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Friday Fun Trifecta #14 – Love Edition

If you remember a while back, we did a segment here on SDMcKinley.com called Friday Fun Links. Fun links have evolved into Friday Fun Trifecta, where I will feature one thing of each – music, book and visual arts. Welcome to Friday Fun Trifecta #13, in appreciation for artwork.

It’s Friday again. How am I doing? Yesterday was rough, but I got through it, thankfully unscathed and in tact. I have terrible anxiety sometimes and it comes out as flipping me into overdrive. I’m hoping for a great weekend filled with positivity, laughter, love and peace, lifting the ones up in my life that help me day in and day out, putting their differences aside, but also firmly standing up for what they obviously believe in. I think we should definitely stand up for what we believe as individuals. You know, we all have times when we clash and have differences ( which is a blessing in itself ), but at the end of the day I believe it’s true and carefully precision’d consideration that really takes us down through there, encompassing all things and ideas possible in order to come to a nice, solid conclusion. THAT shows careful consideration and love for yourself and others around you.

What does love mean to you?

Visual:

+Love Beyond The Stars+ by ERA-7

Music:

Lyrics @ Genius.com – this is one of my most favored electronic artists a.k.a John Gooch.

Book:

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson – I’m currently reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson, along with a couple others, but it’s good enough, so far, that I went searching out this other book that I have no idea about.

“She’s a woman, you’re a dude. You’re not supposed to understand her. That’s not what she’s after…. She doesn’t want you to understand her. She knows that’s impossible. She just wants you to understand yourself. Everything else is negotiable.”

― Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

“To condense fact from the vapor of nuance.”

― Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

[ Quote Source: goodreads.com ]

Bonus:

Check out all the free, legit books @ The Open Library.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Resources

Create an Artificial Intelligence Christmas Message

[ Synthesia.io link source: TheCreativePenn.com ]

Scary, or not scary? That is the question this holiday season, here in the slightly advanced year of 2020. Synthesia.io has an AI powered Christmas message generator, as I’m sure people can have all kinds of fun with this one. Beware that the message you enter for TTS is supposedly moderated, and I’m really not sure what kind of tolerance they have. 🧐

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

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On Being Grateful

[ Image Source: PaulSizer.com by Paul Sizer ]

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to my American followers and anyone else that might be celebrating. It really is a great day today. I am grateful for a whole ‘lotta things this year:

  • The one and only God almighty and my savior Jesus Christ.
  • My family.
  • My job.
  • Art and artists – that includes anything created that captures an essence of feeling that is passed onto for someone else to enjoy. Books, movies, video games, paintings, music, poems, musings, all of that good stuff that we create out of passion for the craft of creativity to share with others.
  • This blog and my followers.
  • My life.
  • For all the simple things I often take for granted every day. From being able to breathe and see, hear and touch. To interact and be apart of each other, for without this beautiful gift of reality, that wouldn’t be possible.
  • For people that think differently than me and can give a gift of outside perspective.
  • For intelligent conversations.

What are you most thankful for here in 2020? Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

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Every Day is Good for Mental Health Awareness

[ Featured Image Source: FB.com ]

Some unfavorable events happened this weekend. Nothing life changing or crisis. Everything is okay, apart from being a bit sad. I have my beautiful girlfriend as my best friend and lover and she is a wonderful mother: Thank you, Misty! I love you. I won’t go into details, because whatever happened is between me and that person. But, Time will mend.

Every day is good for mental health awareness.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S. D. McKinley

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Music

Man, This Guy is on 🔥 A New Level by Pantera: Guitar Solo Cover by Jamie Jenson

I showed this guy one time before. Enjoy.

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Quote: Alan Watts / The Joker

Photo by fotografierende on Pexels.com

But the fool is in a different class from the monk. And to understand his role fully we have to go into a number of preliminary things, the most important of which is to understand the nature of a social institution. Because, you see, the standpoint of the fool is that all social institutions are games. He sees the whole world as game-playing, and that’s why—when people take their games seriously and put on stern and pious expressions—the fool gets the giggles: because he knows it’s all a game. Now, when I say that he sees everything as a game, this does not mean mere game. Hamlet, although it’s a play, is not mere entertainment. Or when you go to listen to a great orchestra, it is playing music indeed, but you are not seeing something purely frivolous.

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Music

Puscifer: The Humbling River

SDMcKinley.com presents The Humbling River by Puscifer. I really like this song, some might say a little sad or depressing. I say it’s, just like the title says. . .humbling. We could all use a little of that, huh?. It gives a wonderful fantasy book vibe, so that’s like the whipped icing on the cake.

Artist:Puscifer
Genre:Soft Alternative Rock
Length:5:05
Versions:The Humbling River,
The Humbling River (Nagual del Judith Mix),
The Humbling River (Duet mix)
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Semi-Hiatus: Blog Update Post

“Man passed out on the floor of the kitchen” by simpleinsomnia is licensed under CC BY 2.0

So, here we are five months since this blog launched and through some hard labor and intent, genuine interactions with other blogs we have just short of 80 posts, some odd 30 followers and almost 1000 views. Every hurdle is a milestone, right? The truth is, I love posting on this blog, but I am not doing myself any favors by keeping it up like I have been with posting 4-5 times a week. It takes a terrible amount of time to do and with that being said, I am not doing myself any favors with my personal goals, work and home life, etc. I cannot humanly do everything I want to. It is simply healthy to set boundaries in life; this is how we manage ourselves and it is so important to do that and in turn helps your happiness and loved ones, too. So, if you are following this blog, here is what I expect to change:

  • Less frequent posts, but more focus on book reviews when posting along with updates, if any in regards to writing efforts. Not quite sure about frequency yet, but I hope to give at least one post a week.
  • No more Friday Fun Links for a while ( with the exception of today ), not exactly sure how long.
  • I will still keep up with comments, etc as I always stay pretty close to all my technology mediums.

So, if you are a newer follower, I encourage you to go back through past posts and see if you find anything interesting that fancies you. There are some earlier RWP posts that even make me laugh when I go back and read them.

If you have any suggestions, rude or snide remarks about the layout or anything else about this site, I encourage you to put those comments here, because I do care! After all, this is my presence on the WWW.

Happy blogging, and if you have followed or commented here so far, I highly appreciate you taking even a moment out of your life to interact here, keep coming back!

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

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Opinion Resources

Four Classic Self Help Books That Are in a Gray Area

If you are following this blog and getting to know me by what I post, you will know that I love speculative fiction ( SciFi, Horror, Fantasy, Futurism, etc ). But what I also love is wholesome goodness, and what I love even more than that is a background and some deep digging into the inner workings of our psyche – the human soul, mind, and spirit. While these books, in my opinion, reside in somewhat of a gray area-if thought about and meditated on, will empower you with great insight into not only your own intricacies, but also the intricacies of your psyche that is instilled upon you by things of your own human nature and also the universe itself.. It’s from all that is good and as Alan Watt’s put it – “If I am my foot, I am the sun.”

DISCLAIMER: These books might not tell you step by step, rather they are for insight that, in my opinion, will help you in the long run more than a step by step guide.

Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung

Man and His Symbols owes its existence to one of Jung’s own dreams. The great psychologist dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists, and therefore he agreed to write and edit this fascinating book. Here, Jung examines the full world of the unconscious, whose language he believed to be the symbols constantly revealed in dreams. Convinced that dreams offer practical advice, sent from the unconscious to the conscious self, Jung felt that self-understanding would lead to a full and productive life. Thus, the reader will gain new insights into himself from this thoughtful volume, which also illustrates symbols throughout history. Completed just before his death by Jung and his associates, it is clearly addressed to the general reader.

Extracted from GoodReads

There is so much here to be valued. As a pioneer of modern psychology, Carl Jung was friends with Sigmund Freud and made great advancements in discovering the inner workings of the subconscious and tied these to the findings he discovered being a dream interpreter, traveling the world in his own free time. Fun fact – a song by the band know as Tool titled 46 & 2 is thought to be inspired by Carl Jung’s teachings about the shadow.

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Opinion

Two Essential Practices For Writers

“Writing” by jjpacres is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Oftentimes I am asked how it is that one can become a better writer, and I thought I’d meditate on that question in this blog post.

Writing is, like a martial art, a discipline. It is a practice. As the student of karate must practice the forms and techniques of karate frequently, so the writer must practice his or her art. In order to become better, it is necessary that you have a daily, or mostly daily, practice.

I know so many aspiring writers who do not practice; as a result, they produce little actual writing, and what they do produce tends to stay within a limited range of aesthetic quality. As with any discipline, you must seek continual improvement, knowing all the while that there is no final end goal. The process is the goal; the journey is, in some sense, the destination.