Red Ginger Flower in bloom!
All Rights Reserved. Photographer Ms. Judy Mikami
Island of Molokai, Hawaii
Thank you for visiting my blogsite!
UPDATE November 30, 2020
Questions and Answers (Q&A)
Firstly, I thank you for your sincere questions, helpful tips, recommendations and encouragement. It has been overwhelming for me, in a good way! You see, all of your comments actually help your fellow like-minded readers, so they too have every opportunity to pick things up.
And that is a source of my inspiration!
While I do appreciate your many questions some of which I’ve attempted to answer within a blog entry, and here and there, I had decided it is hugely difficult for me to answer all of your questions. Please forgive me.
So please allow me to summarize a few here:
My mission is to inspire myself and others of like-minded thinking people. The response has been overwhelmingly happy, expansive, and encouraging. Many of you are already brimming with inspiration and so eager to make good on it and inspire others in your unique way! I loudly applaud you!! :O)
My blogsite is not monetized. I don’t receive any monetary compensation or credit or whatever devices that’s out there to profit. So, yes, it’s free. I fund my blogsite myself.
My blogsite theme is one of the many “free” templates offered by WORDPRESS, and I utilize SITE GROUND as the engine. This is akin to the story of the Wizard of OZ. What you see upfront is my “Emerald City” (My blogsite with its WORD PRESS theme), and behind the curtain is the engine that runs all of this, SITE GROUND.
Yes, all content and design are created by me. I actually ponder and I actually write. Mostly in isolation. That is why short of technical glitches, you may spot a misspelled word or grammatically incorrect phrase here and there. I miss stuff sometimes. But most of you are forgiving like, “Eh Gregg, no worries!” :O)
What drives me? Creative freedom to be free to create, share and inspire. I imagined a place where like-minded people could find their safe-haven and just enjoy the fact that they can be creative, share, and inspire! And I wish one day, you and I can convince the world we must do better: On all levels, to encourage life rather than to destroy life. This means all facets of life. It starts from within and your interpersonal life, and beyond.
Is it easy to blog? As with any meaningful endeavor, it is when you feel free. When you become unselfish, your creativity will flow. Minimize or quiet distractions. Much of our anxiety and fear are caused by distractions, both external as well as internal. Be flexible, in the manner of such that if you cannot remove a distraction, simply remove yourself from the distraction. Be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up. You can’t create if you’ve dragged yourself to the ground.
Am I a technical wizard? No. I just sort of read, do my best to comprehend what is being said and what I need to do. So yes, I stumbled and fell here and there but that’s just temporary distractions. WORD PRESS and Site Ground are basically intuitive plug-n-play platforms. I never blogged before. I didn’t read any books on blogging either. I was just inspired to Go! When I started it was like, “WOW! Here’s the Emerald City. Now WOT?”
UPDATE November 07, 2020.
Greetings, it’s 7:11 am HST, Saturday, November 07, 2020. May I thank you ALL for your loyal and dedicated energies in visiting my blogsite and for your so very kind support and remarks!
Your kind spirited comments are what I always wanted from an audience of readers of like-minds, and that is to support a global community of down-to-earth human beings so willing to share, learn, explore and grow in the direction they desire! Ultimately, your growth will emerge in a conscious desire to inspire yourself and many others as you forge ahead.
Can you imagine a global world of like minded people inspiring humanity! Yes! You are a part of that!
You have found a place. It does not matter if your space is a micron or a UY SCUTI, the largest known star in the universe, a hypergiant with a radius around 1,700 times larger than the sun.
You exist! And you occupy a place in this world! You belong! And you can do good and inspire others to do the same! We strive in our own way, to encourage life rather than to destroy life.
Believe me, there are people reading this right now who are from so many countries around the world. A multi-national global community of like-minded people represented by each of you! You occupy this space! You have meaning! You count! We all count!
May I thank you for lifting my heart when it is heavy, to brighten my days when dark clouds loom above, for inspiring me with your comments and support, and providing optimism when the world around us seems as if we don’t recognize it anymore.
I like an innocent heart. I like an innocent soul. The core of innocence no matter who you are, no matter what country you live in, no matter what circumstances face you in adversity. As like-minded people, even if we sit alone, like a candle flickering at night you are beacon of light!
May I thank you. Each of you. I see your light. Thank you!
UPDATE: August 5, 2020
WOT ABOUT SCRIPTS has been updated this morning in light of my recent mixed happy and sad personal experience with COVID19. I can only imagine touch separated by glass.
UPDATED: June 19, 2020
Now live! A new category of intrigue. Entertainment for readers, and an audience of theater.
You are invited to see the new tab: WOT About Playlets.
“A Playlet is a short play. It consists of a single Act. An Act is divided into scenes.”
Audience imagination required.
The lights dim. The curtains part.
UPDATED: April 18, 2020
The Corona Virus is with us in Hawaii. It continues to manifest itself of and within itself as a virus, and it continues to spread like wild fire causing illness, fear, destruction and in some cases, death.
I hope my post this mornng: Corona Blast will serve as a beacon of hope as we all sit confined within the inferno of the Corona.
UPDATED: December 15, 2019
Like you, I too have been busy and preoccupied with tons of stuff to do these 12-months wrapping up the year 2019. And this includes down time to recuperate! Try as I might, I don’t rebound as fast as when I was 25-years old.
Don’t even ask why I even mentioned the 25-year old mark, what am I thinking?
It’s almost as if I haven’t changed because my life is still hectic and mostly living day-by-day. The take it one day at a time, is loosely based upon what I put on my calendar, and that I had sworn when I “retired” not to be tied to a calendar. As it is, schedules don’t end with retiring.
So, I’ve beat myself to the end of the year finish line and have already written my “Happy New Year 2020!” blog which will be published on January 1, 2020. This year, it’s a different take for the New Year.
See you then!
UPDATED: July 2, 2019
I woke up this morning with a renewed voice. I’ve decided to continue my journey. We’re setting sail again! Gonna take a new direction!
More experimental writing. More adventures navigating through uncharted seas. A little at a time.
Will see how the winds prevail!
WOT ABOUT REFLECTIONS
July 2, 2019
I’ve been up since 3:15 am. I woke up to an unexpected but decisive voice telling me to continue my journey. Renew my passion to set sail and explore new uncharted seas! It’s funny, what I mean is, odd, how a voice within nudges me to get up despite wanting to sleep. In early morning darkness, the flickering candle draws inspiration as the ink flows down the tip of the quill.
UPDATED: June 16, 2019
It’s been 4-months since I’ve updated you. Stuff happened. I guess my total sense reached a point of change.
My sense of motivation came and went. Inner energies fluctuated, ebbing like a lunar tide. 4-months wasn’t supposed to be that long. It was supposed to be a mere lull to address worldly things, distracting things that make life what it is.
But this lull became an unexpected moment like a sudden drizzle suddenly falling from the sky morphing into a torrential rain storm, and then as soon as it starts, it stops.
Four months was a flashing moment that wasn’t supposed to be that long. I was aware of the moment flashing past, I felt myself losing my grip on it. It passed.
And in the aftermath, I look down at my shoes. Trickling rain runoff gently flows around my shoe much like how life went on and flowed around me while I neglected my website.
I felt bad. I didn’t mean to keep you hanging.
So what does this mean? My subscription to this website ends soon. I have a little less than 30-days from today to make a decision whether to renew it.
I have been thinking whether or not to resume this website. It’s been four months, since I’ve been able, perhaps more precisely, willing to sit myself down in peace and write again.
Maybe I just have to give myself more time.
UPDATED: February 18, 2019
I am not the White Rabbit in Wonderland, but indeed, i am so late! I’m so very late!
I am sorry for being so late.
The reason being is with recent introspection, I have been pondering the content of this website and its direction. I am pondering what can I give you, my audience?
I am at the junction of “Should I This or Should I That”?
Either way, I will be travelling one-way, but is it this way, or is it that way? But by all means, I am sure whatever direction I take, it will be a matter of Should rather than, Not!
Should i continue to write with emphasis on a practical plane, or with emphasis on a creative plane, or with what many of you seem to like; with emphasis with a collage blending fact, fiction and theater?
Or will you just leave it up to me, so I can leave it up to you, to explore your own adventures within!
Mostly, let me experiment okay? I anticipate that the content on the web-side, as well as the blog-side will change. I hope you will continue to join me and read-along as we travel ahead!
UPDATED: January 1, 2019
Happy New Year 2019!
It’s all done! I am free! In the spirit of this website blog, I am voluntarily, enthusiastically, and happily retired. Today, as the New Year clicks away; indeed, time waits for no one I am still trying to get used to doing nothing for awhile. But I am back. May I welcome everyone to the New Year 2019!
UPDATED: November 11, 2018
WOT About Photoscapes has been updated!
WOT About Haiku has been at last updated!
UPDATED: November 3, 2018
“Intermission”. I am definitely in one right now. Unfortunately, due to timeline (as opposed to flatline) constraints, I will be mostly absent in writing my blog for the next two months. But I will be back. I have got to finish up work and personal business before the year is up. Thank you for understanding! If I have a moment, I will try to contribute something to keep the tinders glowing…
UPDATED: September 13, 2018
Today, I wanted to devote time to you, the many readers with like minds who have visited this website and have taken the time to read and comment on my blog entries and the spirit of this website. Your kind comments have left an extremely positive and encouraging impression with me!
Some of you have even been inspired to carry on this momentum by wanting to start your own blog or improve the direction of your existing blog which is overwhelmingly awesome to me. I loudly applaud your own desire to “give back” to the world, to share your inspiration with others with all the hope that they too will be inspired.
What could be more inspiring than this!
As a consequence of your experiences here, I received several technical questions about how might someone develop their own blog or better define their own “mission” to inform others!
Since I am not at all a technical wizard and am new to blogging myself, I chose WORDPRESS as it offers many types of free (as well as optional for-a-fee website template designs). The website template design that I am using here is free.
Also I wanted a simple, Host-engine that is affordable, intuitive, easy to use, and secure so I chose SITEGROUND. The host is the wizard behind the green curtain of the Emerald City of Oz!
Just click on the web-links below to learn more about WORDPRESS and SITEGROUND.
Thank you again for visiting my blog and inspiring me and many others with your comments!
Although in the very beginning I have tried to respond individually to your comments, I am unable to do so at this time. I am sorry for this and I hope you understand.
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If you’re new to blogging and want something pretty solid, what you see here is WORDPRESS and SITEGROUND working together.
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Yes, “Time flies”, “Time waits for no one”, “Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away!”
Before we lose sight of time, let’s take a quick spin around this website.
The Headers: WOT About Scripts and WOT About Reflections!
In the upper top menu bar is a listing of my WOT ABOUT topics. Each “WOT About Tab” introduces you to different topical content. For example, WOT About Scripts and WOT About Reflections are places for me to experiment with different topics and forms of creativity. So what appears here is more “mood-driven” rather than subject driven. The subject may vary depending on my moods. Pieces in here are intended to change. Motivated by my mood to express!
In the right-hand side column, you’ll find “Recent Posts” where my latest thoughts are posted. This is the “Blog” part of the website. This is where I park to ponder, think and express.
Each post is a stand-alone entry. As I add more posts, the older posts automatically get funnelled into the “Archives”. You can read all my posts; and post your comments and thoughts. The “Archive” is the depository of all new and previous posts.
WOT About Me?
Originally, I thought that I’d “start this website after I retired”. That’s the reason behind the name of this website. Maybe I should have named it: “I AM NOT RETIRED! NOW WOT?” instead.
It would have been something that I would do to occupy my days and nights. But I couldn’t wait! I wanted to do it now. And this leads to the thought that life is a journey, not a destination!
It dawned on me, that this entire process of “retiring”, is a work in progress!
So in anticipation of retiring, the changes ahead of me has become a curious journey in discovering the diversity of my own desires! What drives me? What motivates me? Who am I … really?
I ask myself these same questions and I’ve noticed as time moves forward, sometimes the answers change!
The answers or what I thought would be easy answers, turned out to be rather personal, intimate and relative to time; and at times somewhat elusive.
It became very apparent, that I wanted to come out and start writing the blog even before I officially retired!
So, this is what I am doing.
A little at a time I am laying the foundation to something that I hope will fuel my passion as I transition into retirement. As I engage in this blog, I am rediscovering myself!
The count-down really amounts to time transitioning for this. This isn’t an overnight decision, it’s literally shedding all notions of what really drives my decision to retire. It’s experimenting with what I could do.
Is it just the numbers on a spreadsheet, is it just the amount of cash and assets acquired thus far, is it an intellectual decision, an economic decision, an emotional decision, or perhaps a spiritual decision?
Is it the result of an untimely, unwanted tragic event that forces a person into retirement?
Or is it something well planned in advance?
As you can plainly see, it really all depends!
In creating this website, I am “re-purposing myself” toward my goal to live a simple, healthy, and happy life. In this quest, I want to share a bit of my innerself with like minded people who value freedom, creativity, and a collaborative spirit to learn and inspire!
Creating this website, is an engagement of transitioning myself from the proverbial 8-to-5 “employee” to being retired one day! And you know what, it all came together. Emotionally, I am really ready to do that!
I’m not in a tunnel anymore. I’m in an open field and there’s much to see and do, and I want to be set free for a new beginning that has all the potential to whisk me away to another life’s journey!
To be free, to create, to express and maybe even inspire!
To explore and be set free!