Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Apologies… and My Forgiveness

I'[m Sorry Apology Accepted
Apologies and forgiveness are important.
by Catherine Giordano

If you have noticed that I haven’t been showing up at meetings or social events, my apologies for dropping out. I’ve been busy writing. I’ve been obsessed with writing.  I write one article and I have six ideas for new articles. The ideas demand to be written down. Right now! 

This week I did three pieces on the subject of apologies and forgiveness.  
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The first is
It explains the  importance of apologies and provides guidelines for how to apologize. 

The second is

It explains why forgiveness is important for the person doing the forgiving. (The offender may benefit also, but that is not the focus of the article.) It gives guidance about how to forgive.  If you are angry at someone (living or dead), especially if you have held on to this anger for years, please read this article.    
Sorry Teddy Bear

After those two articles, it was time to lighten up. My third piece is The Apology Poem.
It will make you laugh. 

I hope you enjoy these pieces. I’d love to see your comments and our answers to the poll questions included in the articles.

If you would like to do further reading, here are some recommendations.

The Five Languages of Apology Book
Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Collecting My Thoughts

Hummel Figurine Gretl
by Catherine Giordano

I’ve been writing web articles and sometimes it just takes over my life. I began by writing an article about why people collect stuff and why and how people could  start a collection.

I thought it would be fun to write about my collection of teapots that are in the shape of other things.  I’d focus on teapots in the shape of other things. All I would need to do is write a paragraph or two on collecting teapots and then grab some pictures of animal-shaped teapots. Easy Peasy? Two hours tops?  No! It took sixteen hours.
On Tuesday, I started around 2pm intending to finish before dinner. At 8pm, I stopped because it just wasn’t coming together. I wasn’t happy with what I had written and I didn’t know what to do t fix it. 

for more info on this teapot
The next morning at 9am, the problem became apparent to me. I really had two separate articles that I was trying to smuush together. One was about the joys, motivations and satisfactions of collecting with tips for what and how to collect. And the second was about collecting teapots. All I had to d was separate them. Easy Peasy? Two hours tops? No!  I spent eight more hours on it.  

On Wednesday at 6pm, I finally clicked "publish" on both of them. Two great articles with lots of pictures, some of which I had photographed myself.   


Flamingo Figurine

8/31/14 Update: A few days later I did another post about collecting

I’m proud of these articles and I hope you will take a moment to read them.  Also take another few seconds to do one or more of the following: like, share, vote in the poll in the article, leave a comment. I appreciate your support.  

And if you are so inclined, I’m hoping you would like to use my link to buy a teapot or anything else you might want or need. If you know someone who has a collection, the perfect gift for people who collect is something for their collection.

P.S. Do you like cats? Here is a cat teapot for you. 
Teapot that ooks like a cat

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Are You UU?

The Unitrian Universalist sculpture of religious symbols
This sculpture stands outside a UU church in Orlando FL
by Catherine Giordano

Many people are UU (Unitarian Universalist) and don’t know it.  They may not have heard of UU or they may have only a vague idea of what it is, but once they learn more they discover that their own beliefs align well with the UU principles.

People from many different religious backgrounds, including people with no religious background, have found a home at a UU congregation. 

UU may be right for you. Take 3 to 5 minutes to read the article I have written to learn more about Unitarian Universalism.

If your curiosity and interest is piqued by my article, you might also want to read The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide or any of the many other books about this religion.

The Unitrian Universalist Pocket Guide

Saturday, August 9, 2014

All You Need is Love

Love You Take Equal to the Love You Make
by Catherine Giordano

All You Need is Love!

And all I needed was 40 quotations from famous people on the subject of love to put together this inspirational essay about love--how to find it, how to keep it, and how to do it.

If you are writing a love letter, or even a little love note, or maybe making a card for an anniversary or Valentine's Day, consult this essay for something romantic.

I've also created some beautiful pictures and you are free to use them.

I wish you love.

Read the essay: 

I'd love it and be so grateful if you like, share and tweet this post. If you read the article, please leave a comment either here, on social media, or on the page with the article..  I read, cherish, and respond to each one.

Friday, August 8, 2014

From Happiness to Success to Love

success, happiness, love
Copyright Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse
 under this Creative Commons Licence. 
 Modified by Catherine Giordano

by Catherine Giordano

 I’ve been doing a series of articles based on quotations from famous people. 

However, I don’t just give you a list of quotes like most websites that focus on quotations. I organize the quotes into “rules,” categorizing them according to theme and then add some advice of my own. 

I also have a value-added feature of providing a little bit of information about the person who gave us the quote. It puts the quote in context and eliminates that nagging question, “Who the heck is that person?”

I’ve learned a lot doing these articles. I began with one about happiness, then did one about success, and a few days ago I did a third one about love. 

I started off thinking I could just knock each one out in a couple of hours. I was wrong. Each one takes 10 to 15 hours to do. I have to find the exact right quotes, research the authors, discern the themes, write my commentary, and find or create the pictures to illustrate the article.

It’s hard work, but it is fun and I learn a lot in the process.  Read all three articles.

When you read the articles, please rate it. using the check boxes at the end, and/or write a comment. Also, I'd love it if you did the one-question poll.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Apres Moi, Le Deluge

Draagon Love
I hope you love my dragon posts.
I’m doing about two excellent HubPages articles a week, plus my usual blog posts.

Every time I post something, I also post to social media to let everyone know that a new post is available. My social media followers must feel deluged by all these posts. 
I don’t think my social media friends and followers are all that interested. I get very few likes and shares and my stats show only a handful of hits from facebook, et al.   

BUT, every time I post to social media, I get a deluge of hits from google and other search engines. I’m not sure how that works, but I’m going to keep on posting to social media despite the evident lack of interest. Sometimes, as a experiment, I upload a blog post without also posting about it to social media. Very few hits. Then I post to social media, and voila, hits.  

My newest writings are about dragons. I wrote a well-research article about the origins of dragon myths, and then I did a fun piece about dragon stuffed toys. I recently added a companion piece about dragon-themed collectables. If you happen upon these pages, take a look. I think you will enjoy them.

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