Find the Funny Fridays, in quotes

Originally posted on insidetheriver:

Here we go, second Friday of “Find the Funny Fridays.” Sometimes we take life too seriously…and laughter seriously works.

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second.  When you sit on a red hot cinder a second seems like an hour.  That’s relativity.–Albert Einstein

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.–Steve Martin

Out of all the lies I’ve told, “Just Kidding!” is my favorite. –unknown

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.–Winnie the Pooh

I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.– William Shakespeare

I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you. –Robin Williams

Always borrow money from a pessimist.  He won’t expect it back. –Oscar Wilde

Beauty isn’t worth thinking about; what’s important is your mind. You don’t want a fifty-dollar haircut on a fifty-cent head.
— Garrison Keillor

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Find the Funny Fridays, in quotes

Here we go, second Friday of “Find the Funny Fridays.” Sometimes we take life too seriously…and laughter seriously works.

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second.  When you sit on a red hot cinder a second seems like an hour.  That’s relativity.–Albert Einstein

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.–Steve Martin

Out of all the lies I’ve told, “Just Kidding!” is my favorite. –unknown

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.–Winnie the Pooh

I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.– William Shakespeare

I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you. –Robin Williams

Always borrow money from a pessimist.  He won’t expect it back. –Oscar Wilde

Beauty isn’t worth thinking about; what’s important is your mind. You don’t want a fifty-dollar haircut on a fifty-cent head.
— Garrison Keillor

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
— Mark Twain

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
— Erma Bombeck

And finally…Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.
George Carlin

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Don’t Borrow Trouble

My yoga teacher (thanks Meg) said this phrase to me after I imagined the worst case scenario (which never did happen).

It’s now my mantra for everything:

My son driving home from college in the rain…don’t borrow trouble.

My book has gotten rejections and one interest (still waiting back)…don’t borrow trouble.

I’m getting on a plane soon and I’m not a great flyer…don’t borrow trouble.

Did I leave the oven on…don’t borrow trouble.

You get the point.  It’s a quick statement to reset your brain, to clear it out of thoughts based in fear about things that may never happen.  We all do it, this habit of borrowing trouble, as if anticipating it can make it somehow lessen or go away.  It’s a way to disengage from our present moment, a way to keep the illusion of control about the future. It’s a way to stay stuck, with the pay-off being “see, I was right.”

We have no control…the only thing we can control is our reaction.  The only way to control our reaction is to stay present: what do I see, what do I hear, what do I feel, deep breath.

I wrote, “Inside the River,” because I had a story to tell.  Now I want that story to be heard.  I am trying to find an agent who believes in the magic of Magical Realism.  It’s a small niche in the United States…don’t borrow trouble!

 

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Going inside, “Inside the River”

Originally posted on insidetheriver:

  • The earth is like a terrarium in that it rarely loses or gains matter.  This means the same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still on earth today.
  • There are more than 2100 known drinking water contaminants that may be present in tap water, including several known poisons.
  • Water molecules are very attracted to each other and stick together,  giving water a high surface tension.
  • Water is the only natural substance that exists in all three states of matter–liquid, solid, gas.  What’s amazing is that when water freezes and becomes solid, it expands, but then becomes lighter and so floats on the water.

I’ve always been attracted to the magic of water, as if it were people wanting their stories to be heard.  The interesting facts about water permeate my book and support Ana and Emma.  If the same water exists from long ago, perhaps…

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Find the Funny Fridays (FTFF)

This is my new thing…Find the Funny Fridays!

I think it’s so important to find the funny whenever and wherever you can…especially if you can laugh at yourself, knowing that we all fall, fumble, and fail sometimes. It is especially helpful while staying positive as I try to find an agent for my book!

Here’s my first funny post:

My family used to go away on vacations with another family.  One December we went to Acapulco.  I was in the throes of puberty, some phase of curving and carving myself out towards womanhood (I think around 11 or 12 maybe).  It was a beautiful day; all the days were completely, and at times relentlessly, without clouds.  I was swimming in the pool with my friends (if you read this, Nussbaum ladies, you know who you are) and got out of the water to sit on the side of the pool.

Now, let me backtrack and say that I have always had some degree of awful eyesight.  So, to swim and cool off under the hot, Mexico sun, I had to take my contacts out.

And now, I continue with my funny, sitting on the side of the pool.  My friends were on the other side and gesturing to me with large waves of their hands. I, squinted my eyes and waved back, matching their waves with large waves of my own.  They continued gesturing and I continued gesturing back.  I guess, after a certain amount of time, time enough for them to realize that I was not understanding their quiet attempt to help me, they had to finally scream out, “Your bathing suit is off!”

I looked down and my bikini top was floating in the water.

I found the funny…maybe not at that moment but pretty soon after.

What’s your funny? (PS I just googled FTFF and I apologize…not what I wanted to say…kept it because it’s FUNNY)

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The Other Side

Zen Story:

One day a young Buddhist on his journey home came to the banks of a wide river. Staring hopelessly at the great obstacle in front of him, he pondered for hours on just how to cross such a wide barrier.

Just as he was about to give up his pursuit to continue his journey he saw a great teacher on the other side of the river. The young Buddhist yells over to the teacher, “Oh wise one, can you tell me how to get to the other side of this river?”

The teacher ponders for a moment looks up and down the river and yells back, “My son, you are on the other side.”

What if, at this moment, while hugging your struggles tightly, you have missed the chance to feel that you are on the other side? And what if, at this moment, while hugging your struggles tightly, you let yourself feel that understanding?

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Please Comment Below

I am new to this whole “social media” thing.  I realized that writing a book meant learning about how the world views things and it is different than when I was younger and would crawl into bed with a new book, all by myself.

It’s been an interesting unfolding…this sending out my thoughts about my process around “Inside the River,” and my vision of having Ang Lee make the movie version (even though he doesn’t know it yet), intertwined with my journey as a student of yoga.  I hit publish and it goes out to unknown readers around the world.

This blog is for you all out there who somehow found me and perhaps read these words.  Please comment below…about anything. Let’s start a conversation, like the good ole days.

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