Me in the Middle Pulling the Plug on Cable

cable-tvWell I finally did it!

I cut the cord on cable!

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After procrastinating for what seems like years, I’ve switched to another company.  Keeping my fingers crossed……………….

The package deal I had was for landline phone, cable and internet.  I now have IPhone service and MiFi with the new company. …… For half the price!   Most of my time is on the internet for news, blogging and email.  My landline was getting more political and sales pitches so I never picked up when I saw the number on Caller ID. 

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Cutting the Cord on Cable

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We’ll see how it goes. 

Anyone else have experience with MiFi?  Has anyone else cut the cord on cable? 

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Time to put my feet up and read some of those books I’ve been saving.  🙂

 

Me in the Middle Turning 75

Reflections on Turning 75

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 February is Heart Month ….. and it’s also my birthday month! ❤

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 My last Fabulous February‘s post in 2016.  It’s a month that has always held fond memories for me.  Have I really seen 75 Februaries!!  That’s 27,393.75 days!!  That’s 657,450 hours!! And 394,447,000 minutes ……. !!!!

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February Twilight

by Sara Teasdale

I stood beside a hill
Smooth with new-laid snow,
A single star looked out
From the cold evening glow.

There was no other creature
That saw what I could see —
I stood and watched the evening star
As long as it watched me.

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Last year I put together Me in the Middle of Revealing My Theme ~ #atozchallenge on Lessons Learned in my life.  I wanted to reflect on my life and draw from it the positive teaching moments along the way.  For 26 days, bloggers posted on a theme using the 26 letters of the alphabet to come up with creative posts.  It was very rewarding and I now have it in hard cover to pass on to my family.

So it’s all leading me back to the question of how I feel about turning 75.  Here I am ………and I’m still here ……… I’ve arrived to this point in time.  What an ‘interesting’ time it is for our country and the world.  I’ve never seen anything like it!  It reflects the ebb and flow of all the voices and lives that are  moving us along to, hopefully, a better world.  Now that I have time I want to write about it, learn about it, and maybe create art to express it.  I want to enjoy being outdoors and making the most of the good health I have.   I’m content with where I’ve come from and where I am today.  I’m grateful for the many blessings life has given me.  I’ve survived and thrived through a lot, and know I can come through what lies ahead of me.  Each year is the ‘best’ year of your life. 

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The Best Years of Your Life

A Big A To Z Announcement Is Coming! #atozchallenge

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Passing on the word to be on the look out for more announcements about this year’s A to Z Challenge 2017!

This is one of the BEST challenges!  Last year I was able to participate and it turned out to be the best of blogging experiences.  Here’s my A to Z Challenge Reflections.

My 2016 A to Z Challenge Theme was Lessons Learned.  It was a real challenge and effort to come up with a post every day, and I’m glad that I made that effort.  I now have a hardcover copy of my Lessons Learned to pass on to my family.  Circumstances prevent me from participating this year though I’ll be following along to see all the great themes of the other bloggers.

So, take a look and consider taking the challenge this year!  Pass it on!  ❤

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Monday, January 30, 2017

A Big A To Z Announcement Is Coming! #atozchallenge

Six years ago at about this time the first A to Z Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Linky List appeared as sign-ups opened.  It was during that Challenge that an official A to Z Team was put together.   We had realized that the A to Z Challenge was an overwhelming endeavor that required a collaborative effort of several competent and relatively well-known bloggers.  In succeeding years, improvements and changes were made in order to make the Challenge more efficient as well as more rewarding to all.  Change is often an obstacle for many of us, but sometimes change is the best, and at times, seemingly the only way to keep things going.

Judging by the number of inquiries about the 2017 Challenge that we’ve been getting in our email boxes as well as the A to Z Challenge Facebook site, many of you are wondering what’s going on this year.   The A to Z Challenge Blog has been inactive over the past few weeks and not a great deal has been heard from the Challenge co-hosts regarding the 2017 Challenge.  In fact, not even a mention of who are the co-hosts for 2017.   However the behind the scenes action has been underway as we have been addressing what the 2017 April event might look like.

As you might now be surmising, changes are coming in the upcoming 2017 A to Z Challenge!

In this current post, I am laying the groundwork for the very important announcement post that will be appearing here next Monday February 6th.  There will be some vital information that we want you to be sure to read and to help us promote in order that all interested parties can be informed and provide their own input and suggestions.  And of course, there will undoubtedly be questions that we can answer for you.

Can you help us get the word out?

So that the maximum number of bloggers can get this very important news, we are asking you to help us get the buzz going by announcing the upcoming post on your own blogs as well as tweeting, Facebooking, and sharing today’s post as much as you can.  Let’s get the word out!

We want everyone who is planning on doing the 2017 Challenge to see what is in store by checking out the February 6th post.  So, those of you who have already completed your A to Z posts for this year or have them in the planning stages, never fear!  The 2017 A to Z Challenge will be here once again in April.  There will be much more information to come on the A to Z Blog after next week’s announcement so plan on visiting regularly.

Meet the 2017 A to Z Team

Part of the change for this year entails a smaller A to Z Team for reasons that should be more evident in the upcoming announcement post.  Most of the Team will consist of members from the previous Team with the addition of a long time A to Z participant as well as a veteran member of Arlee’s Ambassadors.

The 2017 A to Z Team is as follows:

Arlee Bird   @ Tossing It Out

Heather M. Gardner The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Zalka Csenge VirágThe Multicolored Diary

John Holton @    The Sound of One Hand Typing

J Lenni Dorner @ Blog of J. Lenni Dorner   (first year on the A to Z Team)

Also, Jeremy Hawkins Hollywood Nuts as in previous years will be providing the A to Z graphics (official logo, daily letter badges, etc)

Alex J. Cavanaugh @ Alex J. Cavanaugh —though no longer a full-time active team member due to his many other commitments including the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (which he founded)– will continue acting in an advisory and supporting role with his additional assistance in promoting the Challenge on his blog.  My many thanks to Alex for his years of service to A to Z from its inception.

I would encourage you to visit all of the blogs mentioned above to get to know the A to Z Team and give each member a big virtual hug.

Be here next week for the big Challenge news.   And please spread the word!

IT’S GOING TO BE ANOTHER GREAT A TO Z CHALLENGE IN APRIL 2017!


Thanks from your A to Z Founder, Arlee Bird…

 

Me in the Middle of Being a Strong Woman (#FlashBack)

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It’s FlashBack Friday ~ A time of the month where you can republish an old post of yours that maybe didn’t get enough attention, or that you’re really proud of, or you think is still relevant etc.  This Blog-Go-Round is hosted by Jemima Pett and originally introduced by Michael D’Agostino from A LIFE EXAMINED.  That’s where you’ll find the rest of the participants or to join up yourself.

The post I’ve chosen for this month first appeared on ME IN THE MIDDLE on December 4, 2015.  To see the original comments to that post you can click on the title  ~ Me in the Middle Being a Strong Woman ~ below to be taken to the original post. 

I chose this post because it’s just about a week since the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st and I think we can all agree, no matter where you stand on politics, that it was impressive.  Men, women and families all joined together across the nation and beyond to voice their concern about the new leadership in our country.  People of faith and people from different political leanings all stood side by side in unity and peace to send a message of respect and mutual support.   I didn’t march and I was with them in Spirit.  I’m not a Democrat and I didn’t vote for Hillary.  I’m not a ‘feminist’ in the sense of embracing the label.  I’m for humanity and striving for a better world.   I’ve seen many advantages for me as a woman that have emerged due to the activism of dedicated women.  I might not agree with every stand that was represented on the 21st yet I was deeply moved by the peaceful coming together of people of different beliefs and different concerns.  All willing to join together in one voice.  Let’s choose a forward looking patriotism!  I think Brene Brown  says it with class and grace on her Facebook Page.

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 Me In The Middle Of Being A Strong Woman

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“I wish I had known from the beginning that I was born a strong woman.  What a difference it would have made!  I wish I’d known that I was born a courageous woman; I’ve spent so much of my life cowering.  How many conversations would I not only have started but finished if I had known I possessed a warrior’s heart?  I wish I’d known that I’d been born to take on the world; I wouldn’t have run from it for so long, but to it with open arms.”

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach ~

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Me in the Middle of One-Liner Wednesday (#1linerWeds)

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“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” Tina Fey

The 2016 Election is one fine example of how we learn that when we go about trying to change folks’ opinions, the discourse can devolve into name calling, frustration and broken ties.  I came across Tina Fey’s little bit of advice during that time leading up to the election.  It put a smile on my face and a spring in my step.  🙂

Letting go of the need to change peoples’ opinions while still giving your opinion is very freeing.  Taking a stand on important things is important.  We need to do that.  Expecting someone to immediately be converted is another thing.

Say what you think when it feels right to share it.  Speak it from the heart of your convictions.  If others are to be open to change, it will give them food for thought.  If not, move on.  They’re not going to get it.  In the meantime, ‘do your thing and don’t care if they like it.’  😀

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One-Liner Wednesday is the creation of Linda G. Hill ~ Life in Progress.  I hope you’ll visit her wonderful blog.  Her current One-Liner Wednesday post can be seen by clicking on the link.

The rules for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

(i) Make it one sentence.
(ii) Make it either funny or inspirational.
(iii) Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.
(iv) Have fun!
(v) Use our One-Liner Wednesday badge!

As long as your blog is on WordPress, you’ll be able to link via pingback. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! If you’re participating from another blogging host, just drop a link into the comment section. Note: The newest pingbacks and comments will be at the top.

 “Care about what other people think and you’ll always be their prisoner.”  Lao Tzu