About Damien Riley

I was born in 1969 and I write about all I have seen. Not quite a hippie but I share some of their cultural sensitivities, like peace. I'm a married teacher with 3 kids. This blog is a free flow sharing of blog posts, hand-picked statuses, and photos. I also post to Twitter as Cre8nNov8. Thanks for reading.

Grandma Knows Best

cosbyA friend of mine told me the funniest story one time about how kids are self-centered and that makes them extremely funny. It’s also a testimony to the wisdom of grandparents. Apparently, her granddaughter was in the process of becoming potty trained and every time she’d “make” her parents would praise her and sometimes give her a treat for the act. Well one day she did her business and asked her parents to look at her creation. The father said “good job” the mother said, “Sweetie I am so proud of you.” Even the older siblings stopped by to say “Wow!” Then the father flushed the toilet. The young girl began to cry and pout, stating sge wanted grandma to see it. Her parents told her to get over it but she persisted. Continue reading

Halloween 8 Years Ago – at the Stanford House

2006there was a time that any year in the 2000s sounded futuristic,like 2006. Stankey Kubrick’s A Space Odyssey was only 2001 for goodness sake. For this Throwback Thursday post, I went through some old photos and decided to write on this one. It’s my lovely wife and I on Halloween 8 years ago. We lived in a rental on a street called Stanford. Oh and get this, it was at the corner of Stanford and Yale. The college names are fitting because we learned so much there. What it amounted to was just a little more about parenting and marriage along life’s open road. Continue reading

Devil That You Know

Snapshot 1 (10-18-2014 3-25 PM)Just busted this one out. Creepy sounds with the word Devil in the song, Just in time for Halloween.
It was inspired by the idiom:
better the devil you know (than the devil you don’t)
something that you say to mean it is better to deal with a person or thing you know, even if you do not like them, than to deal with a new person or thing who could be even worse

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Steady She Goes

appleWelcome to another Manic Monday with my last week’s posts and a blurb going forward.

Here’s my posts from last week:

Now fr the weekly blurb:

What can I say. I am taking on a lot. I hope i can keep up the blogging pace because this is awesome. If my blog is a ship, I say “Steady she goes.” Here are the waters I navigate every week:

Mon – tag: Manic Monday – Write a short post about what’s coming up for the week or a quick week/weekend post review.
Tue – Straight up Online Diary or Movie Review.
Wed – tag: Wordless Wednesday
Thu – Straight up Online Diary or Movie Review. (can: Throwback Thursday)
Fri – tag: Friday Funny, Flickr Friday, or Straight up Online Diary or Movie Review.
Sat – tag: Stream of Consciousness Saturday
Sun – category: Blogging tag: Blog Safari, Silent Sunday

Blog Safari Sunday 10-19-14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlog Safari Sunday is a speedlinking series where I feature other peoples’ great blog posts that I really like.

Shapes Elicit Emotion

mudflaps-girl-image-optThis post links back to its blog challenge: Stream of Consciousness Saturday This week’s challenge is to write in a stream of consciousness way about the word “shape.”

In the original Halloween screenplay, Mike Myers was not referred to as a person but rather “the shape.” I find this interesting because shapes influence our emotions. A shadow growing closer can really freak a person out. Shapes are not people, they are unidentified waling objects. Darth Vader’s helmet is a dark shape. Continue reading

I Got to Thinking About Boiled Eggs

humpty-dumpty..My daughter Isabella is a very curious little 9 year old. The other day she said something hilarious. She came in to the living room where my wife and I were on our laptops and asked if she could make a hard boiled egg. My wife chuckled, knowing Bella had never made a hard boiled egg yet in her lifetime. We agreed to teach her how to do it and she actually made one for her mother and her sister. They came out great. I peeled them because I was worried her hard work would have been in vain if she peeled the whites off the yolk. They were textbook boiled eggs. That was when I asked her a question. Continue reading

How I Do Love to go up in a Swing

IMG_6639Childhood
The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson was read over and over and left scattered all throughout my childhood. My parents were enthusiastic about this poem and any other media that heralded creativity and childhood. The Red Balloon was another such example. Continue reading

My Immortality Stone

IMG_2633.JPGHealth … like space, the final frontier. As a kid I never worried about health. In my 40’s I could not avoid it. Today I go to the doctor and I am not thrilled. Rather than list my chart and sound like a geriatric patient, I’ll brad about the stone I found. It cures everything that ails you. It strengthens heart valves and decreases blood pressure.
lowers triglycerides and yes, put a full head of brown hair on your head. It can do more for you! If you comment I’ll break a piece off for you. I love immortality stones. I’ve named mine Hope. Continue reading

Every Decade is a Kick in the Head

decadesMary Wollstonecraft said “Youth is the season for love in both sexes” and I would say due to gland and muscle development, she is right. But at the same time I think it safe to say each decade inherently contains treasures native to its own. Here’s just a few examples of how I break it down: Continue reading

The Mystical Teacher Week Off

tvWelcome to a Manic Monday where I put up links to last week’s posts and write a blurb about the coming week:. First, my posts from last week:

Now, a blurb about the coming week: This should be a highly focused blogging week since I am off work for October break. And, yes, a week off from teaching is everything you’d think it would be. The pool is almost too cold to swim in which of course bums me out. I will be doing other things like reading more blogs, making infographics (which I have started to attempt with Photoshop) and of course, watching movies and reviewing some. I’m trying this new top secret theme schedule on my blog. I’m hoping it increases the quality. I have a LOT to say and I plan to get to it all.

Mon – tag: Manic Monday – Write a short post about what’s coming up for the week or a quick week/weekend post review.
Tue – Straight up Online Diary or Movie Review.
Wed – tag: Wordless Wednesday
Thu – Straight up Online Diary or Movie Review. (can: Throwback Thursday)
Fri – tag: Friday Funny, Flickr Friday, or Straight up Online Diary or Movie Review.
Sat – tag: Stream of Consciousness Saturday
Sun – category: Blogging tag: Blog Safari, Silent Sunday

This will pretty much be a “Damien Riley week off” if I ever saw one! How are you?

See ya tomorrow.

Blog Safari Sunday 10-12-14

This is a speedlinking post, part of my Blog Safari Sunday series. These are posts I ran across in the past week, all from blogs I found worth mentioning. If they catch your interest, visit. If you like them, share.

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