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Today is Friday

Okay, I am going to finish this on the day it was started.

I am two songs done from posting my next mix. I wish Bax could have rewritten a part, but it is too late to ask for changes. This process is long, hard and tough on the ears. I know I will not be a DJ master, but I am still keeping the name: DJ Awesome Sauce. 😐

My first novella – let’s be honest, it’s a short story- will be ready for review this weekend. I was going to volunteer at the Saskatoon Symphony on Saturday, but I am not physically able to do so. Due to this change of plan, the third review csn be done so I can pass it on to an independent adjudicator. 🙂

Next week, after the multiple appointments with the physiotherapist and Richard’s youth meeting, I will be able to start on der taxes! Since my temporary break-apart with my dad, I now have to learn to do this on my own. My beautiful cousin is helping set the whole thing up and walk me through the process.☺

I am going to finish the day with a bubble bath and the sweet, soulful voice of Petroc Trelawny ralking about trains. 📻 🚂

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Radio Show

I am in the midst of a weird dream. I recently lost my job due to shortage of work; however, I took this better than I thought I would. I still want to work, do not get me wrong. I am looking for that one place who will take a crazy lady who likes to keep track of pens.

Simple. Complicated.

Reading of the job shortage has me worried, of course, yet I feel more empowered to show my offerings. I also would like a place that is okay with my ramblings and misfirings of thought. Hey, I’m just like everybody else, really. Writing and reading has helped me get through some of the uncertainty.

Prior to losing my job, I was presented with the opportunity to do a radio show; outloud. As some of you know I have done a few vlog posts on this page and my friend told me the world needs to hear more. I have been posting Classical music mixes (well, two) on MixCloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/wendalynn-donnan/

The world needs more of me? I took the step. I recorded a half-hour programme called (drum roll!!!) Progressive Rubber Boots. I all for stepping out, but I still need to watch were my feet go; I need the familiar. This is also my space. I only picked my DJ name – DJ Awesome Sauce – out of enjoyment. I have no plans to be a famous DJ. A radio show host? That might be more attainable. ‘Famous’ is a bit of a stretch, to be honest.

The show will focus on a number of subjects. You know of my interest in music and history. My good friend who suggested I jump out of the box told me to take a stab at the visual arts. This will be programme of the “arts” and I will try to incorporate all aspects of the spectrum. 

I do not want to lose my sense of humour. Oh, there will tons of room for laughing; laughing with me and laughing at me. I am listening to Bonnie Tyler’s Faster than the Speed of Night, which I should not be doing at the coffee shop in case I get all empowered and wave my arms around. See, I don’t want to lose that.

I will post the show here (and other social media sites), for all my friends and family. Programme notes and additional observations will be placed here as well. I still believe the written word is important, but its connection to music is even more necessary.

Be on the lookout for the inaugural Progressive Rubbet Boots radio show 21 February 2017. The link to the channel will be posted on my blog page for all to listen to and to share.

Classmates, have yourself a great day. See you in a week!

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Christmas Wrap Up

Hello!

It is that time of year again for me to complain about not wanting anything to do with Christmas. In some ways I won a little, as Richard has been feeling rather unChristmassy: we did not put up the big tree. My little fiber optic one is filling in the void.

My animals were to get the treatment, but I could not be arsed.

It is not all bad; we are going to the UK next year! I am not sure when it will be, as cost is the biggest obstacle. We do have enough funds to get there, only now we have to save for the visit. That is very much doable.

What to do until then? “First, you need to get the cars fixed,” you say. “Yeah, but after that?” I ask. I need to sit and do research on our destination. Richard has three things on his list:

1. A photo of Buckingham Palace
2. A photo of Big Ben
3. A visit to Stonehenge

I have three times a thousand-million things I want to do. I am so thankful for my lovelies in the UK who will be our hosts. OMGOSH!

On a health standpoint, things are the same. I am still crazy. Crazy in a good way, I hope. The down moments still happen, but you know what? I take them with a pack of pencil crayons or a dash of music mixing. I still have diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Though, I have discovered probiotic drops are doing some good work. My rear in review will happen next week; be prepared.

You caught that? 😉

I sent out my annual ‘There is No War on Christmas’ greeting cards. Oh, its usually the same people guity of blaming the Atheists for Christians being oppressed, not realising they are doing to themselves. What would ikkle (borrowed this word from my friend Tony 😊) baby Jesus do?

Not much. The Christians believe God came to the Earth as Jesus to save sinners. In this example, he would be thinking: “I have to add more to the list. Gosh.”

No matter what side you are on during this season, remember just love each other; don’t give in to the hate. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas with Richard’s parents and sister, we remember those who have left us and those who are too far away. Take everyone in your heart, hold them tight and tell them how much you care, no matter how silly it sounds.

Richard and I wish you all a great holiday.

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Another Break Taken

Hi!

I am not apolgising for stepping away for a bit, I have been in need of a brain rest. Today (24 July 2016) is the last day of my week-long break from work. It is my first holiday in almost two years. I have been working in the yard and loving it. I have also spent much of my free time doing some music notating, transposing, arranging and studying the Circle of Fifths:

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(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

I am making my second Classical music mix. I am nowhere near as talented as those who do this for a hobby or a living. I do not have the gear and the magic buttons on my pooter. Ruddy heck, I don’t even know if I got the terms right. Argh. I was a bit embarrassed to do my first one:

The Bees Knees

I have decided not to compete with the others. I do not have the money or the experience to upgrade to a better system. Then again, do I have to? No. Music is a personal expression and there should be no uncomfortable feelings. I had to Google (which is now a verb and a noun) EDM. At first I thought that was a form of adult “communicating”, however, it means ‘Electronic Dance Music’. I admit this to all of you because I have no reason to be embarrassed.

A recent article came up on the BBC Radio Three website regarding the reasons why some people find Classical music difficult to comprehend and accept:

The 11 obstacles to liking classical music (and why they’re all in your mind) (1)

I want to make my own list of 11 points, but in relation to the electronic/techno/house movement. The reasons can be transposed from Classical to any form of music. I mean no offence to my friends who will be reading this. Thankfully they are great to allow me to not not know very much and are more than willing to answer my questions. 

Here goes:

Gigs are too long – Oh boy, can they ever! Though I have not been to a live DJ show, I heard they can go on for hours. I listen to programmes on the Internet , which are two to three hours. When you take into account a remix of one an Enya songs is just over eight minutes, a gig can be filled with longer diddies:

Here is the original:

In all honesty, the remix is better. Sometimes longer is better. Raves, as I think the nsme still applies, are meant to last almost forevet. I would love it. 

I find the theme song to Friends to be too long.

Gigs are to expensive – An Interwireless device has allowed me to listen to DJ sets from as far away as Hungary, Malta, Brighton and London. Most of the presenters on do their shows free of charge on various Internet radio stations. I have yet to pay-for-listing. I believe they may also pay for the privilege to play their sets. Most of the DJs have full-time jobs during the regular work week. Accountants can be bass-ass master mixers. Yo, baby!

It’s Groupist – To avoid this label, there is a bit of a class element here. I am plain girl from the Prairies who studied music. I was teased for going to a school with no band programme. My knowledge of dance music came via Friday night’s “Electric Circus” on MuchMusic. I sometimes feel out of place when I enter conversations regarding famous DJs because I have never heard of them. As mentioned, my friends have been great to let me ask questions as well as play along. I spend a heck of a lot of time on der Google when I listen to a show.

There is too much stuff to know – I cannot give a comment to this, as I am still an outsider. I think there are “rules” with regards to how many effects are added to a mix. You can have too much reverb, apparently: 10 tell-tale signs of an amateur mix (2)

You feel left out – Like any club, there are those who want to keep the doors closed and only allow someone in who is the right person, that is how human being operate. I have been made to feel more than welcome by the people in the DJ world, and they have been receptive to the music I have introduced them to. Except Thomas Tallis, no one seems to appreciate Thomas Tallis.

I have not heard of anybody – Oh yes, that is me most of the time. I am part of a few music review groups on Facebook and I see an array of selections by artists such as:

and so much more. This is an excuse. YouTube, MixCloud, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, and other music sharing sites are a great way to delve into newness. I have picked up a liking for Gregory Porter this way:

The music is in outer space – I heard this a lot when I first came across dance music, house music and the like. Funny how people jumped on the Fatboy Slim craze, but find works by artists like Taka Perry to be “out there” and “complete shite”:

There are so many Classical composers who were (and still are) treated this way. It has nothing to do with the genre just people being afraid to try new things. Like Thomas Tallis.

There is no “original” music – I thought that as well, but as I mentioned earlier, Classical composers reused their music and others. There are a number of original works done by DJs. Remixes, usually songs released previously, are melded into a one-off creation:

It does not fit in my world – Well, I don’t like Family Guy or Star Trek or Brussels sprouts, but that does not mean they do not fit in my world. I have friends and family that love one or all three of those things, and they are in my world. You have the choice not to listen in the end, however, try starting a new beginning by taking a leap into another universe:

(you gotta love his hats!)

I don’t know where to begin – Do what I did, go to YouTube and be random. It also helps to surround yourself is an odd (in a good way) mix of friends. Take a look at the music they post, there may be odd dance mix or jazz song that is catchy. Look for remixes of a favourite song; you never know what you’ll find:

It is loud, repetetive and no semblance of order – Yes, much like J S Bach:

Messiaen:

Massive Attack:

There is the odd time I just can’t take some of the DJ’s choices, and I too say the music is complex and too big for my brain. It  can take a while for a song to get started and then it does not seem to end (alluding to the first point). But this is the joy of making music. You cannot have symmetry in music, no matter what the masters tell you:

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(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

I have no closing statement. I will leave you with this:

(1) McAloon, Jonathan. “The 11 Obstacles to Liking Classical Music (and Why They’re All in Your Mind).” Proms – The World’s Greatest Classical Music Festival. Copyright © 2016 BBC, 13 July 2016. Web. 24 July 2016.
(2) “10 Tell-tale Signs of an Amateur Mix.” MusicRadar. © Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Bath BA1 1UA. All Rights Reserved. England and Wales Company Registration Number 2008885., 7 June 2012. Web. 24 July 2016.

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#WorldBookDay

Oh my gosh! I have been looking forward to this day for a while.

The UK recognises the first Thursday in March as World Book Day. Children (and I am guessing some adults) are encouraged to dress up as book characters. The rest of the world celebrates this day on 23 April, St George’s Day, which is one reason why the date in the UK was moved. I guess you can’t have people dressing up all crazy on a saint’s day.

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(Morris dancers celebrate St George’s Day at Leadenhall Market Picture: Alamy)

I acknowledge the worthiness of books every day, but I showing it a bit differently. I am sharing books with friends. I have started by sending copies of my cousin Adele Dueck‘s books:

Anywhere But Here
Nettie’s Journey
Racing Home

I am also sending some of my favourite books by Canadian authors. I believe in sharing books. Mind you, if a book is beyond repair it should be re-purposed into another form of art. Sometimes books get sent for recycling, but this should only be done if there is no other course. My husband’s job depends on paper and book recycling. The books I have shared are, as stated to my friends, gently used and loved. Sending a care package of books is a great way to learn about someone.

I also promote books suggested (and written) by friends on Facebook. A newly acquired friend, Matt Bolton, has written a hilarious book: The Kumber In Norway: The Adventures Of The Kumber Of Kew (this is the Canadian link). I am just about reading it and I hope there is more!

Through book recommendations I have learned about the places in which my friends live. One of the most entertaining book I was suggested is Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North by Stuart Maconie. I now want to to see Manchester and Liverpool more than ever. I have a ton of books that reference Regina, none as fine as 100 Facts About Pandas by David O’Doherty.

I have been connected to authors of all types: Carmen DeSousa, Louis Hemmings, and Matt. I love the chance to talk about books and how they have changed the way I think about human existence. I love the chance to delve into a genre I never would have thought I would; ever. I am so glad for meeting and conversing with such a rich group of friends that can expand my reading universe.

I did not dress up today, but the thought did cross my mind.

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My 2015 Reading Challenge – Met!

Happy 2016!

I was recently asked to list the books I read for the @goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. Though I am proud of reading 75 books this year, the selection may not be considered too … juvenile? Yes, my list contains some books for children, young adults, philosophers, literary reviewers, and everyone in between. I have placed them in reverse chronological order – most recent read first:

1. Dodger Terry Pratchett
2. Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
3. Wordsworth: A Poet’s History Keith Hanley
4. The Temple Of Glas John Lydgate
5. English Poetry from Chaucer to Gray: Part 40 Harvard Classics Charles William Eliot
6. The Christmas Santa Slept Nick Sheridan
7. Great War Britain Leeds: Remembering 1914-18 Lucy Moore
8. Miracles C. S. Lewis
9. The Complete Works Robert Henryson
10. Complete Works Baruch Spinoza
11. Beasts and Super-Beasts Saki
12. The Complete Poems Philip Larkin
13. The Problem of Pain C. S. Lewis
14. The Screwtape Letters C. S. Lewis
15. The Great Divorce C. S. Lewis
16. Mere Christianity C. S. Lewis
17. Reggiecide Chris Dolley
18. Anglo-Saxon Sagas and Songs Christopher Webster
19. The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1) Charlie N. Holmberg
20. The Chronicles of Clovis Saki
21. Outside In: Ten Christian Voices We Can’t Ignore Cindy Brandt
22. How I Kissed Evangelism Goodbye & a Collection of Other Essays On Faith Cindy Brandt
23. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Jenny Lawson
24. The Cloud of Unknowing Anonymous
25. An Anglo-Saxon Primer, with Grammar, Notes, and Glossary Henry Sweet
26. 1000 Cornish Place Names: Explained Julyan Holmes
27. Cornish Curiosities: A collection of oddities, frivolities & downright stupidities Margaret Caine
28. Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People Nadia Bolz-Weber
29. Troublous Times in Canada A History of the Fenian Raids of 1866 and 1870 (Sir) John A. Macdonald
30. The Shepherd’s Crown Terry Pratchett
31. Reginald Saki
32. Reginald in Russia and Other Sketches Saki
33. Carnival of Secrets (Grim Hill, #6) Linda DeMeulemeester
34. Forest of Secrets (Grim Hill, #5) Linda DeMeulemeester
35. The Family Secret (Grim Hill, #4) Linda DeMeulemeester
36. The Forgotten Secret (Grim Hill, #3) Linda DeMeulemeester
37. Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer Jonathan L. Howard
38. Exeunt Demon King (Johannes Cabal, #0.75) Jonathan L. Howard
39. Awkward Moments (Not Found in Your Average) Children’s Bible – Vol. 2 Horus Gilgamesh
40. Awkward Moments (Not Found in Your Average) Children’s Bible – Volume #1: Illustrating the Bible Like You’ve Never Seen Before! Horus Gilgamesh
41. Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience Shaun Usher
42. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments Ali Almossawi
43. Gaspar The Thief (Gaspar the Thief, #1) David A. Lindsaay
44. Alice, or the Mysteries Book 11 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
45. Alice, or the Mysteries Book 10 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
46. Alice, Or The Mysteries Book 09 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
47. Alice, or the Mysteries – Book 08 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
48. A History of Ancient Britain Neil Oliver
49. The Coming of the Friars Augustus Jessopp
50. Alice, or the Mysteries – Book 07 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
51. A Collection of Old English Plays, volume 4: Two Tragedies in One by Yarrington, The Captives by heywood, The Costlie Whore, and Everie Woman in Her Humor Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
52. Happy Valentine’s Slay, Children of Hamlin, Tooth & Nail & Fairy Tale, Ember in the Wind, Jar of Hearts, Welcome to Sorrow (The Grimm Diaries Prequels #11- #14) Cameron Jace
53. Alice, or the Mysteries Book 06 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
54. Alice, or the Mysteries Book 05 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
55. Alice, or the Mysteries Book 04 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
56. Alice, or the Mysteries Book 03 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
57. The Secret Deepens (Grim Hill, #2) Linda DeMeulemeester
58. The Secret of Grim Hill (Grim Hill, #1) Linda DeMeulemeester
59. The Historical Works of Venerable Bede Bede
60. Runaway Radical: A Young Man’s Reckless Journey to Save the World Amy Hollingsworth
61. Murder on the Hill (Harley Hill Mysteries, #1) Kennedy Chase
62. Murder on the Page (Harley Hill Mysteries, #2) Kennedy Chase
63. The Chronicles of Narnia(Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) C. S. Lewis
64. Thomas Adès: Full of Noises: Conversations with Tom Service Tom Service and Thomas Adès
65. What Ho, Automaton! Chris Dolley
66. Russian Fairy Tales Alexander Afanasyev
67. A Bright Moon For Fools Jasper Gibson
68. Gaspar And The Fantastical Hats(Gaspar the Thief, #0.5) David A. Lindsay
69. The Ludwig Conspiracy Oliver Pötzsch
70. Dying for Dinner Rolls (Chubby Chicks Club, #1) Lois Lavrisa
71. Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras Tom Service
72. The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries William Guild Howard
73. Raising Steam Terry Pratchett
74. The Clue in the Diary (Nancy Drew, #7) Carolyn Keene
75. The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical Shane Claiborne

Please check some of these out. I am trying for another 75 for 2016. Let me know what you think.

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It Is Yet To Get Cold Outside

Here is my assignment from The Daily Post:

Climate Control

It has not become really super duper cold here; yet. This is Saskatchewan, so the snow and cold is guaranteed. I should not say that, last week we had a gooder of a storm. The town is still showing remnants of the event, but the highways are pretty much clear.

Except for the icy patch by the turn-off to the access road to work. Today (2 December) Wee Angus, my black Aveo, did an awesome impersonation of an ATV. I did a loop into, then out of, the ditch. Luckily I was able to get out of the ditch before there was need for tow hooks. I was a-maze-ing.

Parts of the country are getting blasted with snow, rain, really anything that causes wetness related to weather. The temperature is also not too cold, not as bad as it could be. I know we will be getting hit pretty soon and thankfully both the Red Beast and Wee Angus have winter tires. I have tried the tires out on Wee Angus, and he sure does like them. I think he his also glad we fixed his front brakes, as the tires would be rather useless if the car can’t stop. The Red Beast also got brake work done. I think they are done for maintenance for a while.

I know some are itching for snow, especially the snowmobilers. I think. To be honest, I have not been paying that much attention. I am thinking about Zumba. I am glad the weather is still nice enough for me to drive to my class. This will be the second time I will be going. Do not ask me about the last few times. One involved the Red Beast getting work done and the other involved getting lost for almost an hour in Martensville.

With the winterness not fully arrived, I will be glad to get this season underway.

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Only You Can Make Monday Great

How come people dislike Mondays? Is it the indication of the end of a weekend? Sunday is supposed to be a happy day, if you are inclined to that, but most dread it. Monday seems to get a bum rap. Bum wrap? A rap on the bum? I do not mind Mondays; in fact I will stand up for Monday; Monday needs a friend right about now.

I am not saying that because I just started taking anti-depression medication. There is a group of “industry” people making money off people who suffer with mental illness by declaring their wares will help in the suffering. The cold winters of Saskatchewan may cause a bit of not-wellness, and some people do go through a winter funk, but I have never heard of a specific Monday declaring this as a thing. Labelling a day, a Monday, as ‘Blue’, as what has been done in the UK – the third Monday of January:

Get ready for ‘Blue Monday’ – the gloomiest day of the year (1)

When I think of “Blue Monday” , I think of New Order:

Most statutory holidays in Canada are on a Monday: Family Day (second Monday in February in Saskatchewan, called other names in other provinces), Labour Day (first Monday in September),  Thanksgiving (second Monday in October), Some kind of holiday name (second Monday in August). Victoria Day (celebrated on the last Monday before 25 May), and I am sure there are more. Christmas, Boxing Day (not a statutory holiday), Remembrance Day, and Canada Day do not have fixed days; they go all willy-nilly. I do see the odd post saying the Tuesday following the holiday Monday is like a Monday. No, it is still a Tuesday, sadly.

I used to dread making a huge mistake on a Friday, especially one when the boss was away, then going back to work on Monday to confront him/her. I soon realised I can make a big mistake on a Wednesday and the boss could be right around the corner. The weekend was not going to stop me from worrying any less. I have slowly left work at work, and Richard is grateful. I still panic, luckily it is over quickly. In fact, sometimes Monday cannot come soon enough.

Sometimes I find Thursday to be the longest day of the week for me. I know it is not Friday, which means the day after that is Saturday. Saturday means laundry. Thursday is just a meh day. Unless my birthday is on a Thursday. Thankfully the calendar works in such a way that my birthday will fall on every day of the week, and so does yours. Ah, I can even make a meh day seem kinda cool.

I say we try that with Monday. Monday can feel like a Thursday. Monday can feel like any day and any day can feel like a Monday.

(1)Payton, Matt. “Get Ready for ‘Blue Monday’ – the Gloomiest Day of the Year.” Metro Get Ready for Blue Monday the Gloomiest Day of The Year Metro.co.uk, 18 Jan. 2015. Web. 30 Nov 2015

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No Dwelling On The Thing With The Stuff

With the exception of my post last Monday, this religiousless posting thing is actually working well for me. The removal of the political is a bit harder, but I the weight chained to my brain has lessened considerably. Thankfully I am beginning to get my groove back.

Or getting a groove, since I never really had one to lose. I also have to see how long I can go without mentioning the Manic Street Preachers.

My writing has taken another break, maybe for good. I feel sad about it, but maybe I was hoping for something that actually belongs to someone else. Admitting defeat is OK. I have too much real life things to worry about. I need to get a new mats for the front entrance and the bathrooms. I need to find my grandmother’s perogy recipe. I need to pick up some cherry pie filling and cherry Jello for the Christmas dessert. I need to …

Nevermind. The perogies and Christmas stuff will get done whether I write a book or not. In fact, they will get done quicker if I don’t worry about the next chapter or new character. I am also wrapped up in books with characters too complex to be real people, yet that label would make them more real. Creating a fictional real-life person takes talent. My talent is reading about them and using creative language to describe the experience.

I had been listening to BBC Radio 3 during the sleepless moments of the night. As the BBC Music player works intermittently, Petroc Trelawny’s weather reports get cut off mid-temperature. The Breakfast comes on here at 12.30am, which makes for a long day if I make it through the whole show. I get to sleep just in time to wake up and get ready for work. Thankfully these times are less frequent since my change of direction. Also, Mr Trelawny hasn’t been on this past week.

If it is not the sweet, soulful sounds of Saint-Saëns at one in the morning, it is the uncompromising words of C.S. Lewis or the ramblings of some Middle English theologian-slash-poet on my Kindle device. Even those moments are become less common. I do not feel compelled to check my messages or read a couple of pages as much as I did before. Do not get me wrong, I did a post Sunday morning at around 3.00am on Facebook. It will not stop completely.

The break I am on may be permanent. I will only discuss my religious beliefs/disbeliefs in private. My political views will be treated the same. I may slip every now and then if the feeling is too overpowering not to. Being human allows for this. I will still complain about the thousand-million baby photos; that will not change.

Before I go, I will leave you with this little ditty:

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You Are Welcome For Dinner

Seat Guru

I am having a dinner party and I have to come up with a seating arrangement that will fit all, yet will encourage conversation. Here is the list:

1) Curtis Mayfield
2) Nelson Mandela
3) Jackie Robinson
4) Marilyn Monroe
5) George Sand
6) Ada Lovelace
7) Charlie Chaplin
8) Mary, Queen of Scots

I have decided to do this seating arrangement a bit differently. I will be using my limited drawing skills to visually envision an event that may (or may not) be exciting. There is a formal for the number of variations in the seating order, but the maths does not take emotions, experiences, and relationships into account. I hope to be able to express the connections between my guests in a creative way. Not knowing any of the people personally is going to make this an interesting get-together.

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What I meant by limited drawing skills should mean I cannot draw very well. My biggest concern was placing Marilyn Monroe. I thought placing her with beside Nelson Mandela would make her more comfortable. She seems to be a shy person, but some good conversation may bring out something great. Plus, she was married to Joe DiMaggio and Jackie Robinson is going to be there, so we can talk baseball.

Nelson Mandela and I share the same birthday – 18 July. No, that is not why I included him. I have always been interested in his drive to end Apartheid with non-violence (though that was not necessarily the case most times). Remind me not to say how much he looks like Morgan Freeman.

On Ms Monroe’s left is Curtis Mayfield, an accomplished singer and songwriter. Both Mr Mandela and Mr Mayfield are very politically minded in their own way and strive to bring forward the need for equality for people of colour, though Mr Mayfield takes a more direct approach on the language front. I will ask him pick out the music for the evening.

Next to Mr Mandela is Ada Lovelace, the woman who is considered to be the inventor of the computer. And a countess. She is also the daughter of Lord Byron, that randy poet. I find her a facinating person, as mathematics and computer science is not my thing. I really hope she does have a little compassion about this fact.

Skipping to the left of Mr Mayfield is George Sand. I find her experiences a lot more interesting than her books. I am sure she has a lot to talk about. I think I will be careful not to say I am not a huge fan of Chopin, which is why I am asking Mr Mayfield to choose the music.

Charlie Chaplin. At first I was not sure about inviting him because I have not seen any of his movies in completeness. He is a comic genius, from the opinions of others, and I hope some of that shows through. His commentaries on politics through comedy are something I would like to discuss a bit further.

Between Mr Chaplin and me is Jackie Robinson. Mr Robinson was the first American Major League baseball player of colour in the modern era. His stories of the magnificent sport of baseball will make the night. I will not bring up the fact I am a Giants fan.

My last guest is a bit of a surprise. Mary, Queen of Scots. She has a language connection with Ms Sand, a title like Countess Lovelace, has had multiple husbands like Ms Monroe, and was not liked for being Catholic like no one else at this function. I am sure she is bitter, but a little wine may loosen her up a bit.

I think this set-up is fine. If this goes well I may try it again.

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