Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Having Coffee on the 25th of February

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get a you a nice large mug of a very strong French Roast, a cuppa tea or other morning appropriate beverage.  Perhaps if you are here a little later in the day I can clear some snow off of the picnic table and we can enjoy our beverages outside.  I am not joking!  You may notice the kids outside playing in the snow in shorts and t-shirts….I’ll talk about it in a few minutes. Of course, you may be curious where there is snow on the ground yet everyone is in short sleeves.  Some of you out there may recognize the McDonald’s Pub mug as meaning that we are in New Hampshire today.

It has been an odd week.  I started off on Cape Cod, where I had a wonderful weekend.  In fact, I wrote about my Saturday for my Weekly Smile this week and about the sunny, warm weather for my last week’s Smile Reminder.  But we were in for a surprise because it got even warmer.  Yesterday topped off at 74 F/23 C!  Do you remember me talking about a series of snow storms a few weeks back?  We received well over 3 feet (over a meter) of snow in a little over a week.  A lot of that is still around.  OK, quite a bit is gone, of course, but it is still surprising to see fields filled with snow, or huge piles here and there while feeling so warm and seeing the kids dressed for summer. Continue reading

Review: Seasons of Imagination by Trent P. McDonald

The first blog review of “Seasons of Imagination”! Thanks Lauren!

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Seasons of Imagination is a collection of short stories about people. McDonald explores the depth of the human condition by placing characters in different situations to see how they interact with one another.

The collection is an eclectic variety of short fiction. There is no set genre the collection falls into and no specific theme, but it works. At its heart Seasons of Imagination is about people. People are different, they are unable to be categorised, people are eclectic. McDonald shows the good, the bad, and the ugly. He doesn’t shy away from the truth.

“I looked into His eyes and saw strength and wisdom, wisdom that was born with the mountains.” – McDonald “Rite of Passage” in Seasons of Imagination

My personal favourites from the collection are “Whispering Breeze” and “Eardwulf”.

The collection is made up of…

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Weekly Smile 60! #weklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

My smile is going to be a bit different today.  Why not? :)

I got up relatively early on Saturday (18th) morning.  The sun was just making an appearance and lighting my bedroom.  I went into the kitchen for my boring breakfast routine.  As I ate, I watched out the window, actually a sliding glass door.  From my kitchen table I can see Swan Pond just at the end of the road.  There is a landing, so the view of the water is unobstructed.

The day looked good.  There was barely a ripple on the pond, meaning there was little wind.  I hoped this was true all over the Cape (what we call Cape Cod).  Sometimes I will see little wind, but then going out it will be very strong where I want to walk.

I was out the door by 7:45 and headed to Chapin Beach. Continue reading

Nancy (Embers)

(This is part fifth and final installment of the “Embers” series which started with Over the Embers and continued with Derek (Luck)Teddy (Frogs) and Jason (Stars) )


I had the website for the campground open and was trying to figure out what I needed to do to cancel our spot.  I felt bad because we had put in the reservations well over a year in advance, but there was no way we’d be able to make it.

“What are you doing honey?”

I hadn’t heard Nancy enter the room.  Her face was puffy and pasty pale.  She didn’t have a wig on.

“Nothing,” I said.

“You were going to cancel the reservations, weren’t you?” she asked.

“Well, since you asked, actually I was,” I said.  “You know that there is no way we’d go without you.  I’m not going to leave your side.”

“I know, honey, but you won’t have to worry about that.  Go.”

For a second a surge of joy went through my mind.  She was going to be better!  She’d be able to come.  But then a dull realization descended on me of exactly what she was saying.  I got up and took her in my arms.

“Please promise me that you and the boys will still go.  Please?”

I looked into her pleading eyes.  A tear fell onto her face.  I couldn’t help it.

“We will go,” I said.  “I promise.  No matter what, we will go.”

She smiled.  “Good.  By then you’ll really need to get out of the house.  Can you help me back to bed?”

I walked her into the bedroom and tucked her in.  She smiled up at me.

I forced myself awake.  I was not going to relive what came next, the next few days and weeks.  I wasn’t ready or strong enough. Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles #weeklysmile 58 Reminder

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

(I want to reassure you before you read this that nothing bad has happened in my life, it is just that I have been thinking.  As they say, thinking can be a dangerous thing :) )

I’ve often said that smiles come in many sizes and shapes.  I often tell you big smiles of the week, but sometimes the small ones are more important.   I also tell you to go out and smile.  I get it that it is hard for some.  I say, smile anyway.  Smiling is living.

What is life really about, then?  Is it possible to be happy when your stomach is growling from hunger?  Can you find love when so many hate you for reasons beyond your control?  Are there really silver linings in great disasters?  Loss and sorry fill many lives.  Who am I to say that you should smile?  Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee in the Snow ( Feb 11, 2017)

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and brush the snow off!  Brrr, it’s cold out there, but much warmer that yesterday!  OK, it’s 12 F/ -11 C as compare to 5 F/-15 C.  Any way you look at it, it is cold!  So take off your coat and I’ll get you large mug of very strong French Roast, a steaming cuppa tea, a mug of hot chocolate or other warm beverage.  Snow and cold, I bet you know we’re in New Hampshire even without looking at the photo at the top of the page!

The big theme for this week is “The Return of Winter”, or perhaps “The Revenge of Winter” would be better.  This has been an odd winter, with some very cold spells, like most of December, but with some warm periods (relatively speaking) mixed in there too.  But there has been little snow.  There has been some, but there has also been just as much rain.  It didn’t look like early February in New Hampshire, that’s for sure!  There is typically a few feet of snow around the house. Continue reading

The Pen is…

MArine 1 Leaving White House

Old Cold War Joke:

American citizen: The reason it’s great to be an American is that I can make fun of my president and write bad things about my government all day long and there’ll be no repercussions.

USSR comrade: Oh, it is the same here in the Soviet Union.

American: Really?

USSRian: Of course.  I can make fun of your president and write bad things about your government all day long and there will be absolutely zero repercussions.

Hahaha… Uhm, actually, it doesn’t seem funny any more. Continue reading

2016 in a Plastic Brain

Exactly a year ago and still true – I did not once use “2016” instead of “2017” this month and my brain is still changing, hopefully for the better!

Trent's World (the Blog)

Trent - Computer Paint

OK, we are a month into 2016.  Time to be honest – when was the last time you accidentally used “2015”?  Funny thing.  For me the answer is infinite since I moved to 2016 on January 1.  And I changed to 2015 on Jan 1 of last year.  What is so amazing is that before 2015 it usually took me at least two months to get the year correct.  Sometimes by the time I finally got the year figured out, the next year had begun.  But for some reason my brain changed so this year thing isn’t a problem.

Over the years I’ve continued to learn new things, see old things in a totally different way, lose habits and gain habits.  My brain has changed, and despite my age, not always for the worse.  Sometimes, like with that year thing, it is for the better.   At work I’ve had to…

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The Art Of…

I posted this almost exactly two years ago. It is one of my most popular posts. I guess it resonated with people back then. Does it today?

Trent's World (the Blog)

Dabble - Sketch by Trent P McDonaldOften the skill we think we need for an art isn’t the one that’s really required.   So you think the main skill for drawing is hand eye coordination?  The same thing with music, all you need is fluid fingers to play an instrument, so you can hit the right key/valve/finger hole/fret at the right time?  Perhaps all you need for writing is good spelling and grammar?  Let’s take a look.

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