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Bats Under Congress Street Bridge, Austin – Free Post, on Scribd

7 Apr

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Short photo story of our sunset boat bat viewing tour.  Light commentary plus links.

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I hope you enjoy the story of our trip down Lady Bird Lake to view the bats!

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Paddle Boats Under Congress Street Bridge

Paddle Boats Under Congress Street Bridge

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We weren’t on paddle boats, but had this great view from our comfortable seats on a flat boat.

Though they sure looked stable and tempting ;-)

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Going to SXSW in Our 60s

Love’s Travels – Extra Austin Images ( go SXSW!)

Image Extra : American Robins Arriving in Vermont – First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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Texas Shorts Vol 1

At the Beach

The Concert

The Slumber Party

The Old American Artist

Love Before the Fourth of July

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

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Grandma and Grandpa @ SXSW – in progress

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Going to SXSW in Our 60s – Free Post, on Scribd

19 Mar
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I hope you enjoy the story of our trip into SXSW!

The Old and the New, Sixth Street Austin

On Old Pecan Street, aka East Sixth Street

We saw a little of the old and a little of the new and a lot of the crowds as we made our way down Sixth Street :-)

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Love’s Travels – Extra Austin Images ( go SXSW!)

Image Extra : American Robins Arriving in Vermont – First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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Texas Shorts Vol 1

At the Beach

The Concert

The Old American Artist

Love Before the Fourth of July

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Grandma and Grandpa @ SXSW – in progress

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Like Seniors and Aging? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

16 Mar

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12 Stages of Loving

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The Old American Artist

Inspirations from Life, 33 Years, Poems & Images

Grandpa and Grandma in the Latin Quarter

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Like Yoga and Fitness? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

14 Mar

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Below are my titles related to Yoga and Fitness.

Plans are for an expanded Yoga poetry book later this year. :-)

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Paris Shorts Vol 1

101 Sports Poems (full collection)

101 Sports Poems Vol 2 – Dance Yoga +

Arts Poems

Rosetta

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Audio Book Narrators – Interview with Marcus Anderson

17 Dec

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Interview with Marcus Anderson

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Interview with Marcus Anderson

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Introducing Marcus Anderson

Marcus Anderson www.marcusanderson.com

Marcus Anderson
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http://www.marcusvoicecompany.com/

The Interview

Me:

Marcus, I understand you have done some professional promotional work for some well known national or international firms.  Could you tell us how that helped you in narrating “The Old American Artist”?

Marcus:

In working with a varied number of clients from different cultures and backgrounds, it helped me to get a feel of how the character would act, react and sound in a particular environment. For example: A character living in a village in Europe acts and sounds different from a character living in a suburb in America.

There are, however, a lot of things that I find are typical across all borders. Young men and women growing into adulthood all want the same things at periods of their lives: excitement, experiences, education and measurable growth.

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Me:

Fiction is so different from non-fiction, at least in a narrative sense, can you say what new things you learned doing the voice for “The Old American Artist”?

Marcus:

Although fiction is different from nonfiction, in a narrative sense they do have some things in common. The narrator  has to become the character(s)  he or she  is voicing.

I learned from ” The Old American Artist ” just how important that is.

A story  has to have a normal flow to it and when different characters are involved, it can be very challenging to the narrator.

” The Old American Artist ” showed how, when the story lines of the characters are closely related, and the periods of time involved are clearly separated (ie. a 20 year old character requires a different read than a 50 year old character).

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Me:

What would you do differently if you narrated another fictional work?

Marcus:

Well, it is always good to have as much info as possible about the characters involved and about the tone of the story being told. Fiction unlike Non-Fiction, is very hard to research to get a feel about the characters and the story line. All that info has to come from the author and any reference  he or she may have.

So, I would spend a lot more time with the author and get as much info as I can as to what their intent was for the story being told and the overall feel they would like to have portrayed.

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Me:

What words of wisdom do you have for fellow narrators considering doing an audio book?

Marcus:

I would suggest spending as much time with the author as you can to understand what it is they are looking to achieve from the read.

If the narrator can read the completed work before voicing the project, that’s great. If not, discuss each part with the author for clarification of tone, pace and intent.Edit content as you record in parts (chapters, parts etc.). It is very easy to miss things that need correcting after a very long read.

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Me:

What would you say to prospective authors thinking about having one or more of their fictional works created as an audio book?

Marcus:

1. Be as clear as you can about your intent for the project.

    2. Be available to the narrator for any questions they may have.
    3. Tight spacing on the copy can be confusing to read, keep the copy as clear as possible.
    4.  Define words that are different from the narrators first language. (ie. French word or Spanish narrator).
    5).Tell the narrator what you are trying to achieve and how you want it to sound).

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My Impression of Working with Marcus

Marcus was the first narrator (of five) I had the privilege to work with, and it was with great fortune that he was.  I felt we were both so grateful we had someone willing to be understanding, patient, and, from my end, glad to have someone with such talent to work with.

There is a distinctiveness to Marcus’ voice, reminiscent of several actors, that lent an authenticity to my main character’s reading.

Having two timelines running (that meet near the end), was a challenge to write, but a pleasure to hear played out.

The older American artist, thinking back to and relating to his younger self, from a young man through decades of maturation, to the moment where the reasons for the memories and the waiting through the day arrived, in the form of Rosetta, was made more believable than I even I had realized could be, hearing his rendition.

For his patience, care, and talent, I am grateful for Mr. Marcus Anderson.

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The Old American Artist, a Love Story

The Indie Spotlight : “The Old American Artist, a Love Story”

Poetry in Fiction, Samples – The Old American Artist, Part 3 Chapter 2

Poetry in Fiction, Samples – The Old American Artist, Part 3 Chapter 19

The Old American Artist, a Love Story – Ten Chapter Preview Sample

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Narrated by Marcus Anderson             Narrated by Sarah Tancer

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Poetry in Fiction, Samples – Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

16 Dec

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Fiction, 2,863 story words.

One of several short stories set in Paris.

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Poetry in Fiction, in a Short Story

It’s a bit more of a challenge, in a short story like this one, full of fun dialog and nuance, to grab a portion to format into poetry, or at least how poetry is more usually recognized. :-)

I did, once, write a dialog type poem for a dVersePoets prompt, but that piece as a whole was dialog (interior and exterior).

So I’ll stick with one of several nice descriptive passages I like in this short story.

One that, in re-reading it today for the first time in awhile, I was very pleasantly surprised how endearing, and humorous, across several generations at times, it is.

I hope you enjoy this short excerpt.

Best wishes,

Adan

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Fiction & Poetry, Pros & Cons

It’s kinda ironic that, the strength I see most in each, is in its context.

The fiction excerpt usually has much more power in its context within thousands of other words to give it associated meaning.

While the poetry rendition of the excerpt, gains its power, from its opening lines, to whatever it is the reader brings to the lines.  Isolated from everything, except the reader and the text immediately on the page.

I like both. :-)

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Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter, Excerpt

Fiction

       Rosetta sipped from a fresh glass of wine, dark and deep with Mediterranean grape.
The quiet soothed her, more than the wine.  The thick stone walls of the restaurant served as a bastion.  Deflecting the slings of unwanted thoughts.  Not bad thoughts, just too many.  She breathed deeply, a habit from the yoga she and Arturo enjoyed.  The quiet filled her.  Their food was being gathered, steaming on large plates, in the small kitchen nearby, and faintly, she could hear Arturo’s steps ascending the stairs from below.  She was ready, and glad, to eat, she smiled, as the waiter steamed toward her.

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Poetry

Rosetta

sipped from a fresh glass of wine

dark

deep with Mediterranean grape.

The quiet soothed her

more than the wine.

The

thick stone walls of the restaurant

served as a bastion.

Deflecting

the slings

of unwanted thoughts.

Not bad thoughts, just

too many.

She breathed deeply

a habit from the yoga she and Arturo enjoyed.

The quiet filled her.

Their food was being gathered

steaming

on large plates

in the small kitchen

nearby

faintly

she could hear Arturo’s steps ascending the stairs from below.

She was ready

glad to eat, she smiled

as the waiter steamed toward her.

© 2013 felipe adan lerma

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Excerpt from a FB post I made for this Title

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i reread this little story the day it went up free, and was very pleasantly surprised how well it help up vs my last memory of it (sweet, nice, not bad) – what i saw this slightly detached go-round, besides more humor than i’d remembered, and a bit more nuanced banter between the two seniors, was the reader-perceptual contrast between grandma and grandpa’s interior lives and interaction, vs my (the reader) perceptual shock of how they “appeared” to me vs the 6 grandchildren when they all met up near the end of the book – the same two people, as “seen” by the teens and tweens, are different, not bad or less, but different; it just struck me as very interesting and unexpected i learned there

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Gift for Seniors – Original Inspirational Poetry, Matted Mounted 8 x 10s

15 Dec

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“Aging Gracefully”

Is an inspirational gift poem available through Amazon, and is eligible for various promotional shipping offers.

All poetry is original by Felipe Adan Lerma, first written in the early 90s.

Poetry in Images, Samples – PhotoPoems Book One

Himalayan Institute : “Aging Gracefully” : An Article for All Ages – Review

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Gift Writings of original sports poetry.

sample – Volleyball Digger

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Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 3 – Breathing, the Nano Stretch with Mucho Effect

22 Apr
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Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 3 – Breathing, the Nano Stretch with Mucho Effect

The logistics, physically and emotionally, of returning to work as a senior.  Commuting, snacks, sleep, and more.

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Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 1 – Back to Fitness

Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 2 – Returning to Work as a Senior

Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 3 – Breathing, the Nano Stretch with Mucho Effect (in progress)

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Finding Gratitude, Sheila

Finding Gratitude, Sheila – The Breath Expanding Into the Soul

This is an older photo from another article when we were staying in Galveston.

The article is on gratitude, posted in May 2011.

Letting oneself expand with one’s own breath can be a challenge.

Doing it on the seawall does have its advantages. ;-)

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Our Breath

Two things come to mind immediately regarding why our breath is so important.

One, it means we’re still alive on this Earth. ;-)

Two, it can be done nearly anywhere, any time.  That’s big.

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Dynamic vs Static Stretching

Ok, what’s this got to do with breathing?  Was this supposed to be in another article?

Well, it could be in another post, but I am deliberately comparing what the intake of breath does, to a dynamic stretch, versus what is typically thought of as a static stretch.

A light static stretch is a great relaxing stretch of our arms and legs and torso and really all over, that is usually recommended after a great workout.

It helps the body cool down, helps lower our working-exercising blood pressure, and sure feels good. ;-)

Whatever is being stretched is held in place gently, and allowed to relax and reset to a less exerted exercise expectation.

A dynamic stretch is a gentle limbering movement.  It warms up the muscles and makes more strenuous movement easier.

This latter stretching is still smooth, not jerky or ballistic.

Breathing, I’ve come to believe, is a combination of static and dynamic stretching.

To me, in the micro – nano level, the inhaled breath feels like it stretches the body to its range of motion, expanding the fascia and muscles, loosening tension spots.

While, in the macros – whole body area, the inhaled breath seems to aid and create a relaxed static state of rest.

The breath, our breath, is the best of both worlds, simultaneously. ;-)

Thus, breathing, is the nano stretch with mucho effect!

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Mouth or Nose Breathing

I never realized this was even a topic of contention until I resumed my interest in learning and doing yoga, starting with my yoga teacher certification training with Lex Gillan in Houston.

During a morning meditation training session, when the topic of mouth vs nose breathing came up, I asked what I should do during one of my usual congested periods.  At the time I was living in Galveston, which is bad enough for pollen, but am now in Austin, which is much worse!

His very good humored answer was, since we had to to live, was breathe any way we can. ;-)

Common sense and his acceptance, embracing, and teaching of the various modes of yoga practice made my choice of having him as my initial yoga trainer a very good decision.

So regarding breathing through your nose or mouth, whether in yoga or any other activity, do what you need to first, then experiment for effect when you are ready. ;-)

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General Benefits of Good Breathing

There’s tons of good info on why breathing, and breathing more correctly, is good for you.

Yoga Journal has many articles, even on how to check (at a easy minimal level) to see how well you’re breathing.

A Google search of the benefits of improved breathing is really useful.

MindBodyGreen has a nice article on how to vary the length of your breathing to relax, saying:

When your exhale is even a few counts longer than your inhale, the vagus nerve (running from the neck down through the diaphragm) sends a signal to your brain to turn up your parasympathetic nervous system and turn down your sympathetic nervous system.” (emphasis in article)

Dr. Andrew Weil has three differing breathing exercises on this page, one for relaxing, one for invigorating, and one for mediating; and one uses nose only while another includes the mouth.  Now that’s useful variety. ;-)

Varying my Google search to “breathing counts” brings up even more suggestions!

Here’s a list of 18 benefits of deep breathing.

And here’s a final Google search for the physiological benefits of exercise, which, for me, almost always included breathing more completely and fully.

As I mentioned in the first post in this series of aging gracefully into age 62, getting fit again was the key to enjoying doing and being able to do things that make life more satisfying.

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Conclusion, Last Thoughts

Breathing, the Nano Dynamic Stretch even in a Static Pose

It’s been a couple of years now since I first began again paying any in-depth attention to my breath.

And I am continually amazed how much I become aware of within myself.

The sense of surprise I felt recently, that my body is literally doing a micro nano dynamic stretch (reaching for one’s range of motion in that stretch), as I stand or sit or lay in a static restful pose, is still very much with me, and is the impetus for this third and final posting on aging gracefully.

Or at least trying to. ;-)

Try this:

Stand or sit calmly still.

Place the palms of your hands on each side of your rib cage.

Inhale softly and slowly and easily.

Feel your chest cavity expand.

Visualize and know, in reality not just symbolically, that your ribs expand apart, because there are muscles between them that allow that!

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Easy to Do Anywhere

And breathing is not only necessary, it’s so easy to fit in and do anywhere.

Waiting in line at the store, or any of the other number of “lines” we seem to be in. ;-)

Sitting in freeway traffic.  Yes, know that one well!

Laying in bed waking up.

Or going to sleep.

Or resting.

And if you watch a baby, like our new grand baby Max ;-) whether they’re exerting, sleeping, or eating – they’re breathing. ;-)

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Holding My Breath

I know, growing up, especially in school, playing hide-n-seek or hoping the teacher wouldn’t “pick” on me, I held my breath.

But the habit of  holding my breath is probably not a good idea.

Actually, people expect you to breath. ;-)

So often, it was just me – being self-conscious, about taking my breath.

And ok, I admit it, I’m still kinda wondering if someone’s staring, making fun of me, if I take a deep (needed) breath.

But I’m trying.  One breath at a time. ;-)

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Next Posts

Next up, my Paris Photo series.

Not immediately, as I need to choose and prepare the images.  But that’ll be fun.

Thanks so much for coming by ;-)

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Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 2 – Returning to Work as a Senior

19 Apr
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Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 2 – Returning to Work as a Senior

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Returning to Work as a Senior

It’s not that, when I was younger, these things I’ve had to deal with on returning to work didn’t matter or happen or exist, it’s just that, after an extended time of not working full time, and being older, there’s things to remember, and things to work out.

Whether one is returning to full time work of necessity or desire, and whether for a set temporary time (such as in my case) or for an indeterminate amount of time, things come up that frankly I hadn’t thought much of when I was in the midst of a lifetime of full time working.

In no particular order, these are some of the things I hadn’t expected to have to deal with, and how I adjusted to them.

There’s no surprise secrets I believe.

It’s just many of the things I hadn’t needed to pay much attention to in quite awhile.

And honestly, when I did work full time, I didn’t pay much attention to all this then.  I was like a fish in water, totally unaware of the currents all around me…

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Food

Diversify your lunch.

Provide a variety of snacks for yourself.

I especially konk-out (run out of steam) mid-afternoon, 2ish, and have found certain fruit and other snacks to be a great pick me up.

Choose food with its sugar embedded in its fiber over a liquid alternative if you can.

Snacks for Lunch and all Day

Snacks for Lunch and all Day

Not that I’d eat all that at once, though at one time I might have!

Oh, the plant is optional, but is great visual food. ;-)  Sheila reminded me, that decorative plant do feed us, with oxygen!

Eat alone sometimes.  Join folks another time.

Take a small piece out into the sunlight and eat it outside.

Try different things.  It’s ok to repeat something you really like as long as you like.

Food should be healthy, but also should be fun. ;-)

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Movement

Move.  Get up, sit down, stretch.

Use your other hand to work the computer mouse.

Stand on tip-toes at the copier.  If your doctor says it’s ok, arch your back against your chair back, or rotate your neck and head gently.

You’re working hard, it’s natural to need to stretch!

Use the stairs if practical.  Walk around the building.

Breathe, breathe, breathe.

Ten minutes of any kind of exercise is usually a doable minimum building block of time.

If someone looks at you funny because the first few steps you take after getting up off your chair are sluggish, jokingly tell them you’re getting old(er), but gonna keep moving.

People will understand.  There are some nice things about getting old(er). ;-)

Expectations are more relaxed.  Enjoyable.  Doable.

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Bathroom Breaks and Other Such Things

Seniors as a group are among the most dependable workers an employer can have.  And we may seem slower (and are in some things ;-) ) but there’s good reasons for that, and good trade-offs from that.

In exchange, leeway usually needs to be made for us needing things more usual for our age.

Going to the bathroom.  Needing more sips of water.  More (good) snacks.  Pacing.

When I have a new person watching over my work, I try to always let them know I’ll be taking frequent bathroom breaks.  Don’t suffer for needing to do something that is natural.

I found this well put thought on a site page at Home Care Assistance via my google search above:

“Bathroom breaks are a must of seniors. Depending on the way in which you are traveling, allow a number of breaks.  However, restricting the amount of fluid intake is not the answer to decreasing their number of bathroom breaks. Doing this can cause a urinary tract infection.” (emphasis mine)

As we age, our thirst sensors are not what they used to be. ;-)  We should sip regularly. ;-)

Again, let people around you at work that need to know, know.

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Transportation

If you haven’t driven today’s roads in awhile, be prepared for people who think they’re driving bumper cars, people who swear they have no problem texting (head down of course) and navigating a two ton vehicle beside you, and people think they’re leaving late is justification for you to know they need to get by, now. ;-)

Trains and buses can quickly become an alternative transportation choice under these circumstances!

Even here in Austin, which doesn’t even have an adequate freeway system (vs Houston, Dallas, etc), now has a pretty decent commuter train, and is developing something they call a MetroRapid system for 2014.

I hear of some folks carpooling successfully.

Anything that cuts the stress of driving in endless daily traffic is worth checking out.

I’ve taken the rail here in Austin a few times, and enjoy the time to read, look out the window, daydream, and let my body relax.

Try some things out, see what works.

ps – I gave up a long ago dream of riding a motorcycle or scooter to work. ;-)

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Lack of Free Time

If you haven’t worked full time in awhile, the gutting of your free time, and your exhaustion after work, will shock you.

Be prepared to choose what you will have time to do, what means most for you to be still be able to do, and what you need to do.

Experiment for the answer.

It took me two and a half weeks to figure out what time to get up that allowed me to function at a full time job at the level I could be both proud of, and comfortable with.

Then another week to realize what time I needed to go to sleep to make all that happen from that end of the day. ;-)

Some things will have to be let go.

Most things you’ll be able to get back to when there’s more time.

And some things, don’t kid yourself, will forever drift away for another time…

This is really much harder than people younger would think it is for a senior.  But a more restricted energy base to work from, and a longer recovery (sleep and rest) time needed, means being called at eight in the evening to go do a fun thing until ten or eleven that night, probably means either saying no, or suffering really badly for it the next day.

Tell them the truth.  You’re getting old(er).  And smile.

They’ll understand.  Sorta. ;-)

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Sleep

Cut yourself short here at your own probable intense discomfort.

Sleep is the secret weapon of babies and older folk. ;-)

Sleep is not an option.  It’s a necessity.

Who knows, you might wake up in a yoga pose. ;-)

And with that I leave you for my own rest.  Thank you much.  Good night all. ;-)

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Before I return to my full time temp job that resumes next week, I’ll be doing one more fitness slanted posts before also returning to my Paris Photo series.

I still have 4 1/2 weeks of photos detailing our recent stay in Paris.

But I wanted to finish this short three post set before my time is more constrained again.

Luckily I enjoy my full time temp work.  And it’s seasonal.  So like the trees and squirrels, I know I’ll get my time to spread my branches and scamper along tree tops soon enough again. ;-)

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18 Apr
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About moving from Vermont back to Texas, getting ill, and beginning to recover.  Yes, it’s a process. ;-)

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Three Weeks Later, Getting Better

Three Weeks Later, Getting Better

I hadn’t realized how badly I had slipped in my health until I saw the picture my wife took of me at a Starbucks near our place in Austin.  Very different from the feeling I had of my health when we had first arrived in Paris (our detour via Vermont to Texas). ;-)

But more seriously, I remember thinking, though I was 62, it was the first time I had actually felt the way I had imagined being old might be if I didn’t take care of myself.  Scary.

Besides fatigue from seemingly endless problems with our move (furnishings, our car, securing a location, cable, getting new phones, long plane rides ;-) ) being away from Central Texas allergies for nearly three years left me unprepared, with convenient memory loss, for the impact of sniffing this much pollen every day. ;-)

As this article says, “Austin is usually rated in the top 5 worst places for allergies…Austin is unique in having 3 distinct pollen seasons.”

I started with my (from childhood growing up in Houston) trademark “enhanced” congestion, developed the not too frequent sinus infection, followed by a rarer upper respiratory infection.

I was sick.  Missed Paris.  But worse -

Hadn’t exercised regularly as accustomed in Vermont, where I taught 3-5 senior fitness classes a week through the Burlington Y, since we had left Vermont.

As you can see, from the right side picture, three weeks after getting immediate expert doctor’s care, I was better.  Not good.  But at least functional. ;-)

My wife Sheila had also gotten very ill, and together we forced ourselves to begin where we had begun.  With ten minute and partial sets from our go-to fitness DVDs from years before: Stronger Seniors and Denise Austin.  Sheila has also been able to get regular SilverSneakers classes at a nearby Gold’s Gym.

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Getting Back to October Levels

Adan on Trampoline, Krause Springs

Adan on Trampoline, Krause Springs, March

About a month ago, I finally was able to, for a short quick photo, climb onto a trampoline and pretend to be able to stay in it.  Luckily I had help getting off before I flipped 180 degrees. ;-)

This was some beautiful grounds at Krause Springs out by Spicewood.

Our youngest girl was expecting her first child, and we’d gone out there with her in-laws and husband for some great bar-b-q.

I actually think, here in mid April, I’m in “fairly” good shape, but not at my preferred bantam weight senior class level. ;-)

But I’m not “too” worried.  I have a secret.

Sheila and I had trained and became fitness instructor certified (about nine months of study) and we had learned a lot!

One extremely important item, among a very many, was that once we (people in general) learn something physically, a memory is created in our systems.  Like riding a bicycle after a long period.

In other words, the return back to fitness, is shorter and on a known road compared to before.

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Keeping the Engine at Least on Idle

This is very important.  Yeah.  I know.  What isn’t? ;-)

But keeping the engine of interest in one’s life, well, alive, is paramount.

If you are unable to exercise for a long period, very ill, in a long recovery, or any of the myriad things we get to experience in life, find those pockets of interest that will keep you curious and wanting to do more.

Don’t be embarrassed about whatever it is.

Love of grandkids.  TV shows.  Reading.  Painting.

And hey, daydreaming is, as they say, vastly underrated!

For me, it was continuing to work on my new fiction work set in Paris where we had just traveled from.

And coming up with the idea of a long term blog post series of Paris Photos.

Then, as I gradually recovered my strength and my health, being able to visit and be with more of family again.

Luckily for me Sheila and I partnered the effort. ;-)

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The After-Snack I Found I Need

As we very slowly began exercising more regularly, one of the most surprising things I had learned when we became certified via AFAA, was the body’s need for fuel to rebuild, especially the first 30 minutes after a workout.

I found this to be a good Google search starting point for when to eat after exercise.

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Ten Minutes:

My Own Most Important Fitness Reminder Tip at this Time

Of all the tips and necessary information and pointers and reminders, this was the most important for me, and, as Sheila and I taught our senior classes, for most of our class participants.

Why?

Because ten minutes is not just a convenient time frame for mini workouts on DVDs, it’s a building block of time for our bodies.

One ten minute block of time is good.  Three of them, continuous or distributed through a day, is even better.

Plus, it is a short enough stretch of time it can be fit into almost anybody’s day.

And the more conscientiously and with awareness that ten minutes is practiced, the more effective it is.

And, it is a short enough time that if one is really having trouble getting going, where just moving is an exertion, and believe me, I’ve been there! then getting to where one can do ten minutes of continuous movement is a fantastic goal!  Don’t let anyone tell you different!  Unless you want to. ;-)

There’s many things that are actually kinda nice about getting old(er) and one is that you can pace and enjoy being active, without needing to feel you are competing for a marathon or such. ;-)

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Weights, Cardio, Yoga – Which First / When

SilverSneakers has a really comprehensive training program for its seniors classes instructors, and Sheila and I were fortunate to have gone to three of them.

Because each component, strength, cardio, and flexibility, are so important and so intertwined, one lending to the other in terms of enhancement, when people favor one over the other, which is natural, there tends to be excited discussions as to which is most important.

Basically, in my opinion, whichever you are least developed in, you should concentrate on until you feel you’ve reached a point of balance.  Your doctor or medical adviser or trainer would be a good place to start.  Your sense of well-being would be a good place to keep in mind.

What surprised me, because I favor both flexibility and cardio (especially dance) over strength training, is that, as per SilverSneakers, if one is totally de-conditioned, often for any number of valid or life stressing reasons, then regaining and maintaining the strength to move, is most important.

With sufficient strength, one can move more safely and more enjoyably.  With sufficient strength, stretches can be enjoyed and enhanced because the opposite muscle system in our body can stabilize us so we can stretch, so we can line dance and do some foxy shuffle moves. ;-)

And you can begin with a goal of ten minutes increments.

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New Website Name, Same Guy ;-)

For those folks who have seen my fitness articles in the past, I have changed my website’s name from Yoga-Adan to my full name, Felipe Adan Lerma.

I’ve always envisioned my site as an integrative effort on my part about the main things that interest me: the arts, fitness, yoga, family; and naming my site after myself seemed to the right thing to do.

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Next Posts

I’ll be doing two more fitness slanted posts before returning to my Paris Photo series.

I too, I know too well ;-) have to maintain the balance that is me. ;-)

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Aging Gracefully into Mother’s Day – Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

12 Mar
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Short original poems for mom, dad, brothers & sisters, and many others in an extended family.

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Aging Gracefully into Mother’s Day

Seems each year
My remembrance of
My memory of the coming
Of the next Mother’s Day
is
Just a little sooner than before.

Like
The second roller coaster turn
and dip
Just beyond the next rise.

I take the reminder
A bit more mindfully
now

Which lets the few grey hair I have
left
Lay a little less wind-blown
As I lay awake through another
day
Listening to the turning of the wheels
On the steely tracks grind toward
The next big moment

I’m close enough for the ride to end
To begin to know what she, my Mom
must feel
Waiting seeing hearing the wheels whirrrr
the final loops.

© 2013 Felipe Adan Lerma

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it’s funny sometimes how what’s available determines what one does

i wanted to create a mother’s day poem, feeling the urge, partly i think because i’m seeing all kinds of mother’s day articles all a sudden, seeing a surge in interest in my past mother’s day poems on my site, and going to see my own mom hopefully this coming weekend

and, i was using an app that wouldn’t let me center align, and insisted on capital letters at the beginning of each line unless i manually removed them (which i did for a few lines to enhance the tonal meaning i wanted)

and i end up with the above

its own thing ;-)

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linked to dVersePoets OpenLinkNight, # 87

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she talks about her most recent travel, this time to berlin, and the feeling of seeing a once divided city together, and all the things she finds being able to freely visit there

she says:

“By the end of the day, I didn’t feel my feet anymore but every single pore in me screamed happiness. And why?

Because I saw beyond my own borders, my view got stretched and I experienced things I never experienced before…”

my own new series where i go back to my recent extended stay in paris fits into this

and my poem above, “aging gracefully into mother’s day,” within travels of another kind, to a holiday, this time mother’s day, brings out some of those same new “things i never experienced before…”

for my mom & i , it’s the connecting of the experience of aging more fully, and hopefully more gracefully, into our years ;-)

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Fitness Fun : Precaution, Planning, and Commitment

12 Feb

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Our fourth grandchild, first grandson, from our youngest girl, finally arrived after nearly 48 hours of labor, and all are doing fine. We are blessed.

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I had originally planned one of my extended style articles with recaps and reviews of fitness material my wife Sheila and I have learned, plus the application of those ideas to our own recent ongoing recovery from illness, reduced and lack of rounded activity, and some of the mental and emotional challenges we faced within ourselves,

What I will do though is present the same material in short posts like this, hopefully two or more times a week.

Other projects I need to also maintain, is my follow up fiction work to “The Children”, find some suitable parttime work here in Austin since it’s fairly comparable to living in Paris, and try to continue to improve my health.

Precautions

Precautions for both my wife and myself included :

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Increasing our protein intake while balancing out acidic levels with lots of veggies

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Not expecting an immediate return to our fitness levels the end of Oct when we left Vermont, and letting our bodies feel our compassion for the frustrations of starting over.

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It was important for each of us to remember to let muscle memory do its magic, coaxing the muscle fibers (and thus the fascia) and sensory sensations to remind us of the lusciousness of movement.

Link for URL above :

http://felipeadanlerma.com/2011/07/07/muscle-memor-a-tidbit-post-5/

In other words, that exercise and its benefits could be fun again ;-)

Taking fitness training from AFAA and SilverSneakers training, and using Stronger Seniors and Denise Austin DVDs, that we’re using, I’ll be doing posts along this line too.

Links for URLs above :

http://felipeadanlerma.com/2011/03/16/silversneakers-yoga-instructor-course-yogastretch-stress-reduction-differences-conclusions/

http://felipeadanlerma.com/2011/03/02/dvd-review-yoga-stronger-seniors/

http://felipeadanlerma.com/2011/04/11/dvd-review-denise-austin-personal-training-system-stretch-segment/

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Planning

This tricky for us, with extremely variable schedules at times, a new grand baby, and other creatives commitments and desires. Did I mention eating, good TV, and an occasional movie? ;-)

So, the “trick” in tricky is having a plan and being flexible with it.

Coming back from (for me, not Sheila) from an 11 pound weight gain in 2 2/1 months, walking being our dominant aerobic, and stiff from such vastly reduced physical activity, definitely required a plan.

And number one for any plan for us is, do we enjoy doing it? Even better, is it fun?

My contention is, when I see someone struggling with a routine, yet continuing to master it to his or her personal capacity, the I can’t help but feel that, at some deep level, that struggle with that routine, is fun and very rewarding at one or more levels.

And that enjoyment allows a person, it does us, a fighting laughing struggling enjoyable chance to continue.

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Commitment

Staying with an endeavor requires a return. It can be altruistic, selfish, and if you’re any bit like me, probably a blend of all that and more.

One of the hardest hurdles I found to overcome, was simply saying I needed time for myself to do this.

At 62, I can at least legitimately claim that if I don’t exercise, and nobody seems to much care, more than in passing, what exercise I choose to do, I will suffer significant quality of life.

And I have less of that now, time, statistically, than half my life ago. Just a perk of aging gracefully, I think. ;-). So I usually don’t get much argument there. ;-)

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Texas to Vermont – Finishing Up, On to Paris, then Back to Texas

5 Nov

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Little River Along Mountain Road in Stowe Area © Felipe Adan Lerma

in the almost year and a half my wife and i have been in vermont, being able to visit and be near her family, where she was born and grew up, all the way to graduating from the university of vermont, we have wavered between leaving immediately ;-) , staying longer, and leaving as planned, around this time, but not sure exactly to where we would go next

in that time, our assumptions of what we’ve wanted / needed / should do, have also changed and fluxed, morphed and grown, tweaked and clarified

we finally settled on going back to texas, at least for the holidays, then finally doing a life long dream plan of staying in paris for a month or more, and enjoying that fantasy on at least on a more leisurely level

with news that our youngest girl was expecting her first child, we flipped those plans to going to paris first, then texas, ready to greet the newest grandchild

at this time, that plan seems to be holding ;-)

below, then, is an update on my texas to vermont series of posts, possibly my last one, with a wrap-up and expectations regarding fitness and the arts

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On to Paris

Sheila Taking Tourists' Pictures in Paris, circa 2002

Sheila Taking Tourists’ Pictures in Paris, circa 2002

first, once we reach our new exit-from-vermont flight date, due to hurricane sandy, we’re off to paris as originally planned

i have to say though, our week-long delay here at the sun & ski inn has put us into what so far has been the best place to recover from the work we went through leaving our apartment (cleaning and packing etc, seems much tougher the older we get ;-) ) – the image above is the view from our sliding doors at the back of our unit

we’ve had secure for paris what promises to be a nice way to spend an extended time of about five weeks during the non-tourist season – more on that once we’re there

we’ll of course have pictures, and i’ll start a new photopoem series, much like the ones i have for vermont and the birds in galveston, something i look fwd to doing at least weekly

Seine & Eiffel Tower, circa 2002 - © Felipe Adan Lerma

Sunset, Seine & Eiffel Tower, circa 2002 – © Felipe Adan Lerma

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Back to Texas

Sheila by Hike & Bike Austin Texas '05

Sheila by Hike & Bike Austin Texas ’05

before the christmas holidays we’ll be headed back to texas for a year or more, or good, who knows ;-)

it’ll have been the longest i’ve been away from my home state, and three years since we’ve lived in austin (with our 1 1/2 year stay in galveston)

burlington, many people who live here have told me, is the miniature northern version of austin, with its culture, energy, music, good eats, hills, and nearby water -

flip the longish summers in austin with the equal length longish winters in burlington, grace away the over one and a half million population difference, and yes, i’d have to agree, incredibly and often, pleasantly true ;-)

Under Lamar Street Bridge, 4th of July '05

Under Lamar Street Bridge, 4th of July ’05 – © Felipe Adan Lerma

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Photo Poems

it appears i’ll mostly be posting photopoems for the near term -

they combine the visual and written arts, and for me are fun things to do

besides numerous stand-alone photopoems, many written for prompts from dVersePoets, I currently have two series, though the latter, the bird series, are really photos with captions – they were my pre-runner to my current photopoem format ;-)

the other set, the vermont photopoem series, is a more fully developed idea of what i like to do for now – it lets me present an image (which i have fun choosing and working up) and a short verse (that i enjoy tying to what the image compels from me)

once in paris, i fully hope to start a new thread, the paris photopoems series ;-)

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Fitness Classes

Adan + 40 Lbs with Sheila on Bike Path, Austin Texas '05 : Did I Mention I Didn't Get Fit (again) Until 2008?

Adan + 40 Lbs with Sheila on Bike Path, Austin Texas ’05 :
Did I Mention I Didn’t Get Fit (again) Until 2008?

i’d often wondered how i could better motivate my fellow seniors in the classes sheila and i teach, that they too could improve from what ever fitness level they were at, if they wished -

i should have had and shown them this picture ;-) maybe still will

and this post certainly can ;-)

i even was wearing my 100 club exercise t-shirt!! it’s hilarious!

and more so ’cause the way to fitness is NOT just exercise (attentive movement), NOT just diet (sensible eating), but breathing, consistency, persistence, habit – did i mention i had a good partner? ;-) yeah, that too ;-)

but to my senior classes here in vermont, those through the The Y, both the early morning aerobics jazzing line-dancing ladies, but also the chair based gonna do it afternoon seniors – my deepest sincerest thank you !!! 

sheila and i will see what we see once we’re back in texas, fitness class teaching wise, but we’ll always miss these great folks ;-)

Adan by Little River 2012

Adan by Little River, Stowe Vermont 2012
With My Hands Where My Belly Used to Go To ;-)

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Last Word – Won’t Be Able to Respond to Comments for a Bit

i’m posting this the day before we leave our temporary lodging because i’ll likely not have internet to respond easily for 2-3 days, depending on where i can get wifi in paris

but i will get back to everyone, so take care, blessings ;-)

namaste – con dios – god be with you

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19 Oct
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but believe, hard earned!

there will be more write ups soon about this, my third installment in my “A Love Story” series – which is really a continuing look at relationships, and the variety of love in the love stories of our lives

it doesn’t hurt that this third book has been the most fun for me to write in decades, just a treat

the full text is suitable for almost all ages, but parents should read and decide first

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i haven’t read anything yet from any authors or bloggers or readers, from anybody, yet about the reaction or response or sentiment about amazon creating this new feature, author rank

here’s a google search that does include some commentary on this feature, but again, i haven’t had a chance to read any yet (will soon!)

i mention this because, not that i don’t believe in my current opinion that “author rank” is a good thing strongly enough, but that it’s so new, and this is just my immediate first gut reaction

i need to be able to be flexible about our ideas of things that aren’t super crucial to our quality of life ;-)

so, for now, here goes

Cons

* could create undue competitive pressure, when the creative work is, i believe, within ourselves

* could stigmatize authors who have a lot more at stake (ranking or recognition-wise) than i do at this time

* could affect authors negotiating deals for hard copy printing, movies, tv, etc

* tilts total ranking toward authors with lots of titles and more sales scattered through-out time

* rewards quantity and sales over quality and patience (read “slower paced writers”)

Pros

* gives an overall perspective

* lets an author see their efforts’ results in sales relative to other authors on amazon

* doesn’t include freebies

* doesn’t include international sales, ie, i like that the rankings are for the country or area i reside and buy things in

* includes sales across all genres and times

* breaks down rankings as per categories

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Why I Tilt Toward “Like”

quite frankly, the main reason i like this feature is simply that it gave me a good feeling to see that i had what i considered a reasonable ranking -

what that means is, i wasn’t at a number that i know some of my books are at in terms of sales rankings ;-)

being at #2,323 in contemporary romance fiction is, well, not bad

and yes, the day before i was at just under 6,000 in ranking

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Amazon Author Ranking 101012 in Contemporary Fiction

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claudia, traveling about europe (where she lives) happened on an impressionist exhibit and was inspired for the “meeting the bar” prompt featured this week

besides the absolutely stunning monet featured at the top of the page, which i believe i saw once, or a variation of it, in a converted museum-house in paris, she wrote this, which is thought was perfectly on :

But details weren’t their focus anyway, it was the mood of a moment, a feeling, fleeting, moving. Monet once said “For me a landscape does not exist in itself, it changes every moment in appearance, but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life.”

it hard enough doing approximate justice visually to the impressionist legacy, much less verbally with words, but to feel inspired to do one’s own “take” on our own personal moments, here and now in our own unique times, is justification enough i believe ;-)

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Accelerating Into the Curve

when i was twelve

pressing my bike

round and down

the curve from

my house

i

felt the pebbles

nudge the back

tire

but i held on

barely

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when i was twenty

gunning the gas

little by little

feeling the

four

wheels under me spin-

turning the corners

i

felt the shift of the weight

of the car

pulling out from under

me

but i held on

slowly

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when i was nearly thirty

my young son beside

me

inside

the great american scream

machine

the

roller coaster bursting

a dip a rise and a turn

back down

the mountain of

track

we both held on

dearly

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and now having past

sixty

reaching the

time

when i can settle and do

what i’d like

ha ha

i

feel myself

leaning a shoulder into the

wind

glancing back at what went by

squeezing my time

into stop-watch

stop-action

moments

my life

my heart my hands

smiling

accelerating into the last curve

fully

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We all love a story that shows how a loving pair, meeting obstacles in life, overcome that challenge, and resolve to love each other.  But what happens during the “lived happily ever after” part?  What are the details, what might the process be, achieving and living that post-crisis life?

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Happy Fourth of July! ;-)

Celebration

my wife has still not been cleared to go out beyond the house yet since her knee replacement, but we watched the upper reaches of the fireworks above the trees west of us toward the lake where it’s safest to play with fire, it was nice

it’s been a month now, and she was able to walk out using her cane, quite an accomplishment

and for me, i’ve today released my first fiction since about 1981, also quite a feat ;-)

below is my first of four running chapter samples from my new novella

The Old American Artist, a Love Story

The Old American Artist, a Love Story” is, as my wife said on finishing reading it a few days ago, exceptionally satisfying, especially how it ends

sure, she’s on my side, but she’s tough, remember? ;-)

my previous two posts talk a little more about this new work, and i’ll have more to say in the following three chapter samples later this week

for now, i’ll leave with the beginning of my book description on the various online stores it’s available on :

Short Blurb

A romance and an artist’s story, how could it not be a love story?

We all love a story that shows how a loving pair, meeting obstacles in life, overcome that challenge, and resolve to love each other. But what happens during the “lived happily ever after” part? What are the details, what might the process be, achieving and living that post-crisis life?

This arc, from boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy regains girl, morphs, in this first of three books, in the trilogy Triptych, into that fuller story of life, and love.

Tomorrow i’ll speak a little more about the book
thank you much ;-)

Sample, Chapter One

(1st of four, one presented each day)

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Arturo, the “American Arturo” as some villagers affectionately called him, could feel the scratch of his beard, even being just a week old.  Maybe now, in my sixties, he thought, my days are like weeks now.  One running to the other.  Is this what timelessness was?  he wondered.  He hoped not.

Squinting his eyes to shut out his thoughts, he followed the dusty curling rolling road that trailed into the distance from what his children called his “escape.”

This part of the upper Mediterranean, reminded him of the weather in Austin.  Blended with Galveston.  Hot.  Humid.  But not as crowded.  Not as hot.  Arturo was glad he had taken a break from the bustle of Texas.  And the cold of Vermont.

Here, these stretches of sandy beaches barely crawled with a few children, families of the many fishermen living nearby.  Yet a half hour winding walk, up along the dusty road, a small artist town, split between the Italians, French, and Spaniards, opened as a unique playground and portal to the world’s world of art.  It would be good, thought Arturo, to see how to bring the children and grandchildren to such a place.

Squinting into the distance, to where the road spun off a path to his house, Arturo shrugged off thoughts of art and families.  The small loping moped in the distance said the mailman, always early in the morning, had passed by, and his thoughts were on seeing if the red flag was up on his mail box.  It was not.

Relaxing his eyes into the distance, and imagining her arrival, his eyes smiled at the thought of Rosetta.

“Half Irish, half French,” she had told him, when she had finally agreed to have lunch with him.

“Rosetta,” Arturo had repeated, and she had laughed throwing out her sound, tilting back her head, as if drinking her own enjoyment.

“What’s so funny?” he grinned, curious.

You, Arturo, you are a funny boy.”

Grinning wider, “Boy?” he replied.  “I have children and will be thirty soon.”

“But Arturo, you’re only a boy, barely nearly thirty.”

At least that’s what she had told him.  Only a boy? he thought again.  But he could tell she liked the idea, or something about it, and he liked her, so it suit him fine.

He took a small breath into the awkward pause.

“So you have children too?” he asked, assuming he was on safe, gender friendly ground.

But she had looked away with a moment’s glance at him, gone from their lunch and in her own private thoughts.  When she returned to look at him, she said simply,  “No.  Not with me,” and laid her napkin down.

Thinking back for a moment, Arturo remembered feeling it best not to answer with words right then, or say that his own children were with their mother.  His heart was too intrigued with the woman sitting before him, swelling his creative mind with ideas and impulses he only barely felt, like the first rays of the sun which a large cloud has just begun to expose.

He would not intrude he had decided.  Not yet.

He let his thick-lashed eyes soften and round, the same way he let himself into the life of one of his paintings.  Especially those he began to feel connected to.

Colors and textures.

Shapes that softly glow.

A wholeness in one glance.

Rosetta.

No letter had come.  But also no call.

She would be home for his show that night then.

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Romance Writer?  Me?!?! – Part Two

Definition

yesterday i wrote an overview of why it turns out that a lot of poetry and fiction from way back to now, might qualify as romance writing

Romance Writers of America a non-profit org, has this definition :

Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.

i’m still convinced that a lot of writing is romance, or love-relationship, orientated

My Non-Romance Work

i do have though, pieces that, being snippets, though “emotionally-satisfying” for me ;-) do not end with an “optimistic ending” – mainly because they are a “moment” in experience, and not what i would consider a “story”

a good example is a poem i am posting to dVersePoets, for their OpenLinkNight prompt series

that will get posted late today when their “pub” opens for open poetry submissions

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and a link to my poem here

Story

so it seems that, for me, having a story in my work, enables me to give a fuller view of what i’m trying to express, and that usually has the ending that qualifies the piece as “romantic”

a good example of a recent poem that i think fits then, is “venus in transit across the sun

the strong sense of connection between my wife and i that i try to express about her recent operation, and our anticipated joined effort for her recovery, for me, fits the definition of a romance

it may be that there are other elements some people may consider for a work to be a romance, but for my purposes, i feel comfortable including many of my poems with my fiction in that category, and am equally ok with simply calling them “romantic” ;-)

but more than anything, again for me, my work is simply one person’s representation of life

and that’s something i believe we can all do, we all have stories ;-)

“2 Stories, a Poem, & a Sampler (fiction)”

this little ebook, with the exception of my childhood story, “Witches,” all feature work about relationships, all end with i feel is a satisfying and optimistic ending, even my poem “when it ended”

the ending resolution of finding comfort with another is critical to the work, and i believe, universally optimistic

i am trying to get more outlets to feature it as FREE, but the avenues for placing it at no charge is very limited; as of this writing, on smashwords has accepted it for a free listing, though it is available for 99¢ on amazon

all updates on availability are posted on my Books page listing for this title

i hope you get to have a copy and see what seems to me an interesting journey in fiction and poetry from 1981 to now, thanks so much ;-)

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Tomorrow

the first chapter (most are very short) of my new novella, “the old american artist, a love story,” is my targeted post for tomorrow ;-)

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thanks ya’ll ;-)

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perseverance, and persistence, are vital to our very survival -

it’s sometimes hard to recall, as darwin is reported to have said, “adaptability” is the key

and, for me, adaptability, isn’t possible, without flexibility of mind and spirit

yoga, of course, is notoriously known for flexibility of body ;-)

meant to induce and promote flexibility of spirit, and…

back to darwin, “adaptability to change”

How Key?

how key is the ability to adapt to change?

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then the ability to adapt to change is essential…

ie, pretty darn key ;-)

So What’s the Point?

for me, it’s to look then at all the ways flexibility to change, adaptability, can occur in people…us!

since my previous post had to do with playfulness and seniors and fitness exercise, for me right now, i would say that the ability to recognize (awareness) and respond to (exercise) routine, with creative playful adaptability, is probably one of the most important things i personally need to re-learn from childhood, and re-apply as an adult

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vary my routine with time

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Adan Lermaspring has stepped aside today, for the week they say, to let winter vent a bit before hibernating in the warmth

even mother nature know to adapt the seasons within the seasons, or risk freezing the continuity of life…

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