Anxiety Book Update

So I’m through the first couple of chapters of my book about how to deal with anxiety At Last A Life.  The gentleman who  wrote this book, Paul David, struggled with anxiety for 10 years or so.  I like that it is a man who wrote this book.  It seems like women are mostly the ones who admit to struggling with mental health issues so having a man admit to this issue is refreshing.  Mr. David struggled to solve this problem and went to many doctors who could not help him.  Disappointed with what doctors offered him, he went on his own quest to learn everything he could about his anxiety issues.  This is what eventually led him to solving his problems and then deciding to write a book and a blog about his experiences.

The basic gist of what I have read so far is that anxiety and worry wear some people down to the point where they feel very tired and disconnected from life.  He points out how many people start stressing out about their anxiety and how to “fix it” and this just causes them more anxiety.  They wind up in a downward spiral of having anxiety about their anxiety and just become exhausted and immobilized by it.

The last part I read is about how he started to find his way out of the anxiety spiral by learning that he needed to stop stressing out about trying to fix it and chill out.

Yes, that is my technical interpretation of what I have read so far.

I’ve only read the first 20 pages and there are 169 pages in the book – so I have much more to learn.

At any rate Mr. Paul David also has a website where he talks about anxiety issues.  So if you have any interest or concern in this area I’ve posted a link to his website below.

Have a great Friday!

Daily Musings and The Founder

I let this blog die two years ago already.  I want to revive it!!

Not really.  I’m not looking for lots of followers and such.  I’m just going to try to write something in here every day.  It will probably be boring.  If you find that annoying – feel free to unfollow this.  I’m cool with that.

Yesterday I watched a movie called The Founder.  The movie is about how Ray Kroc started what we know today as the McDonald’s restaurant franchise.

It is a good movie and definitely worth watching.  Perhaps it will be too much of a spoiler to say that in many ways it reminded me of The Social Network.  But there it is.  I have spoiled away.

Thanks for stopping by and in the rare event that you have read this – yay!

I will become an awesome person.  Yes I will!


Day 8 – Review of Netflix Series: Sense 8

I watched all of the episodes of the first season of Netflix’s new series Sense 8.  For those who won’t read any further, I recommend it.

The premise?  Without going into detail, certain humans are evolving to the next level.  What is this level?  They are somehow connected to eight other people and can sense their feelings and see what is happening in one another’s lives even though they all live in different parts of the world.

Where is the conflict?  There is some sort of biotech company that is connected to the government that either wants to control this phenomenon or destroy the people to whom it is happening.

Why did I like it?  Hmm, a lot of reasons.  I guess one of the biggest ones is that it gets the viewer very emotionally involved in these people’s lives.  Much of the time the viewer will be rooting for the underdog who is struggling against a power structure that seems impossible to escape from or conquer.  But this series was made by the Wachowski Brothers, so what would you expect?  These brothers are the creators of the Matrix trilogy in case you were unaware.

I just googled the Wachowskis and discovered that they are not technically brothers anymore as Laurence Wachowski is now Lana Wachowski, so I guess you would now call them the Wachowski siblings.  One of the eight main characters in Sense 8 is a man who has transitioned into a woman.

There is also a strong theme in many of the characters’ plot lines of the need to make the choice to do the right thing. Oftentimes they are helped to “do the right thing” in their impossible circumstances by the skills and support offered by the other seven members of their “cluster”.

Anyway, I haven’t watched a series that has gotten me this emotionally involved in a while, so if you like that kind of thing you might want to watch it.

You may not find yourself riveted by the first episode, but watch a few more and you may change your mind.  It took me a few episodes to really get into this series.

Day 5 of Blogging Challenge – Orange is the New Black

So I watched the first three episodes of Orange is the New Black and so far I’m a little disappointed.  It’s been a year since I watched season two, but season two seemed a bit more compelling.

This season seems more like a bunch of confused clowns wandering around the prison getting into silly hijinx.

So I might watch the rest of the season if I get bored enough.

I’m waiting for the new season of Rectify to come out in July.

This blog is deep man, deep.

30 Day Blogging Challenge and Olive Kitteridge

This is my new blog.  I am challenging myself to post every day for 30 days – perhaps only a picture or a sentence – but every day for 30 days starting on June 12, 2015.

So this is day 1.

What will this blog be about?  Whatever I want.  When I try to limit myself to a topic it never works.  I hope to amuse my audience or at least myself.

Things that interest me?

Cats, nature, gardening, humor, television, changing the World, conspiracy, exercise, Spanish, blogging, building authentic connections to other souls, attempting to eat healthfully, – I think that’s the proper way to say that?  That’s what Rachel Ray says anyway.

So I watched the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” about the life of a woman who doesn’t quite fit the mold.  I can relate on some levels to her awkwardness and definitely to her avoidance of awkward and fake social situations.

Hmm, I could try to do some kind of profound analysis of this four part miniseries and what it says about the human condition, but that would bore the both of us.

I do love these types of shows because they allow me to connect with people, well at least with imaginary people.  For a short time you feel that deeper connection with characters that I am not so great at achieving in the real world.  In the real world we all need to pretend that we’re okay or they might call out the insanity bus on us.

So should you watch Olive Kitteridge?  I don’t think it’s everyone’s cup of tea.  If you’re looking for sex or action or a simple and likable protagonist, then don’t watch it.

If authors like Tennessee Williams appeal to you, then you may like it.  Oh also, if you liked the movie “About Schmidt” then you might find this interesting.  There is a similar plot line as both characters lose their spouses during the course of the movie/TV series.

Day 1 of my challenge is done.