Personal Sabbatical 2021

I am spending a couple of days camping at the South Llano River State Park on the Llano River near Junction Texas. I am camping by myself.

I wanted to take some time to be alone.

I grew up an only child. Time alone is nothing new to me. However, how I use that time alone is.

I am 52 now. Who do I want to be?

Not the person my mother wanted me to be. Not the person culture thought I should be but who do I want to be?

I think I know. But I want to reflect.

My health is a big part of this for me.

For me this means, being 160-170 pounds (I am 5’9). Strong. I can do pull-ups and other exercises. And that at least a couple of my abs are showing.

Vanity?

Perhaps, I just want to live longer and better than my mother, grandmother and others in my family.

As Dr. Peter Atia talks about training to be a kick 100 year old. That is who I want to be.
Without your health what do you have?

The irony in 2021 is that I have my iPad Pro with me and I can post to a blog from here. So you could ask the question – how alone am I?

Until Next Time.

South Llano River, South of Junction Texas

Suzyn Waldman is an inspiration to girls and women who want to work in sports

Who is Suzyn Waldman?

> Waldman is considered a pioneer in the male-dominated field of sports broadcasting.[4][5] She is the third woman in Major League Baseball history to serve as a full-time color commentator on a regular basis, after Betty Caywood in 1964 and Mary Shane in 1977. In the mid-1990s, she was a play-by-play announcer for the Yankees’ local TV broadcasts on WPIX, which made her the second woman to serve in that capacity on TV for a major league team, after Gayle Gardner in 1993. via wiki

I am not a hardcore baseball fan. I have fond memories of watching the Cubs in the early 80’s before the lights in Wriggley on WGN with my father and grandmother.

In recent years, living in Central Texas, I have become an Astro’s fan. I use the MLB app to stream the radio broadcast and I have learned over the last 5 years to really enjoy listening vs watching baseball. You develop a bond or kinship with the announcers. They matter.

Suzyn calls for the Yankee’s. Not a favorite team of mine. I enjoy her calling the games. So much that if the Astros are not playing and I want to listen to a baseball game, I will listen to the Yankee’s to hear her.

She was recently interviewed by Sarah Lang on the MLB Youtube Channel. Link

> Suzyn Waldman is an inspiration to girls and women who want to work in sports. (via @mlb)

What is a Blog?

In 2002 Rebecca Blood wrote a book to document the growth of weblogs – later know as blogs.

A weblog is a coffeehouse conversation in text, with references as required.

Rebecca Blood – 2002 from her book the weblog handbook

Why am I hammering blogs these last couple of days?

I feel that social media, I am looking at you Zuck, have failed us. We traded easy and free for our free will and free expression. Facebook and Instagram decide what you see. The company wants you to stare at the app for a long time. They are making money from your attention. They are in your relationships. The intent is to manipulate your mind and emotions for their profit not yours.

When I deleted my Facebook and Instagram accounts I was free. But I still wanted to express myself. I had this blog I opened back in 2018 to document my health journey so I decide to post more here.

I think you should consider moving your daily thoughts to a blog as well. WordPress.com has plans for $4 a month. Forget about likes and comments. Think about self expression and sharing your story.

If you have a personal blog – let me know in the comments.

How To Attribute in 2021

I have been blogging more and thinking about blogging more in 2021. One thing I have noticed around the web and on social is that lack of attribution and/or a common style for attribution e.g. Elements of Style.

A favorite blogger of mine CJ Chilvers retweeted Tina aka Swiss Miss:

I have been reading Rebecca Blood’s book the weblog handbook

I arranged the book in roughly the order I expect most people approach the subject, first explaining what weblogs are and why anyone would want to read or maintain one, and then moving through more practical considerations: how to choose a tool to update your site, how to make your weblog stand out, and how to attract an audience. I answer commonly asked questions about weblog etiquette, explain what you need to know about living online, and give you some suggestions for dealing with burn-out. In short, I’ve done my best to get everything I know about maintaining a weblog — any kind of weblog — onto the page so that you can benefit from my experience.

Rebecca Blood about her book the weblog handbook

Here is a review from her site:

“ This book almost rivals Strunk and White’s Elements of Style in eloquence and utility. ”

— Herkimer- Perkins

I recommend the book.

If you use something. Link to it.

If you quote something. Give attribution.

The internet before social media was about sharing.

The social media internet of today is about having your moment. About your personal authority or influence. If you use an idea that works for you who cares where it came from right? You used it better! Wrong.

Do the right thing. Be a good citizen of the internet.

Updated: PS: if you need a paper copy here is a link to one at Half Priced Books.

A Bonafide Amateur!

Austin Kleon in his 2014 book Show Your Work quotes C.S. Lewis about being an Amateur.

The fellow pupil can help more than the master because he knows less. The difficulty we want him to explain is one he has recently met. The expert met it so long ago he has forgotten

C.S. Lewis h.t. to Austin Kleon

That is the power of the modern internet. Finding others amateurs to help you on your journey. That is why I started to write. That is why I hope you write on your own blog.

There are far too many amateur’s posing as professionals putting together courses to make a buck, selling you the 9 steps to a successful life.

Rather find a fellow student in your field but who might be a few grades ahead of you and ask to study together.

Sometimes the lessons of life are right in front of you.

Alanis Morissette: All I Really Want (1995)

Why are you so petrified of silence
Here, can you handle this?
Did you think about your bills, your ex, your deadlines
Or when you think you’re gonna die?
Or did you long for the next distraction?

At the moment you feel distracted. That is the moment to press forward. What is in that moment? What pain are your seeking to avoid by picking up your phone? By opening another tab. Having a drink? What is that?

The answer will help resolve issues.