Good Reads Goal

“A man only learns in two ways,
one by reading, and the other by
association with smarter people.”
Will Rogers

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Congrats! You have read 100 books of a goal of 100!
2015 Reading Challenge

The beginning of the year, I made a commitment on the Good Reads website to read 100 books by the end of the year. Well, I’m happy to report that I was able to reach my goal.

I enjoy reading, so it wasn’t that difficult to read all the books I read. Although, I would have liked to read more of the classics. But while on my reading journey, I discovered some new authors and ended up reading most of these new authors books.

My plan for 2016 is to continue reading more with the coming year. However, I need to do more writing this year than reading. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to concentrate more on my writing.

I figure, if I put as much effort as I did to reading this past year into writing, I’ll be able to finish my novel by the end of 2016. With any luck, by this time next year maybe my novel will be on someone else’s Good Reads goal.

Shine On

Holiday’s Past

“I like to compare the holiday season
with the way a child listens to a favorite story.
The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins,
the anticipation of familiar turns it takes,
the familiar moments of suspense, and
the familiar climax and ending.”
Fred Rogers

Holiday's Past

The day after Christmas I found myself watching old Christmas TV shows and movies, like The Twilight Zone and  A Christmas Story. I watched  an episode of The Twilight Zone from 1960 that I’ve watched maybe a dozen times, but this time I saw the story in a whole new light.

Rod Serling is a favorite writer of mine for a very long time. My admiration for Serling stems from his ability to take a short story about an individual and make you care what happens to that person. He could show humanity in so many different lights. Always subtly weaving into each story a political or human antidote.

In the violent world we live in today, watching old Christmas shows and movies gives us a feeling of comfort. We’re familiar with the story. We know how it ends. Yet as an adult, each time we watch, we see something new or different. Each time we learn something new about ourselves and about holiday’s past.

Shine On

Mele Kalikimaka

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”
Edna Ferber

A Ukulele Christmas

Some of you might remember that I started playing the ukulele a few months back. My love for the ukulele has grown and so has my passion for finding new ukulele artists and music.

I discovered this ukulele virtuoso and award-winning artist Brittni Paiva, who has developed a strong following internationally and back at home in Hawaii.

Paiva started playing piano at the age of four and slowly added drums, bass, and guitar until the age of 11 when she found her love for the ukulele.

This young ukulele virtuoso has released five albums, two singles, and contributed to various compilations such as Legends of the Ukulele Vol. 2. She was the first recipient of the Ukulele Album of the Year category of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

If you haven’t heard her play, I thought I’d share with my fellow bloggers Paiva playing The Christmas Song. Here’s wishing all of you a Mele Kalikimaka.

Shine On