The "Comment" section used to be call "What Matters". Does that matter? Well either way I will try to write about some core values but expand with more comments. Thanks for coming to this blog.

The University of Pittsburgh has published findings that show as many as 1 in 5 people say they are depressed when they go to social media sites. I think they are right but wonder if that number is high enough. I also wonder if you could have 5 people eat an apple and get a couple who would say they are depressed? If social media makes you depressed then "stop it". If eating an apple makes you depressed then go to a doctor and ask for help.

Don't feel bad for me. I am going to post on some social media when I finish this but I will be fine. Twitter and Pinterest seem to bring a few visitors to this site. Thanks by the way if your one of them. Come back again.  

This blog (not counted as social media) is mostly about reading, books, authors, writing, and poetry.

To be a good writer you have to read more than you write. We learn more about writing from reading than any other way.  I do like what reading does for our lives. I love the feeling of closeness and understanding that come in following a good author or finding a new one.

Stephen King is an author that has much to say and teach and I have followed him for years. The authors of the last two reviews were new ones for me and opened up a lot of things to think about.

I have over a lot of years read a lot by the author Harold Bloom and have always been fascinated with him.  (I'm still fascinated) with his understanding of so many literary figures. I think of him now and remember one of his very good books,

"How to Read and Why"

This book answers its own question. Why?

Because it matters!

Reading matters and I want to find more things to read and to write.  

I read a lot of reviews and have reviewed a lot of books on request. I like to see what others have found and compare it to what I have found.

Something else. I will publish in the review section each Friday and about the same in this section.  

More Thoughts.   Did you hear about the man with a wooden leg named Frank?   No, by golly, I didn't, what was the name of his other leg?














Self-Esteem, Social Media, and a Confessions

An article in Psychology Today said that on Facebook and Twitter everything is always wonderful for everyone, and all their lives are amazing. These particular social media provides a never ending stream of comparing our lives and what were seeing isn't realistic. The more time you spend on it the more unhappy you likely will be?  

Facebook and Twitter is usually about the same group of people that you follow and who in turn follow you. When a decision is made on what to post it is usually an effort to post some successful and happy event. You wind up seeing the same people every day, or even more often, always having a wonderful time. Since that isn't really how our lives go of course we can make our self sad by looking in. Even so it is addictive. 

A confession, I have both Twitter and Pinterest accounts. They have not made me unhappy but fit into a hobby type activity.  

People have debated as to whether photography is art ever since photography began. It has been said that it is too literal to compete with works of art because it is unable to "elevate the imagination". 

I believe that good pictures really do elevate the imagination and for that reason I am always on the look out for good pictures. I have always enjoyed good pictures.

Pinterest is especially useful approach for pictures. My account has 40 + different categories for those pictures of things that catch my attention.  The pins I post are seen by 7000+ people a month, but only about 60 people follow? I do create pins that suggest the viewer come to this blog to find more out and it seems to bring some.

My Twitter account is mostly about creativity, reading and writing. My Tweets also often suggest the reader come to this blog. The account has about 3000 followers.  On the other hand those follower will re-tweet the messages sent and I have seen as many as 100,000+ connections a month made with the tweets.

My Instagram is small and has only a few pictures posted to it.

Social Media alone can be destructive to self-esteem but positive ideas and pictures that elevate do attract attention and can be uplifting.  

Thanks for stopping by.  

(by the way: For Technical Reasons you should know that you can't take a photograph of a man with a wooden leg! That is because a wooden leg can't take photographs)