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.

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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Silly vs. Sarcastic

IMG_2569.JPGThis post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Click on the link if you’d like to play. I’ve been noticing that my new blogger friend John does these and they’re very good. This is my first shot at it. I’m writing about the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the letter “s.” Per the rules, nothing was edited except typos.

I’m in a meeting thinking about how services employ people to travel all over the country training teachers on new curriculum. Sometimes it’s silly you know. The fact is, I’ve already been using the software and people are asking questions like “How do you download a Smart notebook driver.” and “How do you update a Smart driver that was installed a long time ago?” These people need a basic training in “Simple things 101.” I benefit somewhat by these trainings but certainly not six hours worth of sitting.  Continue reading

The Difference a Donut Makes

SONY DSCLast week we were running really late one day and I had just been warned by the girls’ school office that if I ever drop them off late (without walking them in) they will remain in the purgatory cafeteria as they call me to come in and sign them in. Ugh. No thank you. So to avoid this, I was rushing them along. Julianna as usual could not find her shoes. I decided to try a new motivation: a donut. Continue reading

Enough Said

enough_saidThis film came out in 2013, some time after James Gandolfini had passed. My wife and I went to see it because it was a romantic comedy and it was the best thing we could find playing one Friday night. Julia Louis Dreyfuss plays his love interest and as soon as she decides to get over her hangups on stuff like his lack of cleanliness she discovers he is the ex-husband of her new friend and massage client. This makes for some interesting tension and the writing here is so thickly real you can cut it with a knife. But as Bryan Adams sang of love in the 80’s, “Cuts like a knife but it feels so right.” This movie couldn’t have had a big budget. It manages to tell a sweet story of two people fallig in love without the trappings of tricky editing or cgi. It’s a humble looking film that seems as if it were filmed with a handheld camera during a series of family events. Continue reading