Friday, August 7, 2009

Fill-Ins: Serendipity

1. tea is my favorite summertime drink.

2. My favorite
John Hughes movies is i had to look him up to find out my favorite is The Breakfast Club

my puppies' fur is something I love to touch.

4. The full moon
is something i would like to get a really good picture of.

it;s hot, i think if am melting right now.

6. When daylight fades
i love to watch the sunset.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to
cooling off. tomorrow my plans include finishing spirit of the snake, and Sunday, I want ti write a review of it.

Thursday Thunks-Much Ado About Nothing

Welcome to the August 6th version of Thursday Thunks!
(which we always seem to post on Wednesday)
Where we make you think a little bit before you blog!
This week we will answer some crazy questions brought to you by Berleen, the number 1 and the color of the crap under your shoe.

1. What the
hell were you thinking?
that if i keep reading all the book reviews and getting the books i want, i will have as much yarn as i do books and no time to get to them my yarn...translation...i don't always think.
2. The tornado sirens go off in your neighborhood - what do you do?
they sure are slow. oscar warned us an hour ago.
3. Give us a recipe.
take a girl and her two dogs, add a boy...what'd ya get? me, a dh, and more dogs...well some of them passed and had to be replaced.
4. It's the middle of the night, there isnt a car in sight and you are stuck at a red light that just won't change.... how long do you wait until you run it?
back up, move to the right hand lane wait a second to see if there is anything coming, turn right. it's legal to turn right on red in texas after coming to a complete stop.
5. When was the last time you got all dressed up fancy-like? Where did you go?
i don't remember.
6. Have you ever had a mole removed?
don't think need, have had enough stuff removed already, thank you kindly.
7. Are you in an area of record highs or record lows for the temps this summer? Are you lucky and stuck in the middle where it's somewhat normal?
no, i'm in texas. i also think weather men who tell you the "heat index" should be shot at dawn. i mean there is only so much you can take off before you get arrested for indecent behavior.
8. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter?
i don't have a furnace. i'm in texas. i do have a heater/ac unit. i changed it in the old house. now it is the responsibility of dh.

9. What's your favorite type of frog?
weeeelll, i did like the legs of them for dinner at the french i would have to go with segmented.
10. If you were to go on America's Got Talent, what would you do for your talent? (and choosing not to go is not an option....)
telling stupid animal jokes.
11. Have you ever been on a rooftop of a building?
not that i recall. wait a moment ... we did go to the top of reunion tower...never mind, that doesn't count... it's called atop reunion tower but it really isn't.
12. What is the first website you go to each day when you sit down at your computer, other than your email?
the first one that shows up in my email that looks interesting.
What’s the most serious book you’ve read recently? (I figure it’s easier than asking your most serious boook ever, because, well, it’s recent!)
i am adding this question because it was the next email to follow. circle of souls was serious.

I asked and he answered. A Q&A with Dr. Preetham Grandhi

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before we start, i want you, the readers, to know that where you see text underscored, there are links to what Dr. Grandhi is referring to ...well, come on, i know you guys are a nosey as i am. i'm just saving you some time.

why did you decide to write a book?

One day I suddenly had a story in my head and decided to put it on paper. I had never done anything like this before. I always wanted to make movies but couldn't get to Hollywood. Hopefully now one day I can.

(i hope you get there too. this would be a good movie.)
why this book and where did the inspiration come from?

It was a few months post 9/11, and I was looking at the biographies of the people who had lost their lives. I began to wonder if there was a larger meaning to their lives. All of a sudden, a story flashed into my mind, and I quickly wrote it on a piece of paper. I knew then that I needed to write a story that was
larger than life. It needed to communicate the essence that there is a bigger purpose and meaning to our passage on earth.

I knew that in order to capture and convey such a message, the book needed to be captivating, interesting, and thrilling. I realized that a story based on the work I do would be the right place to begin. I am a child psychiatrist and had just started a new job. During my fellowship, I worked with children with numerous psychosocial issues and had many life stories to tell. It was at that moment that I decided I could write a book that would capture all these thoughts. That was how A Circle of Souls was born.

what do you coworkers think of the book?

They all liked it and were very appreciative. The book is dedicated to the children and staff on the unit I work with.

is our doctor/hero based on you and your dealings with children?

Yes, it is. Everything about that is a part of a real experience in some way or another.

i have the feeling that your have an interest in folklore/legends. am
i right? if so, where does that come from?

I grew up in
India reading a lot of folklore and the epics of Ramayana and the Mahabharata. There are great stories to read full of adventure and life lessons.

besides the story, is there a sub message you are trying to send? like
what children's units are like or how interagencies work or can work
together (like docs and cops) for the best of all concerned. or was
that just an added bonus i got?

I wanted to share with the world what it would be like to be a child psychiatrist and how the current field is, including all the benefits and pitfalls. There are hundreds of people out there who do such wonderful work with children and their families.

do you still work the ungodly hours described in the book? if so, i am
surprised you ever got the book out in 5 years!

No, I still work a lot but I go do bed early. No more night calls.

'bet the family is glad of that!

can you think of any question(s) i have not asked? and will you answer it/them?

This book will keep you on the edge until the very end and will leave you thinking about the larger sense of individual purpose and destiny.

Sandy, if you get a chance download
Universal Sense the Blueprint for Success, I am sure you will like it. Its free.

words to a book lover with a small budget's heart. thank you, sir, for your time and what i can see will become a lengthening of my "to be read list."

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