Random Thought of the Day

Today I woke up to the smell of fire, and I didn’t panic.  In fact, I smiled. That’s because it wasn’t  a forest fire, or a house fire that I was smelling, it was a campfire.  You see, I live just a few miles away from a popular campground in a popular national forest. Smelling the campfire made me happy because I get to live in a place where people come to vacation!

A Quick Post

I took a nice long walk today and spent my walking time thinking about why I have such a hard time writing regularly for my blogs. I have plenty of ideas, and plenty of time. I decided the reason was I struggle to write posts that I think are a decent length. Like 250 words or longer. Then I realized my posts can be any length I want! Plus, maybe short posts are better. After all, everyone seems to be all aflutter over twitter and that is all about super short posts.

So what do you think, mini (under 100 words), short (100 – 200 words), medium (200 – 500), or long (over 500)? Which is better?

Art and Science Of Disease Prevention -Book Review

If you are interested in health issues, but more than in just a “surface” type of way, I think you would enjoy Art and Science of Disease Prevention: Lite Version It is not your typical health and nutrition book. It is a combination of scientific information presented in an intelligent manner, and the art of healing and health. The book is divided into 5 sections.
Section One starts at the beginning and deals with fertility and conception. Included in Section One is an in depth look at chromosomal abnormalities which is fascinating.
Section Two deals with the Nutritional Value of Fats and Oils. I think many of us are still wary of fats and it is important to understand that fats play an important role in overall nutrition.
Section Three was very interesting with its discussion of plant medicine. Especially of interest to me was the chapter on how plant medicine can be used to help with hyperinsulinemia, or insulin sensitivity.
Section Four is the prevention of degenerative diseases. It includes chapters on dealing with menopause and cancer.
The best was saved for last and Section Five deals with Quality of Life and Life Expectancy. Chapters include stress management, exercise and massage. The massage chapter was my favorite because Dr. Roy goes into the importance of human touch. He points out that society often confuses sensuality with sexuality and because of this people are reluctant to touch each other.

Overall Art and Science of Disease Prevention: Lite Version is a very interesting book on health and wellness issues that did not insult my intelligence!

Camping on the Coast

California Harbor Seal on Beach I spent Memorial Day Weekend camping on the Northern California coast with a group of Venture Crew Scouts. One of whom was my daughter!  Venture Crew is for high school and college age boys and girls and is a little known division of Boy Scouts. One of the things I like about Venture Crew is I get to go along and do things I wouldn’t normally do.

This trip was all about abalone diving.  I wasn’t going to let the kids have all the fun, so I squeezed myself into a rented wetsuit , complete with hood, boots, and gloves. I paddled a kayak out to where the kids were diving so I could keep an eye on them. (Another adult was diving with them and showing them how to find the abalone.)  While keeping one eye on the kids I was able to watch the sea lions and the harbor seals swim around and look for their dinner. I also saw pelicans, sea gulls, cormorants, and curlews.  Later I jumped into the cold water and swam around a bit. I have never been in a wetsuit before and I was impressed by how it kept the cold out, and how buoyant it made me! It was great. I wouldn’t have been able to sink if I wanted to! Did a little snorkeling, and saw a lot of kelp!

The picture is of a harbor seal that was hanging out on the beach. The marine society had posted signs all around telling people to stay away. Most did, but some just had to get up close to take a look. I didn’t seem to bother the seal, but I still kept my distance. My camera has a good zoom so  I was able to take some nice pictures.  The seal blends in with the sand so well I don’t know if I would have seen him if it wasn’t for all the signs!

That evening we all got a lesson in cleaning abalone (be glad I didn’t have my camera then!) and had a wonderful abalone feast for dinner. The kids really enjoyed eating what they had gathered!  My daughter managed to get her limit on abalone so I was able to bring some home and enjoy a second abalone feast.

Did you do anything fun over the holiday?

Saying GoodBye to Paid Posting

I have been with PayPerPost since January, and until recently I could find 5 or 6 opportunities a week to write about. But now, something has changed. It has been 30 days and counting since there have been any opportunities available for me. I think I know why. A few weeks back I accepted an opportunity. The description was a little vague, but I can make most topics work with this blog. It is only after I accept the job that I find out I am supposed to blog about a para-military gun accessory site! There is no way I can make that fit into this blog! So I didn’t write the post and now I am not getting any more offers. So I am saying goodbye to all paid posting services. Goodbye to Smorty, goodbye to Blogvertise, and especially goodbye to PayPerPost. Goodbye to writing posts that no one really wants to read. goodbye to $5 for 30 minutes worth of work. And, hopefully, goodbye to PageRank 0.

Now, I know it wasn’t all that long ago I wrote PR0 and Proud of It. In that post I wrote that I wasn’t going to let Google tell me what I can or can’t do with MY blog. And that is still true. I think what is happening here is I am evolving as a blogger. I am finding that you can’t depend on other people/companies/websites to help you make money or succeed as a blogger. If you do you have to play by their rules. I am not that kind of person. I like to make my own rules. So now I am putting into play what I always knew was true.

This blog is about me and what I want. I just need to decide what that is.

I’d like to hear about your experiences with Paid Posting. Good or Bad.