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An Unfortunate Acronym: FART

At the end of a year I like to meditate and ask the Universe to give me a sign on an aspect of my life that I should maybe bring more awareness to in the new year. A word or so will present itself and they will be the catch-words for the year. This year, four words came forward. They make the unfortunate acronym FART: Focus. Act. Rejoice. Trust. This wasn’t the order they came in but it helped me remember what they were.

FOCUS – I’ve been so busy in my life; consider myself a Jack-of-all-trades. I direct, act, write, teach, design, produce and administrate and it has brought food to the table but I am not quite satisfied. The multiple hats many artists have to wear seems to be part and parcel to the career we’ve chosen but with all the directions my brain juggles, I rarely have felt I’ve been able to give all my energy to just one field. So this year I’m going to Focus. I love to write and so writing will be my Focus. Focus also has to do with overcoming procrastination and distraction. So this year I am putting my past habits to rest and am attempting to be a Focused individual.

ACT – It’s an easy one that kind of ties in to the last. It is not only about being focused on one thing but to DO that thing, to ACT. So I am going to be an Active Pursuer of that which I’m Focusing on – WRITING.

REJOICE – This was the first word that came to me and not thinking it was a substantial, spiritually enlightening enough pursuit; I went meditating onward. But I did not let it go completely and now I feel it is totally an amazing way to Live Life. So I am going to Rejoice this year. I am going to celebrate my successes and my challenges. I am going to Rejoice in myself and in others. I’m going to have a totally Rejoicefulnating Year!

TRUST – This is the biggie. Trusting my choices. Trusting that I will be taken care of in the choices I make. That making choices will not kill me or bankrupt me or make people hate me. Trust in myself. Trust others. Having Trust removes fear and it reveals how close Trust and fear are connected. When I am afraid of something then I’m not trusting myself or the world. It becomes very clear then when I am not trusting. I have to take a big breath and go for it. I know that with Trust will come comfort, security and joy.

There is also a phrase that I began thinking about when I was on my OZ/SE Asian journey. The phrase is; “Don’t take it personally.” It is something else that I’m adding to my awareness radar. It has helped a lot already to be: less defensive, more understanding to others, realize my own reactions and feelings of “why me?” and “how could so-and-so do this to me?”. I didn’t realize that when someone is driving slowly it’s not because they’re out to make me late for something. Or if someone doesn’t hold the door open for me that they are horrible people. That sometimes really nice and good people have thoughts that are elsewhere and they act accordingly. “Don’t take it personally.” It’s eased my stress levels already and added a great big “WHEW” to my life.

These are my New Year Mantras and I’m looking forward to being conscious of them as me and the Universe roll along happily together.

da hersh


Evolutionary Alfabet – Ekswizit Randomnes

There’s been a fun link floating around about English pronunciation and how random it is sometimes. Read it, it’s totally enjoyable.


I am a proponent of randomness. I love non-sequitureality. I am also a fan of evolution and this link reminded me that I think it is time for the English alphabet to evolve. Weird pronunciation and spelling exceptions can be a thing of the past if we just allow the alphabet to change. I propose that each letter makes just one sound, without exceptions, then: confusion would be avoided for people learning the language, spelling would be made easier, and reading would be a breeze. My daughter, Hannah, and I have been discussing this matter for many years and this pronunciation poem has renewed our passion to help the alphabet evolve. We’ve come up with some ideas over time that I’m sure, when you consider them, will make total sense to you and you’ll say, “YES! That makes total sense to me!”

First, the letters that can be eliminated… ‘C’. ‘C’ makes two sounds, both of which are covered by other letters in the alphabet, ‘K’ and ‘S’. So goodbye ‘C’. ‘Q’ is unnecessary as it is also covered by the sound ‘KW’ would make together. ‘X’ – as much as I love it, is unnecessary. That’s where we’d start so we are now down to 23 letters.

Also, ‘G’ should just be hard like “Gut” and let ‘J’ take care of the soft sound so words like “lodge” would be “lodj”. (Oh yes, the unnecessary ‘e’ should be eliminated – what’s it doing in ‘lodge’ anyway, it doesn’t even make the ‘o’ long.) And ‘Y’ should just make “yuh” and not sound like a long ‘E’ as in “many”.

Letters we’d add… a letter for each of the sounds ‘CH’, ‘SH’, ‘TH’ (both hard and soft – hard TH as in THAT, and soft as in WITH) and we’d add a letter for ‘ING’ because really it seems quite arbitrary why those letter combinations would make those sounds. And I’m sure there was reason at one point and Linguistic Historians could say, “Oh ‘CH’ makes that sound because…” but think of what future linguistic historians will say, “Then they figured – just create new letters. And that’s why reading and writing is so much easier today.” There are already alphabets out there that consider these sounds letters so I’m just suggesting we do the same. So add five letters, we’re now at 28. So really what’s two more letters to add?

We’d also like to make the vowels easier. I think we should just put a long accent, ‘-’, above the vowel if it’s long. French uses accents, English could too. A = ah, Ā = ay, E = eh, Ē = ee, I = ih, Ī = eye, O = o, Ō = oh, U = uh, and Ū = oo. So simple. Then we could lose the not-always-the-rule ‘e’ at the end of a word to make the vowel long (using lodge again as an example).

And I know that there is the sounding symbols they use in dictionaries but that seems too radical, too many new things to learn. Simplicity is my vote. So lose the rules like: “i before e except after c” – Ridiculous! ‘Gh’ and ‘Ph’ both make ‘F’. Did no one trust ‘F’ to be able to take care of it herself? Make it EZ, I say, Simplicity is Best. Now following is an example.

“This is a sentence that has no particular meaning, I am just using it as an example of how the genuine use of an inspired and evolved new English alphabet could benefit Canadian kind.”

Now for fun sakes only, use this map key to read the following. (I am not suggesting that these symbols be the future symbols of these sounds.)

ч = ‘ch’
ς = ‘sh’
ŧ = soft ‘th’
Ŧ = hard ‘th’
ŋ = ‘ing’

Now read…

“Ŧis iz a sentens Ŧat haz nō partikūlar mēnŋ, Ī am just ūzŋ it az an ekzampl ov how Ŧu jenūin yūs ov an inspīrd and ēvolvd nū ŋliς alfabet kud benefit Kanādēan kīnd.”

Okay, maybe it’ll take some getting yūs tū, but I think in the end wee r heding that way eneeway. With teks and mesajing, peepl r shortning wrdz or making up nu wrdz all the time. Speling had its time, it is now the time for simpl sens. Rīt it how it sowndz. Simplisitē.

Ŧōz r mī ŧots on Ŧat. And mãbē if ēnuf pēpl bēgin to чalenj Ŧu hīr powrz of ŋlō-rēpreςun, nū and bēūtiful ekspreςuns kan bē bōrn.

da hrς

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