January 28, 2015

No contact with Nature

Most of the buildings in downtown Dallas are connected by sky bridges and tunnels. As I walked the sky bridge to the gym the other night I wondered if there are people who never come into contact with nature.

Theoretically one could live like this! They leave their home and get into their car in a garage. They could park in a parking garage at work. After work they could drive to a mall parking garage to eat at a restaurant, see a movie, grocery shop and then drive back to their garage at home.

What a shame!

I love being outdoors! Even with my allergies to weeds, trees and grasses I love camping and even gardening! For me it is a recharge of energy! It calms me and heals my soul.

Look at what they are missing! I would say; these are all reasons why I love nature!

Now get outside... and enjoy the season and the earth!

*These are all my photos and may not be used without my permission!

January 25, 2015

Beard no no

So, I've been growing the facial hairs out. I like it now that it is getting past the annoying 'in my mouth' stage. 

I think I've written about how I have gone back and forth on covering/coloring the gray hairs. 
Well, the same "light/medium blond" went way, way, wayyyy dark Saturday morning! UGH!!
Not even washing it a lot has worked. 

But I'm not willing to shave it. But I think I'm done with the "Just For Men". 

I know, I know.... I really do need to just embrace the gray!

January 16, 2015


Je ne suis pas Charlie!

First of all, let me say... I am very sorry for the victims and their families. It was a horrible terrorist act! I do not like any extremist religious group, no matter the religion!

Where my thoughts are going is, all the proclamations of "Free Speech". We do not have the freedom to say anything that comes to our mind. We cannot use incite violence, we can't spread lies about someone, like libel or slander, etc. Check out all the exceptions here if you want. 

So, this company, and any similar company, has a very fine line between free expression and hate speech. In my humble opinion, the company borders on bullying! Bullying comes in many forms. The closest analogy I can think of is; a child poking a large vicious pit bull with a stick. The child has the right to do it, but the consequences could end badly if the dog is not in a mood to be poked!

We know that there are many violent, extremist groups in the world. We know they take deadly actions that are horrific to society. So, why provoke them? There has got to be a better way to reason with these people. And the reasoning that the company pokes fun of everyone, is not enough for me. Going back to my analogy; the child could cry and say: "I poke all kinds of dogs... the poodle never hurt me!"

I am not a fan of satire! When does someone's idea of satire become offensive to people? Again, this is a very fine line... When does someone telling gay jokes to a friend become offensive? It depends on the meaning behind it and my mood! I know [major bank] does not allow any humor of this type in the office. At all! There is a chance that someone listening could be offended. 

It is a complicated issue for sure.

January 2, 2015

New Year and January Tarot

Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's Eve! I had a very nice quiet evening with my friend Holly who came up from Houston. 

I did a tarot card reading for myself and for Holly. It look like this will be a positive month for me!

King of Swords
I am in a good place to make strong decisive decisions! A pillar of strength and has good plenty of good advice. I just have to remember to not let this lead to cold-heartness!

I'm going to have more of a New Year's Resolution "Theme" instead of a list of things I want to do. I didn't do so well on my resolutions last year... so if I just stick to my theme of "healthy living - mind, body and spirit" then I think I'll do better. 

Hope all y'all have a great new year!

December 31, 2014

2014 Blog Stats

Last year I did this... and I thought it would be fun to post some random facts about 2014.

January was the month with the most "pageviews" at 11,898. My worst: December: 4,587 (as of 12:30 PM CST).

My top post, with 1,700 pageviews, was on March 28th: My Answer to Karma.

I still have 26 followers! Thank you everyone!

I have had 880 comments on my 302 posts. Thank you! Comments are never expected but always appreciated!

I have 3,477 songs on iTunes, it would take 11.1 days to listen to them all.

I have 1,577 photos on my iPhone and 86 apps.

I have 800 friends on Facebook.

And finally.... 1 new job!!

Happy New Years Eve y'all! Be safe!

December 30, 2014

Year in Review - Book Edition

Before I clear out my blog feature for the new year, I thought I would keep a record of the books I read during 2014. Some I absolutely loved, others... meh, not so much.

1. Tricked - Kevin Hearne ~ 12/14/13 - 1/4
I LOVE this book series! (The Iron Druid Chronicles) Such a good read. I really enjoy this author.

2. The King maker's Daughter - Philippa Gregory ~ 1/5 - 1/21
Meh... not so much. I thought I would love the historical fiction but the main character annoyed me too much!

3. The Life of Pi - Yann Martel ~ 1/22 - 2/4
LOVED this book! Even though I still don't quite understand the ending. The movie was just as good as the book.

4. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins ~ 2/5 - 4/7
I love the movie and enjoyed the book. But, I felt like I was reading the screen play for the movie.

5. American Gods - Neil Gaiman ~ 2/25 - 4/7
My favorite book I read this year, by far! Loved everything about this book. I'll have to see other books by this author. I wonder if they are as great as this one?

6. The Forest - Edward Rutherford ~ 4/8 - 5/30
This was an OK book. I didn't love it... but I didn't hate it either.

7. Trapped - Kevin Hearne ~ 5/30 - 6/18
LOVED it! What more can I say. Another of the Iron Druid books.

8. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins ~ 6/19 - 7/3
Another screen play for the movie? It was still good though!

9. Dreaming the Hound - Manda Scott ~ 7/4 - 7/31
I think this was the 3rd book in a series about the Boadicia, the female leader of the natives of Britain while the Romans were invading England. It was OK... but I know how the story ends.

10. Dreamcatcher - Stephen King ~ 8/1 - 9/3
I usually like Stephen King... but not this book! It get a very low 'meh' rating.

11. Hunter - Kevin Hearne ~ 9/4 - 9/24
I thought this was the last book of the Iron Druid series, and I enjoyed every page!!

12. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini ~ 9/25 - 10/14
A great book! Well written but I'm not sure I want to see the movie.

13. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins ~ 10/15 - 11/13
I liked it! But I'm not sure why they're making 2 movies to cover the story? I still need to go see the movie to see if this book was also written like a screen play.

14. The Last Runaway - Tracy Chevalier ~ 11/4 - 11/11
A good book, not a favorite though. But this is one book that I'm going to take back to Half Price Books to get, as least $1 off the price of another book.

15. Shattered - Kevin Hearne ~ 11/11 - 12/3
Woohoo! Another book in my favorite series combining history. mythology and humor. Loved it!

16. With the Rain Comes Love - Robyn Hyita Frampton ~ 12/4 - 12/7
A good book written by a friend from my hometown! It is a "chick" book with a mushy love theme, but still good.

17. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini ~ 12/8 - 12/15
Beautifully written! It gave me a whole new insight into a culture that I knew nothing about (Afghanistan).

18. Silas Marner - George Eliot ~ 12/25
A classic book, but I haven't read very much of it yet to form an opinion.

Sorry if this was a long, boring post. But book are something that I feel passionately about.
Tell me some of your favorite book you read this year... and why!

December 27, 2014

Year in review - Rennie edition

Can y'all believe that the year is almost over? Time seemed to go so fast this year! It's the time for looking back at the last 12 months. 

Y'all know I love the ren festivals so I thought I would post some of my favorite pics from the year:

Sherwood Forest Faire
February & March

Scarborough Faire
April & May

Celtic Music Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival
October & November

Seeing all these pictures bring back a lot of great memories! Good times spent with good friends! 
Huzzah to 2014!

December 26, 2014

And the "Holidays" continue...

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy 1st day of Kwanzaa!

I don't understand the christians getting all worked up about people saying "Happy Holidays"... the end of the year truly is a time of MANY holidays!! So, does it make sense why I am very vocal, that since I am not a christian, I don't celebrate their holiday of Christmas? 

I hope y'all enjoy these remaining holidays of the year! 

Happy Holidays everyone!

December 25, 2014

Christmases past - TBT Edition

Merry Christmas to all my Christian friends...
and to all others who celebrate this day in their own way!

Here are some old pictures for throwback Thursday:
This one was in 1967. The year our family adopted my little sister.
Mom made all these stuffed animals for us.
Oldest brother's was just called "thing". LOL

This picture was a few years later. Maybe 1968 or 69.
I still remember "The Strange Change Machine".

Is there any Christmas presents from your childhood that you remember? What was it?

Happy Holiday y'all!