“In the right corner we have Reddy Right Brain, his opponent, on the left is Creative Carl.”

Ugh! There is truth to the matter that some people are both right and left brained, but those of us that are, are often asked, “What would you rather be?” Immediately, I would answer “left brained” so I could be left alone to dally in my own creations. My world of gnomes and wizards and dragons. My world of making jewelry and collecting art and cooking and fun, pretty stuff. But no-o-o-o, not me, just as soon as I get in the groove, I’m yanked out to, (cue in music here) da-duh-duh…REALITY! And, my husband wonders why I’m so nutsoid! Go figure!

I guess, it’s a wonderful thing that I am able to escape to my “wonderland” but I do turn into the Red Witch–would spell it another way but do not want to be censored, or have a contract terminated,– when I am yanked out because of someone else’s incompetence that I am left having to fix. Boy, does it get ugly when the Sicilian rears its ugly head! Not saying that Sicilian’s are ugly, of course. They are beautiful, but highly emotional people who are fantastic cooks!

I actually don’t mind putting on my red shirt, I rather love the color, if I can be of help, but don’t make me do a job for which I get no payment of any kind! Give me a chocolate bar and I’m thrilled, but don’t spit on it first! You know what I mean? I think that’s why I write children’s books. They’re so gratifying!

 

Sometimes Baby Boomers Bomb

When it come to new technology and social networking, Baby Boomers, I have found, generally bomb! Ka-boom! There’s an old saying that I learned when I was going to Al-Anon, for my ex-husband, many years ago, Keep It Simple, Stupid!  My advice for the day.

Why does everything you touch, when it comes to technology have to be so fracking confusing. For example, I was asked by a thirty-something publishing agent, “What is your social platform?”  Like in have I received any gold medals??? Well, uh, no.  Had no clue what he meant.  Just ask,” Are you connected with any social media sites?”  Oh, you mean like FB? Okay, I can answer that.  And then the “blog” word came up.  “Oh, yes,”she said (what the frack is a “blog”).  Thank goodness for the wonderful, ever patient, loving thirty-somethings at “Write by the Rails.” They set me up!  Solved.

Next, the switching, updating of OS.  Hey, I’m impressed that I, at 63 even know what that is! Please, I’m a good girl, I do everything they tell me to, so why, oh, why, doesn’t it work!!!  Helllllp me! And so, someone wrote a book…”Everything you Need to Know…”  and this 900+ page book explains everything that is not in a device manual.  SO why bother having a manual???  Just get the book!!!

God bless technology, (I wonder if He uses a Mac or a PC,) and the people who develop it.  Next stop, for me (help me, Nick) it’s Instagram!! And a gracious good evening to all.

“…one is silver and the other’s gold.”

     Any body out there an ex-Brownie Scout?  I remember, as a little girl being a Brownie Scout and learning the song”

“Make new friends, but keep the old,

One is silver and the other gold!”

     We all have family that we are born into and then there is family, that we choose.  Those are friends, friends for life.  Last night I watched Jay Leno’s last show.  At the end of his show, he explained why he never went to another network when he left the Tonight Show, the first time.  He explained that for the 22 years he had been with NBC, he had worked with, what he felt, were family.  The first year he started with NBC, he lost his mother, the second year, his father and a few years later, his brother.  So, the only family he had left were his colleagues and friends at NBC.

     Sometimes, we forget who our real friends are.  Are they the 100 FRIENDS on FB?  There’s someone I know who refers to everyone he/she meets as a “friend.”  And, I’m like, how are they a friend?  How do you define that?  Do you really have 300 best friends?  Really? It’s almost like it’s said as a status symbol!

     My definition must be way different.  I think social media may have redefined that word but for me, I know who my friends are.  Do they change throughout your life?  Yes, occasionally they do, but there is always a core.  A core, if your blessed, of 5 people, (in my opinion) maybe less.  And, I think, one of the determining factor is time.  People that have been with you, over the years, through thick and thin.  People that you don’t always like, but always love.  People who may criticize you, but never judge you. People who can share their deepest, darkest secrets with you and you can do the same, and trust that they will keep them. People who don’t break the promises that they make to you, without a real reason.  People that don’t betray you. People that you can be away from for months or years, but are still there, whenever you need them.  Hard standards to meet?  Maybe.

     I think that people, like myself, who are only children, seek out these people.  Since they don’t have brothers and sisters, they seek out the “goodness of strangers.”  Sometimes that works and sometimes, not so much.  But, I’d bet that their core friendships are larger.  That they have more loving, trusting friends, than others with a large amount of siblings.  Especially, if, like me, they’ve traveled a lot.

So, that brings me back to the old “Brownie” song. “…one is silver and the other gold.” The “Bestie,” the “BFF,” the person(s) who you can count on, no matter what.  Got, one? Two? Three?  You are blessed.  I am blessed.