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Mentoring Mankind with Memories and Musings

Jun 23,   Spring and Summer in Shangri La
Mar 20,   Adventures in Cyber Dating
Mar 13,   Stories of WWII are Fading Fast
Feb 22,   Canst Thou Protest Too Much?
Jan 26,   New Medical Paradigm On Horizon
Jan 16,   COLLEGE DAZE Is On the Horizon
Jan 10,   My Book Is On Its Way to Publication
Dec 18,   Red Letter Days Mark Milestones
Dec 17,   Today Was a Red Letter Day
Dec 1,   the 2nd Year of My Voyage is Over
Nov 20,   I Find Family and Friends at Hallmark
Nov 5,   My Book From the Male Viewpoint
Oct 12,   Music & Movies Mark My Milestones
Sep 18,   My New Life Appears on the Horizon
Aug 23,   Life is a Pathway with Many Forks
Aug 21,   The Importance of Doing My Best
Aug 4,   Life Imitates Hello Myrmidon
Aug 1,   Writing a Book Has Changed My Life
Jun 13,   Plants are Amazing Creatures
May 25,   Will You Accept My Apology?
May 1,   A Journal is a Window on Your Life
Apr 30,   A Road Trip to Shangri La
Apr 25,   Movies as Matchmakers
Apr 23,   Me at Seventy-Three!!!
Apr 19,   Make Time for Your Friends
Apr 14,   Can One Make a Difference?
Apr 9,   a snipit from HELLO MYRMIDON
Apr 1,   What Price Glory, Sweat, Tears
Mar 30,   To Retrieve or Not Retrieve
Mar 29,   Discourse on Decisions
Mar 25,   Memory Retrieval
Mar 22,   Website Lessons
Mar 3,   My Miracles, Part 2
Mar 2,   My Miracles, Part 1
Feb 9,   Phones of Old, Part 2
Feb 8,   Phones of Old, Part 1
Feb 7,   Twitterpated!!!
Jan 25,   Jacob and Esau, Part 2
Jan 24,   Jacob and Esau, Part 1
Jan 10,   A New Goal?
Jan 9,   My Earliest Memories
Dec 31,   2016: Successes and Failures
Dec 30,   2016: My Self-Discovery
Dec 28,   I Finally Hear My Angels
Dec 27,   Angels and Me
Dec 26,   Angels Inspire Me
Dec 24,   the Littlest Angel
Dec 23,   Story of My Name Part 3
Dec 22,   Story of My Name Part 2
Dec 21,   Story of My Name Part 1
Dec 19,   Prior Challenges Part 2
Dec 17,   Prior Challenges Part 1
Dec 16,   My Website Challenge
Dec 15,   Astrological Review of 2016
Dec 14,   North Coast Winter
Dec 13,   an Angelic Intervention
Dec 12,   Birth of HELLO MYRMIDON
Dec 11,   Christmas Lights Fade
Dec 10,   Christmas Art Project
Dec 9,   Finding a Perfect Tree
Dec 7,   Christmas with KW
Dec 6,   Christmas around the World
Dec 4,   Mom’s Story Part 2
Dec 3,   Mom’s Christmas Story Part 1
Dec 2,   Ghosts of Christmas Past
Dec 1,   My First Blog

Guest Blogs

Mar 24,   SusanDay on Being a Grandparent

24th Mar I Join the World Community

Back in December, when the odyssey of building this website began, I had almost no experience with looking at websites, and certainly zero experience with looking at them for ideas on how to make my own.  But that is exactly what the builders asked me to do.  They were at first very business-like, not really cold, but distant.  They asked me to look at other sites and send to them links to the ones I especially liked, so that they could get an idea of what I wanted.  I warned them right up front that I am known for turning all activities like this into art projects,  but I am sure they had no clue about what that meant any more than I had about what goes into making a website.

They had names familiar to all Americans, such as Mark, Alex, Peter, Andy, Jenny, etc., which I assumed were artificial constructs to prevent Americans from murdering their Indian names.  This was confirmed when I asked one of them to tell me his Indian name. At my request he repeated it half a dozen times but I never did really get it.  So after that I was quite happy using the more familiar monikers, and now after 3 months of intimate contact I will just refer to them here collectively as “my guys”, ok? 

When my guys first sent me on the hunt for examples to show them what I wanted, I was at a loss about where to begin.  I had just seen a movie on the Hallmark channel that I really liked, so as a starting point I decided to look on Amazon for the book that was the basis for it.  I found the book, and with it the website of the author, and there began my trek into website-land.   Of course, publishing my book was also on my mind.  So I clicked on other books to find out what is “out there”,  and  each had a website that I could peruse and decide what I liked or didn’t like about it.  WOW, what a trip that was.  Who would have thought just watching a movie could introduce me into such a new and at times overwhelming world?  As  I found a few that I really liked and sent them to my guys,  I began to formulate the design I wanted for my site.

Later I would find that what I thought was a whole new world was just a toe in the ocean of what I would experience during the whole process.  And now, even in the aftermath, vistas are still opening that were beyond my wildest imaginings just a few short weeks ago.  In fact,  just last month  when they opened my twitter account and I said that “all hell done broke loose now”,  I still had no idea of what that really  meant.  Now I have connected with individuals all over the globe, and I don’t mean just as casual followers, or with robo-style direct messages.  I have had real interaction with actual people who have genuinely enriched my life.

 One such person is Susan Day.  She not only read and liked my writing, she also offered to send me an article for my guest blog section.  I assumed she would send me one  of her blogs from her own site.  So in return,  I suggested she check out mine and see if there was one there that she liked that she could use on her site.  But that is not what she meant at all.  What she did mean absolutely astounded me.  She found my blogs inspiring, so much so that she wrote a special entry just for me to use as my first guest blog!   When my guys call today, I will see that it gets posted properly, so don’t miss reading it. I am sure that everyone will enjoy it as much as I do.   

Before Susan sent me the article we had a pleasant and comfortable email exchange, and all the while I pictured her as a nice American lady from someplace in the Midwest.  Because she writes kids’ books, and I have also written one, we talked about that and I even sent her one of my stories.  She liked it, so we discussed what to do with it to publish it, and  at last it got me excited about working with that book again after 15 years of keeping it locked away in a drawer.  Who knew that would happen?

Then she told me she had written a whole set of kid’s books about her home town, which she described as a "small town far away from anywhere".  I too gravitate toward towns like that, so I looked it up to see where it was, and as usual i was totally flabbergasted.  Australia!  Yep, I was just a tad bit off in my imagined geographical positioning.  Like half a world off maybe?  I am mostly a home body now in my old age, but in my youth I actually circled the globe.  It took a year and a half, and the world seemed so large at the time.  But now, with all our instantaneous communication, and no particular attention being paid to where the senders and receivers are actually located, the globe has shrunk to where we are really becoming a world community. 

Thus a new understanding of the reality of the world community is today’s port of call on my voyage of self-discovery.   No doubt we can expect many other fascinating lands to pop up on the horizon as we continue to sail on our sea of memories. Feel free to ride along as together we accumulate many new memorable experiences along the way. 





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