Witless Wednesday

Cynthia Reyes - Author

I’m being driven witless.

Witless, I tell you.

By the multitude of articles telling me I need to live more simply by getting rid of stuff. Warning me that I’ll expire of unhappiness because my closets and cupboards are cluttered.

Honestly, at least twice a day in the last week, I’ve read these admonitions and how-to’s. Oprah’s online magazine, O. Better Homes and Gardens. The daily newspapers. Blog posts. 

Why is it driving me witless, otherwise known as bonkers and even bouleversee?

Maybe it’s because I know there is at least a grain of truth in most of these articles. In the last year, I’ve given things away and still suspect that I could do with less. (I hold on to old towels because they can be reused to dust, clean floors, etc., etc. My daughter says that’s crazy.)

But mostly it’s because all of these advice articles demand…

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Letters to the Power Plant #83 — Dell Programmer in Training

Power Plant Men

After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going.  This is the eighty third letter I wrote.  Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online.

9/2/03 – Dell Programmer in Training

Dear Sooner Plantonians,

I hope everything is going well with you guys.  I was in training last week in Kansas City, and this week I’m in Dallas for the rest of the week.  My manager told me that he never saw one person have as much training as I have had in the past 7 months.  Let’s see.  Just to give you an idea, here is a list of the training I have had since February:

ASP.Net programming

MBA Course:  Economics of…

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Walking the Third of a Green Mile (No Rain, No Rainbows)

The Lemonade Chronicles


Last night marked the beginning of an auspicious new chapter in my 11 year-old son’s life: Day One on my, I mean his, journey to becoming a rockstar. (Note to self: Remember to tag this blog post with #helicopterparenting.) After years of dinner table cajoling and backseat threats, I finally pulled the trigger and signed Everett up for piano lessons. It’s ridiculous that this has taken so long to come to fruition.  The music school is well-respected in these parts, and we know many families who swear by it.  More importantly, a 5-minute walk from our house delivers the student right into the studio.  Maybe less than 5 minutes, actually.

Though the walk felt more like an hour last night.  Because I spent the entire time engaged in an exhausting mental wrestling match with Everett as he struggled to shake free of this new obligation.  I had successfully entrapped him…

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Life is a journey, from Allah and to Allah..&.. Hayat bir yolculuktur, Allah’tan & Allah’a.



 No matter what else you lose, never lose Allah. Allah can replace everything but nothing can replace Allah.

Neyi kaybedersen kaybet, ama Allah’ı kaybetme. Allah herşeyin yerini doldurur ama hiçbirşey Allah’ın yerini dolduramaz.


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Fostering Conversation And Respect

The Tony Burgess Blog

I hope to express myself on my blog in such a way to not offend anyone on a personal level. Of course we will have differences on various things but I hope to build bridges and understanding on the topics of the day. If you have ever been offended let me know so we can work it out. Fostering conversation can be a good thing and will bring people together.

I also reserve the right to post what I want here but in a responsible manner.

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2016 in nutshell

Smiles here & Smiles there

2016 is long gone,10 days into 2017, and this year has already started leaving its footprints in all our lives. Be sure that I ain’t gonna bore you with the highlights of 2016.

But I would just show you what all good things happened with me(read Smiles here and Smiles there 😛 )

I started making Vlogs and I think that was the best decision ever because it widens my thoughts and helps me help others in whatever way possible. Presently I have 65 subscribers on YouTube. My aim is to reach 1000 by the end of next year(I think I am being far fetched but I want to achieve the figure).

I also started meeting blogger friends in real life and it couldn’t be any better.

In 2016, I have met —

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