No One Reads Anymore

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No One Reads Anymore.

‘The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. “ Rene Descartes

It’s ironic that you are reading a blog about why no one reads  anymore. Obviously some people read books.

But readers are slowly dying off, easing into extinction as newer and flashier means of grabbing our attention evolve. Why? Because reading is hard, or at least harder than watching TV or movies or playing video games.

Reading books stimulates the brain, forcing us to focus, to remember and to perform various mental gymnastics. It provides enormous benefits. Reading reduces stress, keeps your brain sharp, helps you fall asleep, increases your vocabulary, writing skills and improves your imagination.

There are many other advantages to reading as well, including developing greater discipline and empathy, helping you better understand other cultures, building self-esteem and making you more interesting.

But a great many people still believe they don’t have time to read. Society floods us with sensory input. Our phones, our tablets, our laptops: all offer connectivity to the wider world. So we think that because we’re connected to it electronically, we needn’t pursue such an old-fashioned activity as reading.

I was not allowed to watch TV as a kid and getting lost in a book was a wonderful way to pass the time. But even I have trouble now forcing my brain to focus for that long. I’m using this gift of time to read great books and will you keep you posted on my favorites.

Reading this blog does not count, by the way. 

Stay safe,

JAZ

Corona Days

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Corona Days

“She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.”  Zelda Fitzgerald

It is twenty something days in. I often lose track of what day of the week it is as every day is the same. I’ve developed a bit of a corona schedule for my day. They are not always  in this order and sometimes I mix it up – nor do I always get up at 8. 

8:00  Breakfast and internet time. I try to work on my blog for a bit but not traveling makes it more difficult. Play some scrabble. 

9:30  ZOOM Yoga every Friday with Michelle Azar Aron or her face book yoga  on other days.  I haven’t done yoga in a year and a half and I can feel it. I try to switch off every other day with Pilates so it doesn’t hurt so much.

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11:00 Tai Chi / Qi Gong with Olivia Rosewood. Olivia is doing a 15 minute Qi Gong Tai Chi warm up which is a great way to start the day. 

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11:30 if I can get it to work, I do another twenty minutes of QI Gong breathing  with Samuel Barnes on his face book page .

12:00  Spend time brushing my dogs hair because he is starting to get matted and dreadlocks are forming. After, we go out on the deck and run around. Today i spoke to a nice man at Mobile Groomers who told me what tools and shampoo to buy to detangle my dog and taught me what to do. This should be interesting.  He felt that cutting the nails and expressing  the anal glands was above my skill level. He was right. Soon I will learn how to color my own hair.

12:30 Lunch  is whatever we have in the house. It usually involves peanut butter.

1:00 I am taking this Yale class online.. It is an interesting time to be taking it but when do you have this kind of time? It is called The Science Of Well Being and I’m really enjoying it. I spend one to two hours a day on it.

https://www.businessinsider.com/coursera-yale-science-of-wellbeing-free-course-review-overview

2:00 This  is a good time to get  dressed or at least change into a different pair of sweat pants,  clean up the house and make the bed.

3:00 We go for a walk with the dog on the beach or  the Speedway. The Speedway is less windy but more crowded with bikers and skateboarders. It is easier to navigate the six feet thing there than on our less crowded but very narrow streets. Everyday we have more  and more quarantine gear. Almost everyone is wearing masks now. The bikers freak me out because they come so close. It feels good to get out of the house. 

4:30 Meditate for half an hour. 

5:30 Treadmill and some TV for half an hour. We don’t walk so fast because I have a little dog who likes to stop a lot.  I’m binge watching the Gilmore Girls- anything light  and mindless to avoid the constant corona virus news coverage. 

6:00 Check in on family and friends – some I haven’t seen in a long time but I find myself thinking about people and wondering how they are doing.

7:00 Dinner.  The BF has taken on the quarantine cooking challenge and our dinners are always creative and delicious. We have made it more interesting by comparing dinners with a couple of friends. It is not supposed to be a competition but…… We are also trying to support our favorite restaurants that are still open by doing some take out.

9:00 TV and Reading. Three seasons of Silicon Valley and Unorthodox. Now we are watching Top Chef.  I have read Angle Of Repose and currently Americanah. 

We have started Corona Catering for our respective kids. It is nice to do something for someone else during this time. There  is a lot of me time. But instead of hair, skin and nails it is more about calming my brain, being grateful and being in the present. I wonder what changes I will make in my life and what new habits I will  take with me when this is over. 

Stay Safe,

JAZ

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

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25 Things You Don’t  Know About Me

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” Plato,The Republic

One of the tabloid magazines does a  column called 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me  featuring celebrities. They list things that you don’t need to know about them. Here is my list that you probably don’t need to know about either. I feel that I was a lot more honest than they were.

My Ny/Brooklyn accent was much worse before I lived in LA. Think Rosie Perez times ten.

I hate the sight of blood.

I still wear a retainer. If you have ever worn braces your teeth will move, people.

I love scarves. I have too many.

I was not allowed to watch TV as a kid. I spent my childhood and teen years pretending that I watched the same shows that my friends did. Sometimes, when people mention a movie or TV show that I haven’t seen, I still pretend I saw it. Old habits are hard to break.

I have ugly feet.

I dislike beets, pea soup and meat that is cooked for a long time (brisket, pork belly, goulash, short ribs etc).

Chances are good that if you need something, you will find it in my purse. It is a bit of a black hole at all times.

I hate New Years Eve.  

I know all the words to most musicals that came out before 1980 plus anything by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron MacIntosh. Also Gilbert and Sullivan – which I don’t particularly like but was forced to listen to as a kid. I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General is forever stuck in my head. 

I use coconut oil for everything.

I have worn one earring or two different ones since I was 12 years old. I lost one of my grandmother’s earrings and I did not want my mother to know so I told her that it was the style. I started that. 

I like eating in bed.

I’m germaphobic. I truly believe if I talk on the phone to someone who is sick, I will get it.

I always wear heels except when I am traveling.

I have a fear of indoor parking lots that go down..and down..and down.

I don’t cook but I watch the Food Network when I am on the treadmill. I am really great at takeout and restaurant recommendations. 

I am a shopper and nothing makes me happier than the word sale. I specifically have a Cosco problem. Everything is so much cheaper there that it causes my brain to go numb. Why did I buy power tools and a trampoline? 

I always have two different nail polish colors on my nails. I think I started that style also.

I am a terrible driver.

I excel at speed shopping in foreign countries.

I can’t have too many white shirts, T-shirts or tank tops. This means that I have too many and probably a uniform.

Jayne After Dark is everything I do after the BF falls asleep. 

I watch TV Christmas movies in December. No Lifetime, Hallmark, Netflix or Amazon selection is too dumb or predictable for me to miss. 

My most embarrassing moment happens almost every day. Between saying whatever comes into my head and being a klutz, anything can happen.

Fly safe,

JAZ