Well – Happy New Year albeit a month late! I guess I’ve procrastinated
enough. I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to do this year and I believe my primary goal is to clear out the clutter of things rattling around in my mind and settle on just a few. This past year I’ve been slightly overwhelming myself with staying up with the rapidly changing web technology world, practicing web application development for desktop and smart phone devices, practicing and playing golf, a little bit of blogging, reading and trying to keep myself fit by walking more. I’m finding that this is too much stuff and I’m not really doing anything any justice or doing them well. So frustration is happening more than enjoyment.
I want to take some time this year and see if I can develop a deeper interest in digital photography. I’ve done a little bit but I think I need to give this idea a better focus (pardon the pun). Besides, there are some cool toys you can get to help support a photographer’s habit. My idea is to concentrate on landscape and wildlife (not to mean my grandchildren) as subjects to study. A very good friend of mine is a “birder” and has inspired me and he has a good collection of his photos on Flickr here.
My son David is fond of saying “Write a book.” if you’re bored. While writing a book seemed like a daunting exercise not to speak of the fact I would not know how to start, writing daily might possibly evolve into something more. One of the “getting started” techniques I’ve seen suggested is to write every day. So, I’ll be practicing my verbosity – if that’s really a word – each day. But writing each day does not necessarily mean publish each day. There’s this idea of re-visiting the work for editing purposes so I’ll strive to publish about twice a week. Besides, I need to give time to review and digest the literally tens of comments I’m sure my posts will be generating.
I have to get my walking into a consistent habit. Lately, I’ve abandoned the “iron maiden” (my name for the treadmill) in favor of outside walks in the neighboring parks and streets. And, beginning this past fall and into this winter, I walk the golf courses I play. It’s hard to beat a nice day walking with Jimmy Buffet or Dire Straits playing on Pandora. And even if Mark Twain has said that golf is a “good walk spoiled”, you just can’t beat a gorgeous, God-given beautiful day on the golf course. I suppose for those not so nice days I’ll need to fire up the “iron maiden” and take a cruise.
I enjoyed putting this piece together especially selecting the cartoons that related to the thought. There might be something to this writing thing after all!
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