Life is not just Google

It’s a cloudy Monday and Grandma Glasses is busy packing.

“Where are you going Grandma?” I asked.

“It’s first day of class today, and I don’t want to be late.”

She scampered back to the bedroom, and later came out with cables, charger, mobile phone,  external drive and her CanonPowershot. I also noticed she has her Acer tucked under her arms. In one motion she hauled them into her bag. Then she grabbed a few sheets of paper.

“I need paper for my gum. You ne’er know when a paper would be handy.” She goes through her things for a last minute check.

“Where are you going Grandma? These are the things you bring when you go on a roadtrip.”

Grandma Glasses lets out a subtle groan as she steadily raised her head and looked at me. I am starting to doubt if she understands me.

“I am starting this on a right foot. I know I should not be discouraged. My brain is as good as theirs. Age is just a number as Learning is just a matter of connection and WiFi,” she explained to me. And I stared back at her with a questioning look.

“If anyone calls for me today, tell them I am out. I will be in the coffee-shop, but not to be disturbed. My e-class starts in an hour, and will go on until  after my coffee and croissant refill. Then another e-class after an hour break. That should give me enough time to find a cozy bench at the park. Aside from being with you Drake, I like the ambience of being with trees.”  She sounded like Doris Day singing QueSera QueSera  as she chatters about her plans for the day.

She pat my head and gave my chin a nudge as she walked out the door.  She stopped a second to check the clouds. “It’s a pretty day,” as she glanced around and then walked away.

I curled back in my corner as I gave it a thought. “Life is not just Google. Going back to school anywhere , anytime on WiFi with coffee, croissant and trees seems to be the best part of technology based-learning. I think it’s time to update K9Academy.”

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Lines from Within

“Half a century of life 
In Itself Is an Achievement of Being. ”  
– Grandma Glasses 03.20.2018
“It’s been a long time since I was here,” Grandma Glasses sat down and looked around.
Not much to see today. Not too many people around.
“It’s weekend and everyone’s doing laundry or something. Let them be. Today I decided it’s a perfect time to enjoy the day. There will be no recipes to test, no craft projects to finish. “
She quietly sipped her coffee and smiled as something caught her attention.
“Springtime is here. It’s like beautiful patches of rainbow on a green sky. ”  I followed her eyes and noticed the colorful swirls of little blue petals budding from the ground. Just before a buzzing bee touched my nose, I turned my head back and wagged my tail. I sniffed deeply and froze, “Chuck me a chuck and I will agree.”

Cassini Crossing

Space History : Cassini’s successful dive through Saturn’s first ring

“And it’s amazing! I’m lost for words. Never imagined I will see this in my lifetime.” -Grandma Glasses

 

Grandma Glasses Eyes on Cassini

These are a few of my favorite things..  “We interrupt your daily crochet program with an update from Cassini Mission to Saturn.”

It’s awesome.. this is better than sci-fi movies and techy games combined. Last night I downloaded NASA Eye to follow Cassini Mission to Saturn. And it’s just awesome. Years ago, photos from outerspace were made available to the public on the internet from the Hubble or space station. Now we can use an app to follow outerspace missions which were unimaginable during my younger days in science class. I remember reading about rings around Saturn. Twenty years ago (or something like that) from science books, we read about Saturn and only see still images about this planet. I can’t remember reading about its moons either.

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Now with advances in technology and combined efforts of great men of science, the public can now follow outerspace missions like Cassini, Juno, Rosetta asteroid landings and showers, star births and bursts and all the great wonders of other galaxies.  Aside from the high specs of my phone, my computer  and my internet, all these are now possible to connect and view from my own home or office. I don’t even have to own a super telescope.

The Earth has experienced too much violence, damage and change in its billion years of existence. And to know that out there in the vast outerspace, other planets and galaxies are still orbiting  unexplored makes me wonder even more.. How far can man be in outerspace? How much genius of men will it take to discover new things outside of our universe? It will take a billion years of our lifetime ..Until then, I will just enjoy these little outerspace toys man has made possible for humankind to appreciate and witness the wonders of outerspace.

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With NASA’s Eye app, I can interactively follow the mission. I can adjust speed to go either fast or slow, zoom in closer to Saturn or its moon, or on Cassini orbit or just flip around and view the whole Saturn system from any angle. AS of writing, the Cassini has 23 remaining orbits, and starting April 22 until its Grand Finale where it will be diving Saturn’s rings to collect information about Saturn. And after Cassini’s final transmission of its observations, 19 years and 11 months after launching from Earth, Cassini will burn up in Saturn’s upper atmosphere, becoming part of the planet itself.. and another outerspace history for mankind.

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Words to Tow the Day

excerpt from WORDS TO TOW THE DAY with GRANDMA GLASSES

“Nope. Not until today have I encountered these words. Not in the two-volume Oxford Dictionary I kept in my bookshelf neither in Reader’s Digest Word Power,” she tapped her nose while in deep thought.

“Grammar and writing back in my days didn’t require us to use elaborate composition. Conciseness and paraphrasing was and is my way of writing,”mumbles Grandma Glasses.

“I’m not sure if I will remember these words, but it’s good to write them down in case I forget to remember.” Grandma Glasses walks around the room like a  flustered mother hen.

“It may come in handy as writing themes, tags to begin a story, dialogue prompts or outline for a plot,” I was quick to respond confidently.

“OR when I want to confuse people with strange words, or totally disregard them with that,” Grandma Glasses continues.

And our discussion became as theatrical as Brynner and Kerr in the King and I.

(music in background )

(TheWriter enters sheepishly)

(Grandma Glasses shaking her head, stands next to the table)

THE WRITER

Who would want to use psithurism?

GRANDMA GLASSES

when the sound of the wind through trees  seems more visual?

THE WRITER

Or librocubicularist …

(pulls out a book from the shelf)

GRANDMA GLASSES

when plainly a person who reads in bed  is more relaxed and doesn’t sound claustrophobic?

(takes the book from the Writer)

THE WRITER

Defenestrate is too limiting!

(walks to other side of room and looks out the window)

GRANDMA GLASSES

when you want to throw a person or something out of a window , he’s better being sacked!

(walks to TheWriter and taps on his shoulder)

THE WRITER

Of course it will lead to disaster and spellchecker error too —

(turns around and faces Grandma Glasses)

GRANDMA GLASSES

if schlimmbesserung  means an improvement that makes things worse.

(picks up an umbrella from the floor, and flicks it open)

THE WRITER

Why forbid the beauty of the place?

(with arms outstretched)

GRANDMA GLASSES

when a garden walk planted with trees is much beautiful to describe than as xyst alone.

(Gently closes umbrella and slowly walks around the room )

THE WRITER

But I like collywobbles –

(Slowly walks to the door)

GRANDMA GLASSES

as much as I do of butterflies in stomach.

THE WRITER       (Off)

Enough of these strange words.

GRANDMA GLASSES (Off)

These words are too strange for my ears .

(fading music in background )

(light dims and fades)

(curtain close)

“Yes I am a writer. I don’t keep a deadline for my paragraphs. I go with the flow, hang out and brainstorm At The Crafter’s Table. ” – Phwriter11

Christmas Card Treasures

Our grandchildren made these Christmas cards. There is no greater gift than a child’s love on Christmas day, and no  better fans like  Grandma and Grandpa for these little artists. These masterpieces of colorful swirls, wriggly letters and animated drawings will always be treasured.

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Christmas cards from Dwan, Eunice and Liam
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(L) Christmas tree and gifts (R) Our house -artwork by Eunice (6yo)
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 (L)Christmas tree and gifts (R) Grandpa and Grandma -artwork by Dwan (6yo)
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Our Christmas tree -artwork by Liam (5yo)
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Grandpa and Grandma with our pet dogs Angie and Drake – artwork by Liam (5yo)
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Christmas artwork by the little artists (Dec 2016)

I love Trees

“I love trees. They show us how to age gracefully, even with wrinkled, bruised and bent branches.” – Grandma Glasses

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Love is Sweeter

14 Feb 2016

“Love is always sweeter when you bake cake together.” – Grandma Glasses

A great way to spend Valentine’s Day is enjoying chocolate cake together. Savoring its smooth, silky, sweetness with thoughts of  the labor of love spent on making that delicious chocolate mousse cake is just ultimate delight. I follow a simple baking mantra, a sweet tooth is a good springboard to happiness.

 

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What’s in the box?

Over a cup of coffee , PhWriter  and Grandma Glasses discussed today’s news. Grandma Glasses can’t help to feel distraught by trending events overseas while PhWriter  scribbled on her notepad to keep her thoughts aligned. Violence, anger, corruption and poverty are common headlines.

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