007 at 10:46 am 6 comments

Monday Melee 7/2

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
The sense of entitlement that seems to run rampant these days. I’d like to see more personal accountability, a stronger work ethic, and an increased willingness to take action to benefit people beyond our immediate circle. ‘Me, me, me’ isn’t an attitude that’s going to work out well in the long-term.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
A website has been brought to my attention. I will not provide a link, on principle. An anonymous couple states that they’re expecting and are trying to decide whether to have the baby or get an abortion. They are asking for money and claim that unless they raise $50,000 in 3 months, they will abort. Whether true, or a scam, it’s shameful on many levels.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
It is incredibly hot, and dry. Fire danger is very high. Yet fireworks are still going to be allowed. I guess this would have worked for ‘meretricious’.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
I applaud countries that are actively working on alternate and renewable energy solutions. Brazil’s ethanol program has replaced about 40 percent of gasoline use in the country. Denmark generates 20 percent of its electricity from wind. There are solutions; we just need to concentrate of finding and/or developing them.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I’m good at research and planning. I’m patient and thorough, and I pay attention to details.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
This is frivolous. But that’s what make-believe is for, right? I’d like to be able to radically alter my appearance in the blink of an eye. Shape-shift, if you will.

July 2, 2007 at 7:55 am 3 comments

Eight

I have been tagged by Nicola at Life at the Edge for eight random facts or habits.

1. I hate gardening, perhaps because I have a ‘black thumb’.

2. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are the only television shows I watch regularly.

3. I have lived in five different U.S. states.

4. I often wish I was still in school. I was motivated, diligent, and successful. My kids, had they known me back then, would have thought me quite a square. Truth be known, they probably think so now.

5. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t take photos.

6. I was terrified of snakes as a child and could not even look at them in zoos or pet stores. Now that I’m older, I think they’re fascinating and I respect their place in nature. All the same, I don’t want to meet one in the wild.

7. One library is not enough for me. There are two library systems in my area, and I routinely borrow from both.

8. I don’t enjoy talking on the telephone, even with people I like.

I’m meant to tag eight people to carry on, but I’ll leave it to the honor system. Please participate, if you’d like, by posting eight random facts about yourself at your blog. Please be so kind as to trackback to me so I can visit your blog and read your responses.

June 28, 2007 at 7:12 am 4 comments

Monday Melee 6/11

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Phony or two-faced behavior. I think it’s wrong to pretend to respect or admire someone while you’re in their presence when, in fact, you don’t feel that way at all. I think it’s appropriate to show courtesy and behave in a civil manner, even toward people you don’t like. But to pretend something more amiable, then proceed to express your true, less favorable feelings behind a person’s back is ridiculous.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
I don’t think money should buy a shorter jail term. On the other hand, I don’t think notoriety should be punished with a harsher sentence. The sentence and time served should be commensurate with the violation in question, and enforced equally regardless of social or economic status.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I found my tripod, but the mounting bracket is missing, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to replace it.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
Youngest son’s report card reflects improvement in almost every class as compared to last term.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I’m willing to tell my kids ‘no’ and have expectations and guidelines, even if it makes me unpopular. Which it does. But I believe it’s in their best interest, and maybe one day (hopefully) they’ll thank me.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like to be able to levitate heavy objects. It would make moving furniture much more fun.

June 11, 2007 at 7:11 am 5 comments

Monday Melee 6/4

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
The ‘us against them’ tendency. Put a large enough group of people together and they’ll fragment into opposing groups. Clans, nations, religions, political parties, genders, ages: people always seem to find characteristics and criteria to use in order to unite and hold themselves apart from others. I wish we could be more harmonious.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
New research reveals that sodium benzoate, a preservative commonly found in soft drinks (and other food products) can lead to cirrhosis and Parkinson’s. It has also been found that sodium benzoate, when combined with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) under certain conditions, creates a carcinogenic called benzene. Let’s get safe ingredients in these products or get them off the market. source: Organic Consumers Association

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
Aging. I’m trying to do it gracefully, but it really bums me out sometimes. I’d like to be 25 again, in body if not in mind.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My oldest is learning to drive a stick shift, and he’s handling the challenge with uncharacteristic patience and good humor.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I frequently carry out random acts of kindness.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like to have a Farmers’ Market that’s open every day within walking distance of my home.

June 4, 2007 at 1:18 pm 4 comments

Side by side

“We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one which we preach, but do not practice, and another which we practice, but seldom preach.”

-Bertrand Russell

May 24, 2007 at 7:16 am 2 comments

Monday Melee 5/21

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Waste. Millions of people around the world are going without basic necessities while the privileged few voraciously churn through a constant stream of luxury items, loading landfills and junkyards with products they’ve simply grown tired of.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
Giving a teenage girl a $65,000 SUV and letting her host a party for a handful of friends at a beach mansion that rents for $10,000 a day. The occasion? Back-to-school. Hubby was channel surfing and landed on this frightening show called ‘Daddy’s Spoiled Little Girl’. It was strange and disturbing: it made me sick and yet I could not look away.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I have been really busy lately and haven’t had much time to visit the sites on my blogroll to read posts and leave comments.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
Journalists and media personnel often work in dangerous places and put themselves at risk in order to investigate and report on world events. In the course of their work, many have the integrity and courage to challenge authority and speak out against injustice.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I appreciate and find happiness in life’s simple pleasures: hanging out with loved ones, a beautiful sunset, the aroma of baking bread, escaping into a good book, checking a task of my to-do list, waking up to birdsong, and so on.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like to be able to visit and talk with a person or family from another country, in their home, once a week. I guess I will need to put teleportation and a sci-fi language interface on my wish list in order to carry this one off.

May 21, 2007 at 7:19 am 4 comments

Use your noggin

“I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart, and that is softness of head.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

May 17, 2007 at 7:54 am 3 comments

Monday Melee 5/07

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Laziness and apathy. Why vote? It won’t matter. Why recycle or conserve energy? I’m only one person. Why donate? I can only spare $5. Well, I say: It matters. One person is a start. Every little bit helps. If we all get it in gear and do something, it’ll make a big difference.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
“…since September of last year – when Congress wrongly, foolishly, passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 – the president has the power to call any US citizen an ‘enemy combatant’. He has the power to define what ‘enemy combatant’ means. The president can also delegate to anyone he chooses in the executive branch the right to define ‘enemy combatant’ any way he or she wants and then seize Americans accordingly.”
source:
Guardian Unlimited

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I’m not as efficient as I’d like to be. There’s so much I want to accomplish, and I often get to the end of the day with too many items left undone.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My bold and adventurous sister is embarking on a summer internship in a foreign country. I admire the way she goes after her dreams with spirit and determination.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I have a quick mind and a good sense of humor. I think a hearty laugh is downright good for you, and I look for opportunities to brighten someone’s day.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I fervently wish that, one day, my kids will love reading as much as I do. It’s on my make-believe list because I’m beginning to fear it isn’t going to happen. I wouldn’t be the person I am without the insights and knowledge gained from books. I hate to see them miss out.

May 7, 2007 at 6:49 am 5 comments

Gotta’ get goals

I have been tagged by Diogenes at Quasi Fictional to talk about goals. Visit Alex Shalman’s blog, where this meme originated, to read the complete rules.

Goals are a challenge for me, I won’t deny it. Not so much having them. I do, internally. But I don’t often have cause to discuss them or put them in writing. So here are a few that come to mind:

A day-to-day goal, that is harder than it sounds sometimes: choose to have a positive outlook and really live each moment, taking nothing for granted.

Achieve fluency in a second language. This is part of a larger goal to be a lifelong learner.

Guide my sons wisely to help them become responsible, ethical, independent thinkers who will stride confidently into their future.

Find an appropriate balance between planning for the future and enjoying the present.

Get to know much more of our world and its people through study and travel.

Make a positive difference in the lives of others, looking for opportunities to do so whenever possible.

I’d like to tag the following bloggers, specifically, but if the topic interests you, please feel free to participate whether I’ve tagged you or not.

life at the edge

mi | minutia

scrapbooking with words

daily piglet

a fool and his words are soon parted

gingermiss

May 1, 2007 at 7:36 am 7 comments

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