Remembering Many

A great deal of notable people were lost in 2016, many this month alone.

This is a just a list of some of the more recognizable names that made headlines this year, causing people to immediately stop and reflect on the lives of these people. People die everyday, but only so many, such as these people, live a full and everlasting life. They all celebrated just one more Christmas before passing on and leave behind a trail of accomplishments and contributions to society in general.

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Florence Henderson

Gene Wilder

Fidel Castro

Alan Thicke

Bernard Fox

Craig Sager

John Glenn

Arnold Palmer

Prince

Muhammad Ali

David Bowie

Alan Rickman

Harper Lee

Nancy Reagan

Gordie Howe

Pat Summitt

Merle Haggard

Leonard Cohen

Frank Sinatra, Jr.

This is in remembrance to them all.

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YouTube Rewind 2016

Another year of YouTube is nearly in the books. To celebrate 2016’s greatest moments, the annual Rewind is back again and better than ever.

This is my reaction video. Enjoy!

Goodbye, June

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The clouds of June 2016 are now just a distant memory, but of course they don’t know that. I don’t want to sound sentimental but those were some good clouds. Fluffy like a pillow.

Goodbye, June and hello to the second half of 2016. What does the rest of the year hold in store for me? Well, I’m turning the big 25 (that line in Sugar Ray’s “Fly” is finally going to relate to me – I can’t believe it) and going to a casino for the first time. Then it’s off to Kansas in October to see little E and celebrate Halloween. Then the small clan is going to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a hotel – something different from the usual stay at home where I play Auld Lang Syne like a champ on the old Andy Griffith guitar and pop champagne over my dad’s head, much to his thrill (sarcasm).

Happy July.

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Going With the Flow

New Year Resolutions Quotes

There’s no use in making resolutions

Because you paint yourself into a corner

And expectations cannot be expected

So seize the day and feel bolder


Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

Absolutely. I made the resolution last year to be a more consistent blogger and publish a post everyday, which I ended up failing by about 20 or so days, which isn’t that big of a deal. I’ve made that my goal again this year but I can’t promise myself that it will work. I just have to see what unfolds. What’s more important outside of that is getting started on paying back my student loans.

I don’t usually make resolutions, because I don’t want to put pressure on myself and end up failing later on. I prefer to just let things develop over the course of the year, instead of setting up in advance to accomplish them. I feel that it is best to make “secret” resolutions in my head, instead of writing them down, so I don’t feel so compelled to accomplish them.

One of my all time goals has always been building a successful YouTube channel and this year I am at least striving to upload more videos, at least a handful each month, instead of going on those long hiatuses of inactivity. That’s all I can really ask for. The subscribers that I get will be a result of whether or not the videos have an effect on them.

Of course, I have to concentrate on what has got structure and momentum already, which is my blog, my pride and joy. I made the resolution to read and comment more but so far I have been unable to fulfill that. Yeah, I’ve been busy with other things and let laziness take over, but the year is still young and there are so many opportunities to fulfill these goals.

I’d like to win the lottery this year and it looks like that will be delayed once more because I surely didn’t come close to winning the Powerball tonight.

Right now I’m reading the fantasy novel Eragon, about a boy who finds and raises a dragon. This will likely take me a month or two to read. I probably should read more books.

Kicking Off 2016

Last night,
Close to the chime of twelve,
In front of the television,
New York looking swell
Ryan Seacrest counting down,
A crowd of eager eyes,
The champagne out of ice,
Ready for a big surprise
As the final numbers of 2015
Were slowly burned away,
I shook that bottle of Barefoot Bubbly,
Looking for the ultimate par-tay
I popped the top, and it went a plop,
Getting the nearest person wet,
Rop, a bob, bop
What a mess it was,
The contents soaked the floor,
And the whole thing was on video,
Laughs for later in store
Sure, I would love to be in New York, London, or Sydney,
But I suppose the fun in my little home
Is enough to please me
As the hourglass gets flipped,
And the race to December begins again,
There is one thing for certain:
The holidays are never over,
The waiting room we’re in

Now figuratively, I was in a state of awe,
Reflecting on the past year,
All of the drama that ensued and all,
The silent beat in my head of cheer
And I thought of the future,
And what’s next for me,
What’s next for the human race,
What is our ultimate destiny
A mere turn of a page, tick of the clock,
Throws us into a brand new place,
As the last year seems so far lost


Daily Prompt: Stroke of Midnight

Where were you last night at midnight? Would you have wanted to be somewhere else?

New Year, Same Old Life

It’s hard work finding out who you really are in life, hard work putting in all the effort to get the pieces in place and then hope it all stays together. There is always a comparison to someone else, someone else a little more successful than you and more popular, someone you want to be but know it would only be really possible in a dream.

This past year I have worked hard on this blog, trying to post everyday and establish the ebb and flow of this site, get into a consistent stream and away from the jerky one off posts. I didn’t exactly accomplish the task of posting every day (I made it to January 24th) but I did post more often, many times at the bad habit of minutes to midnight, doing something I rarely ever do which is stay committed to something. I grinded it out, I fought against my writer’s block demons, my distractions and procrastination.

At this point in my life that has seen many changes already from people dying to siblings moving away, to old and new animals enter and leave the house, I really want to find my calling in life. I established this writing base of mine for basically one reason: to not have to do it later in life.

Would I love to be anyone but me? Most definitely. I’d love to be someone who gets instantly recognized and makes millions of dollars for doing something stupid on TV or the internet. I’d love to have the feeling of being validated and knowing you are definitely a winner, someone who is important. I’d love to be living in a huge mansion in a huge city. I’d love to be one of the singers performing in Times Square tonight in front of the entire world. I’d love to be the President and literally be the voice of the people. I’d love to be someplace more interesting tonight than here in my boring home, living it up with parties and dancing. And the feeling of shame in the morning when all of the confetti has settled and there are a great number of people hungover.

But I love being me. I love finding that uniqueness, something that makes me special. There is really no pressure on me to succeed and having no claim to fame means there is not much to fall from. If I became someone else, there would be a learning curve with all of the new friends and family I’d have to get to know. I’d have to get used to living in a new city and settle into all of the cultural trends. Would I be comfortable living as someone who is in the spotlight? I don’t know. I’d feel as if there would be more pressure on me to succeed, the pressure to keep working and pleasing the fans. I hate pressure. It drives away away creative freedom in exchange for doing something in a hurry against a deadline. I’d rather work at my own pace, on my own time.

2016 might or might not be more of the same as 2015. I’m definitely going to buckle down and look for a job, not matter how crappy it might be. I would love to move away from home and into my own place. The whole family might move to the heartland of Kansas. It would be nice to have new scenery for a change and a new outlook on life, but knowing life as it is, the cap on discovering inspirational new things will always be in play.

Some of my blogging goals for 2016:

  • Read and comment on blogs more often, at least one everyday (I faltered this year on that, but don’t exactly feel bad about it).
  • Try even harder to be more consistent on “quality posts”
  • Get to 500 or more followers by the end of the year
  • Read more of the “Freshly Pressed” content on WordPress to get a sense of what else is out there
  • Participate in the NaNoWriMo and other writing events, looking for new inspiration

As for the whole of 2016 in general, I hope it turns out to be another wonderful, awesome year. I wish for that one event that will leapfrog me to new heights. I will continue to improve on who I am, not what others want me to be. What’s the use in living if you can’t be happy with who you are? Doesn’t everyone have a chance to be someone special? Let’s make 2016 the year of me, not the year of who I wish I would be.


Daily Prompt: A Brand New, Effective Tomorrow 

Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? You can choose to be anyone alive today, or someone gone long ago. If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.