A Slow Week In My Brain

I’m having one of those weeks (so far, anyway) when I sit down to write something here and all I come up with is… meeeeeeeh. Which is to say I don’t feel I have anything of particular interest to say on any particular subject, so I’m unmotivated to try to pretend that I do. Even that thing about Stephen Hawking and the Russian billionaire planning to send tiny robots to Alpha Centauri using lasers has me all “I’ll wait ’till they actually build something to get excited.”

This would have worried me more in the past, but these days I’m pretty sanguine about it. Have nothing to say? Cool, when I do have something to say I’ll post about it. In the meantime, I’ll post a cat or sunset pic, it’s all good.

On that note:

I’m not saying I got the Scamperbeasts so that I would have pictures to post when I couldn’t be bothered to think of things to write here. But I will admit they do come in handy.

35 Comments on “A Slow Week In My Brain”

  1. Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author – Sunny, Arizona – Catherine Townsend-Lyon is the best selling TKG author of her shocking debut memoir in May 2012 titled; "Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat." She shares an in-depth raw, and without prose look inside gambling addiction and how she got there as she takes readers on a journey of other underlying topics that 'touched' her life, starting as a little girl into adulthood. Not all children are raised in an "angelic family environment." She had taken a dark path, trying to elude the past childhood pain of those traumatic events. She began using gambling as a coping skill and to "escape" into a "dream world" to forget, if only for a few hours from the haunting memories of her childhood sexual abuse, parental verbal and physical abuse, and had lived with undiagnosed mental/emotional illness for years. Shaping the "perfect storm, she became addicted to gambling along with alcohol abuse. Gambling for many is to be for fun and entertainment became her worst nightmare and almost took her life, twice. Now maintaining recovery for nearly 12- years, Catherine has become well known in the addiction/recovery communities and is a loud advocate of gambling addiction, mental health, and advocates to stop expansions of Indian Casinos and State Lottery offerings across America. She has been a recovery guest on several 'blog talk and mainstream radio' shows sharing her message and advocacy, and she has a large social media following. Catherine's featured in many media and recovery publications like Columbia University's media release article through the 2x2 Project.org "Gambling with America's Health." And most recently for "Time Magazine online coming in Sept 2016." She is a former columnist for "In Recovery Magazine's -The Author's Cafe" for two years and still freelance writes monthly for "Keys To Recovery Newspaper." She is also an "Expert Gambling Recovery Blogger" for "Addictionland," of Founder/Author, Cate Stevens along with other recovery experts along like Christopher Kennedy-Lawford. Catherine resides in the Phoenix, Arizona via So. Oregon. She is married to her husband of 30-years. She is a 'Cat Lover' and has three therapy cats, Miss Princess, Mr. Boots, and Simon Peter. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and swimming. She sponsors many recovering. Catherine works from home and is the owner and market author's books and run promotions through her business called: "Lyon Media Services.com and promote many authors across social media. She is currently finishing her second and third books due to release in early 2020. Medal Winner and Best-Selling TKG Author of her debut book, "Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat" available on Amazon Barnes & Noble Walmart and many fine boos stores. "My book isn't about "How to Recover," it's about the "WHY" I turned to gambling addiction and the underlying issues from my past"... About Recovery: "I Live Life In Recovery, But My "PASSIONS are writing, blogging, being an author, and not let my disabilities get in the way. Being of recovery service to others. "We Can Recover as we are Everywhere" . . . About Book Promoting: "A books publish date doesn't matter, as long as a reader has not read your book, then it is still a new book!" Follow me on Twitter! @LUV_Recovery for all my recovery tweets & @kitcatlyon for book tweets! Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AddictedToDimesAuthorCatherineLyon Visit my About Me Pages too! https://about.me/AllThingsGamblingRecoveryCatLyon https://about.me/LyonMediaBookPromos
    Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author

    Gosh, I do hate when that happens. I am a cat lover and have 3! So, I love the “kitty” photo XO … Just relax a little, the words will come :-)

    Author, Catherine *Cat* Lyon :-)

  2. Wow. I’m surprised. I’m in a lot of pain from a back issue and I’m still extremely excited about the Alpha Centauri news! That definitely woke me up!

  3. kkessler833 – Radford Virginia – I am an award-winning professional artist and former Asst. Prof. of Art at Radford University with artwork in 32 states, six countries, and the art collection of actress, Morgan Fairchild. My paintings have been seen throughout the United States in national, international, and group shows. I have won numerous awards, including awards from Dorothy Gillespie, May Stevens, Frank Webb, and Daniel Greene. My best-selling print, "Reaching Out", was selected from over three million works of art on Fine Art America to be on the set of The Mindy Project and I appeared with my artwork on The Hour of Joy on FoxTV out of Roanoke on March 10th 2013. I live to paint and it is important to me to find homes for all of my creations. I have originals and prints in thirty-two states, Canada, Germany, Russia, England, Switzerland and Australia. I want to cover the world with my art! http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-site-verification-using-meta-tag/ .

    Love the photo!

  4. Alpha Centauri — I can’t help but think that are galactic neighbors are going to be less than thrilled that we’re throwing shrapnel at their planets at .2c velocities.


  5. I spoke face-to-face with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, at a Feynman music/drama night at Caltech. As I’ve said, I was friends with Stephen and Jane Hawking in 1971-1972.
    For ultralight spacecraft, see:
    “Starflight without Warp Drive”

    Forget SF’s magical warp drives. Can today’s science give us the stars for real?

    14 May 1995

    Conducted by Geoffrey A. Landis

    participants: David Brin, Robert L. Forward, and Jonathan Vos Post

  6. It really has been an “Ehhhhh” week – hasn’t it?

  7. Flo – I am a young woman in the transition between my before and after, learning to embrace the after and peacefully accept the before, am learning to love life as if i had come to this world yesterday and every aspect of living looked new to me, am learning to emerge from years of painful silence, slowly but surely learning to speak..

    haha i like the cat post more of those lol

  8. Happens to all of us sometimes. You’re smart to recognize it and give your brain the break it needs. You’re also fortunate to have the latitude to be able to take a brain break without also breaking the bank, but you knew that already.

    Oh, and by the way? Cat photos are not only therapeutic for you when you need a break, they can also be lifesavers for some of us. So any time the story-writing part of the brain decides to walk off the job temporarily, just know that I at least will be delighted if the cat-photographer portion of your cerebellum picks up the slack.

  9. Hate it when my Muse runs off like that. When the search party found her last time, she was disoriented and wandering aimlessly through the back alleys of my mind . . .

  10. There’s a correlation between vitamin D and writing. Less D = less desire to write. That’s why tropical vacations are seen as a useful therapy for writer’s block.

  11. Mart – The Hague, The Netherlands – 38-year old IT-geek and BOFH. Interests include Wargaming, History, IT, Cooking, Travel, and Historical European Martial Arts


    Funny, our full pedigree Maine Coone is more than happy to work for a living. Haven’t seen signs of a mouse ever since we got him.

    Well, not quite, he did once presented me proudly with one of his kills, which he had deposited in his food bowl (which he also uses to put away his toys).

    And a very competent job he’d done: a neatly killed mouse, broken neck and no further damage, no blood and guts all over the floor.

    “See? I’m useful. Now pet me”

  12. “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
    ― Blaise Pascal, Pensées

  13. Goddamn this dusty room
    This hazy afternoon
    I’m breathing in this silence
    Like never before

    ~ Dave Grohl

  14. Hope this isn’t the case for you, but I had that same feeling a couple weeks back and ended up with a nasty respiratory bug.

    If you do come down with something, here is a useful tip: No matter how much you dilute your fire cider, your lips will be happier if you drink it through a straw, not straight from a glass.

  15. Do you have any photos where cats and sunsets are combined in one? That would be nice and dramatic.

  16. Dear John,

    The Alpha Centauri initiative is technologically feasible (just barely) without as-yet-undeveloped engineering, which is more than you can say of any other interstellar proposal.

    Its main benefits are that it is, in fact, one of the very cheapest ways to do “interstellar,” and the total mission time is plausibly short. The latter is important, because at this point we have experience with space missions that last for a few decades but nothing that lasts for centuries.

    Its main disadvantages are:

    1) Success is extremely uncertain. The interstellar medium is not well-characterized on the scale of particles that could damage or destroy spacecraft of this sort. Multiple spacecraft are better than one, but we have no idea what a sufficient number would be, or even if there is any plausible sufficient number.

    2) Almost all the costs for this mission are not capital investment and infrastructure; they are “fuel.” Basically, how many cents you are paying per kilowatt for electricity. For any plausible price, most of the money is going to pay the power bill. That means that there’s no useful learning curve or economy of scale. See disadvantage #1.

    SWAG Estimate: half a trillion to a trillion dollars. Yuri’s seed money is very nice, but to put it in perspective it’s like putting down a $50 or $100 deposit towards buying a house.

    Still, it’s currently the only game in town, and relatively cheap compared to the alternatives.

    pax \ Ctein
    [ Please excuse any word-salad. MacSpeech in training! ]
    — Ctein’s Online Gallery http://ctein.com
    — Digital Restorations http://photo-repair.com

  17. rabbiadar – San Leandro, CA – Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at http://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ and teaches at Hamaqom | The Place in Berkeley, CA.

    Fun with Photoshop

  18. Meh would be an improvement around here. I could do with a little meh. But, hey! Alpha Centauri! (What’s the cell coverage like, out that way?)

  19. So, instead you link us to a cool news article, show us a beautiful picture, and provide us with something interesting to think about (what it’s like to have a sluggish feeling brain)?

    I’ll take it.

  20. John, you have a Brain Cloud. It is fatal. The only cure is to watch “Joe versus the Volcano.” Then you should thank Tom Hanks for saving your life with his powerful medical documentary.

  21. Always remember what Raymond Chandler said about writing: “When you can’t think what happens next, just have a guy come through the door with a gun.” Now, I think he meant “just write‘then a guy came through the door with a gun'” but it’s also possible that Chandler’s agent and/or publisher actually sent round Moe (or possibly Louie) to Chandler’s house when he started falling behind on deadlines.

  22. I did find it a bit amusing that the news about using a laser to propel a probe to Alpha Centauri came out right after I finished reading “Arkwright” by Alan Steele which is about using a laser to propel a ship to another solar system. Sci-fi writers, always ahead of the curve!

  23. As a Humane Society volunteer, we foster kittens, getting them fattened up and ready for the operating table and then out the door to a loving home (no kill here in Naples, Florida, but not enough staff/volunteers to take care of the wee ones). We get a bunch of kittens four or five times a year. This time we got four- still inside mama! Now they are 4 weeks old and learning to pounce! It’s a joy to watch the grow.

    Is there anything better than holding a mess of kittens?

  24. – Is there anything better than holding a mess of kittens?

    Holding a mess of kittens, and watching another mess of kittens.
    Oh wow, I just realized why Animal Planet does the Kitten half-time show during the Puppy Bowl.
    Because using adult cats would be “Oh look, they’re all asleep in the spotlight sun beams”

  25. Juvenile scamperbeast! Seriously, I love cats when they’re that age where they’re all lanky and legs.

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