New Year and a New Beginning

What is wonderful every year is that there is always a new beginning.  It gives us the opportunity to clean house and get rid of those things in our lives that are not helping us grow.  Now that could be actual physical things or metaphorical things.

This last week i have been cleaning the house from top to bottom and as I do I am coming across things I have that I have to ask why do I keep it.  I know I collect a lot of things just look at the bins in the garage.  Once or twice a year I have a garage sale and get rid of stuff that has piled up in the garage.  As the year begins it is time to do some thinning of things in my life.  Each time I do I feel better plus I end up with a little extra cash in my pocket.

So what do you need to clean out this year?

Reflection of the Year

As the time gets closer and closer where I am at to the beginning of the new year I have been thinking of year ending and the year coming.  I don’t make New years resolutions but set goals.  For me they are different because I am more serious about goal where resolutions I don’t have to be serious about.

Looking at this past year I have to say it was a good year overall.  That’s not to say that it was a perfect year but an overall good year.  There were some things I would have changed or done differently but it was good.  I had a very successful year career wise and I can only see it getting better in the coming year.  I find my career to be very satisfying and I have some wonderful coworkers so it makes for a great experience.

My personal life needs some work it has not been what I would have liked but overall it was good.  I am hope that next year it will be different in a good way.  I sometimes think that I would need to move from where I am living to make a change in this area we will see.

So looking at goals for the coming year I have a few.  One is get back into my routine of the gym.  The last few months that has been difficult with work and now I need to get that scheduled and become serious again about it.  I love working out and feel so good after a workout.  The other side of that coin is to get a handle on my diet and eat healthier.  I know I can do it and I can achieve this goal.

My other goal this year is to take more time for me and that could mean a trip or two and i am excited about the tentative plans on front for the year.

I have another goal that should be interesting if I can achieve it.  I plan on writing a blog everyday on something.  This will be a challenge I am sure when all the things that keep my days busy.  I will see if I get ideas each day and write on it.  I hope that whoever reads what I write will enjoy it.

So as the time counts down I will tell you all that I hope your new year is all you expect.


Rude and Careless People

It is interesting how some people don’t care about other people around them.  Recently I went to a casino back home.  I was in casino playing a machine and having fun when this woman sits next to me.  She proceeds to light a cigarette and blows the smoke directly towards me.  She was on the end of a row and could have easily blown the smoke in the isle.  She did not care that it was in my face.  She could careless about others around her.

Now this issue goes further than just smoking.  I can’t count the number of times I have seen people throw things out the window when they are driving down the road.  They don’t care that it is a fine for littering or the damage it is causing the environment.

I am sure I can list other ways people are careless and rude in this world.  In this new year if you can encourage others to do better to be good to the environment and other people.

Holiday Traditions

This evening I attended a production of the Nutcracker.  I see it every year either here locally or elsewhere.  The very first time I saw a production of the Nutcracker was in Columbus, Ohio over 20 years ago.  To this day I compare every show I see to that one show.  Now I know that to date I have not seen a show that compares.

Well tonight’s production was one of the most odd production of the Nutcracker.  First off there were only three men in the whole show.  It was very odd to have so few men in the show.  The opening dance is a party and it was all women in party dresses dancing together.  Needless to say I would say that it was probably my least favorite production of the Nutcracker.  I think the audience felt the same as there was very polite applause at the end and no standing ovation.

How many degrees does it take

A few weeks ago on one of the networks they talked about how connected we are to each other.  The talked about degrees of separation people can be.  I have never tried to do it personally but today made me realize it is close.  I was taking care of a work activity and the person I was talking to me said she knew from some where.  Turns out she knew me from a previous board I served on.  Now I will be the first to admit that I know a lot of people as a result of my volunteer work I do as well as my paid work.  It seems like the more people I meet the smaller my world becomes.  So I ask you how many degrees of separation are there in your life?

The Choice to Hate

I saw this quote recently, “Hate is far more of a choice than homosexuality will ever be.”  I thought this was such an accurate statement.  People how attack people due to their skin color, ethnicity, or sexuality have made a choice to hate  I know that I have a choice to be prejudice or judgmental of people.  Hate is not something that a person is born with  Think about it a child learns not to like people of color or gay people because their parents have taught them to do so.  On this thanksgiving weekend we should be thankful for who people are and not for a characteristic that makes them who they are.  Let us not chose hate in the world.

Test and testing

If you have not heard yet but there are a group of students in New York that are being accused of cheating on SAT.  Apparently there were people paid to take the test for others as well other methods.  Now I don’t know if these students are guilty or not and it is not for me to judge them for what they did or did not do.  But it leads me to ask the question why are students required to take these types of tests.

Now I have participated in these types of test prior to beginning my undergraduate studies and again when I applied to graduate school.  When I asked what the purpose of the test were in the application process I could not get a clear answer.  Later on when I was teaching at the university level and had work submitted to me by students I questioned again the purpose.  Students who did well on the tests did not do much better than students who did at a lesser level.  Friends who applied to law school or medical school again talk how their scores we not anymore important than some other aspects of their application.

Personally I have never been good at taking test of this format.  I have been successful in my life and looking back now I couldn’t tell you want my scores were and how they helped me become the person I am today.  Do we need these kinds of tests?  It is not for me to say but I do question still is there a purpose and how do they help?

Why make us wait?

As more and more movies come out I have to do double takes sometimes.  I have lost track of how many movies have been remade from movies already made.  Has Hollywood run out of creativity?

I find that I am watching fewer and fewer movies these days.  It has nothing to do with the price of movies but the quality of movies.  Fewer movies that are playing right now in the theater will I be seeing.  I can remember seeing every movie that came out one summer and loving them and seeing a few them more than once.  This weekend I saw a movie and it had been the first movie I had gone to see in a few months.

The latest trend is to split movies into two parts.  It was done with the last Harry Potter movie and they are doing it now with the last Twilight book.  Now I don’t mind they are doing this to allow for material to be put in the movies from the books.  However, the span between movies is way to long.  If it continues to be this way I would see audiences begin to not care about the second piece and say lets wait for the DVD.

What do they want?

Recently I was watching a story about the Wall Street protesters as they were being interviewed.  They were asked what was the protest about?  The answers from each person was different.  The answers were not even close to being the same.  Which leads me to wonder if any of those people know what is going on.

There are people who wanted to disrupt trading on wall street the other day.  What bothers me about that action is that it effects me and my financial status.  They focus on trying to stop the very wealth traders or owners.  What they seem to forget that not everyone who have stocks or 401k are really wealthy.  So why do they want to hurt the everyday person.  It has not convinced me to support them as a matter of fact it makes me want to have them arrested and dispersed.

There are also some who are pushing to disrupt the shipping yards in California as part of their so called protest.  Again they will disrupt the work of some hard working people who only want to make money and provider for their families.

So the bottom line for me this so called movement has not focus and should be given no support.