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Topic: Today's Thought or Message
Posted: 31 Mar 2020 15:46

I find myself wondering. How many people (Families) are sitting and doing something together for the first time in a very long time?
In the long run, maybe some good will come of this pandemic.

Anna, Some years ago when young people started text messaging, I told my students at Uni, that I wanted them to go home for thanksgiving, and talk to one of their elders, and ask them about their lives.....just anything, and to write it up
for credit.
Less than half the class did it. I was a patient and kind man with my students but this was done to make them more family oriented. To get them to be thankful for their families.
Seeing my upset, one student asked me right out in class, "Doc, why are you upset?" I had to step out for a second and come back in smiling. I asked her, "Why didn't you all do your assignment?"
She said, with most of the class in agreement that when they are at home with their families, even at a big family dinner, they keep company with who is on line. One boy said firmly, "Now that's not right!"

I pray you are on to something there.

Topic: What are you reading at the moment?
Posted: 31 Mar 2020 15:33

Currently, I'm reading The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell. A great book. It starts from the Ancient times and covers every major era of our history. Also, he explains complicated things, so you can understand them easily.

That is a great book. He can be comical at times.

Topic: Today's Thought or Message
Posted: 29 Mar 2020 11:10

People tell me all the time, that they are bored. This is inconceivable to me. Did you know you can make every waking moment in your life meaningful? Granted, some moments are painful, nut it is meaningful. However, in a situation like we currently find ourselves in, locked up in a house or apartment, you would not believe how good you could be at some new hobby or skill, science or art. Just with simple logic, I can show you how to do it. Just find something that you always wanted to get good at like playing chess. Taking chess as an example, I can work out many others if you write to me privately and ask me to. Here is what you can do in this one "game."

For example, you could take an online course on almost anything, like learning how to play chess well.
(a) You could work on your openings
(b) You could work on your middle game
(c) You could work on your endgame.
(d) You could work on any of these when you have the white pieces
(e) You could work on any of these when you have the black pieces
(f) You could work on any of the above (a to e) to improve your offensive game
(g) ditto, to improve your defensive game.
(h) You could do any of the above for just one kind of piece: a king, a queen, a knight, a bishop, etc.
(i) You could do any of the above using the mathematical possibilities as shown on line that have been worked out with a computer.
(j) You could study any or all of the above by watching the great masters use them in actual games.
(k) You could use both (i) & (j) together.
This could go on for a lifetime. Some people do that and make a good living by winning games at tournament.
That list is seemingly endless.

Then you could be involved in the art/craft of making the materials used in playing the game. None is easy, and each involves a lot of work and research.
For example, in my family, my father was a skilled wood carver, and burnisher, and made many beautiful set of pieces, used by some very skilled players, or as a form of decoration in a game room.
My brother was a Master, so he made his living playing in tournaments.
As a hobby, I love to make the actual chessboard itself. There are so many ways that can be done. I have gotten some pretty fair prices for some of my boards.
No, they are not all alike.

Some people collect chess sets in a whole array of different ways.

I hope you can see that just around the game of chess, there are many thousands of interesting things you could do.
But more importantly, you could do millions of things with your time, with that kind of specificity.
Moreover, above I have just used an analytic method to work out the above lists.
One could work on one thing by creating whole new spin offs of an already existing game.

There is no need for anyone to be bored.


Topic: What music are you listening to?
Posted: 29 Mar 2020 10:53

"Latcho Drom" by a gypsy village in the movie, " Latcho Drom " (=good/fateful journey/odyssey). A drom is Roma's ride in wagons and with horses in their lives. A band of people travelling together was always varied in size, and when two bands met up after a couple of years, some families would interchange the band they were with.
I would write all this out into a story but am afraid of the reaction I would get.

Topic: Say One Word about the Person/Profile Above you
Posted: 25 Mar 2020 18:40

Intelligent

Topic: Synonyms
Posted: 25 Mar 2020 18:39

Stair - escalator

Topic: opposite word game
Posted: 25 Mar 2020 18:31

Argumentative - Compatible

Topic: Drop Letter - Add Letter
Posted: 25 Mar 2020 18:28

Teats - Seats

Topic: This or That
Posted: 25 Mar 2020 18:25

Elvis

Women's tennis or women's ice skating.

Topic: This or That
Posted: 25 Mar 2020 11:27

I pick a stratocaster.

A Martin or a Gibson.

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0430 Military time, 8 year old Theo would wake up, clean up, put on his dungarees, and fill up with whatever Mama bought that week.  By 0515 get to the corner for the farm truck to come by. Everyone there was speaking another language, yet they came to know him well. Theo was from an old mold, they said. They all remembered starting work so young in "the Old Country." Some never spent a day...

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