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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wednesday's Wisdom: Go Fly a Kite?

Today, February 8th, 2017, is the second week, of the second month, of the new year. I confess that re this fact, I'm finding myself more than a little bit overwhelmed at the passing of time; and my inability to fulfill my goals as well as to make the accomplishments that I had hoped to achieve at this point in my life. Therefore, last week's comic strip from Peanuts (posted above), truly hit a chord!

I'm very discouraged about the delays in bringing the soft-cover version of the book I wrote with Cam, Words In Our Beak, Volume One...

... to fruition. At this juncture, as you may know, dear reader, the book is only available in iBook as well as ePub format. And if you follow my cyber-venues, then you are probably aware of the fact that I've been working on having it produced in soft-cover version format for a number of months!

There have been a number of interruptions in the course of my realizing my goal, including the fact that I had an accident this past May, and, I have also have had a major problem re my eye-sight, which is unrelated to the accident.

In any event, I've done all I could to deal with problems related to the aforementioned incidents, and had been back on track re converting my book to a soft-cover version. Because I missed out in having my book ready for the holiday seasons of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa; as well as the date honoring National Bird Day, I've been hoping to have everything in place in time for this year's Valentine's Day.

However, since this particular holiday is less than one week away, I realize that my hopes regarding this have been dashed! For I received a printed copy of the softcover version from one of the companies that I'd like to produce it; and I'm very unhappy re its overall appearance. Moreover, there are a number of errors which have to be corrected.

And I'm still awaiting a copy of a soft-cover version from another company that I'm expecting in the next few days (as it was supposedly sent out yesterday).

Therefore, I'm no where near the place I'd like to be at this time, hence, I truly related to the Peanuts comic strip posted above this entry!

Relating to this strip is not unusual for me, as all the characters within the strip go through emotions that I experience, especially Charlie Brown.

My feelings about myself in relation to the setbacks re the endeavor to advance with the book, Words In Our Beak, Volume One, are beginning to remind me of Charlie Brown's feelings about himself as he attempts to fly a kite. as seen in the You Tube Video posted below.

And, speaking of flying a kite, dear reader, did you know that today's date of February 8th is also the day of a holiday known as Kite Flying Day?

According to Holiday Insights (HI), this is a great time to go fly a kite and here's what they claim regarding this holiday: "People have enjoyed flying kites for thousands of years. Its an ever popular activity for children, and enjoyed by many adults. (AND) Ben Franklin was perhaps the most well known kite flyer. He flew a kite in a thunderstorm and discovered electricity."

HI admits that they "are amazed that Kite Flying Day is held in the middle of winter (as) chances are few people in the northern areas of the country will brave the snow and cold today to go outdoors and fly a kite," and they also claim that "kites were first used by the military in ancient China over 3,000 years ago."

In any case, on this Kite Flying Holiday, I will try not to give into temptation to tell folks involved in my book production to Go Fly A  Kite,  rather, I'll console myself with a few of the the lyrics from the Mary Poppins' tune, Let's Go Fly a Kite:

"With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground, you're a bird in flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite

"Oh, let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite

"When you send it flyin' up there
All at once you're lighter than air
You can dance on the breeze
Over Alpses and trees
With your fist holdin' tight
To the string of your kite

"Oh, let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear

Oh, let's go fly a kite"

It's sort of the perfect theme song for my mood, as the figurine pictured below reminded me,

especially the lines, "with your feet on the ground, you're a bird in flight..." 


The softcover version is now available and is featured in the picture directly below.


The digital and softcover versions of Volume One within the Words In Our Beak book series that are mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold.


Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally, I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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