Sometimes There Just Doesn’t Seem To Be Room For Anything Else…

My brain seems to be constantly filled to overflowing and just doesn’t have room for anything else. I wonder how much I am passing by because of that condition? So, when I came across an article lately about decluttering your mind, it managed to crowd its way into my thoughts. The article told me that what I have is called brain fog. I guess that … Continue reading Sometimes There Just Doesn’t Seem To Be Room For Anything Else…

About Folklore…

Let’s talk a little today about folklore. As the definition here shows, it is something passed down through generations by word of mouth. Having some Native American blood in me, I have always been fascinated by that version of folklore. Things like We are not the owners of land, we are merely the caretakers for a brief period of time. I am particularly drawn to … Continue reading About Folklore…

Lessons We Need To Learn…

The Will Rogers “Quote of the Day” as shown in the chalkboard area of the header above basically says that we should take the time to learn from those who were much wiser than us so that we can keep from making the same mistakes. In previous generations, that is before technology increased to hyper-speeds, we looked to our grandparents for worldly advice. I still … Continue reading Lessons We Need To Learn…

If I Tell You Now, We Won’t Have Anything To Talk About When We Are Old

I came across the words above when I was recently watching an early TV episode of “Mad About You” for the 1980s. That brought to mind the often quoted idea that after being married for decades, old couples can practically finish each other’s sentences. That never happened with my wife and me as we were so very different people. Even in our last conversation before … Continue reading If I Tell You Now, We Won’t Have Anything To Talk About When We Are Old

The Queen Is Dead, Long Live The King…

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth recently died, and now her 73-year-old son has taken over as the patriarch of the Windsor royalty. I have to be candid here, and tell you that I simply don’t understand the 21st century significance of inherited royalty. I know Britain is full of Dukes, Duchesses, Earls, and such and for some reason they embrace this type of thing. It is said … Continue reading The Queen Is Dead, Long Live The King…

RetComLife – Feedlot Dining

This might seem like a strange title for a post in my retirement community life category, but I kinda think that as a result of 2+ years of COVID, it likely describes the current sit-down dining option in many retirement communities. For all you city folks, I will let Wikipedia describe just what a feedlot is. That is kind of like what happens when retirement … Continue reading RetComLife – Feedlot Dining

EPS#4 – 1988, What A Year!

For this Sunday’s “Every Picture has a Story”, I chose the one above. It was taken towards the end of 1988. Except for my wife’s death last year, this was the most traumatic year of my life. When this picture was taken we were finishing up our 2nd year of marriage, and were attending a wedding of one of the countless nieces and nephews I … Continue reading EPS#4 – 1988, What A Year!

Why I Post…”Simplify”

Yesterday, I posted one of the reasons I have been writing on this blog for the last 14 years and that is to get you to “Think For Yourself, Question Everything, and Never Stop Learning”. Today, I want to give you another central reason. That reason can be described in one word. Simplify All my life, especially my life in the corporate world, I have … Continue reading Why I Post…”Simplify”

One Of The Foundations Of RJsCorner

Most of my posts here at RJsCorner come from what I have read. Many times the article is several thousand words long, and my task is to glean from that the most important lessons that I might pass on to you, my readers. Over my lifetime I have loved psychology and philosophy type things. Some really grab my attention, but then there are others that … Continue reading One Of The Foundations Of RJsCorner

Philosophy of Life – A Different Path

First of all Socrates was a thinker, as most philosophers were, but perhaps primarily he was a person who questioned everything. That got many people upset, especially when they didn’t know the answers. One of the critical things he showed us is that the truth is not something you choose to believe. You can’t simply pick a truth and consider it fact. That is primarily … Continue reading Philosophy of Life – A Different Path

Everyone’s Has A Story… About The Future Of RJsCorner

Everyone’s got a story. A big part of my story is my logo above. The current dilemma is: What format and media should I use to tell my story going forward? To the right is the definition of a blog from WordPress, my blog provider: When I started RJsCorner in 2008, the majority of blogs were personal in nature. Hence, the “diary-type” commentary. Since that … Continue reading Everyone’s Has A Story… About The Future Of RJsCorner

It Feels Kinda Like a Cop-out But…

I know I am only at the very beginning of my sketching project here on RJsCorner, but I need a break. That feels like a cop-out but, I promise it isn’t. With the trip to the New England States beginning next week, I have been busy with all the planning required for it. From my 6,000-mile South & Southwest trip this Spring, I learned that … Continue reading It Feels Kinda Like a Cop-out But…

RetCom: Fitting In – Grumpy Old Men

Ok, I have been in my RetCom** over a year now, but I had yet to join any regularly scheduled activity. I did try to start up a support group that would help hearing challenged folks here have a better life, but that was a bust. Hundreds of folks here wear hearing aids or have little hearing left, but few are interested in learning new … Continue reading RetCom: Fitting In – Grumpy Old Men

I Love History, But I Don’t Want To Relive It…

I have been a history fanatic for most of my life and do enjoy visiting many of the sites I have read about. But, I want to make it clear that I don’t want to relive history. I study it so that I can learn about how others have, or haven’t successfully lived their lives. As the old saying goes History doesn’t repeat itself, but … Continue reading I Love History, But I Don’t Want To Relive It…

Every Pic Tells A Story – Graffiti Art And Hoosier Cabinets

I have always been entranced by graffiti art. Some of it is so complex and beautiful. When I recently visited Switchyard Park in my hometown of Bloomington Indiana, it linked my memories of graffiti with some local history that means a lot to me. When I visited the park for the first time I discovered that a now derelict building was a critical part of … Continue reading Every Pic Tells A Story – Graffiti Art And Hoosier Cabinets

Artsy Fartsy – Sketching – Practicing Strokes

So far in my studies to become a sketcher I have learned about how to anatomically draw lines, shading, and other such things. Liron suggested that I should pick something around the household to practice on. That brought to mind something that I have been thinking about for some time. Why not take a photo from my 22,000 piece portfolio and trace it using what … Continue reading Artsy Fartsy – Sketching – Practicing Strokes

I Have Thin Skin, Literally…

Here is what the dictionary says about “thin skin” a tendency to get easily upset or offended by the things other people say or do He has such a thin skin that he can’t even take a little good-natured teasing. I admit that I just can’t take criticism without being offended. But lately thin skin has come to me literally. I didn’t realize that my skin … Continue reading I Have Thin Skin, Literally…

An In-Depth Story about One of My Disabilities…Part 2

Here is part 2 of my 2013 interview by Bob Lowery. See yesterday’s post if you missed part 1 ======================================= 4) During a typical day, are you constantly aware of your situation or does it take something out of the ordinary to remind you, “oh yeah, they don’t know I can’t hear them.”  When I spend the days here at the homestead I rarely think … Continue reading An In-Depth Story about One of My Disabilities…Part 2

An In-Depth Story about One of My Disabilities…Part 1

My paper copy In-Box is always overflowing, much of it with now useless stuff. Recently I decided to clean it out. That’s when I came across a copy of a March 2013 post from my friend Bob Lowery at satisfyingretirement.blogspot.com. The post was an interview about my life as a deaf person. As I scanned the copy, it came to me that I have never … Continue reading An In-Depth Story about One of My Disabilities…Part 1

Philosophy of Life#6 – Getting Started With Socrates

To officially start out this new project of the Philosophy of Life I need to set a few things straight. I have no intention of giving you a dissertation on philosophy. You will not learn the many branches of philosophy, nor will you be exposed to many of the terms used. Instead, I will give you a down-to-earth lighthearted Will Rogers style look at the … Continue reading Philosophy of Life#6 – Getting Started With Socrates

EPS#5 – A Round To_it & A Crystal Ball.

I used to have a round To-it, but I seem to have misplaced it. But, I do have a crystal ball, as shown above. It is part of my collection of glass orbs. I am simply fascinated by the art of glassblowing, so I have visited many such sites around the country. But, this particular ball came from Amazon. Of course, you know they have … Continue reading EPS#5 – A Round To_it & A Crystal Ball.

On-The-Road: Fall of 2022- Mystic CT

I don’t know specifically why Mystic Connecticut got on my life’s bucket list, but I think it has something to do with the 1988 movie Mystic Pizza. I was in my second year of marriage to my lovely bride, and still couldn’t imagine why she loved me as she did. My dating life bordered on tragic. Then she came along and loved me for who … Continue reading On-The-Road: Fall of 2022- Mystic CT

Blame It All On Henry Ford

Henry Ford’s assembly lines certainly accelerated the age of automation and expanded the middle class to a level unheard of before its invention. That was a good and a bad thing at the same time. It increased the number of goods available to almost every one, but it also created a mass of people who were basically turned into brainless machines who did the same … Continue reading Blame It All On Henry Ford

Philosophy of Life#5 – What’s It All About, Alfie…

Before I get started here, I guess I should say a little about the title of this post. It comes from a song in a 1966 movie and is about the most basic questions in life. It was sung by many artists including Dionne Warwick, Cher, and others. If you are currently bored with what you are doing or just want to see the lyrics … Continue reading Philosophy of Life#5 – What’s It All About, Alfie…

Artsy Saturday – Baby Steps

Let’s set up a common format for these sketching posts here on Artsy Saturday-Sketching. Just giving you the lessons I covered during the week would be, well, BORING. So, I want to spice it up a bit with some artful meandering stories of whatever pops into my mind while composing each weekly post. Also, I have decided to skip the numbering of the posts. If … Continue reading Artsy Saturday – Baby Steps

You’re Born, You Live, And Then You Die

The title is the most fundamental part of life for all of us. But, what we do with that middle part is mostly up to us. My sagely wisdom after 75 years of life is to appreciate everything that comes along, both the good and the not-so-good.☺︎ Too many of us go about living our lives focusing on the high points. Yes, they do come … Continue reading You’re Born, You Live, And Then You Die