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Unplugged: Scare Away the Dark

by Lindy

Howdy!

It’s been four months since I’ve written a blog post. No apologies or remorse. I’ve been immersed in living, working, vacationing, socializing, mothering, exercising, surviving.

Santa Cruz

In my element – the great outdoors! | Santa Cruz, CA

Many of my adventures are captured on Instagram for your perusal, but this has been a great year. Highlights from the past four months include:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Bedrock City (Flintstones)
  • Nashville
  • Dollywood
  • #LindysNautical40th – 40th birthday party!
  • Funniest Housewives of Orange County girls night out
  • Family Camp at Campland San Diego
  • Camp Pendleton Mud Run
  • Irish Fair Festival
  • Washington D.C.
  • Celebrating Fourth of July with my visiting Norwegian family
  • Donna’s Manhattan Beach birthday weekend
  • “Camp Annika” birthday party
  • Surgery
  • Week in Santa Cruz – AirBnB cottage
  • Family camp at Montecito Sequoia
  • San Diego family reunion weekend
  • Back to school
  • Job change
  • Frozen ice skating birthday party
  • Running the household solo for two weeks – the ultimate adventure

In the grand scheme of things, blogging (and podcasting) has taken a backseat to enjoying life and all its craziness. I do enjoy writing and publishing, so I’m not giving it up. Just not being as regimented. This new song by Passenger, Scare Away the Dark, so beautifully captures the importance of unplugging from technology and connecting with the outside world and people. Read the lyrics and see the video below.

Lyrics: Scare Away the Dark
well sing
sing at the top of your voice
and love without fear in your heart
feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

we wish our weekdays away
spend our weekends in bed
we drink ourselves stupid
and work ourselves dead
and all just because
that’s what mum and dad said we should do
but we should run through the forests
we should swim in the streams
we should laugh we should cry
we should love we should dream
we should stare at the stars
and not just at screens
you should hear what i’m saying
and know what it means to sing

sing at the top of your voice
and love without fear in your heart
feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

well we wish we were happier, thinner and fitter
we wish we weren’t losers and liars and quitters
we want something more not just nasty and bitter
we want something real not just hashtags and twitter
it’s the meaning of life and it’s streamed live on youtube
but i bet gangnam style would still get more views
and we’re scared of drowning and flyers and shooters
but we’re all slowly dying in front of computers so sing

sing at the top of your voice now
oh and love without fear in your heart
can you feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

well sing
sing at the top of your voice
and love without fear in your heart
feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

Let me know what you do to unplug from computers and connect with the outside world.

Passenger’s new album Whispers is available on Amazon.com. You can even get it on vinyl with a free MP3 download to boot! I’m getting the vinyl for my Crosley retro record player.

Amazon Editorial Review:

“Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, presents Whispers, the follow up to 2012 s All The Little Lights, which featured the international hit single and 3x Platinum “Let Her Go.”

Recorded in Sydney and co-produced by Chris Vallejo, Whispers is comprised of 11 tracks that tell tales some real, some imagined of love, death, growing up and getting old. A master of story telling, Passenger yet again strikes the perfect balance between the heartbreaking and the humorous, all wrapped in beautiful instrumentation, creating a sumptuous, symphonic sound.

“This is easily the most “up” album I’ve ever made,” explains Passenger. “It s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some somber moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it s a really positive album.”

Lead single “Scare Away The Dark,” which is already a fan favorite at live shows, presents listeners with a different side of Passenger than the one they’ve come to know from international smash single “Let Her Go.” It s a riotous rant about technology taking over our lives, calling on listeners to seize the moment and embrace life. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, title track “Whispers” captures the chaos in Passenger’s head as “Let Her Go” began to snowball. “Heart’s On Fire” is the album’s grandest love song, starting sparse on finger picked guitar and building into a dramatic, passionate, strings-soaked plea to the person you can’t get out of your head.”


Entertaining the Masses with Toastmasters

by Lindy

It is now the end of January and I’ve published no new blog posts or podcasts. This is evidence that resolutions don’t work and that I am not disciplined enough. Or that I’m just way too busy to stick to a writing/podcasting plan. I’ll blame the latter.

Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International – Based in Orange County, CA

What is new to my creative communications tool belt, however, is my involvement with a local Toastmasters group at my work. Toastmasters International helps people become better public speakers – which I could definitely benefit from. We’ve been meeting every two weeks to practice our speeches and then we are timed and evaluated by our peers. Sounds fun, right?

My overarching goal with Toastmasters is to treat it like stand up comedy and practice making people laugh. My nerdy, shy, business version of clown school. So far, I’ve gotten a solid number of laughs and positive feedback. Even though I rely heavily on my notes during my speech, I love my written words so much, I don’t want to veer too far from them.

My first speech was about me being a passionate communications professional who doesn’t prefer public speaking.  Today we met for our second official speech where we spoke for 3-5 minutes on a topic of our choice. My topic was ‘Ways to Enjoy Reading for the Chronically Busy’. I wrote this little beauty up in less than an hour right before the meeting, in true procrastinator fashion.

For the record, it was under the five minute time constraint. Some feedback I received was:

  • Very creative
  • Informative
  • I came across very relaxed
  • Loved the specifics
  • Great job tying it all together
  • Good writer
  • Got everyone’s attention with something they can all relate to
  • Humorous
  • Outlines within outlines (ways to get a book)
  • Nice ad hoc comments to other speaker topics
  • Negative: more than 20 ‘umms’ and too much reading of notes. (GUILTY)

For your reading pleasure, here is my speech. Forgive the funky numbering/bullets formatting issue.

Ways to Enjoy Reading for the Chronically Busy

Opening

I’m sure there are a lot of people here who love to read books, but claim they don’t have time to sit down and read.

I’m going to explain some ways you can find the time to read – and you don’t even have to sit down to do it.

If you have a library card and access to technology and some creative ingenuity, you can enjoy books while you’re on the go.

Body

  1. I’m a busy mom of three young children as well as juggling a full time job. So I understand how difficult it is to read a book in the traditional sense.
    1. I have very limited time to myself.
    2. With my already limited time, I recently co-founded a book club with some other moms we called “Lit Chicks Anonymous”. Anonymous because there is some drinking involved, and we all often read in secret.
    3. I’ve been able to read four books in the last few month for Lit Chicks Anonymous with various technology: The Boys in the Boat, Bossy Pants and Labor Day.
  1. Books I’ve read had different tech methods:
    1. Labor Day is the most recent book I read in less than two days over the weekend. It’s written by Joyce Maynard and is coming out as a movie this month.

i.    Our book club is going to see it together next month.

ii.    This book I read on my phone using the Kindle App.

iii.    I read it at the dinner table, at the gym, during homework, bathtime, in the car (as a passenger). I couldn’t put it down.

iv.    A little anti-social/bad parenting but necessary.

  1. Boys in the Boat was an audio book I got free from a free trial membership on Audible.com.
    1. I finished it in less than two weeks playing it at 1.5x regular speed.
    2. Bossy Pants I got at the OC Public Library as an audio book.
      1. It was narrated by the author/comedian Tina Feye and it was really good.
      2. Listening to the comedic points in her own voice wouldn’t have been captured in a physical book.
      3. But it was missing the fun visual references of the actual book.
      4. Secret Garden for my eight year old daughter who is having trouble in third grade.
        1. I downloaded it as an audio book from the public library for my iPad
        2. Played it for my girls at bedtime
        3. She loved the beautiful language and the British accent
        4. They continue to quote lines from the book
        5. My process for getting and reading books is:
          1. Check the OC Public Library and the Mission Viejo public library to see if it’s available as an audio book.
          2. If not available, I check for eBook options at the library.
          3. If not available, I check for the actual book I can check out.
          4. If not available, I go to Amazon.com to see the cost for an audio book on Audible.com (partner) or Kindle version.
          5. I compare and contrast the various options and decide which is the best one based on

i.    Price (free is always best)

ii.    Method (audio is preferred)

  1. The Benefits of my non-traditional reading methods are:
    1. Significant cost savings
    2. Low commitment to ownership
    3. Less household/bedside clutter
    4. Avoid accidental book injury when falling asleep with a book

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is my fervent belief that everyone here can go back to enjoying reading again, even if it’s not the method you prefer. I encourage you to get a library card, download the Overdrive Media App on your phone, tablet or PC and start searching for books. Maybe I’ll even let you join my book club. Shhh…

I know I have room for improvement in the speech writing/stand up comedy industry; I’m just glad my heart palpitations went away! Until next time…


Kreative FM Podcast Launched

by Lindy

After many months of talking about having a podcast, I’ve actually published my first episode! I laid the backend framework a while back, but was waiting on inspiration to record my introduction (similar to procrastination). It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be and I’ve decided not to be so critical of my robotic voice. Hopefully over time with practice, I’ll improve.

To learn more about my new Kreative FM podcast, visit my podcast page and be sure to listen to my intro episode. I hope that it doesn’t take months to record and publish episode two, three, four and beyond, so be sure to subscribe to it with the RSS feed.


Typewriter Tweet

by Lindy
Typewriter Tweet

Typewriter Tweet: “Stop ‘being social’ and start cleaning the messy office.”
#procrastination

My typewriter, affectionately named Buelah Hildegard Francis, is excellent for tweeting. Instead of disappearing into the vast wasteland of Twitter, my <140-character tweet is captured beautifully here for eternity on a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper for me and my four household ‘followers’ to see.

The message and takeaway from this typewriter tweet is that I should really focus more time and energy on the ‘real world’ instead of dwelling so much in the online social realm. There is an entire office of clutter literally screaming for attention! I’ll get to it; maybe tomorrow.


Eat, Pray, Love AND Create

by Lindy

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-selling memoir, turned movie, Eat, Pray, Love spoke brilliantly at a Ted Talk on “Your Elusive Creative Genius” in Long Beach, California in 2009.

It is so insightful, authentic, inspirational and motivational. It certainly sheds new light on the creative process and the origins of creativity. Gilbert’s talk is described as:

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. — Ted.com

Some of her wonderful quotes that stand out in this Ted Talk are:

“‘Ole!’ to you, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”

“I have had work or ideas come through me from a source that I honestly cannot identify. What is that thing? And how are we to relate to it in a way that will not make us lose our minds, but, in fact, might actually keep us sane?”

“Maybe [artistry] doesn’t have to be quite so full of anguish if you never happened to believe, in the first place, that the most extraordinary aspects of your being came from you. But maybe if you just believed that they were on loan to you from some unimaginable source for some exquisite portion of your life to be passed along when you’re finished … it starts to change everything.”

 


Procrastination

by Lindy

Clipped from the book, The probe, or, One hundred and two essays on the nature of men and things, by Levi Carroll Judson – published 1847. Courtesy of Google Books.


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