Do you know why Existentialism is so popular today?

What is one thing you would change about yourself?

I can remember being at the very start of adulthood, standing in a fine light rain under electric lights in the night trying a cigarette. I didn’t start getting them in quantity until I was around thirty years old, and I had the confidence to speak to the only one of my grandmas who was still living the truth that I wanted to smoke butts and I felt blameless.

The unpleasant feeling I get every day that I am rarely sure how to quell, if I have momentarily lost my power of self-discipline I will smoke a butt, certainly. I kind of posture that I write (and I feel I should note what would appeal to somebody else), but I feel cursed that if I live to a natural old age I will have led a path of sadness and the potential for parchment to convey something sad. I got this idea from some complete stranger on the Internet joking that he would not trade to chance to be in with his family for all the books in the world he might like to write.

Writers can be assholes, it goes without saying.

I believe I am damaged and that I smoke cigarettes for a bit of cool, a bit of a harder nose than I might otherwise sport. Compared to all other wonders in this lifetime I am most concerned with how I might relate to a woman, and the potential for a shared pastime like smoking butts continues to seem like a reasonable opportunity cost. I think every person should choose for himself whether to smoke the little daggers.

It is without a doubt a terrible way to treat yourself, smoking butts, but that is nothing to the kisses you might be felled by if you were to prove yourself unassailable by tobacco but then destroyed by anything else unfairly, anything (like the rock music theme of hippie powers, that unusual concept album). I’m not sure a writer should try to bring down enthusiasm for the best delights you could encounter in your life if you have a little luck.

I am easily willing to respond to a writing prompt.

What to include to your page/post/content for high search rankings

Blogging by design isn’t the easiest of tasks to define; it’s a hugely intuitive activity that can be managed in a variety of manners.

1- Benefits of blogging 2- Learning from the most successful blogs 3- Understand what your niche should be

I revised my blog with the help of former professional blogger Jeff Goins, author of The Art of Work. When Jeff provided coaching, his guidance was invaluable for those who wanted to learn professional blogging.

Even the free components of his training were invaluable.

I don’t think my style of blogging would fit the mould of blog styles Jeff usually helps bloggers establish for themselves. I am sure Jeff would recognize the focuses of my blog that he finds relevant. He continues to follow me on Twitter, God bless him: https://twitter.com/jeffgoins

Before I explain the themes that commonly make blogs successful, I want to look at the benefits of blogging.

1- Benefits of Blogging

Since you probably have a CRM, blogging should encourage interest in your business. Our business is https://www.maplelawncemetery.org/24701.html

After visiting a cemetery on the other side of town, my dad decided he could turn it into a small business for retirement.

The idea of blogging came from a rudimentary idea I had toyed with on MySpace years earlier. I can remember watching Lou Reed on Letterman doing a song from his 1973 LP Berlin that had been rerecorded live as a follow-up on the arrival of the original. I wrote a brief blog post celebrating the TV appearance–it was fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8B3J8KykSQ

You can reuse blog content, making it into social media content on platforms other than your blog site. It assists with leads. To increase your rate of acquiring new information, blogging can help you explain your expertise.

Contributing to a blog makes your site seem more relevant to search engines and improves your rank. You can further find web traffic by this method.

It drives results.

It assists you with sharing news.

I find it helps me clarify ideas.

2- Learning from the most successful blogs

One of the most popular types of blogs is design sites, food blogs are another, and touring journals are becoming increasingly popular. Online audiences seek out the best and most moving music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_zkH4d3ITU

The Hypnogogue

Online lifestyle websites are the most popular. Their topics range from culture to expression, to news to legislative issues.

Well-being and general health are covered, so wellness has become quite popular. For fitness advice, people around the world use the internet.

Several Do-It-Yourself journals exist that are extremely interesting. Subtypes include expression and artwork, development, woodwork, metalwork, etc. Sports sites are one more intriguing kind of website.

To effectively manage finances, many of us require assistance and advice. From serious investors to families trying to save for the future, finance can attract a large crowd. Political sites tend to attract the most enthusiastic crowds.

People who are not prepared guardians usually experience a lot of pressure, but they can reliably develop their abilities after some time. These websites might include exercises with kids, directions on food, and methods for early home training, the sky is the limit. Employees in corporate offices, enterprises, and other organizations read business journals.

Customized sites let columnists share their encounters, experiences, and everyday lives. Film objections share an understanding of new motion pictures and entertainment. Vehicle destinations are ordinarily about luxury and sports vehicles.

News journals are not just about sharing news. They likewise incorporate parts of the blogger’s own point of view of the news.

A pet blogger shares tips on keeping pets, feeding pets, and preparing food for pets.

A gaming journal is often a source of information for gamers, commentators, and official organizations related to games. The winners of worldwide gaming events receive prizes. Websites of this kind are exceptionally famous.

3- Understand what your niche should be

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For a compelling online journal, you truly need to plan and pick the specialty that works for you. The fortes illustrated here are normal for online journals. I think in 2022 legitimacy stays a significant popular expression for depicting a quality that fits writing for a blog, which best gets an opportunity with a specialty that mirrors the life behind the blog.

To think of specific inclusions that can gain you a high search ranking lends itself to additional research. Virtual entertainment supportive of Gary Vaynerchuk is in many cases heard alluding to research on YouTube and something like that. Vaynerchuk is a leader in productivity who steered his parents’ $3,000,000 wine store into the Internet phenomenon he has become.

Vaynerchuk, known as Gary Vee, firmly advocates for content creation. The Globe and Mail revealed a few days ago that TikTok Canada faced Ottawa and Bill C-11.

They cautioned that Canadian video will be out of the game. I am sorry about Bill C-11 for that reason. I would like my entitlement to share the video I really shoot to be safeguarded.

I think TikTok may be overconfident that its Canadian creators will be able to monetize their TikToks, but it is not impossible. Essentially, Bill C-11 gives the Canada Radio and TV Commission the option to conclude what video has merit in acting as an illustration of Canadian culture.

I’m not a super-determined blogger; it is a purposeful venture for me. Obviously, I’m OK, yet with the metaverse not too far off, I can see the reason why we aren’t in that frame of mind to profit from C-11. It will be significant to see what happens.

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Free Speech and Hate Speech #WordPrompt

I had a pleasant Easter. By the way, a great thing is that the WordPress blogger Beauty Beyond Bones announced on Twitter her engagement to her man. You can find her blog here:

https://beautybeyondbones.com/

Now, for a blog post, I thought this up with StoryLab.ai, an AI service that can assist with a blog story post…

Having the right to free speech is not a privilege. There will always be repercussions when people express their opinions. The truth is that watching in silence while others voice their opinions will also have repercussions.

The effectiveness of Twitter as the town square is that, although everyone with an Internet connection can contribute, Twitter, while I enjoy participating, tends to highlight the voices of only a few. The collective voices on Twitter tend to belong to those on the left.


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Who Invented Twitter?

These voices often belong to writers, politicians, actors, artists, and musicians, but they can also be anyone imaginable. Years ago, I felt I was doing great having a modest Twitter account, and I’ve seldom felt like giving it up.

Good information flies on Twitter. However, Twitter is criticized for its lax approach, disturbing content that litters some users’ accounts, and for its algorithm’s ability to bury tweets that would be favourable for the right. The situation is complicated, but here are some thoughts about it.

  1. The Debate

Elon Musk, who founded Tesla and SpaceX, believes that, for the future, Twitter needs to be a town square where all speech should be permitted. Twitter needs a lot of change before that can happen, according to Musk. At present, Twitter has a reputation for favouring tweets from leftist-leaning microbloggers, amplifying those voices, while restricting voices who are right-leaning.

This is probably because many Twitter employees are liberal-leaning. There is a suspicion that Twitter has a bias towards tweets from a leftist perspective built into its algorithm. The best example is that Twitter was the first social media platform to issue a permanent ban against Trump, who was formerly an advocate for Twitter, before the charge of insurrection came up following the riot at Capitol Hill when Trump added fuel to the fire.


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What is Capitol Hill and where is it?

Elon Musk, one of the biggest shareholders now at Twitter, wants to make changes to help free speech flourish on Twitter. In reality, he may hurt the value of the Twitter stock if he decides to take the position that Twitter is a poor investment, and he goes on to sell his majority share. In other words, he is pressuring Twitter to buy it.

  1. Hate Speech

Many people charge Twitter with being nasty. Hateful messages are often started on Twitter, before being carried over to rival social media platforms, such as Gettr and Parler. Using computers, people can tweet a liturgy of extreme positions that can include attacks on people who are different from them, as well as criticism and a culture that seeks to convince people that a particular view is correct.

The idea of tweets like these makes them hard to direct because there are lots of them, and the guidelines for discourse ought to, in an optimal world, be material in all cases, not only for tweets calling for savagery and other outrageous positions.

  1. Free Speech

Free speech refers to the right to form opinions and express ideas without interference. Remember George Orwell’s famous book, 1984, looking at a communist society where free speech has been abolished. Even in 2022, there are a tremendous number of controls leveled at speakers on social media, because the twenty-first century is the first time in history that we have had social media.


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We are still seeing social’s power over people, and some seek some common ground to keep it fair, but you are not prevented from speaking your mind. Sounds great, right? It is muddled, be that as it may.

Elon Musk believes free speech is for the best, but some thinkers believe that out-of-control social media poses a threat to democracy, rather than lending it insight. For example, widespread lies about a specific subject could weigh a majority down, giving them disinformation they believe to be accurate. Disinformation is a problem where opinions that have little or no merit seem normal and commonplace.

According to those who accuse social media platforms of disinformation, there are “correct” perspectives to take, which cannot be associated with disinformation. I don’t think this is so, as people have a right to support falsehoods if those are significant to them. On Twitter people argue back and forth.

As long as a substantial number of people believe in a lie, it is good to treat it as a potential truth. That is why people debate. While most people accept, for example, that the Earth is round, there are to this day flat-earthers.

We have seen Earth from the vantage point of space; we know it is round. To flat-earthers, those space voyages are fake, and the Earth is as flat as it was believed to be in ancient times. That said, perhaps there are unrecognized realities where a flat Earth exists that we are unaware of.

There is the possibility that the Earth may at times be flat from other perspectives; why shouldn’t this be conceived of as a possibility?

There is no doubt that there is disinformation on social media, including on Twitter. How much damage can disinformation potentially do?

  1. Hate speech is harmful and must be fought against

If we let hate run wild on social media, hate will not take much for its flames to fan. I am begging the question, but if you give the haters an inch, they are going to take a mile. A herd mentality is in evidence in social media, which means that there could soon be additional subsets of the world population with hate in their head.

In 2022, on Twitter, as hate speech became more and more part of ordinary life, there have been attempts to stem the tide, like banning hatemongers, and reducing visibility, via the algorithm, of tweets that have the flavour of hate. When I was young, I was all about free speech until I got confused in college. Suddenly, I didn’t feel so smart.

I didn’t know as much as I thought I knew. A responsibility to the truth is difficult. There are so many bad people in a world that many would like to view as “good.”

We should not be separated by hateful ideologies when everyone should be able to live a decent life regardless of race, gender, income, etc. Hate has, at times, been such a horror that it is difficult to relate to it in any capacity. Victims of hate, like people who are bullied on the Internet in a way that erodes their mental health, need protections that a decision like opening Twitter to additional free speech may not afford them.

The Internet, as it’s understood, as on Twitter, will continue to be a jungle, a dangerous place. The right to free speech is a good idea, but the way the issue will be handled concerns me.

  1. Why Free Speech is Sexy

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Sexy Tech

Tech changes so fast that there is a perception that we are making change by aligning ourselves with like-minded people on social media. Users without the same level of a network, watch out. According to these beliefs, we similarly interpret our reality.

We often fight to keep our values at the forefront of many conversations. Twitter debates are often dominated by one side. The perception of Twitter is often that it is a town square.

It appears that the voices we hear on social media, as I have read on the weekend on Big Think, usually belong to only ten percent of users overall.

10% of people are dominating social media. What if the other 90% spoke up? – Big Think

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This is an echo chamber. Those ten percent are the loudest, and deafen opposing points of view. In disputes between the right and the left, the Twitter algorithm favours the standpoint of the left.


VOX – Pol

That sounds like one smart algorithm, but it is sophisticated enough to understand the idea of the topic. Twitter may act differently if Musk purchases it, and rebrands Twitter in possibly undecided ways. That is why the drama with Musk and Twitter is so compelling.

With Twitter, they gave us something that we could access we didn’t have previously. This month’s word prompt is the word green. I started the year 2022 doing a daily blogging exercise called bloganuary, where, for as many days as I could in the month of January, I posted according to bloganuary prompts.

Presently, posts from the WordPress Tavern blog incorporate a month-to-month word brief. By the way, my Twitter handle is https://twitter.com/findingenvirons

Privacy is not explicitly spelled out in the Constitution as freedom of speech is in the First Amendment. Larry Flynt

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In your opinion, what is your best quality? #bloganuary

Today is the thirty-first of January, and this month I’ve taken my cue from WordPress writing prompts called bloganuary. I’m using up all available time, and I am behind, so I am getting here with a thought that bloganuary for me might run a little while into February.

I like to exercise my ability to reason, which is part of why I blog. In addition to interacting with other bloggers, there are other things I like about blogging, but writing prompts like bloguanary make me feel like I’m learning from others’ ideas and applying my own understanding to them. I appreciate it, which is likely a similar thing numerous different bloggers appreciate. I know a little about blogging professionally, but I’m not sure I would ever try that. A small hobbyist blog is easier to manage, and if money is not changing hands, there is a little less to worry about.

My love of reading helped challenge my instinct for the intellectual back then, and I enjoyed school because I was asked to apply my own skills to instructional activities, but I don’t think I ever developed the study skills to become an academic myself. As a result of my godfather asking if I would be interested in assisting him with his research, I was able to gain some insight that a ninth or tenth grader might not otherwise have.

I observe these plunges into my own mind to see what I can incite in myself and how I can address it on the page. Bloganuary has been fun this month. As for now, it’s been a strong month for my blog, but I’m hoping to return to my usual kind of “studied foray” in the future. Thanks to WordPress for organizing the prompts.

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What is your dream superpower? #bloganuary

In the month of January, WordPress is showing us writing prompts, and I have been keen to participate. The fourth of January WordPress prompt was something we wish we knew how to do. I thought of turning back time, inspired by the conclusion of the 1978 movie Superman, starring Christopher Reeve as Superman and Marlon Brandon as Superman’s father, on their home planet, Krypton.

What is something you wish you knew how to do?

I think that my dream superpower is to be able to turn back time. Margot Kidder plays Lois Lane. In the film, Superman flies around the entire world, going back in time a few minutes to save her from catastrophe. When Superman learned he was from Krypton, his father told him to live a disguise, helping humans only and not interfering. I don’t think, it is clear, that Superman can live without Lois, so he makes the difficult decision to turn back time and get her clear of danger and save her life. There have been difficult times in my life that I might have put this power into effect to change, but you can only live life one way in reality, and this is the way I’ve had to live mine.

Filmmaker Richard Donner directed Superman, whose claim to fame was previously The Omen, in 1976. He was lucky to have the privilege to direct Superman, whom I don’t think had received a screen treatment for a very long time. The character came to life marvellously under the direction of Donner and, of course, with the portrayal by Reeve. It is a funny and strange film that turned out quite well.

If I could turn back time, I might, but I know it would have consequences on the events in my life, and so it would have to be done with care.

What emoji(s) do you like to use? #bloganuary

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I enjoy emojis.

I think that savvy Internet users communicate effectively with them.

I remember the classic 1994 film Forrest Gump showing Tom Hanks inventing the smiley face. 🙂

Forrest Gump: [Narrating] another time when I was running along somebody had lost all his money in the T-shirt business, and he wanted to put my face on a t-shirt, but he couldn’t draw that well and didn’t have a camera …some years later I found out that man did come up with an idea for a T-shirt and he made a lot of money off of it.

I usually favour one emoji at a time, but I will employ one often. Unless there is a good reason not to, which, generally, is the disposition of the recipients of the message I’m posting. One emoji for a Facebook post, whether for business or pleasure. I think, why not? One emoji goes on a tweet, except when I am scheduling it automatically when I then content myself with a hashtag or two, and the username of the creator of the content. Less often on TikTok, where extravagant hashtagging is the order of the day.

Less often do I include an emoji in email messages, unless there is the intention to add additional flavour to a message, by which I mean highlighting what tone you mean the writing to be taken in. So that’s yes to emojis on Facebook, sometimes on Twitter, and seldom on TikTok, or in emails.

An emoji is a convenient way to add a tone to your writing that may not otherwise be as apparent. While including humour in the written word on computers and other technology is not always a great idea, if you are doing that, with an emoji, you can help convey that you have the idea that what you’re writing is funny.

😉 Have fun with your emojis.

What do you like most about your writing? #bloganuary

This month, January 2022, WordPress has kindly offered a blogging challenge, presenting a prompt for each day of the month to help bloggers, new and established alike, get into a mode of writing daily. I take a gander at it, since I appreciate composing, but am not, in every case, totally certain what road. I know that some bloggers become successful by capitalizing on trendy niches or that kind of thing, and that is great. They are welcome to their success. I mostly enjoy the exercise of writing, and I like the feedback I get from people who I manage to reach, who sometimes have a great sense of style to their own blogging.

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I can remember doing well in high school English classes, and I was kind of neurotic, trying to write well and feeling I might be but not confident of success. I’ve altered my style since high school. For one thing, when I am blogging in my own “voice,” I tend to emphasize more simple meanings by what I say. There are a few reasons. A favourite quotation of mine is the Einstein quote where he is remembered to have said something like, “Unless you can explain it to an eight-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” To meet that challenge, and I tend to fall into the trap of wordy sentences and poor word choice, as the grammar app Grammarly characterizes those problems, I try to keep my words simple and also, quirky I suppose, I don’t usually emphasize negative expressions, as in trying to make an explanation by outlining what an idea is not. I lean toward positive perspectives that set forth what I need to catch or explain, rather than taking contradicting worries out of the air.

So far, this month, it’s been fun.

What advice would you give to your teenage self? #bloganuary

For January, I am blogging with the WordPress Bloganuary prompts in mind. These are writing prompts, one a day, for the entire month of January 2022, which I am pleased to respond to.

If I could have a word with my teenage self, if this were, say, the year 1990, like the advice my godfather Rick gave to me, I would counsel myself to get as much schooling as possible. My godparents taught me quite a bit in 1991 and 1992. My godfather was in the process of adding writer credits to his career as a professor, and I had access to quite a lot of information about the coming “information superhighway,” the Internet. I think I was lucky that I had any comprehension of what was on its way, Big Tech.

Compared to everything else in life, money, relationships, leisure, travel, I would have implored myself to stay in academics and to gain as much knowledge as possible, with the guidelines of sanctioned academia.

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In high school, I took in a lot of learning, including insight into how computers were becoming a powerful tool.

I keep an eye on the keyword “participatory media.” If I were better qualified academically to make better judgements about the world as I potentially understand it, I would be more astute when examining social constraints. Participatory media, if I do understand that, refers in part to social, and to creators on social. The world as Big Tech unfolded has been exciting.

MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube–all these services were blessings compared to the uncertainties about the free world before Big Tech began to realize its ambitions.

I would also tell myself to dress a bit better–enough of the dated pullovers and denim!

Happy New Year! All the best.

Join In The Fun! Join In The September 2018 Tea Party!

Author: The Little Mermaid

“What better way to suggest friendliness – and to create it – than with a cup of tea?” -J. Grayson Luttrell

“Classically, a ‘tea party’ makes one think of superiorly elegant and elaborate affairs of the Victorian times. It also conjures up images of fluffy scones, flavoursome muffins, Devonshire Cream and dainty sandwiches served on fine silver or deluxe bone china. Still, the elemental part of a tea party remains the affable exchange of dialogue among the invitees. Almost indistinguishably, the tea party that I am organizing is an online social event hosted in honour of bloggers, that is US! Blogging is most enjoyable when it is done interactively. The tea party, therefore, is an ideal occasion for socialising and making, as well as maintaining the acquaintance of those in the blogosphere. It is a chance to truly relax and to take some time to recharge one’s batteries by engaging in a light-hearted conversation, to be with friends and simply delight in each other’s company…

FOOD

“Feel free to talk about anything related to food. What’s your favorite food? Do you like cuisine from other countries? If yes, which do you like the most? How important is a healthy diet to you? What national dishes from your country would you recommend to the world?…

“-Etiquette Number 1- Introduce yourself.

“Introduce yourself, your blog or even your latest post to the community in such a way that it encourages others to converse with you. Avoid posting just a link as a comment which looks rude and spammy. Be polite.

“-Etiquette Number 2- Mix and mingle.

“Tea is a communal experience and there it requires that you meet and greet at least some of the other wonderful people in attendance. Participate by actively reading others’ comments and visiting their links/sites.

“-Etiquette Number 3- Share & reblog the most recent tea party.

“The purpose of the event is to create a platform where everyone benefits from real diversity of thought; and for that we need to find people who genuinely hold different views and invite them into the conversation. So, please spread the word in the blogosphere through reblogs.

“It’s a sure thing that the tea party ritual punctuates our day with precious, refreshing pauses. Perhaps that is the true gift of a teatime celebration: it fills our cups with joy, warmth and friendship. May the echo of the teacup’s message be heard not only at special functions, but anytime friends come together, both in the virtual world and in reality.”

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — September 10th

What blogTO Should Write About Student Lunacies

When better to reflect on lunacy than when listening to Echo and the Bunnymen?  That must have been a great five years in music.  EastEnders cues it, usually on the stereo in the Queen Victoria.

Am I posting about partygoing?

CHVRCHES – GOOD GIRLS (JOHN CARPENTER REMIX)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypUwRjH9sAU

I’m starting on what I hope is a humourous note, that what Spotify calls “early alternative” survives well and good on its own, forever having shaped itself into fashion like shells in the seaweed.

The Wolfman

Pivoting from TV soap to horror, like The Wolfman, perhaps, satisfying his need for power by drinking the contents of what could be a steaming glass cylinder.  He is transformed, haplessly, into the guise of a monster, in order to confront what will transform him.  That is wisdom imparted to me back in high school by the head of the English department.

One of the challenges, when I went to school in the 1990s and in the 2000s, was to comprehend the reading teachers assigned me as a student of theirs.  To this day, I try to read the occasional paper to keep my mind energized–papers of errata, I sort of think of them.  I am interested in how an education for our present Gen Z could relate to what will be going on in the minds and hearts of young people.

Today is my parents’ anniversary. I believe that my mother sometimes reads my blog, and I guess that is sort of stereotypically embarrassing, but I thought of some of my observations, and how they may seem naïve, even at my present age, when I try sometimes to explain how it was to be young, and naïve, when perhaps I’ve never really shaken that naivete.  How can that be?

I resolve not to think about it too much.  My mother can see something I value negatively some of the time.

I once read the observation that social media is like having a giant billboard showing you traffic on the highway, a plain strange metaphor.  My Facebook timeline nowadays occasionally recommends me posts from the site for blogTO.

blogTO

The Facebook timeline, in case you’re new to Facebook, is the piece of your Facebook page that shows posts from both people you’ve befriended and from pages that you follow.  

Like for me, https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited/ is the business page for our family business, the cemetery.

In addition to being a good read, blogTO appears tidy on Facebook, and likewise fresh on TikTok.  https://www.blogto.com/ …if you want the link.

When my dad and I agreed to do business together, in what might have been 2011, we wanted a Facebook page.  The church on the cemetery grounds had disbanded in ’06, so a good five years had gone as the church fell away from that.  We decided not to let the cemetery go as well.

It hasn’t been that long that I’ve been thinking about blogTO.  The individual who first brought it to my attention is our dear Pam, one of my mother’s cousins, and a true Toronto resident.

Pam shares blogTO posts typically to reflect how she feels about the weather, or how construction in the city is, or how her interest in TIFF goes.  Our last face-to-face was at my maternal grandmother’s eightieth birthday party.

I have lived in a burb my whole life, with the exceptions of brief visits to other parts of the province, that the province Ontario, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Florida, and visits to my godparents in Tennessee, a 1995 visit to friends in British Columbia, school in Kingston, Ontario, and, in addition, beginning to really learn in England, when I was awarded a bursary to do a semester overseas, during which I even briefly saw Paris.  If I were a priest, you might compare that semester to a sabbatical.  I felt like Victor Frankenstein, I fancied.

Frankenstein

I wrapped up my schooling with a year taking classes in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a very picturesque town nearby where I live.  I could get a bus from the bus terminal to the campus twice a day, there and back again.

I have also travelled independently,  to the Atlantic, the Prairies, and to Portland, Maine, as well as to NYC and to New Orleans, the latter perhaps for the jazz.  These trips were all brief excursions.  Thereby my impressions of the world were formed.

I felt overwhelmed during my first year of university, starting that up.   It was mad to be young the year of Y2K.  That was the fear, mostly mythical, that computers synchronized to midnight on January 1, 2000, would all crash, given that their computer infrastructure wouldn’t be able to handle the transition from the twentieth century into the twenty-first.

Dad and I have a little cemetery that would be cared for only by the municipality if my dad never had taken the steps to bring it under his care.

blogTO is a tourism blog for the city of Toronto, helping people find out what things they can do if they visit or if they live in Toronto.  When I was but twenty-nine years old, I inquired with Ontario March of Dimes, in Niagara Falls, if I would have any luck in a tourism job, an entry-level job.

My contact at March of Dimes was scornful at that moment, given my reported age, and the nature of my request.  In a way, I never lived that down.  I have regrets, of course.

It is just that it was a difficult lesson to accept that the decade of life that was my twenties was almost completely finished.

My loving sister, Kaitlyn, encouraged me to try my hand at writing for the campus newspaper in our city.  I wrote what you might say amounted to a portfolio of work, ten columns of film criticism that I wrote for the paper, coming out of my own pocket.  She’s another girl to who I owe an apology.

Mind you I had the community support of assistance, with the rent, and funds allotted to maintaining a lifestyle.  The thrill, and there was a word that a high school teacher had taught me that made it desirable, the word rush, was having to go see a film, typically, the Friday night, and then review the movie within twenty-four hours or so after the lights came up.

My mother was happy I was kind of following a dream, but I really was nothing, and nothing came of it.  I was but an amateur.

Since then, the last several years I have done some more writing.  I made a few bucks working for a mill, but discarding that perhaps shows foresight as my present advantage is that I can treat any theme I want at any time I want, rather than doing that rush I tried my hand in, to get credentials established.  The chief activity that’s been on the productivity chart for me is the last ten years or so helping out my father operate the cemetery, with additional help from family and friends, like Dave and Gerard.

I have translated some of my “journalling” skills into helping keep us in the loop on Facebook, which my sister, thinking of herself as an “early adopter” of the social media platform, encouraged me to join perhaps in the year 2010–at the moment I am not completely sure when I got started.  It may have been around the time David Fincher delivered his stellar film The Social Network.  I enjoy that film, as do many others.

Kaitlyn’s been the real deal–when she was yet a single girl, she had a position as a bona fide newspaper editor.  Kudos to her.

Lake Ontario

Twenty years before, about 1990, the soon-to-be-famous author John Gray finished his first book, which he titled What You Feel, You Can Heal.  I remember that John Gray referred to taking your twenties to discover who you are, to find yourself.  I wanted to quickly again establish, with this post, where I am at, which I do from time to time to keep it centered, I think.

I’m well older than that.  In 2021, another famous figure, Jordan Peterson, himself a former university professor, has been bold enough to ask if university life will be finished.

It won’t surprise me if blogTO has his number.

You’re welcome to bang that “like” button, leave me a comment, or to follow the blog if any of that appeals to you.  Thank you for flying with me, on WordPress.  These are only the beginning of the days I am trying to take my work more seriously than I have in the first while, when I feel I had a learning curve.

Personal Links

https://www.facebook.com/findingenvirons  Patrick Coholan. My dad Pete got enchanted with making our Maple Lawn a business and decided I’d be a valuable …

https://twitter.com/findingenvirons?lang=en  The latest Tweets from Patrick coholan (@findingenvirons). Rock music fanatic. Award-winning book lover. Introvert. Small talk evangelist. Internet fan.

http://www.findglocal.com/CA/Saint-Catharines/105004929651130/Louth-United-Church-and-Maple-Lawn-Cemetery  In 2012, Peter Coholan, having been retired for 2 years, … Hello, it’s Patrick here, writing a happy Groundhog Day greeting, for those who know us.

http://fictioncrowd.weebly.com/issue-three.html  By Patrick Coholan. Picture. By Jon Pluck. Picture. Version: Mobile | Web. Home · Issue One · Issue Two · Issue Three

Bonus

‘Misbehaviour’: Film Review BY LESLIE FELPERIN https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-reviews/misbehaviour-review-1282933/

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