WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable 3

When self finally got her act together and went down south to visit Sole Fruit of Her Loins, who had just started in the Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology at Claremont, she accomplished several things:

  • She met Jennie (See below)
  • She discovered that son is a wonderful dancer (Again, see below)
  • She found out what people do when they do “in-line dancing”
Son and Jennie Dancing in Montana's, southern California, sometime 2012

Son and Jennie Dancing in Montana’s, southern California, sometime 2012

After that evening, self has always wanted to get herself a pair of cowboy boots (Jennie, like all the people in Montana’s, wore a pair).

Should she?  Should this short li’l Filipina mom who can’t dance equip herself with cowboy boots?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable 2

In the deepest, darkest portion of the Pictish Caves!  We huddle together for comfort and protection!

In the deepest, darkest portion of the Pictish Caves! We huddle together for comfort and protection!  June 2012

Here we are!  All six writers at Hawthornden, minus one who had to return to Oxford to meet with a student.  We are in the Pictish Caves!  They are beneath the castle of Hawthornden.  For weeks, we’d been begging Hamish to take us to the Pictish Caves, which we’d hears so much about.

“Bring your boots,” Hamish said.

Alas, self had no boots, only a pair of red sneakers.

It was extremely dark, dank, and low-ceilinged, and more than one of us yelled at the top of her lungs upon encountering a spider.

The tunnel begins beneath the castle, and opens up to the cliffs, and to the river.

We did it!  We did it!  We Happy Five conquered the Pictish Caves!   Self is in the middle, poet Joan Mcgavin is on her right, Richard and Marylee are behind, and holding on to self’s other arm is Alison Amend, whose one San Francisco reading self missed, a few weeks ago. WHAAAAAA!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Been So Long: The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene

Self purchased a copy of The 48 Laws of Power about two years ago, on the recommendation of —  who else?  — a Bacolod cousin.  Fascinating book.  Here’s a quote:

Those misfortunates among us who have been brought down by circumstances beyond their control deserve all the help and sympathy we can give them.  But there are others who are not born to misfortune or unhappiness, but who draw it upon themselves by their destructive actions and unsettling effect on others.  It would be a great thing if we could raise them up, change their patterns, but more often than not it is their patterns that end up getting inside and changing us.  The reason is simple — humans are extremely susceptible to the moods, emotions, and even the ways of thinking of those with whom they spend their time.

The incurably unhappy and unstable have a particularly strong infecting power because their characters and emotions are so intense.  They often present themselves as victims, making it difficult, at first, to see their miseries as self-inflicted.  Before you realize the real nature of their problems you have been infected by them.

Understand this:  In the game of power, the people you associate with are critical.

Law # 10:  Infection

Avoid the unhappy and unlucky.

(Which would appear to be a very un-Christian sentiment.  But, as Greene forcefully reiterates, it is indeed possible to “die from someone else’s misery.”  And, really, life’s too short.)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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