Something like Tweeting -- only greater-in-length...
I've been trying to get my life a bit more organized, but I'm having a teensy-weensy little problem with this, and I'd like to share some of my thoughts about this.
Let's start with this website.
I began building this website back in 2015 when I thought that I was finally set up with home Internet service again.
However this became dicey for a number of reasons.
First off, I was using a family and friends connection instead of cable, as I was living in Muncie at the time and getting ready to move back to Anderson in a few months, so I didn't want to complicate my life by signing up for cable for a longterm basis -- as if I could even afford to.
I was using a used laptop that was given to me as a gift by my cousins who had gone on to something better and wanted me to have Internet access from home, though they weren't sure just how long it would be good for.
If I remember correctly, it lasted me about three months at the most, but it was good while it lasted.
As it was winter by that time, I was without any sort of Internet service as the risk of finding it to be slick underfoot even kept me away from the library.
Anyway, I was then able to get the Internet from my apartment again when my goddaughter gathered up some used computer equipment -- some of her own and some from the amazing Smurf (You'll find him mentioned here and there in my writings) -- and, between her and a neat lady named Annette (a friend of a friend), got me re-connected.
This lasted until my goddaughter's friends and family plan changed to where she could no longer afford it.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I ended up moving into my current apartment on November 17, 2016 -- which also happened to be Smurf's 59th birthday. I had actually moved out of my Muncie apartment on the 101st anniversary of Aunt Ruby's birth the evening before.
Shortly after that, another friend (Don) who had been storing the equipment for me brought it to my apartment.
On my 64th birthday, I was, once more, connected to the Internet at home and began to play some serious catch-up.
However, all of the things involved with the moving -- combined with an unexpected case of the flu (along with its recurrence and aftermath) -- slowed me down quite a bit.
Long story short: Due to dealing with several things at once, I'm not quite to the point that I'd hoped to be to by now, but I'm getting there.
Anyway my crazy (non) schedule exists because (DUH?) I'm a writer.
Not all writers have a crazy (non) schedule -- in fact, some have just the opposite -- however, this seems to be a pretty commonplace thing among writers and other people in various branches of the creative arts.
This has been intensified due to the various other things going on.
Here on the first day of the month that contains the last part of winter and the first part of spring, I'm starting to turn the corner a bit -- which means that you'll begin to find more new things more often at this and other places where I travel in Cyberspace as well as those who know me in real life will start to see changes for the better, so, be watching me in the time ahead, as I have the feeling that a lot of great things will be happening during the month of March as well as for the entire year of 2018.
After that? God only knows...
That's all for now...
Just another brief addition to say that several of the goals that I'd hoped to have met by now are still ahead of me waiting to be met.
In other words...As John Lennon sang:
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans..."
Thus, my goal for today is just to do my best with what I have and make a minimum of one positive difference..."
Tomorrow (as in Tuesday, December 12, 2017), I'm going to be turning 65 years young!!!
That is, unless I grow 64 years OLD before tomorrow.
Today's main theme is going to be paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, etc...etc...etc...etc...etc...etc...etc...etc...etc...etc..........with the main theme of the paperwork being going over a year+ full of bank statements and so-forth to prove to Uncle Sam that I haven't been receiving S.S.I. that I'm not entitled to get...
Are we having FUN yet!?!
My estimate is that I can get this done in a day's time once I'm able to call my bank to set up something where I can view my statements from home using my computer.
I will then hand-copy the information onto forms.
My birthday will be celebrated by doing laundry and tying up any loose ends that I haven't tied up by tonight (though I'm expecting said loose ends to be tied up by tonight).
Anyway, Uncle Sam can rest assured that the so-called Welfare Queen (who is, more times than not, just something constructed from the material from which urban legends are made) definitely doesn't live here.
I'm not driving a Mercedes. My 2002 Pontiac Montana has been undriveable since August of 2014 (and BARELY driveable even before then) and is being kept at a friend's farm until I can afford to get it fixed.
I can count on the fingers of one hand (with fingers left over) how many times I've been in an upscale restaurant during the past 4 years -- and those times were made possible by my cousins who treated me.
Fortunately, I received enough money last year to help me get some (though not all) of my debts paid off and to even pay ahead on some of my living expenses for awhile. However, I'm now back to relying solely on my S.S.I. check again. In fact, I've been relying on my S.S.I. alone for most of this year.
There's more to this story, but I'll save it for writing in my notes to the people who are trying to get me out of this sticky situation.
My choice would be to get to the place where I was actually making enough of an income to no longer have to rely on S.S.I. However, I'm definitely not there yet.
Anyway, this is the week that I turn 65, and I'm still wondering how time has flown so quickly between now and three months before the picture illustrating this entry got taken...
"God willing and the creek don't rise..." (Note: Someday soon, I'll be sharing a bit about two wonderful women who used this expression before I began using it...) ... This will be the day that I go viral in a way that will make a positive difference
in a lot of lives.
With some, the positive difference experience will happen right away.
With others, it might take a little longer than right away but will still be happening very soon.
As you will see when it happens, part of the experience will be the coming true of a dream that began in 2013 -- and a considerable amount of it even before then by years and even decades.
Anyway, I would like to invite you to visit my last entry:
as we definitely DO have that (needing to play catch-up) going on!!!
The truth of the matter is that I had actually thought that I'd be writing the second part of this series much sooner. Just look at how far apart this entry is from the last one!
I mean that today is September 3, and my last entry was on August 21.
The last entry before that was made on May 4, 2016.
Of course, this hasn't been the last time that I've done anything with this website -- simply, the last time that I did anything with this section of it.
Anyway, here are a few of my goals:
1. Officially do the going-viral-of-my-dreams before the close of September 3, 2017.
2. Be back here tomorrow evening (September 4, 2017) to write and post the third part of this series.
3. Unless I can't get online, post a MINIMUM of something new in this section of this website at least once-a-week.
4. Continue to add new content to various parts of this website several times per month.
To sum it all up...................
I have a lot of loose ends to tie up as fast as I can -- yet, doing it as carefully as possible.
This reminds me of a friend who bought some property "as is" but didn't realize at the time how "as is" it was.
It's like something you might watch on I Love Lucy and laugh at (things like finding that the toilet doesn't work, buying a brand-new toilet -- which ends up not working because a lot of the plumbing has to be replaced -- and/or turning on the furnace and having your whole house fill up with smoke) -- but is actually ANYthing but funny in real life for the simple reason that it's costing her more money than she has.
This woman is one of the people I'm taking with me when I go viral tonight.
Just read a beautiful writing by an inspiring man who will be 72 this November. He's had a rough life and spent most of his younger years in this or that institution -- starting when he was a preschooler for the "crime" of being an-orphan-by-abandonment -- where he was repeatedly physically, sexually, verbally, and emotionally abused at the hands of various ones who were supposed to be taking care of him.
While all of this was going on, there were countless people in the state of Florida who could have stopped all of this from continuing to happen but weren't...some out of fear...some out of personal gain from not doing so...some who were in denial that this could be going on right here in America.
He didn't suffer alone but was one of hundreds of children and teens who suffered abuse -- and, in several cases, got
murdered -- over a period of a century, give or take, while hundreds of people (upstanding citizens) chose the easy way out of wearing blinders because they just didn't believe that it concerned them.
As an adult, he went through several failed marriages before finding his wife-for-life.
He's now married with children, grandchildren and furchildren, and he lives in his own home instead of in this or that institution.
But he hasn't forgotten where he came from to get to where he is today.
He has taken part in exposing the past while paving the way for a better future.
The story I read by him today was how he got the chance to encourage a woman to pursue her dreams of becoming a writer and, then, slipping away before he got caught leaving her the note.
Tonight, I want to go viral with the beginnings of introducing a growing number of people with dreams, needs, projects, talents waiting to be shared -- plus, I'm also going viral while writing my memoirs...funny ones...serious ones...inspiring ones...happy ones...sad ones...those about me...those about friends and loved ones with some of the events taking place even before I was born.
But, before all of this can happen most effectively, I need to bring some
of my blogs up-to-date and get other areas tightened up, too.
There are also stories I'm still writing that I want to be part of the grand opening.
To make a long story (somewhat)short(er).......
My work is cut out for me today and in need of your prayers, love, and positive thoughts.
That's all for now.
Part Three of this series will be posted tomorrow.......
"God willing and the creek don't rise..."
It's plain to see that we have a lot of catching up to do, as I'm not living in the same place as I was the last time I wrote something here.
On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, I locked the door of my apartment at Gillespie Tower in Muncie, Indiana for the last time and put the key in the office drop-box (as it was well after-hours) before riding with one of my neighbors (Gilbert) and his uncle over to Anderson where they helped me to put the remainder of my belongings brought over into storage.
For the next several hours, I was back to having a status that I hadn't had in over two years:
being part of the homeless population
But, this time, it was a homelessness of a very temporary sort where I knew that I would be signing the lease to my new apartment at Village At White River before another day had passed.
This was a time of celebration for me!!!
Right at this time, I'm working on a general making my Internet presence more streamlined -- and a more specific project of trying to help a good and deserving friend to break out of a cycle of poverty that has put her into a crawling-out-of-quicksand mode.
As there is a lot of urgency in connection with the latter, I don't have time to say more at this time except to say that I'll be posting a lot more in this blog in the time to come as well as doing a lot of work on updating this website, so don't expect me to be a stranger here.
I'm now hooked up to the Internet at home and expect to be so indefinitely, God willing and the creek don't rise...ttyl