Friday, January 09, 2009

Friday's Favorites

Everyone has favorites.

Some people are very true to their fancies and establish favorites that are a life-long interest. Others may have a favorite ice cream flavor one day, and completely change their mind tomorrow.

I fall in the latter category.

That is why I am establishing "Friday's Favorites" today. Every so often on a Friday, I'll post the 5 favorites in my life that seem to be lingering at the forefront of my mind.

Here goes today.

My Current Favorite...

1. Quote.
I'm splitting this into sub categories because I have two: a) is inspiring and b) is a spontaneous and irrelevant phrase.

a) "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." -Albert Schweitzer

b) "Winner winner chicken dinner."
(Derived from Las Vegas casinos back in the day. There used to be a $1.74 chicken dinner special, and standard bets were at $2, so if you won you had enough money for a dinner.)

2. Inanimate Object.
Candles. I love all the different flavors. Scent is also a powerful thing. It sets the mood. It is a sensational experience. AND, it helps us to recall memories! See this for an interesting bit of information on how smell & memory are linked.

3. Experimental Picture.
Shown below. I took this in the Fall time when it was still warm & sunny out. My two friends allowed me to snap photos of them one afternoon as an experimental session. When it comes to pictures, I am a "composition" girl. I like how elements in a picture work together to communicate, and then when we add people (human connection, emotion, or action) to a picture, it creates a wonderful package.

4. Hobby.
Playing the piano. I took piano lessons for years, and unlike most children I did not mind it, other than the occasional recital. My piano teacher was one of the nicest people in my life as a young girl. She was great. It was a relaxed environment with her, although one in which I learned. Anyway, I have been playing a lot lately. It's a wonderful relaxer. I like to sight read classics- Bach, Beethoven, Chopin. I also enjoy playing hymns and sheet music. My favorite times are those when I simply improvise. It's a creation process, and definitely one of experimentation. It's not always easy to know which chords sound good together and in what key, but it sure is fun once you get the hang of it.

5. Concept.
Special Relativity. Fascinates me. I recently watched a program on the History channel with my dad called "The Seven Signs of the Apocalypse." It was a fantastic investigation of the prophecy of the Bible and how in today's world, we have scientifically proven that each and every sign could come to pass. Do we need scientific proof in order for God to pull it off? Absolutely not, but it's fascinating to see how easily these events could start unfolding. Scientists are seeing it. Check out this program and it's facts on the History Channel or the website. ("The Seven Signs are clear: We will be struck by deadly plagues, famines and earthquakes... The sky will turn dark and oceans will turn to blood... And the antichrist will emerge to fight the final battle between good and evil." Source:

Onto special relativity... after viewing this program, I talked to my dad about about one of the signs that was discussed regarding a star falling from the sky. Hence the talk about speed of light and stars and space and ultimately, the concept of special relativity. What strikes my fancy the most is the ideas of length contraction and time dilation. Check it out!

Have a favorite day...

Love you all!


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