John’s Believe It Or Not… August 13th

In 1941 – National Defence establishes the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC). In 1521 Aztec capital falls to Cortés. In 1952 “Hound Dog” is recorded for the first time by Big Mama Thornton. In 1931 Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman is born. In 1860 Annie Oakley is born.

It’s Sunday! Did you know…

* 1941 – National Defence establishes the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC).

The formation of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during the Second World War is a milestone in the history of women’s participation in the Canadian military. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 13th”

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Guess.”

Author John W. Howell gifts us with a very humorous prompt response based on the word “guess”. I’m sure you’ll love it. Please, read on…

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It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again. Today’s prompt is “Guess.” Linda Hill says we can use it any way we want. If you would like to participate, visit Linda’s blog and find out how. Here is the link

Guess by John W. Howell ©2017

“So if I had to guesstimate the amount we need—”

“Yeah, hold on a minute. What do you mean guesstimate?”

“You know. An estimate and a guess rolled into one.”

“So why not just say a guess?”

“Cause my number will be more accurate than a guess.”

“Well, then why don’t you call it an estimate?”

“Real simple. My number will be less accurate than an estimate.”.

“Now you have me confused.”

“Not hard I’m sure.”

“Very funny. So you are saying your guesstimate is somewhere between a guess and an estimate.”

“Yes. I think you have it.”

“And you count on these…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… August 12th

In 1981 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0). In 1990 Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex discovered. In 1961 East Germany begins construction of the Berlin Wall. In 1898 Armistice ends the Spanish-American War. In 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie musical premieres in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Yay! It’s Saturday! Did you know…

* 1981 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0).

The IBM Personal Computer, commonly known as the IBM PC, is the original version and progenitor of the IBM PC compatible hardware platform. It is IBM model number 5150 and was introduced on August 12, 1981. It was created by a team of engineers and designers under the direction of Don Estridge of the IBM Entry Systems Division in Boca Raton, Florida. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 12th”

Chunking TIME to get you going

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie gifts us with the next installment of Getting Started with a practical explanation of Chunking Time. Please, read on…

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

Getting Started
Getting the GUI Things Done – Part 2

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
in the Time & Task Management Series

Getting back to GUI!
Looking at Good, Urgent, and Important

Found HERE

In Part 1 of this article, Getting off the couch & getting going, I began by suggesting a down-and-dirty way to tackle a number of different kinds of tasks by throwing them into a few metaphorical “task bins.”

In this way of moving through malaise to activation, I suggested that you separate your tasks into 3 metaphorical piles, and I began to explore the distinction between them:

  1. Tasks that would be Good to get done
  2. Tasks that are Urgent
  3. Tasks that are Important

In the way I look at productivity, any forward motion is good forward motion!

Making a dent in a task sure…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… August 11th

In 1934 US Federal prisoners land on Alcatraz. In 1988 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting in Pakistan. In 1973 American Graffiti opens. In 1973 Hip Hop is born at a birthday party in the Bronx. In 1919 Weimar Constitution adopted in Germany.

It’s Friday! TGIF! Did you know…

* 1934 US Federal prisoners land on Alcatraz.

A group of federal prisoners classified as “most dangerous” arrives at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay. The convicts–the first civilian prisoners to be housed in the new high-security penitentiary–joined a few dozen military prisoners left over from the island’s days as a U.S. military prison.

Alcatraz was an uninhabited seabird haven when it was explored by Spanish Lieutenant Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775. He named it Isla de los Alcatraces, or “Island of the Pelicans.” Fortified by the Spanish, Alcatraz was sold to the United States in 1849. In 1854, it had the distinction of housing the first lighthouse on the coast of California. Beginning in 1859, a U.S. Army detachment was garrisoned there, and from 1868 Alcatraz was used to house military criminals. In addition to recalcitrant U.S. soldiers, prisoners included rebellious Indian scouts, American soldiers fighting in the Philippines who had deserted to the Filipino cause, and Chinese civilians who resisted the U.S. Army during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1907, Alcatraz was designated the Pacific Branch of the United States Military Prison. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 11th”

Spotlight Thursday – Meet Lucy

Here’s a delightful interview with Lucy, beloved pet and family member of author, John W. Howell. Please, read on…


Spotlight Thursday

Welcome my friends to SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY.  This is the time that I will introduce you to one of my fellow anipals so you can get to know them better.  Some of them, you may already know.  We hope that you enjoy this series!

Name:   Lucy Howell McCormick

Age:  seven years

Location:  Mustang Island, Texas

Web/Blog Page:

What were your first thoughts when you met your new parents?  Well, I was a rescue from San Antonio and my mom met me at an adoption event. She was looking at another and my thought was she looks like the kind of person who will love me forever. I went up to her and the rest is history. (My secret was giving her a kiss)

What was the defining moment when you knew you were in your forever home?  I met my dad and he…

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Thursday – A little Personal – Watch RWISA Write Blog Tour – #RWISA #RRBC

John W. Howell, author, and member of Rave Reviews Book Club and RWISA, gifts us with an engaging short piece that left me wanting more! Please, read on, and consider checking out John’s thriller novels and his very entertaining website, Fiction Favorites.

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Rave Reviews Book Club. One of the objectives of the club is to recognize outstanding talent in its membership. A literary group has been established within RRBC named Rave Writers – International Society of Authors (RWISA). This month the club is featuring these authors on a tour. Today is my turn on the tour. The selection I am posting is titled Last Night but in reality is the first chapter in my new book Circumstances of Childhood.  I hope you like it.


Last Night by John W. Howell © 2017

So, with nothing better to do, I figure I’ll stop at Jerry’s place and grab a couple of drinks and a burger. Usually, I don’t go there on Saturday night since there’s a crapload of amateurs taking up what would be considered prime space. I figure since this is a Friday and close to Saturday, it may be packed, but…

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