Thoughts & Sayings (November 2012)


Here are some thoughts and sayings I posted on Twitter and/or Facebook in October. To my knowledge, I made these up (for better or for worse). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the write!

Encouraging Words

1. I keep pressing on, but nothing sticks.

pressing on

2. I didn’t like the way the ball bounces, so I put up bumpers.

ball bounces

3. Five of my senses are keeping up with me, but the sixth one is lagging behind.

senses

Twisted Words

4. Time is a spyce.

spice

In Its Own Write

5. Many happy writeturns.

writeturns

Holidays & Events

6. Sandy decided to be Sue Storm for Halloween.

7. Gaffer: A public figure who makes a gaffe.

gaffer

8. “Gee, you candidates gotta play nice or you’re gonna get a time out!” — Big Bird

bigbird

9. I wonder what Christopher Columbus did to celebrate Columbus Day.

columbus

Random Musings

10. Why do we make time by not doing something?

maketime

11. People change fast, but places evolve over time.

aging

12. I debated with myself over whether to watch the debates. Myself won, and I lost. Me looked on.

13. I got my Outlook calendar, contacts, and tasks on iPad by synching Google Apps with Outlook, uploading the data to Google Cloud, and then synching it with a third-party app on iPad. It’s easy and only takes a week to set up.

connections

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buythumb[3]M.G. Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the mystery, thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures. He is author of Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, a non-fiction account of his attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, a collection of short stories calledReal Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Storiesand Alexander the Salamander, a children’s story set in the Amazon. His books are available to purchase as an e-book and in print from Amazon.com and other booksellers. He lives in Bangkok, Thailand with his wife Jing and son Alex.

For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or his blog, World Adventurers. Contact him at me@mgedwards.com, on Facebook, on Google+, or @m_g_edwards on Twitter.

 

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Striking a balance


It’s hard to find a balance in life.  It seems we never have enough time anymore and always have too many things to do.  When someone calls and asks how I’m doing, my standard reply is usually, “Very busy!”  We’re always so busy, busy, busy.  Where does the time go?  Why do I have so much to do?  I suppose that the transition period before moving to Korea exaggerates the amount of work we have to do–moving from an old life to a new life while trying to live day to day.  I keep hoping though that life will be different once we arrive in Seoul and settle in, but who knows.  I may just be someone who thrives on multi-tasking.  I can’t live without that trusty personal digital assistant (PDA) to help manage my schedule.  If something doesn’t get done today I can always move the deadline out to tomorrow or later.

Sometimes I get nostalgic thinking about the way life used to be.  Life definitely used to be simpler, no doubt about it.  I read somewhere that Americans today work about 80 more hours per year now than they did in the early 1970′s.  In fact, according to the International Labour Organization Americans work more hours than workers in any other industrialized nation.  It leaves us with a lot less time to do other things outside of work.  Another factor is choice.  We now have so many choices to make, far more than we ever had.  It makes life utterly more complicated.  Take the media, for example.  In the 1970′s our media choices included ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and the local newspaper.  With the advent of cable and the Internet however our choices have multiplied infinitely.  Life has become one big clutter.

Do I advocate going back to a simpler time?  No, but I definitely want to simplify my life and strike a better balance.  I want to spend more time with my family and less with a language learning book, more time developing spiritually and less time micro-managing the day to day, and spend more time doing activities and less time in front of a computer.  Can I do it?  Time will tell.