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All my life I’ve had trouble with clocks…
…Trying to keep them running – wound up – on time – not stopping… seems like clocks and me… well…kinda like oil and water.
It’s been an ongoing battle. One I don’t think I’ve ever won for more than a few minutes (hmm… with out having a working clock I’m not sure how long actually…).
I tried the wind-up ones that I could never “wind-up” quite properly. They were always in need of winding or I was over-winding.
Electric? Every time I had one of them and set it right – there’d be a power failure.
Going digital didn’t help – I’d come home to a house full of flashing digits! Not only ‘clock – clocks’ – but television clocks – radio clocks – microwave oven clocks – dryer – washer clocks you know what I mean – you’ve been there.
Going battery-powered didn’t help – clocks either ran slow or stopped, and I never had the right battery on hand. When I did…well changing the battery was usually the end of the watch…
I don’t know about you, but personally, I don’t like wristwatches – they always seemed confining and heavy (I know, I know – they only weigh a couple of ounces, but when you don’t want or like something – doesn’t it always get heavier and heavier?) They have those tiny little knurled knobs to pull out and spin around in your fingers making the hour and minute hands dance across the face (I always have trouble with those little knobs. They seem to get lost in my fat fingers all the time.) The digital ones weren’t any better – I don’t know about you but I need a pin to push those little buttons!) I use a watch that clips onto my pants. Yeah – same knurled knobs – but bigger. Have a hard time keeping them – I think my Dry Cleaner has a collection of them.
Anyway – trying to keep one working – and staying within +/- 24 hours of actual time – has been a losing battle for me.
Well the other day – I was given an…
ATOMIC CLOCK –
You ever see one of this things?
There is a battery – but it’s charged by solar power – and there are no adjustment knobs – only one switch (a big one too!) on the back, that says “ON” and “OFF”. Hey I like this already!
Well – getting it home, I flipped that switch to “ON” and hung it on the wall.
WOW! It was something to watch (pun intended).
At first it didn’t do anything. Then it moved around in a half circle – stopped – moved backwards a quarter circle – then stopped again. I shrugged my shoulders and began walking away thinking “yeah, just like all the rest”, when I heard a whirring sound and turned back. The minute hand was moving around the face of the clock – fast – then faster and faster. The hour hand followed trying to catch up.
The darn thing is demon possessed!
It traveled around covering every hour of the day, until it came to the hour it was and the hour hand stopped like it hit a brick wall. The minute hand began slowing down, slower and slower until it ticked its way to the actual minute it was! (How do I know, you ask? Well, I turned on my trusty cell phone and -Yup! Right on the money!)
The giant, solar-powered computer in the sky was keeping it on track!
I went around the house and set every clock to it.
“Okay, so what?” you say?
Well, I got to thinking – it’s kinda like me, isn’t it?
I try to keep myself powered up and adjusted to the place I think I should be, and I either ‘forget to wind’ myself, ‘overwind‘ myself, can’t manage those little knobs and buttons of my life and personality and end up broken. Inaccurate – stalled – or experiencing a power failure, ending out of control, flashing mindlessly and useless to anyone needing me!
I found that I’m not good at being my own power source – can’t really wind my own controls or set myself.
But, by allowing the ‘solar-power’ in the sky to power me and to adjust me – spinning my hands around – clearing out all the inaccuracies in my heart and mind – until I’m powered up, accurate and running “like a clock”.
The Master Clock is in control and I get the proper instruction and after spinning my gears round and round, I run precisely and perfectly.
I just needed the right power source and the right master clock and I’m running in sync with life.
Kinda feels cool to be in sync with the master clock – wouldn’t you think? Give it a try – you may like it.
Until Next Time:
Embrace Life’s Bridges – For they Define Who You Are
I won an Atomic Clock at an outing.
You know the kind, they have no adjustments on them but are set by those machines flying around our planet.
Taking it home and powering it up (with a double A battery), it was quite the thing to watch (no pun intended).
It ran around in circles one way – stopped – went a little bit backwards – stopped – then sat there doing nothing for a while. I was about to give up on it, when it started going around in circles again – almost covering every hour of the day, until it stopped at precisely the right time to the second (although I don’t really know how I can prove that), and then proceeded to keep time that I now set every other clock to.
Kinda like us, wouldn’t you say?
Once we get powered up (hopefully, not by a double A battery) we go one way, then another, then stop. All confused and not sure what we’re doing or where we’re going. Then the master clock kicks in and we get the proper instruction and after spinning our gears round and round, we run precisely and perfectly.
We just need the right power source and the right master clock and we’re running in sync with life. Feels cool, when you finally find those, doesn’t it? Don’t feel good when you find the wrong one.
I’ve been consumed lately with my new project, so sorry if I haven’t been responsive to my Tweet, Goodreads, FB and writing fans. It’s been hectic – but I know you’ll forgive me. Making a big change. Can’t wait to tell you about it. Soon.
Until Next Time:
Embrace Life’s Bridges – For they Define Who You Are
Posted in DK's Journal, Reading, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Reflections, tagged an old man does technology, blogging, Books, bridges, dklevick, ebooks, Kindle, writing on August 18, 2011| 7 Comments »
Hello all –
I trust everyone is well and working diligently on reading good things and writing better things.
That’s exactly what I’ve been doing. In the midst of a lot of turmoil in my life right now, I’ve started a new project and it’s taking me and my writing into some new territory. The research on the subject has been extensive and seems to spread faster and further than a summer thunderstorm. But it’s been exciting and I like the thunder and lightning.
The project started out as a joke (you’re already in on it, you just don’t know it yet) and is growing into a novel – a big novel. I plan on releasing it in parts on a serial basis.
As a result of the research, I’ve been buying quite a pile of books and gaining an impressive library on the subject. Some are e-books and some are book-books.
You know I love my Kindle and also my Kindle for PC, but when doing research they just don’t compare to working with the real McCoy. Being able to thumb through a book from cover to cover, searching for a phrase or picture and spreading books out all over the table or floor (whatever works) and jumping back and forth from one to the other with ease brings back warm memories of years in school and at study with my love affair for real, paper, marked up, musty smelling books, for it truly is a love affair. After using e-book media for a while, you tend to forget that part of it and you lose the ‘feel‘ of the book. I don’t mean the actual feel of paper in your hands, (if you miss that then wrap paper around your Kindle) but I mean the internal ‘feel’ of holding a book. I know – it’s all mental, but then, isn’t everything? Trust me on this, hold a favorite book in your hands and the memories start to flood back in. You never forget them. You find yourself cradling it, stroking it and holding it with affection and at times your emotions for the memories inside cause you to smile and squeeze it tight. Pick up your Kindle and it’s not there. I have to conjure up a ‘book‘ from the ‘library’ first and then what do I visualize? (I’m afraid to squeeze my Kindle anyway – don’t know what pressing all those buttons would do and who knows what I’ll be reading in the next instant – if anything.)
Posted in Book Reviews, DK's Journal, Inspirations, Living, Uncategorized, Writing Reflections, tagged ambivalence, an old man does technology, bible, blogging, book review, boris pasternak, cathedral, character, creation, dklevick, dr .zhivago, God, life, mystery, On-Writing, overcoming, peace, reflection, russian writters, solitude, writing on June 16, 2011| 27 Comments »
This weeks blog post is in conjunction with the Blog-A-licious Blog Tour. I am pleased to be on the tour along with some very interesting and informative writers. At the bottom of this post will be a listing of the addresses of the other bloggers discussing this weeks subject. I encourage you to visit them also.
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The topic for this week’s Blog-A-licious Blog Tour is:
“The Book that Inspires me the Most”.
Posted in DK's Journal, Living, Things to Ponder, Uncategorized, Writing Reflections, tagged an old man does technology, blogging, book future, cathedral, character, ebook publishing, ebooks, life, nature, niagara, On-Writing, photography, publishing, technology, writing on June 9, 2011| 25 Comments »
This weeks blog post is in conjunction with the Blog-A-licious Blog Tour. The topic for this week is “A World without Books”. I’m not going to talk about what a world would be without books as just think of ‘Hell’ and subject closed. So I’m going to talk about the Paradigm that’s occurring in book publishing that is changing how we look at, feel and think about ‘books’ today with an opposite concern of a world of books without any controls on it. Please see http://peacefrompieces.blogspot.com/ for the addresses of the other bloggers discussing this subject also. Thank you and leave your comments and thoughts below.
Every week there’s a half a dozen blogs and articles written about the changing publishing world and the future of books. There are as many opinions as there are writers and they’re scattered across the landscape like Saguaro cacti in the deserts of the Southwest.
Will paper books survive? Will ebooks reign supreme? Will publishing houses go bankrupt? Will libraries close their doors? And on and on.
Posted in DK's Journal, Inspirations, Writing, Writing Reflections, tagged an old man does technology, blog, blogging, facebook, geriatrics, life, old man, On-Writing, overcoming, peace, technology, tweeter, writing on May 5, 2011| 7 Comments »
“How you coming on your S&M challenges?” she asked.
S&M challenges? Wow! (Good looking lady to be dabbling in whips and leather.)
“I’m sorry, I’m not into that stuff.” I answered, backing away slightly, wondering if she had a spiked collar in her purse. “Don’t really need to, ya know? Gotten along just fine without it for a whole lot of years now. “
“I’m speaking of ‘social media challenges’” she answered tartly, while her eyes quickly scanned, processed and compartmentalized me leaving a smirk on her face. This wasn’t going well.