Sometimes you just need to press SHUFFLE!

I walked outside my RV earlier and stretched out in my chair.

I set my iPhone on the plastic table beside me and set it to run one of my playlists, specifically the one I call MY MUSIC -1.

I only have one MY MUSIC playlist so the list number itself is kind of dumb.

But, it is a very big list holding over 1400 different songs.

I know, that’s a little crazy and I should take the time to organize this personal mish-mash of songs by artists from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and, oh Hell, right up to today.

Sure I have several specialized playlists with a few hundred songs in each them, but they are all loaded with music of a very focused theme, such as; Jazz, Blues, Country, Rock, R&B, and on and on.

They’re good to listen to on occasion of course, but this big playlist of mine is my favorite.

You see, when I just want to relax, I can select My Music-1, press the SHUFFLE button and each song that comes up is very often a surprise for me.

Some are so old that I am surprised to hear one of those songs which I haven’t listened to, in years. And the great thing about using SHUFFLE, is that one song will often be followed by something I placed in my playlist just a few weeks or months ago.

That’s the great thing for me; just sitting outside, staring at a Palm Tree, or a passing car, or maybe just an interesting cloud floating by and not really thinking about the state of the world’s affairs or whatever silliness is going on in Washington, but just listening while enjoying the act of being.

You see, the music, My Music, makes my heart beat faster, my eyes see more clearly, and my mind flush itself of the stacked up worries about the world stored there.

So, I press SHUFFLE.

I get a new song, unlike the last song, one after the other, with no real rhyme or reason what the next selection will be and the list of selections is so large I am confident that each song will only be played for me once, on that day.

Try it for yourself, in life, or with your music, just press SHUFFLE occasionally!

DON BOBBITT

Copyright, Don Bobbitt, December 12, 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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Thing you think about in the KEYS on the last day of MAY

I’m just doing a little “free-association” writing here.

Here are some of the things you think about when you are living in the Florida Keys when you realize it’s the last day of May and Summer is really here;

This the first day of the Hurricane Season, so for some reason, whenever the news people say there is a storm coming, those horrific news photos of Hurricanes striking land pop into your mind.

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I stopped talking about Writing!

I did! Well, for the most part anyway!

It was a very painful thing for me, but I have finally done it!

I stopped talking about writing.

You see, it took me a while, but I began to notice that non-writers would go into a kind of bored trance whenever you mention anything about what you are writing.

It doesn’t matter what you start talking about, whether it’s; a new plot you are working on, or a cool character you are developing, or even a fantastic scene you have placed your characters in as part a story you’re hoping to publish.

They just don’t care, these non-writing masses we are surrounded by each day when we go out and mix with people. Once I had realized this, I decided that they were beneath me and I stopped talking to them about my writing.

And OMG, my fellow writers?

They are all so engrossed in their writings that it quickly became obvious they all believed their works are far more interesting than mine.

Such Arrogance!

by Don Bobbitt, January, 2017

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Blog Maintenance – I know it hurts but Bury those Dead Posts.

I know, your Blog count is really high and you actually smile a little when you see that counter go up every time you release a new Post.

But, you can be your own enemy when it comes to people following you.

Over time we write articles that are pertinent to those times and you get some readers who give you good comments as well as some new followers. But, when you look back many of these posts will have become dated.

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Blog maintenance is Not Easy! But it is Necessary!

 

This post is essentially an apology to those readers who occasionally stop by and read my poetry, favorite music, and often, ravings.

I built this site to be a centralized point that would provide access to my other Blogs and writing sites.

I realized over a year ago that I had gone slightly insane in generating new Blogs, on a wide variety of subjects, and that I had expanded to the point that I wasn’t doing any of my sites justice.

And, I am not a purist. I need to make a few bucks on my writings. Not a fortune, but something!. This site, as you might know is a WordPress site and is not allowed to be commercial.

So, one of the things I do is provide links to some of my writings on my other sites that I hope are of interest. And, those other sites to put ads into my articles.

If you click on the link, I might get a fraction of a penny. If you click on an ad, I might get a larger fraction of a penny. If you purchase what is in the ad, I might get a small fraction of what Google gets for putting the ad there.

This not a way to get rich. On a good month, I might make enough for my wife and I to go out to dinner. And, that’s good enough for me.

Back to my problem.

OK, my problem is that I need to consolidate my writings into as few sites as possible to build up my traffic.

I have avoided this because it will be so time consuming. But, I must start so my plan is to trim down the number of sites, each of which ill have  clear focus on one subject.

This site? well, I will keep it going with better and clearer links to my other sites.

And, of course, I will continue my ravings on the world and the idiots that run things.

Thanks, and I ope you stop by occasionally to see what crazy things I am intio over the next year.

DON

 

SPAM ers! I am not as Stupid as You think I am!

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OK, I am Pissed!

I personally am serious about my website, and Blogs.

I write form the Heart! At least I try to.

But you guys! Here is a hint for you …… Idiots!

I use WordPress and I use their Spam detector. So, ALL of your Crap, and I mean ALL of it, is trapped for me to review.

And, Just for your information, I save my SPAM list for when I need some entertainment.

For instance, If the TV channels are spewing their typical brain-numbing drivel, I will often just pout myself a glass of wine, sit down in my favorite chair and go through my SPAM list.

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Sometimes I Write just to Clear My Head

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OK, I write a lot.   In fact, sometimes, I write too darn much, at least according to my wife.

But, I’s sorry, it’s what I do!  Being a normal person in other ways, this writing thing is not quite an obsession for me, but I guess that it does come close, at times.

If you check out this new site of mine, it is an attempt to provide access to my writings that I have foolishly laid like fresh eggs all over the web. I really didn’t start out with a plan for presenting my works, and boy, does it show now.

I have published books, articles, short stories, poetry, recipes, “How To” articles, Blogs and more. I’m not bragging, this kind of thing just seems to happen to myself and my fellow web writers, eventually. Even if we aren’t necessarily great at a form of writing, sooner or later, in  our arrogance, we will attempt it.

So What, You say?

Looking at a lot of my writings, I can see that I am often just attempting to do a very simple thing. I Just Need to Clear my Head.

You see, things grow there, in my head. They always have. Regardless of what I am doing, there are these other ideas, thoughts, whatever that are stirring around up there. And, over my life, I have entertained myself by taking these and working them into something more than a passing thought.

Once I take these thoughts and work them to the point that they make sense,  then I can finally file them away in a remote corner of my brain, and, with a level of relief, I can move on to the next one.  Of, course, this wasn’t very productive, but it was a way I entertained myself.

Over the years, I began writing these things down, evolving eventually to using the web as my storage media. That is how I ended up scattered seemingly randomly all over the web.

This crazy way of writing has been great for me, and I now count on it as my special way to Clear my Head of random thoughts.

So, sometimes, I just write to Clear my Head! And, if you end up following me, you will be subjected to a wide range of ideas and thoughts that are just escaping form my addled brain.

Jump On the Wagon or Run!

DON

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