Sunday, August 26, 2012
Here is an almost bottomless source of free (public domain) books i have just come upon.
I have been listening to them for years, first on cassette tapes and then cd's from the library; then downloaded from Lit2go from iTunes U; and now librevox.
Librevox is a source of free audiobooks read by amateurs, I do find the quality kind of varied, but it is free. These are not going to be best sellers; they are public domain, out of copyright, and there are old familiar classics plus a lot of obscure and interesting stuff. I just finished one that consisted of the letters of a pioneer woman in Wyoming in the early 1900's.
So, you need an iPhone or iTouch, probably there is an app for android too. Download the app Audiobooks, there is a free version and an upgraded version that costs 99 cents. You will have a choice of free books or ones that cost, make your selection, download or stream, and there you go.
If you want to volunteer and read for librevox, you can go to the website.
Knowing me, I am probably the last person to find this resource, but hey, I wanted to share it. I find these audiobooks a great way to pass the time and learn something while driving, or housecleaning, or working out.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
So I'll write a blog.
I have come to pleasantly anticipate reading the regular blogs of some of my Sparkfriends, so I thought it is important that I reciprocate!
Monday at the supermarket.
I am in the checkout line.
It is extra long for some reason.
My first day back at work, I am tired and my foot hurts.
A pleasant looking older lady got in line behind me. She was carrying her groceries in a reusable shopping bag. At least I had paid the deposit and had a shopping cart to lean on.
She answered her phone, and had a clear, bell-like voice. I was not eavesdropping, but I heard "leukemia," and then I heard "heart," and then "guarded condition."
And I had one of those moments when I realized my troubles were minuscule, microscopic, sub-atomic in size.
S I tapped her on the arm and offered that she could go in front of me. At first she said no, then she said yes, and she said to me she would pay this favor forward.
That's the story. No big deal for me, and maybe her day was made a bit easier. I hope so.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
just before I return to work full time at the office.
Things may be a bit blurry and crazy next week, so....
Firstly, I have some clarification on Bright Sided and Positive Psychology for Dummies. We are talking apples and oranges here....both very good for you, but different fruits! The Dummies book takes some basic positive psychology concepts and gives practical advice. Kind of boring, but not crazy.
Ehrenreich, on the other hand, at leas as far as I have read here, is talking about some weird stuff, like believe you will make money and dollar bills will float in your window, with proponents using science such as quantum physics to support this. Strange.
Other than that, chores are all done and I am ready to roll. I am truly ready to go back, I have learned that I do not have the whatever it takes to work only from home....too confining, and I like to be around people.
And, here is the most exciting thing, at least for me.
At the end of August I will have one year to go to retirement. I think the time will fly! So wish me luck, as I enter the last journey of my working career, and get more active in planning my retirement!
So, wish me luck,
Thursday, August 09, 2012
or improve your analytic abilities big time!
I am reading concurrently the books "Positive Psychology for Dummies" and Barbara Ehrenreich's book "Bright Sided" (recommended by Meddy).
Not at the same time, or course.....I trade off.
The Dummy book tells you how to apply Positive psychology to your life.....
Bright Sided says that positive thinking has in essence ruined America.
As is the usual, I think the truth (at least for me) is somewhere in the middle--even Martin Seligman, the Positive Psychology Guru, states that critical thinkers and risk assessors are needed as well to look on the not-so bright side....
It will be an interesting ride. So far, Ehrenreich wins for just plain good writing!
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