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About seventhself

Taking a new turn in an already interesting life. Caretaker to ageing parents, a privilege and blessing, but also a challenge, and opportunity to grow. Talking to the Over-40s who will face this soon, and the 60+ folks who've already been down this path and can help guide the way.

Extinction 

There once was an African Rhino,

Now there’s not, as did she say, “Goodbye?” No!

But has our universe 

Been made better or worse 

By her loss? Well, my friend, He’ll if I know. 

  

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

On the Passing Of Janice Singh

On the Passing Of Janice Singh

Janice Singh passed away the other day.

Don’t bother to Google her name; she wasn’t rich, or famous, or controversial. She was my friend, a good woman, a good mother who raised her daughters to be fine, intelligent, independent women. She left a large, loving family, and many friends, my self among them, who will miss her very much.

My heart has been heavy with sadness these past few days, and the sky has been appropriately somber, gray and cloudy.

Still life goes on, same as always, and I have a strong urge to go up on the roof and shout her name at the top of my voice, to remind a largely indifferent world that is has been diminished. It is less beautiful by one; less special by one; less wonderful and than it was, because one of the very best people it once had in it is gone.

Let this be my rooftop shout, and if you hear it please say a quick prayer for a brightly shining soul that has finished its work on Earth and moved on, and for the comfort of the family and friends who’s paths that soul helped light. Her name is Janice Singh, and she was my friend.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Digital Storytelling Course

Digital Storytelling Course

Well, I’ve signed up to take a course in digital storytelling to prove my blogging skills. The assignments will appear here, and your comments, criticisms, concerns, questions and feedback are all welcome.

Feel free to be brutally honest, as I have never unfriended anyone for sharing their honest opinions. In my opinion, the greatest sin is silence.

ASSIGNMENT#1: INTRODUCE YOURSELF

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Hello!

My name is Philip VIII, or Philimagne if you prefer. Houston, Texas, is where I currently reside, but I come from Brooklyn, New York. I know a thing or two, have been around the block a few times, done a great many things, and feel that I have something of value to contribute.

My time though is very short, exactly 243 days remain for me, and this blog is like a 21st Century, interactive, multimedia, message in a bottle, to carry a tiny portion of my wit, wisdom, sense of humor, creativity, and unique perspective to distant shores beyond my reach.

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The device I use most often is the iPhone 5c, and I must say that as a lifetime Trekker I am impressed and hugely pleased with the progress we are making toward our Star Trek
future. The smartphone is closer to a tricorder than I ever dreamed of seeing, much less owning. I love the fact that most people these days carry around more creative communication equipment than any 20th century Hollywood movie studio. Few people use even a tiny fraction of this power, and I hope that I can learn how to put this power to good use telling my own story, and perhaps even help at least a few people to do the same.

This is the place where my online, public voice will form up and take shape. This is a place to try new things, so you can expect to run across things you will not like. Not everything here will suit everybody, so just take what you like (taking a moment or two to comment on, or “Like”, what you take) and leave the rest. Far from being thin skinned, I really do welcome your criticisms and comments.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in Blogging 101

 

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Hold On To Your Dreams

Hold On To Your Dreams

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Posted by on January 2, 2015 in DS106 Assignments

 

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On Black and Red

On Black and Red

My looks, dark and coarse,
Are so frightening they force
Cops to unhinge
And injure me.
But this fine, red-haired lassie,
With her fair, freckled chassis,
Will be handled
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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Poetry

 

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Darling Child

Darling Child

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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Art and Image Gallery, Poetry

 

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Today Is Just Another Day

A Poem by Jessi Corcorran

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Poetry

 

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