Good News for Coffee People


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Whoever wrote these brilliant and profound words is my hero:

Drinking coffee can make you mentally alert, increase your concentration, allow you to focus more, speed up your reactions, and alleviate minor aches and pains.

I don’t even care if this is wrong information.  I like it, and I’m going to carry on drinking coffee and give up nothing but the guilt.

The Mysterious Shifts of the Reading Mood

MidnightsChildrenMidnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie

This is the book I’ve been slogging through for days and days and no matter how hard I try to get into it, I end up feeling like I’m going nowhere.  Today I’m giving up.  Maybe temporarily, maybe forever.  This is perhaps not the best choice of a book to be reading right before Christmas when my mind is on a bazillion other things.  Because Midnight’s Children deserves determination and a concentrating mind.

I am appreciating it, but I am not enjoying it. Maybe in January when all the hoopla is over and we’re snowed in up to our eyeballs I’ll be able to give it another go.

Or maybe I’ll just wimp out altogether and go see the movie.

And now I will admit to all the serious readers out there what I’m perusing instead, so everyone will know what kind of warped priorities I have.dulcie o'neil set

The Dulcie O’Neil Set, Books 1, 2 and 3:  To Kill a Warlock, A Tale of Two Goblins, and Great Hexpectations by H.P. Mallory.  Altogether much easier on the brain cells.  Warlocks, shape shifters, law enforcement fairies, demons, vampires – and who knows what else – solving (and committing) crimes and trying to stay out of the dreaded Netherworld.

I don’t pretend to fully understand what’s going on, but in this series I don’t think it really matters.

I just want to put my feet up, read a few pages in a leisurely manner like I’ve got all the time in the world and fall asleep without a headache.  And know that Dulcie will be back tomorrow to fight some other dark magic criminal and win in the end.

Loving what I’m reading seems to depend less on how great the book is and more on my fickle reading moods. Right now I’m not in the mood for deep thoughts. Unless they involve sweet potatoes and poultry seasoning.

Happy 12/12/12 everybody!

How To Stay Focused


This morning I tried to stay focused on this question and get it answered, but I ran out of time and had to go to work and once I got there I promptly forgot all about it.

I think that adequately sums up my focusing powers. If something is fun to do, staying engrossed in the task is easy. If it becomes tedious and boring and too much like work, it just may never get done.

I have a spouse with a sleep disorder (my description, not his.) If he gets tired in the early evening he fights to stay awake until his chosen ‘bedtime’. If he wakes up in the middle of the night he tosses and turns and tries to go back to sleep. I’ve suggested that he sleep when he’s tired and get up and do something else when he’s not. So what if he falls asleep at seven-thirty and gets up and eats breakfast at 4:00 a.m.? Who cares?

When our kids were first in school we discovered that our son had amazing abilities of contemplation and concentration. He would become so absorbed in whatever he was doing that it was like breaking a trance to try to get his attention.

Our daughter had the attention span of a gnat. She rarely ever finished an in-school assignment. However, she could tell you who was in the classroom, what they were wearing, what every person said and did, and fifty more details about what was going on around her that you wouldn’t even think to ask.

So we were advised to push one to focus, and to try to get the other one to be less intense.

I don’t know why we try so hard to change things, and why we can’t be more accepting of our own natures. Who’s to say being one way is better than some other way? Be who you are, do what you want, sleep when you feel like it.

So yeah. I AM trying to justify my own lack of focus. Maybe I LIKE being a scatter brained mess. If things get done, that’s great. If they don’t, well, whatever. Tomorrow is another day.

I hope these tips were helpful. And if you missed them, well shame on you for not paying closer attention.

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