New Wind Chime from Old and Broken Parts

Last year I put together a new wind chime from old broken ones.  It still is all in once piece and with a great sound.  Now I want to try to make another wind chime.  These old parts are not from broken wind chimes but from paint can openers, a chain, fishing line and what's left of an old metal decoration. 

My Plan:
The metal decoration is from an anemometer. It was only a decoration not an actual working instrument.  But the cups should still catch the wind and turn the wind chime. It will be suspended from a chain. The paint can openers will cause a twinkling sound as it spins. When the chain is twisted enough it will spin the chime in the opposite direction. 

I can attach the paint can openers directly to the arms:

Or I can use fishing line to let them swing:
I'll let you know how it turns out later this week.

What To Do With My Novel (a mind map)

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I'm sending queries to 27 more agents. Then I'll go for self-publishing. I might be better off with self publishing after all. 
It's just like a game that should not be taken too seriously. 

Freedom from Work

"On the one hand we love work for what it brings -- security, self-esteem, comforts, human contact, challenge. 
On the other hand we resent it for what it demands of us -- the time we have to spend at it, the energy and freedom it seems to take from us.
How many of us, if given the money we now receive from work, would still choose to spend our time in an office, a truck, a store, a print-shop or a coal-mine? The majority want what work gives, not the work itself.
This new freedom requires a new kind of work -- work on ourselves. In this respect we have not reached the end of work at all. There has merely been a shift in the arena of work from outer to inner. A shift to the next phase in human evolution."
~Peter Russell, Spirit of Now

This is an interesting point of view.
     But what about those who love their work?
          Can you have it both ways?
               Maybe only meaningful rewarding work?

This is from a post on Spirit of Now blog.  The blogger seems to make money from lectures, books, etc. But some of his posts are thought provoking.

For the complete article here's the link:

Let me know what you think.

Mindfulness Quotes

(Image is from the web)

Do we need to make a special effort to enjoy the blue sky?
Do we have to practice to be able to enjoy it?
No, we just enjoy it.
Each second,
Each minute of our lives can be like this.
Wherever we are, any time, we have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other, even the sensation of our breathing.
We don’t need to go to China
To enjoy the blue sky.
We don’t have to travel into the future
To enjoy our breathing
We can be in touch with these things right now.
~Thich Nhat Hanh

A child walks with its mother.
It sees an oily rainbow
On the road, a leaf, veined
And dappled, on the path,
A puddle full of clouds,
A smiling dog, a cat
That needs to be stroked,
A builder’s van all a-rattle,
A gentle robin.
What did you see?
~Peter Gray

I believe that only one person in a thousand knows 
the trick of really living in the present. 
Most of us spend 59 minutes an hour 
living in the past, with regret for lost joys, 
or shame for things badly done 
(both utterly useless and weakening) - 
or in a future which we either long for or dread. 

Yet the past is gone beyond prayer, 
and every minute you spend 
in the vain effort to anticipate the future is a moment lost. 

There is only one world, 
the world pressing against you at this minute. 
There is only one minute in which you are alive, 
this minute - here and now. 

The only way to live is by accepting each minute 
as an unrepeatable miracle. 
Which is exactly what it is - 
a miracle and unrepeatable. 
~Storm Jameson, novelist, 1891-1986

Interesting Russian Blog

LE MONDE,je te vois comme çA...МИР,я тебя вижу тАк...

Soaking Seeds and Mushroom Box

I spent the day doing some yard work, trimming branches and removing leaves from window wells.
I want to plant some Cypress Vine seeds. The directions recommended soaking them overnight.
The mushroom box kit needs water to start a new crop.

I also worked on a post for a new mind map I discovered.   
I'll post a new blog I've seen first.

A Blog to Stimulate Thought and Discussion

The aim of Rum-Punch is to stimulate discussion, straight talking and the free flow of ideas - just like the drink :) Its also to provoke thought, and provide a forum for people to give suggestions to others. A good thought can change a bad idea. I aim to post an article every week.

Here's the link:

Do You Meditate? How?

I've read about the many benefits of meditation but I'm not sure how I can incorporate it into my life.  My body is too stiff for me to sit cross legged.  I know there are sitting, standing, walking, and other forms of meditation; but in the past after a week or so I just stopped.
The best way must be to find something that will work for me.  Mindfulness meditation seems promising.

Any ideas you would like to share?  

Salma Starts a New Blog!

Salma from Lithuania takes wonderful photos especially flowers.  Her photos have a special feeling to them. Now she has  another blog called:

In English:
The link:

Photos like these:

Her first blog:

 In English:

The link:
Svajonių pieva

In the spirit of nature, here is a special video. I think it's from Salma's site but I'm not sure.
Anyway enjoy:

Doorway Angles & Colors Experiment

(c) 2013 John M


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