Dream, Live, Never Give In

I know this is a little outside the normal material for this blog but there is very little that is normal about me anyway.  I hope you can enjoy the message here.

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Be Kind While You Can

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You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great advice from a great thinker.  Life is short and it’s easy to forget those important people in our lives; until it’s too late.

This is What You Shall Do…

Image:  Mark Summers

Image: Mark Summers

This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

Walt Whitman 1819 – 1892, “This is what you shall do” – from preface of Leaves of Grass (1855).

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The “Our Next Life” Series // Time to Join In!

Planning for your next step in life? Tired of being a drone with just enough well to keep it together while working for an ungrateful boss or company? You can escape. The good folks at “ournextlife” offer some excellent advice and lessons learned along the way. I read every post they make and am generally better off for it. Have a look:

Our Next Life

our bloggy buddy steve, who writes think save retire, started the about series a few weeks back that all bloggers are invited to continue, and more recently wrote a series on his own blog that he dubbed the “our next life” series. we love the name, obviously, and thought — why not also make it a series that we all contribute to? so this is our take. and we’d love for you to write your own and link back! who’s in?

our take on the series may be a little different from steve and courtney’s, but our idea is to do a little daydreaming about what your next life will look like, after you reach whatever you’re planning for, whether it be early retirement or financial independence, paying off debt, saving for some other major goal, or achieving a major personal milestone.

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Expectations and the Literal Thinker

I cannot even express how much this speaks to me. I have been reprimanded for not being willing to make extensive working drawings of furniture for a lazy half-wit on more than one occasion. My Vardo building pages have been attacked by the entitled internet Anons for not being able to state in exact measures how many fasteners will need to be purchased to build their own project. I was loudly scolded for not making an exact dimensional cutting list for the thousands pf pieces that make up the project, and so on and on and on.

“Close your mouth, open your mind, get off your ass and put a little effort into life. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish” says it all.

HILLBILLY DAIKU

In the past few days there has been a, lets call it lively, discussion over on Paul Sellers’ Woodworking Masterclasses forum.  Generally speaking, the entire thing centered on two complaints voiced by a single member.

The first complaint was that the when and why of which joinery to employ was not being directly addressed.  The second complaint was that the woodworking instruction was not directly addressing how to design a piece of furniture.  While these issues are technically correct, all of the information is there in Mr. Sellers’ videos and blogs for those willing to observe, think and extrapolate for themselves.

For some reason society in general has shifted to an absolute literal way of thinking.  Every step and element of a process must be spelled out in order for people to understand and perform that process.  Here is an example from my workplace:

An employee was told to sweep the floor in his…

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