May All Your Guesses Be Educated

Look before you leap.

When I have time to kill, I often rely on my Sudoku phone app to keep me from twitching with boredom. Sudoku puzzles can be quite addictive. They challenge my mind, and yet allow me to shut off big parts of it at the same time. It’s hard to explain. You kind of have to be there.

Now that I’m playing at the “expert” level, I occasionally have to rely on guesses to get past a numerical log jam. I wouldn’t have to do this if I bothered to educate myself on the higher level Sudoku strategies. You can read up on them all over the internet. I could probably figure them out if I cared enough. But to me, it’s a time killing game, and I don’t want to waste too much energy climbing up to the next dimension.

But when I do make a guess, I do my best to make sure that guess is an educated one. I calculate the odds that one number should be placed in a particular box, as opposed to another. This quite often serves me well. Until, of course, it doesn’t.

When you think about it, isn’t that how the majority of us get through life? We take chances. We guess. The more intelligent people among us learn as much as they can before making a choice, but in the end, a choice has got to be made.

Don’t be impulsive. Learn what you can, and then go from there. Do your best. Look before you leap, so that you can get a better sense of where you might land. Of course, there are no guarantees, but at the very least you can increase your odds. Therein lies a more successful path through life.

May all your guesses be educated, dear reader.

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The Collage That Is My Life

Every one of us has life experiences, many of which we take for granted, but these experiences help shape us into the people we are. It’s like a very detailed puzzle or collage that, when put all together, forms a picture of you. No two images will ever be exactly alike, and that’s such a wonderful miracle when you think about it.

Here are some of the elements that are included in, or missing from, my picture.

  • I just tried lipstick, for the first time ever, at the age of 49. I’ve never tried any other type of makeup, and wouldn’t know where to begin.
  • I have never in my life paid for any type of television, and I don’t ever intend to.
  • I have traveled to 19 countries, and I hope to once again be able to travel in the future, because it’s my reason for being.
  • Through Kiva.org I have so far made 49 micro-loans to help change the lives of women in 39 countries.
  • I like to create fractals.
  • I love to write.
  • I’m much heavier than I would like to be.
  • I have a very high IQ.
  • I have never lived somewhere that has a dishwasher. I am the dishwasher, and I often go on strike.
  • I prefer most animals to most people.
  • Of all religious philosophies, Unitarian Universalism fits me best.
  • I have been rock climbing, parasailing, and snorkeling, and I’d love to do more of that. I’d love to go skydiving or ride in a hot air balloon, but could never justify the expense.
  • I’ve made some massive mistakes.
  • I can’t stand to have my belly button touched.
  • I’m extremely unlucky by American standards, but extremely lucky by global standards, and I try to be ever mindful of that.
  • My dogs love me.
  • Growing up, I lived in a tent.
  • I tend to laugh at inappropriate moments.
  • I have never owned a telephone that can access the internet or take a photograph.
  • I speak Spanish.
  • I’m half Danish, one quarter Irish, and one quarter French, yet I don’t speak any of the languages of my ancestors.
  • I am one of only three people in the United States with my last name.
  • One of my eyes is near-sighted, the other is far-sighted.
  • If I’m not paying close attention, I tend to stand on the side of one of my feet. The special shoe I wore as a toddler never broke me of this habit.
  • I snore.
  • I love to sleep.
  • More than anything, I want to live in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • I have never wanted children.
  • I find nothing as attractive as a healthy curiosity.
  • And I’m single!

I’d love to hear about your puzzle pieces.

Fractal Collage--Rainbow Star

This is a collage of several of my fractals. It’s called “Fractal Collage–Rainbow Star, and can be purchased in the form of a business card, poster, card or coffee mug here. Just sayin’.