How to Make a Rocking Chair

Regular readers of this blog know I appreciate hand work. Well, today I have a fascinating video for you to watch… especially if you want to learn how to handcraft your own rocking chair!

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The Day Kennedy Was Shot

JFK was shot 50 years ago today.

I was a sophomore in a very large high school in El Paso, Texas, in a geography class where we were memorizing the names of every country in Africa.

The principal comes on the PA system and says, “Everyone needs to hear this… and then he puts a radio close to the microphone and we start listening to a news reporter… “The president has been shot. The president has been shot.” I remember as if it were yesterday the near hysteria in the reporter’s voice.

When school let out that day, I walked across campus to the tennis courts to see if we still had practice. Coach was his usual snarly self and he growled at me, “They said we can’t practice today because the President’s been shot. Go home.”

At home, we glued ourselves to a black and white TV set and watched live coverage of everything from Oswald’s shooting to the playing of taps at JFK’s grave site.

I remember my mother crying, a lot.

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Magnus Carlsen Documentary

I have a lot of interests… indeed, my various interests often get in the way of productive work. And that’s especially true now that I’m  meandering my way toward retirement.

One of my interests is chess. I’m a mediocre player, but I’ve always enjoyed playing the game and watching both high and low level matches.

On November 9, the World Chess Championship 2013 takes place and I’m very much looking forward to following the games between challenger Magnus Carlsen and current champion Viswanathan Anand.

If you have an interest in chess, I know you’ll enjoy watching the documentary found at the link below:

http://www.vgtv.no/#!/video/73427/magnus-carlsen-39-s-last-big-title

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“Five More” Productivity Tip

Today I’m sharing a powerful tip in the occasional series of messages I’ve created to deal with problems related to focused productivity while staying on task.

If you follow the tip I’m about to share, you’re going to find staying focused and on task a whole lot easier.

The “Five More” Stay Focused Technique

Today I’d like to share a method developed by self-help guru Sam Horn that’s simple and yet very powerful…

In a nutshell, the next time you’re about to get off task, say mentally or aloud to yourself, Just Five More.

What does this mean?

Ah, come on. It’s simple…

  • Continue to work for five more minutes on whatever you’re working on.
  • Jog for five more minutes if you’re getting your daily exercise.
  • Write five more sentences if you’re bogged down composing a blog entry.

It’s that simple, and this technique works because it builds persistence.

So every time you’re about to get unfocused or about to give up on something, Do Five More, okay?

Come back and post in the comment section after you’ve practiced this technique for a week and let me know how it worked for you.

Neat, eh?

Oh, one more thing…

crystalfocus118If you work in an environment full of distractions, you’ll find my Crystal Focus Learning CD extremely useful.

As a point of fact, I have it running on my CD player right now as I focus on writing this tip.

To learn more about the popular and powerful Crystal Focus Learning CD, please click here right now.

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Cut Brooklyn

As I’m learning to navigate my way through my senior years, I find I have a greater appreciation than ever for creative talents in a wide variety of fields.

Today I want to share with you a video of a young man whose views on work and life resonate with my own. His name is Joel Bukiewicz, and he creates kitchen knives by hand.

If you’re a writer, a painter, a quilter, a solver of complex mathematical puzzles, or if you engage in any other activity that stokes the creative spirit, you’ll enjoy the video below where Joel discusses what he does.

Oh, by the way, for superior viewing pleasure, be sure to click the “expand” button just to the left of the Vimeo logo in the video below so you can enjoy this compelling narrative in full screen high definition format. Wow!

And, yes, Joel has a website, which you can visit at http://cutbrooklyn.com/

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Goodbye

Well, it’s the first day of September, 2013, and I’m sitting here kind of stunned that this year is going to have slipped past before we know it.

Man, the older I get, the faster the weeks and months go by. I’ve been taking quite a bit of time off this year, but lately I’m feeling that I need to stomp the old foot down on the accelerator again to get more of the creative projects done that I still want to do.

I’m not going to start today, however, because it’s Sunday and this particular Sunday has been spent messing around with music. I don’t have a new creation of my own to share at the moment, but I do have an embedded video featuring a wonderful duet by Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris that I bet you’ll enjoy as much as I do.

Here it is…

Now that’s something special, isn’t it?

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Botswana Music Guitar

Geez, every once in awhile I come upon some music so unusual, so fine, so throbbing with life that it makes me want to jump in the air on these 65-year old legs.

Well, today I’d like to share with you a video that I first discovered back in June of 2010. Since it’s been three years, it’s time to recommend this one again, I think!

Are you dancing? :)

Chet

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It Will Stand

Let’s boogie back into the past for a little music to help cheer up the day and loosen the load that you’re carrying…

Regarding this video, the uploader posted on YouTube:

In memoriam and tribute to General Norman Johnson [May 23, 1941 - Oct 13, 2010]. Lead singer of the Showmen, R&B vocal group from Norfolk, Virginia, from 1961-1967. Also lead singer of The Chairmen Of The Board, R&B vocal group from Detroit, Michigan. Wrote the hit “Patches” for Clarence Carter, which reached #4 in 1970. RIP – “ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER WILL STAND”

I guess it’s a sign of how ancient I’m getting in terms of the years behind me, but my feeling is that these classic songs sound better the older they get.

What do you think?

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Healthy Hair Tips

No, no, I’m not balding (even at age 65) and still have a fabulous head of hair that should have landed me a male shampoo modeling job decades ago.

Well, anyway, with that little resentment out of the way, let’s get to the five healthy hair tips I’m sharing today. :) This tips come from my good friend Karen Van Cleef, whose head holds some of the healthiest hair I’ve ever seen.

Karen’s not only a hair expert.

She also developed ToothSoap, a natural dental health product that has saved me thousands on dentist bills over the years.

And now for the five tips for having healthy hair:

To Make Your Hair Shine…

Always rinse your hair with cool water to seal the cuticle and make your hair shine.

For an Oily Scalp…

Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and dab all over your entire scalp.

For a Homemade Intensive Conditioner…

Mix 1/4 cup of olive oil with 1 egg and apply to hair. Use more olive oil if your hair is very long. Cover your head with aluminum foil, then with a towel that has been warmed in the dryer. Leave on for 30 minutes to an hour, then shampoo as usual.

To Texturize Limp Locks…

Braid slightly damp hair at the crown, make only a few braids depending upon the thickness of your hair. Let dry completely, take braids out, spritz on a lightweight hair spray and run fingers through.

For a Shine-boosting Hair Mask…

Mash an over-ripe banana; combine with 3 drops of almond oil. Massage into dry hair, leave on for 15 minutes, then shampoo out.

Follow these tips and you too may wind up with a hair modeling career in the near future.

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Come a Little Bit Closer

This seems like a good day to share a blast from the past with one of my favorite groups from the mid-60′s… Jay and the Americans singing Come a Little Bit Closer:

If you have any memories about this song, I hope you’ll share them in the comment section below. :)

 

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