Notes and Links About Being an Introvert

I consider myself to be an introvert.  I'm comfortable with this even though sometimes I wonder how it would be like to have a few close friends.  I'm not lonely.  I have my wife, daughter, grandson and a small family.

Maybe I'll have to get involved with some volunteer work.  Or is that using the volunteering for ulterior purposes?  I'll have to look for something I truly believe in.

Here's a link to my earlier post about being an introvert:
Understanding the Introvert

  Here are some ideas.  While copying from a few interesting sites I lost some of the credits.  I hope they won't mind.

"Remember, introversion is not an all-or-nothing characteristic. People can be what you might call introverts with a capital I (aka "very introverted") or they might be outgoing in some situations with some introverted tendencies. Introversion exists on a continuum with extroversion, and most people tend to lie somewhere between the two."

"One type isn't "better" than the other. Each tendency can have benefits and drawbacks depending upon the situation. By better understanding your personality, however, you can learn how to play to your strengths."

"Introversion is marked by a number of different sub-traits:
Very self-aware
Enjoys understanding details
Interested in self-knowledge and self-understanding
Tends to keep emotions private
Quiet and reserved in large groups or around unfamiliar people
More sociable and gregarious around people they know well
Learns well through observation."

"As you might imagine, jobs that require a great deal of social interaction usually hold little appeal to people high in introversion. On the other hand, careers that involve working independently are often a great choice for introverts. For example, an introvert my enjoy working as a:
~computer programmer
~graphic designer

Here are links to articles you might want to read or skim:

Five Signs You Are an Introvert

introvert - Search Results - Naturale Chronicles

Friendship 101 for Introverts: 4 Steps for Success

Friendship Lessons From Introverts

  1. "Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age." Wikipedia

Sunset Outside My Kitchen Window November 2014

The tree in the distance was lit up by the sunset, which is not in view.  The tree is between the other trees which are going into twilight.  

I took these images through the window so they're not in sharp focus but they almost look like paintings

Why Barrels Are Shaped That Way

I wondered why they made barrels in such a different shape.  It's not a neat cylinder or garbage can shape.  

"Barrels often have a convex shape, bulging at the middle. This constant bulge makes it easier to roll a well-built wooden barrel on its side, changing directions with little friction. It also helps to distribute evenly in the material by making the container more spherical."
From Wikipedia 

I could be wrong but I think the barrel's shape also allowed it to be rocked back and forth to make it easier to stand it up.

Here are the parts of a barrel:

This is an amazing contraption!

Hawl Away Joe

"What Is a Sea Shanty?
Shanties are the work songs that were used on the square-rigged ships of the 
Age of Sail. Their rhythms coordinated the efforts of many sailors hauling on 
lines. Much loved by modern sailors and folk musicians, they are rarely used as 
work songs today. This is because modern rigging doesn't require many people 
to be working in the same rhythm for long periods. 
Traditional shanties can be grouped into three types: short haul shanties, for 
tasks requiring quick pulls over a relatively short time; halyard shanties, for 
heavier work requiring more setup time between pulls; and capstan shanties, 
for long, repetitive tasks requiring a sustained rhythm, but not involving 
working the lines." 

The Rats of Night

Image from:
Image from
(c) Lynette M
A poem by my wife Lynette

A Better Mind Map Program

Last January I discovered a free mind mapping program that I enjoyed using for a while.  It's called Blumind I still keep some of the maps I made with this program.  
Here's the link to my post: I Finally Found a Mindmap that I Like

Now I'm using a better free mind mapping program called X Mind. This may sound sort of like a commercial but I think the FREE version is more than enough for me.

"XMind is an open source project, which means it's free to download and free to use forever. XMind Plus/Pro with more professional features are also available."

You don't need to purchase the advanced program for personal use. 
" to download and free to use forever"

Some of its features are best described in this video:

(Use full screen for a better view.)

Let me know what you think.  

Blumind is still a good program but XMind has more features.

The Free Plane and Free Mind programs were overly complicated and difficult for me. 


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