June, 28, 2017
Patty L. Fletcher
Good, Ridiculously, Early, Morning!
Yes, it is Ridiculously Early!
I reckon, I slept myself right, out, yesterday afternoon, evening, and night.
I napped, during the afternoon, while listening to NPR Here and Now. Which, if one stays awake and listens, is, a great show.
Then, yesterday evening, round 9:30, I laid down, to listen to the rest of a show, called, New Dimensions, and before it was over, I’d winked back out.
Slept until 3:40 this, AM and now, here I am.
Dog’s already had half his breakfast, and an early pee.
He, of course, is now, back to sleep. Sprawled right out in the Chewing Room.
He’s claimed that room, across the hall from mine, as his, and knows it by name, as the Chewing Room.
He loves to lie about in there with various chewing toys.
I love knowing he is so happy and relaxed here at home.
Last night, I tossed one of his balls in there, and he played till I thought he’d shake down the house.
Even after I tired, and simply sat, watching him, he bounced that ball, and chaced it for all he was worth, for quite some time.
I love to see him happily playing.
We tend to enjoy these early morning times. I have learned, over the years, that I’m going to wake, at odd hours during the night, sleep odd hours during the day.
Call it Bipolar, Non-Twenty-Four, or whatever you wish.
If ya can’t sleep, ya aint’ sleeping.
So, then the question becomes, ‘What to do while you’re awake, while the majority of the world, is sleeping?’
Be productive. Read, Write, Count, Clean.
Something that you would, maybe put off doing, if there were people near-by to be pre-occupied with.
Make it fun. For me, I like to do what I’m doing now.
I call this, yammering, while writing, ‘Word Doodling’
I enjoy it, quite a bit.
There are occasions when whole chapters, or short-stories, emerge from these messy pages. In fact, this, is how, my first published book was born.
How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life
Click on the image to see a large version.
Photo / Cover design / Editing / The Seeing Eye™
Pictured are the author and her dog, Campbell. The photo was taken by Dwight Lynn Sorrell at a Safe House event to recognize victims of domestic violence. The people were tossing flower petals into the Holston River in remembrance of them.
Cover design by David Dvorkin, www.dvorkin.com
This book was edited by Leonore H. Dvorkin, www.leonoredvorkin.com
Note: THE SEEING EYE and SEEING EYE are registered trademarks of The Seeing Eye, Inc.
About the Book
This is the story of how the author obtained her first guide dog from The Seeing Eye™ in Morristown, New Jersey: what motivated her, the extensive training she had, the special relationship she developed with her trainer, and the good friends she made. Once she returned home to Tennessee, there were many new challenges to be met and overcome, including domestic abuse.
All that was in addition to her chronic conditions of bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia.
With honesty, courage, and humor, Patty Fletcher tells a remarkable story of personal development that is sure to inform, entertain, and inspire others, both blind and sighted.
Available for download from the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life DB83921
Reading time: 6 hours, 16 minutes.
Read by Suzanne Toren.
DB-Review List Best Nonfiction Award
Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life has won the award for Best Nonfiction for 2016 on the DB-Review List. There were 27 nominees.
Announcement on Patty’s blog
BARD: Braille and Audio Reading Download
DB Review Information Page
This morning, it is looking rather doubtful that is the case.
So, when I realized nothing good was coming from it all, I switched over, and began to read mail.
The following, is what I ran across.
I thought yall, might enjoy it too.
Thanks to Tasha Halpert for sending this to me!
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Rob Brezsny’s Astrology Newsletter
June 28, 2017
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THROW A PARTY FOR ALL THE PEOPLE YOU ARE
Throw a party for all the people you’ve ever been and all the different selves who live within you. Invite the teenager who once seethed with frustrated potential and the four-year-old who loved nothing more than to play.
Include the hopeful complainer who stands in the shadows and dares you to ask for more, as well as the brave hero who comes out every now and then to attempt seemingly impossible feats of happiness.
Don’t forget any of the various personalities who have contributed to making you who you are, even the “bad” ones. Celebrate your internal diversity. Marvel at how good you are at changing.
(For extra credit, you could also invite all the characters you’ve been in past incarnations, like the Balinese puppet-maker and the Nigerian herbalist and the Chinese midwife and the African savannah elephant.)
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Our ability to pursue our dreams can be inhibited by four addictions:
1. an addiction to what other people think of us;
2. an addiction to creating melodrama in a misguided quest for excitement;
3. an addiction to believing we’re imprisoned by what happened in the past;
4. an addiction to negative thoughts that fill us with anxiety.
(Thanks to success coach Tom Ferry for these ideas.)
The good news is that it is your birthright to beat all four of those addictions. The work won’t come fast or early, and it may never be perfect. But it’s quite possible.
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DO YOU REALLY NEED TO CHANGE THE SUNSET?
“When I look at a sunset, I don’t say, ‘Soften the orange a little on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple in the cloud color.'” Pioneering psychologist Carl Rogers was describing the way he observed the world. “I don’t try to control a sunset,” he continued. “I watch it with awe.”
He had a similar view about people. “One of the most satisfying experiences,” he said, “is just fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset.”
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ALTER YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS?
refusing to use the word “I” for 72 hours
acting with absolutely no ulterior motives
dancing in the dark, in slow motion, with your clothes on inside-out
witnessing an event considered impossible by your rational mind
reviewing in painstaking detail the history of your life
creating something beautiful out of something ugly
achieving telepathic connection with all of creation
forcing yourself to laugh for ten minutes straight
calling everything by its wrong name
renouncing your horoscope
making animal noises
looking at yourself in the mirror for an hour
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
Week beginning June 29
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Grammar key: Asterisks equal *italics*
CANCER (June 21-July 22): When Leos rise above their habit selves and
seize the authority to be rigorously authentic, I refer to them as Sun
Queens or Sun Kings. When you Cancerians do the same — triumph over
your conditioning and become masters of your own destiny — I call you
Moon Queens or Moon Kings. In the coming weeks, I suspect that many of
you will make big strides towards earning this title. Why? Because you’re
on the verge of claiming more of the “soft power,” the potent sensitivity,
that enables you to feel at home no matter what you’re doing or where
you are on this planet.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You may not realize it, but you now have a
remarkable power to perform magic tricks. I’m not talking about Houdini-
style hocus-pocus. I’m referring to practical wizardry that will enable you
to make relatively efficient transformations in your daily life. Here are
some of the possibilities: wiggling out of a tight spot without offending
anyone; conjuring up a new opportunity for yourself out of thin air; doing
well on a test even though you don’t feel prepared for it; converting a
seemingly tough twist of fate into a fertile date with destiny. How else
would you like to use your magic?
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Feminist pioneer and author Gloria Steinem
said, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be
doing something else.” Is there such an activity for you, Virgo? If not,
now is a favorable time to identify what it is. And if there is indeed such a
passionate pursuit, you should do it as much as possible in the coming
weeks. You’re primed for a breakthrough in your relationship with this life-
giving joy. To evolve to the next phase of its power to inspire you, it
needs as much of your love and intelligence as you can spare.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): One of the 21st century’s most entertaining
archaeological events was the discovery of King Richard III’s bones. The
English monarch died in 1485, but his burial site had long been a mystery.
It wasn’t an archaeologist who tracked down his remains, but a
screenwriter named Philippa Langley. She did extensive historical research,
narrowing down the possibilities to a car park in Leicester. As she
wandered around there, she got a psychic impression at one point that
she was walking directly over Richard’s grave. Her feeling later turned out
to be right. I suspect your near future will have resemblances to her
adventure. You’ll have success in a mode that’s not your official area of
expertise. Sharp analytical thinking will lead you to the brink, and a less
rational twist of intelligence will take you the rest of the way.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The tides of destiny are no longer just
whispering their message for you. They are shouting. And what they are
shouting is that your brave quest must begin soon. There can be no
further excuses for postponement. What’s that you say? You don’t have
the luxury of embarking on a brave quest? You’re too bogged down in the
thousand and one details of managing the day-to-day hubbub? Well, in
case you need reminding, the tides of destiny are not in the habit of
making things convenient. And if you don’t cooperate willingly, they will
ultimately compel you to do so. But now here’s the really good news,
Scorpio: The tides of destiny will make available at least one burst of
assistance that you can’t imagine right now.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In my dream, I used the non-itchy wool
of the queen’s special Merino sheep to weave an enchanted blanket for
you. I wanted this blanket to be a good luck charm you could use in your
crusade to achieve deeper levels of romantic intimacy. In its tapestry I
spun scenes depicting the most love-filled events from your past. It was
beautiful and perfect. But after I finished it, I had second thoughts about
giving it to you. Wasn’t it a mistake to make it so flawless? Shouldn’t it
also embody the messier aspects of togetherness? To turn it into a
better symbol and therefore a more dynamic talisman, I spilled wine on
one corner of it and unraveled some threads in another corner. Now
here’s my interpretation of my dream: You’re ready to regard messiness
as an essential ingredient in your quest for deeper intimacy.
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Your word of power is “supplication” —
the act of asking earnestly and humbly for what you want. When
practiced correctly, “supplication” is indeed a sign of potency, not of
weakness. It means you are totally united with your desire, feel no guilt or
shyness about it, and intend to express it with liberated abandon.
Supplication makes you supple, poised to be flexible as you do what’s
necessary to get the blessing you yearn for. Being a supplicant also
makes you smarter, because it helps you realize that you can’t get what
you want on the strength of your willful ego alone. You need grace, luck,
and help from sources beyond your control.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In the coming weeks, your relationships with
painkillers will be extra sweet and intense. Please note that I’m not talking
about ibuprofen or acetaminophen or aspirin. My reference to painkillers is
metaphorical. What I’m predicting is that you will have a knack for finding
experiences that reduce your suffering. You’ll have a sixth sense about
where to go to get the most meaningful kinds of healing and relief. Your
intuition will guide you to initiate acts of atonement and forgiveness,
which will in turn ameliorate your wounds.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t wait around passively as you fantasize
about becoming the “Chosen One” of some person or group or institution.
Be your own Chosen One. And don’t wander around aimlessly, biding your
time in the hope of eventually being awarded some prize or boon by a
prestigious source. Give yourself a prize or boon. Here’s one further piece
of advice, Pisces: Don’t postpone your practical and proactive intentions
until the mythical “perfect moment” arrives. Create your own perfect
ARIES (March 21-April 19): This is a perfect moment to create a new
tradition, Aries. You intuitively know how to turn one of your recent
breakthroughs into a good habit that will provide continuity and stability
for a long time to come. You can make a permanent upgrade in your life
by capitalizing on an accidental discovery you made during a spontaneous
episode. It’s time, in other words, to convert the temporary assistance
you received into a long-term asset; to use a stroke of luck to foster a
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Physicist Freeman Dyson told *Wired*
magazine how crucial it is to learn from failures. As an example, he
described the invention of the bicycle. “There were thousands of weird
models built and tried before they found the one that really worked,” he
said. “You could never design a bicycle theoretically. Even now, it’s
difficult to understand why a bicycle works. But just by trial and error, we
found out how to do it, and the error was essential.” I hope you will keep
that in mind, Taurus. It’s the Success-Through-Failure Phase of your
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): According to my analysis of the astrological
omens, you should lease a chauffeured stretch limousine with nine TVs
and a hot tub inside. You’d also be smart to accessorize your smooth ride
with a $5,000-bottle of Château Le Pin Pomerol Red Bordeaux wine and
servings of the Golden Opulence Sundae, which features a topping of 24-
karat edible gold and sprinkles of Amedei Porcelana, the most expensive
chocolate in the world. If none of that is possible, do the next best thing,
which is to mastermind a long-term plan to bring more money into your
life. From an astrological perspective, wealth-building activities will be
favored in the coming weeks.
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Well, I tell you. I enjoyed reading that.
I don’t just read, my forcast, either. No! Way! Why, that would be just the same as if I only watched a tiny bit of the weather.
I like knowing what the other signs, are up to.
Sometimes, you can read the ones right before and see, what is coming.
You can read the ones ahead, and see, what might come up, be avoided, or gotten rid of, once and for all.
There are times, when reading these, that I’ve been able to understand a friend, or family member’s point-of-view.
This, makes for a peaceful existance.
It is, during these, ‘Ridiculously Early Morning’ times, that much inspiration comes to me.
I think about what it is I want the reader, of what I write, to know, from me. How, much, do I wish to reveal?
After, having conversations with readers of my book, I realized, I was taking folks, where I was, or had been.
I found out, I could show them my dreams, and that, they, would dream them too.
This, thrilled me. One reader even said, “It is like I can see where you are.”
That, was Awesome!
Sometimes, I can come back to a document, such as this, and find, little passages, that I can then, weave, into a bigger story, and it’s like adding color.
I never knew, I would experience writing in this way.
Seems like some of the recent Isolation I’ve experienced, has been good for me.
It has made me more, self-aware, and able-bodied.
I am more independent, than ever before.
I feel, even though, I have miles to go before I sleep, where, regaining all my strength, is concerned, I have come a long way.
Not just in recovery from illness, no, much more.
I’ve entered into another relm, of my life. Another chapter, if you will.
I feel renewed, alive, and grateful to be so.
These new realizations I’m experiencing, are to me, priceless, in ways I cannot, describe. Somehow though, I find, I must try, and so I write…
I write for the pleasure of opening the flood-gate of words within my mind, and spilling them all over the page.
I write, because to do anything else, feels incorrect.
I write because I am, able, in this way, to express, all I think, and feel.
I’ve learned to look forward to, and enjoy, this time. I’ve stopped fighting something that is, simply a part of who, and what I am. Rather, I’m learning to embrace, and enjoy it.
Here’s wishing everyone, a great and happy day.
Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.