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The Weekly Smile 69 #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I want to say a few things about doing the weekly smile twice a week.  You know, I’m a pretty optimistic guy, and I find a lot in life to smile about.  I try to see the silver lining in the darkest clouds, though, being human, I’ll admit that I often just see the rain or that tornado hidden behind the rain…  Overall, though, I’m a pretty happy guy.  I have a huge dark side, but that doesn’t make me smile any less.

But when I sit down and think about it, what sticks out?  Doing that twice a week isn’t always easy!  This week, I’m planning a lot of good stuff (which is great!), but it will make for future posts. A few bad things happened that haven’t showed their silver linings yet…  Not to me personally, but still.  And yet, I am smiling :)

This is a Wednesday morning that I got up, have a huge amount of work to do, and the brain just isn’t turning.  With that in mind, I’m going to bring up something that I already shared on my Weekend Coffee Share (If We Were Having Coffee) post on Saturday.  I hate repeating like this.  I hope you don’t mind. Continue reading

I Shared a Laugh

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I shared a laugh
With a neighbor
A thousand miles away
I chatted amicably
With a friend
Across the sea
I wrote a silly verse
For a special one
Who lives around the world
The boundaries
State, national, cultural and religious
Melt away
Leaving only our shared humanity

I saw a sign
Of hate
In my town
I heard exclusion
From someone
In my state
I read about calls to violence
To all who are different
From my fellow countrymen
How can those so close to me
Be so far apart?

I shared a laugh
With friends
Near and far
I hope tomorrow
It won’t be a cry

Plans for World Domination

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One of the first rules of blogging is to never compare your blog to anybody else’s blog. You can borrow ideas you like (don’t steal, though), and you can share with them, but never say, “Why do they have 2,000,000 followers while I only have 20?” Everyone is different.

OK, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I have to say that during all of the year end stats sharing I noticed that I received views from far fewer countries last year than most of the blogs I follow that have a similar number of followers. Not only that, the number of different countries that the views to my blog came from has decreased by 10% from 2014 to 2015 while the number of actual views increased by 100% (doubled). So where is my International audience? More important, how can I increase that audience? Continue reading

A Smile a Day – Day 17 – The World!

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This week I had a visit from a new country.  No, not a country that just came into existence.  I mean, I got a visit that WP shows came from a country from which I have not had a previous visit.  Hmmm, did that come out right?  Anyway, it was Mongolia.  I usually use Mongolia as an example of someplace that is relatively inaccessible, like the data that is replicating across 2500 servers in 180 countries I might say, “So, it will most likely be available in DC before, say, Outer Mongolia, right?”  I do not mean any disrespect for that country, just that it isn’t as accessible to me as Canada or France.  And yet it is.  It is just a click away and someone from there did click and landed here, in “Trent’s World”. Continue reading

Footprints in the Sand

Footprints in the Sand - Cut Off

Footprints in the Sand – Cut Off

My footprints
Trail behind me
The first human
To walk this land
But I know
In a few short hours
They will be gone
Erased from the sand
This land I now call mine
Is the newest in the world
I watch it being born
As each wave
Travels a little less far across the sand
But this is one of the oldest acts
Our ancient world does know
The moon bent waters
Have ticked its strange time
Since our satellite orb
Graced earth with its glow
The tide built and destroyed
Before life was in the sea
Today I walk this land
This magic flat
It created
Just for me

Chapins Beach

Tales of Exotic Lands (again)

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I ask for tales of exotic lands
You tell a story of my home town
I question you about foreign people
You speak of my friends and neighbors
I want to know the jungle creature
You talk about my backyard deer
I ask about your distant culture
You discuss my daily routine
I call you my friend
You tell me I’m your brother
I try to see the differences
You show me we’re the same
I look for a mystery in your face
And see mine reflected back

Originally posted 7 April 2015

A Better Place – Repost

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I’m sorry I’ve been doing a lot of reposts – First i don’t have time and second, this is perfect for Earth day

Many campers, most backpackers and all Boy Scouts know the saying, “Leave the campsite better than when you found it.” That goes far beyond, “Take only pictures, leave only footprints,” since it involves actively doing good.

A slight variation of this phrase is a good bedrock of your personal philosophy, “Leave the Earth better than when you found it.” Like the scouting phrase, it involves a protective part, “don’t do harm,” and an active part, “do good.” Continue reading

Tales of Exotic Lands

earth

I ask for tales of exotic lands
You tell a story of my home town
I question you about foreign people
You speak of my friends and neighbors
I want to know the jungle creature
You talk about my backyard deer
I ask about your distant culture
You discuss my daily routine
I call you my friend
You tell me I’m your brother
I try to see the differences
You show me we’re the same
I look for a mystery in your face
And see mine reflected back