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Mind games… winning the war
01.31.05 - 7:45 am (CT)
Mind games come in two categories, constructive and destructive. I enjoy a good constructive mind game where your mind is challenged to figure out whatever it is some clever person has come up with for some other clever person to figure out. Although sometimes I find a good mind game frustrating, it is almost always invigorating and I find it very satisfying if, through my mental gymnastics, I "win" the game.

As for destructive mind games, well, when mean, or just plain demented people, play games with someone's mind, it's not fun, it's not funny, it's not anything good, it's deplorable and just plain evil! They think themselves rather clever for coming up with their game, one where there really are no winners, only losers… and the biggest loser of them all is the demented soul who not only gets off from other's misfortunes, but also by causing those misfortunes to happen. So, what is a person to do if they find themselves at the lousy end of a destructive mind game?

Well, they've already won the first battle in the mind war by recognizing that it is a mind game that the demento is playing and then it's a matter of whether or not they choose to "play the game". Personally, I'd choose not to play, all the while keeping in mind that since there are usually ulterior motives behind the game, I must be prepared for future sneak attacks on my mind, character, and reputation. Then if the "game" continues, I already have my strategy in place to fight the good fight with common sense, dignity, and the facts, which, along with pre-gathered intel and evidence, makes for a good strategy for winning a mind war.

However, as I said, there really are no winners in a mind war, as there will always be some who believe whatever about you, in which case you need to make sure that those who really count and make a difference in your life, SEE that you are who and what you say are. In other words, live your life in such a way that those around you will KNOW that you are what you purport to be… a good person with a good mind living a good life.
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One conundrum, two conundrums, three conundrums, four…
01.16.05 - 11:45 am (CT)
A conundrum ("noun: a paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma"*) may, at the time, seem like a huge problem, or mountain, if you will, but in reality may be just a molehill. However, whether it is a mountain or a molehill, it still needs to be dealt with on a timely basis, if for no other reason than it is a nuisance to an orderly life, plus should you develop a whole pile of un-dealt with conundrums, then you may very well have built yourself a mountain out of a bunch of molehills.

One conundrum, two conundrums, three conundrums, four… is a mounting pile of conundrums that need to be dealt with before they are no longer conundrums, but become what some might call an "avoidable" crisis.
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My Dad… March 10, 1918 - January 9, 1964
01.09.05 - 7:47 pm (CT)
Two score and one year ago… my father died of a massive heart attack — he was a 45-year-old biochemist (Purdue University, Class of 1940) who was in the midst of making his mark in the meat packing industry — he left a wife and six kids, the youngest of which was me. Every year on this date, I think back to that fateful night when, as a 10-year-old little girl, I was awakened with the sad news that my daddy had died. And every year, I also think how he must have known that he was about to die, because earlier that day he took each one of us aside and gave us some fatherly advice.

Although the advice itself was of a personalized and an age appropriate nature — mine had to do with a certain kind of "bucket" (no, I'm not going to explain it further) — it actually turned out to be timeless, as I didn't realize it until this evening, but I still follow it today. And if I happen to slip and use that "bucket", well, I feel a twinge of conscience telling me to knock it off and behave, which I must assume is exactly what my dad expected to happen… Thanks Dad, for the it-may-have-taken-me-41-years-to-realize-it timeless advice!
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Still not a guru, but I'm working on it
01.02.05 - 11:33 am (CT)
Now that I have a little more time on my hands, I think I'll be working on that guru status with HTML and CSS, as I have an idea or two that I'd like to play around with, but will need to learn more than I know to do the playing, so…

I'll be blowing a little dust off a couple of books, one that I bought quite a while back and the other somewhat recently — Html Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS by Dan Shafer and The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks by Rachel Andrew — both are from SitePoint.

Maybe taking that JavaScript class inspired me to learn more and maybe not, but either way I'm going to be doing something that I not only want to do, it's something that I enjoy doing… and that's recreational coding — okay, so I'm a bit of a geek, but on the Web, that's the norm.
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Journey of faith down "The Road Not Taken"
01.01.05 - 7:22 am (CT)
For me, this New Year brings with it a lot of things hoped for, as I'm back to "The Road Not Taken", which for me means old adventures ending and new adventures beginning. I guess you could say that this really is a journey of faith, as "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Source: The Bible, Hebrews 11:1 — KSJ). And even though I started down this road before, I've never completed the journey, but now I am, so I sure hope it takes me through some beautiful scenery on my way to wherever, which is where faith comes into the picture.
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