Hello again friends!

What a week it’s been. Last Friday I was leisurely wrapped up in my fluffiest blanket in Wisconsin and sipping warm apple cider…now I’m frantically downing coffee in an effort to stay awake for my next class here in Nashville. To make it worse, it’s just as cold. Sigh…

Anyways, here are five things you should know about in the world today. The “should” in that sentence is totally optional. But since you’re here, you might as well stick around!

1. Treat yourself to a good breakfast. And by good breakfast, I don’t mean a jumbo stack of chocolate chip pancakes, which are a particular weakness of mine. I’ve been experimenting with kale in a few different recipes and happen to be a fan of them in scrambled eggs. I added turkey, green onions, and a little colby jack cheese, and had something warm and satisfying to come back to after my morning workout (morning workout? Yes, it’s a new year’s thing. Yes, I’m sticking with it.)

B6iIFG5CUAER0v12. I started reading Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick this week. It’s about your internal dialogue and how damaging we can be to ourselves. Whether you’re Christian or not, I definitely think it’s shaping up to be a good read. After reading the first chapter, I began to become a little bit more aware of what I’m saying to myself at every second throughout the day. I’ve realized that I am a HUGE over-analyzer, from perceiving people’s reaction’s to a joke I made or wondering about my doctor’s appointment next week! It’s putting a lot of undue stress on me and distracting me from focusing on the present. Looking forward to reading more of this book and learning how to “crash” the chatter. Maybe I’m not the only one…

3. On this day in history, Christopher Columbus thought that he saw mermaids while sailing to the New World. However, they turned out to be manatees. No wonder he remarked that they were “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” I still think they’re kind of cute.

4. Prayers for all those in France who are suffering for their right to have a voice, and that those who have brought this devastation will be brought to justice quickly without endangering any more lives. It is so sad in a world with so much to offer and learn from each other that violence is still seen as an appropriate means to resolve a difference in opinion or thought.

5. Here’s a thought for the weekend by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus:

“There is nothing permanent except change.”

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!


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2 thoughts on “The Friday Five.

  1. Jeanette, I have a topic for a future blog if you care to explore it.

    Since you are obviously followed by a tremendous amount of individuals (nearly 70,000 according to your hit counter) I assume it’s either other like-minded females approximately your age you might share your thoughts and agree with your assessment of life, or young males who think you are hot, or nice, or both; perhaps you can do something important and influential to help those in the human race (like myself), over 35.

    It’s simple really. Your generation (kids my kids age) has been around advanced technology for their entire life right? Computers that message, email and create blogs like yours – Cellphones that you can text to/from, and perform a myriad of other ways of communication. (Now, don’t imagine I am going in the direction of preaching another exhaustive sermon that “those young people need to get off those darn devices and interact with those around them in person…” diatribe; however nice that would be) INSTEAD I want you to focus on simple, forgotten communication etiquette that we “old-timers” have come to expect since we were young.

    In an effort to meet youth “half-way” we oldsters have tried really hard to adapt and whittle away at our curmudgeonly ways by actually buying and using the same type of technology that the “younger folks” use on a minute by minute basis. In other words; yes we have blown the dust off our keyboards and struggled to learn about each current version of Gmail and Yahoo to send our loved ones a simple email. We have purchased cell phones and data plans and we even try to NOT “call” our kids and actually “speak” to them; we now “text” each other routinely.

    WE have done our part; it’s the young that have fallen down on the job.

    What I am getting at with my previous preamble is that most people under 35 do not understand the basic rules of a conversation: The fact that it BEGINS, has a POINT/COUNTERPOINT back and forth, and then it ENDS. Parents spend an inordinate amount of time waiting for their children to respond with a lucid text for a simple answered request, or a discernible finality to an instruction given. It’s even translated into the business world. An email or text is sent to clarify something, or to ferret out an understanding with no follow-up from the person on the other end.

    Example Text Conversation:


    Now “SON” may even have a good reason why he is being blunt and not able to answer; but that’s not good enough for my generation. Try that same (above) conversation with the same two people talking on a phone or standing there in person…nope…it wouldn’t end (or not end) that way. Using technology in place of actual back and forth conversation should come with an acceptance of privilege and a clearly understood set of substitute rules for having a conversation.

    It’s the same with email when you are waiting for a simple “yes” or “no” or “Got it…see you then” and you get NOTHING back from that younger person. You merely go on wondering. So what I’m asking is that a movement start with the under 35 crowd that focuses on paying much more attention to their interactions with My Generation in their conversations. (Text, Email, Etc.) I’m certain that it does not even dawn on them that (beyond rudeness); not shepherding a conversation all the way through to a logical conclusion is completely MADDENING to people my vintage.

    OK…I’m done…Take it and run with it…

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