Part 1 – Why Texas? Why Christmas 2020?
I live in Wapakoneta, Ohio. We didn’t get to go to Texas for Thanksgiving – that’s where two of my kids live. My son-in-law was exposed to Covid before Thanksgiving. His test came back negative two days later, but his insurance didn’t allow for any more tests – so we really didn’t know if he had it, or not.
I’m 61 and a diabetic so I should be in one of the early groups to get the vaccine. I didn’t want to risk getting covid. My son-in-law wouldn’t know, unless he had symptoms, that he was covid-free until December 5th. THAT was a WEEK after Thanksgiving.
I made the decision after we traveled 1/3 of the way to Texas – NOT to go BEFORE Thanksgiving. It was the first one that I’ve ever had with just my husband. In 35 years of marriage, we’ve always seen both of our families, plus our kids after they were born.
After Thanksgiving I also decided not to go to Texas for Christmas. Why? The nightly news was scary. Covid was everywhere! I told my daughter we weren’t coming. She reacted the way I do – she cried. Guess what? It worked! My husband caved so we were on the road December 16th, for a Texas Christmas!
Look at the map of the US. Can you guess how we got to Texas?
I bet it’s not the route we took – we went to the lake in northeastern TN first, and then we drove to TX.
That was 3 days of driving, and I loved it! Why? I can sleep and read in the car because my husband drives. I’m lucky!
Part 2 – A Road Trip to Texas
My husband and I broke our trip into 3 parts. It’s a long way to Texas! The 1st day took 5 to 6 hours to get from Wapakoneta, Ohio to Lafollette, Tennessee. We followed I75 south all the way to the lake exit. That’s the map on the left for the GPS route. (Global Positioning System). Don’t forget to look for Kentucky! Here’s the link: LaFollette, Tennessee to Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895 - Google Maps
On the 2nd day we spent about 8 hours in the car driving south-west from Lafollette to Vicksburgh, Mississippi. That’s where we stopped for the night. The next day it took about 7 hours to reach Temple, Texas. Don’t forget to look for Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana along the way. That’s 7 states in 1 trip!
We took lots of roads on the 2nd and 3rd day. Click the link, then enlarge the map, and you can see the roads we took. GPS is wonderful! It warns you about tricky places before you hit them.
LaFollette, Tennessee to Temple, Texas - Google Maps
Part 3 – Beach Family Christmas Customs, Texas Style
We arrived on the 20th. We stayed with my daughter and her husband. Ashley’s all about family traditions. We made Chex Mix one day. Next up were Christmas cookies. They’re both family recipes.
Christmas shopping is something my daughter and I do together. With Covid we were in and out. Our masks were on the whole time.
We didn’t make it to Christmas Eve service. It’s the first time since I started dating my husband that we haven’t, but this year we felt safer doing it online. It wasn’t the same, but it was good, in its own way. Every Christmas I look forward to hearing the story of Jesus’s birth.
We got to open presents twice, first with my daughter, and a few days later with my son. He lives in Houston so we made another road trip. Because of Covid, we did a porch visit with him, his wife, and baby girl. Christmas is a double holiday for her so we brought both Christmas and birthday presents. We spent an afternoon together. It ended too soon, but it was lovely!
Part 4 – The Road Home
It was a lovely Christmas vacation, but too short. We started the long drive back on the 29th, This time we took the northern route, the shortest drive. The link may look the same, but we drove all the way to Memphis Tennessee before we stopped for the night.
Look underneath the route to Memphis, and you’ll see 2 other options. The one in the middle should look familiar – it’s the one we took to Texas. You don’t see Vicksburg this time, but I think it’s where the bottom two options come together. Do you see Shreveport, Louisiana? We passed by it on our way to Texas. Link: LaFollette, Tennessee to Temple, Texas - Google Maps
Part 5 – Always a Buckeye
We returned to Lafollette the day before New Year’s Eve. I’m glad I had a chance to rest before New Year’s Day. No Rose Parade, but the video they made was wonderful.
My Buckeyes played Clemson in the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Day. I’m glad I rested! I shopped the whole game. That’s my superstition. It helps me get through the rollar coaster of emotions.
It worked! OSU beat Clemson 49 – 28.
We made it back to Ohio a day before the National Championship. I didn’t have a day to rest. I was busy catching up on our mail, and my mother’s. Maybe that’s what went wrong!
On Monday January 11th the Buckeyes played Alabama. It wasn’t to be. I shopped my heart out, but it didn’t work. The Buckeyes lost 52 – 24.
It was a horrible loss, but if 3 plays had gone differently the score would have been 38-31. Alabama scored with two 4th down plays in the 1st half. OSU had a 4th down red zone play. They didn’t make it, but they’re winners in my eyes. They almost didn’t have a season, yet they wound up in the National Championship.
Guess when I’ll be making my next road trip to Texas? Probably May. That’s when my new grandboy is coming. Here’s to May, a covid shot, and cuddling 2 grandkids!
I’m lucky! I had four Facebook/Instagram friends who reached out to let me know something was wrong. I only know one of them personally, but I’m so grateful that all four of them saw, and then said something.
Here’s my story, just in case it happens to you. I would never have believed this could be true. I’m a retired teacher/writer from a small town in Ohio.
Part 1 – Two Cautionary Notes
This all started on October 16th, but I couldn’t find that message. I found this one from Karen on the 29th . . . Hi. I’m a friend of yours on FB, and I got a strange message from you on Instagram. Was it really you, or a fake you?
I answered back that I’d check. I did – no message, let alone a strange one. I asked for more information. She answered . . .
‘They’ sent a message to me today through Instagram. I am following you now twice. One account has 74 followers and no posts, which is the fake one. The other one, using your same photo, has posts.
I replied that I’d change my password again, like I did on the 16th. I thanked her again, and I hoped this was over, but it wasn’t.
On October 31st I got this message from Linda . . . Hi – Have you been contacting me via Instagram? I just want to double check that this is really you.
I apologized and said it wasn’t. I told her I’d changed my password twice already. That I was trying to figure out how to clean up this mess.
Linda wrote back . . . No worries. I just wondered because the messages are just a little off. Just now I got one asking if I know about some kind of domestic assistance grants. I’m going to block you for now, because I honestly think it’s a foreign bot. Will you contact me . . . when it’s resolved?
I couldn’t believe it! Domestic assistance grants? Foreign bots? I felt like I was in a spy movie. That’s when help arrived!
Part 2 – Help is on the Way
I messaged that night, the 31st . . . Linda, how did they get my name on IG? I just had a kiddo (I had her sister in school) who contacted me. I looked up my address and only found me. Do you have the address they were using? I want to get this cleared up, and you just can’t talk to IG. YUCK!
I’d forgotten – I messaged IG twice, and got no response. But I got this from the kiddo, AKA My Hero, on FACEBOOK . . . RINDA! Get on your Instagram if you’re able. Someone is impersonating you and trying to push “grant information.” I’ve sent you several messages with what they sent me and asked my Grandma to reach out to you as well.
Her Grandmother wrote . . . Jessica just called me and said she has been getting messages from you on Instagram about federal grants. She thinks your account has been hacked.
Wow! Jessica went above and beyond a friend! She called her grandmother who was one of my teaching buddies.
These are the original messages from Jessica. I can read the first line – RINDA URGENT! And the second – Someone is pretending to be you! The rest of both screen shots are what the ‘fake rinda’ wrote. I would NEVER write either of those messages. Sorry, if they’re a little fuzzy.
Jessica’s explanation of how they did it (extra j in the middle) is on the bottom right. She also said she flagged it but Instagram did NOTHING, even though I’d already filled out 2 reports. You’d think they would have pulled down the fake rinda. They didn’t.
This set of messages came up after Jessica’s grandmother finally got my attention. I’m so glad I could ask Jessica. You can tell – I had no idea what I was doing.
The funny thing that I learned from later messages – I couldn’t search and find this fake me, the one with the extra j in the middle. Jessica said they must have blocked me.
I did another report about THAT, but I didn’t hear anything from Instagram. NOTHING. Jessica flagged the fake account again, and Instagram didn’t respond to her either. I was disappointed, but not surprised. I have a writing friend whose web site has been blocked by Facebook for a year. A YEAR, and she’s a retired Kindergarten teacher.
Part 3 – Solving My Own Problem
It’s now January, 2021, and Instagram never got back to me – I really don’t know if the fake me is gone. The last time I checked with Jessica was on October 31st. She pulled down her flag, and the fake me was still there. She flagged them again, and suggested that I report again. I did, but I have yet to hear anything from Instagram. It’s not a surprise – the only 2 social media sites that respond to me are Pinterest and Weebly.
The only proof I have that fake me isn’t operating - no one has messaged me about grants or strange messages since October.
I didn’t rely on reports to Instagram. I put up my own post with an image that reminds me of Darth Vader. I added a message that I was hacked on Facebook, my Facebook business page, Instagram, and Twitter. Here’s a copy of that post . . .
Someone hacked me on IG so if you get a weird message from what looks like me, it's not. I only message people I know personally, and I don't do anything with grants.
My friend Jessica said - flag that weird account, and let me know. I'll keep reporting until this person leaves my account alone.
I’m glad I did! Here are my stats – I reached 11 people on my Facebook business page, 3 on my personal page, 16 on Instagram, and 0 on Twitter. Those are the ones that I know of. I wonder how many took a look and then scrolled on down.
Instagram is where I had the biggest response, 16. I also had 2 people who commented on my post.
One wrote . . . I received a strange message as well. Sorry that happened to you.
Another wrote . . . Yeah, I got that message. Maybe that’s who hacked me.
Part 4 – IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING
That’s what four people did for me. I only know one of them personally. It only took a few minutes, but the other three made a huge difference in my business. The squeaky wheel gets oiled.
I left a reporting trail. I don’t know if it made any difference, but at least it’s there. My conscience is at peace because I tried to do the right thing.
If I’m ever in the shoes of those friends who helped me, I’ll do what they did. If I see something off, I’ll say something. I’ll message them on a different account like Linda and Karen did. They saw the fake messages on Instagram, but they contacted me on Facebook. I so appreciated them and their help!
I’ll also do what Jessica did – I’ll flag the account and send in a report. Unfortunately, I don’t know the grandmothers of most of my friends, but I’d call them if I did 😊
Looking back the best thing I did was putting my message out on social media. I know there were at least 30 people who heard my story, and two of them were touched enough to write on Instagram. That’s where the original fake account originated from.
So if you’re ever in my shoes and you’re hacked, or you see something that’s not quite right, I hope you’ll take my advice – See something, say something.
I haven’t written about the audition since mid-November, but I’ve been steadily working on it. I have four stories to get agent ready by February. Here’s the link for where I was back then . . . Rinda Beach - Blog - Rinda Beach
And now – here’s what my stories and I have been doing since November . . .
1. The DUCK STORY went through 3 rounds of critiques and revisions. I almost sent if off for a 4th, but I spent Christmas with my Texas kids. Tomorrow I’m back to the lake and back to work. Job #1 is to finish those ducks and send them off by Friday.
It’s amazing to go through this process, to see elements of my original story in this new edition, and to see how the changes improve the plot and the characters.
Drake is now Liam, but it’s a deeper change than just a name. Liam drives the action. He thinks harder, finds better ideas when the ducks challenge him. And the ducks, they’re harder to beat.
The other HUGE change links Liam’s duck struggles to his sisters. The metaphor deepens the plot. I can’t wait to send this manuscript back to Lynne Marie, the Picture Book Mechanic, to see what else she suggests. She pushed me, pushed this story, and we’re better because of it.
2. My Safety Story went through 2 rounds of critiques and revisions, so far. The first round started by cutting one scene. It was easy! That means it was fat, not muscle – that’s what I call essential/nonessential parts of a story. I made the changes and sent it off to Lynne Marie.
She liked the bones of the story and the character names, but Lynne Marie thought I should change the setting for the first scene. I had to think, hard, on how to make it happen. In fact, I did it last. I started with the easiest changes and moved towards the hardest ones.
When the changes were done, I listened to the story over and over again. Usually I do 3 sets of 3 listening/editing rounds, per story, per day. I do that for at least 3 days before I even consider sending it off for a critique. (Yes, I have a thing about 3’s!) Then I sent it off to Lynne Marie. She sent it back a couple days before Christmas. I saved it, and I’ll look at it this week. I’ll start by adding the notes to a fresh copy. From there, I’ll work my way through her notes, hopefully, next week.
3. My Dog Story has spent the last 2 months with Callie and her Writing Magic Critique group. It’s been through 4 rounds of critiques and 3 rounds of revisions.
In the first critique Callie suggested a name change. Names are everything in a story, for characters and titles! My own dog gave me this story idea. She was a Border Terrier named Leia, like Princess Leia from Star Wars. Her full name was Leia Millennia Beach, and yes, my kids LOVED Star Wars! They still do.
Princess has been the dog’s name since I wrote the first draft back in 2012. I took a look at names over a couple days. I tried Rascal. Callie didn’t think it worked. I trust her opinions so I looked again. I picked Coco. She loved it! Woohoo!
One of the most unexpected changes happened after I left Princess behind. Princess said arf, arf, but Rascal and Coco went ruff, ruff. I didn’t plan it, but arf felt wrong when I listened/edited. Ruff felt right. Editing is magic because sometimes, characters tell YOU what they want to say. It’s interesting – neither Rascal or Coco could say woof – they’re too small for that sound.
The other big change was in the story mission statement. It helps me focus which road the story and its plot should take. When I wrote there’s a battle going on between Coco and her girl Marlee, it completely changed the plot. I didn’t catch it right away. Callie did! She suggested I try thinking of the story as a battle between these 2 characters. It worked!
I used some of the same elements, but I turned the action into a zigzag (/\/\/\). At the end of one scene Coco’s winning, but Marlee wins the next. The best part of this new dog/girl battle is that I stuck the ending. The most important sentences/paragraphs/pages in any book, is the first, and the last.
Tomorrow – the last manuscript for the challenge, plus 2 more. I started working on them in December. LOL! It’s a good thing I love editing!
4. My Nativity Story had 1 critique, from Rate Your Story (RYS). They gave it a 6 – I wanted a 1, but the comments are more helpful to me than a score.
Their only suggestion – add action. I did. Now I need to find out if it’s enough. How? I’ll send it to Callie’s Writing Magic Critique group and find out. It’s ready to send out, and the dog story is ready for more revision.
The next 2 stories aren’t part of the Agent Audition challenge. They started because I decided to take a class with Callie. I thought I could finish revising my middle grade novel and do the agent audition. Then I came up with a new idea for an early chapter book. Now all I have to do is balance 6 stories?!
5. My Ant Story is 30 chapters long. Last year I finished chapter 26. When I saw this class, I decided to get a running start by going back to Chapter 1 and the revision notes Callie left for each chapter.
I’ll go through those notes, make the corrections, and move forward. I haven’t started yet, but, if I read and revise chapters 1-16 by the end of January I’ll be back on track. Hopefully chapter 30 will be done by the end of February. Fingers crossed!
6. My Zoo Story is a new idea – it’s only a month old! I have the characters, the setting, but no plot – yet! I’m taking my chapter book that’s coming out in March, and moving it to the zoo.
In ZOE’S SCAVENGER HUNT FUN, Zoe is searching for points for the lake scavenger hunt Mom designed. Can she come up with enough points to beat her older siblings and win the prize?
Zoo Scavenger Hunt Fun already has a problem - Zoe wants to win the hunt. I have the format – 7 chapters with 7 animals. I need to figure out what the three tries will be, how the action will rise/fall, and the animal order. I know that the challenges must grow until that 3rd try/ 6th animal, when Zoe will think winning is impossible.
My plan – to work through Callie’s worksheets. They’ll help me figure out those 3 tries with 7 animals. My goal – to have the story outlined, and the first 3 chapters done by the end of January. Here’s to finding story magic at the zoo!
5. O HOLY NIGHT – This is the last Christmas song for 2020, but it was written first.
I remember hearing it in 4th grade. That’s the year I joined junior choir, and the adults sang it Christmas Eve. The organist was incredible. I’ve never forgotten that song, that night.
These are the three men who created O HOLY NIGHT. Their story starts in 1843 with the renovation of an organ in Roquemaure, France. The parish priest wanted to celebrate so he asked Placide Cappea to write a poem. Adolphe Adam put it to music that same year. O HOLY NIGHT made its debut 4 years later, in 1847.
John Sullivan Dwight wrote the English version in 1855. He was a Unitarian minister, an editor for a music journal, and an abolitionist. Thanks to the 3rd verse, O HOLY NIGHT became popular with northern abolitionists, 6 years before the Civil War.
Above are 3 sets of lyrics. The first set is Placide’s version in French. His title translates to Christmas Carol. The middle one is the literal English translation. It doesn’t flow at all! The last is John’s version. The 1st verse is the one I know, but I’m glad they changed the 2nd verse.
Do you recognize Josh Groban? He recorded his version of O HOLY NIGHT in 2002. It reached #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary list. My search link is for Josh’s version.
Photo from 2009. By Christopher Simon from Pasadena CA, USA - Josh Groban, CC BY 2.0,
4. MARY, DID YOU KNOW – I didn’t . . . this song took years to find its audience.
The words/ lyrics were written in 1984 by Mark Lowry, but he couldn’t find someone to write the music until 1991. That’s when he found Buddy Greene.
Mark recorded it that same year with Michael English. It reached #6 on CCM Magazine’s Adult Contemporary Chart. I missed it. My car radio is set to pop music stations.
Kenny Rogers and Wynona Judd recorded it in 1997 for Kenny’s Christmas Album. It went to #55 on Billboard’s Hot Country, and I missed it again.
Album Source: Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20319165
Clay Aiken’s version came out on his Christmas album in 2004. It struck home with me. I have 3 kids so I could imagine asking Mary those questions, then hearing her answers – the pride and joy, the pain and sorrow. I’m glad Mary didn’t know everything. It would have broken me.
Clay’s version hit #35 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and #32 on Billboard Hot Christian songs. I think that’s when it became an American classic. Photo Source: By Judy Butler, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11404621
CeeLo Green came out with a recording in 2012. It hit #9 on Billboard Hot R&B songs and #35 on Billboard Hot Christian songs.
Photo from 2008. Source: By Julio Enriquez - https://www.flickr.com/photos/julioenriquez/2621277869/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14713439
This is the group, the Pentatonix. They recorded their version in 2014, and it might be the one I hear most on the radio. It debuted and peaked at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their harmony, singing these words – Amazing!
Photo from 2014. Source: Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33415616
This was the last recording my source listed. Jordan Smith performed it on the 2015 Finals for The Voice. It debuted and peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #2 on the Billboard Holiday chart.
Photo from 2015. Source: 2016 By DoDnewsfeatures - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dodnewsfeatures/26718732530/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66102892
Click My Search Link, and you can listen to the Pentatonix, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, CeeLo Green, and Mark Lowry (the one who wrote the music back in 1984).
3. ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE – Wow! You could make a great Venn Diagram comparing this song with Run Rudolph Run. They have a lot in common!
1 – They were both written by Johnny Marks.
2 – They were both released in 1958.
3. Both songs were covered by other artists, but both original versions remain popular.
4. Both were featured in Home Alone 1.
5. Both Brenda Lee and Chuck Berry are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1 – The title and lyrics, of course!
2 – Brenda Lee sang Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. She recorded it at age 12, but was 13 when it came out. Rockin’ didn’t do well until Brenda became a celebrity. In 1960 it hit #14.
Brenda is still known as Little Miss Dynamite because of her height – 4 feet 9 inches. She’s known best for country, but she also sang pop and rockabilly.
5 – Chuck Berry was already a star when he released Run Rudolph Run. It wasn’t re-released. In 1958 it hit #69. Chuck was 32 when it came out. He’s still known as the Father of Rock and Roll.
Record cover source: Fair use,
Photo from 1962: By Peter Denton https://www.flickr.com/photos/peterdenton/3780886495/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10228352
2. RUN RUDOLPH RUN!
This one is a classic! It was released back in 1958, a year before I was born, but I don’t remember it.
I discovered it watching a movie with my kids back in the 90’s. The scene with this Chuck Berry classic – two families are running through the airport trying to make their flight. The movie poster is below with the sources.
Meet Chuck Berry. This is him in 1958 when he released Run Rudolph Run. Other singers covered it in the years in- between, but the movie producers picked Chuck’s version. Can you guess the Christmas movie? Look down below for the answer.
Welcome to American Bandstand!
This was reality TV before that word became fashionable. It aired in 1952 and was known as Bandstand. Dick Clark joined the show in 1956, as host and producer. He changed the name to American Bandstand.
Bandstand featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music. There was always one act who appeared in person. They lip-synced, and I thought they were live! Dick introduced America to acts ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run DMC
This photo is from 1970. Dick’s talking to Myrna Horowitz, one of the original dancers from the 1952 season. This was Bandstand’s 18th anniversary.
American Bandstand ran from 1952 until 1989. It was a HUGE part of my life, especially when I was a teen. I would have LOVED to have been on American Bandstand.
Dick Clark was known as America’s oldest teenager, but he was also a great businessman. In 1972 he started Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve. Before that there was only Guy Lombardo, and he was for old people! I was 13 in 1972. Then in 1973 Dick started The American Music Awards. Before that pop music really wasn’t recognized.
This photo was from 2002. It was American Bandstand's 50th anniversary reunion.
I discovered when I was researching this post, that Dick and Ryan Seacrest had plans to revive American Bandstand in 2005. It didn’t happen – Dick had a severe stroke in late 2004. I remember praying for Dick that year. He was a big part of my life. My husband’s too . . . I didn’t know that he used to watch bandstand.
Dick and American Bandstand still influence American pop culture in shows like SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and AMERICAN IDOL.
Did you know these singers made their debut on Bandstand – Prince, Jackson 5, Sonny and Cher, and Aerosmith. Back in the day, you made it when you appeared on Bandstand.
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PS - Remember Three Dog Night from JOY TO THE WORLD? They were a featured act on 1973’s Rockin’ Eve.
Now that you know about Bandstand, it’s time to hear the theme song. This is the screen shot from my search link. Click on the theme from 77-87. That’s the one I remember. It features the lyrics and voice of Barry Manilo. The original music is in the link below it.
Which famous scientist said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge?”
Albert Einstein Alexander Graham Bell
Nicola Tesla Thomas Alva Edison
And the answer is . . . Albert Edison!
Can you find him? Look under the photos. You’ll see each scientist’s most famous achievement.
Albert Einstein Alexander Graham Bell Nicola Tesla Thomas Alva Edison
The equation E=MC2 The telephone The Tesla coil The light bulb
Part 2 – Albert and I – What do we think about imagination?
My source from QuizClub cited a newspaper correspondent who interviewed Albert Einstein about how he thought. I thought he’d speak about reason, and logic, and calculations. He said, “I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am . . . I would have been surprised if I had been wrong.
Occasionally I’ve had those feelings, those intuitions, that I’m on the right path. It’s just a feeling. Sometimes the intuitions are right, but not always.
He also said, “I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
When I was younger, I believed in the power of knowledge, maybe it was the teacher in me. But becoming a writer helped me discover that I do have an imagination. I always did. I just didn’t know that it was there. Maybe because it was easier to depend on knowledge and logic.
According to QuizClub, Einstein believed that imagination played a bigger role than knowledge. If you wanted to be creative you had to have imagination. He also believed to learn, it had to be based on experiences.
Matching learning to experiences is HUGE in teaching. It’s easier for kids to learn something new, if they can connect it to something old. When I was younger, I didn’t believe that I was creative, or that I had a great imagination, except in books. When I was reading, I could imagine myself right there, living/experiencing the story.
The article also said that he wanted people to be more imaginative in developing and using ideas. Those ideas came the knowledge stored away in their head. Albert didn’t believe in accepting the status quo. He thought people should challenge, question, and push their knowledge to reach greater achievements.
I never thought of it this way, but I suppose that’s what I’ve always done, especially since I started writing. My ideas always start with an experience, whether it’s a story about a bat, or a safety drill. I look at the event/problem. As a teacher I taught problems/solutions. The hard part for me, working out the middle. That’s when I let my imagination roam. I never find the plot path right away. It takes editing and revising, over and over again before I can drive my story to that happy ending. Sometimes the ending even changes, and always for the better.
Part 3 – Finer Minds Think Imagination is More Important than Knowledge
1. Imagination Creates Knowledge
Finer Minds said that your experiences today come from yesterday’s thoughts.
I wanted to know more about imagination and knowledge so I searched the internet.
If you want to play soccer, you join a team and learn to play. It all starts with an idea, from your imagination.
2. Imagination Makes Life Interesting
Can you imagine life without movies, music or books? Finer Minds think it’d be dull. Me too!
I typed interesting into Pixabay, and this appeared. It’s Prague, Czech Republic.
What a gorgeous city!If you’re bored, you don’t sit and wait. You find something fun to do.
3. Imagination Births Innovation
Finer Minds said that inventions like cars, airplanes, and computers came from someone’s imagination.
I use Tile. I’m glad it came from someone’s imagination. It helps me find my phone when it’s lost.
How about you? When you have a problem, do you find a solution? I do! Necessity is the mother of invention!
4. Imagination Takes Us Places
Stuck at home? Finer Minds says things like books and movies can take you anywhere.
My favorite thing about them – I can do the impossible and visit the past. Dinosaurs and Wooly Mammoths, oh my!
Where would you like to go? Who would you like to meet? Find a book or movie, and off you go!
5. Imagination Gives Hope
Finer Minds says that imagination gives us hope. When things go wrong, reach for your ideas.
I had trouble writing part 3 of this post. I thought about what I really wanted to say, and the words finally came.
Some problems need more time than others. Some have to be talked about. Reach for solutions, and you’ll find them.
In October and November I got a blast from the past from a couple of TV commercials. First from Applebees, and then from JC Penneys! I was thrilled! Companies are still marketing me and my generation! Woohoo!
This picture is a clue! Can you name that tune? No? Here’s another . . . It came out in 1971. I would have been in middle school.
This song was silly. Really! The group that recorded it was Three Dog Night. Two of the three guys in the group voted no on this song.
Can you name that tune? Here’s your last clue., the first line of that song . . . ‘Jeremiah was a bullfrog.’
Some people think that’s the name of the song. Sorry, it’s not. The real name – JOY TO THE WORLD.
Meet the founding members of Three Dog Night back in 1969. From left to right, Chuck Negron, Cory Wells, and Danny Hutton.
So which one picked this song? It was the guy on the left, Chuck Negron. He thought they needed a silly song to bring the group back together, to play music like a team. It worked!
The song hit #1 on Billboard’s Top 100. World-wide it sold 5 million records, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time! All from a silly song!
Here’s the musician behind that #1 hit, Hoyt Axton. He thought the first line should be ‘Jeremiah was a prophet.’ Bullfrog is silly, but I can’t imagine where he could have gone with lyrics about a prophet. Here’s his chorus. Chuck was right! It is fun!
Joy to the World
All the boys and girls now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me
Sorry, I can’t give you a link for the video. The one I wanted to share is licensed to Reelin’ in the Years Productions, but I can give you my search link. The 1st video is the band in 2008. Scroll down, and you’ll find a video from 1972. That’s the group I remember. It’s what the cool guys looked like, back in the 1970’s!
- Search link: joy to the world three dog night video - Bing
- Sources: Three Dog Night - Wikipedia
- Joy to the World (Three Dog Night song) - Wikipedia
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!